Savvy brides-to-be can create a dream wedding without spending a fortune. Here are some simple ways to save on your wedding invitations. You can still pick a pretty design—after all, the wedding invitation reflects your taste and the theme of your wedding—but simple changes can dramatically lower the cost per piece.
There are two common types of printing methods: thermography and engraving. The rule of thumb is thermography is cheaper. Always ask your printer or card store if they offer this type of printing. The good news is that thermography works on many designs and papers. You don’t have to compromise the look of your invitation at all!
The cost of printing goes up with every additional color. So, a simple thing like choosing black ink (which is already included in the cost) will save you a lot of money. And black goes with everything, and is actually easier to read.
Ditch the reception card
Include the information on the reception in the main invitation. It saves money and trees! Guests actually prefer this because all the information is in one sheet—most of them lose the reception card anyway!
Print your own inserts
If you want to have a separate sheet, let’s say an announcement of your new mailing address, consider printing these yourself on regular paper in a color that matches your invitation.
Get a printing package
You get better prices if you place bigger orders. So, when you order your invitations, ask for blank cards in a similar motif. You can use these as thank you cards, and if you choose a timeless design (like your monogrammed letters) you can store any leftover cards and use them for personal notes, etc.
And, finalize your guest list before you order invitations. Many printers treat an additional print run as a separate order, so you’ll be charged an arm and a leg for getting an additional 10 or 20 cards. You also miss out on any bulk discounts.
Skip the calligrapher
Print the addresses on your envelopes with your computer (just get extra envelopes in case there are any smudges or mistakes) or just get the help of someone who has nice handwriting. Really, your guests don’t care whether their names were written by a professional calligrapher in Old English script and India ink, or your trusty home computer.
Save on assembly fees
Ask your printer if you get a discount if you assemble the cards yourself (putting the cards in the envelope, etc.) Then get your best friends to help you! Hey, what else are bridesmaids for?
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