August 11, 2016
Invitations are (with the exception of Save the Dates) your guest’s very first impression of your wedding or event. Everybody wants beautiful invitations. Something special, different, unique, and (perhaps most importantly) a reflection of the what you hope your wedding day (or shower, or Sweet 16, or Anniversary) will look and feel like. That’s a tall order for stationary!! But there are a number of ways to accomplish the task without breaking the bank, and without sacrificing the gorgeous factor!
Today, I’m going to tell you the single most affordable way to produce wedding invites (and, no, it’s not an e-vite—’cause, don’t you dare!).
So, I’m totally guilty of spending a decent amount of money on my wedding invitations. You only get married once, right! Or, twice (if you’re my husband). Wink. It’s perfectly OK to spend for gorgeous invitations, ones with all the bells and whistles. My favorite wedding invitation designers are Beacon Lane. They are a small design shop located in Chicago. They specialize in rustic-chic. Their work is stunning, and their customer service was to die for! Their prices are moderate, but there were ways I found to save money with them. They had specials, and I paid attention to them by liking them on social media, following them on Instagram. It’s a great way to take advantage of a sale. After all, you can’t take advantage of a sale if you don’t know that one is happening!
Here are my final invites. I still love them. I saved money by printing my envelopes myself. I saved money by ordering my matching thank you notes at the same time. I saved a lot of money by scaling my dream invite down from a boxed invite with a flower enclosed (yea, seriously, they make them and they are gooooooooorgeous!!!!) Photo credit: Idalia Photography
I love Beacon Lane’s designs so much that I also used them for a styled shoot last spring. Here’s a sneak peek, of their boxed invites. I also used them in a DIY tutorial on how to line invitation envelopes, check it out here.
But there are ways to create beautiful invitations without spending close to $4.75 per invite (that’s what mine were before postage). The boxed version is around $10 per invitation. I love to recommend Beacon Lane to my brides who are looking for the gorgeous factor with out any of the work (they assemble everything, all you have to do is address, stuff and stamp!). One thing you must consider when trying to save money is that you will have to do a lot of the assembly and work on your own. So there is a larger time factor. But here’s how to do it:
How affordably can you create wedding invitations? I just worked with a bride and we DIY’d the heck out the wedding invites. We ended up creating 175 invitations for less than $250. That’s not bad and doesn’t include the postage (do not forget to budget for the postage).
But if figuring it all out seems like a headache, just let me know! I’d be more than happy to walk you through the process!
Thank you to the photographers who allow us to use their images on our site:
Ashley Mac Photographs, Heather Palecek Photography, Idalia Photography, Jessica Erb Photography, Susan Elizabeth Photography, Delaney Dobson Photography, Ann Coen Photography, Lovesick Inc., K Hulett Photography & Melanie Cassie Photography
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