How to Save Money on Wedding Invitations and Announcements

Your wedding invitations and announcements set the tone for your wedding – they’re typically the first things that people see when they learn of your impending nuptials, so it’s important to choose carefully. Do you want to convey a very formal feel or a more carefree, summery vibe? This is one area of your wedding where you have a lot of flexibility in terms of expressing yourself – just be careful to keep an eye on your budget. Extra layers of vellum, ribbons, double envelopes and other add-ons can quickly blow your invitation and announcement budget.

Print Your Own Wedding Stationery

If you have a computer, you should be able to purchase software that will help you design and print your own wedding invitations and announcements. Typically, you’ll find that blank card stock is perfect for invitations and is fairly inexpensive. If you’re certain that you want each invited guest to have the same type of card, you can print as many as you need. On the other hand, if you want to create special sets of cards for different groups of people, you can create as many as you like using the software.

If you’re artistically inclined, you may find the options available in the software too limiting for your tastes. In this case, you may want to try your hand at designing your own invitations by hand. While you probably won’t be able to copy these using a regular printer, check with Kinkos to find more high quality printing options. You’ll need to purchase stencils, special pens, and other materials to go this route, and – as you might expect – you’ll want to practice a bit before coming up with a final draft.

Print on Demand Services

If you don’t have a high quality printer, it may be helpful to see if you can have your wedding stationery custom printed. Stationery stores or copy shops in your neighborhood may be willing to print them for a fee. There are also a large number of print-on-demand services available on the internet. In many cases, you will find that they will also offer a wide array of designs available for customization and will allow you to submit custom artwork for printing.

Pre-made Stationery Closeouts

You might be surprised at the quality of goods you can find in dollar stores and other shops that specialize in close-out and clearance items. In some cases, you may be able to find enough invitations and announcements for your needs, or you may need to purchase several types in order to have enough. Even if you can’t find wedding specific stationery, you may be able to find items that have blank interiors, or images that are adaptable to your needs.

Even though wedding stationery tends to be expensive, this is one area of your budget where you can save big money by doing it yourself. If you decide to print your own wedding announcements and invitations, you’ll be able to choose from your own designs or pre-made templates online and in local shops. For the most part, you’ll find that the cost savings of using these methods more than makes up for their limitations.

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Filed under: Announcements,Invitations — vicky at 2:55 pm on Tuesday, July 15, 2008