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How to Budget for Custom Wedding Invitations

Are you lost on what to budget for your wedding invitations? Have no idea if custom design is going to be within your budget? I can promise, you’re not alone!

The great thing about custom designed invitations is that they can be altered to fit many budgets – from a simple two piece suite to a full suite with all of the bells and whistles. The cost of wedding invitations is highly dependent upon the printing method used, paper, number of items in the suite and details.

One of the benefits of working with a designer to create your wedding invitation suite is that you have someone on your side to suggest the best ways to maximize your budget and make your vision come to life. By changing papers and their weights, combining printing methods or addressing options, I know the work-arounds to help chip off a little of the price tag on the lower priority items (like a reply envelope) so that you can still fit the high priority items (like a handmade paper invitation!) in your budget.

In addition to maximizing your budget, it’s important to keep in mind how custom design can provide additional value. Between the meetings, planning and parties, time becomes sparse while wedding planning. Working with Birdie Mae Designs saves you so much time. All you’ll have to do is provide information, input on the designs and addresses – we handle the rest! All of our clients receive their items fully assembled and addressed, ready to apply postage and mail (and I provide instructions on how to do that, too!).

Now, let’s talk about what you’re really here for – budgeting! I define a basic invitation suite as an invitation, details and reply card all in standard sizes on 110# cardstock paper, an outer and reply envelope, reply postage (clients are responsible for outer postage and mailing of suites), fully addressed with digital printing and assembled. For 100 basic invitation suites, prices generally start around $1,000 for all digital printing, $1,200 for all letterpress printing and $1,400 for all foiled printing. Keep in mind that adding pieces like wax seals, gatefolds, or ribbon and changing papers for heavier weights, cotton paper or handmade paper will all impact pricing.

Curious to see if Birdie Mae Designs would be a good fit for you? Download our pricing guide and fill out the inquiry form. From there, we’ll set up a complementary consultation to talk about your vision and then I’ll send a custom quote!

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