Category: Affordable Wedding Ideas

Budget-savvy wedding ideas and tips!

A black and white palette is the epitome of classic wedding styling. It’s traditional, but can lean modern. It’s classic but has an edge to it. It’s beautiful and feels…expensive. Don’t sweat it though – we, the affordable-wedding experts, are here to show you how to pull off this look without breaking your wedding budget.

A Classic Intro
Your invitation introduces your wedding style to your guests and sets the tone for your entire celebration. Kind of a big deal, right? A big deal doesn’t have to mean a big price tag though. Our famous 99¢ invitation suites include elegant styles that look like they cost way more than a buck a piece. The black and white invitation featured on this mood board features the classic phrase “from this day forward” and even has a spot for you to share a photo of the two of you. It can be customized in any color palette but you just can’t go wrong with this black and white version.

Simple Styling
There’s a valuable benefit of a black and white wedding you may not have considered but will absolutely love: less stress. Take the task of choosing bridesmaid dresses. Instead of searching for just the right shade of purple in all the right silhouettes for your bridesmaids you can simply say, “buy a black dress you love”. Your groom can purchase a suit he’ll wear over and over again. You don’t have to worry your florist will use peach roses instead of blush. The list goes on and on…

Party Perfection
When the ceremony is over, it’s time to party! If you think styling your bridesmaids was simple, creating a beautiful reception space is going be a breeze and be easy on your budget. Instead of spending extra on colorful table linens, go with basic black or white. Your venue should have either on standby and won’t charge an extra fee for ordering a special color. Create a simple but memorable detail by providing custom cocktail napkins for your bar (bonus – they’re just 25¢). These cheap little napkins will litter tabletops and add a pop of personalized detail for just pennies a piece. Complete your look by scattering glass votive holders everywhere. This affordable touch will amp up the romance on the cheap!

 

Photo Credits:  Bride and groom: Rachel Photographs via Green Wedding Shoes, Table: Nick Plus Danee via June Bug Weddings, Bridesmaids: Brandon Scott Photography, Wedding Cake: Miso Bakes, Oreo Cupcakes: Jan Garcia Photography via Style Me Pretty

Main Color: Cobalt
Accent Color: Mauve
Accent Color: Lemongrass
Neutral: Gold

The sweet color combination of cobalt blue and mauve pink makes our heart skip a beat…it’s just so pretty! One of our very favorite floral wedding invitations, Painted Blooms, inspired this enchanting palette. Garden blossoms in blue and pink surround your wedding invitation details on this crazy-affordable invitation. The greenery accents in shades of lemongrass and sage are what make this look feel alive and lush. Can’t you almost smell the sweet scent?! To complete this look, use gold as your neutral. It’ll add a little shimmer and shine – a must for all weddings!

Working it into your wedding:
Cobalt blue and a pinky-mauve can be infused into your wedding day in so many beautiful ways! Our favorite would be to have your groom and his groomsmen suit up in cobalt blue. It’s bold and classic at the same time and so much more fun than a standard navy suit. Next, dress your maids in soft pink mauve. Choose a flowing fabric like chiffon to create a look that’s light as air. Of course, flowers are the key to pulling the whole look together. Using garden and spray roses in complementary shades of pink alongside brilliant blue delphinium will tie your entire day together! Don’t forget to add in greenery as well. It will break up the pink and blue, creating a look that feels like it’s been plucked straight from the garden. Now, spread those flowers as far as the eye can see! Tie stems to the end of your pews or ceremony chairs. Splurge a bit and create a floral arch to recite your vows under. Trust us, it’ll be worth it! In your reception space, float single roses and delphiniums blooms in globe vases. You won’t believe how affordable and beautiful this look is! For a final touch, add gold accents throughout your reception. Gold or brass flatware, linens and foil-stamped napkins will give you just enough shimmer for your day to glow.

