Why are wedding invitations so expensive?

Name-brand Budget Shortfall

After choosing your paper and your printing option, you have to pay someone to put it all together. You've got plenty of options here, too. If you're trying to keep costs down and don't care about having a unique, one-of-a-kind card or custom imaging, you can find thousands of pre-made invitations. Many of these cards are from big-name designers and are often much more affordable than custom invites. You might pay between $4 and $12 per card, for example, for Vera Wang invitations, but custom-designed photo invites from an established, respected graphic designer might cost as much as $7 to $25 each. Of course, prices vary, and less experienced designers offer more competitive rates, but if you're on a strict budget and simply must have top-of-the-line wedding invitations, there's nothing wrong with selecting ready-made cards.

Related Articles


  • Angie Designs. "The Ordering Process." 2007. (Sept. 18, 2010).http://www.angiedesigns.com/indexinner.php?link=process#11
  • Applegate, Dawn. "Paper Choices for Invitations." One Heart Weddings. 2010. (Sept. 18, 2010).http://www.weddingclipart.com/guide/wedding-paper/paper-choices-for-invitations.html
  • Carr, Karen. "Parchment." Kidipede. 2010. (Sept. 18, 2010).http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/literature/parchment.htm
  • My Expression. "Paper Choices for Wedding Invitations." 2010. (Sept. 18, 2010).http://www.myexpression.com/ArticlesWedding/PaperChoicesForWeddingInvitations.cfm
  • William Arthur, Inc. "Vera Wang." 2010. (Sept. 18, 2010).http://www.williamarthur.com/shop/vera-wang