Invitations are ordered! I budgeted for the wedding stationary the same way I budgeted for all of the wedding expenses. I saw what The Knot recommended to budget and then I cut that amount by 20 percent, at least. Ruthless, I know.
For individuals looking to save money on wedding planning, I can't stress to you enough going the DIY route whenever possible. The easiest way to save money on invites is to design your own. However, last time I checked, I have negative experience in graphic design and not surprisingly, its not a skill that can be developed overnight. That didn't stop me from trying, of course. First, I googled and tried and tried again. I debated stamps, word docs with clip art, and hybrids of the two. Realizing my efforts were in vain, I decided I needed a reality check and the help of a professional. Step one: Find a designer. Chelsea, of SeaRaine Designs, is a new designer recommended to me by my very own, KB. Chelsea listened to what Sam and I were looking for in our wedding stationary and designed our invitation suite for a very fair price. I worked with her for about a month over email to create downloadable invitations and RSVPs. She was receptive to my changes and offered me great advice when I was scratching my head. We took Chelsea's designs to Zazzle.com and printed up 120 sets at a savings of over $200 dollars. They should be here later this week! Now I just need to remember how to do a mail merge. . .