July 15, 2009

Saving money on your wedding invitations

Weddings are expensive. Especially since so many of us have champagne taste... I know I do ;) So, I thought I would put together a list of 2 things I love - 1. wedding invitations 2. saving money

1. Print multiple things together and ask for a discount. If someone is printing their invitations & save the dates together, I'm always happy to offer them a lower price on their save the dates. Thank you cards are another perfect example of things to print with your invitations. Customized/personalized thank you cards can be expensive, but if you print them while you are printing your invitations, most invitation companies will give you a lower price on them.

2. Colors. The less colors you print, the less expensive your printed items will be. If one of your main wedding colors is navy, gray, gold, black, purple/eggplant or a nice deep rich shade... print your invitations & accompanying pieces in just that one color. One color invitations are beautiful! And if you want to bring in a second color, buy some ribbon in that color to tie around your suite.

3. Don't wait until the last minute. Waiting until the last minute can often tack on rush fees and fees to expedite your paper to the printer.

4. Digital calligraphy. If you have beautiful handwriting, writing them yourself is the way to go. If you don't and don't have extra budget for real calligraphy, digital calligraphy is a great option.

Also, don't be afraid to ask your stationer how you can save money with your invitations. We'll look at what you are ordering and see what suggestions we can make that will lower your costs. One things I often suggest to brides is to add your wedding website address at the bottom of your rsvps. This will save you from needing an accommodations card, directions card, etc.