I think many brides today are planning their weddings on a budget. I was no different. There were some items I was willing to splurge on, and some I didn’t mind going without. Invitations and stationery weren’t high on my priority list for splurges. We visited a few invitation boutiques and looked at a few DIY printed invites from places such as Michaels and Target. I knew I wanted to incorporate the monogram Jerad had designed, and I wanted the invites to be printed on pink paper.
I was starting to get discouraged that I couldn’t commit to an invite and that nothing was fitting my vision. So much of my wedding was over-the-top that I wanted the invitations to be muted in comparison to some other elements. Just when I was about to throw in the gloves and settle on a set of DIY invites, I decided to try Vistaprint. I’ve mentioned before that I’ve used Vistaprint for years for party invitations and Christmas cards, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to use them for my wedding invitations. And, I wasn’t sure how to make all the elements of a wedding invitation work with their offerings. Since my wedding, Vistaprint has expanded their offerings and now offers complete invitation packs. After a little brainstorming and some cringing from my wedding vendor friends, Jerad and I came up with our perfect invitations that didn’t break the bank.
We ordered a total of 400 linen-finish invitations for $37.19. We didn’t invite 400 guests, but I had a coupon code and was trying to get the most bang for our buck!
The invitations did come with free envelopes, but we splurged and ordered custom envelopes to match our invitations. We ordered 200 custom envelopes for $67.23.
Like everyone else, we needed response cards. Vistaprint didn’t offer actual response cards, so we instead opted to order postcards that could work as the response card and the response card envelope. We ordered 100 response post cards for $19.73.
Response Post Card Front.
Response Post Card Back.
We also included direction cards in our invitations to help our guests find our venue. These were actually printed in a business card style. We ordered 250 direction (business) cards for $15.46.
As the wedding approached, I ordered a few more stationery items from Vistaprint for our reception. Our wedding venue was about an hour from our hometown and a little off the beaten path. I decided to order lawn signs with our monogram on them to place at various locations to help guests navigate their way to the ceremony site. We ordered two lawn signs for $17.98.
I also ordered menus from Vistaprint to set at each of our guests’ place settings. I don’t have an actual picture of the place setting, but I do have the proof. I promise the font wasn’t crooked in the final product. We ordered 100 menus for $27.99, and these were also printed on the linen-finish paper.
The final touch of stationery for our wedding took the place of place cards. I had originally planned on assigning seats at the wedding, but instead opted to assign tables. But, I’d already ordered a boatload of glass slippers. We decided to place a business-size card in the slot of the slipper that read, And they lived happily ever after. The back side of the card was the address of the new home where we would be residing following the wedding.
If you’ve been keeping up, you’ll realize that all our wedding stationery needs came to just under $200 pre-shipping. Not a bad deal, if I do say so myself.
Did you use any unique websites to score deals for your wedding?