The prospect of spending hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars on our wedding invitations was not an option for us, but we still wanted to create something that was personal and tasteful. We turned to Paper Source, Staples and eBay for the materials for our invites, which ended up costing just over $175. Here's how we did it:
The invitations are the Scallop Laser Cut A7 Printable Party Invitations (20 for $18.50), for which we designed the text layout and then printed at home on our ink jet printer.
For the reply card, we got a little crafty. We purchased a vintage postcard from our wedding locale, Shelter Island, NY, on eBay for $12. We then scanned the front and back of the card and re-sized them to fit onto Staples® Inkjet Postcards, 5 1/2" x 4 1/4", Matte (which I happened to have on-hand leftover from another project). We added text about the wedding to turn the vintage card into a reply card, and once again we printed them out on our home printer.
The envelopes are A7 Pool Envelopes (10 for $4.25). We also ordered a custom return address stamp (Ampersand Flourish Custom Stamp - PS design, $39.95) from Paper Source for the invites, but I'm not including it in our wedding budget, since we'll be using it long after the wedding is over.
For postage, we went with one of the LOVE stamps and an herb-themed one for the post card. I used a Kuretake Zig Memory Writer Marker that I had on-hand to write out the addresses.
In total, we ended up spending about $177 on the stationary and postage -- not bad, right? Here's the cost breakdown, with the items we either already had or plan to use after the wedding in brackets:
Envelopes: $38.25 (including ones I messed up)
Vintage Postcard: $11.98
Return Address Stamp: [$39.95]
Total: $177.04 [$237.63]
We're just starting to get the reply cards back today, and it's very exciting to see friends and family members' handwriting telling us that they will be attending out wedding! Hurray!