(Closed) Invitation cost per invite

posted 10 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
754 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I spent $308 total for 50, so $6.16 each.  IMO, way too much, but they were the only ones I loved.  I got mine from JeanM. 

Post # 4
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

I spent $275 for 110 invites, making everything from scratch including the pocketfolds.  It came out to be $2.50 per person.

Post # 5
62 posts
Worker bee

ok just as a side note, i absolutely had to have these invitations. they are super pricy IMO but i loved them soooo much. plus my gf’s got me a GC for the stationer who happens to have her studio a few blocks from my house!  http://www.gryphonstationers.com  i think all in all i’ll spend about $17 per invite for these invites and that’s including postage and the save the date cards which is a DIY. in fact i just bought these cute rubberstamps of golden gate bridge and the SF skyline from the internet 5 min ago for the save the date cards : )  

Post # 6
359 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

We are having letterpress invitations custom designed from Ephemera Press. And Tara is just about the most affordable letterpress stationer I have found. Not to mention, shes uber nice and has great designs.

So all in all including design fee, we spent $12.90 per invite. Custom design, 2 colored, letterpress, 1 reply card, 1 enclosure with coordinating envelopes.

Post # 7
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I spent $406 on 180 invites, or about $2.25 per invite.  We scanned vintage postcard to make the invite and I also made a matching RSVP card and double sided accommodation/direction card.  That also includes a pochette with seal and a vellum envelope. 

 If you can design or have a friend that can, it’s a great way to save a ton of money!  Plus, we are so happy with our super personalized invites.

Post # 8
161 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

lilneko – yay!  I am using Ephemera, too!  Here’s our breakdown:

custom design 

2 color letterpress

inner and outer envelope

reply postcard

lined envelopes

120 for ~$1160, so $9.66 each.  I locked in the 2007 prices in December, though.  I think she has gone up slightly for ’08.  I second lilneko, though.  Tara’s customer service is incredible. 

Post # 9
1458 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I’m paying just under $3 each for pocket folds with 3 inserts – I’m amking about$120 of them.

I did mine at home, hence the low cost. 

Post # 10
212 posts
Helper bee

i am also using tara at ephemera.  similar pricing to the above for letterpress.  she’s awesome – i highly recommend her!

Post # 11
192 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

55 cents per invite for 200  Pocket Folds with 4 inserts and an RSVP postcard.  

Here is my breakdown:

Graphic from istock photo  $13.00

1 ream of 80 lb ivory linen paper from local paper store 500 sheets per ream: $15.00

200 Pocket folders from ebay and Megan here on wedding bee in the classified section:  $25.00

250 transparent green 6.50 x 6.50 envelopes from ebay:  $8.00

Color Printing at Kinko’s (there are 3 colors all together) and cutting with myself at home with my papercutter $49.00


Letterpress wasn’t just that important to me. Not when I considered all the savings just having regular color flat invites. Being that I’m using linen paper at 80 lb weight, it’s not flimsy and there is texture. It looks soooo good if I do say so myself. I would be happy to share a pic if anyone wants to see.  🙂

Post # 13
67 posts
Worker bee

yeah after asking all brides what they would do not do again they said they regretted paying so much for invites – it came down to understanding that people throw the invites away even though as a paper lover myself I would keep pretty paper forever if i could.  i guess it comes down to if it is worth the splurge for you then do letterpress – else take that money and use it on your honeymoon or something else.  I just had to realize that even if I LOVED the paper/designs/etc – there are guests of mine that will liekly chuck them and at a premium price it hurts to know those dollars are going in the trash.  ehh i guess i can just collect nice paper and invites to secretly ooh and ahh without expecting anyone to understand my crazy paper addiction.

Post # 14
5 posts

I’m going to go with whiteaisle.com. It’ll be about $6.50 per invitation, but that includes the luxe pocket, reply postcard, and two inserts.

I might go with matching letter press thank you cards, which are only $2 each. It’ll be the old bait-and-switch, because it will be what guests will see after the wedding and will likely remember :p

Post # 15
75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

I designed my invite myself and had it letterpressed by Mercurio Brothers.  110 2-color invites and 110 1-color response cards cost me $455.

I bought pocketfolds, invitation mats, and outer envelopes at cardsandpockets.com for $201.

I bought envelopes for the response cards and paper for the accommodations insert at Paper Presentation.  Can’t remember how much it was, about $30-$35.

I printed the envelopes on my inkjet printer, the return addresses and the guests’ addresses on the outer envelope, my address on the response envelope.  Ink cartridge was about $20.

Oh, and I also bought a lot of adhesive for assembling the invites.  I have no idea how much I spent on this–maybe $50-$60

Added together, it comes to about $7 per invite for 110 invites (which was more than I needed by about 20 :-).  It’s more than I wanted to spend, but I got letterpress and pocketfolds and a personalized invite using my dad’s Chinese calligraphy, so it was totally worth it to me.

Post # 16
192 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Here is a link… I hope I did this right. Let me know

 I also DIY the fan in the picture. It’s our wedding program on 110lb cardstock. The most labor intensive part of that has been hand cutting each individual blade. Then I set the 5 blades with an eyelet and run a ribbon through. Viola! Instant fan for a hot July day, and informative and useful!  I was able to make 4 blades per each 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper. Ran it through my printer. The cost on these were about 10 cents for each fan  (I made 100)

The card RSVP  in the front of the invitation is a 2 sided postcard  that I designed with my return address put on the back so  no envelope needed for that and it only cost 21 cents to mail back to me.

Being that I kept the weight down on the paper for my invitations and my inserts (at 80 lb rather than 110 lb. and a total of 5 inserts including the RSVP) The entire invitation only cost me 58 cents to mail!  YAY!

On the left over scrap from the printing, I’ve made little business card size tags for all of our favors, which I DIY also. (they are hershey kiss chocolate roses done with floral wire, floral tape, cellophane and a corsage leaf and ribbon.  And I also made our menu cards for the reception to be placed at each placesetting.


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