Custom Wedding Invitations on a Budget

Stationery, Wedding Day Stationery, Wedding Invitations

Philadelphia Stationery Design | Gothic Chic Wedding Invitations in Munaluchi Magazine

Philadelphia Stationery Design | Gothic Chic Wedding Invitations in Munaluchi Magazine

I haven’t really had a chance to talk about wedding budgets yet. Today, I just wanted to focus on how to create your budget for your custom wedding invitations.

I tend to design for couples who greatly prioritize the details of their wedding! Having your paper custom-designed is a great way to create a cohesive look. Here are a few things to consider for any budget, along with some tips if you need to cut back a little:


The heavier the paper, the more expensive the invitation. This goes for postage as well as printing costs. Textured paper tends to cost a little more, as well.

Save a little:

I don’t recommend skimping on your paper–the good-quality stuff really does get noticed! You can choose a less expensive stock for your response set, and that’ll save you some money.

Printing Method

Flat, or digital printing, is typically the least expensive printing method. Letterpressing and engraving really elevate your invitation suite, but they can elevate the price, as well.

Save a little:

Thermography is a great middle ground. You could also have the invitation letterpressed and opt for digital printing on the inserts. Check out Michele and Matt’s wedding invitation for an example.


Small guest lists aren’t always in the cards, but keep in mind–the more invitations need to be printed, the more they’ll cost!

Save a little:

Order plenty of extras. This is a case of “spend to save”. Think of it this way: if you order the exact number you need, you will need to reorder in the event of mistakes or oversights. This will cost much more than adding a few more on to your first order!

Response Sets + Other Add-Ons

Don’t forget about the RSVP! Your response set should be together with your invitation, and if your ceremony and reception are at different venues, you’ll need a reception card as well. Direction cards may also be in order, depending on how remote your venue is. Even if they’re not strictly necessary, Stephanie and Dave’s invitation proves that a map can be an adorable addition!

Save a little:

A simple response postcard is all you really need, especially if your ceremony and venue are the same location. Just don’t forget to put a stamp on it!

How can we create your dream custom wedding invitation while staying within your budget? Contact me to schedule your consultation!

Photo by Syed Yaqueen, SYPhotography.

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