(Closed) How much did you invites cost?

posted 10 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
273 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

I purchased 100 pieces and my price of about $500 included the following:

100 main trifold invitations with onion paper inserts, 2 languages, gold foil stamped, 100 envelopes with return address stamped on back, 100 RSVP cards with return address envelopes, 100 gold metallic cord to hold the inserts to the main invitation.

In addition, I DIY’d my maps and tea ceremony inserts (which I only put in invitations of family that I wanted at my tea ceremony).  That cost me about another $60 for the paper and printing.

So that would make my invites about $5.60 per piece not including postage….HOLY COW, that’s expensive!  Shhh don’t tell my husband!=X

Post # 4
127 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

1) $3.15 – I made some mistakes and bought too much of certain things so the price breakdown I provided in the post below is more of an accurate estimate if you don’t make these mistakes.

2) Perfetto PocketFolder, main invitation and stardream mat, 4 inserts, closure band (stardream) and ribbon, stardream envelope

Details here:

Trilingual Invitations DONE!! (Long, with details and cost breakdown)

Post # 5
38 posts
  • Wedding: April 2011

My invites were UBER inexpensive, but still nice (I could have easily spent 10x as much, but I kept telling myself to save the $$ for more important [in my mind] expenses).  I think we spent about $250 for 125 printed invites and RSVP cards with envelopes.  The RSVP envelopes had our return address printed on them, and the outer envelope had the address on the back flap.  I splurged on customized postage, and postage all together probably cost an additional $115 (incl. RSVP envelopes).  We made one insert – a kind of "for all additional information please check our website" – to save on paper.

Post # 6
23 posts
  • Wedding: August 2018

1. $2.25 per invite with postage, $1.70 without (about 1/4 needed international postage.) Total $292.

2. This included an invite (on textured cardstock weight paper mounted on another piece of cardstock), an rsvp postcard, a directions/accomodations card, and an invite to a barbeque the day before. It also includes patterned vellum for belly bands and envelopes.

3. These were DIY with some help: I designed all of the pieces. I bought all the paper and envelopes from a local print shop and had them print and cut the invite and rsvp cards ($45 for this). I printed and cut the rest of the inserts at Staples. I put them together myself. For the envelopes I printed the return addresses myself and addressed them by hand (oh yeah, I bought a calligraphy set for addressing which isn’t included in the cost, but it was only $13 and I’m going to use it in the future.)

–My per invite cost is for 130 invites, but I only sent 100. I overestimated because I was really nervous about messing up and not having enough supplies. So now I have lots of leftover printed invites and lots of leftover unprinted paper. I’m going to put as much as possible of it to use on wedding-day paper products like programs, and use the backs of extra invites for signs and stuff. But I should have planned my numbers out more carefully (and, ahem, finalized my guestlist sooner) to reduce the amount of extras.

I’m not particularly crafty but I wanted to use my own design (was originally going to have it letterpressed but I decided to keep them as cheap as possible), so this was a good compromise for me.

Post # 7
100 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Haha, this should make everyone feel good about how much they spent!  For the invite (wrapped in vellum), response card, thank yous and envelops, I spent $15.50 per set   However, every piece is letterpressed and custom design, and I didnt need very many invites.  This was one of the areas Fiance and I decided to splurge in and I couldnt be happier with them.

Post # 8
54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

This is one of the areas we definitely did on the cheaper end of things. For an invite, inner and outer envelope (with preprinted return address), RSVP card with addressed envelopes and thank you cards with envelopes we paid $2.27/set (in a quantity of 100). Oh, we also paid a little extra for colored ink.

I would have been very happy to pay even less but my stepmom insisted on raised lettering *eyeroll*. I guess I’m just one of the few brides out there who doesn’t really care about paper goods…

Post # 9
218 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

i couldn’t decide to go w/ professional printing or DIY….
randomly I was at a JoAnn’s crafts and they had cardstock on saleat 6 for $1.  So I bought 150 sheets of 12×12 cardstock (they’re on order) and will be printing on the silver paper that i had bought from staples, (they don’t carry it anymore) a while back  while I was thinking I’ll DIY.  

We bought ribbons at papermart.com a while ago (will be used in favors, programs etc). 

