Wedding invitations are not only used to announce your big day. They tell your guests what to expect from your wedding. And Yes! Planning a wedding is a lot of work, but it’s also a lot of fun. How many other times in your life will you get to pick out so many beautiful things, surround yourself by all of your loved ones, and be celebrated as you embark on a new chapter of your life?
Weddings are incredible and wonderful. Planning yours should be fun but there does need to be a practical side to it, too. Unfortunately, that practical side often involves wedding budgeting – which can be really difficult.
The great news is, you’re already ahead of the curve and doing your research to see how much things cost. Wedding invitations are one of the first things on your wedding checklist, so they’re one of the first expenses you need to research.
How Much Wedding Invitations Cost
Shutterfly, an expert in wedding invitations, says the average cost of wedding invitations is between $400 and $650. So, if you need a baseline number, there it is. Of course, that can vary drastically depending on how many people you’re inviting. Details like the theme your wedding has, what materials you choose for the invitations, and how elaborate you want your invitations to also play an important role.
What is a Wedding Invitation Suite
Have you heard of a wedding invitation suite? It’s a collection of items related to the invitation that you can have for your wedding. The type of suite you choose will also greatly affect the price of your invitations but it’s not uncommon for a suite to cost upwards of $1000 to $2000.
But, that said, if your budget for the entire suite you can save money and those items don’t need their own, separate line items in your budget later on. A wedding invitation suite can include any combination of the following printed items:
- Save the date cards
- Change the date cards
- Wedding invitations
- RSVP cards
- Reception cards
- Wedding programs
- Menu cards
- Place cards
- Thank you cards
The benefit of ordering a suite all at once from the same vendor not only saves you money as they typically offer package deals, but it lets you keep the exact same theme in all of your stationery products so they match perfectly.
Wedding Invitation Alternatives
If you’re looking to cut costs and want something cheaper for your wedding invitations, try these wedding invitation tips.
- Make the invitations yourself
- Skip the RSVP mailer and have a website RSVP or email response
- Use a standard sized envelope to save postage
- Buy invitations in bulk from a discount store like Costco
- Send a photo invitation (like a holiday card)
- Use postcards
- Send online invitations
Inviting people to your wedding is a crucial part of your special day, but the wedding invitations themselves can range from a simple email to a very elaborate wedding invitation suite that includes all of your printed supplies in matching graphics, embossed on velum. It’s up to you how much you want to spend and how important your invitations are to your dream wedding.