I’m not sure if you know this or not, but according to Bridal Association of America
, an average bride will spend $659 on wedding invitations and reply cards. Granted this information hasn’t been recently updated, but still….
$659.00 on just paper.
I was in shock when I read this. Seeing as I’ve been trying my hardest to make my wedding a budget friendly event, I was not about to spend that much on invites that 99% of the receivers will throw away. This weekend was designated “Domination Wedding Invites” with Zach. I was prepared to dive in and get these babies done and sent out this weekend. Hah! My, what big expectations I had.
Dreams of designing and putting together my own invitations had been dashed by my busy schedule and the desire to save even more. So, a couple of months ago I purchased my invites and reply cards from Target on a whim….they were cute, reasonable, and I wanted to get this over with. This Saturday, Zach and I headed out to Office Max to get the invites printed and get this marked off the Knot checklist.
After almost an hour of proof-reading, margin checking, and one CAPS freak out, we left with our finished invites! We just need to go back and get the reply cards printed. Let’s hope that won’t be such an ordeal.
To think, all this stress for pieces of paper…
These are the invites before we printed on them. What do you think?
We are planning on punching holes in the top and tying a decorate bow using jute.
I’m going to be handwriting all the addresses in calligraphy, but will be utilizing return address labels to save my sanity… I do want to get these sent out on time!
After crunching numbers, here is the estimate of how much everything will cost after we are done:
Two packages of invitations (with reply cards) = $70.00
To print about 80 invites and reply cards = $60.00
Stamps (reply cards included)= $90.00
Jute Bows = $2.00
Labels = $16.00
Total = $238.00
(Plus Zach had a Office Max gift card for $40!)
I think we did pretty good considering we have 155 people to invite! That’s about $1.50 per person.
Has anyone done their invites for cheaper? I’d love to hear how they did it! We also did save the dates via an e-card and I’m so glad because that saved so much; trees, money, and time. At the time I felt like this was a “scandalous” idea because it was so cheap and I have never heard of others doing this…have you?
Hopefully everyone is having a great week so far!
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