Wedding invitations set the tone for your big day and give people an idea of what to expect. Guests depend on the invitation to tell them where to be, what time to be there, and what to wear. That means the invitation is one of the most important steps in planning a wedding. Your invitations not only help your guests show up to the right place at the right time in the right attire, but they also help you know which guests to expect and who your guests are bringing with them.
With so much importance placed on the invitation, it’s easy to see why many couples hire professionals to design and print their invitations for them. However, this professional service does not come cheap. Most professionally designed wedding invitations cost between $5–$10 per invitation set. For couples on a budget, making your own invitations is a great way to keep costs down. If done right, your guests will never know that they were homemade. But if done wrong, the result could give your guests the wrong impression. Below are some Pros and Cons of making DIY wedding invitations vs. ordering your invitations from a professional stationer.
Do It Yourself Invitations: The Pros
- Lower Costs – By printing and assembling your own invitations, you could save between $3-$8 per invitation set on average.
- More control – you control which materials you use, and you can create your own custom design.
- If you’re artsy/crafty, doing your own wedding invitations can be a lot of fun
Do It Yourself Invitations: The Cons
- Time – You have to dedicate a good deal of time to printing and assembling the invitations. With a busy schedule, many couples simply don’t have the time for DIY wedding invitations
- Capabilities – You may not be able to create the type of invitation you want. There aren’t many brides who have a letterpress machine in their basement, so if you’re looking for an engraved or letterpress invitation, ordering from a pro is a must
- Skills – If you lack the skills or the patience for making your own invitations, you may end up with a sub-par result. Be realistic about your abilities.
- You’ll need to do your own research as far as how to word the invitation, how to hand cancel them, and answer any etiquette questions you have.
Ordering Your Invitations: The Pros
- Professional Invitations Designers/Stationers are usually very skilled and can help guide you through the process of wording your invitation and answer any etiquette questions you may have. A good stationer will answer questions you may never have thought to ask.
- The stationer does most of the work so you can devote your time to other wedding projects and planning.
- If you’re under a deadline, the stationer can probably turn your order around more quickly than if you tried to make your own invitations.
Ordering Your Invitations: The Cons
- You’ll pay a lot more for a professional stationer to design, print, and assemble your wedding invitations
- A stationer will typically have you choose a particular style from a book of wedding invitation designs, so you’ll less control over design elements.
- Having a custom-designed invitation in the most expensive option, because you’ll pay for design time, as well as printing and assembly.
Th bottom line with wedding invitations is this: consider your budget and the amount of time you are realistically willing to dedicate to your invitations. If you’re willing to put in the work, you can have a gorgeous DIY invitation for a fraction of the cost. In our experience a professional is usually worth what they charge. If you decided to go the DIY route, be prepared for some bumps in the road. This will likely be your first time making invitations for a large event, so be sure to allow plenty of time.