This Is the National Average Cost of Wedding Invitations and Stationery

Plus, shop 10 designs that won't break the bank.
red floral wedding invitation set
Laura Hampson - The Knot Associate Editor
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Laura Hampson
Laura Hampson - The Knot Associate Editor
Laura Hampson
Associate Editor, Performance Content
  • Laura is a writer and editor, specializing in all things weddings, travel and shopping
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Laura covered travel and lifestyle features for publications like Glamour, Evening Standard, Cosmopolitan and Culture Trip
  • Laura has a journalism degree and lives in London, UK
Updated Mar 01, 2022

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 spend on invitations today, and we've broken it all out for you below.

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The Average Cost of Wedding Stationery

So, what is the average cost of wedding invitations and stationery? Based on a study of more than 15,000 newlyweds, it's $530 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, along with other inserts such as reception cards) cost an additional $250 combined. As for the remaining $130? That average accounts for day-of stationery, such as menus, programs and place 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 U.S., 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 ($648) and lowest in the West ($462).

In addition, the labor and love involved affect the wedding invitation price. Luxury stationery suites crafted from high-end supplies are going to come with a higher price tag—so is anything totally custom. In fact, some paper good sets cost thousands. Typically, more labor-intensive printing methods like letterpress or hand calligraphy tend to cost more than thermography or digital printing. And heavier cardstock is more expensive than thinner types of paper. You'll also shell out more for certain design elements, embellishments and add-ons, such as foil stamping, wax seals and fancy envelope liners. And don't forget postage costs! A heavier invitation will cost more to send, as will those that are uniquely-shaped.

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 custom design 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 overall cost of stationery fit into your wedding budget? Begin your search by checking out The Knot Invitations, which offers a wide variety of styles at approachable prices: Wedding invites start at under $2 each. You can even purchase your entire suite—from your save-the-dates to your thank-you cards—all in the same exclusive design, and build a wedding website to match.

In addition, you can search our list of local stationery vendors to see what paper goods go for in your area and find professionals in your determined price range. Don't be afraid 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 at this price point?" You should also inquire about whether or not purchasing certain items together (say, your invites and matching place cards) can help you save money in the long run.

Whether you go totally bespoke with the help of a stationer and calligrapher or you choose a pre-designed template from an online retailer to work off of, we know you'll find stationery that suits your wedding wonderfully without going over budget. And if you need inspiration, we've rounded up some of our most-loved invites and save-the-dates below. Bonus: You can request a free sample of your favorites before you purchase.

10 Stationery Designs You Can Sample for Free

There's a lot to love (and money to save) with The Knot Invitations. Before you commit to a wedding invitation suite, you can sample any three save-the-date or invitation designs. Here are a few stylish ideas to get you started.

flower save the date card photo couple beach proposal

How much do save-the-dates cost? These start at under a buck. We love the fresh design of this personalized summer save-the-date.

greenery save the date car and envelope

Incorporating greenery into your big day is one of our favorite budget wedding trends. Set the tone early with these elegant save-the-dates.

modern arch photo save the date card

How cool is this modern and budget-friendly save-the-date card? As well as being the perfect excuse to show off your favorite pic from your engagement shoot, the slick design makes your details easy to read.

minimalist save the date care with leafy accents

Fall save-the-date cards don't come much more chic than this. The bold typography allows your details to shine, while the leafy accents add a pretty touch.

passport save the date

Give your guests a sneak peek at what's to come with these destination wedding save-the-dates. Flip the passport-style card over to reveal a "boarding pass" on the back.

rich red floral wedding invitation set

With beautiful flowers, bold colors and a clean, clear font, it's no wonder this is a favorite. The six different color variations (including teal and pink) make it easy to match these invites to any wedding color palette.

rustic wedding invitation

One of the best things about purchasing your invites from The Knot is the cost of custom wedding invitations is included in the price. Case in point: These rustic wedding invitations can be personalized with all your details and you can speak to one of our designers to personalize the state shape too.

snowy scene wedding invitation

One glimpse at these winter wedding invitations and your guests will already be thinking about what to wear to your cold-weather wedding. The painted design is wonderfully dreamy.

eucalytus framed wedding invitation with detail and RSVP card

Cheap wedding invitations that look expensive? We love to see it. These eucalyptus-framed invites will make your details stand out, and the design suits almost any wedding-day theme.

retro-style wedding invitation in gold and green

Go retro with these cool and affordable wedding invitations. The design resembles a jukebox, so why not use that as inspo and include one at your wedding? Your guests will rave about it for years to come.

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