Unlike the days of old when all printed pieces were ordered in a pricey matched set through the local printer or bridal salon, today’s bride has a wide range of choices. Many of these possibilities can be accomplished for much less. Here are some of those options.
While save-the-date cards are optional, even couples on very tight budgets sometimes choose to send them because they are eager to tell everyone immediately. And, because these reminders are sent so far ahead of the wedding, it almost feels as if they are not part of the budget.
While there are choices that cost as much as the invitations themselves, a few techniques can help you spread the word relatively inexpensively.
1. Send-save-the-dates to only your closest friends and family. The rest of the guests can receive invitations only.
2. Send save-the-date postcards, which not only cost less to buy but also require less postage than full-blown cards. Find inexpensive styles here.
3. To save on stamps, hand-deliver save-the-date cards and invitations to local people.
Invitations and Thank-You Cards
If you want substantial-looking wedding invitations but are worried about the high cost of ordering traditional engraved invitations—or think your choices are severely limited—you needn’t fret.
4. Order custom invitations online. There are online options for very nice-looking invitations at a low cost. They are less expensive, the opportunities for personalization are greater, and the choices are abundant. Go here for hundreds of inexpensive designs.
Do It Yourself (DIY)
While all invitations ordered online are technically DIY (because you set up the wording and, in some cases, choose colors and designs), many brides are looking for ways to personalize and assemble their invitations, whether it’s with their own artwork or by printing them at home.
5. Buy blank, printable invitations you can run through your home printer. There are also full kits with more components.
As technology progresses, so do delivery methods. Some are choosing to email their wedding invitations, either on their own or with the help of a service. From an etiquette standpoint, this is becoming more acceptable (although there are those who disagree).
7. Send eInvites. The benefits are obvious—lower cost and no postage—but there are significant downsides as well. Some people do not have email or do not check their inboxes regularly. There is also the danger of emails getting caught in spam filters, being overlooked, or failing to arrive at all. The potential for unintentionally hurt feelings is high.
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The above is an excerpt from the Dream Wedding on a Dime; 7 Secrets for the Budget-Savvy Bride ebook.