Part Two: 5 Tips to Printing Wedding Invitations

As promised, here are 5 more of our favorite ways to save on your wedding invites.

1. Fake the calligraphy – We already discussed how the envelope will probably end up in the trash the minute it’s opened, so why kill your budget by putting fancy calligraphy on it? Instead, consider having your addresses ink jet printed in a fancy font onto the outside.

2. Keep the RSVP on the DL – Well make it small at least. You want to put stamps on the RSVP envelopes to be nice, we get that. By keeping the return envelope within post card sizes (3.5” x 5” is the min size while 4.25” x 6” is the max) you’ll be able to apply a cheaper return stamp. An A1 / 4Bar envelope is perfect and it’s another 15¢ per invitation you won’t be giving to the post office.

3. Avoid the extras – Keep your invitation elegant, sleek and within budget by eliminating unnecessary extra inserts. Stick to a max of one extra card (that’s in addition to the invite and RSVP). These days, maps are unnecessary and a huge burden on the budget. Consider making the extra card an extension of the rsvp, with a perforation. We’d recommend a card that was 5” x 7”, with a perf to make two 3.5” x 5” cards. Perfect for that 4Bar RSVP envelope we mentioned in #2.

4. Spot the color It may seem obvious, but limiting the number of colors on your invitation series will limit the amount you spend. One or two colors is ideal for budget purposes and looks elegant. If you feel the need to add color, keep it limited to the invitation only. The other items should be printed in single color only. This keeps the focus and attention where it should be.

5. Wait till the last second (almost) – Avoid the urge to get your invitations printed early. We know you’re excited and you want to get things crossed off your list. So why wait you ask? Because things change. Things that you’d never dream of changing will change. It’s the way the world works, always has and always will. When they do change, you’ll be glad you avoided the urge to print early, and don’t have to go through the costly process of reprinting. If you’d like your guests to receive their invite six weeks in advance, start having the printer order paper and prepare proofs eight to nine weeks out, tops.  This should give you plenty of time to proofread (another must) and plenty of time for them to print and mail.

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