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{GB} Creative Ways to Save on Your Wedding Invitations

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Budgets- it seems that almost all of us are on them these days. Though some may cringe at the thought of this word, we embrace it. Inside the Envelope specializes in custom invitation design, but we make it a priority to create beautiful and unique invitations within each of our bride’s budgets. And let me tell you, there is ALWAYS a way to make your invitations stunning while still saving a few pennies. So where do you begin? I’m here to give advice on five big ways to save big money on your custom-designed wedding invites.

1.       Go to a One-Stop Shop

More often than not, by working with one place for all of your wedding invitation pieces, such as Inside the Envelope, you will get the best deal possible. We cut the design fees for clients who are solely using our services for their wedding, which can add up to a great deal of savings for them in the end.

2.       Trim the Guest List

One of the biggest factors in determining your invitation cost is the quantity. Each time you add someone new to your guest list, not only will you be paying for the extra paper, printing and postage costs, but also for the other expenses (meals, favors, etc.). If you haven’t spoken to your old college roommate, well, since college, then don’t feel obligated to invite them. Same goes for your parent’s friends whose names you can’t even remember. Less is more in this situation!

3.       Toss the Extras

Besides the invitations and response cards, you can usually cut corners by eliminating some extra pieces, or at least putting information all on one card. In this world of GPS and smartphones, printed directions, for example, are unnecessary. You can also put the reception and hotel information all on one piece. By eliminating the extra paper, not only are you being eco-friendly, but you’re also saving money!

4.       Utilize Your Own Printer

Sure calligraphy looks beautiful, but it also can cost you an arm and a leg. In my opinion, this is a complete waste of money (when was the last time you kept the torn open envelope?). Instead, why not print the addresses yourself? Clear mailing labels are super cheap, and you can choose any font that matches your style and invitations. Your invitations will still look gorgeous, and you will breathe a sigh of relief knowing you can better spend that extra money where it really matters.

5.       Enlist the Help of Your Bridal Party

It’s time to get your invitations ready and mailed out, so who better to call on than your trusty bridesmaids for help? Have the girls over for some wine and appetizers, and make this into a fun bonding experience. You’ll be chatting and enjoying yourselves so much, you will be done assembling your invites before you know it!

I feel honored to be a part of each and every bride’s special day, and it’s truly a wonderful experience seeing their weddings come to life through the unique invitations we create. But we also know everyone needs to save a buck when they can. At Inside the Envelope, we frequently offer promotions to new clients and are continuously working with our current clients to ensure they are completely satisfied- whether they are spending $2,000 or $200. Contact us today to hear more about what we can create for you!


{GB – Guest Blogger} Author: Nicole Midlowski is the owner and senior designer of Inside the Envelope. Inside the Envelope is custom invitation design company based in Chicago, IL and also serving clients nationwide. Whether you are tying the knot, having a baby, or are simply celebrating a special birthday or holiday, Inside the Envelope will collaborate with your style and ideas to create unique invitations for your event! Email or Facebook Inside the Envelope today to see more invitation examples and to set up a consultation!


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