How to Create Beautiful Wedding Invitations on a Budget

Wedding invitations are one of the first things your guests will see, so it’s important to make a good impression. But with so many different factors to consider, it can be tough to know where to splurge and where to save. From paper quality to design and printing, creating the perfect invitation is so important. So let’s go over some ways to find balance between splurging and saving to create the best wedding invitations on a budget that fits your day!

Strategically Splurge on Your Wedding Invitations

There are a few things worth splurging on when it comes to your wedding invitations. These include design, paper, and envelopes. If you’re willing to spend a little more on these items, you’ll be able to create beautiful invitations that your guests will love.

Where to Splurge for Your Wedding Invitations on a Budget

The Design

The design of your invitations is important, so it’s worth spending a little extra money on a professional designer. A well-designed invitation will set the tone for your wedding and make your guests feel special. And you don’t have to go fully custom to still have an amazing designed invitation. Check out these semi custom options as a great way to have beautifully designed invitations for less cost.

The Paper

When choosing paper, go for something that is thick and luxurious. This will make your invitations feel special and will help them stand out from the rest. However, you don’t need to choose the most expensive paper available. There are many beautiful papers available at a fraction of the cost these days, so be sure to shop around or work with your designer to find a beautiful paper that fits the budget.

The Envelopes

The envelopes are the first thing your guests will see, so it’s important to choose envelopes that make a good impression. Choose envelopes that are made from high-quality paper and that are sealed with a beautiful wax seal. And if you can find extra $$ in the budget you can always do envelope calligraphy!

Save Money on Your Wedding Invitations

There are plenty of ways to save money on your wedding invitations. A few ways listed below are printing, addressing, envelope liners, and postage. Picking and choosing where to spend and where to save can really help with your invitation budget!

Where to Save Money for Your Wedding Invitations on a Budget

The Printing

Printing is a great area where you can save money especially since there are so many printing options. If you don’t have the budget for upgrading your invitation to letter press or foil don’t worry you can still have a beautifully printed invitation. There are many online printers that offer affordable printing options. Just be sure to read the reviews or get recommendations from your designer first.

The Addressing

The envelopes are listed as a splurge since they will be transporting your invitations and need to be high quality. However if you want to save money you can address the envelopes a few different ways. Printing your addresses is a great option if you want them to look professionally done for a fraction of the cost. You can also write them out yourself if your handwriting is up to the task. Another option is using address stickers if you can’t print directly on the envelopes. 

A bonus tip for your return address on the main envelope and address on the RSVP card if you’re not planning to print directly on the envelopes is to have a custom stamp made. Then you just have the cost of the stamp, ink, and the time it takes to stamp all the envelopes!

Envelope Liners

I am obsessed with adding envelope liners to wedding invitations. This is such a fun way to add another design element and does not add a lot of extra cost. You can easily DIY these, there’s a ton of options on sites like Etsy where you can download a design to match your invites and download them so you can print and assemble yourself. They are also available as an add on option for my semi custom invitations o you don’t have to deal with the assembly!

The Postage

The stamps are definitely an important detail of your wedding invitations since you need stamps to send them. However there are quite a few options of stamps from USPS these days that are quite fun. So you can easily choose a stamp that matches the theme of your wedding without having to pay a premium for vintage postage.

Final Tips for Creating Your Wedding Invitations

  • Start planning early. The earlier you start planning, the more time you’ll have to find deals and save money.
  • Shop around. Don’t be afraid to shop around for different prices and options. There are many ways to save money on wedding invitations.
  • Be flexible. If you’re willing to be flexible with your wedding invitations, you’ll be able to find more deals and save money.
  • Don’t be afraid to DIY (some parts). If you’re feeling up to it, you can save money by doing some of the work yourself. For example, you can print your own invitations depending on the paper you’re using and how good your printer is or maybe you can handwrite the addresses if you have good handwriting. 

By following these tips, you can save money on your wedding invitations without sacrificing quality. If you want to start creating your dream invitations and need a designer to help you out be sure to reach out!

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