We bought plain white A6 envelops (maybe we’ll do the liners w/ the silver paper) but we’re keeping it cheap that way rather than those expensive envelops. 2 boxes (200 total)

All printing will be done at work on a laser printer (probably at FI’s work since they have a color laser).  FI’s work has a big paper cutter.  I have a fisker to do all the scoring for folds.

Cardstock ~$25
Silver Paper (Xerox brand)- ~30 (3 packs, 150 sheets total)
Ribbons  ~30 bucks
Envelops ~$20 bucks

so w/ approximately $105 dollars we’re going to make 175 invites, response cards, programs, escort cards, and have ribbions for the invites and favors, we’ll probably have a ton of material left after all this as well….

Post # 10
267 posts
Helper bee

Mine ended up being about $6 each, a combination of DIY and pro printing. They were professionally thermographed in two colors, including three inserts, and then cut at Kinko’s. I made silk-covered pocketfolds with grosgrain ribbon and triple-layered monogram seals with a triple-layer backing for the invitation itself.

Of course, perhaps I should reduce the price a little because I was able to use the leftover cardstock for programs, place cards, table numbers, and little signs for the reception.

Post # 11
68 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

I am also one of those brides that doesn’t care about paper goods.  We decided to spend as little as humanly possible on them.. so here is our breakdown.

We bought some very plain invite sets from Hobby Lobby.  I only bought them when they were fifty percent off or more, so it was around $15 for a set of 50 invites.  This included the invite, envelope, RSVP and envelope.

We then bought clear vellum and ribbon to spruce the invites up a bit.  The vellum cost me a dollar for 4 sheets and the ribbon was 50 cents for 20 yards.

We ran everything through a printer at our home, and didn’t even have to buy another ink cartridge, so there was no cost for the printing!

The breakdown for 100 invites–
2 boxes of invites – $30
50 sheets of vellum – $12.50
2 spools of ribbon – $1

Price per invite – $.43

Keep in mind this does not include postage and was ENTIRELY Diy.

Post # 12
51 posts
Worker bee

$7 per invite

Pocket Fold, 3 inserts, Outer Envelopes and Custom Tags with our names and date to put as a sticker in the front.

They were professionaly done but I assembled myself

And after my August wedding, I will be in the market to do calligraphy if you’re interested I’ll send you sample pics!!

Post # 13
208 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

(1) what did your invite cost (per invite)?

44 for ~$40. So a little less than $1 each.


  • 50 pages cardstock – $4
  • 50 envelopes – $7
  • Printing – ~27 

Note: the paper was cheap because I bought a ream (250 for $20). I will be using the rest for other projects, so I only counted the portion used for the invites. 

(2) how many pieces/embellishments were included in this price?

Invitation, map, reply postcard, envelope

(3) were they DIY or professionally made?

DIY. Linen cardstock and (industrial, high quality) color lazer printer at DocuMart. The print quality was so good that everyone has asked where I ordered them.

Post # 14
1238 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008


Total spent $412.85

150 invitations custom colored printing ($138.10)

150 outer envelopes with custom colored printing ($39.50)

150 lined inner envelopes ($30.00)

25 extra inner envelopes ($5.00)

25 extra outer envelopes ($6.50)

150 RSVP cards with custom color printing ($95.30)

150 custom thank-you cards ($77.50)

Shipping ($20.95)

If I delete the cost of the thank you cards — the actual invites themselves cost $2.24 each for everything. With the thank-you cards they cost $2.75 each.


Post # 15
23 posts

(1) what did your invite cost (per invite)?

Ours costed 3.77 per invite, without postage (59 cents)

(2) how many pieces/embellishments were included in this price?

There was a main card, a reception card, and another card (kind of like a rehearsal dinner) 

(3) were they DIY or professionally made?

Both? LOL can’t really describe it. You can check em out if you want:


Post # 16
2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

jcabc, you crack me up.  We spend right about $10 per.  That included the invitations, three enclosures (one of which was a two-sided directions and map card), all in a 6.5 x 6.5 inch pocketfold, inner and outer envelopes, addressing for all the envelopes (inner, outer, and RSVP) and custom design.  We had them done through The Green Kangaroo; they were fantastic.  I really didn’t intend to spend that much, but my mom really fell in love with the invitation and very nicely stepped in and paid for them when nothing else looked good to her afterwards.  She was adamant that we not DIy, and she was right – we were way to busy with other stuff.  People tell you that nobody cares about the invitation, but I disagree – we had so many people tell us that they were the nicest they had ever seen. 

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