(Closed) Avg cost of invitation suites?

posted 6 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
25 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

Mine are virtually free because I am designing them myself (I am a graphic designer) and my fiance is printing them (he runs the printing press at our work) 🙂 But I had to weigh in on this topic, since it is in my field. I would estimate “traditional” wedding stationery suites to be in the range of $500-$1500, depending on quantity and what style they are being printed in. Nowadays, so many people are going with digitally printed invitations, and that cuts down on the cost big time.

I guess the question as to whether it is reasonable depends on how they are printing, what type of paper they are using, and the quantity. The fact that they are imprinting the envelopes for you is a big plus!

Post # 4
8444 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Mine were just the cost of my paper/cardstock.  I designed my invites/programs/guestbook/escort cards/etc and printed at home.  I agree with kjeandavis, the cost is really going to depend on what kind/quality paper products they are printing on.  Also, some printing methods are also more expensive.  My pocketfold (3 inserts) invites, with ribbon closure, cost me $2.89 each including $0.65 postage.  I was able to use the scraps left over to make my programs just to give you an idea of my cost.

Post # 5
1606 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

That is hugely expensive. Anything over $600 for an entire suite is crazy expensive. DIY brides can do thiers for less then a dollar an invite. Fully customized suites should never run you more then 5-6 dollars a piece. And that should be with pocketfolds, embossing, foil stamping, letterpress, ribbons, bellybands, monograms, etc.

Also, I am hesitant to believe this etsy seller is worth almost 12 dollars a person for these invites. Have you seen PRINTED versions of their work. Can they send you samples?

I think you are getting fleeced IMO. Have you looked at Minted.com or Wedding Paper Divas? What about other etsy sellers?

Post # 6
4495 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@moochelle13 – we are spending $700 for 60 invites, but they are amazing and I am kind of a paper snob so I went for the splurge. Also from Etsy. I think it really just depends on the type of invites you want. I had originally looked into letterpressed invites but they are outrageously expensive. I didn’t want cookie cutter invites that everyone orders off of minted or weddingpaperdivas. Ours are custom and I absolutely love them. I know a lot of our family will save them so I have no regrets!!

Post # 9
1966 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

That’s almost $10 an invite, way too much for me. Ours will be about $5-6 a piece from etsy, they’re a pocketfold.

Post # 10
3194 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I half-DIY’ed mine and I got them for about $400 for 100 invites, RSVP’s, pocket folds, belly bands, monograms and 2 envelopes per suite. 

Post # 11
525 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Umm… for 50 invites my grand total was $50 + cost of ink. We didn’t do save the dates, but if we had they would have cost me $20. I bought a kit from Michael’s, some white linen paper, and cardstock to mount the paper on. I even re-used my leftover paper and made belly bands for the invites.

So, yes that sounds quite expensive to me…

Post # 12
140 posts
Blushing bee

@suburbian:  Ugghh as a designer I disagree.. No offense but a lot of the DIY designs look like DIY designs… But if brides like em–so be it.

When you have a fully customizable suite it takes hours to assemble. For example I just did a bride who had a special designed pocket fold, in it had gold paper, then the invite on top of the gold paper, a satin belly band with two layer tag on top, reception card, custom labels on the OE and the RSVP envelope.. Hours=20 to cut, glue and put together. A lot of brides have no idea how much time custom invites take up..

So yes if you have a simple A7 invite, A7 envelope with printed addressing on cheap paper from vita print or the other cheap printing services (and by cheap I mean anything under 100# cardstock) , a standard rsvp and RSAVP envelope, then yes $1-$5 is OK. If you go with full custom, it is a lot more.

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