Getting married should be a wonderful time in your life! Whether you have a fortune to spend or you’re planning a budget wedding, you’ll find some suppliers prices soar once the word ‘wedding’ is mentioned. In saying that, every service will have their costs and prices, and depending on the service you wish to avail off, choose what is within your means! Regardless of budget, if you’re in the market for wedding stationery and would love a fabulously designed wedding stationery suite (that happens to be award-winning) without the frilly price tag, then stay tuned. I’m going to share the secrets of the trade! Here are my time and money saving tips when buying your wedding invitations and how choosing one of my designs can actually SAVE you €€€’s! I show you how easy and cost saving it is to print locally once you’ve settled on your design! You can save anything from €100+ on basic invitations, to literally €100/€1000’s for the bells and whistles which in my opinion, will come in handy on that fabulous dream honeymoon! x
Some questions you might have are as follows…
How can I actually save money?
You’re buying a pre-designed template that you then have personalised. So there are no ‘start from scratch’ fees, no extra fees for print management, admin, courier and packaging. This can pack €300 onto a simple order (e.g. Flat A6 order of 100 invites) alone. All you have to do is email the finalised design to your printer, have them price your order, get an initial sample(s) printed (to make sure you’re happy with the colour and card you’ve chosen) before printing your entire order. You’ll find some online suppliers charge extra for printing both sides of your card – who wants a one-sided card???? When you go direct to a printer, they’ll give you the full price, up front, including 2 sided print (which really isn’t much extra at all), for your beautifully printed suite of stationery!
Will this add more time working with an additional supplier?
Not necessarily – go prepared (see my below easy guide and you’re sorted) Many brides and grooms like to be apart of the process and can see and feel the announcement of their big day in action! Plus you get to support your local printer and it’s super exciting when you get the call to pick up your invites!!!! Whoop…time to break the bubbly out!
How do I know what to ask or give the printer?
Prior to even buying a design:
- Know your quantity or how many cards you require to cover all your guests.
- Allow at least 10-15% extra for spares on all cards, for any mistakes you might make when hand-writing the card or address. You may even need more spares when buying thank you cards as you’ll receive cards and gifts from people who may not even attend or be invited to your wedding!
- To get the best print deal possible, have all your printing done at once…or at least price all items and see if they can do you a nice deal! For example, having your day invitation, RSVP, information card, evening invitation and thank you card all printed at once, will be SUPER cost effective rather than printing at different times. Setup fees are added each time you order a new batch of cards. Given your cards are all the same size, add the total number of cards together, and print in bulk – you could save a few hundred euros! (I design all cards in Flat A6 for the most economical use of card space and in turn, cost for you when you look for printing prices)
- Give the printer the size of the card(s) (below) or design(s) you require priced eg 100 x Flat A6 day invites, 100 x Flat A6 RSVP’s and so on…if you have table numbers, table plan etc, then add those in too!
- My personal card and envelope recommendations are below for you to browse (tried and tested might I add) – regardless ALWAYS have the printer do a sample on your chosen card or the card(s) he may have in stock – some cards are more expensive depending on the finish plus different finishes can alter how well the ink absorbs into the card meaning the colour can be distorted when physically printed.
- Once happy, you can approve your order to print!
General Tips & Tricks…
- Stamp costs! Remember to factor in how many stamps you’ll require as that’s a very important cost many forget to pop into the budget! Larger sized envelopes, invitations in boxes etc will cost more! You’ll have to get a mock-up made and weighed at the post office to ensure you’re not going to break the bank. (My stationery fits C6 sized envelopes with little weight so you can ask for stamp prices catering to this size, at your local post office.)
- Go paperless! You can email the final designs as e-invites. This is ideal for evening invites – drop your office colleagues an e-invite!
- Hand-writing your cards! Having your guest names and addresses printed on your cards and envelope labels is a gorgeous way to finish off your stationery, extremely time-saving but also has a substantial cost! Draft in your girlies, buy a few bottles of vino and have an evening of fun whilst you all handwrite your invitations! Fun and wine at a fraction of the price…what’s not to love!
- Finishing touches! Tags are a gorgeous way to pull your invitation suite together and really looks stunning when opening an invite. It’s like a little present! You’ll need something to tie your tags and invitation suite together though! You can source ribbon online or in local haberdashery stores, or use bakers twine for a more cost-effective rustic look! Approximately under 1mtr of twine or ribbon will neatly pull your stationery together – this will help you gauge how much or how many spools of twine/ribbon you need to buy! Again, having a spare spool or two is always handy ‘just in case’!!!
- A6 | 105mm x 148mm |all invitations and associated cards for announcing your big day!
- DL| 110mm x 220mm | Menus
- A5| 148mm x 210mm | Table Numbers Flat A5 | Ceremony Booklet Cover when folded
- A7| 105mm x 74mm | Place Name cards when folded
- Tags| 50mm x 38mm (ask your printer for a single hole punch so as to feed ribbon or twine for finishing off your cards pre-postage.)
- Labels– 99.1mm x 38.1mm
- A1 | 549 x 841mm | Self-Editing Table Plan
- Recommendation for Tags | Twine | 0.09cm/1mtr will tie around an invite set without extreme wastage.
Card & Envelope Recommendations
Envelope Size Recommendation:
All my designs are generally designed around a rustic feel hence I tend to design with a kraft envelope in mind. Your printer will source envelopes for you and can cut your design cleanly in a square manner, or softer if you request round cornering. You can see both cuts in my sample previews.
Be sure to have them print a sample of your card first in the event you are trying to match the card to a particular envelope colour. Envelopes in SIZE C6 will hold any of your A6 Flat Kerry Harvey Designs cards. For fabulous high-end, quality envelopes, we recommend using www.paperassit.ie if sourcing within Ireland!
Printed previews on the website have been printed on 300gsm of this card Conqueror Diamond White Wove card – I recommend 300gsm or thicker when printing. Please ensure your printer issues a sample(s) prior to your final print – different cards absorb ink differently. One sample will ensure you have chosen the correct card for your overall print.