The high cost of weddings is one of largest considerations to take into account when planning one. For many the expenses are all things they’ve never had to spend money on before so the breadth of market knowledge is limited. Wedding invitations are one aspect people are often surprised to find out the cost of. We print and post so few things these days it can be a shock to learn how much the process costs. However, there are lots of options to make wedding invitations more cheap and affordable depending on your timeframe, creativity and objectives.
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Now could be the time to get creative. As we’re lucky to have millions of inspirational images and video tutorials, the creativity of the internet is at our fingertips. Some might require more artistic skill than others, however, don’t underestimate the effect of a personal touch. There’s lots of abstract designs that can be attempted by pretty much anyone and the fact that you had personal involvement in the creation will be the talking point. You could have the invitations printed simply in black and white and add watercolour splashes to each one individually. Watercolour is very forgiving and you can simply add random drips and washes of paint which results in an easy way to make cheap wedding invitations look premium. Or if you want to go for a more minimal, monochrome palette you can add some simple line art. For example, you could take a favourite photograph of yourselves and trace the silhouette using that line art for an affordable elegant wedding invitation.
For those with smaller weddings, the amount of personalisation you put into each invitation can be even higher. As numbers of wedding guests may be more limited at the moment, this could be an opportunity to deliberately trim the guest list down to only those very close family and friends. With a smaller quantity, it becomes feasible to do things like hand write each invitation if you’re blessed with good handwriting and want to add personal messages to each guest on those invitations.
Being sustainable when it comes to choosing wedding invitations can also be a great way to save some money. There are an abundance of recycled papers on the market to choose from which would suit a more rustic wedding invitation. For those who want to be even more crafty, saving those offcuts of wrapping paper can be used to decorate plain pieces of board, adding a sense of individuality as you could even collage all the scraps of wrapping paper to make each invitation unique. You could cut up cereal boxes using the cardboard as the main board and glueing the wrapping paper to the other side to use even less resources.
For something memorable, you can have your actual invitation information printed simply on plain paper, but present it along with another item. Baking a batch of cookies and decorating them with your initials or a design that references the wedding could be a sweet way (literally) to invite your guests. Cupcakes could also work and you could even order transfers to print information in the icing on top. However, if you’re delivering these ‘invitations’ by mail, cookies might survive that journey better. For a more finicky level of baking, making fortune cookies and having the wedding invitation on the slip of paper inside will definitely create an impression.
If you want the actual object to be something that lasts longer than an edible item, you could attach it to a bouquet of flower or plant. Collecting small bunches of wildflowers or dried natives would look beautiful and you could present it to your guests in reused glass jars with the event details printed on a piece of paper wrapped around the glass for a cheap rustic wedding invitation . If you’ve got particularly green fingers you could take cuttings of plants in your house and portion those out in small pots so your guests can even grow them beyond the wedding. There are now papers made which actually contain plant seeds in the fibres, the idea being that once you’re done with the invitation you can plant the paper and grow something from it. This could appeal to those who still like the idea of their invitation being transformed into something environmentally friendly but don’t have the access to their own vegetation to give people.
The largest cost of printing usually lies in the paper needed and the print processes, eg: embossing or foil stamping. Furthermore, people might need to convey lots of information about the ceremony itself, RSVP information, the gifting process and any additional wedding events that will occur. The pieces of paper that make up a wedding suite can just keep increasing and it can become extremely costly to produce all those extra cards with the same level of paper and print as the main invitation. Furthermore, with the uncertainty of the current world climate, things have been prone to changing dramatically at the last minute which makes once printed information obsolete. Wedding websites have risen in the popularity over the last few years for those reasons.
There are so many options for those sites now depending on your budget, how much website building knowledge you have and what you want to convey. From simple pages which just offer lists of information such as accommodation or travel options, to allowing guests to RSVP and notify of dietary restrictions through the site, all the way to interactive pages which tell the story of the couple. You can upload photos of your engagement, have a countdown timer to the wedding and for destination weddings, it can be really helpful to add lots of other options of things to do and see in the area. As the wedding invitation is basically a virtual information page, if any information was to change, it can easy to amend the invitation without incurring additional printing costs.
For those who still want to include a traditional physical wedding invitation, there are now websites which partner with wedding invitation printing companies to carry through the design you choose to both the site and the paper invitation.
Just as there are myriad ways weddings can be customised to the couple getting married, the options for more affordable wedding invitations that are a bit more creative and still have maximum impact are just as plentiful. Thanks to the creativity of many people who’ve shared their ideas on the internet, the size of a persons’ budget is no longer a determining factor in the ultimate result.
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