This Is the National Average Cost of Wedding Invitations and Stationery

But don't forget: Pricing actually varies a ton.
by Emily Platt

How much do wedding invitations and other wedding paper goods cost? The short answer: It depends. Your location, vendor(s) and guest list size all factor into the final price, as does your stationery vision—based on the materials and craftsmanship required, certain details and designs are more expensive than others. All that said, we're sharing some information about the national average cost of wedding invitations. Recent data sheds some light on what US couples spent in 2019, and we've broken it all out for you below.

So, what is the average cost of wedding invitations and stationery? Based on a study of more than 27,000 newlyweds, it's $590 total. Interesting to note, this number has stayed pretty steady over the course of the past few years.

Okay, but what does that total price actually include? Most couples start things off by buying and sending save-the-dates. And based on the study, that cost averages 150 bucks. From there, people mail their invites and RSVP cards to guests. On average, those paper goods (which are often sold together) cost $280 additional combined. As for the remaining $130? That average accounts for day-of stationery, such as menus, programs and escort cards.

Of course, there's really a wide price range when it comes to wedding invites and paper goods—and for that matter, any wedding cost that involves hiring a professional for help. Markets are different across the US, so stationery in your region might go for more (or less) than it does somewhere else. For reference, in this study, the average cost was highest in the Mid-Atlantic ($689) and lowest in the West ($501). 

In addition, the labor and love involved affect how much wedding invitations are. Luxury stationery suites crafted from premium supplies are going to come with a higher price tag—so is anything totally custom. In fact, some paper good sets cost thousands. 

As with all things budget-related, how much you spend is influenced by what you prioritize. There's nothing wrong with springing for a super-fancy package if that's what you and your partner (and whoever else is chipping in) agree upon—especially if the resulting keepsakes will bring you joy for years to come. But on the flipside, don't feel pressured to break the bank for these wedding details.

Wondering how to make the cost of wedding invitations fit into your overall budget? Start by checking out The Knot Invitations, which includes a wide variety of styles at approachable prices. Also, consider searching our list of local stationery vendors to see what paper goods go for in your area, then to find professionals in your determined price range.

Feel free to ask questions as you explore your options. It's best to determine your wedding's theme or color palette, as well as any stationery styles you like. Then, you can simply ask, "With those things in mind, what can I get in my price point?" You should also inquire about whether or not purchasing certain items together (say, your invites and matching place cards) can score you some sort of deal. 

Whether you go totally bespoke with the help of a stationer and calligrapher or you choose a pre-designed template to work off of, we know you'll find stationery that suits your wedding wonderfully without going over budget. And if you need inspiration, check out some of our favorite invites to date.

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