Post # 1
This is a general question – how much do invitations usually end up costing? (And what’s the breakdown – paper, labor, postage, etc.)
I’m totally clueless about how to budget!
Thanks a bazill.
Post # 3
That depends on how you order them. I ordered mine on the web from http://www.vistaprint.com, designed them from templates there and they included, return labels, thank you cards and reply cards for under $200. You just have to look for the weddding templates that they have and you can change the colors, use a photo of yourself, etc.
P.S. Tip – When you order from them, they will then make you an even better offer for more invitations than you originally asked for before you finalize, so you might want to place a smaller order and then accept their offer for more….. Also you can usually find coupons for their website online. good luck.
Post # 4
Hey, like Kary said vista print is good i have used them twice in the past. ( i really like their work) also try http://www.theamericanwedding.com, we just order form them for my bestfriend’s wedding.
Post # 5
Invitations were not our prioty for us so wejust went for a traditional look that was affordable.
We went to kinkos.. I can’t say i was happy with the customer service (a lot of teenagers) but the invitations came out very nice. They have several big books with samples so you can touch the paper and order them from Carlson Craft.
We paid around $200 for 125 basic 5×7 card invitations (paper had panel) with blue ink. This included the invitation, colored inner envelope, outer envelope, RSVP card and envelope. ( I ordered extra in case i screwed up)
I spent $100 on stamps for 100 invitations and response cards. The invitation required a 55 cent stamp.
I will be doing the caligraphy (well a VERY nice friend is helping out) so the cost for that was the pen.. $2
I will be adding a ribbon (actually doing this part this week!) and spent approx $5 at michaels during an after christmas super sale.
a little more than $300 for 100 invitations
Heres a link to my planning site which has a pic.. not including caligraphy or ribbon. http://adaashley.googlepages.com/home
Post # 6
I’m planning to order my invites from http://www.invitationconsultants.com. 125 flat, 4 x 9.25" rectangle invitations (with inner and outer envelopes) are around $165. 150 matching thank you notes (with envelopes) are about $95, and 25 extra invitation envelopes (for errors) are about $8. I’m not doing RSVP cards or any extra little info cards, but they do offer them for an extra charge. Additionally, they offer a $5.00 off coupon (code CJ34495) and free shipping for orders over $150, so the grand total will be around $265.00 with shipping. Add postage and you’re looking at about $50 extra (unless you’re doing return RSVP cards, in which case you should double that).
And that’s a pretty good deal. I’ve done a ton of research, and I must say that of what I’ve found, Invitations Consultants has the best selection and the best prices. But I definitely encourage you to do some research yourself. There are tons of options out there. Like Mrspurple said, http://www.theamericanwedding.com has great pricing also.
Just a quick note about RSVP cards – if you do RSVP postcards, you’ll save on postage! Don’t forget to budget postage for thank you notes, too… there’s another $50 or $60 right there. It really adds up.
Good luck with your planning!
Post # 7
I used http://www.invitationsbydawn.com and loved them! Here is the breakdown:
150 Invitations with colored ink: $138.10
150 Lined inner envelopes: $30
25 extra lined envelopes: $5.00
150 Outer envelopes with pre-printed return address in color: $39.50
25 extra outer envelopes: $6.50
150 pre printed *response cards in color ink: $95.30
150 matching thank you cards and envelopes: $77.50
Shipping charges: $20.95
Total Invitation Cost: $412.80
* We did not include an envelope or postage for the response card because we did the responses via our website. We used the response card to print the website info and to give each guest their pin #. Our postage ran around $45.00.
Post # 8
I am far too lazy to DIY invitations so I used http://www.weddingpaperdivas.com and spent $1.59 each for 150 invitations (approx $240 total). This included regular envelopes. Postage was the usual…42 cents apeice so around $60 for postage. No labor or additional stress and the customer service was great.
Post # 9
I’m having my invitation letterpressed by Adam Glidewell and he’s really great to work with. He’s patient and quickly respond to my e-mails. I’m having 175 invitations, reception cards w/ map, rsvp cards plus envelopes letterpressed (and some off-set) and will pay around $500. I haven’t gotten to the postage part yet. PM me if you would like Adam’s e-mail.
Post # 10
I spent $60 on my invites. They were $3 each and I got 20 of them. 🙂 The price included envelopes and an enclosure card (for RSVPs or whatever – I used mine for thank you/note cards).
I bought them from a graphic artist on etsy.com. She custom made them for me and they’re pretty and simple. Everything was great! She sent them to me and as I was putting them into envelopes I noticed she had cut them a little off-center so that the border was not exact one each one. I had a little heart attack but decided to let it go. Then I noticed that the TIME WAS WRONG. That one sent me over. the. edge. So, I calmed down, contacted her and told her she had to remake them (and this time please cut them correctly too). There was one new issue – the paper was on backorder so these invitations would be bright white, not ivory. I was fine with that. A few days later the new invites came – but no new envelopes! So, I have bright white invites in not bright white envelopes. I should complain again but I don’t think it’s good for my mental health and since we’re being sort of casual I don’t think anyone will notice anyway. The moral of the story is
1. always ask for a final mock up of your design AND CHECK THE TIME and
2. ask if you’re getting new envelopes too!
Happy thoughts, happy thoughts…
Post # 11
Using Groff’s Graphics most likely..and they’re gorgeous and reasonable! (about 4.25 for one I love…waiting on proofs, and another for 5.25 each) Double backing, embellished , and will have addressing on them that’s as gorgeous as most calligraphy. Heather is very prompt and has excellent customer service skills.
For about 70 invites (pricing everything) should be around $450.
Post # 12
Thanks for asking this question Wiglet because I am getting as much help out of these comments as you!
Post # 13
I’m 80% sure I’ll be ordering mine from The White Aisle. I only need the invitation and reply card with envelopes, and they’ll be $4.25 a set. So for 125 sets, plus postage, I’ll be paying around $650.
I love stationery, so invitations were a budget priority for me. But if paper isn’t your thing, you can definitely get less expensive ones! A great way to save $ on invitations is to print them yourself. I saw some really pretty DIY kits at Staples the other day, and I know Michael’s and Target also sell print-it-yourself kits. (The White Aisle also has DIY kits.)
Post # 14
As an update, I sent my invitations on Monday (it’s Wednesday going on Thursday right now) and I’ve already gotten 2 calls from people saying the LOVE my invites. So, they were worth it. No one noticed my mismatched envelopes.
Post # 15
I just finished ordering all the materials for my DIY invitations: pocket envelopes, envelopes, paper, card stock and ribbon for around $200 for 100 invitations.
Post # 16
I am just shopping for my invitations and have bookmarked many of the websites previously posted. Thanks ladies!
I did want to add Rexcraft as another price-conscious option, they price per 100 and range from about $100+ This is just based on shopping; I have not ordered through them but know someone who did and said they were good.
I love some of the invites I have found on the sponsor pages but have found that I have very expensive taste.