If you are planning a wedding on a budget, one thing that you probably want is inexpensive wedding invitations. The guest list and invitations are one of the first things you need to think about when planning your wedding. If you have already investigated the cost of having your invitations professionally printed you probably had to be picked up off the floor as it can be extremely expensive!
So what is the best way to create inexpensive wedding invitations? One thing that many brides do is to buy a wedding invitation kit or a set of pre-printed cards where you can fill out the details yourself.
Another alternative is to design your own invitations from scratch on your computer. You could use clip art or, to make it more personal, a photograph of the two of you. Almost anything can be scanned in and used in your design. The possibilities are endless, and you can make it as beautiful as you want.
If your printer will not handle printing onto high quality card, then why not create your design on your own computer and when you are 100% happy with the design, find somebody with a higher specification printer. You may find that they can print onto pre-cut small cards. If not you will need to use a paper cutter to keep the edges perfectly straight. If you work in an office you will probably find one there.
One area that you can definitely save money is 'save the date' cards. You do not need to send these as well as the invitation. You can send your 'save the date' notice as an email announcement. Or, you can start on your invitations now and send them out real early.
Although it is traditional to include an RSVP card, you don't have to do this. You can also save postage costs by making this a postcard and/or leaving people to provide their own stamp. If you do not receive a reply you will have to call people but you usually need to do this for a few forgetful guests anyway.
You should try to send your invitations at least two months before the wedding. Even if you sent a 'save the date' notice, you will want to be receiving the replies as early as possible so that you know numbers for catering.
You don't need to skimp on style when you are planning a budget wedding. Put in a little time, and you will find it is not difficult to create elegant inexpensive wedding invitations.