Friday, January 30, 2009

Six Tips to Saving on Your Wedding Invitations

With the economy being what it is, it's a good idea to save whereever you can on the items you need for your wedding. Stationery is one place that people often look to- it is just paper after all, right? No- good stationery is a mini work of art. It's the first thing that your guests will see, and will give them an idea of what kind of event you're going to have. That doesn't mean you need to spend a fortune on your invitations though, to get something beautiful and unique. Here are some ideas to consider:

1- Consider what you need, not what you want. For example, pocket folds are great for keep information all together. But if all you have in that pocket is an RSVP, and maybe one other card, the pocket might not be a necessity. After all, one of those cards is coming back to you. We offer any of our pocketfold designs as a flat invitation for this very reason.

2- Eliminating a pocket may also reduce your postage costs. I say may because sometimes even a layered invitation can bump up your postage over 1oz, especially with a couple of inserts. But switching from a square to a rectangular design will DEFINITELY save you money. Squares are deemed non-machinable by the post office, and get a .20 extra charge because of it.

3- Use a postcard RSVP. You will save envelope and postage costs. This could easily be more than a .60 savings per saving you easily $60 per 100!

4- Consider making some cards double-sided. This may not always be an option (depends on the print method), but worth asking about. One good combination card- directions and accommodations.

5- Print method. Thermography (raised lettering) will be more expensive than flat or digital printing. Letterpress, while beautiful, is labor intensive and will cost the most (Engraving is the most expensive, but not often asked for these days).

6- Ask about doing some DIY. If you're crafty enough, but don't want the hassle of printing and cutting, ask if you can save a little by assembling them yourself. This is an option we happily offer, and will give you a discount to boot. Be warned though- assembly is a time consuming process, so if you decide to go this route, make sure you set aside a couple of weeks (especially if you have a full time job) or a good long weekend.

We understand the economy is tough for everyone right now, and we're happy to discuss options for getting a beautiful invitation that works with your budget. Don't hesitate to contact us to see how we can help you.



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  2. Thanks for these helpful tips. As a bride-to-be, my major consideration is the budget but i also don't want to sacrifice the quality of my upcoming wedding. I really appreciate DIY ideas where i can show off my own touch in an inexpensive way. I seen several inexpensive wedding ideas at brides may check those also.


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