The Pretty Paper

Invitations and other paper items for a wedding tend to fall on the back burner for many people. It’s understandable. Sending invitations doesn’t seem like a priority when you’re picking out a venue and a pretty, pretty dress! 

The fact is, invitations (and save-the-dates) are incredibly important! Not only are they the requirement for actually getting guests to show up on your big day, but they’re also the first introduction to your wedding. They set the tone for your event and signal the formality + style. It’s also an opportunity to share your personality as a couple.

Maybe it’s because I’m married to a graphic designer, but browsing the internet for beautiful designs is one of my favorite ways to spend time. Here are a few invitation suites to get your creative wheels turning.

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Gorgeous, right?! Now, keep in mind, Pinterest and wedding magazines are incredible for inspiration, but can be extremely misleading in terms of cost. Most popular suites, including most of the above, are high-end designs and easily cost in the thousands. At the same time, wedding budget calculators leave just the scraps of your budget for use toward your invitations & other paper needs. Even a simple pre-designed invitation + rsvp card from a large online retailer costs a minimum of $300 for 100 cards (that doesn’t even include the envelopes).

With paper design, there are a huge number of variables to factor into the cost from style of printing to paper selection. This is why it’s so important to meet with a professional designer who can provide education upfront in design + printing methods. It’s also important that your designer gets a feel for your style and budget so they can create the perfect suite just for you.

Here are some tips to keep in mind when you start on this paper filled journey:

  • When determining your budget, remember that it should include all of the paper items you need designed plus any extra elements like ribbons + envelopes and last but not least, postage!
  • Here are a few items you’ll need for your wedding + a few you may just want:
    • Save the Date Card + Envelope or Save the Date Postcard
    • Invitation Card
    • RSVP Card + Envelope or RSVP Postcard
    • Reception Card
    • Directions/Map Card
    • Accommodations Card
    • Folder and/or Envelopes (single or double)
    • Belly Band, Ribbon and/or Envelope Liner
    • Ceremony Program
    • Escort Card
    • Place Card
    • Menu
    • Thank You Card
    • Sparkler Farewell Card, Paper Fortune Teller or Fill in the Blank Fun Card
    • Monogram, Logo or Symbol (to use throughout your suite!)
  • Base your count on number of households for anything that is mailed, such as invitations & save-the-dates. For anything at the wedding, make sure to have enough for each guest.
  • Always, always, always order extras! We usually say to add 15% to your count. Ordering extra now will save you if more items are needed for a growing guest list or if anything is ruined by a disastrous red wine spill or dog ate my homework situation. Ordering more later will mean another charge from the paper company, another run on a printing press, and more work time by all involved—significantly more expensive than ordering extras upfront.
  • There are various printing methods + paper stocks so it may be helpful to take a little time to figure out what look you like and care about.
    • Printing Methods: Embossing, Flat Printing - Digital/Inkjet/Etc., Letterpress, or Engraving
    • Paper Stock Qualities: ThicknessColor, Eco-friendly, Textured or Patterned
  • Determine how you will address your mailings. You have a few options: By Hand (you, your friends, your family), Calligraphy, or Printed.
  • Begin thinking about what you want your invitations to say. Believe it or not, there are different wording rules to follow for everything from formality of your event to who is paying for it. A professional designer will be able to guide you along the way.


If you find yourself in need of design services, let’s talk! Contact us here for a complimentary consultation. We can’t wait to meet you!