(Closed) Invitations for a Formal Wedding

posted 7 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Invitations can cost anywhere from 2-15$/piece when made professionally. I made my “formal” invites and they ended up costing about 3.50$ each with everything added all up (way more than I was expecting!) Despite the printing being done for free (on a friend’s industrial wax printer).

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I got mine at vistaprint and I thought they were formal and beautiful, I would consider going with a different envelope.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I ordered mine from an Etsy seller – moncherdesigns. They were so wonderful to work with, and the invitations were BEAUTIFUL and looked more expensive than they actually were.  

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I didn’t have a formal wedding, but in my experience as a wedding guest, the invitation sets the tone for the wedding. If you plan to have a formal wedding, the best way to let people know that is to send out formal invitations. Even if they don’t comment on it, people will notice the formal style and traditional wording.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

@MissBananaBread: The invitation sets the tone for the wedding, msfahrenheit is right. You want a nice thick raised print or letter pressed invitation.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think those in the know (read, have planned a wedding before or formal party) would get formal invites and it’ll set a tone.  Those who haven’t (read, me prior to wedding planning), won’t get tone unless it is very obvious informality.  Black & white certainly helps to set the mood. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@MrsRugbee: How much was postage for your invites?  I’m contemplating something similar.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

When we were planning our daughter’s semi-formal afternoon wedding, we used a simple, elegant invitation. We planned her wedding on a modest budget- so we kept the invitations modest as well. If we went with letterpressed, outrageously expensive invitations, it would not have communicated the event well at all.

If you are having a very expensive, black tie affair, I think your invitations should be more upscale. If your formal wedding is on an average or above average budget, the Vistaprint ones will be fine. Just choose ones that shout formal elegance. Simple colors, elegant fonts, monograms, etc will all set the tone. Also the location of the ceremony and reception will also give guests a clue of the formality. My daughter got married in a church so people dressed accordingly.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2003

Your invitation really does set the tone of your wedding. If you do not want to spend much i would suggest a layered flat invitation not a pocketfold. A pocketfold will grab the attention of more people but are also much more expensive beacause you usually have to get a belly band and monogram to close the pocket and they are thicker so postage is more. I make invitations and can work with any budget. I have made alot of invites for feloow bee’s. If you want, take a look at my website to see a few samples of my work. I would love to work with you. (link removed)

Post # 14
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

If you are going for a true formal wedding where the expectation is that guests will be wearing tuxedos and gowns, I don’t think a flat print invite is adequate to convey the message. Think of it this way… if you expect your guests to invest in their attire and level of effort, you should be willing to invest in their full experience, which begins with the invitation. Thermography is often more affordable than letterpress, which is more affordable than engraving.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

@MissBananaBread: We got a lot of compliments from friends and family. A couple of people told us they were “the nicest invites” they’d ever received, which was super fun when got to say “Thanks, we made them ourselves!”

@kay01: I believe they were $1.09 for domestic mail (2 canada post stamps) since they were quite heavy. To be fair we were mailing a LOT of paper!

Just for reference… LOTS OF PAPER!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

There are many options for invitations in between vista print and letterpress. I recommend shopping on etsy, there are so many talented people that will be able to help you out. 

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