Hey y'all! If you've been keeping up with the blog, you know I've been posting a lot about invitations, and today's post is part three of the series! Last week, we talked about invitation etiquette, and the week before that, we talked about how to choose your invitation designs. This week, I want to share with you how I saved TONS of money (like hundreds of dollars or more) on my invitation suite!
When I first started looking for invitations, I fell in love with several beautiful designs on Minted. The design I liked on Minted would have been $647 for the invitations, RSVP cards, directions cards and thank you cards. I needed 80 of each card, so that averaged out to $7.61 per invitation suite. Even though Minted is actually one of the less expensive invitation websites I looked at, I still dreaded the thought of dropping that kind of money on my invitations. So, I kept looking. I found some Rifle Paper Co. invitations that I was absolutely obsessed with, but when I found out they were at least $9 per invitation, I just about had a heart attack! (That would have been $720, and it didn't include the price of the other cards in the invitation suite.) I started researching DIY options, and then I discovered the brilliant option that is printable invitations. Who knew those existed?!
I found a printable design on Etsy that I adored, but the colors weren't what I was looking for! So I sent the seller a quick message asking if it was possible to have the background changed to blush, the text changed to a brighter gold, and the flowers changed to a lighter pink. The seller offered to change all the colors at no additional cost! I also wanted a directions card, which wasn't listed on her site, and she designed one for me! I spent $45 on the design for my invitations, directions cards and RSVP cards. (You'll notice that this particular seller has invitations for $20 and invitations and RSVP cards for $35. I asked her to add the directions card design, so my total was $45. She also threw in a thank you card design for free!)
Since I don't have the greatest printer, I started calling around to local print shops to see how much my prints were going to be. Staples turned out to be the cheapest in my town. With Staples, you can actually upload your files to their website to have them printed and then go pick them up when they're ready. However, I wanted to talk to someone in person to make sure the quality was what I wanted it to be, so I went to the store and took them a USB drive with the invitation suite files. They showed me examples of invitations they had printed before and let me pick out the cardstock thickness I wanted. Staples charges per sheet (price depends on the type of paper), and they printed two invitations and four directions cards and RSVP cards per sheet. I only needed 80 of each card, and since they could print so many on each sheet of cardstock, I only had to have 80 sheets printed.
The first time my invitations were printed and cut, they looked horrible. The machine they used to cut them left a disgusting green gunk on the sides, and I had a meltdown in the parking lot! I went back a few hours later and told them what happened, and they offered to fix it (for free, of course!). This time around, they were perfect!
I spent a total of $153 getting them printed. My invitation total was $198!
Now, I'm not going to lie, the printing issues were kind of scary and annoying, but it was really nice that they were willing to fix their mistakes. I loved my invitations so much that it was worth being stressed out about them for a while! Plus, they were cheap compared to how much they would have been if I'd ordered some online. And the quality was spectacular!
As for the envelopes, I bought those at Hobby Lobby, downloaded a free calligraphy font and made all of them myself. I think I spent around $10 for all the envelopes I needed, and they were great quality.
I would encourage any brides on a budget to go this route! Your total price will obviously depend on the price of your design, how many invitations you need and how expensive the paper is that you choose, but it will also be a fraction of what it would be if you ordered your invitations online. If you have a great printer at home, your invitations will be really cheap! There are so many beautiful printable options on Etsy! There are over 65,000 options, actually. Here are a few of my favorites!
I hope this post has made you realize that printing your own invitations isn't as scary as it sounds! Sure, it's a little more work, but it'll save you a TON of money (which you can then spend on fun things like alcohol for your reception or gifts for your bridesmaids!). Future brides, I hope some of you are feeling inspired to go this route!