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They say, first and last impressions last the longest. That being said, stationery items such as invitations and thank you notes are the first and last pieces your guests will see and each will set a lasting impression of your entire wedding. Of course each couple has their own unique visions of their big day, which in turn affects how they want to allocate their budget. Therefore, at Take Note! Creations, we’re committed to giving every couple the knowledge to determine the best route to go when ordering their wedding stationery.
According to research, in 2017, the US average cost of a wedding was $25,764 (www.costofawedding.com). However, in urban areas such as Los Angeles and San Diego, the average cost can be as high as $38,269. When determining your stationery budget, you should allocate 4%-6% of your overall budget for invitation basics. Keep in mind that ordering additional stationery items and custom or designer products will cost more.
As a professional design studio, all our items are a-la-carte, and our prices begin at $6-$7 per invitation suite. Final cost will depend on style & paper, printing process and embellishments. On average, our couples budget for and spend approximately $1,300-$1,500 on 100 invitations.
What is included in an Invitation Suite? A standard invitation suite includes: the invitation, one details insert, response card and both mailing and response envelopes with guest address & return address printing.
Here are a few quick tips to help you determine your stationery budget:
First, finalize your mailing list. Keep in mind that families who live together should receive only one invitation, however, anyone over the age of 18 (even if they live at home) should get their own.
Next, add on 10%-15% more to your mailing list. This will take care of any invitations that get lost in the mail, last minute added guests and most important keepsakes for you, your mom and your future mother-in-law!!!
Finally, be sure to do some research on the size, shape, number of enclosures and overall style you want your invitations to be. Styles such as pocket fold booklets will cost more than flat ensembles. Square and bulky invitations will add more postage than traditional rectangle “greeting card” sized suites. Specialty services or printing such as Calligraphy, Letterpress or Thermography can also add a large chunk to your expense. Researching these items will help you avoid falling in love with an invitation suite you simply can’t afford!
For a nifty wedding budget calculator, visit: www.costofwedding.com