If you are planning your wedding on a budget, one thing you will want is cheap wedding invitations. The guest list and invitations are one of the first things you need to think about when planning your wedding so you may have already started to look at stationery. If you have investigated the cost of having your invitations professionally printed you probably had to be picked up off the floor. It is very expensive!
So what do you do? One thing that many brides do is to buy a wedding invitation kit or a set of pre-printed cards where you just fill out your names, the date, the place, etc. The problem is that there are so many different things to fill out that in the end it can look very cheap indeed. It is usually very obvious that the cards have been bought in bulk too.
Instead, you could design your invitations from scratch on your computer. You could use clip art or, to make it more personal, a photograph of the two of you. Almost anything can be scanned in and used in your design. The possibilities are endless, and you can make it as beautiful as you want.
If your printer will not handle printing onto high quality card, then why not create your design on your own computer and when you are 100% happy with the design, find somebody with a higher specification printer. You may find that they can print onto pre-cut small cards. If you will need to use a paper cutter to keep the edges perfectly straight. If you work in an office you will probably find one there.
One area that you can definitely save money is 'save the date' cards. You do not need to send these as well as the invitation. You can send your 'save the date' notice as an email announcement. Or, you can start on your invitations now and send them out real early.
If you have printed your invitations you will save some time on the writing. You will only need to write their names and of course addresses on the envelope. It is better not to use printed labels for this. If your handwriting is really terrible, try enlisting the help of a friend or family member. Then choose pretty stamps for the finishing touch.
Your invitations should be processed at least two months before the wedding. Even if you sent a 'save the date' notice, you will want to be receiving the replies as early as possible so that you know numbers for catering.
Although it is traditional to include an RSVP card, you can save postage costs by making this a postcard, leave people to provide their own stamp, or even forget the whole RSVP card idea and include an email address for RSVP (maybe with your postal address too in case some guests do not have email). If you do not receive a reply you will have to call people but you would need to do this anyway. There are always some people who do not return the card.
There is no need to cut back on style when you are planning a budget wedding. Put in a little time, and you will find it is not difficult to create gorgeous and elegant cheap wedding invitations.