I can’t remember if it’s Tesco or Asda, you know… that TV ad where the lady pats her back pocket and they say “Every little helps!”…
…There’s no other time that this slogan rings more true than when planning a Wedding…
Cos all those little extras that just cost a few extra pounds here and there can really begin to add up!
So here are my tips on how to save some of those pounds on your Wedding Invitations…
1. PREPARE, PLAN & PREPARE SOME MORE
I know you’re juggling a lot of different tasks that you probably have very little clue about, but gathering just a little bit of information before you start ordering your Wedding Invitations can really save you time, energy, wasted effort and money!
Key questions to ask yourself before ordering are: What elements do I need in my Invitation Suite?
Do I want to go for pre-designed or Bespoke/Custom?
What’s my budget?
Do I want/need to send Save the Dates?
How many Invitations do I need?
Do I need Evening Invites?
When do I want my guests to receive them?
Will I go for the same colour as my colour scheme or totally different?
What print style do I want?
and on and on…
2. KNOW YOUR BUDGET
It’s very difficult to save money on your Wedding Invitations if you don’t even have a budget!
If you haven’t already you reeeeeeeeeeeeally need to set a budget, that way it’ll be easier to stick to it!
Check out my post here on How to Work Out Your Wedding Invitation Budget
3. DO NOT ORDER 1 INVITATION PER GUEST
This is probably one of the top mistakes many of Brides tend to make (fortunately they have me to guide them) when ordering their Wedding Invitations as initially they tend to give me their guest numbers and think in terms of 1 invitation per guest…
Not every guest needs their very own Invitation – think families, think couples…
By thinking about how many actual Wedding Invitations you need, I’ve probably saved you hundreds right there!
4. ORDER AN EXTRA 10%
This goes for Invitations, Envelopes and your Stationery Elements!
It’s way cheaper to order extras when placing your initial order than it is to get re-prints.
You may even find that if you need less than 10, that you can’t even re-order as many pre-designed Wedding Stationers minimum order quantities. (Mine is 25 for most items).
You might not think it, but you’ll need extras…
Any guests you forgot to invite…
Any Invitations that get lost in the post…
Saving some for keepsakes…
Sending one to your Photographer to photograph for your album…
Also don’t forget to ask your Invitation Designer whether or not they provide you with spare envelopes… as you will need these for any mistakes made when addressing.
5. ORDER A SAMPLE
I actually can’t stress how important it is to order samples.
Because one persons idea of quality, may not necessarily be yours.
It is always best to see and feel the quality before you place an order…
The you need to ensure that you will receive a PDF proof via email for all elements of your Wedding Invitation Suite BEFORE it goes to print!
I’ve had a number of Brides who have come to me after they have ordered Save the Dates and the quality wasn’t as expected and even worse some Brides have come to after having already paid for their Invites and not liked them!
Please don’t let this be you.
6. ORDER PRE-DESIGNED INSTEAD OF BESPOKE OR CUSTOM
This is quite obvious, but ordering anything off the rack is cheaper than having something custom designed for you.
If spending tons on your Wedding Invitations is not for you, then go pre-designed there are so many beautiful designs that finding something that fits your style will not be hard at all.
Then all you need to do is change the colours or add a FEW extras lol…
7. TRIPPPLE CHECK FOR ERRORS
Spelling errors actually make me anxious at the best of times, but on an Invitation **more sighs**
Because a simple spell check can generally alleviate that, and a good Wedding Stationer will run a spell check as standard, but once you have approved your design to go to print, the onus now lays with you as the client.
So always make you sure you print and read through your proofs before approving anything to go to print.
I’d even go as far as to ask a few of your family and friends to proof read it for you…
Just to be sure sure!
8. CHOOSE THE RIGHT WEDDING STATIONER
This goes without saying!
But choosing a good Wedding Stationer can be easier said than done, but I’d say as a minimum when browsing websites please ensure they spell stationery correctly.
For the purposes that we want, it should be spelt with an “E” NOT an “A”!
Check that their site is not littered with spelling errors as what you’ll find is that many Graphic Designers turn their hand to designing Wedding Stationery without little knowledge of Wedding Invitation traditions, etiquette, do’s and don’t etc…
8.5. FOREGO RIBBONS, BUCKLES AND EMBELLISHMENTS
Of all the Wedding Invitation Designers in the world, I’m not doing myself any favours by advising this, but the cost of postage is an additional cost that you need to budget for with your Wedding Invitations, but where many Brides can get caught out is not being aware that a ribbon bow, buckle or other bulky embellishments can end up increasing the cost of posting a small envelope to become the cost of a large envelope.
So there you have it!
My 8.5 ways to save you some money on your Wedding Invitations…
I hope it’s been a helpful read, as when it comes to Wedding Invitations there can be so much to consider…
but to get you started I’ve created a Guide that details what all the Wedding Invitation Suite and Stationery elements are, along with a printable Checklist and Timeline so that you know what to order and when to order them!
So if you haven’t already, CLICK HERE or the image below to download it now!
“The Perfect Wedding Begins With The Perfect Invitation…”
Love, Leonie xx