- #WeddingTalk: Invitations on a Budget -

- #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 fiancĂ© (who agreed with me - thanks, Chris!), and assumed that's what we were going to order. Bing, bang, boom. Done. 

LOL, Quinn.

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 fiancĂ© 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 ;)

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