BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The cost of a wedding can really add up.
Since most guests just throw the invitation away, theprofessionals even admitted this might not be a part of the weddingbudget where you want to splurge. But that doesn't mean you have toget a cheap-looking invitation.
"We have inexpensive invitations. We have a lot of brides whoare on budgets," said Rhonda Dragonette of Calling CardsUnlimited.
Dragonette says splurging on invitations isn't necessary.Sometimes invitations can look identical, but there's a big pricedifference.
Experts say brides can avoid expensive paper, and extra costslike bows, seals, engraved writing and envelope liners.
"This is very big, the past couple years the pockets are verybig," said Dragonette.
Pocket invitations are big in popularity, but also bigliterally. Oversized, heavy, bulky, or square invitations will addto the cost of postage. Another thing to keep in mind.
Printing can also be pricey. While stores can save you timeby printing guests names on the envelopes, you can save money bydoing it yourself.
Many brides also choose to purchase invitation kits.
Dragonette said, "The customer will come and grab them and takethem home and do them."
Brides on a budget who are tech savvy have another option. Theycan go online and do it themselves, and it can save a lot ofmoney.
But remember the professionals are willing to work within yourbudget, so feel free to negotiate.
"We do try to match prices and we do try to help the bride allwe can," Dragonette said.
Lesson here, don't assume you need to do the invitationsyourself or online to get a good deal. Professionals can help abride on any budget make her invitations look beautiful and be freeof spelling and grammatical errors.
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