are invitations that important?

I often hear differing points of view. Some people say that the invitation is not really important, and the money is better spent on the wedding itself or on the honeymoon. Other people say the invitation is really important because it introduces the theme and formality of the wedding.

Do you think invitations are really important? You don't necessarily have to WOW your guests with the invitation, but I don't want them to think "ick that's so cheap." How much did you spend on invitations, or how much do you have budgeted for them?
Posted on April 22, 2007 at 8:05 pm
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rosyw
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Well, I do agree that invitations do set the theme & formality of the wedding but you don't need to break the bank either. A lot of people tell me most people throw away invitations anyway. I've seen many brides DIY and the invitations looked like they cost a lot of money.

I spent about $2.40/per invite (Invite, envelope w/ return address, RSVP card & RSVP envelope). PIB. That doesn't include the website card & map I put in and the stamps. I know that's on the low end but I choose to put my budget towards other things.
Posted on April 23, 2007 at 3:16 am
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I'm trying to keep my invitations around $5/invite. I think it's true that invitations can make an initial impression, but I'm not sure how lasting that impression is. My memories of a wedding I attend are usually more from the venue and the couple.
Posted on April 23, 2007 at 6:29 am
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I was wondering the same thing actually. According to my FSIL, there will be snobs who think nothing is good enough, there will be people who think everything is pretty, so go with what YOU like.
Posted on April 23, 2007 at 11:47 am
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I love paper and stationary so I'm planning on investing, though it kills me to think that people will just throw them away. If I could I would tell people to keep them as admission to the wedding. I'm hoping to do DIY silk pocketfolds, though i found a knottie who will make them so I'm tempted to go either way.

For my family I really don't think it matters, but for me as a keepsake it does.
Posted on April 23, 2007 at 4:47 pm
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I wonder if it depends on the person receiving the invite. I personally ogle a beautiful wedding invite for a few minutes then forget about it entirely.

For using them as admission, what would you do if someone lost an invite? I'd think that'd be quite common.
Posted on April 23, 2007 at 9:07 pm
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It all depends what's important to you. I LOVE stationery stuff, so to me the invitation is a very important element during the whole wedding planning process. It sets the tone of your wedding and what the guest expects. I spent about $10 for each invitation. That's definitely on the high side. You can easily find something nice and more reasonable in the $2 to $4 range.
Posted on April 30, 2007 at 6:45 pm
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I LOVE this site!

http://www.paper-source.com/

I purchased components in my own custom colors, a set of rubber stamps to customize, and we printed our own invites! I think (and so has everyone else) that they still look beautiful, even though they're not professionally done.
Posted on July 4, 2007 at 4:21 am
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I think you can do classy on a budget. The first time I was married (ahem...10 years ago...gorgeous wedding, awful marriage, 'nuff said!) we needed to send 250 invites for a formal, evening wedding and we chose simple, ecru paneled invites with black thermographed text. That's really about as formal as you can get and think we paid $80 total.

That said...of course, if you can splurge on your invites, it's fun to do so (as it does help to set the tone/theme of your wedding). Of course each bride and groom have their top 3 must-haves for their budget...sound like for you, invites aren't really high on that list! So, choose something nice and that relates well to your wedding scheme and within your budget.

For us, we only need 30 invites so I went a little fancy with them...boxed, pocket-folds with Basho (woven cane paper) and embellished with sand dollars:














I priced them with a stationary stores (local and online) and most quoted $15-20/per invite! To DIY it was going to be about $8-10 each and I would have to make the time and have the patience to do it.



Luckily, I found Brittany Hermansen at Eiffel Printing and Design! She is fabulous and did them for $10 each and even made custom labels for them. They should arrive on Thursday and we'll mail them on Saturday. I cannot recommend her enough! http://www.eiffelprintdesign.com



If you're crafty and have the time, you can certainly DIY. My BFF just had a wedding with 300+ guests and they mailed out 400 invites, which the made themselves using a simple Anna Griffin paneled imprintable invite that they bought at Michael's. They printed them at home and embellished them with ribbon and their monogram (which she printed and punched out in a little circle and adhered them with a dimensional foam sticker over the ribbon, which was threaded through two small punched holes at the top...) I think they were less than $2 each!



Anyway, you can make them nice and not spend LOTS of money...and I have seen tacky, EXPENSIVE, invites too! Money doesn't buy taste!
Posted on July 4, 2007 at 6:43 am
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Yes, I think they are important. I do think it sets a tone for the rest of the wedding. I do not think you have to go broke to get nice quality invitations. we found someone to do ours for 5 each. My biggest concern was the card stock, and i got exactly what i wanted.

First impressions are important.
Posted on July 4, 2007 at 8:43 am

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