With so many things that need to be paid for, it can be easy to blow your budget in a hurry. This is especially true when you are starting off with a tight budget. It can be done so no worries. We are here to help you save money without losing quality and that includes save the dates.
We may be a small boutique but with our 15+ years experience in the wedding industry and the hundreds of couples we work with each year, we definitely know a thing or two about helping our customers save money on their stationery.
Below are 9 ways you can save money on your save the date cards while still getting beautiful, quality stationery for your wedding.
One of the most common mistakes couples make when ordering their save the dates is ordering more than they need.
Unlike just about every other wedding vendor, with stationery, you base your quantity on households, not individual people.
As a general rule, we also recommend ordering 5-10 additional just late additions or people you may forget.
If you are looking for a quick way to cut the cost of save the dates nearly in half, skip the magnets and opt for a regular card with an envelope instead.
Magnets are great and make a nice way for your guests to display your lovely save the date where they can be reminded of your day but at the same time they are often nearly double the price of a standard card of the same size.
and thickness too.
Most couples are aware of potential added costs for postage for their wedding invitations but the same can be true for save the dates if they are heavily embellished or have thick ribbons or twines tied to them.
Watching not only the weight (must be under 1oz) and the thickness will avoid added postage costs.
Square cards and envelopes are popular and many couples are drawn to them because they are different but what they may not know is that the US Postal Service considers square envelopes irregular.
That means that regardless of the weight (or thickness) there is approximately a $0.20 postage up-charge for each envelope simply because of the shape. That’s an additional $20 in postage for 100 save the dates!
Letterpress, foil stamping, envelope liners and more…
It can be tempting to want all the upgrades but these things can get expensive. If you are on a budget, skip the upgraded paper and printing options and stick to the standard options offered.
In most cases, these options are great quality at a great price and none of your guests will know you didn’t splurge on all the bells and whistles.
Just like all the fancy papers, it may be tempting to pick a card with a unique shape but these die-cut shapes also add quite a bit to the cost of your save the dates. Think “KISS” (keep is simple silly) for those save the date cards and if you must, splurge a bit on the wedding invitations instead.
Fun and unique doesn’t have to be expensive. Instead of adding in upgraded papers, printing or embellishments, think about using a super fun photo or find a really special design that perfectly represents you as a couple.
For the budget-minded couple, postcards are a great way to send out save the dates in an affordable way. Postcards are not only less expensive than cards with envelopes, they also cost less to mail. That’s a double savings!
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