When it comes down to it, saving money while planning your wedding can be a huge stress! Here at the Wesley Center in Clermont, we have a plethora of ideas that can help you save money, while adding personal touches at the same time.
Tips For Budget Friendly Wedding Invitations
Making the Wedding Invitations
One of the easiest ways to save money on your invitations is to use your greatest asset, yourself! Head to your local craft store and look at your options, many stores have invitation kits that allow you to address, decorate, and assemble your own invitations. However, if making invitations isn’t your thing, in this situation it is important to know where to cut corners.
One of the big costs for invitations and save-the-dates is materials. When it comes to invitations, the thicker the paper the higher the cost. Order thinner paper, like wood pulp.
Think small and simple. Stick to a simple bi-fold invitation and save on production, paper, and postage. The same goes for engraving.
Although creative invitations are a nice touch, it is cheaper to keep it simple. Bypass the colored paper and colored ink, and consider passing up on the engraving. The main thing to remember is: keep it simple to save money!
Instead of having someone assemble your invitations for you, gather your bridesmaids. Not only do you get free labor for tying, stuffing, and sealing, you also get to spend quality time with your favorites girls.
Also a word of advice if you use your bridesmaids, order 25 extra envelopes. Human error is almost a guarantee and you do not want to have rush order envelopes, the expense goes up!
Where Not to Save Money On Wedding Invitations
Don’t do it! These days everything is done virtually, especially planning events. However, emailing wedding invitations is generally still considered inappropriate. If you really want to go virtual, nix the reply cards and have people RVSP on your wedding website or by phone calls. You can also go virtual for “Save the Date” Announcements but not the invitations.
Don’t Sacrifice Your Style
It is important that you keep with the style of your wedding; just because you are trying to save money doesn’t mean you need to cut out what you really want. If you want engraving, then get engraving and cut corners on paper or get a bi-fold instead. It is all about balance.
When Should You Send Out Your Invitations?
In order to save money make sure to prepare your invitations with plenty of time to send them out without having to expedite!
Save the Date Timelines
Guests are often scatter across the country, very rarely are all guests in the same location as your wedding. Save-the-date cards should be sent when anyone has to travel to your wedding invitation or if your wedding is going to occur near a holiday. You want guests to have ample time to find a babysitter, hotel, plane ticket, etc. Generally, save-the-dates are sent six months before the wedding.
Wedding Invitation Mailing Timelines
You want to send you invitations eight weeks before your wedding, even if you have sent save-the-dates. Sending your invites early means you will get timely RSVPs. The sooner that you know your estimated number of guests, the sooner you can start planning your catering, venue, etc. At the minimum, invitations should be sent out six weeks before the big day.
Planning your big day can be daunting, and the price tag attached to it can be down right frightening. It is important to cut corners where you can while maintaining your theme for the wedding, and your wedding invitations are no exceptions. Keep it simple, and balance out what you want with what you need.