How much do you recommend couples should spend on wedding stationery?
That is the top question from brides as they begin their search for wedding invitations and it is the hardest to answer!! The statistics show that the average wedding costs around $30,000, and your budget should be 2-3%. That’s $600-900 and yes, that’s a lot of money, but most often, not enough. Realistically, you should budget 4-8% or more and that’s $1,500 -1,800 based on the average wedding cost.
What are the must-have stationery pieces for a wedding?
The must-haves for your wedding suite only contain two items: your invitation and RSVP. It totally depends on your vision. Most brides will send save-the-dates about a year in advance, especially if they are planning a destination wedding or expect a lot of out of town guests. From there, you can add a reception card, accommodations card, directions card, website card, etc. Along with your invitation and RSVP, the next must-have is your thank you cards. Order early and have them available as you receive gifts. This will lighten the load!
How can couples save money on their wedding stationery?
As always, your invitation sets the tone for your wedding. Couples can save money by setting a realistic budget and assessing their needs. They should do things like ensuring their guest list is accurate and confirming that the information for the invitation is correct (location, time, names). The worst thing is to re-order paper because of an error like that, understanding that all of those bells and whistles have a price tag associated with them. If they are a DIY’er, they should totally go for it!
What is your best money saving tip for couples searching for wedding stationery?
The best money saving tip is to stick with your budget. I am the classic “Bologna budget, Caviar taste!” Invitations are like everything else, you get what you pay for. Let your stationer know what your budget is, the number of invitations that you need, and what message you want to convey. Nothing hurts my heart more than when a bride loves the caviar selection, but it isn’t within her budget. Don’t even look at those types of selections because nothing else will compare and you will never be fully satisfied.
Any other tips/comments you may have?
Be open to ‘tweaking’ the invitation you originally found on Etsy or Pinterest! The majority of those invites are custom and custom costs. Most of all, relax, savor the moments, and enjoy!
All stationery shown is available at paperKuts studio.
Kim is our go-to girl for all paper related to weddings and soirées in Nashville. She can be reached via firstname.lastname@example.org or (615) 885-0231or in-person. To know Kim is to love her, so if you need ANY paper for your big day, or even gifts for your bridal party, stop by her super cute space in East Nashville at 3922 Gallatin Pike, Nashville, TN 37216.