average wedding invitations cost

Average Cost of Wedding Invitations

According to The Knot, the average cost of wedding invitations is around $280. Keep in mind wedding invitation costs will vary greatly based on the method of printing, quality of paper and quantity of invitations ordered.

Calculate Invitation Quantity

After you have completed your guest list, order one invitation per couple, family or single guest, plus at least ten extra for additions to your list and keepsakes. Friends living at the same address should have an invitations sent separately to each of them.

Invitation Budget

Prices and quality will vary widely; generally, the lower priced options will be made from a less substantial, thinner paper using digital printing. Samples should be ordered well in advance to check paper thickness, texture and color. Also consider postage requirements, additional fees are added for square shapes or sets over one ounce.

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30¢+ each or less!

Print yourself using wedding invitation templates. This option also gives you the most flexibility, choose your own colors, typestyles and cardstock. We recommend using a laser printer for durability or have a local print shop print and cut for you. Office Depot and  Staples offer printing services, as well as A7 invitation envelopes to purchase. Just make sure the envelope matches the cardstock (whites can vary from different paper lines).

80¢+ each

Premium DIY wedding invitations using luxury cardstock and embellishments are a great way of obtaining excellent quality for a reasonable price. Select invitation supplies that include heavyweight paper (80-100# cover weight) and envelopes (80# text weight). Avoid perforated edges and thin, flimsy papers and envelopes that feel cheap. Visit Formal-Invitations.com for premium invitation supplies, with easy instructions and free overlay templates.

$1.50+ each

Search online or visit local print shops for custom printed invitations using digital, lithography (flat ink) or thermography which offers economical raised lettering, although it is not as crisp as genuine engraving. Prices will vary based on printing method and paper quality, expect to pay $2 to $4 each for mid-range paper quality.

$10.00+ each

A local graphic designer, engraver or letterpress printer can provide high end custom invitations. Engraving is a method of imprinting artwork onto heavyweight paper using a copper plate to produce a fine opaque line and raised matte lettering; the impression is also visible from the back. Letterpress creates a deep impression into the paper, producing an appealing texture. These expensive printing methods paired with high quality papers will run $8 to $20 (and up) per invitation.


Corresponding cards are additional, but can be eliminated by using a wedding website to rsvp (try google.com/weddings, it’s free) and including the rsvp and reception information on the invitation card. Click for wedding invitation wording and card examples. We also recommend handwriting the return address and the guest’s address for a personal, thoughtful touch and will also save in envelope printing.

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