Most weddings have one common element: stationery. This is very near and dear to my heart, since if I had it my way, I would spend ALL DAY looking at paper. Sparkly paper. Textured paper. Thick paper. Thin paper. Papery paper. I love the stuff.
With companies like VistaPrint rising in popularity however, along with the surge of DIY, some people don’t really realize how expensive paper can be, or what exactly they’re paying for. So let’s clear that up!
If you’re getting something custom designed, you’ll pay a custom design price. You might see prints online for under a dollar per piece, but keep in mind that these are larger companies and the designs are usually not as easily customized.
Some paper is more expensive than other paper. This has to do with the weight of the paper (thickness), the color, the sheen (is it metallic or matte? This matters), the size, etc. If you’re getting a wedding invitation that has layers involved, this will raise the paper cost.
3. Printing and Finishing
Some printing processes are more expensive than others, but to keep things simple, I’ll just explain that when you order printing from a company or even a lot of smaller independent businesses, they aren’t just firing up their desktop laser printer and making it go. The printers used in the printing process are huge and suitable for commercial jobs, and this costs money. After the printing is done, there will likely be additional work, such as cutting the paper down or shrink wrapping the finished product.
Sometimes, the company you order your stationery from will do any assembly necessary (mounting the invitation on a pocket card, for example). A lot of larger companies won’t do this, and will instead send glue dots with the elements. For companies who DO do this, however, it takes time, and time is often money.
Hopefully this list will help you manage your expectations for what you can get on your budget!
– Sarah at SMAC Paper