How to Save Money on your Wedding: Stationery and Favors

Thanks for checking out the second blog post in our series about how to save money on your wedding! If you missed our first post, you can read it here. This post focuses on stationery and favors, which can add up very quickly. We’ve done some research and put together a list of ways to minimize those costs. There are also several fun DIY ideas, which can not only save you a ton of money, but also provide fun bridesmaid activities!


Here’s a big secret – you can find FREE customizable wedding invitations online! There are many sites that have free downloads of wedding invitations for you to use. If you do enough hunting, you can probably find some that match your theme or color scheme. You can even buy bulk cardstock and print them right at home! Below are some of our favorites:

Via Wedding Chicks
Via Wedding Chicks
Via Wedding Chicks
Via Wedding Chicks

If you don’t find any that tickle your fancy, try making, painting, or drawing your own! Below are some great tutorials on how to make your own wedding invitations. Once you have one, you can make as many copies as you need. The best part about this option is that you can do anything you want! We’ve put together some fun ideas along with some helpful phrases below:

Via Something Turquoise
Via Something Turquoise
Via The Pretty Blog
Via Pink Champagne Paper

Other tips to save money on invitations and save the dates:

  • Choose one- or two-page invitations and RSVPs to save on postage costs
  • Along the same lines, you’ll spend less on postage if you opt for a standard-size invitation (rather than a square)
  • OR, skip the paper altogether and send out digital invitations, which cost a lot less than paper ones!
Make your own menu cards to place at tables. Along the same line as invitations, you can find tons of free menu card templates online. You could also make your own!
Buy your favors in bulk. There are hundreds of website where you can find personalized bulk wedding favors, which can help you save a lot of money! Take a look at some of these websites to find something that fits your theme:

Discount Mugs
Favor Warehouse
Oriental Trading
My Wedding Favors

Have your wedding favor double as your place card. Instead of spending money on both favors and place cards, turn your favors into your place cards! If you take a look around the web, you can find plenty of websites with free printable place cards that you can print off and attach to your favor. Take a look at some of these:

Via Martha Stewart Weddings
Via Wedding Chicks
Via Wedding Chicks

By taking the time to search around for inexpensive (or free!) stationery and favors, you’ll have a lot more to spend on things that are more important to you! Happy planning!


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