(Closed) How much did you spend on invites and STD’s?? I have sticker shock!!!

posted 10 years ago in Paper
Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

We got our Save-The-Date Cards on Vistaprint for really cheap (free 100 postcards) and are making our invitations. All together it will probably be about $300 for it all. BUT, I don’t really care about the paper stuff, so that’s one reason I’m keeping it cheap. If you are into that stuff and want to spend money on it, then that’s something that’s special for you. If it’s in your budget, go for what you want!

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Well, we were on a major budget.  We weren’t going to do Save-The-Date Cards, but people kept asking about wedding info, so I sent electronic Save-The-Date Cards for free. =) http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/our-electronic-stds 

I found really cheap invites online, but wanted something more personal.  I designed our invites and got them printed through Zazzle.com, $102.83 total for 100 including envelopes; we’ll be lining our own envelopes and adding a map.  The Zazzle price included front and back printing so we included reception info on front and registry and website info on back.  We’re doing picture postcard RSVPs.  I’m pretty proud of myself for finding an affordable option without sacrificing the personal aspect.  Yay for me! http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/diy-invitations-are-done

Post # 19
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We spent around $125 on Save the Dates…they were magnets and super cute!

Our invitations were around $500, which was more than we had budgeted in. However they were gorgeous and came with the addresses calligrophied on them (and the return addresses as well)

Post # 20
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I ended up skipping the STD.  I sent emails to those who live out of town.  My invites were $12!  Of course its mostly DYI.  I found 3 invitation kits at TJ Maxx on clearance for $4 a piece.  Each kit contained 50 invite card, envelopes, RSVP cards (and env) and pocket folds.  I created a design and photoshopped the rest.  I love them!  I thnk they are totally cute and totally us.  They’re not “fancy” tho and maybe not exactly what I originally thought I would have.  But for the price, they are perfectO.

Post # 21
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@leahb98: Wow $12! I’m jealous! That’s a fabulous deal!!!

Post # 22
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I have to start by saying that your invitations are GORGEOUS!  But we have a very limited budget so I decided to make the invitations myself resorting to paper that was 50% off at Hobby Lobby.  I think they turned out pretty well and I spent maybe $18 or so to make them.  Then I spent about $9 on 60 envelopes at Michaels (invited 140 people but due to some larger groups only needed 60 invites).  Now its time to go to the post office and spend $40 on stamps for the invitations and the RSVP cards.  How dumb is that?  lol.  The RSVP cards were bought through vistaprint and I got 100 postcards for $6 shipping.

For the Save the dates I used one of Vistaprints free offers for magnets and post cards.  I got 100 personalized postcards and 25 personalized refrigerator magnets for like $8 shipping.  We only actually mailed 20 of the save the dates and just handed out the rest because we didn’t know everyone’s address at that point.

So all in all I am spending a total of about $40 on invitations and $40 on stamps.  I haven’t really looked at it that way and that sounds just ridiculous to me to be spending as much on stamps as I did on the invitations, ugh!

The invitations were not something I wanted to splurge on, I would say the only place I did not try to save money for this wedding is in the Ceremony location (my dream location) and the food for the reception and even then I am doing a buffet of appetizers as opposed to a sit-down dinner, but that’s only because I prefer appetizers to a meal.

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Post # 23
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I, too, fell in love with beautiful letterpress and unique designs, but we decided that it just wasn’t worth it. People will remember our ceremony and reception, not our invitations. We found wonderful invitations (a kit) on sale for $8/box of 24 at TJMaxx and printed them on our home printer.

That said, if I’m understanding you correctly, you spent over $1K on your shoes, so I guess budget isn’t as big an issue for you as it is for us! Just make sure it’s not something you’ll regret later… and if you see yourself still happy with having spent that amount on invitations, say, a year or two down the road? Go ahead and splurge.

Post # 24
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2011
Post # 25
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I didn’t do STD’s, but my invitations were $700 for 100.  I ordered them from Papyrus (Checkerboard was the mfgr) and was on a very tight timeline so I paid the extra $50 for a rush and got them in about 4 days.  They are simple but really pretty & I was still able to customize – I am very pleased.

Post # 26
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Our postcard Save-The-Date Cards will be under $90 for 100 (including postage). We haven’t finalized our invites yet though.

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I paid $3 a pop for our Save-The-Date Cards bc I was in love with them. Added to 4.25 each invite, the whole thing came to around $500 for us, which was way above the $200 or so we were supposed to spend. However, I’m not a DIY bride and that seems like the only way to hit such a low number.

Post # 28
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@NYshoppingirl:  We didn’t do Save-The-Date Cards at all.  The total cost for our invitations was $154.62.  And even that was inflated by the fact that we had two sets of invitations, and one of them was such a low quantity that it was below the minimums.  We did pocketfolds, and got all the materials and printing from Cards & Pockets.

I really couldn’t see spending a lot of money for invitations, since most people just end up throwing them out, and not even remembering them by the time the wedding comes around.

Post # 29
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Worker bee

We ordered got our invitations from a company in India, paid about $234 for invites, printing and shipping. The invites are gorgeous and would have cost 4 or 6 times as much if we ordered them from here.

Post # 30
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Our save-the-dates were $42 not including postage (for 75 STDs).  Our invitations were $117 not including postage.  I went the DIY route and designed them myself, printed them myself and put them all together myself.  It was a lot of work but I had a lot of time.  They were designed last year, printed in May and put together over the last few weeks.  If you keep your design simple and you have plenty of time, the DIY route is not hard at all.

Post # 31
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

$34 for 60 STD’s and $62 for 60 Invites. I agree that the vast majority of the guest list will look at it, marvel over it, and chuck it. Didn’t want to spend a lot of money on paper.

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