Entry #3218, March 6, 2014
Let’s face it, weddings are expensive. From booking a venue to ordering a cake, they can cost a pretty penny. If you are a budget conscious couple, you are probably looking to save money wherever you can. Wedding invitations are no exception. In fact, they are a good place to cut costs as they can be incredibly expensive. See how you can get your dream invitations without breaking your bank.
Wedding Invitations: How to Save Money but still Keep Quality
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An engraved invitation is always beautiful, not to mention expensive too. But there are alternatives that are equally attractive and less costly. Thermography gives the same desired look for much less money. For casual weddings, you can opt for offset or laser printing that costs less than half of labor-intensive techniques like engraving and letterpress.
Before you place the order, figure out how many invitations you will need exactly. Make sure to round up for any errors or extras. If you end up needing additional invitations at the last minute, the stationer may charge you extra as rush fees.
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Stick to a standard size invitation. The bigger or heavier the invite is the pricier it is to mail. Non-standard shapes like squares or any other oddly shaped invitation will cost you much more in postage than standard ones.
Let your invitation serve a dual purpose. If possible, include your reception information on the wedding invitation itself. There is absolutely no need for a separate reception card, especially if your ceremony and reception is at the same location. A better and perfectly appropriate alternative is to write “dinner and dancing to follow” or “reception to follow” at the bottom of the invite.
While they may not be as traditional as mailed invitations, they can save you a lot of time and money. Consider printing just the basics in your physical invitations such as name, date, and location, and direct your guests to your personal wedding website. Use it to post all the additional information, and even request your guests to RSVP online.
Just because you are budget conscious, does not mean you have to settle for flimsy, tacky, or poorly made invitations. Use these tips and pair it up with your creativity for perfect, dream wedding invitations.
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