Sara
Savvy March 2021

Save the Dates & Wedding Invites?

Sara, on November 20, 2019 at 1:25 PM Posted in Planning 0 25
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I have a little time before I need to decide on both, but want some advice on what you did for your wedding? We are planning on only needing 110-115 for both and have budgeted $600-$650 for everything (STDs, invitations/response cards, menu card, and name cards). A stationary company quoted me WAY more than that and now I'm nervous. Did you hire a stationary company or did you design your own invites? What are some sites you recommend? How was the process on mailing everything if you did it yourself? Thanks in advance all!

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  • Amber
    Master February 2020
    Amber ·
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    I ordered our save the dates on Shutterfly and I'm ordering our invitations from Zazzle. The process of mailing everything myself went fine!

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  • Vannesa
    Devoted October 2021
    Vannesa ·
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    I plan on doing mine through Zazzle.com they give plenty of designs and can design your own and a lot of the time have discounts!

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  • Gen
    Master June 2019
    Gen ·
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    We designed our own on Shutterfly and waited for a 50% off sale. Spent under $200 on our invitations (which included a details card and envelope also)
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  • Blair
    Devoted October 2020
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    The cheapest I've found have been on https://www.annsbridalbargains.com/

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  • Christine
    Expert September 2020
    Christine ·
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    We did Vistaprint for Save the Dates and plan to use Zazzle for invitations. Minted is another great one. Going through a stationery company can be a lot more expensive!


    Also, make sure you're counting the number of households rather than the number of people when determining how many to send (if you aren't already).

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  • Sara
    Savvy March 2021
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    Thanks everyone! I'm leaning toward the DIY part and will definitely pay attention to the discount days!

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  • Kelsey
    VIP September 2020
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    Ann's Bridal Bargains. I got my save the dates from there and they are normally .69 a piece; I got them on sale for .55 a piece. I'm planning on ordering my invites from there too they are normally .99 a piece and include RSVP postcard.

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  • Mandi
    VIP March 2020
    Mandi ·
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    I designed and printed our save the dates. Mailing was no issue.


    I found a design I liked on Shutterfly, but couldn't customize it.
    I just ordered 110 invitations, 100 reception cards, and 100 return address labels from Zazzle last week. Invites were 60% off. Spent $149 on everything from there. We got our RSVP cards from Amazon. We got 100 for $25ish.
    That being said, I have a job in a creative industry, so I know what I'm doing. And I also have super simple tastes.
    Plus I live in a small town. And I've definitely taken a few things to the post office and had them "approved" [had them reassure me] that they were acceptable for mailing.
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  • Brianna N
    Super October 2019
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    We got our Save the Dates from MagnetStreet, they turned out beautiful! I think we spent about 200 for 100 of them. Then for invites, we actually bought a template off of Etsy for $30 and she customized it for us, then we printed at a local print shop, $40 for 75 invites and 75 RSVP cards, with stamps ($30), envelopes ($25 off of Amazon), and address labels (I think about $15 off of Amazon, Avery labels) it came to about $110 - $120. I didn't even consider using a stationary company, I've actually never even heard of that! Mailing them out ourselves was easy and it all worked out great! Pictures:

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  • A
    Devoted May 2020
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    I completely forgot about stamps in my invitations budget. Something to consider...

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  • Kelsie
    Dedicated March 2020
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    I used shutterfly for my save the dates. I had to mail out 80 of them and we spent about $100 dollars total. Those save the dates had 6 pictures on them too. I think save the dates are nice gestures for the guests.


    Check out etsy for the invitations. I got a digital file of the invitation for $19 and so I can print as many as I need without spending more. Very beautiful! I got the paper and envelopes together (100 count) at Joann's for $20. I am cutting out printing rsvp cards and am taking the rsvp's through the weddingwire website instead. It saves money on stationary costs. I'm printing out an invitation insert that explains the details of how to rsvp, the website address, etc. I created that on Word. I'm going to print at home and so that will cost about another $9.


