- #WeddingTalk: Invitations on a Budget -
The week after I got engaged I was so excited that I literally could not sleep. Having never thought about planning a wedding before, I was ecstatic at the possibilities. For the first time in my life, Pinterest actually seemed useful. I pined after gorgeous bridal gowns. Glitzy table settings seemed appealing. And, invitations? I found a design on Pinterest, ran it past my fiancé (who agreed with me - thanks, Chris!), and assumed that's what we were going to order. Bing, bang, boom. Done.
10 months later, I revisited the invitation design that I had deemed 'ours.' I had almost never felt more illiterate and confused as I stared at the ordering website. Single invitation envelope? Double invitation envelope? Large enclosure? Small enclosure? Excuse me? Furthermore, when I clicked 'checkout,' I was assaulted by the $900 price tag. A large part of me wanted to cry. A smaller part wanted to punch something. All of me was sure that spending $900 on invitations for 100 guests was not happening.
Long story short, here's my advice for ordering your wedding invitations (on a budget):
- Design your own. If you're really looking to save on invites, piece together the parts of the wedding invitation suite that you want. I wound up choosing 1. the invite, 2. the RSVP card, 3. the 'details card' (with ceremony, reception, and hotel accommodation information), 4. invitation envelopes, and 5. RSVP card envelopes. I also just did calligraphy on my own envelopes - so happy to be done with those!
- Research, research, research. Although my parents were married 35 years ago, I still looked at their wedding invitation for format and inspiration. I'm the traditional type, so I took a lot of inspo from old-school invitations. Chris likes minimalism, so I scoured Pinterest for some templates. Combining the two visions, I created my own through Zazzle. I have also heard great things about Wedding Paper Divas and Minted.
- Ask for help. As much as I love to be a one man band, it can feel overwhelming at times. Your fiancé is your partner. Lean on him or her for the decisions that you're confused by or just don't feel like making
It's a lot of money, it's a lot of stress, it's a lot of stress because it's a lot of money, but let's all trust that it'll be worth it. Because in the end, who could put a price tag on the thought of your wedding invitation being used as inspo 35 years from now? Well. Shine Wedding Invitations could ;)