Post # 1
Hi bees, I’m getting married in August and have yet to order my invitations. I’m completely lost and hope you can help me out. My fiance’s mother has passed and I was raised in another country (I’m in the US now) so I really don’t have anybody to help me out. So here goes:
- What is a good price for invitations? Like per piece?
- are there templates or do I have to come up with the wording?
- where did you buy/order yours?
- when do I need to send them out (I skipped Save-The-Date Cards if that matters)
- any other advice or questions you think I should be asking?
Thank you so much!
Post # 2
Look at invitation suppliers online. Most of them will send you free samples, and then you can see the quality firsthand.
Check out Vistaprint online. A lot of us on weddingbee have used them. They have lots of discount codes and a lot of different styles of wedding invitations. You can even custom design something for them to print out. They also have a free sample pack that you can request.
There is a wide range of cost for invitations out there. I was able to meet my goal of less than $1/invitation on vistaprint.
Post # 3
There are lots of templates online. The wording varies with who is hosting, the status of the hosts (married, divorced and remarried, divored and not remarried etc), the formality of the wedding and whether or not the ceremony is in a church.
Post # 4
I bought my invitations, enclosure cards, and RSVP cards from elli.com with a 25% coupon code. They’re gorgeous and I’m happy with the paper. Not so thick that they’ll be expensive to mail, but nice enough that they look special. I also bought pocketfolds and adhesive squares from paperandmore.com and belly bands and seals from magnetstreet.com. I had the designer at elli format my invitations so they could be cut to fit pocket folds and spent $8 at Staples to have them cut. When all is said and done, it will have cost a bit over $300 for 50 very nice invitations.
I googled to find wording because we are hosting the wedding and the invitation’s standard format was for bride’s parents hosting. I also worked with the designer at elli.com to realign the invitation to allow for that change. The designer and I emailed back and forth a couple of times to correct alignment, spelling, etc.
I’m sending my invitations out 12 weeks in advance because our hotel block is released 8 weeks before the wedding.
I would highly recommend elli.com. You can order 3 free samples and they will send you a coupon code for 15% off with the samples. I bought mine on Black Friday in order to get the 25% discount.
Post # 5
I made mine myself, had the cards with the information printed at Staples for about 70 cents a page (I created a template in Photoshop – for the invite, I got 2 to a page & for the rsvp and detail cards, I got 4 to a page). I bought the backing paper at Michaels and Joanns, using a 50% off coupon. I also got the envelopes online. I kind of copied some that I saw online, they were originally about $10-$15 each for a set (invite, rsvp, details, envelopes, etc.), my cost DIY’ing it was about $5 a set. I’ve seen pre-made invites online for as low as like $1 but I’d say average is around $5-$10 a set. In case you are interested in DIY’ing, here’s what I did.
Post # 6
I think a lot of this also depends on your overall budget. If you’re having a fancy ballroom wedding, you’ll probably want an invitation that reflects that mood. They don’t have to “match” but the invitation for a ballroom wedding should look different than the invitation for a backyard BBQ wedding. I would keep that in mind. If your budget is small, I would check out vistaprint. I haven’t used them yet but I will definitely be ordering their sample pack when the time comes (SO purchased the ring about a month ago, waiting for it to come in and proposal…). If your wedding is high-end, you may want to check out a place that will letterpress invites or use some other sort of high-end detail.
Post # 7
I used Minted, they had lots of original designs and very easy to customize, not particularly cheap but not super expensive and they had a get 20% code off when I bought. Win, win.
Post # 8
I’m probably going to use the same company that we did for the ‘Save the Dates’ New and Blue. They are really nice, relatively priced and tons of options
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2015 - Carmen\'s Lakeview
I ordered my stationery from Vistaprint and I loved it! I have a background in graphic deisgn so I custom uploaded my content onto vistaprint. They have sales all the time! It cost me about $150 to order 100 invitations, 100 RSVP cards and 100 accommodation/reception cards 🙂
It really does depend on your tone/budget. too.
If you aren’t design savy, you can use their templates or purchase one from Etsy and all you have to do is plug in your information!
I’ve been told its good to send invitations 6-8 weeks before the wedding.
Here’s some of my stationery: