Even though it was 6 years ago, I remember planning my wedding so clearly. Because I was designing my own wedding invitations, I had a lot of room to get creative in what I wanted to do, and I was able to splurge on a few things that were really important to me. But I was also very aware of my budget, and tried to save every chance I could. When I'm working with couples on their wedding invitations, it's important to me that they spend their money wisely, even if that means suggesting ways to save, so that they can afford the things they really want. Here are three things I always suggest to my couples when they're trying to find ways to save on their wedding invitations.
1 | UTILIZE YOUR WEDDING WEBSITE
Your wedding website can be an incredibly useful tool for your guests. Because you probably included the site on your save-the-dates (or emailed the link to family and friends after it was live), it won't be a surprise if you refer them back there for more information. All of the little inserts in your wedding suite can add up: reception cards, directions, accommodations... they all come at a cost. Using one insert, containing only the most critical information and your wedding website, will reduce the number of inserts you need to print, and might also save you some money in postage.
2 | GET RID OF INNER OR R.S.V.P. ENVELOPES
Inner envelopes have always been a formality in wedding invitations that I thought was unnecessary. They were used primarily to let your guests know who, specifically, was invited. If you are worried that your guests will not understand that your wedding is adults only, or that they are/are not welcome to bring a guest, there are many ways to make that clear on the wedding invite or response card. The extra cost for the inner envelopes (and the cost of additional calligraphy or printing), is an easy way to save some money.
Your response envelopes are another item that can be easily removed from your suite. Many couples are now choosing to use response postcards in lieu of the traditional card and envelope, or even directing guests to their wedding website to R.S.V.P. While I'm still a sucker for traditional response cards, this is a fun and creative solution that can save you a little money in the end.
3 | USE A RETURN ADDRESS STAMP
Because I sell stamps in my shop, I may be a little biased about this third way to save. I really believe believe that return address stamps are an amazing way to save money on your wedding invitations. Wood-handled stamps, specifically, are incredibly versatile because you can use any color ink, and even incorporate metallic colors into your suite. Using a stamp for both the return address on the outer envelope, and on the R.S.V.P. envelopes can save so much in printing costs, and you'll have the stamp to use after your wedding! Your stamp would also be a great gift to your parents, if their address is the one that appeared on the invitations. Either way, spending $32 on a stamp and purchasing ink pads in your wedding colors could easily save hundreds of dollars in printing costs.
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