Unless you’re wedding planning in a different universe, you’ve noticed the greenery trend. Swags of olive branches. Trailing eucalyptus. Halo veils of cedar. We love it ALL. You can spend a pretty penny on a wedding invitation suite that feature custom watercolor greenery but guess what? You don’t have to. Each one of these gorgeous greenery invitation suites is just 99¢, R.S.V.P. card included!

1. Eternity – Invitation with Free Response Postcard
We don’t wanna play favorites, but this beauty might be our favorite. The watercolor eucalyptus paired with the gold accents feels so bohemian and chic.
Pro Tip: Upgrade to shimmer paper to add a little sparkle and shine.

2. Watercolor Greenery – Seal and Send
Have you seen a Seal and Send wedding invitation before? These are genius. Everything you need, including a response postcard, is included all together in an all-in-one piece. We love this painted greenery and gold style!
Pro Tip: Update to a more modern look with a different font options. We love Copperplate Gothic and Futura Light.

3. Winter Pine – Seal and Send
Winter weddings are growing in popularity each year. When it comes to your invitation, think winter greens! This Seal and Send invitation combines silver dollar eucalyptus, pine, frasier fir and pinecones to create a style worthy of your wedding.
Pro Tip: Upgrade to textured paper! It’s perfect for this rustic look.

4. Painted Garden – Invitation with Free Response Postcard
Mix a few floral in with your greenery on this heavenly invitation suite. The white and green palette is so fresh, you can practically smell the blooms!
Pro Tip: If you’re doing an online reply, turn your free R.S.V.P card into a postcard thank you note.

5. Greens and Gold – Invitation with Free Response Postcard
You just can’t go wrong with gold and green. It somehow fits nearly any wedding style! Classic but trendy. Elegant but Edgy. This design is a favorite and it’s easy to see why.
Pro Tip: Update the font from green to black to make this design instantly more modern.

What do florals, greenery, watercolor and shades of blue have in common? They’re all incredibly on-trend details to include in your wedding and also undeniably classic. Our newly-designed blue hydrangea wedding invitation combines all of these popular trends into one beautiful and affordable design. Finding your “something blue” will be easy when you plan an eye-catching wedding like this!

Hello Hydrangeas!
Hydrangeas are a great choice for your spring or summer wedding. They’re affordable and the large size makes your bouquets and centerpieces look full and lush! Hydrangeas come in a variety of colors, but we’re really feeling the dusty blue featured in this style board. Pair these beautiful blooms with varieties of greenery, such as eucalyptus and ruscus, for a fresh-picked look.

Bridesmaids in Blue
If you’ve been a bridesmaid, you know what it’s like to wait and hope that the bride chooses a dress color that you actually like. Trust us – your maids will breathe a collective sigh of relief when you reveal that your pick is dusty shade of blue. This pretty shade looks gorgeous on everyone and those hydrangeas and greens will pop as your girls strut down the aisle.

Simple Details
The key to making this theme look effortless is to not go overboard with fussy decorations and details. Remember, one or two hydrangea blooms in scattered mason jars or low vases is all you need to decorate your reception venue. Dress the tables with white linens and basic white dinnerware; it’s affordable and simple look that will stand the test of time. Our favorite tip is to stock the bar with personalized wedding napkins stamped with our periwinkle foil. They’re an inexpensive detail but you’ll hear compliments on them all night long!

 

Photo Credits: Bridal Party: KATE & CINDY PHOTOGRAPHY, Bouquet: Anastasiya Belik via BURNETTS BOARDS, Centerpiece: VRAI PHOTOGRAPHY via STYLE ME PRETTY, Wedding Cake: ANNA TAYLOR PHOTOGRAPHY via BELLE THE MAGAZINE, Groom: ALYNA PHOTOGRAPHE via FRENCH WEDDING STYLE

Here at Ann’s Bridal Bargains, we pride ourselves on selling the most affordable wedding invitations on the web. The majority of our designs are digitally printed; an affordable alternative to more costly printing processes. But guys, we have a confession. We LOVE the look of foil-stamped wedding invitations. Foil-stamping uses shiny metallic foil in shades like gold and silver to press a design or even wording, right into your wedding invitation. The result is totally gorgeous and also totally expensive! Adding foil-stamping to your wedding invitation can easily double price, which is why we — the queens of cheap-but-chic wedding invitations — don’t go there. But do not fret! Our fabulous designers are always thinking of ways replicate the look of those expensive details for a price that’ll make your budget sing!

