You’re getting married! Congratulations! As you look into wedding invitations you’ll find there are several options. Within each category of DIY invitations and professionally printed wedding invitations, you’ll find hundreds of things to consider and sort through. We thought we’d give you a little help and organize some of the elements to consider when choosing your wedding invitations.
DIY invitations or professionally printed? DIY invitations can be a great way to save money. You can design your own invitations to print at home and assemble them as needed. Things to consider are time it will take to create and organize, how much is the paper or card stock (will it really save you money) and how many do you need to create. If you are sending out 200 some invitations, it may actually be less expensive to order them from a professional printer. Generally, the larger the quantity, the better the price break when ordering. If your event has a smaller guest list, it might be more economical to print or make your own invitations. Compare paper prices with the cost of ordering. If you choose to order printed invitations, you may also be able to order packages that include your save the date announcements, wedding thank you cards and more.
Time. Time is a factor in nearly every decision surrounding the wedding and wedding invitations are no different. If you need your invitations quickly, it may be more cost effective to print your own rather than pay for expedited shipping. Price out the cost DIY wedding invitations vs. ordering printed ones with accelerated shipping.
Paper. The world of wedding paper is vast. There are some many styles, colors, finishes, and textures to choose from. A glossy finish is a lovely but can be difficult to write on (not ideal for wedding thank you cards). Premium papers will cost more so make sure you factor that in to your final cost. There are so many options to choose from and many printers will send you a sample for a small cost. Textured papers offer a more formal sophisticated feel and satin finishes offer a more romantic, soft finish. Blends of linen and cotton tend to be the more standard options. All papers are available in different weights. The heavier the paper, the thicker it will be.
Price. There are many things to consider about the price of wedding invitations. Many printers will give discounts for bulk orders. If you choose to print your own wedding invitations, you will incur the cost of the digital download, the paper. You may be able to find discounts on paper online or at at paper retailers. Choosing to order professionally printed wedding invites will certainly save you time and effort. It could also save you money if there is free shipping or bulk order discounts.
Style. Assigning a style to your invitations depends on the type of wedding you are having. There aren’t any hard and fast rules about style but in an effort to coordinate your wedding invitations with your style of wedding you may want to create wedding invitations in the same theme. You can create simple, flat card wedding invitations, you can create folded card styles, you can even do accordion card styles that offer multiple panels to personalize. Many designs come as sets, so you can order things all together at once for simplicity, be it just the invites and rsvps, to a whole stationery set with thanks yous, custom envelopes and wedding guestbook to match.
There are a many options when choosing wedding invitations but you can certainly find the right fit for you.