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HOW MUCH DO WEDDING INVITATIONS COST?

I was married in June of 2017 and despite my knowledge of the wedding industry, I was unaware of all of the costs that go into planning a wedding. Not to mention I had a vision in my mind of what I wanted, but quickly found out I couldn't afford it. There's nothing that can suck the fun out of wedding planning more than not having a big enough budget for your dream wedding. Now, I can't speak on behalf of my fellow wedding vendors, but I can give you some insight into the costs of wedding stationery so that you can approach it without being struck with sticker shock. (read: Words of Advice from Brides to Brides for my bff Amber & I's non-stationery related wedding planning advice)

I realize that this is probably your first time sourcing calligraphy or wedding stationery. Trying to figure out what wedding stationery should cost is a mystery to most brides because of the amount of details that go into it. Everything ranges in price from the printing process you use, to the quality of materials, to the experience of the designer. 

The main aspect to take into account when budgeting for your wedding stationery is the guest list. The more invitations, programs, menus, and place cards that you need, the more you need to budget. We suggest budgeting a minimum of $8 for every household that you invite and $5 - $12 for each individual guest that RSVP's.

HERE'S AN EXAMPLE:

You are inviting 200 guests but there are only 100 households. In this case you would only need 100 invitations. Here's how to calculate the cost of your invitations...

100 x $10 = $1,000

This includes your invitation, response card, detail card, outer envelope & response envelope. This is also based on digital printing and our standard paper. Please note that the quantity changes production costs, therefore higher quantities cost less per unit than if you were only needing 50 invitation suites.

Don't forget to budget for postage! You will need at least two stamps, one for the outer envelope and one for the RSVP. Forever stamps currently cost $.50 so budget $1 per invite!

It's a few weeks before your wedding and you've received your RSVP's back and 150 guests are planning on attending your wedding. Let’s say you need “the works” for wedding day paper, including programs, menus, escort cards, table numbers, and favor tags. Here's how to do the math...

150 x $12 = $1,800

*Please note that this is all based on estimations and can vary based on client's needs.

HOW TO SAVE:

Now, don't let these numbers scare you. If you're on a tight budget, trust me, I know how that is! I'm willing to work with you to get the look that you're going for within your budget. Here are a few tips to save money when shopping for wedding stationery:

  • Choose a semi-custom option to save on design time, but keeping the aesthetic you're going for. Many designers nowadays (including myself) have a semi-custom shop for the more budget conscious brides. (read: When You Should Go With Semi-Custom Wedding Paper Goods)

  • Opt for a more simple design and then up the ante by including a piece in handmade paper or letterpress printing, or add a custom embosser, seal, stamp, or ribbon to accent your design. This can be a cost effective way to impress your guests without blowing your budget!

  • Skip the additional accommodations, map, & directions card. Instead include your wedding website on your save the date and detail card to encourage your guests to go there to find hotel options & additional information. You can save approximately $2 per invite by doing this! (read: Wedding Websites for a checklist & guide)

  • Wanting the handmade paper look, but can't afford an entire handmade paper suite? Try pairing a handmade paper invitation card with standard cotton paper to create the look for less! (read: A Guide to Handmade Paper)

  • Try to stick to standard sizes. Square invitations may look cool but the postal service is not fond of them! Avoid extra postal costs by using standard sizes.

  • Don't wait too long. Many designers charge a rush fee if you're late to the game. Plan ahead by booking your designer ahead of time! We recommend choosing your designer 4-6 months prior to your wedding day. See this blog post for additional timeline information.

It's important for you to know what to budget before meeting with your stationer, so I hope I've shed some light on the mystery of budgeting for wedding stationery!

Xo,
C

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A CRASH COURSE ON WEDDING STATIONERY PRINTING PROCESSES

Hey there! If you're just joining us, we're doing a crash course on wedding stationery! Last week we covered the basics of creating your stationery timeline. This week we're talking about printing methods! 

