The Thrifty Wedding: 3 Ways to Save on Your Invitations & Save the Date Cards

Jane Doe & John Smith are getting married! SAve the Date! February 1st, 2020 Boston Public LibraryThis is a new series focused on how any couple headed to the altar can find ways to cut back on spending without sacrificing their vision for the big day. Stay tuned for upcoming posts in this series. The next one will be on wedding photography

Wedding invitations can be quite the sticker shock for couples who aren’t prepared. One expert recommends setting aside 4-6% of your overall wedding budget for invitations alone. Depending on the kind you want, they can range from $150 - $8,000 for a 100 invitations. But have no fear, the BPL is here to help!

1. Check out our Kirstein Business Library Software for Creatives classes. We have classes on Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and Canva, all of which can be used to help you create invitations and other design projects. You can choose to print the designs yourself or to send them to a printer. You can do this with both your save the date cards and your invitations. If you don’t have access to the Adobe Creative Suite, book a session in our InnoLAB where you will have access lots of software, including Adobe Creative Suite.

2. Ditch the paper, and use an e-vite to your wedding. It’s much easier to keep track of who is coming, and you don’t have to spend money on stamps and invitations, or use up so much paper.

3. Include only the basics, and a URL on the invitation. Many couples now send an invitation that includes just the most important information like date, time, and address. On the invitation they also include the link to their wedding website where they have all of the other information guests need to know. Guests can also RSVP online which helps with keeping track of who has RSVP’d easily.