Of course we had to include a budget series post on invitations! We have a great post about WHY invitations cost what they do, but a lot of couples ask me the question “What can we do with our budget?” so I thought we’d help answer that today! There are so many misleading posts out there – you’ll find The Knot saying that average cost is around $500, and then Brides tells us that the average couple spends $5,000 – $8,000, so it’s hard to know what to believe. Keep on scrolling for an example of what you can get at a few different price points!
The truth is that every budget is fine for invitations – at first glance, Minted.com’s 2-piece invites start at about $3/set. The trick to wedding budgeting is all about prioritizing what’s valuable to you and your fiancé. We’ve covered four general price levels that are common amongst our clients, but keep in mind that all of these pieces are mix-and-match-able (say that 3 times fast!). Also, you may say that these four invitations aren’t the exact same. We get that, we’re not trying to pull one over on you – but the basic layout with watercolor frames and text on the inside is the same. We’ll use these similar invitations to show you which pieces and printing methods affect the price – and by how much. We’ll also offer a general disclaimer that all pricing listed is approximate and subject to change for any reason.
Price for 100 – $600
This suite has everything that you need – an invitation, an RSVP card, 2 matching envelopes, and the added bonus of an envelope liner for a little extra flair! Both pieces are printed on single-thick paper, but the full-color watercolor designs add an extra pop! This design is available in our shop here, so there is no custom design fee which cuts the price down a good bit. Add in a little hand addressing, and you’ll have beautiful suites without breaking the bank!
Price for 100 – $1,200
$600 Custom Design Fee + $6/Suite
If you’re looking for something a bit more one-of-a-kind, then custom design may be the way to go for your invitations! This suite includes the same pieces, technically, but a design would be something new that is inspired by you and your fiancé’s love story. Our custom design packages include anything from calligraphy names and watercolor maps to venue sketches and puppy drawings!
Price for 100 – $1,950
$700 Custom Design Fee + $9/Suite + $350 Foil Upgrade
If you want to upgrade your invitations a little, but aren’t sure which will make the most impact, you’ll likely be in our most popular client area, which is that of custom designed invitations with a few choice upgrades. For this suite, we’ve added gold foil printing and double-thick paper on the main invitation, a die-cut Details card, and printed return + guest addresses. The foil printing and double thick paper help the main invitation stand out above all the other pieces (it is the most important, after all!).
Price for 100 – $2,550
$800 Custom Design Fee + $14/Suite + $350 Foil Upgrade
You’d be hard-pressed to find an upper limit to invitation costs if you were really searching for it. I could diamond-encrust a crystal ball, etch it with your wedding info, and pay 100 Chippendales to deliver them on horseback around the country, sure (anyone? Bueller?). But in the interest of keeping us in the real world, this suite is a great example of a couple who prioritized branding and stationery elements for their wedding. They even had 12 matching pieces for the day of the wedding, using these design elements. For the invites, we added the gold foil stamping, double thick paper, 2 extra insert cards, a printed vellum wrap, custom wax seal, return address printing, and gold address calligraphy. We like to imagine that each guest felt like they’d received a special gift in the mail that day – and that they understood they were being invited to a luxurious event, full of meaningful, personalized touches!
Wedding invitations to tell your story, and business education to help you write your own.