Post # 1
I’m using a designer I found on Etsy to do the invitation and printing. Our estimate was approx $1200 for 125 save the dates, invitations, reply card, info card, envelope liner and printing guest names on the envelopes. It seems reasonable to me, but what is everyone else out there paying?
Post # 3
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
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
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
@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 # 7
@adoc86: That makes me feel much better! Thanks 🙂
I have zero talents when it comes to any type of graphic design, so there is no way I could do it myself. I am sure there are cheaper options, but they are fully customizable and I love them!
Post # 9
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
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
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
@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.