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Average Cost Of Wedding Invitations

Average Cost Of Wedding Invitations

With that said there are not only ranges we can look at to figure out what you can expect to pay according to various styles (like letterpress, DIY, etc.), but also a few ways you can save on your wedding invitations. Here’s a look at what wedding invitations will cost you using everything from a studio that will design custom and hand-made wedding invitations for you, a national stationery store, online retailers, as well as the elusive DIY wedding invitation. Of course keep in mind that ALL of these prices are estimates and can vary drastically based on geographical location, printing technique, etc.
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Average Cost Of Wedding Invitations

Depending on where you get married the cost of your wedding can vary significantly from the national average of $29,858. Our table below shows the states (and areas of the state where applicable) in alphabetical order. To arrive at the “Average Wedding Cost” figure, we took our cost per guest and multiplied it times the average wedding guests nationwide . 
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Average Cost Of Wedding Invitations

There are a handful of online AND offline invitation stores that offer DIY extras such as envelope liners and labels, however to TRULY DIY your invitations we’re talking about downloading a template (or if you or a friend are a graphic designer designing a template yourself), buying the paper and finding your own printing source. Websites such as LCI Paper offer blank wedding invitation suites (which means you’re basically just buying the paper) as well as tutorials on how to print and assemble at home. Paper Source (which also sells custom printed wedding invitations, mentioned above) also offers DIY wedding invitation templates in addition to paper (though due to copyright restrictions they can’t offer the same fonts and artwork you see on the samples, so you’ll still have to search for those. FYI if you’re looking for great fonts and art I love sites like DaFont and The Graphics Fairy). As mentioned above, if you want to semi-DIY it (like me), Etsy also offers great printable templates from designers.
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Average Cost Of Wedding Invitations

Compare personal loan rates for your wedding costs.  The Average Wedding Cost by State Average wedding costs are on the rise. In 2014, couples paid an average of $31,213 for the whole shebang, which was more than 4% above what they paid the previous year. If that seems like a lot of money, you might be surprised to learn that couples in some states spent much more than that.
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Average Cost Of Wedding Invitations

According to a well known wedding survey data company, the average amount U.S. couples spent on their wedding stationery in the US for Q3 2016 was $445, which includes the cost of wedding invites, reply cards, save-the-date cards, and postage. This cost data is based on 6,843 survey samples collected from January 1, 2016 through September 30, 2016. From 2015 to 2016, the average amount remains virtually the same.
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Average Cost Of Wedding Invitations

One important note is that if you’re printing invitations at home you’re going to need a lighter paper so it can go through your home printer. At LCI, for example, the DIY invitations are 110 lb. (or 298 gsm) weight paper (compared to 120 lb. for a ready-made invitation from Wedding Paper Divas). I would look at your printer paper compatibility and test a piece before you buy wedding invitation paper in bulk online. If you love a heavier paper then at-home printing might not be the best for you.
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Average Cost Of Wedding Invitations

Overall, weddings in the West and the Southwest (with the exception of those in California and Texas) cost less than those in other regions. After Utah, Arkansas is the cheapest state for weddings. Following New York, northern and central New Jersey and Chicago, Illinois are the most expensive places to wed. The Average Wedding Dress Cost For a lot of brides, it’s all about the wedding dress. If you’re a fan of any of the wedding series on the TLC network or WE tv, you’ve probably seen plenty of women spend thousands upon thousands of dollars on a dress they’ll only wear once in their lives.
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Average Cost Of Wedding Invitations

After all the work you’ve put into your envelopes and invitations, make them look special. Customizing a stamp for your wedding envolope is a great way to personalize it, and it’s the first opporunity you have to show off your wedding theme. A few custom stamp shops we love are Wedding Paper Divas, Etsy, Minted or, the classic choice, USPS. There’s also the option of working with a stationer to design custom postage that matches your invitation design or colors. And don’t forget to order enough for your RSVP envelopes too.
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Related Article: The Only Excuse You Need for a Frugal Wedding The Average Cost of a Wedding Planner It’s not uncommon for couples to hire someone to handle every aspect of their weddings, from booking the venue to making sure the flowers go along with the event’s theme and color scheme. The Bureau of Labor Statistics places wedding planners in the same category as meeting, convention and general event planners. In 2012, their median yearly salary was $45,810.
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Offset (also called flat) printing can cost half the price of thermography, according to Seaton. Digital offset printing is the least expensive. Says Olivia Suchman Joffrey, owner of Vigilante Paper: “It produces a crisp and colorful result and does not require creating a plate, which makes short runs (say, 150 wedding invitations) easier to produce. The result is quick, colorful and elegant.”
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Finally, I will say that we’ve worked with Vistaprint.com in the past (as a sponsor of this blog and as a customer) and can vouch for the fact that they offer a reasonably stocked selection of invitations at a an affordable price. In fact, in our experience Vistaprint’s prices are quite similar to the cost of DIY wedding invitation!
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If you are interested in purchasing wedding invitations that feature handwritten calligraphy, you may want to find a service that offers a complete package. Some wedding invitation studios offer everything you need from the calligraphy, invitation design, stationery, printing and assembly. This also alleviates the stress of finding your calligrapher, and then printing service separately. It can save you several hundreds of dollars as well.
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Before you mail your wedding invitations, ask the post office to weigh a fully assembled envelope so you know exactly how many stamps you’ll need. This step may sound tedious, but the alternative could mean invites returned for insufficient postage, which will throw your entire wedding planning timeline for a loop. Enclosures typically increase postage, so keep that in mind when you’re deciding on including maps or reception cards and the type of paper they’re printed on.
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Just like buying shoes, an apartment, or a pair of jeans, when it comes to financing a wedding, you should figure out how much you need to spend to get what you want. Set your expectations accordingly. Knot Note: The average wedding cost is $31,213.
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The technique you choose greatly affects the cost of your order, since some processes require multiple steps. The methods, in order of expense from highest to least: Engraved and letterpress techniques create impressions in the paper in two distinct ways. The lettering in engraved invitations is raised, while in letterpress the letters are pressed down into the paper. Thermography delivers the raised print seen with engraving using heat and special inks.
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You’ll most likely have a wider range of prices at a stationery store, and also at times the ability to bring in your own idea for a design as well as have them print/assemble (and sometimes mail) your wedding invitations. You also have the advantage of seeing a wide range of designers under one roof. Also, stationery stores (like Kate’s Paperie if you live in New York City) tend to have sales a few times a year that you can definitely take advantage of.
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4. Photographer – Having photos taken is expensive as our $2,440 average per wedding indicates (and that’s not even including the cost of a videographer if you want that, too). If you’re looking to save money, most photographers will give you significant discounts if you refer your other friends who have weddings in the pipeline.
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Some cities and towns are just more expensive than others. New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles are the obvious culprits, but small towns and remote destinations can entail greater costs if things like flowers and talent have to come from afar. Tourist towns can also up your wedding price tag during peak season. Likewise, certain venues are more expensive than others. Some—such as a city park—come with no (or low) fees, while others, like a grand ballroom, might cost you the equivalent of a year’s college tuition. Also, be aware that many popular locations have head count minimums, meaning they won’t host a wedding that’s too small, and some may also have a per-head minimum that requires your event to be a certain size.
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I really liked your post! I’m going to be getting married in a few months, and I’ve been thinking a lot about what kind of invitations that we’re going to be sending out, and how we’re going to get them made. After reading your post, I think that I’m going to go through a stationary store. You mentioned that they should already have a lot of invitation designs ready for me there, and I could even bring some of my own ideas to print. It seems like the best of both worlds! Thank you for the help!