When it comes to weddings, whatever you had in your mind as a “budget”, just multiply that by 4, and then add a few more zeros. That is one realization I have been having as I plan my upcoming wedding. Because your wedding is one of the MOST important days of your life, the wedding industry knows that they can pretty much charge you whatever they want. Despite the fact that prices are exorbitant, I am not a cynical bride. I am still a fairytale, princess, ‘I’ve dreamed of this day since I was a little girl” type of bride. With that being said, the pressure was ON to find a perfect invitation without breaking the budget.
I have been told time and time again that wedding invitations set the tone and formality for your big day. I have tortured myself by doing countless hours of researching and pricing and by this point, I’ve seen it all. (You show me a wedding invitation, and I can tell you how much it cost, where you ordered it, and who designed it). Now that the invitation stage is behind me, I wanted to share with you some of the amazing sites that I used, and how it all works.
The invitations I ended up choosing were from minted.com. I had been looking at Minted for my ‘Save the Dates’, and fell in love with a lot of their designs. I love the idea that Minted supports designers from around the world, and helps gain these artists global recognition. For my ‘Save the Dates’, I ultimately ended up choosing a different website (more on that below), but I knew when it came time to ordering the invitations I would give it another shot. My mom was initially panicked at the idea of not being able to see all of the details of all the invitations in person, but I am the total opposite. Put me on the couch in pajamas with my computer and a glass of wine and I am one happy shopper! AND one of the amazing things about Minted is they send you a FREE sample kit. This is what the sample kit looks like:
It comes with all the different paper options, color options, sizing, RSVP cards, etc. You name it, and it’s in the kit, so that you can see everything in person. I ultimately ended up choosing a gold foil design called “opulent border”, but the “bianco” design was a very close runner up.
When I chose the “opulent border” invitations, I wanted to do completely customized wording and change the whole layout. I basically had my own one on one designer holding my hand and reworking the whole invitation for me. Each time they sent me a digital proof, I could change the font, change the wording, basically do whatever I wanted on the invitation. I think the designer and I went back and forth almost ten times to get my exact vision, but it was so easy and effortless that I would do it all over again. (Maybe that’s an exaggeration). But Minted really worked with me and made the whole process as painless as possible. They also offer free address printing on the envelopes, but I chose to hand write mine to give them a more personal touch. My only complaint is that I upgraded to have the envelopes lined with foil, and when I received my package I wasn’t aware it was a DIY project. It’s not difficult, but for a perfectionist like me, I may drive myself crazy inserting those little gold pieces into each envelope. Shipping was quick and easy, and the box came perfectly and carefully packed with bubble wrap and a hand written note from the person that packed the box. I liked that extra little touch!
If you’re interested in trying out Minted, here is a link for you with a discount code:
Now back to my ‘Save the Dates’, for these I used the website simplytoimpress.com. A few friends had told me about this site for ‘Save the Dates’, and their prices were pretty competitive. I ended up saving about $100 using Simply To Impress for my ‘Save the Date’s, and they turned out amazing! They also do birth announcements, wedding invitations, birthday cards, and more! I have a code for 25% off your order, click the link below:
Good luck planning to all you fellow brides! Here is to one more thing checked off this list!