Rush charges can double the cost of your invitations.
Choose inexpensive techniques such as offset printing. Add flair with a ribbon or custom-lined envelope.
If you want pricey engraved or letterpressed invitations, choose inexpensive paper to balance costs.
Room for error
Order 25 extra invitations and envelopes up front to allow for addressing mistakes and additional invitees. You'll save money versus ordering extras at a later date.
Choose a classic card with a simple design. The look will still be elegant, and you'll save money by avoiding intricate designs.
Skip the reply card and envelope. Instead, use a postcard that's printed on the same quality of paper as your invitations. You'll save on stationery and postage.
If there's room, include reception information on the ceremony invitation instead of ordering separate reception cards.
Skip the calligrapher. Enlist a friend with good penmanship to address your envelopes instead.
If you've chosen bows, layers or other embellishments, enlist your bridesmaids to help you put your invitations together to avoid assembly fees.
Create your own informal invitations by using a computer, home printer and high-quality paper. Use rubber-stamp designs, dried flowers or wax seals for a touch of style.
Choose white or ivory paper. Colored and decorative papers are more expensive.
Go light on your invites. Heavy papers and inserts require more postage.
Some stationers offer discounts if you order all of your stationery at the same time.