How to Have Awesome Wedding Invitations while on a Budget!
Looking for ways to cut the wedding costs and still make the best day of your life magical? Read on...
CHOOSE A SEMI-CUSTOM SUITE – IT'S A GREAT WAY TO SAVE MONEY
No doubt that beautiful wedding stationery can have a huge impact on brides and guests, but how about how expensive it could be? We’re here to tell you that you can save money on stationery and it doesn’t mean you have to do it all by yourself. Just opt for a downloadable semi-custom wedding stationery set. It’s a great way to put your vision to life without paying extra for printing.
Want an example? Fair enough. Here are some of our own printable semi-custom suites with various themes and different suite package sizes to suit your requirements & budget. Click HERE to shop and view our full collection.
CONSIDER YOUR PRINTING OPTIONS
Once your templates are edited, proofread and ready for printing, consider the pros and cons of the following printing options:
At home, you can practically print anything, but some designs are better suited to home printing than others.
Before purchasing all of the paper you may need, get some samples and do a few tests. It will help you decide what size and type of paper are going to produce the best outcome on the printer you’re using. We recommend white heavy card stock for a professional feel. Colours will also vary depending on the monitor, printer & card stocks so it may not match your monitor's display exactly.
Choose the highest quality settings, in the print dialogue box and make sure it’s set to print ‘actual size’ and not scaled to fit the page! Don’t forget to factor in the cost of ink as well. If you have a coloured background, you’ll use a lot of ink, which can affect the cost of your invitations.
Once printed, the invites can be trimmed using a paper trimmer or a craft knife. It is a bit of extra work, but well worth the savings. However, if you are not ready to invest in the time, then we recommend the next options.
Online Printing Vendors
Online printing vendors are a better option as they offer slightly better quality than what you can achieve at home. They’re also pretty affordable, plus you don’t have to cut or assembly the invitations yourself.
Our recommendation is to get a sample proof of your invitation before printing the entire batch. Some companies offer this as an additional service, but it’s fairly inexpensive and well worth it. Keep the shipping time in mind as well if you need them urgently!
Here are some examples of online printing companies:
- Overnight Prints
- Cat Print
- Vista Print
Using a professional printer ensures the highest quality possible and it is my favourite option when it comes to short-run printing. You will also have the chance to review a printed sample of your invitation before printing the entire batch. They will help you select the best paper for your design and trim the cards to the perfect size. The cost may be slightly higher than other options, but if you can afford it, then go for it!
ADD A SPECIAL TOUCH WITH ENVELOPE LINERS
We just love the look of envelope liners! It takes your wedding invitations to a whole new level. The best part? You can do it all by yourself! Use straight flap envelopes because they don’t require cutting to shape. Envelopes can be bought online or from local stationery stores. Here is an example from our own collection.
COST COMPARISON - PRINTABLE TEMPLATES & CUSTOM MADE INVITES
We’ve put together a cost breakdown for 100 printable wedding invitations, RSVP's, info cards, save the dates, thank you cards, wedding programs, escort cards/place cards, menus, table numbers, favor tags and wedding seating cards from TimberWink Studio ($NZD)
Printable Templates from TimberWink Studio:
$79 TimberWink Studio complete printable wedding stationery kit
$150 Paper, envelopes and ink cartridges
Custom Designed Stationery from Online Vendor or Printer:
$100 Info Cards
$150 Save the Dates
$150 Thank You Cards
$100 Place Cards
$75 Table Numbers & Seating Charts
$75 Favor Cards