(Closed) how much did you spend total on invites?

posted 7 years ago in Paper
Post # 48
Hostess
11165 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

A little over $800.00 for 100 invitations. These pictures don’t really do them justice, they were so elegant. We had the guest names written by our caligrapher on the front. It was more than I had anticipated but well worth the cost.

Post # 49
Member
8439 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Epicpooka:  My husband and I met playing WoW, and we’re definitely horde 😉  In fact I made him a WoW themed groom’s gift and he LOVED it.  I decided to make my own invites because getting the authorization for a business to use Blizzard’s trademark/artwork was going to be a pain.

Post # 50
Member
11465 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I chose very formal, engraved Crane invitations with blind embossed outer envelopes, inner envelopes, engraved invitation cards with a ribbon encircling them, engraved reception cards, engraved response cards, engraved reply envelopes, and an offset printed accommodations card. 

NOT including postage and calligraphy, I spent more than $2,300.00 on my invitation suite.

Post # 51
Member
447 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I had 75 flat invites and info cards that I designed. A printer owed my mom and favor and had them done for free. The only thing we had to pay for was envelopes and stamps (that we customized through Zazzle). I didn’t keep track, but maybe $50 or 60 total.

 

Post # 52
Member
724 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

$350 for 50 plus postage
(no bow on ours) 

Post # 53
Member
514 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@langloiswedding2013:  Ours are from exclusively weddings. We ordered 75 I think and it came with an rsvp card and a card about our wedding website where guests could go for more info (DW, so that was important). I think it was like $370 with no stamps

Post # 54
Member
951 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@langloiswedding2013:  You should make a poll!

I spent about $50-60 altogether. I bought two ($17 for $75 worth of printing) Groupons for VistaPrint and designed everything myself on Illustrator. Altogether I got 100 invites on linen paper with envelopes, 100 response post cards (double sided) on recycled paper, 50 high gloss customized New Year’s cards with envelopes and 50 business card sized Save the Date magnets. I have a ton of extra everything leftover.

I used free vectors, free fonts and the invitations weren’t hard to make at all. I spent another $5 on twine from ebay and $40 on stamps and voila. I get tons of compliments on them but most importantly they got the job done. 

Here are some pics: 

Post # 55
Member
222 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

 

I had bought Michaels DIY on clearance and for the whole kit for 100 invites it was going to be something like $100, then I also bought a custom stamp and ink pad to add some spice to them which was another $25 or so, and was going to print them off myself, so whatever it would have cost for ink. However I really didn’t like the template or font options to print the invites when it came time to do so, and have no idea how to use other programs to do it myself, although I am sure if would have been easy for someone else. I also was scared to mess them up while running them through the printer – I am a klutz!

 

So I renturned them, and bought 100 4×6 outer envelopes with the credit (on clearance, it was $40 for the envelopes).  I just went into a local printer close by and asked if they could do something along the lines of what I wanted. They did a great job with design. If anyone wants to use them in vancouver, they are http://www.vanprint.com/

 

For a 6×8 invite which folded into a 4×6 envelope, and a 4×6 rsvp postcard inside, along with some cheap raffia ribbon for like $8, it cost me $235 for 100 invites, and saved me a LOT of time and hassle, and looked wayyyyyy nicer than the Micheals ones – these ones are visially so much more appealing, and so personal to us as well! and in COLOR rather than black and white:) I happily spent double what I had originally planned.

 

I used a $20 calligraphy pen from Michaels to handwrite all the addresses (this took a few hours over a few weekends!). And I bought a $35 return address stamp from Etsy which looked really cute with our design, and saved me soooo much time writing our return address!

 

I also bought those personalized stamps from Canada Post with one of our engagement photos on it – everyone has loved them so far, I have had so many comments! And they only cost about 0.35$ more than a regular stamp, so they were an extra $70 onto the budget, but I don’t regret it.

 

 

 

TOTAL COST (200 personalized canada post stamps, return address stamp, raffia ribbon, 100 invites/rsvp, and envelopes) = $525 (or $455 if you had regular stamps)

 

$325 for invite pacakge alone without stamps. I think your budget is fine! You might even save, and you don’t have to do the whole thing DIY besides writing out the addresses (some people are even printing sticky labels these days to save time, I considered it but since I didn’t mind doing the calligraphy myself and thought it looked nicer I chose to do that:)

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