Post # 1
I found a calligrapher that did these envelopes. Her envelopes look so close to the invitation:
She charges $250 for the invitation suite design, that’s invitation, RSVP, reception card, and return envelope. I had priced the actual invitation suite with a 100 printed being around $500. I haven’t looked into Cat Print or Vista Print or maybe Paper Source, but do you think it would be a better deal to use her calligraphy only and then print it ourselves? I’m estimating it might be around $100 to print? Has anyone done this? I haven’t found any invites I like off Minted or other websites so I like this idea, but I don’t know if it’s too complicated.
Post # 3
@vanessa7: I paid $90 for 60 of my invitations. I recommend taking your idea to a local printing shop and seeing what they can do. It would be flat printed instead of hand-written or letter-pressed, but you could save, like, HUNDREDS of dollars.
Post # 4
I paid an etsy seller for the design for my invitation suite ($40) and then had them printed at catprint ($120) plus another $25 for envelopes from paperandmore.com. I’m hand addressing the envelopes myself because I have nice handwriting, but I’m not even attempting calligraphy. I printed return labels on the printer on silver foil stickers that I bought from Office Depot for about $15, and they look professionally done.
Post # 5
Not sure if I’m following right, but it would be $5 per invitation suite including a handwritten envelope? I don’t think that’s too expensive. You could probably do it for half the cost by printing yourself, just need to also factor in cost of paper and whether you cut the paper yourself.
I got our invitations printed at a local print shop for $0.35 each for color on cardstock (usually $0.45). Really great quality printing, so I’d search around for a reputable place if you want to do it locally. Don’t even bother with Kinkos like some people suggest. I was able to fit two invitations on one page and four RSVP cards on one page. I also had an Info card, Reception, and Directions card (two on each page). So to print my invitation suite (main invitation, plus four inserts, plus monogram for belly band) it cost me $85 for printing alone for 100 invitations (225 pages of color printing)
Post # 6
@arabesque: That sounds pretty good! The envelope is not included. I think I’m going to have my sister do the envelopes, although I’m not sure if it would clash if the style isn’t the same.
Would it be a good idea to have her do the menu also or does it matter if they all match?
Post # 7
@vanessa7: I don’t think the menus have to match since your guests won’t have their invitations with them, but it will look cohesive if you want a photo of all your paper together. But I’d only do that if you can budget her to do the menus also. If you factor in labor, I think a lot of invitation pricing is pretty fair. I did ours because I wanted to design my own.
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
I think that sounds like a decent price! Printing at home is very tricky and ink is very expensive. If you take them somewhere (Kinkos, Staples) to get printed they’ll charge you to cut as they don’t print on anything less than 5×8 usually.