In today’s world, wedding costs are rising to astronomical heights. Fortunately, there are many ways to have a beautiful wedding and still bring the costs back down to earth. To do this, planning is essential, starting at the beginning. Some of the first things a bride-to-be chooses are her wedding invitations and wedding stationery. This is an area where big savings are possible.
Do not be swayed by those who say that your stationery should take 6% of your wedding budget. If the average wedding costs between $10,000 and $30,000, that translates into $600 to $1800 for invitations and stationery. That is a ridiculous amount.
To cut costs, the first rule is to keep it simple. You want your invitations to be special, but remember that this is just paper that most people will toss into the garbage. Few will view it as a keepsake.
If you are a do-it-yourself person, there are places online where you can download your choice of over 1000 free invitations. Many of these are customizable, allowing you to make your stationery unique. You can buy the cardstock at places like A.C. Moore or Hobby Lobby and print them yourself, for a fraction of the cost of purchasing them. For a few cents more, you can emboss or embellish them.
If making your own stationery is not for you, you can still find reasonably-priced products online, if you take the time to search. Whether you buy online or have them custom-printed locally, make sure that you order the full amount you need the first time. Some brides found that when they tried to go back to get 10 or 25 more, it cost as much or more than the original order.
Don’t forget about postage. If the cards are an unusual size, or weigh more than one ounce, additional postage will be required. It is also considered proper to put postage on the RSVP envelopes, which will take another chuck out of your finances.
With a little bit of time and effort, you can have beautiful wedding invitations and wedding stationery without breaking your budget.
Post by Katya