Wedding Invitation Disaster
I had found some pretty cheap wedding invitations back in November and showed them to T. He didn’t like them much, and since he has a better eye for art/design than I do, I offered the job of picking invitations to him.
He suggested having his friend do some custom invites, and I said, “sure, find out how much it would be.” Yesterday we finally got the estimate. Here is what we got a quote for:
- 60 – Square Invitations to CA ceremony/reception
- 60 – Similar announcements for Midwest reception
- 60 – RSVP postcards for each event (120 total)
- 120 envelopes (colored to match)
The printer she used quoted us $800 total. Plus design time.
::::dies::::: Our wedding budget is about $15k and we have to spend $1.1k on invites?! Plus postage. I get she’s probably using some high quality printer and such…. But really? About $225 was for the envelopes alone. Nearly two dollars each?! These are 2 color invites with nothing else fancy — no pockets, no enclosures.
I didn’t care about getting a custom design — it just sort of happened. I like them, but I’m not in love with them. Not because they aren’t great (they are good!) but because I don’t fall in love with wedding invitations in general. It’s not my thing.
Design time is a sunk cost, but I’m annoyed — the first thing we asked for was a rough price range but we went through 2 rounds of designs before we even had a BALLPARK figure. She asked if $300 seemed fair. Since we didn’t agree on anything up front, we could say “no way”, but that would be unfair to her. It seems fair for her time, but not if we can’t figure out a way to print them within our budget!
For those who have printed wedding invites or have some graphic design knowledge… how do I get these printed for much much cheaper? Suggestions? We’d like to user her design, but obviously the printer isn’t going to work out. Perhaps we also should revert to a more standard rectangular shape!
Obviously we’ll talk to T’s friend and see what she has to say about lowering printing costs — but do you have any helpful suggestions? (Besides go back in time and NOT do it this way.) By the way, we need to get these out sometime mid/late next month. Yikes.