Save Money On Your Wedding Invitations

25 January 2014


Considering that the average cost of weddings in Canada is now up to $23,300 (source: Globe and Mail), it makes sense to try and cut down on the wedding expenses in areas where people won't notice that you are trimming back.  One of these areas where I do not think it is essential to spend a lot of money on is wedding invitations.  While they are a memento and something you will cherish for a long time, most people that you invite will likely recycle the invitations or at least put them somewhere where they won't be looking at them on a daily basis.

According to the Bridal Association of America, the average cost of wedding invitations amounts to $659.  This amount refers to invitations that involve wedding invitations, replies, and envelopes for both of these.  Most couples nowadays do not include reply RSVP cards and envelopes.  However, even if you factor in the omission of the reply cards and reply envelopes, the price of wedding invitations can still cost around $2 to $5 per invitation.

Here are a few tips on how you can save money on your wedding invitations, allowing you to save more money towards more important things, like your honeymoon, or your new life together, for example.

Make Your Own

You can design your own wedding invitations, or buy a template from Etsy or through a big craft store, like Michael's.  This will save money on design costs.  MSN Money recommends using design software to create your wedding invitations.

Instead of having the envelopes printed with your address and the addresses of those that are invited, use a mass printing machine with stick-on labels instead.  People (like me) throw out the invitation envelope immediately anyway (I don't like clutter that much and I like to recycle) so it doesn't matter what your envelope looks like.

Also, you could use websites like Vistaprint to make your own invitations.  Or you could even use Shutterfly or Picaboo to send an invite out that consists of a picture of the two of you instead of a formal print out on card stock.

Opt Out on Big Envelopes

Obviously, having to use big envelopes or big square invitations will cost you extra in postage.  Considering that Canada Post is planning to increase their Canadian postage stamps from $0.61 (or however much it is now) to a whopping one dollar soon, any additional costs, for example, a larger envelope, will really add up, unfortunately.

Keep it Simple

The more elaborate you make your wedding invitations, the more expensive they will be.  The Knot (known as the wedding guru website for all) suggests using a single panel invitation instead of a folded invitation.  A simple, single panel invitation will be much more economical than a typical wedding invitation that folds like a card, and has tissue paper inside it.  People rarely remember the design or style of your wedding invitation and if that can save you a few hundred dollars, then go for it.

Email Out Your Save the Date's and Get RSVP's Emailed

Instead of including the RSVP card which adds to printing costs, envelope costs, and mailing costs, ask people to RSVP via email instead.  Not only will you be saving money on RSVPs, you will also be saving the environment.  If possible, Yahoo recommends that you could even email out your invitations instead of sending them by mail too.  This will be 1/10 of the cost of mailing out paper invitations.  However, not everyone is a fan of this, as some people do not have email and still prefer to receive invitations by snail mail.

However you plan to save money on wedding invitations, the point is that you can save money on wedding invitations.  Instead, you can focus on more important things like photography, food, and other things that people will more likely remember and take pictures of.  Let's face it, $23,300 is a lot of money, and if there's any way you could save some of that towards more important things, like not going into debt for your wedding, or a down payment for a new home together, then you should.

Bargainmoosers, how much did you spend on your wedding invitations?

(banner image credit: tamburix)


  • Katy
    I got married in 2012, and we did our own invitations...and they looked professional by the time we were done. We probably had 110 invites, RSVP cards, and two sizes of envelopes. We ordered the two sizes of envelopes from a local shop that supplied things from the company "Envelopements." For 110 5x7 envelopes and 110 3x4 envelopes, in fancy shiny green, they were about $80. We designed the invite with the help of my brother, and got them laser printed on thick cardstock at Staples business depot. If you use them, it might take some time. At first, they cut them by hand...and they looked....not great. Then, they sent them to their other store for laser printing....really nice quality and cuts....except the printing colour was off.....sigh.....third time...printed them at the first store, and then they sent them for laser printing. Keep in mind they did all the re-sending and fixing for free, so we weren't out of pocket. Total printing costs of all the invites (ours was designed to just be the front of a piece of cardstock) and RSVP cards was about $30. So, for a little over $100 we did our invites and RSVP cards with envelopes and they looked fantastic. I believe it cost us another $120 for the stamps for the invites, RSVP cards, and we also bought the stamps for the thank-you cards at the same time. I recommend buying stamps before the prices go up in January. We printed the addresses onto the envelopes ourselves. Just make a template, and try it out on some blank paper to make sure it's centered how you like it. I recommend buying a few extra envelopes...the finish on our envelopes ended up smearing addresses with an inkjet printer, but printed the addresses nicely (with no smearing) on a laserjet printer. Just takes some trial and error. I believe the original quote to get the same invite, RSVP cards, and envelopes (keep in mind we still would of had to put the addresses on ourselves and buy stamps) was about $400 + tax. So, since there isn't much you can do about stamp costs, I recommend going for the nice envelopes and a thicker cardstock, and you will still save a ton doing it on your own. =) We got many compliments on them. Good luck!
  • Katy
    PS. We tried the idea of stick on labels for the envelopes, and it didn't look great on a coloured envelope. Even if the labels were clear, it looked bad. The stick-on labels might look okay on a white envelope though.
    • Clare
      @Katy- Thanks so much for sharing your tips!

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