How to save money

Order early

Rush charges can double the cost of your invitations.

Low-priced printing

Choose inexpensive techniques such as offset printing. Add flair with a ribbon or custom-lined envelope.

Balancing act

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.

Simply chic

Choose a classic card with a simple design. The look will still be elegant, and you'll save money by avoiding intricate designs.

Pretty postcards

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.

Double duty

If there's room, include reception information on the ceremony invitation instead of ordering separate reception cards.

Low-cost lettering

Skip the calligrapher. Enlist a friend with good penmanship to address your envelopes instead.

Maid service

If you've chosen bows, layers or other embellishments, enlist your bridesmaids to help you put your invitations together to avoid assembly fees.

Homespun style

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.

Color counts

Choose white or ivory paper. Colored and decorative papers are more expensive.

Paper weight

Go light on your invites. Heavy papers and inserts require more postage.

Package prices

Some stationers offer discounts if you order all of your stationery at the same time.

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