Post # 1
My Future Mother-In-Law has offered to pay for the invitations and did pay for our STD’s. The STD’s we got off of Snapfish and they cost only $50 for 100 of them. I don’t know what she payed in postage, but I can assume no more than $100. My Future Mother-In-Law has said she wants to go to this store called Papyrus where they sell very nice invitations and response cards- ok fine. I literally do not care that much about the invitations just as long as the wording is correct and it is made very clear on the invitations and response cards that there will be no children allowed (adult only reception) and you are designated X number of seats to try to aid in any confusion a guest might have as to bringing their Boyfriend or Best Friend of 2 weeks or their child to whom the invitation was not also addressed.
Anways, I was looking on their website as they didn’t have any prices listed in the show books when we went in for a quick peek back in February. These things are costly! Some of them are like $400 for 25! Now, even though I’m not paying for it and my FIL’s are pretty much in the 1% I’m not trying to break the bank on some pieces of paper with colored ink. I had no idea!
Post # 2
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
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
They are definitely not all that expensive. We paid under $1 per invite so it all depends on your taste and your budget.
Post # 5
Oh, I can bet. I was just referencing the place she wants to get them from. As I said, I don’t really care 🙂
Post # 6
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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!