Two words: Faux Foil! Yes, faux = fake, but in the best way ever! Our wedding invitation designers are pure magic and can replicate the look of shiny foil, but for that tiny price of just 99¢ per invitation suite. We call these faux foil wedding invitations but you and your guests will just call them beautiful! Here our top 5 favorites…

Love is Patient
This faith-based wedding invitation pairs the verse from 1 Corinthians 13 with faux gold foil foliage. The results is so gorgeous, you won’t miss real foil stamping.

 

Gold Facets
A modern wedding deserves an edgy wedding invitation and this faux gold foil design, featuring a geometric design, will have your guests responding with an enthusiastic “yes, we with attend”!

 

 

Gilded Garden
The dainty faux foil on this floral wedding invitation has a light-as-air feel perfect for a spring or summer wedding. We love the gold paired with pink, but you can change the background color on this one to match your palette!

 

Florals and Flourishes
There’s no question why this elegant floral invitation is a favorite! The jewel-toned palette and faux gold foil flourishes feel so luxurious, your guests are going to think you spend a whole lot more than 99¢ on it!

 

We Do
Simple is sometimes best, don’t you think? But simple doesn’t have to mean boring. This incredibly classic and stylish wedding invitation features the phrase “we do” in pretty faux foil that looks like it was written with gold calligraphy ink. The background can be customized to suit your color preference. Dream away!

 

There you have it. Our favorite faux foil wedding invitations for a price so low, you’ll never miss the real thing! Check out our entire assortment right here and discover a design you love for an unbelievable price.

 

Invites Shown:
Love is Patient, Gold Facets, Gilded Garden, Floral and Flourishes, We Do

The best bridal showers are the ones that surprise not just the bride but all of her guests! That’s why we’ve pulled together 5 unique bridal shower themes inspired by five of our favorite bridal shower invitations.

Before we get started, did you know our bridal shower invites are only 69¢ each? That might sound like we pedal in cheap bridal shower invitations and the truth is, we do! But you’ll be amazed by the paper and print quality of every invitation we offer. The five highlighted below are prime examples!

  1. Bridal Shower Brunch

Inspired by the Bridal Brunch Bridal Shower Invitation

The color and style of these bridal shower invitations make them a cut above the rest, no doubt! Can you imagine how excited everyone will be when they receive this beauty in the mail? The bright and beautiful full-color floral artwork is on trend and so is the theme.

Why a brunch bridal shower?

We can think of one very good reason…breakfast food! Ask people to bring egg bakes, or provide all the components for a build-your-own breakfast plate with eggs, bacon, ham, French toast and so much more. You could do a Bloody Mary Bar alongside the brunch buffet. Throw on a little acoustic music to set the mood, decorate a gorgeous buffet table with a beautiful backdrop. Seriously, best theme ever.

 

  1. Rustic Bridal Shower:

Inspired by the Ever After Bridal Shower Invitation

Just the right look if your bride is all about that country chic vibe. The dark wood panel background lends a very rustic feel while the white floral garland around the party details lends a sweet and elegant element of design. Guests are sure to be curious about the rustic bridal shower in their future.

Why a rustic bridal shower?

The “rustic” wedding trend encompasses a few different styles like country chic, woodland whimsy and an outdoors lifestyle. This means you can cater the party look and feel to fit whatever your bride or couple loves. Plan a shower that honors their hobbies like biking or hiking. You could plan the party at a local park they love to frequent. Or maybe the party is themed around their relaxed country lifestyle and you throw the shower at the family farm or ranch. Rustic bridal showers are all about incorporating what the bride loves, and it’s so easy to do.

