Fall is finally here and for many happy couples that means the beautiful fall wedding that they’ve been dreaming about all summer. As anyone who has planned a wedding before knows, weddings aren’t’ cheap, so anywhere you can save a dollar or two is worth it. In previous posts we’ve talked about several ways you can save money on a wedding, including saving money on the reception and even when buying a gift for someone else but in today’s post we’ll be covering how you can save some money on your wedding invitations.
Wedding invitations are seemingly obligatory to an excellent wedding because of the purpose they serve in announcing the upcoming marriage. By so doing, the wedding announcements and invitations serve to invite friends and loved ones to come celebrate the nuptials with the happy couple.
Without Announcements… How Will People Know?
And perhaps most importantly, besides the above meaningful reasons of course, realistically speaking, how is a couple going to receive gifts from people without sending wedding invitations to everyone they can collectively think of? Still, however, wedding invitations can be fun to pick out, design, and create, all while serving the valuable purpose of inviting and announcing the upcoming wedding day.
But wedding invitations can also be a costly expenditure if the couple is not careful or wise in how they choose to handle them. Splurging for a wedding is completely natural and even expected in most cases, but the wedding invitations in particular are one area of the wedding planning process that a couple choose to go frugal in without losing any of the wedding’s elegance or grandeur.
Cheap Doesn’t Have to Mean Ugly
Contrary to what some may think, deciding to spend less on wedding invitations does not directly translate into having less than stellar announcements. Good looking and beautiful invitations can be purchased and sent out by the couple at a lower cost if they will simply strive follow sound advice on how to save money on wedding invitations.
One of the first ways that a future married couple can save on their wedding invites is by understanding a few practical points concerning shipping costs and how shipping costs are calculated. For example, square shaped envelopes cost more to mail per item than do the normal rectangle shaped envelopes.
This fact of square envelopes costing more than rectangle ones is due largely to the fact that square envelopes do not fit into the standard shipping machinery used by the post office. The square shaped envelopes must therefore be stamped and process individually, by hand in most cases, which in turn boosts the overall costs of mailing the announcements significantly.
Instead of square shaped announcements, a couple can choose to use the standard shaped rectangle envelopes when mailing their invitations so that the added cost of square envelopes does not tip the budget. Additionally, the fad of including pre-stamped envelopes in the wedding invites for the invited guest to RSVP is long over.
The added cost of stamping an equal number of envelopes as wedding invitations literally doubles mailing costs for the announcements. Instead, a couple can consider making a simple wedding website or Facebook page that their invited guests can log onto to RSVP electronically, thereby saving money both on shipping and envelopes.
Save Money With Social Media
This increasingly common practice being employed by future married couples of using social media to handle RSVPs brings up the money saving practice of making use of technology when creating and sending wedding invites. While sending a mass text or a Facebook e-vite to all is still considered a little tacky for such a formal event as a wedding, there are other ways that a couple looking to save on wedding invitations can utilize technology to lessen the costs of the invites themselves.
One such way that proper use of technology can help a couple reduce the costs of their wedding invites involves the use of maps in the wedding announcements. In times past, couples would include a printed mini map in every announcement that would show guests how to get to the location of the wedding or wedding reception.
Including printed maps into every invitation can quickly add to the cost of each printed invitation, so instead use again a wedding website, blog, or Facebook page to provide the information on locations to the invited guests. The URL for these online helpers can easily and inexpensively be added to the bottom of the invitation.
Choosing the right place to have the invitations created and printed can also translate into big savings, or big expenses, for the happy couple. A bride and groom should shop around for different printing prices and competitive rates.
Additionally, there may be places that offer entire wedding packages that would include invitations in the discounted price. By knowing how to mitigated costs on wedding invitations, a couple can save more money overall on their special day.