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Operation: Recessionista Series {$5,000 Wedding Bailout} :: Invites


So, you have only $5000 for your entire wedding budget.  Can you still have everything you want?  Everything you need to have to pull off a beautiful event?  With Operation: Recessionista, we’ll show you how to approach your planning, budget and overall event vision, without compromising your special day or having to rely on family and friends to get things done.  Instead, we will rely on ingenuity, DIY, With each Operation: Recessionista segment, we will form a budget with you, break it down and give you suggested resources to make it fabulous.  This week, we will talk about your invites. 



Budget: $200

Everything about your wedding will be intensive upon your guest list number. When you are working with only $5,000, you should look to keep your guest list numbers lowTo be completely honest—ditch the ego and the need to show off.  There is no way you can have a wedding with all of the laced details with this amount of money without something missing something.    That being said, our hypothetical guest list is no more than fifty people.  Just because you have a budget of $200, doesn’t mean you cannot have gorgeous invites.  Enter:  BRIDES Chocolate Pocket Invites.  Created by BRIDES (yes, the magazine people!) and sold at Michaels stores nationwide, the kit is all you need:  beauty without breaking the bank.  It comes with:

  • Includes printable invites, response cards, ribbon, jackets, address labels and seals to make 30

  • Response card and envelope fits in invite jacket

  • Just "wrap" invite in ribbon jacket, seal, label and send


    The kits retail for $34.95 apiece, but can be scored for much lower if you are able to find a Michaels coupon.  There are other colors in this same design:  Black and White and Silver and White (note that you can get different styles as well for a similar price).  You can print these out and and they will be a great touch with your wedding. Try to find some standard colors and add your own signature color—replace ribbon if necessary.  For other beautiful DIY invitations that are also in this same price range, try Target, who also carries a retail Jean M line.  Another one of my personal favorites are Uniquity Invitations.  These beautiful templates allow you customize them your way, just be sure to price out your paper and envelopes to stay within your budget.  Depending on your left over budget or what you decide to do for your invites, you may choose to forego the save-the-dates.


    Let’s total it out:

    BRIDES invites $34.95 x 2; inc any taxes:  $74.95

    Canceled 2 oz Stamps x 2 books of 20, inc. taxes: $12.80 (We say only 40 stamps, as we will assume that some of your guests will be invited as couples)

    Canceled 1 oz Stamps x 2 books of 20, inc. taxes: $16.93 (see above)

    Wedding Photo Thank You Cards (set of 50) inc. taxes:  $23.98

    Ink Cartridges (if needed) inc. taxes:  $23.98


    Total:  $152.64                 Remaining budget:  $47.36


    Stay tuned for next week, when we talk about your ceremony and reception sites.

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    • Great feature! I can’t wait to see how it all shapes up!

      December 19, 2008 at 8:14 am
    • Wow, I needed to see this before I went about doing mine. We spent about $400 on invitations for 85 people including postage. I had a graphic designer customize a stock design, got the flat cards, enclosures, and envelopes from Paper Source and printed them out on my all in one. A graphic designer with a friend hookup (discount not free) is a lifesaver for a budget.

      December 19, 2008 at 9:37 am
    • Yes, I also wish I could read this before. I have spent $300 on invitation, I must have graphic design for them to print. But invitations are not as good as I hope 🙁

      December 22, 2008 at 2:54 am
    • Fabulous idea! I’ve actually taken a look at these invites at Michaels and they are for sure a STEAL at that price!!

      December 22, 2008 at 1:30 pm
    • Where were you when I was getting married. I mean things turned out great, but I probably could have spent less for better.

      December 22, 2008 at 4:27 pm
    • 😯 WHY couldn’t we have found a site like this when my niece got married last year? I’m creating a blog to help others who ended up with less than they wanted, as my niece did, due to finances. I look forward to seeing more here. Thanks for posting this!

      January 2, 2009 at 7:26 pm
    • Nice work! These are the kinds of ideas that are great for helping brides stretch a budget!

      January 6, 2009 at 1:27 am
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