Why I Won't Be Offended if You Throw Away My Wedding Invitations
How much did you spend on your wedding invitations? Do you regret spending that much? Are you planning a wedding on a budget? Which route did you go? Share your story with me!
If you're like me, you've probably had a moment like this.
You're standing in front of the refrigerator, staring holes through the beautifully adorned and decorated, perfectly coordinated wedding invitation. It's complete with the frilly bow and 24-karat gold-foil edges.
Regardless of who you are, one thing is obvious — the person who sent you the invitation probably had to take out a second mortgage on their home to pay for these fancy-schmancy little reminders, asking you to "share in the joy" of their day.
And after you think it, you stand there and you feel the horrible amount of guilt crashing down on you as you take it down and head toward the trash can.
But if you're like me, the guilt wins and you file it away as a "keepsake," because you couldn't bear to hurt the happy couple's feelings or their wallets by throwing it away.
Last weekend, my mother and I sat down and tackled one huge thing on my wedding planning to-do list — invitations.
I won't lie — I found invitations online, on Pinterest, on TheKnot.com. They closely resembled the ones I described above and god, did I want them! They were so cute and inspirational and were the perfect shade of pink and brown and...
But I digress.
According to the Bridal Association of America, most engaged couples spend an average of $660 on wedding invitations and reply cards for their big day. High-end invitations can cost up to $15 per invitation. This article also talks about do-it-yourself invitations and how you can find "high-quality, low-cost" invitations for about $1 per invitation.
Hahaha. Hear that? That's me laughing at you, Bridal Association of America.
Here — allow me to do you one better.
Since I'm planning my wedding on a budget, do-it-yourself invites were a no-brainer. So when you're looking for "affordable," what's the first place that pops into your mind?
Yup, that's right — we bought our invitations at Walmart. For 100 invitations and reply cards, we spent $15. Did we get our money's worth? Maybe, maybe not, but you look at the photo and I'll let you be the judge.
Printing the invitations using custom lettering from the Invitation Consultants website, we also didn't even go through one ink cartridge.
Postage is probably going to be the most expensive part of this process. I have 66 addresses on my guest list to which invitations will be sent. At 45 cents per stamp and two stamps per invitation (can't forget the reply cards), the total spent there comes to $59.40.
Grand total? In all, we'll have spent $74.40 on our wedding invitations.
And here we are. We've come full circle. At a whopping price of 23 cents per invitation (not including postage because postage is a given in my book), here's what I want all my guests to remember and what I kept in mind when deciding on my invites.
Imagine yourself back in front of that fridge. It's a lot less painful for your guests and a lot easier to swallow as a bride to throw a quarter in a garbage can or recycle bin than a 20-dollar bill.
So go ahead and toss my invites — you won't hurt my feelings, and your already cluttered desk will thank you.
How much did you spend on your wedding invitations? Do you regret spending that much? Which route did you go? Share your story with me!