How much do custom wedding invitations cost?

October 30, 2015 Wedding 2 Comments

This is usually the first question brides have for us. Not surprisingly, the answer is almost entirely dependent on you. Before we even start the process, we’ll sit down with you and have a conversation about your big day. We’ll choose paper together and figure out all the pieces we will be creating, how they’ll be printed and finished, and what sort of envelopes we’ll be choosing. If you’re curious as to what your options are before we have that talk, here’s a breakdown of the most significant impacts on the cost of custom wedding invitations that we print:

The cheapest solution is to print traditional sizes in black/gray on a standard white or ivory cover stock paper. 100 5″x7″ invitations with a predesigned template would cost around $35. Include an RSVP (3.5″ x 5″), Accommodations (4″ x 5″), and Reception card (4.5″ x 5″) and the cost is approximately $125. If you’d rather not choose a template, we’d be happy to custom design your wedding pieces. We charge $70/hour design time, and most custom requests can be created in under two hours. Custom pieces printed black and white start at around $175-$225, depending on design time.

Digital prints on our color copier are the most common type of invitations we create. Using the same sizes mentioned above, 100 invitations with a template would be around $50, or $140 for all stationery. If you choose not to use a template, custom pieces in color with standard cover stock paper start around $250-$300. Changing paper to a linen or laid stock would increase the cost by $25-$50 (we’re talking all 4 pieces). Specialty paper such as Stardreams or Curious Metallic would increase the cost by $50-$75.

While rare, once in a while we print weddings on our Ryobi 2-color press. The image you saw at the top of this post is an example of a job we’d print on the press. The only time we’d consider this method is when we’re printing a very light color ink onto a very dark paper. Offset printing an Invitation, RSVP, Accommodations, and Reception starts at around $375. Custom designing all of those pieces would bring the starting range to up around $500. A more cost-effective alternative would be to digitally print a large area, leaving the white of the paper where your design and copy would be (see above: COLOR). Note that offset printing on the press is not the same as letterpress. We do not offer letterpress prints, but we hear they start at around $1500.

Want to absolutely WOW your guests? These have a minimum order quantity of 500, because of the insane setup time to foil. A 5″x7″ invitation with two cards, 4.25″x5.5″ and 4.25″x6″ double sided with foil on all sides of all pieces would start at around $1250. These take an additional 5-7 business days over standard production time.

You’ll want to choose envelopes that compliment your pieces. We have affordable options for A2, A7, and pocket envelopes. Because there are so many options and the cost is really dependent on the paper type, we’ll provide just a few examples so you can get an idea of what to expect.

  • FINCH White Envelopes – A7- 100/$13 – printing one color 100/$58
  • STARDREAMS Metallic Envelopes – A7 – 100/$28 – printing one color 100/$76
  • CURIOUS Metallic Envelopes – A7 – 100/$34 – printing one color 100/$84
  • POCKET Envelopes – If you choose these, you’ll also have to use an A7 envelope to contain them. Pocket envelopes start at around 75¢ per piece but vary depending on size and paper stock. We are happy to provide a quote once we know exactly what you’re looking for.

Consider using a stamp or embosser for your return address to save time and money. It’s still perfectly acceptable to hand-write addresses, but brides in a hurry might opt in for our printer. Also, your RSVP can double as a postcard, so no need for an A2 envelope unless you’re feeling fancy. 5″x7″ fits perfectly inside an A7 envelope, but anything oversized or too heavy could end up with shocking postage rates.

You see you have a LOT of options here. I hope we haven’t overwhelmed you. Basically, cost will vary greatly depending on paper choice, design time, the number of pieces, and the printing method. What’s your budget?

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