I really wanted our wedding invitations to look luxurious, but I didn’t have the budget to spend on custom invitations. My Pinterest board was full of frilly, detailed, hand-lettered invitations. But let’s be real. I am really more of a B- crafter and in the months leading up to my wedding, patience is not something I had in excess. If you missed my last post on the most important first steps for a budget wedding, read it here.
The low down on budget wedding invitations:
I never really considered having my invites created by an expert because I wasn’t willing to allocate much of my budget to paper. I knew I could handle a basic, classy invitation on my own (plus I am a little bit of a control-freak). So, I got beautiful samples from 4-5 different internet-based companies (Wedding Paper Divas, Minted, etc) and some were really nice.
Despite the fact that other vendors had arguably better quality, I decided to go the budget route and get all of the components of our invitations from Zazzle.com. I was honestly very pleased with the customizability and quality of the products I ordered. I purchased the basic Zazzle Black for about $10 and got free shipping for a year– it paid for itself in 2 orders. Zazzle also offers great rotating discount codes, so I started early and watched for the promo codes that I needed.
Additionally, I experienced wonderful customer service from Zazzle. At one point, I ordered an RSVP card with “gold foil” and let’s just say… it lacked any resemblance to gold or foil. Budget wedding invitations don’t have to be ugly…..Zazzle refunded my order and I didn’t even have to ship back the postcards.
Luxury or budget? How about both?
I ended up spending about $2.32 per each for the invitation, RSVP card, and a custom envelope. I upgraded the look with custom stamps. This cost about .61 per stamp- so 11 cents more than a .49 forever stamp. It was worth it to me. Tip: purchase more generic wedding stamps for the RSVP cards and Thank You’s. I think the love skywriting stamps are super cute. I used vintage flowers.
Time for a confession
I didn’t put stamps on all of the RSVP envelopes…I know. We really encouraged our guests to RSVP online via our Knot.com site. We included a stamped return envelope for pretty much anyone over 50 or anyone who I knew would appreciate the gesture. To keep things easy, I used a pre-inked stamp like this one on the RSVP envelopes.
Surprisingly, it worked and I didn’t hear about any backlash. Almost everyone used the site!
| Striped Invitations
(plain envelopes included)
|Fancy Envelope||135 (16 extra for mistakes)||$86.40|
Basically, this works out to less than $3 per invitation (including postage). That’s an awesome deal! Some people spend $5-$10 per invitation. That’s a lot of money for something most people throw away.
DIY Hand Lettering
One way you can really make your invitations look luxurious is with DIY hand lettering. Unfortunately, I didn’t keep any of the extras I made, so made this one real quick to show you the general idea. The ACTUAL invitation envelopes looked a bit better. If you are wondering if you can pull this off, YOU CAN! I am not super creative and they turned out really good. Remember to buy extra envelopes like I did
in case for when you make a mistake.
I will admit this step was a labor of love. Thankfully, my now hubby helped out a lot.
- Create a word document with everyone’s addresses (1 pg per envelope)
- Customize the fonts per line (see the fonts used below)
- Print them in a very light gray font (changed the page layout to be a 5×7 envelope)
- Trace the addresses with these fancy pens (below)
- I used my custom stamp for the return addresses (on the back flap)
Tips: Vary which pen you use based on the size of the text. Use a thicker pen for the name and the XS for the smaller text of the address. Remember: You don’t want them to look too perfect or they won’t look hand-lettered!
Fonts Used: Lavanderia Delicate, Jenna Sue, Bergamot Ornaments (symbols)
See an example from my word document below: