The Price of the Print: How Invitation Extras Can Break Your Budget

As your wedding date approaches, one of your top priorities will be your invitations. After all, the concept and the design, as well as the actual prints, must all be finalized and mailed out in a timely manner in order to ensure that your special day isn’t populated by a hundred empty chairs. But you want your invitations to be beautiful, to echo the aesthetic and emotion of the wedding you’ve been planning, and you, of course, get caught up in the design. You want gold foiling, an embossed monogram, extra inserts and a custom mailing seal–and then you receive your quote and have to steady yourself against whatever piece of furniture is most readily accessible, because the cost of your prints has just gutted your budget. Therefore, we’re here to offer a brief list of what invitation extras to avoid if you want to protect your pocketbook (and your sanity).

1. Embossed or Letterpress Printing. As beautiful as these types of printing may look and feel on your invitations, achieving this luxe effect takes additional time and procedures that will quickly increase your budget. Unless your invitations take top priority within your budget–and we sort of doubt that they do–we recommend sticking to a digital print on HP Photo Paper. They’ll be just as beautiful, and significantly less costly.

(Photographer: Star Noir Studio)

2. Pockets & Extra Cards. These adorable envelope features and inserts are undoubtedly elegant and certainly add a measure of sophistication to your invitation suite, but each additional item you add to your order means paying for another print and quite possibly increasing your total cost exponentially, depending on the number of pieces. We recommend finding a way to include any and all pertinent information on your invitations or RSVPs; anything that won’t fit might best be addressed by email or left out entirely.

(Photographer: Red Boat Photography)

3. Belly Bands. While belly bands are a fantastic way to polish the presentation of your invitation suite (and add a pop of your wedding color), this is another case of price increase per piece that holds the potential to pulverize your print budget. If you really want to add this feature, we recommend purchasing the paper and doing it yourself–although by the time you’ve finished cutting and affixing the bands, you may be left wondering if the whole ordeal was worth it anyway.

We know how important your invitations are, and we want them to be as beautiful as you’re envisioning. However, we’ve seen the havoc they can wreak on your hard-earned money more than once. We hope these suggestions were helpful, and as always, if you have any others you’d like to add, email us at Otherwise, happy printing, and we’ll talk to you again next week!