1. Type of Printing: Flat or Digital Printing is the most economical of all the printing methods. Flat printing produces a high-quality image with no texture or shine. Colors are virtually unlimited and full color coverage is possible. Letterpress and foil printing will cost more as they are more labor intensive.
2. Sweet and Simple: If you just love the look of letterpress invitations, keep the costs down by sticking to one color. That second or third color can double or triple the time it takes to print it, adding to the bottom line. With letterpress, each new color adds more time to the job, unlike flat or digital printing, a letterpress only prints one color at a time.
3. Proof like a Pro: When you receive your proof, print it out – reading from the screen makes us prone to missing things. Wait a day before you do your final review – the downtime in between will help you pick up on errors. Read each line backwards, from right to left – your eyes will find misspellings easier. Get a second set of eyes to read it as well, or better yet, read it to them – you are more conscious of being correct and hearing it read aloud helps. All in all, reprints can be expensive, avoid them by being thorough.
4. Paper Thickness: When there’s a choice, choose the lighter weight paper. While double-thick papers are luxurious and quite impressive, they can bulk up the price as well. If you’re not sure whether there are other options ask your stationer – they should be happy to help.
5. Stamp your Return Address: If it’s not in the cards to have the stationer print your return address on the invitation envelope and reply card envelope, order one inexpensive custom stamp for both addresses. The best part about this is, if you’re not moving too soon, you can keep the stamp and use it for your mail after the wedding!
BONUS: Find a wedding invitation company who’ll work with you to customize the design at no extra cost! We pride ourselves on lots of options and the very best personalized service! Check out our customization options here.
Photo Credit: Floral bouquet picture from Martha Stewart Weddings magazine