 

  1. Gold + Greenery Bridal Shower:

Inspired by the Glam Greens Bridal Shower Invitation

Today’s greenery trend is captured beautifully on these bright white bridal shower invitations with hanging branches and faux gold foil accents. This is top-tier style but the price is the lowest you’ll find for such great quality. We love that “Shower the Bride” appears in faux gold foil to match the accents cascading from above.

Why a gold + greenery bridal shower?

What bride doesn’t want a touch glam even if she’s a more natural girl at heart? On the invitation, faux gold foil mimics the look of real foil but it’s digitally printed to be way more affordable. Greenery is a super affordable way to decorate the shower and you can find an incredibly unique variety of gold décor pieces at thrift stores and on clearance shelves to add that glamorous gold element.

 

  1. Sunflower Bridal Shower

Inspired by the Sunflower Charm Bridal Shower Invitation

Sunflowers are undeniably cheerful and beautiful! The distressed artwork on these sunflower bridal shower invitations is so perfect; it portrays a rustic country vibe but still illuminates the brilliance of this larger than life flower. The bride and all of the party guests will be impressed to say the least.

Why a sunflower bridal shower?

Because some people just LOVE sunflowers, and if that’s you’re bride you likely know this about her already. Plus, you’re one lucky person because a sunflowers bridal shower theme is so simple! Your décor and color palette are already determined. Now you get to go shopping for all the right things to make this party special. Pair that with a casual spread of delicious food and desserts, plus a pretty country location and you’ve got a party nobody is going to want to leave!

 

  1. Brunch and Bubbly Bridal Shower

Inspired by the Brunch and Bubbly Bridal Shower Invitation

Nothing announces a fabulous bridal shower theme quite like the eye-catching look of faux gold foil! Gorgeous watercolor roses become the icing on the cake in this invitation’s stunning design, which is sure to inspire an unforgettable bridal shower.

Why a brunch and bubbly bridal shower?

We already explained the food-centric benefits of a brunch bridal shower so the only difference here is adding a few adult beverages, which is almost always a welcome addition to the party! Mimosas are a fabulous choice but you should definitely get creative with some fun beverage options like Bellinis or maybe a little Irish coffee for the coffee lovers.

It’s the most debated, agonized over and controversial topic in wedding planning. Do you invite kids to your wedding or ask your guests to make it a date night? For most, it feels like an easy decision no matter which side you land on. But often, there are unexpected circumstances that might lead you to cut the kids off your guest list. We asked five brides who had kid-free celebrations about their decision and how they ensured their guests understood it was an adults-only wedding.

Kate’s Reason: Our Venue Was Teeny Tiny
Kate and her husband Rich were married last October in a quaint B&B in rural Minnesota. It was a picturesque setting: a sweet garden ceremony followed by cocktails and an intimate dinner. It was their dream location but it came at a cost. “After we made our guest list, it was clear that our venue simply couldn’t accommodate all the children. For a moment, we considered changing our location, but quickly decided we weren’t willing to sacrifice our wedding-day vision”, says Kate. “Since our head count was fairly low – just 54 guests – it was easy to make a few phone calls to explain our decision to affected family members and friends. Everyone was very gracious and totally understood.”

Hannah’s Reason: The Kids Would Out-Number Adults
Hannah and her wife Sara had a laugh-out-loud moment when they made a startling realization about their guest list. “I met my wife when we were 39 and 41 so our friends were in that phase of life when it’s all about the kids”, says Hannah. “Don’t get me wrong, I love them all dearly, but our invited friends had a collective 56 children ranging from newborn to twelve year old. When we counted them all up we looked at each other absolutely bewildered.” Hannah and Sara decided to only invite a few children who were close family members. The tricky part was communicating the please-leave-the-kids-at-home message to their other guests. In the end, they decided to take a direct approach. “We added a small enclosure card and slipped it in with the invitations that were being sent to our guests with children. We carefully crafted the message so it felt fun. It said, ‘while we love your littles, we ask that you please make it a date night! A list of local babysitters is available on our wedding website.’”

