Wedding invitations are the first sneak peek guests will have of your big day. For this reason, it’s only natural to want yours to look as gorgeous as they can. However, that doesn’t mean that you want to break the bank doing so. When on a tight budget, the last thing that you can afford to do is spend hundreds, if not thousands on paper, ink, and postage. Thankfully, you don’t have to. Here are six ways for you to cut costs on your wedding invitations, without sacrificing style.
1. Try Making Your Own
The most obvious way to save on wedding invitations is to make them yourself. That being said, this is a tip that most couples also overlook. No one wants to send out sloppy-looking invites to their nearest and dearest and many would also rather not go through the hassle of making them in the first place. However, this task can be made much easier with a make-your-own kit.
2. Use Your Own Cardstock
Many invitation and wedding stationery stores charge you separately for paper and printing. This means that you’re not necessarily bound to buying cardstock from their store. Keeping that in mind, you can cut the cost of the paper itself significantly by purchasing cheaper cardstock at a discount store. For fancier invites, you can use cheap paper for response cards instead.
3. Order A Few Extras
Last minute guest additions are not uncommon for weddings, and neither are invitations lost in the mail. Because of this, you should ask for an extra ten or so invitations when you put in your order. If you have to print additional invites at the last minute, your stationer could charge extra in rush fees. Having these invitations ready to go now saves you from having to splash out later.
4. Take Advantage Of Technology
Paper invitations may be the traditional way to invite guests to a wedding, but that doesn’t mean that you need to use this method. With today’s technology, you can do so easily, and at a fraction of the cost, in a number of ways. You could follow in the footsteps of Anthony Markofsky, for example, and create a wedding website. You could also send invites using email or social media.
5. Beware Of The Square
If you’re certain that paper is the way to go, then make sure that you choose the right shape. Square invites tend to cost a little more than rectangular ones, as they don’t fit through postal machines. This means that they have to be hand-stamped, which could see you facing an odd-size surcharge. To avoid this, it’s best to stick with standard dimensions.
6. Don’t Forget To Proofread
Whether you invite your guests online or on paper, you need to make sure that proofread your invitations. In fact, do so a few times and then ask a few friends to go over them too. Sending out invites with the wrong information can be quite embarrassing, as well as incredibly stressful. You’ll have to reprint and resend every single one, costing you double of what it should have.
Wedding invitations can get quite costly, but, with the tips above, you should be able to save some money.