Wedding Prices: Stationery
Show-stopping wedding stationery on any budget!
Bridebook’s Ballpark Figure:
This can get you:
140 sets of wedding invitations, RSVP cards, Thank You cards and Save The Dates, based on a ready-made design.
Bespoke vs Ready-made:
Ready-made designs tend to be cheaper than bespoke, as on average, it takes a stationer five hours to design your invitation, meaning they have to charge more for their work. However, there are plenty of ways to add bespoke touches to ready-made designs, such as cool calligraphy or a personalised stamp on the envelopes, so just get creative and budget-savvy!
The printing method you choose for your wedding invitations can also affect the overall price (to learn about the differences between each method, read our Introduction: Your Wedding Stationery). To give you a guide to the differences in prices, we created this handy table (bear in mind these are the bottom line prices per invitation, as the overall cost will depend on the number of invitations that you want and the designs that you choose, as well as the quality of the paper):
|Digital Printing||Offset Printing||Thermography Printing||Letterpress Printing||Engraving Printing|
|From £2 and more.||From £5 and more.||From £5 and more.||From £6.50 and more.||From £7 and more.|
Whether you are a fan of the contemporary and glossy invitation, or of the heavy, traditional paper, you need to know that the quality of your invitation paper can impact your overall budget! Though the prices don’t vary significantly, we thought it would be useful to include this handy guide (each unit is priced from a batch of 100):
Smooth Matte- £1.33
Cotton Wove (velvety surface) – £1.40
Textured Corolla (slim, vertical line texture) – £1.46
Textured Tintoretto (rippled texture) – £1.53
Luxury Pearl (pearlescent paper) – £1.60
Number of invitations:
What we are about to say may go completely against your experience with wedding vendors so far, but for the majority of the time, the more invitations you order, the cheaper the overall price! So for example 20 invitations could come out at £3.35 each, whereas 50 and more could cost £2.16 each, so if you are thinking about framing those few invitations, go for it, as it can bring your overall price down!
The price of your wedding stationery can also depend on how extensive you want your suite to be. The more items you have, the higher the overall price, so for example (from www.ivorymintweddings.co.uk):
|25 Wedding Invitations and RSVP cards||25 Wedding Invitations, RSVP cards, Thank You cards and Save The Dates.||25 Wedding Invitations, Enclosure Cards, RSVP cards, Thank You cards, Orders of Service, Menus, Favour Tags and Table Numbers.|
In addition to the top quality paper, the printing option and the design, you can accessorise your wedding stationery with such items as ribbons, broches, gold-embossed images and tinted edges, all of which will add some pennies to the total price. For example, adding a gold-embossed illustration to you wedding invitations can cost up to £150 (for 100 invites), depending on the intricacy of the design. Similarly, Belly Bands, punched tags and twine wraps can add a further £1.50 each.
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