Creating Your Wedding Invitations...on a budget!

As a full time event planner I understand the amount of money that is spent on every detail of an event, particularly weddings. On average, a wedding can cost roughly $20,000.00 – and that is on the lower end.

My mission is to help couples plan the wedding of their dreams on a budget and STICK to the budget. I cringe when couples tell me they plan to apply for a “wedding loan” because I truly don’t believe that a loan is the answer. But sometimes, they are hard set on getting a loan and so there is no budging.

Today, I am going to save you hundreds of dollars by showing you how you can create your own wedding invites on a budget! You CAN create exquisite invitations on a budget.

When you design them online and order through stationary companies, it will cost you a MINT – anywhere from $500.00 - $1,000.00 just for invitations. And friend, that doesn’t even include postage.

Are you ready? Let’s dive in…


Start researching invitation design ideas and pin them to your Pinterest wedding board. This will get your wheels turning and creative mind working.


You’ve decided on the design. Start creating a list of materials you will need to make your invitations. If you don’t know exactly what you need to create, do some research, friend. You can find almost anything online.


It’s time to purchase your materials. Start hitting up some craft and stationary stores: Joann Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, even Staples and Walmart! These stores always have items on clearance.

You will always find stationary on sale at Staples. When you walk in the store, your first stop should be their clearance wall.

Craft stores like Joann Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, and Michaels always have wedding items on sale. You just have to be willing to search.

Here are some deals I found while walking through Staples and Joann Fabrics:

Staples Stationary

** on sale for $14.50! **

Joann Fabrics

** all for less than $100.00! **

(Not only did I get stationary supplies, I also found an aisle runner on sale for 50% off!)


If you don’t have one, make sure you purchase a hot glue gun. If you don’t have a hot glue gun, phone a friend! Here is a list of basic supplies you will need:

  • Scissors

  • Tape

  • Hot glue gun

  • Ribbon

  • Tulle

  • Lace

  • Stationary (including envelopes)


Set up shop. You’ll want to ensure you have ample space to create. You’ll have scraps flying around, hot glue sticking to paper, you name it. Just make sure you have space.

Have some girlfriends come over to help create your invitations. Grab some fresh beverages and snacks and have fun!


Once the invitations have been created, ask your fiancé if they want to help you assemble the invitations. This includes packaging and labeling all of the invitations.

It’s important to include your significant other in these special planning moments. Remember, this only happens once (hopefully).

It’s a project, my friend. Have some fun with it!

Happy Planning!