Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Smart Ways to Save on the Cost of Wedding Invitations

Who knew that planning for a wedding would be so expensive? While wedding invitations are one of the essentials to your special day, you can actually save money on them by making a few small changes. The best part is that saving money on the invitations won't compromise their quality and beauty, as long as you take the time to shop around for the best deals and find a fit that's right for your special day.

Here are four smart ways to save money on your wedding invitations while still giving your guests something to smile about:

Print Your Own Invitations

It’s true that printing your own wedding invitations can save you big bucks, but you must have the essentials in hand: a quality color printer and patience. Boxed invitations can be purchased online or in stores, and it will be up to you to choose the formatting and color for your invitations and envelopes. Make sure you practice on a white sheet of paper first. As long as you have the time and patience to dedicate to printing your own invites, this is a very inexpensive way to make them since you’re only required to pay for the actual product and not the service. To save extra money, don't send RSVP cards that need to have their own postage stamp. Instead, include a phone number to text or call with the response.

Work off of an Online Template

If you don’t have a color printer, skip the idea of printing invites on your own and instead make your wedding invitations online. Many companies offer printing services while you handle the color, design, and formatting on your own. Once everything is in place, you approve the invites and have them professionally printed. There are plenty of themes and templates to choose from, and many sites offer online help if you need it. You’ll pay less since you’re doing all the work. Just remember that once you sign off on the wedding invitations, there’s no way to make edits.

Hand Make Your Invitations

Handmade wedding invitations are unique, creative, and exciting, mostly because they are your own. They can also be inexpensive to make, depending on what you choose to do. The best way to start is by pricing out cardstock and envelopes, comparing these prices to professionally printed wedding invitations. For color, add a tiny ribbon at the top and use your color printer to print off the front of the invitation. You can also use stamps, calligraphy, and include other mementos such as dried flowers or confetti in the envelope. While making your own invitations definitely requires time and patience, you have more control over the cost of each item.

Create a Wedding Website

Talk about cheap – setting up a wedding website can be free depending on the site you choose to set yours up with. You can also pay a small fee for getting your own domain name. Wedding websites are excellent options because they are cost-effective, allow guests to RSVP directly on the site, and include interactive maps, directions and recommendations for nearby hotels. You can also share your engagement photos and a short bio about you and your partner. Just keep in mind that elders may not be able to navigate the site as well as your younger guests.

If you do decide to purchase your own wedding invitations--I really like wedding invitations from PaperStyle.  

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 Hi everyone! My name is Joanne Braxton, and I love everything about party-planning especially invitations (if you haven't figured that out already! haha). I would like all of you to connect with me! Here are a few ways you can reach me. I am a freelance blogger, so if you ever want a guest contributor to your blog I am your gal. Email or tweet me if you're interested. 
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