Maria’s Reason: We Wanted to P-A-R-T-Y
Maria and Tony knew exactly what they wanted their wedding day to be all about: FUN. “There was never any question that we would not be inviting kids to our wedding. We knew what we wanted our day to be like, and that did not include children crowding the dance floor”, says Maria. She continues, “I’m sorry if that sounds harsh, but the biggest line item on our budget was the open bar! We wanted to party!” Maria chose to use her response cards to make her adults-only wedding plan clear to her guests. “It was simple. On our response cards we added the word ‘adults’ to the ‘will attend’ line. So it read ‘_ adults will attend.’ Maria also added a note on their wedding website and let the news spread word of mouth. It worked like a charm! Not a single child was brought to their wedding.

Ella’s Reason: TBH, I Just Didn’t Want Kids at My Wedding, Okay?
The thing is…you don’t owe your guests a reason for not inviting kids to your wedding. Ella debated about whether or not she wanted a kid-free wedding for months. “My mother-in-law was adamant that we invite children. She didn’t want family members to feel like they had to make a choice about whether or not to attend our wedding based solely on childcare,” says Ella. “We love children dearly, but when I pictured our wedding day, it simply didn’t include them.” Ella continues, “when we ordered our wedding invitations, I added a small line of text at the bottom of the invitation that read ‘adults only ceremony and reception’ which was impossible to miss. I didn’t want to beat around the bush or feel like I needed to offer a reason or apology. After all, it was our day!”

Meredith’s Reason: I Had a Slim Budget!
Meredith and Bradley had a huge wedding on a small budget. “Our guest list topped 250 people and yes, that was without kids! We both have large families and are social butterflies. We knew we wanted a big wedding, but it was also important that we stay on budget so we had to make a difficult decision” says Meredith. She quickly discovered the expense of having children attend your reception can be monumental. “Our reception venue had kid-friendly meals, but they were $20 a head. Cutting kids off our guest list saved us over $1,000 and honestly, I didn’t miss having them there. Don’t tell their parents!” Meredith communicated her choice in two places. “We added text that said ‘adults only, please’ on our response cards. We also addressed the inner envelopes to the invited guests only. Since we did invite a few older teens, this was the perfect way to clarify who was invited and who was not.”

Product shown:  Whom My Soul Loves Invitation with Free Response Postcard

Get this look! Sunflower Sensation

Sunflowers are an absolute treasure of nature and if you love sunflowers, you want nothing more than to bring these giant harbingers of cheer into the most special day of your life! Here are some great ideas for incorporating sunflowers into your wedding day.

Sunflower Power

The power of sunflowers is that they are an immediate day-brightener! It’s impossible to look at a sunflower and not smile, at least on the inside. We just added the Painted Sunflowers Seal and Send Invitation for all our couples looking to highlight these amazing flowers in their wedding. The artwork on these invites is incredible and the price will also make you smile. You can find all kinds of floral wedding invitations here at Ann’s and the best part is, they’re all 99¢ or less.

Hello, yellow!

Everyone can probably agree that part of what makes the sunflower so wonderful is its brilliant yellow color. Using sunshine yellow at your wedding is a must to get that cheerful, summer’s day vibe. Adding sunflowers to floral arrangements, cakes and hairpieces are all great ideas but we also love the sunflower-lined aisle shown here as well as the bright yellow custom wedding napkins to tie the color into you reception details.

Outdoor Living

Of course, a sunflower wedding has to be outdoors! At least a portion of the wedding should be celebrated outdoors if at all possible. Whether you have an outdoor wedding ceremony followed by an indoor reception or choose to host both events outside, you will not regret it. Guests will be overjoyed at the ambiance and you’ll feel great knowing one of the most special days of your life will be spent in a place that’s dear to your heart.

