How much do wedding invitations and wedding stationery cost in the UK?

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So you’re engaged! Congratulations! Now where to start?

Once you’ve booked your venue and the date, it’s time to start thinking about letting your friends and family know when the big day is.

Save the date cards are often sent out if you’re planning a wedding that's over a year away. But if the big day is only 6 months away then you may be thinking about skipping save the dates altogether and diving straight in with the invitations.

Finding the right budget for your wedding can be a hard process, you can find guides which split it up into percentages, but remember you can play around with this. If you’ve really got your heart set on a fantastic stationery suite to keep and cherish then steal a bit of budget from elsewhere.

Whether the first piece of stationery you send out is save the dates or invitations, remember this: this is the first glimpse of your wedding style that guests are seeing, it's something to get them excited, a keepsake to stick on the fridge. The style and quality of invitation or save the date sets the tone for what they can expect from your big day. 

This doesn’t mean that they need to cost a fortune, there are varying levels of design and stationery to suit everyone's budget and needs. So, what do wedding invitations cost in the UK? And what to save the dates cost in the UK?

Below I will outline some example prices to give you an idea of what you should set aside, usually stationery accounts for anywhere between 1% and 5% of your whole wedding budget - this includes save the date cards, invitation packs with rsvp and detail cards, and your on the day stationery.

These prices are for standard printing, with a pre-designed wedding invitations or save the dates:

100 x A5 single sided wedding save the date cards with envelopes = £95+

100 x A5 single sided wedding invitations with envelopes = £105+

100 x A6 single sided wedding rsvp cards = £60+

100 x A6 single sided wedding detail cards = £60+

When buying wedding invitations online, you have a few options: If you would like bespoke wedding invitations designed, you need to take into account the extra time your stationer requires to do this, which will be chargeable. Bespoke wedding stationery will always cost more than something that’s already been designed. If you are looking for cheap wedding invitations then choose a design which already exists. If you’re after luxury wedding stationery or luxury wedding invitations then that’s where the ‘extras’ come in. 

A popular design at the moment is vellum wedding invitations and vellum wrap wedding invitations. Vellum is so beautiful with stationery suites, but bear in mind it is more expensive than paper and is harder to print on, so this would be a luxury extra.

TIP: Think about your wedding theme: rustic, botanical, modern, minimalist, bright, boho, the list goes on. Once you’ve chosen your stationery you can then follow this design though to your on the day items like seating plans and place names.

Come back next time to read about wedding invitations wording and how to get around the awkward ‘no kids at our wedding’ request. In the meantime, if you’d like some wedding invitations ideas then head over to my social channels for constant wedding invitation ideas, inspo and updates.

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Buck and Bear is based near Cambridge and London in the UK. My online shop has all kinds of stationery so whether you’re after a whole botanical wedding invitation suite, or custom wedding invites, calligraphy wedding invitations or entire calligraphy wedding stationery sets, there’s something there for everyone.

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