Here's How to Save Money on Your Wedding Invitations (12 Ways!)

Stretch your budget with these hacks.
Naoimh O'Hare - The Knot Associate Commerce Editor
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Naoimh O'Hare
Naoimh O'Hare - The Knot Associate Commerce Editor
Naoimh O'Hare
Associate Commerce Editor
  • Naoimh writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, specializing in shoppable roundups from gift guides to wedding fashion
  • Before working on editorial content, Naoimh wrote storefront descriptions for some of The Knot Worldwide's many wedding vendors
  • Naoimh studied creative writing at the National University of Ireland, Galway
Updated Jul 21, 2023

Your budget doesn't have to be a blocker for having beautiful wedding stationery (or a beautiful wedding, period). We're here to show you how to save money on your wedding invitations and other paper essentials, while still getting the most bang for your buck. According to our Real Weddings Study that surveyed over 12,000 couples last year, the average cost of wedding invitations and other related stationery clocked in at $510 in 2022. That includes an average spend of $230 on invitations and RSVP cards combined. And when you're considering all of the other costs that go into a wedding, every penny saved counts. Knowing how much other soonlyweds are spending is a great starting point for setting a realistic budget. Once you've got that number down, use these helpful tips and tricks to make the most of your hard-earned dollars. Here's how to really do wedding invitations on a budget.

1. Opt for all-in-one invitations

Looking for an invitation that'll save you money, but still make a statement? Allow us to introduce you to our all-in-one wedding invitations. This foldable format combines your wedding invitation, envelope and RSVP cards all in one pretty package, so you get a full suite at a fraction of the cost. The RSVP card is attached at the bottom with a perforated seam and is all set to mail (thanks to our free guest and return addressing), so guests can just tear it off and drop it in the post bin, while the entire back of the invite acts as the envelope. The Knot Invitations just dropped our debut all-in-one invitations collection and there are so many stunners in the bunch made with premium inks and high-quality paper that'll fit every wedding style (and, most importantly, every wedding budget—they start at $1.49 each!).

2. Make strategic design swaps

One of the best ways to save money on your wedding invitations is to make clever swaps that give you the aesthetic you're looking for without the hefty price tag. Luxe printing techniques like letterpress and foil stamping look great, but they can quickly add to your overall cost and take you out of the affordable wedding invitations realm. Luckily, digital printing is a great alternative nowadays, producing high-quality stationery quickly and cost effectively. And the good news is that you don't have to compromise on style. If you're still seeking a little something extra, designs with faux foil or bold typography are excellent options.

3. Use plain envelopes

Here's how to save money on wedding invitations without having to change anything about your actual invites: Use plain envelopes. They're the one part of the invitation suite you know will be thrown out—so why not put that cash toward something on your must-have list instead? When it comes to your wedding stationery, it's what's on the inside that matters most. That said, if you're feeling hung up on the finer details, there are some fun ways to zhuzh up your envelopes without splashing too much cash. DIY liners and on-theme stamps are both budget-friendly ways to make those invites stand out in the mail stack.

4. Don't shy away from predesigned stationery

While having bespoke wedding invitations is nice in theory, it's not a necessity. Predesigned stationery can be just as eye-catching (without the extra cost). Plus, most online stationery sites still allow for customization—for example, at The Knot Invitations, you can play around with different fonts and colors or request design assistance, free of charge. Seriously, there are lots of other ways to make your stationery feel like you without going completely custom. For example, you could use casual wording that reflects your playful nature or choose hues that match your wedding palette.

5. Pay attention to paper weight

When it comes to mailing wedding invitations, size matters. Heavier stationery calls for additional postage, so keep that in mind when you're comparing different types of paper and building your stationery suite. Remember: It's not just your invitations that'll go inside each envelope. Enclosure cards and RSVP cards add more weight too, so think carefully about what you really want and need.

6. Use your wedding website

What if we told you there's a way to get all the necessary information across to guests without needing a full stationery suite or making any etiquette faux pas? Save on paper by forgoing optional extras like enclosure cards. Instead, point guests in the direction of your wedding website on the bottom or back of your invites. That way you can share all the pertinent info digitally, like details about hotel blocks and transportation. Just make sure your paper invitations still include the date, time and location of the celebration. The Knot offers matching wedding website and invitation designs, so you'll still get that cohesive feel.

7. Ask guests to RSVP digitally

If you've got your heart set on keeping some enclosure cards, consider skipping traditional RSVP cards instead. Nowadays, more and more couples are asking their guests to RSVP digitally to the wedding. And it's not just beneficial for a couple's budget (no spending extra dough on response cards, envelopes and return postage for everyone on the guest list). It makes the process of RSVPing a lot easier for loved ones. They can submit their responses in minutes without needing to find a mailbox (or even step outside). Plus, it couldn't be easier to set up. There are lots of ways to request online wedding RSVPs, including through your wedding website on The Knot.

8. Order your stationery on time

Want to know how to save on wedding invites (and save yourself a lot of potential stress in the process)? We can't emphasize this one enough: Make sure you buy early when it comes to wedding invitations, save-the-dates and every other paper product you want for your big day. Ordering your stationery well in advance doesn't just give you peace of mind, it also helps you cut down on unnecessary costs, like rush printing and shipping. You'll also have more time to double-check the details, so mistakes are less likely to slip by.

9. Proofread more than once

Speaking of mistakes, printing your wedding invitations with a typo or incorrect information could end up costing you big time. The worst-case scenario is having to reprint all of your wedding invitations at full cost—not ideal. Luckily, you can completely avoid this unnecessary expense by carefully proofreading the details (and then proofreading them again and then getting your fiancé to proofread them too).

10. Take advantage of sales

A sale? On wedding stationery? Yep, that gets us pretty excited too. It's an easy way to save money on your wedding invitations without compromising on any design details. Keep your eyes peeled for sweet discounts on save-the-dates, wedding invitations and beyond, especially if your stationery shopping timeline matches up with big sale events like Black Friday and Cyber Monday. We happen to know that The Knot Invitations has offered some amazing Black Friday wedding deals in the past few years…

11. Prioritize what matters most

Let's face it, there are lots of ways you could overspend when it comes to your wedding stationery. But while you should definitely avoid going over your budget in total, it's completely fine to put more money toward certain aspects of your invitations than others. When figuring out how to save money on wedding invitations, prioritize what matters the most to you and your fiancé, whether that's choosing eco-friendly cardstock, opting for traditional RSVP cards or hiring a professional calligrapher to hand-address envelopes. If a certain design element or tradition is really important to you, go for it. You can make up for it in your budget by cutting costs on any details that aren't top priority.

12. Pick up a few extras

Adding extra invitations onto your already-enormous stack of paper might feel like the opposite of saving money. So, how do you save money on wedding invitations by buying more wedding invitations? It's actually pretty simple. If you happen to need an extra invite or two down the line, you'll likely have to order a specified minimum quantity. Depending on the stationery designer or website, this could be 15 invites, 25 invites or even more. In the long run, it's much cheaper to add two or three extras to your initial order instead of having to go back and buy an additional 15 because one got lost or damaged. It also gives you some wiggle room for last-minute additions to the guest list.

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