Stationery is one of the biggest mysteries when budgeting for a wedding, and the resounding question is “how much do custom wedding invitations cost?” Well, the answer is…it depends and possibly more than you expect. That said, there are ways to save on your wedding invitations and still get the stationery of your dreams.
How much do Wedding Invitations Cost?
At Tuesday Grace Designs, the average value for a completely custom 3-piece wedding invitation suite is around $3,500 for 100 sets . However, that isn’t the same for every couple we work with because you all have different ideas for your perfect wedding invitations.
We also offer a collection of budget-friendly semi-custom invitation suites for those who want beautifully crafted invites without the custom price tag. They average around $1500 for 100 sets.
When to Splurge vs. Save on Custom Wedding Invitations
Before you throw in the towel and decide to stay single forever, here are 7 tips to help you decide where to splurge on your wedding invitations and how you can save money.
SAVE on Save the Dates
I’m the first person to ohh & ahh” over a doublethick, letterpressed Save the Date, but realistically, you don’t need them. Save the Date announcements will sit prettily on refrigerators until your formal wedding invitation arrives, and then, they’ll likely be removed. So, go the affordable route and pass on luxury finishes, for now.
EXPERT TIP: Order semi-custom wedding Save the Dates from your preferred stationery designer. You’ll be able to test the quality of their work at a lower cost and you won’t have to worry that your second cousin might order the same design off of big box stationery website.
SPLURGE on Your Formal Invitation
I know, I know, this is where you see the dollar signs popping up, but hear me out. If you love the look and feel of luxury printing techniques or extra-thick, supple, handmade paper (sounds sexy, right?), your formal invitation (and only the invitation card) is the place to use it. Your invitation is literally the only thing every invited guest will experience from your wedding. Now, more than ever, many of our loved ones are unable to attend weddings, so if they’ll only have the invitation to remember your day by, then you better make it a good one.
SAVE on Your RSVP and Detail Cards
If you’re going big on the formal invitation, then it’s okay to save on your detail cards. Your RSVP cards are being returned to you (i.e. your guests won’t keep them), so I always recommend printing those in the least expensive manner possible. Other detail cards should be elegant, informative, and whenever possible, add additional color or texture to your suite. But, they don’t have to be super fancy.
Ask your stationer about custom maps, watercolor illustrations and other playful details to add hints of your personality without the price tag of foil-pressed transportation info.
EXPERT TIP: If you do want to add a little extra luxury to your detail cards, go with a letterpress printing method on card stock that is at least 110# (that’s the standard paper weight for most stationers). Letterpress printing is slightly more affordable than metallic foil press or embossing, and you’ll be able to save by using a less weighty paper.
SPLURGE(ish) on Finishing Touches
If you can’t afford relief printing (letterpress, foil press, embossing), the best way to make a custom wedding invitation suite seem expensive and well-appointed is by adding a couple of elegant finishing touches. If the invitation is the present, then the finishing touches are the wrapping paper.
I love the look and silky feel of a satin ribbon wrap or the sophistication a simple wax seal adds to an envelope. When else would you ever use wax seals? You can even work with your stationer to incorporate ribbon, wax seals or gold leaf into your actual invitation design, not just the outer wrapping.
This is a splurge because it’s adding more to the value of your custom wedding invitations, but finishing touches are generally really affordable.
SAVE Time on Assembly
If you love a DIY project, then by all means, assemble your wedding invitations by yourself. I’ll even send you a tutorial video to show you how to make it look perfect. But, if you don’t love tying bows or arranging things just so, find a stationer who does! Tuesday Grace Designs includes assembly (that means stuffing envelopes, too) with all of our wedding invitation suites. We help you save time so you can concentrate on planning the other important details of your wedding.
SPLURGE on your Seating Chart
Your seating chart has the ability to make a real impact at your wedding. So, why not make it a cool experiential moment? Work with your florist, wedding planner and stationery designer to create an interactive seating chart that will allow your guests to find their name and take a prize, be it a glass of bubbly, a little flower or even a pretty antique key.
SAVE on Wedding Day Stationery
If you found a great stationer for your wedding invitations, chat with them about designing your Wedding Day/Day-Of Stationery too! This will help you maintain a consistent design style throughout all of your wedding paper goods. Additionally, you can often negotiate a little savings on your Wedding Day Stationery by working with the same vendor for both.
Schedule a FREE Design Consultation
Want more tips on when you should splurge or how you can save on your custom wedding stationery? Schedule a free 30-minute design consultation with me to learn how we can bring your perfect wedding invitation suite to life in the most cost-effective way possible.