How Much to Budget for
Look to any of the big-name wedding planning sites and you'll find mixed information about what you should spend on wedding invitations - much of it you'll find to be disappointing unrealistic. We've done the research and found recommendations as low as $1.60 per invitation. Don't be fooled. Sure, you could buy a printable template off Etsy a figure out how to customize it yourself. And you could definitely take it to a copy store and have them print it out on some off-the-shelf cardstock. Then you could go home with a shiny new papercutter and spend the weekend trimming all the pages down to size. Sounds fun, right? It's all very DIY do-able, but the end results will probably not be what you've envisioned.
Or you can take the road well-travelled and order from any number of online retailers knowing that accessory selections are generally very limited and not included in the price.
Use this quick guide to estimate how much you should realistically budget for quality wedding invitations.
Take the number of guests you plan to invite and divide it in half. Each couple or family gets an invitation, not each person. If you are inviting a large amount of single guests, be sure to assume they will bring a +1.
COST PER INVITATION
Cost per invitation can vary greatly depending on the speciality papers, printing and add ons (ribbon, envelope liner, vintage stamps) you might choose. Use the range below to find an estimated cost then write the number above in the Cost/Invitation blank. If you’re in love with details and obsessed with beautiful paper like we are, your cost will likely be closer to the Luxe end. If you’re OK with a standard three piece invitation suite with coordinating envelopes and no fancy frills, opt for something closer to the Basic end.
Don’t forget that standard USPS postage will cost around $1.25/invitation if you're sending a traditional paper RSVP card/return envelope. Most couples will opt for a mix of online rsvp and traditional. Save some budget and papercuts by simply including an enclosure card instructing guests to rsvp on your wedding website by the set deadline date. For your older guests, include a traditional rsvp card/return envelope.
WEDDING INVITATION BUDGET x 2 = ESTIMATED STATIONERY BUDGET
What about all the other paper goods and stationery? Once you know your realistic budget for wedding invitations, multiply that number by 2 to find your estimated total wedding stationery budget. This number will give you a good idea of what you'll spend on all of those additional stationery pieces you may have forgotten. You may want Save the Dates, ceremony programs, menus, escort cards, thank you cards, signage, custom napkins, and favor tags. Expect to spend about the same amount on all of these pieces as you do on your wedding invitations.