How to: Save Money but look like you’ve spent money – get the invitations for less

There are some easy ways to keep the cost of your wedding down by going the DIY route. For example, wedding invitations can be made at home giving each guest a personal touch and saving you money in the process.

Cheap wedding invitations don’t have to look cheap. Design inspiration is easy to come by online and the right materials are surprisingly affordable. Using a local printer for the finishing touches will still give the invitations a professional quality without paying the wedding mark-up.

Wedding invitation ideas

Every wedding is different so every invitation will be different too. Some invitations and save-the-date cards are fun, playful, and colourful while others opt for the traditional white and lace style, keeping the whole affair elegant. The best place to start looking for inspiration is online. There are countless websites, blogs, and Pinterest boards dedicated to wedding invitations so you are sure to find a design you love and the right words to use.

Once you have an idea of the style you like, it’s time to start designing. Sites like Canva and PicMonkey allow you to design your own cheap wedding invitation, or if you are more savvy with design programs you can draw on inspiration and make your own from scratch.

Affordable paper and printing

Usually wedding invitations are printed on thick stock because they are designed to be kept as a memento. Uncoated stock is a little more inexpensive than coated stock but you will need to keep in mind that inks bleed more on uncoated paper, so design accordingly.

Digital printing is a great way to save money on professional printing. All said and done it will only cost a little more than printing at home but the difference in quality will make you glad you chose a local digital printing service. Especially if you want stylish treatments like letterpress or foils – they are not as pricey as you might think, and achieve a beautiful finish. If most of the design work is already done you can still make cheap wedding invitations by working with a local printer.

DIY envelopes

Making your own envelopes to match the wedding invitation is fairly straightforward, especially if you are only making a small number of regular shaped envelopes. Get creative with the paper styles by mixing different colours and patterns for the inside and outside. You can choose to print address labels or try your hand at custom lettering to give each invitation a personal feel.

Choosing to make your own wedding invitations is not only a great cost saver, it gives you total control over the invitations to your special day. Best of all, with some inspired design and affordable printing techniques those cheap wedding invitations will look like a million dollars.