DIY Wedding Stationery

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DIY Wedding Stationery 101

Wedding stationery is one area where costs can creep up on you & suddenly you’re spending a bundle. It also happens to be one of my favorite wedding areas to DIY. You don’t have to spend a fortune to deliver beautiful wedding stationery.


“According to wedding industry survey site, the average price for 150 invitations and response cards is $245. Factor in save-the-dates ($114), menu cards ($114), programs ($108), thank-you cards ($92) and place cards ($77) for an average grand total of $750 (before postage),” –

With the average cost of wedding stationery ringing in at $750 BEFORE POSTAGE. Stationery is a category you can grab major savings.

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DIY Wedding Stationery: An Introduction

LCI Paper has a great article explaining how to get the best results when making your own wedding stationery. I recommend you read the full article but the main takeaway is their four steps to choosing the right paper. This comes down to:

  1. Printing
  2. Invitation Style
  3. Postage
  4. Preference

I’ll give you all a quick run through of these four points in my wedding (more detailed post to come).

  • Printing – I purchased a color inkjet printer specifically for the wedding. It costs around $60 & worked beautifully. It can handle printing on thin vellum & cardstock.
  • Invitation Style – The invitations were fairly elaborate (see photos). I made an invitation suite with layered invitations, inserts, & RSVP. A mix of light-medium weight cardstock & vellum.
  • Postage – Invitation suite required extra postage & we included return postage for RSVPs
    • Invitation: $0.50 [standard] + $0.21 [non-machineable charge] = $0.92/each
    • RSVP: $0.50 [standard] = $0.50/each
  • Preference – The invitations were meant to look formal & because the guest count was low the extra postage cost was not a deal breaker.
    • If I had to mail 200 invitations + RSVP cards I probably would have skipped some of the embellishments to save on that USPS ‘non-machineable’ charge.

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DIY Wedding Stationery: Invitation Templates

If you are going to DIY your wedding invitations then you will save yourself a lot of time & energy finding a pre-made template. These days you can find printable templates everywhere! Find a basic design that you like & then customize it!

For our wedding invitations, I used a FREE template from Cards & Pockets.

I added an awful lot to personalize our invitations & make them fit our theme to a T. That being said, the template did save me a ton of time figuring out fonts, spacing, wording, etc. not to mention…it was FREE {You can also check out templates on Download & Print}.

These websites offer paid options as well if you want an entire printable stationery suite! All around a good resource but you can always look at more premium site such as:

Next up, choosing the right paper!

DIY Wedding Stationery: Cardstock

For our invitations, I used Recollections cardstock. Their ‘Shimmer White Gold’ cardstock for the invitation itself (GORGEOUS!) and a variety of colored paper packs for the inserts & pocket.

I highly recommend Recollections cardstock but their paper isn’t the cheapest out there. It would fall somewhere in-between budget & premium so if stationery is not one of your wedding priorities I have some budget options as well.

If you decide on off-brand cardstock you will save even more but, whenever you opt for SUPER budget products, make sure you READ REVIEWS & for wedding stationery keep in mind the weight & finish you’re looking for.

DIY Wedding Stationery: Envelopesdiy wedding stationery envelope liners green and gold stripes with pink flowers

Envelopes are definitely a place you can SAVE!

Purchase budget-friendly envelopes & add your own envelope liners. You can use patterned paper/cardstock, book pages, music sheets, the list goes on.

I printed out some text from Cinderella on plain copy paper & then stained them for an aged, vintage look. (You can do this with watered down paint, coffee, or tea!)

I love the look of square flap invitations but pick an envelope design that fits your vision. Use my FREE Template along with some A7 & A1 Envelopes to make beautiful invitation & RSVP liners.

Take the money you save on envelopes & put it towards one of your Top 3!


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  1. Vanessa

    These are very useful tips and I bet would save a lot of money. weddings aren’t cheap but these are great ways to save!

    1. Post

      Thank you, Vanessa! Stationery is expensive in general…especially for special events. Making your own saves a ton of money & makes the event that much more personal 🙂

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