Wedconomics: Factoring the Cost Per Use and Ways to Save on Wedding Stationery

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What if you don’t have the standard $1,000 – $3,000 dollars to invest in wedding stationery? Not a problem, there are ways to save and NOT resort to a Facebook event invite.

Regular readers of Kiss My Tulle know that I am a firm believer in
saving money on weddings because they only last ONE day and therefore, a
wedding’s cost per use can be quite ridiculous. So, when divvying up
your wedding budget – try to make your splurge items those things that
are going to get a higher cost per use.

Wedconomics: Factoring the Cost Per Use and Ways to Save on Wedding Stationery
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For example, spending $2,000 on a dress that you will only wear one
time has a cost per use of 1 = $2,000. WHAT!?!? CRAZY, right? However,
put that same $2,000 toward a wedding videographer and your cost per use
becomes a better deal. For example, if you’re married for say, 40 years
and you watch the video on every anniversary then your cost per use
becomes 40 = $50. MUUUUCH more sensible, right?

So what does all this math have to do with budgeting for your stationery? Well, for one – stationery is a great place to save on a potentially high cost per use item. Seriously, think about it. Say
you spend $1,000 on your wedding’s stationery. Even if you hang on to one single invitiation from your wedding and keep it for oh, 40 years –
then your wedding stationery’s cost per use would be roughly $0.25. However, it's seems a bit silly to spend spend $0.25 (CPU) on paper doesn't it? Especially when that money could go toward something more substanial like the wedding photography.

But what if you don’t have the standard $1,000 – $3,000 dollars to
invest in wedding stationery? Not a problem, there are ways to save and NOT resort to a Facebook event invite. Here’s a few suggestions:

  • Skip the extras – the save-the-dates, the reception cards, the inner envelopes. Put the important information all on one invitiation and use a website or word-of-mouth for everything else.
  • Print your own stationery suite using a PDF purchased from a talented artist. Here's a few of my favorites: e.m. papers, Liddle Lady Bug, Don't Panic Design, and Designed with Amore.
  • Buy them at a bridal expo. Sometimes you can find a helluva deal because the vendors don't want ot haul stuff back. Just ask!
  • Assemble and address them yourself. Yes, this is a pain in the ass but it can save you LOADS in labor costs. Just be sure to order a few extras in case of mistakes.
  • Buy the simplest/cheapest ones and dress them up with washi tape, rubber stamps, colored envelopes, and/or ribbon.

How are you saving on your wedding stationery?