    I spent about $101 dollars on stamps total for the save the dates and invitations. We are going to have to get more for the thank you cards. I got my thank cards cheap from a friend. But you can get thank you cards at Joann's too. They come with the envelope and are similarly priced as the invitation paper.


    So, total I spent about $250 on everything!!

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  • Paige
    Dedicated August 2020
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    We ordered save the dates off of Shutterfly when they had 50% off. 65 save the dates and envelopes for 65$. It helped to make a list of the families in addition to the guest list so I didn’t order too many invitations.


    For the invitations/RSVP/details cards , I am ordering the template off Etsy and using our local newspaper printing shop to print. It is MUCH cheaper that way. I will also be doing post card size RSVP because the postage is cheaper
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  • K
    Just Said Yes December 2019
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    I went through minted. loved them!


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  • Benya
    Dedicated June 2020
    Benya ·
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    I did e-cards for Save-the-Dates to save some money. Using Minted for invitation. They print out the guests addresses on envelopes for free. Trust me you'll be thankful for that part. I got free return address labels that are really beautiful from Shutterfly because I'm their mailing list
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  • Kaysey
    Dedicated February 2020
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    I got our save the dates from Photo Affections for around $97

    Save the DateSave the Dates & Wedding Invites? 3I got our invitations from https://www.elegantweddinginvites.com/shop/weekly-sale-from-elegantweddinginvites/?left for around $210 with free shipping

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    - The RSVP's I made myself in Word b/c my FH wanted them to be funny and we didn't like the ones that we could get with the invitations. I ended up only spending $12 on the card stock and envelopes. They ended up looking like I bought them as a set with the invites! (I haven't taken a photo of them on my phone yet - I'm at work right now and don't have them with me, haha)


    - Overall my experiences with both companies I used were great! Photo Affections got the Save the Dates to me in 8 days. My wedding invites from elegant wedding invitations came within 2 weeks and both companies kept in touch throughout the process. Elegant Wedding invites emails you proofs to approve before they begin printing your invites to ensure you like your wording, the spacing and all of that. The only thing I would warn you about for using them is that you do have to assemble them yourself. They do send you one assembled so you can see the final product and it's not that hard. I did all of mine within 20ish minutes.


    The mailing process is going smoothly. I was going back and forth between doing address labels or handwriting them. I decided on labels and I'm so glad I did. I printed them at work today and plan on addressing everything tonight and dropping them off in the mail tomorrow! Smiley smile



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  • Jasmine
    Rockstar August 2020
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    I'm doing all our stationary through Zazzle. They have continuous sales. Right now is even 60% off so if I were to purchase my save the dates right now (which I can't sadly), it would be less than $50 so at that rate, I don't see yours being more than $120 (for the save the dates alone). That's also if you get Zazzle Black, it would be free shipping so I'm not sure how much it would be total with shipping.

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  • Eva L.
    Dedicated March 2020
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    I designed my STDs and printed at Costco, it was around $14 for 50, and adding 25 more was like $6 more. It costed us around $20. The envelopes were included, summited online and picked them up next morning. We also got the stamps at Costco, they cost little bit less. My fiance hand addressed and we took them to the post office.
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  • Evans
    Beginner August 2020
    Evans ·
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    What I did was go to greetingisland.com and chose the wedding section and you can make your own and download you pdf! Then I went to Office Depot and printed them on card stock and cut them! It was only 40$! I love how mine turned out!
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  • Ann
    Devoted September 2021
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    You can also go to staples or office Max and have them printed out for you! My friend said she only spent like $100 on invites and she had a big wedding!
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  • Amanda
    Dedicated June 2020
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    I’ve been using minted and I absolutely love the quality. It can get pricey but they always have tons of discounts. Also learned it’s much cheaper not to do the custom stamps. I’ve looked at vista print and they also have a good selection too!
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