One of the most difficult decisions to make when deciding on your wedding stationery is the printing method to use. There is a wide variety of options out there and it's easy to get overwhelmed by the technicalities! Ultimately the printing method you go with will depend on a few things such as your design style, budget, and your stationer. The selection of print methods available varies from stationer to stationer, but we're going to cover the majority of print methods that we personally have available to us, including: digital, letterpress, foil stamp, screen print, blind emboss/deboss, and thermography!

DIGITAL

We personally are lucky enough to have access to digital white, gold, silver, and CMYK (color) printing! This is the most economical option to obtain a classy look and works with almost any design.

  • Works great with photos, watercolor elements, and several color printing

  • Able to easily print front and back

  • Gold, silver, and white options give off a more custom look with only minimally higher printing costs

  • Quicker production time

LETTERPRESS

Letterpress printing is a type of relief printing that uses a printing press. A custom die is made with your design on it. It is then inked and the paper is pressed against it to transfer the ink and create a tactile effect with the slight indentation made from the die. 

  • Gives a beautiful added depth and texture that creates a luxurious effect

  • Longer production time, so keep this in mind when working on your wedding stationery timeline

  • More costly than digital printing methods. It is best when you use one or two colors, as unique dies are required per color and will increase costs

  • Not able to print photographs or large solid areas

  • Because of the indentation on the back created by the die, we recommend only doing single-sided designs

If you're contemplating using letterpress printing for your invitations, we encourage you to  have your invitation piece letter-pressed with the rest of your suite in digital printing as a great way to save money & allow your invitation to stand out!

FOIL STAMP

Foil stamping is the application of metallic foil, most often gold or silver, to paper where a heated die is stamped onto the foil, making it adhere to the surface leaving the design of the die on the paper surface. This printing process is trending right now as many couples are incorporating metallics into their wedding and it is a great way of enhancing the formality of an invitation.

  • Great way to bring a metallic "color" to your overall color scheme

  • Gives every piece a little extra "wow-factor"

  • More costly than digital printing methods

  • Requires a longer production time, so keep this in mind when working on your wedding stationery timeline

SCREEN PRINT

Screen printing uses a woven mesh to support an ink-blocking stencil to create a unique effect. One color is printed at a time and several screens can be used to create a multi-colored design. However, each color used in your designs requires the creation of a unique screen, therefore it can add to the overall cost of the piece. Because the inks are opaque, screen printing can be an excellent choice for creating vibrant colors with light inks on darker papers.

  • Unlike digital printing, ink sits right on the surface of the paper creating a textured, vibrant look!

  • Fine details or delicate text can be lost or broken up. Likewise, large blocks of text can be difficult to print consistently

  • Unable to print on textured or thin papers

  • More costly than digital printing methods

  • Longer production time, so keep this in mind when working on your wedding stationery timeline

BLIND EMBOSS/DEBOSS

Embossing and debossing alters the surface of the paper to create a 3D effect in the form of raised (emboss) or recessed (deboss) areas. This process requires two heated dies, one with your raised design and another with the same design indented. These two dies sandwich the paper to create the impression without ink.

  • Since this process does not use ink you're able to create a clean, modern look with a unique textured effect

  • Using fine details or large blocks of text is not recommended

  • More costly than digital printing methods

  • Longer production time, so keep this in mind when working on your wedding stationery timeline

THERMOGRAPHY

Thermography is a print process that relies on heat to create raised ink that results in an elegant, tactile effect. This process applies a resin powder to the paper to adhere to the ink. After removing the excess powder the piece is heated and dried to create this unique raised effect.

  • You can use most colors as well as gold and silver

  • Cost-effective way to achieve a textured look without the added costs of plate-making

  • best to avoid large, solid areas of color as well as small or thin typography

  • Can be double-sided with only one side thermographed

  • More costly than digital printing methods

  • Longer production time, so keep this in mind when working on your wedding stationery timeline

Goodness, that's a lot of information! However, we believe it's important to understand your options to allow you to make the right decision for your design style and budgetary needs! If you'd like to see more examples of these options, pop over to our Pinterest board! Happy planning!

Xo,

C+A

p.s. For other tips or insight into wedding stationery & planning, click here and be sure to subscribe to our journal to receive updates straight to your inbox!