Monday, February 25, 2008

Saving Money on Your Wedding: Invitations and Stationary

I am doing a series of posts on saving money while planning a wedding. Today I will talk about your invitations and other stationary. My total amount spent in this area was $111.82.

Here are some money-saving ideas for saving money on your wedding stationary purchases:

-Make Your Own. You can do this either by literally making your own invites and programs from scratch, or you can print your own on blank invites purchased at an office store. This works best for small weddings, but can also be done for large ones if you have the time and desire.
I did the second option. I stopped at a couple of office supply stores and at Walmart (their wedding section is actually pretty decent). I picked out the invitation that I liked, bought it, and brought it home to print on from my home computer. It was really easy to research proper invitation wording online.
The wedding programs were super-easy. They cost about $10 at Walmart and took one evening to write up and print out. You can't beat that!

-Order Online. My best friend did this. The nice part is that you can quickly and easily check multiple locations for the best price. This probably works better for a larger wedding as many websites have a minimum order requirement.
You can also combine the two above options to find an invitation online that you like and then create your own based off of the one you like. I have another friend who did this.

-Local Printer. Don't forget to check your local printer. You can even take an invitation that you find online and bring it to your printer. Ask him to beat the online price!

As you can see, you have many options for getting the perfect invitation and program without breaking the bank.

How did you do your wedding invitations? Do you think you got a good deal?


Nina said...

I'm making my own invites too! The only items I needed to buy are white cardstock and envelopes.

Becky@FamilyandFinances said...

That's awesome, Nina! Knowing how inexpensive it can be makes me want to laugh at the people who pay so much for these things :)

Kristina - Connecticut-DJs said...

Such a great and informative post. This is really helpful and useful to save money on a wedding invitation. Thumbs up!!