Let’s face it, weddings are expensive and stressful. The average wedding in 2009 runs about $21,814, down from $27,490 in 2007. If you are like me, then you are gasping at the very thought of spending that much money! You are probably convinced there has to be a way to cut back on some of the costs without taking away from the joy of such a special day.
One place that you can cut back, but still get a lot of bang for your wedding buck is invitations. Gone are the days when your invitations had to be engraved. Many new brides are opting for informal wedding invitations.
- If you are creative and talented you can make your own.
- Buy blanks and print them yourself.
- Keep an eye open for close-out sales for wedding invitations. Paper stores often have discount invitations.
- You can save money by bypassing the Post Office. If you have friends and family that you see often you can hand-deliver your invitations.
- Keep an eye on the quantity. Make sure you don’t go overboard and order too many invitations. Keep a close count of your guests. Sometimes cards are made in excess and are thrown away.
- Don’t have a separate reception card. When I got married I had the reception location and address centered below the invitation. I appreciate it when brides send me cards with the information for both events on ONE card. It’s easier to keep track of one card than two or more.
- Some wedding specialists even suggest doing away with RSVP cards. Chances are they’ll just tell you in person that they will attend, so don’t include RSVP cards. When I got married, I sent out one hundred invitations and only received 10 RSVPs. How many people attended? Oh about ninety. Most likely, when your guests are your closest friends and co–workers whom you see every day, they will just tell you whether they plan to come or not. Some brides are even using online sites like: ??? which will even monitor your RSVPs for you.
Do you have any other ideas to add?