FAQ's: Budgeting for & Purchasing Wedding Invitations
How Do I Budget For Wedding Invitations?
Before you start searching for the perfect invitations, you will want to determine your estimated number of guests as well as your wedding invitation budget. This way, you'll avoid spending more money than you intended, and you'll avoid creating an invitation that is way out of your price range.
The first step in this process, for most brides, is to determine how much of the overall budget will be spent on wedding invitations and on stationery. If possible, start with your wedding budget and break it up into categories (dress, food, flowers, etc.). The idea is to assign a percentage of the budget to each category in order of their importance to you. Want to create the invitations on a budget in order to go all out on the reception location? You can make that happen. Or, if you have your heart set on beautiful and elaborate invitations, you can make them a reality with a little bit of planning and a little bit of creativity.
Of course, each bride's budget, and each bride's priorities will be different. We believe that the wedding invitation sets the tone for the entire event and should be considered with thought no matter what your budget. From our experience, the majority of brides plan to spend about two to five percent of their overall budgets on the "basics" of their wedding invitations. "Basics" include the invitation itself along with the inner and outer envelopes and response card.
When creating your invitation budget, make sure to include any extras you think you may want. By allowing us to print all your stationery needs, you ensure a consistent level of service and style. Some suggested items include:
- Save the Dates
- General Stationery
- Thank You Notes
- Families who live together should receive one invitation
- Married couples should receive one invitation
- Adults (friends) living together should each receive one invitation
- Young adults over age 18 should receive their own invitation
- Married couples and families only need one invitation
- Children over the age of 18 should receive their own invitation
How Many Wedding Invitations Do I Need?
This will depend on how many guests you would like to invite. Here are some guidelines that you may want to follow when creating your invitation mailing list:
Once you have an idea of how many invitations you'll need, we recommend you play it safe and order extra. Consider all the situations that could leave you in a last minute bind if you don't have extras to spare (i.e.: you add people to the guest list at the last minute, you need to resend copies that were lost in the mail, etc.) Also, don't forget that you'll want one or two as a keepsake or to include in your wedding album!
Wedding invitations are frequently sold in quantities of 20 or 25. Again, you'll want to round up enough to provide you with a comfortable safety net. Whether you are addressing your envelopes by hand or having them professionally addressed, you will want to order an adequate amount of matching envelopes to plan for inevitable errors.
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