Last week we showed you how to make your custom LHC map your invitation itself, so this week we thought it would be good to share a few more budget tips and also remind everyone to be sure to include printed materials in their overall wedding budget from the very beginning.

No one forgets to budget for their dress or flowers or photography, but invitations and definitely calligraphy {even if you know you want it} are oft overlooked! Prices for inviations and calligraphy can vary greatly depending on paper, style, number of pieces and of course the vendor, but to get a basic idea for your budget, here are some numbers.For an invitation, RSVP card and envelope for each, an average cost could be:

Flat printing = $5-$7 per setLetterpress printing = $14-$20 per setMany vendors will have a minimum {our standard is 100 sets}, but be sure you ask for pricing for the number you are looking for. If there is a minimum, you will find out shortly.For envelope calligraphy, you should factor in another $300-$425 for 100 envelopes.

Maps and reception items are additional, so be sure to include these in as well if you are looking for a comprehensive print material suite.If these numbers seem daunting but you still want a custom look and to include the art of calligraphy, here are some tips to keeping your costs down:

  • Thermography {raised printing} can be a great alternative to letterpress if you want a textured print without the price tag of letterpress.
  • Use an RSVP postcard instead of card with envelope – this saves on paper costs as well as the postage you will need to include on each piece.
  • If you want to have your own custom map, consider using it as a save the date or as the invitation.
  • To get a map in addition to your other materials, consider our map alteration process – you can alter an already existing map of your destination {restrictions apply}
  • If you are concerned about the cost of calligraphy, but do want hand lettered envelopes, keep your sights set on the tier 1 styles – the higher the style, the higher the cost per envelope.

If you have any questions or to let us create your dream invitation suite, contact us today!