Wedding stationary can get very pricey, we decided earlier on that we wanted to save on our invitations. The options are endless nowadays so we decided to do a bit of everything. Everything being DIY, paperless and print. I was looking to save as much as I could, so for our Save-the-Dates we went paperless. Electronic Save-the-Dates guarantees friends and family mark the day off in their calendar……hopefully.
Remember to start this process early. Save-the-Dates are sent out 6 months prior to the wedding and 8 months for destination weddings. There are a lot of great electronic options for wedding invites but one of my favourite is Paperless post
Paperless Post helps you create online and paper stationery that reflects your individual aesthetic. Paperless Post collaborates with leading fashion and lifestyle designers, including Kate Spade New York, Oscar de la Renta, Jonathan Adler, and John Derian.
The invitation is virtual but the great part is it’s delivered in an envelope.
Another is Evite
Evite invitations are free to send and receive. So you save on stamps — and trees — while freeing yourself up from keeping lists and making phone calls to organize your events.
Wedding chicks is a very resourceful site for brides-to-be. I got a lot of free printables as well as our save-the-date download.
Wedding Chicks is a stylish wedding blog with wedding inspiration, wedding ideas, and vendor deals for the modern bride.
The save-the-date should include the couple’s names, wedding date, location and a notice of a formal invitation to follow. In our email we also asked for everyone to send us their mailing address because we decided on Printed wedding invites.
The reason for us choosing print is we felt there is something special about receiving a card in the mail for such a special occasion. However we know that it could end up in the trash as well, that’s why we decided not to go overboard with the cost.
When deciding on our invitations I looked at a few popular and affordable options. Minted
Minted is an online marketplace of independent artists and designers. We believe that great design lives and thrives in the hands of independent artists that people do not have access to through traditional retailers. Minted uses technology to allow consumers to discover great creative talent, making Minted a place where artists can learn, gain exposure, and build their businesses.
If you can, order samples! I liked the samples that I received from Wedding paper Divas and found the customer service staff really helpful over the phone. It would have been my first choice if I didn’t find Vistaprint.
OMG guys, Vistaprint is soooo affordable! We got 100 invitations & 100 RSVP Cards for a $100.00 envelopes included. We used either a 40%-50% off coupon, I can’t remember. They always have some sort of promotion going on, just google vistaprint coupons and you will find one. We decided to stick with a simple & elegant design. But you do have the option of uploading your own design.
I wanted to glam it up a bit, so I spray painted the white envelopes with the Recollection Colour splash spray ink in Purple to tie in with our colours. I also did a DIY envelope liner with some gold wrapping paper I bought at Marshalls. I tied a black ribbon and made a bow around both the invitation and the RSVP card. To finish it off I used gold address labels. Everything took us about 3 hours to complete, the most tedious part of the process was the envelope liner but everything was fairly easy.
To continue with our savings, the RSVP’s were done online to eliminate the reply cards, stamps can get quite expensive! We made other arrangement for those who didn’t have a computer. Our Wedsite covered all our wedding information (blog post to come)
Things to consider
- When ordering invitations to get an exact count remember to list by each household not each guest.
- Always get extras. Order an extra 10-20 just in case your invites gets lost in the mail.
- When mailing out invitations don’t overstuff the envelopes because the price for stamps goes up based on weight.
- Remember to PROOFREAD!
A look at our Menu also ordered from vistaprint. 130 menu’s for under $100.00!!
There are so many options out there, do your research to find the best style that fits your budget.
Tash ♥ xo