Rockstar December 2019

Invitation Cost

Michelle, on May 12, 2019 at 12:36 AM Posted in Planning 0 153
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Why are invitations so expensive?????? Everything I'm looking at is over $200 and then there's the cost of postage. I keep seeing post where others say they have saved so much money on Ann's Bridal, Zazzle, Vista Print, Minted and my favorite place ETSY. I guess i'm cheap because to spend over $200 is insane to me for invitations. I need the invite, RSVP card, Card for hotel info and I planned on another card saying if you play these songs I promise to dance and let the guest name a few songs. Any ideas??? Suggestions????


  • Autumn
    Dedicated September 2019
    Autumn ·
    It depends on how many invitations you need. I’m paying $120 for 60 invitations with envelopes, and RSVPs with envelopes. But adding a detail card added at least another $35 plus another card would add that much as well I suspect. I would definitely recommend putting the song thing on the rsvp card. I’ve seen that done. And I personally made a wedding website with extra details and just put the link to the website on the invitation back. Good luck!
  • CDickman
    VIP September 2019
    CDickman ·
    The more inserts the more the card we got no inserts having everyone RSVP at website and said all the info is on our website.
  • Sylvia
    Dedicated August 2019
    Sylvia ·

    I did Paperless Post for our invitations and they are beautiful. I could immediately track who received it, opened it and responded to it. I included a link to Wedding Wire and asked everyone to register on our webpage. It's easy, much more affordable, environmentally sustainable and time efficient.

    Here's a link.


  • Katie
    Super November 2019
    Katie ·
    Could you maybe buy your invitations one week / month and RSVPs the next month? I am using Zazzle and ordering in two separate orders, they usually have a sale going on to save money. Vistaprint also includes 25 & 40% off coupons when you request a free wedding sample, they also usually have deals going on as well.
  • J
    Savvy October 2019
    Jessica ·
    Im in the same situation, some are so basic and so expensive.
  • Eamsee
    Super June 2019
    Eamsee ·

    I used Vistaprint for all of my wedding stationary. They have frequent sales, including 50% off. I used one of their stock designs on matte paper. No extra glitter or frills.

    For 150 of each (excluding the return address labels): STD's with white envelopes, invitations with white envelopes, thank you cards with white envelopes, accommodation (hotel info) cards, RSVP cards, RSVP pre addressed custom envelopes, return address stickers, and 250 seating cards, I paid $206. This is including shipping and tax.

  • Rachel
    Devoted November 2019
    Rachel ·
    The trick is to order them as postcards and not wedding invitations. We ordered save the dates as 5x7 post cards and spent $40 for 110 and then ordered envelopes off amazon for $6
  • N
    Expert July 2019
    Natalie ·
    We spent about $50-$80 for 100 invites we ordered them online from China it had a beautiful laser cut design and we designed the wording and printed them out it didn’t include RSVP cards but we added an extra paper that said to RSVP on our website. The process was pretty easy I think the most time consuming thing is putting them all together.
  • F
    Savvy June 2019
    Felicia ·

    I went on fluttershy and looked at their invites I then typed all my information into them and took screen shots. I cropped them and went to Walmart had Them printed.. if you ask for envelopes they will give you some really nice ones for the prints then all you pay for is the stamps I printed 114 invites for maybe 20$ problem solved plus you can use them as online invitations on a separate paper I typed and gave a rSvp date and phone numbers and home address I also added my wedding website about 5 times on a page and printed it out went to ups store also could use a library and had them zerox 25 pages problem solved

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  • Mariah
    Savvy September 2019
    Mariah ·

    If you are crafty/ technologically savey ish:

    I got a 1 week free trial of Photoshop, looked on youtube for a tutorial of a invitation i liked and recreated it with my name, colors and i could have done pictures but i didnt want to..

    as soon as i was done printing the invite i deleted the free trial lol..

    i saved it like a Jpeg and printed it for like 40 cents apeice.. in the size i wanted.. i did 150 of them

    i went to etsy and bought "Translucent Vellum Inserts Overlays" in the size i wanted.. and it was pre folded too, kinda like this one:


    with double edged tape i put the invite on the parchment paper: to kinda hide the back (the only place you could tell it was maybe not an actual invite..

    then at the last moment my MR decided he wanted to wax seal them.. that was a little pricey but very pretty and we got invites in the same color.. i think the total for everything was less then $150, before postage..

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    My wedding colors are Plum and siver...