 

Photo Credits: Flower Crown: Kristina Curtis Photography, Sunflower Robes: Robes by SilkandMore, Cake: Lindsay B Photography via Floretta, Ceremony Aisle: Flirty Fleurs,  Bouquet: Celebration Flair

Ann’s Bridal Bargains focuses on bringing beautiful yet inexpensive wedding stationery to all couples, and now we offer a fabulous collection of guest books in modern styles that you and your wedding guests are going to love. Let’s take a look at a few favorites!

  1. Ever After Guest Book

Hits these trends! Greenery, Rustic

Personalize it like thisadd your choice of wording, which is often the couple’s names and wedding date, in white in your choice of fonts

You’ll love the priceget it for $29 (or less on sale!)

 

  1. Pure Simplicity Guest Book

Hits these trends! Minimalist, Landscape Photo

Personalize it like thisadd your choice of photo and choose fonts and colors for your personalization below.

You’ll love the priceget it for $29 (or less on sale!)

 

  1. Our Day Guest Book

Hits these trends! Multi-Photo, Minimalist

Personalize it like thisadd three of your favorite photos, and choose fonts and colors for your personalization below.

You’ll love the priceget it for $29 (or less on sale!)

 

  1. Birch Tree Carvings Guest Book

Hits these trends! Rustic, Woodland, Birch

Personalize it like thisadd your monogram to the carved heart design. Add your personalization below. All wording is printed in your choice of colors and fonts.

You’ll love the priceget it for $29 (or less on sale!)

 

  1. Blush Floral Guest Book

Hits these trends! Floral, Gold Foil, Vintage

Personalize it like thisadd your personalization below the floral and faux gold foil artwork. Your wording appears in your choice of colors and fonts.

You’ll love the priceget it for $29 (or less on sale!)

 

Shop all guest books to find your favorite. You can also sign up for emails to get alerts about our best deals and discounts.

 

Shopping for wedding invitations can be a little overwhelming which is why not a lot of couples think outside the traditional wedding invitation box but if you have the courage to do something different, we’ll teach you how to save on wedding invitations and still get the fabulous invites you love!

Secret #1. Format matters.

This is actually one of the best-kept secrets in shopping for affordable wedding invitations. No matter where you shop, you will likely find a few different wedding invitation formats. You’re probably very familiar with the typical flat card or maybe you’ve received some pretty pocket invites but there is so much more out there!

Here at Ann’s Bridal Bargains, we focus heavily on designing efficient invitation formats to save our customers money. Seal and Sends Wedding Invitations is one of our most popular formats. Check out our blog post on Types of Cheap Wedding Invitations to see our top three formats!

Secret #2. Free is possible.

A typical wedding invitation ensemble includes an invitation, a response card and a reception card. Did you know we offer the response card for free? Not only do we offer free response cards with lots of our wedding invitations, they’re actually response postcards so you save money on postage!

Secret #3. You can cut things.

Let’s take another look at that typical wedding invitation ensemble: invitation + response card + reception card. Guess what? You can cut that reception card. It’s often not needed. Most of the wedding invitations we sell either offer the reception card for free or we have designed the invitation to include room for your reception wording. Smart design is key!


Secret #4. Shop early for discounts.

Sign up for emails a year or more before your wedding and start scoping out the sales that come through. When you see a whopper of a sale that makes your dream wedding invitation a reality, pounce on it like a cat on a laser pointer! Those sales are no joke.


Secret #5. Always order up.

Always order more wedding invitations than you think you need. Same for envelopes. Why? Because ordering another 25 or 50 more is WAY more expensive than just adding to your original order. So create as accurate of a guest list as you can and then order more wedding invitations to accommodate any oops moments you may have.

Bonus Tip: Proofread, proofread, proofread.

Reorders can be VERY spendy and they’re often the result of simple typos and misspellings. We highly recommend reading 15 Common Mistakes to Avoid on Your Wedding Invitations before personalizing your wedding invitations AND we recommend sending the proof to a few different people. The more eyes the better!

 

Invite Shown: Gold Flourish Seal and Send Invitation.