How much do wedding invitations cost?
Planning a wedding is a big undertaking. Not only is it quite the time commitment, but it’s also a very educational experience for most couples. Odds are good that on a daily basis a normal couple doesn’t order florals for an entire event, feed 100+ people, or design a stationery suite! Don’t worry, here at Dodeline we take a lot of pride in educating our couples and explaining the process as much as possible.
One of the first things to consider in your wedding invitations cost is the quantity…
You do not need an invitation for each guest. Rather, you’ll need to determine how many households are on your list.
Secondly, as with most elements of a wedding, how much wedding invitations cost varies greatly depending on the couple’s choices and preferences. One helpful way to look at stationery is to think about two aspects:
– The DESIGN and the MATERIALS –
Or in other words, what you are going to print and how you are going to print it.
We have many options on our website in our ready to order section as well as the custom gallery. Any of these examples can be slightly customized (ink color, envelope colors, font choice, & wording) to suit your aesthetic. You may also have other ideas of fun things you want to do – such as create a custom family crest, a watercolor map, etc. – which are more customized and incur a $75 design charge.
Once you’ve determined what we’re printing, it’s important to next decide how we want to print it. We currently offer the following printing types as our standards, although we are always up for custom creations and out-of-the-box projects as well.
ECONOMY FLAT PRINT
Using a lovely luxe white paper stock, which has a “luxe” textured finish and a slightly ivory tone, our economy flat print is perfect for brides looking for a great product on a budget.
STANDARD FLAT PRINT
It doesn’t get more wedding than beautiful Crane paper stocks, why is why we use them as our go-to option for at printed invitations. This option also works well for response cards and inserts to be paired with a letterpress or thermography invitation.
SPECIALTY FLAT PRINT
At this level, we also use Crane stocks, but we have the option of using specialty ink colors such as metallic gold, silver, or white. White ink, of course, works best when we print on a dark color (navy, for example), and is truly unique. is option is a great way to get a more metallic appearance than can be done with regular at printing.
Thermography is a raised print option that offers a wonderful tactile feel. Because of the way the process works, the printing has a slight shine to it. Also using Crane stocks, it works best for simple text designs. is print option will not work well with watercolor looks, large washes of color, or designs with more than two colors.
The most timeless of all the printing options, the design is pressed into the paper with letterpress printing. Because of the way the process works, we can use a very heavy paper stock (220# Crane) with letterpress that isn’t available with the other printing options. If you don’t like the super heavy paper, though, we can still use the 110# option from our other printing selections. Often, we letterpress an invitation and use at printing for the accompanying pieces to save a bit on cost and also to make the invitation the “star of the show.”
Like thermography, this option doesn’t work well with large washes of color, multiple color designs (more than two or three), or watercolor looks. There are ways to combine printing types to create these looks, though, and we can price that on a case by case basis.
FLAT PRINT + FOIL
The pricing is to add a foil element to a flat printed invitation design. Foil will give you the truest appearance of a shiny, metallic gold or silver. Combining it with a flat print process enables you to create colorful and unique designs – i.e. with watercolor elements and foil combined – as opposed to doing letterpress + foil where pricing is determined per color. Our flat print + foil option is done on a 19pt Savoy Cotton stock.
A side note: often, when you see gold foil invitations online, they are foiling a standard element, which is why the pricing seems low. When you want to foil something particular to you, like your names, a special plate has to be made in order for that to be done, so the cost is higher.
View our 2017 Price Guide
All of our pricing is provided in an itemized chart and explained as much as possible in our 2017 Price Guide found here. If you find you have questions and/or want a custom quote, please feel free to reach out at 843.860.8308 or firstname.lastname@example.org so we can help guide you through the process.