  • Grace
    Expert June 2019
    Grace ·
    Some rsvp cards already have the song request section on them! That would cut out a separate card. The more detail cards you add the more expensive it is. Could you just put hotel information on your website? That’s what I did, I felt like it wasn’t necessary since it’s so easy just to google search for hotels nearby these days. I got mine at Ann’s bridal bargains, 50 cent per invite and 50 cent per post card rsvp, posts cards require less postage. Invited are another reason why cutting your guest list is a quick way to save money
  • C
    Super July 2019
    Crystal ·
    We ordered 50 invitations on shutterfly for a 100. They have wedding coupons all the time. I also made my own rsvp and got the rsvp envelopes at
    A craft store. I got 50 for 10 dollars and the postage was like 40 dollars but I hear it's cheaper to do that at the post office.
  • Taylor
    Dedicated June 2019
    Taylor ·
    What I did was purchase a 4 piece template off Etsy (invitation, details card, rsvp, and thank you card) for $20 and I could completely customize all the details and then I was sent to pdf versions. Then I went to Vista print and “created my own” invitation which is very cheap (I got 50 for $45). Ultimately it adds up when you put more things, but maybe you can create your RSVP that people send back, and on the back side of that have the option for them to pick songs they will dance to? Saving a little paper will help cut the cost.
  • Sarah
    VIP September 2019
    Sarah ·
    Let’s break this down. I obviously don’t know how many invites you need but let’s say you need 100.

    100 invites, 100 rsvp cards, 100 accommodation cards, and 100 song requests is 400 items. That’s $0.50 per item, which is actually pretty cheap and that’s not including that you’ll have at least 2 envelopes for each invite. The problem isn’t that it’s expensive. You’re just adding too many cards to your invitation.
  • Peggy
    Master November 2019
    Peggy ·
    I bought a template on Etsy for $9 and it’ll be about $100 for envelopes and to have everything printed at staples. It was the cheapest option I could find.
  • Hannah
    VIP July 2019
    Hannah ·
    I used Ann's Bridal Bargain and paid $115 for 100 invites. The RSVP card comes with it and the details card does on some and the others have the option to put it on the back of the invite. For hotel info, my hotel gave me the cards for free that have their hotel information. The song options can be added to the RSVP card itself. Your DJ can also make an announcement at the reception that he takes requests.
  • Mariagracia
    Just Said Yes March 2020
    Mariagracia ·
    I’m doing an EVite for save the date so people can tell me whether they can go or not based on that.

    Then I plan to go through Etsy and printing out everything myself at Staples.
  • Ali
    Devoted August 2019
    Ali ·
    We used basic invite and got 60 send and seals for 145. You can edit the invites online and type in what you want it to say.
    Just remember the more stuff you want to add the more expensive it's going to be
  • Heather
    Devoted April 2020
    Heather ·

    I feel the same way! People say, oh minted is so cheap and I'm like um no its not. I'm not paying that much for paper!! For my dad's wedding, I did all the invitations for my stepmom; she had a template and bought a bunch of fancy blank invitations. He had a fancy printer for work so it was easy to just type and print. Does your venue provide direction cards for you? I know mine are included in my package and such. I'm lucky enough that my bridesman paid for my STD and wants to design and buy my invitations, but I feel horrible because he's young and we both have expensive taste lol! I think on Etsy you can find a similar template like the ones my stepmom used. Good luck!

  • Tara
    Expert June 2019
    Tara ·
    I would definitely suggest putting the song request on the RSVP card or not at all. Think about the people who are not going, then you just wasted an extra card because they are not going to send the song card back.

    We put the song card request on our RSVP card and I learned a few things: my guest’s taste sucks and none of it is music I want to hear on a regular day so be prepared for that. I think it is rude not to play the songs then so I am going to try to do them during cocktail hour (they are mostly songs you will not dance to) - win win for us all. If you have a lot of guests coming, the songs add up! I am not doing a lot of the traditional wedding stuff (garter belt, speeches, etc) to make more time for dancing, but think how a five minute song and just twelve guests equals an hour. This means less time for the music you like. Then I also noticed that even guests who said they are coming did not fill out the space on the card. A lot of people will not do an extra space so an extra card is not happening or they will forget to send it back.

    I also noticed that when I opened up the RSVP option online for those that did not respond by the due date, a lot more people answered the question online than on the card. If I could do it all again, I would just have done RSVPing online to save on cards and postage since not everyone sent it back anyway.

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