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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

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

THE PROCESS BEHIND YOUR WEDDING STATIONERY
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As fellow bride-to-be's we're very familiar with the confusing processes that go into working with each vendor. It's easy to get overwhelmed with multiple contracts, due dates, meetings, and planning details to take care of, but oh boy do we have news for you! We're here to ease your mind and explain how everything works around here so you don't have to worry a bit and you can enjoy your little love-bubble with your fiancé! As our third part of this Wedding Stationery Crash Course, we're going to dive in and tell you about our creative process so that you're never in the dark!

MEETING

First things first, we like to meet you! We usually meet in a coffee shop if you're local (our recent go-to is the newly established Horizon Line Coffee) or if you're located anywhere else in this big ole' world, we'd love to chat with you over Facetime! We're going to want to know all of the details from how you first met to engagement and all of the pretty wedding plans, but this is a very important part of our process! We need to get to know you and your love to the fullest extent to really understand what you're looking for and create beautiful, unique designs that reflect you! Of course we'll collect the fundamental details as well such as guest count, wedding & ceremony location, and your budget. (but we'll get to that later!)

ESTIMATE

After gathering all of these details about you we'll put together an estimate within a week's time of our meeting. We try our best to fit every budget and we always have tricks up our sleeves to save you money while not giving up quality or style!

GATHERING

Once we have received your written approval of our estimate and contract, as well as a 50% deposit we will begin work on gathering elements of your wedding style and putting them into a style board! This process can take up to two weeks. We will then send you this mood board to review and make sure we're on the same page.

DESIGNING

After the mood board is approved we'll officially begin designing your wedding suite! We will then send you up to 3 proofs where you will be asked to approve all designs and check over all wording, grammar, punctuation, and spelling. This entire process can take up to a month.

PRODUCTION

Before sending your suite to print we will ask for the remaining balance to be paid in full. The production process can take up to 3 weeks and depending on if we are hand-addressing or assembling any of your pieces, it could take longer. We will then hand-deliver or ship your wedding pieces to you and anxiously await your wedding day to see our handiwork in action!

Our goal is to be as helpful as possible in this stressful, yet exciting time in your life! If you have any further questions or if you're ready to schedule a meeting with us, shoot us an email at hello@gatheriecreative.com! We hope to help you create the wedding of your dreams!

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!