(Closed) Why are invitations so expensive?!

posted 6 years ago in Paper
Post # 2
9372 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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SammiCoJo:  it’s all in the quality of the paper. My Mother-In-Law is a calligrapher and did our invitation and although I don’t know the final $$ cost of the thermography and printing (she does get a discount from her usual supplier) she did say it was enough to buy us new living room furniture. I thought it was completely insane until she gave me the whole run down of how the invitations are printed with her calligraphy, then the individual pieces of paper are glued together to create the desired thickness, then sent off to be cut with beveled edges, then sent off to another place to have the gilding done on the beveled edges. Not to mention I asked for a certain look on the inner envelope liners (without realizing they didn’t have anything close to what I asked for so they just did them custom) that involves design, print, hand cutting, and lining the envelopes. It can be quite a lot depending on what paper you choose. I will say though – if this wasn’t my MIL’s life work I probably wouldn’t have had such gorgeous invitations, but I’m glad that I did! 

Post # 3
238 posts
Helper bee

I agree invitations are crazy priced- but luckily I’ve found there is a wide range of prices, depending on what you want. I think we’re getting ours from Vistaprint.. nothing super fancy but I don’t feel they need to be. I think we’re going to go with a 5×7″ invite and RSVP card- total will be about $1.00 per set. Score! And regular white envelopes are free, and I think shipping is also. 


**Just reread your post and see that your FIL’s are paying for them. But just in case- here’s the link if you’re interested. 



Post # 4
7650 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

They are definitely not all that expensive. We paid under $1 per invite so it all depends on your taste and your budget.

Post # 6
174 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Star Spangled Banner Flag House Museum

Papyrus is generally a pricey store for paper goods.  Try online retailers that either sell the paper only (you print yourself) or that you can upload the design and they will print them.  A graphic designer friend of ours is designing them (for free), for us & we are printing them from Cards and Pockets (http://www.cardsandpockets.com/) & using their envelopes, etc.

You CAN find cheaper invites, you just have to be willing to look at the myriad of options available. Good luck!

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