Category: Invitation Tips & Trends

Your wedding stationery is one of those items on your list that’s easy to ignore. After all, how expensive can paper really be? The answer – REALLY expensive.

If you’ve browsed wedding invitation websites, or even made at appointment at your local stationery shop, you may have come away with sticker shock. Wedding invitations can easily run you $5 or more each – and that doesn’t include postage.

Take a deep breath. We’ve got a little advice on hacks that add up to big time deals on your wedding invitations and more.

 

1. Get Your RSVP Cards for Free

When you’re looking at wedding invites, it’s easy to be lured by a low price on the invitation itself. But then, you add up all the extras like your response cards and extra information cards and suddenly, your invite has more than doubled in price.

Avoid the bait and switch by ordering a wedding invitation set that has RSVP cards included. Our sets are just 99¢ and include your response card at no extra charge.

 

2. Keep Postage Cheap

Assembling your wedding invitations, only to realize that they are so heavy that your postage may double is a terrible feeling. We’ve heard heartbreaking stories of brides creating gorgeous DIY invitations to save money, only to have them cost over a dollar each to mail (goodbye savings!). Wedding invitation postage drama is real, you guys!

Our best advice: take one invite suite to the post office and weigh it to get an exact postage price before you assemble all of your invitations. Our chic and cheap invite suites are designed to be mailed with just one standard stamp, saving you a huge headache, and lots of cash.

And don’t forget: you need to add postage to your rsvp cards before you send them to your guests. To save money here, use response postcards instead of cards with envelopes. Postcard stamps are 30% cheaper, which adds up big time.

 

 

3. Gather Your RSVPs Online

If you want to save on the expense of sending physical RSVP cards, gather yours online instead. Be sure your word your online rsvp just right and don’t forget about accommodating your not-so-tech-savvy guests with a phone number instead.

Using an online RSVP service might mean that you don’t have a use for your response card from your invitation set. Instead of tossing them in the trash, get creative. We’ve seen couples personalize them as thank you postcards or information cards.


4. Add Your Own Ribbon or Twine

We’ve love a good wedding invitation hack and this is our favorite. If you’re drooling over heavily embellished invitations from boutique wedding invitation website, but can’t stomach the price, this one’s for you.

Don’t even think about making your own wedding invitations. If feels like a money-saver, but usually winds up being a headache that hardly saves you anything. However, once you have your cheap wedding invitations in-hand, head to the craft store for some DIY embellishments.

Our favorite DIY touch on a rustic wedding invite is twine; it’s so cheap and adds a lot of personality. If you’re going for an elegant look, add a satin or raw silk ribbon.

 

5. Send a Holiday Card Save the Date

Here’s a tip you’ve probably never heard before. Send your save the date cards over the holiday season and it can double as your holiday card. We have a whole collection of Christmas save the dates that are full of festive style, but you could customize any save the date to feel holiday-ish with the right photo and colors.

 

Your wedding guests will totally love these, and your holiday card budget will too!

Happy planning, brides and grooms!  xoxo

 

Main Color: Black
Accent Color: Ruby
Accent Color: Olive
Sparkle: Rose Gold

The seasons are changing! The cool crisp in the air has our thoughts turning away from light and bright wedding palettes and instead toward dark, rich and moody combinations. This palette is delightfully unexpected. Think you can’t pull it off? Think again!

A Whoa-Worthy Invitation

This dark wedding palette was inspired by the brand-new Lavish Rose Wedding Invitation. This chic-but-cheap beauty is a part of our collection of invites that come with free rsvp cards, which we promise you will totally love (and so will your budget). It pulls together a black wedding palette with elegance – we’re talking dark burgundy watercolor roses and greenery tangled together with rose gold details. And they’re all set off by that deep black background. It’s such a gorgeous and dramatic introduction to your wedding.

Dark, Moody and Magnificent

Pulling off a dark wedding color palette isn’t as hard as you might think; it just takes a bit more creativity. It’s easy to find white and cream wedding-day details; finding black wedding accessories isn’t quite as simple but it’ll be worth the hunt.

Black is the star of the show here and ruby, along with olive, are the gorgeous accents. Let them play off each other to create a look that’s romantic. You’ll want to be careful to balance the colors so look doesn’t go from lush and pretty to goth-inspired.

First, think about where you want to use black. We love using black linens – they’re affordable and will add tons of personality with minimal effort. Rent black chair covers for the ceremony, and table linens at the reception. Instant ambience! The guys should most definitely wear black suits and your maids will look stunning in black satin dresses.

Next, focus on your accent colors: ruby and olive. Let’s talk flowers first. Have you seen black magic roses? Jot that down and bring it to your florist. These super dark red roses are so delectable. The coloring is absolutely beautiful and the petals are thick and velvety. Pair them with olive-colored greens like eucalyptus for balance. Be sure to avoid greens that are too bright or your wedding will go from dark and gorgeous to all “happy holidays!” in a flash.

You can also incorporate the ruby into your jewelry, hair pieces and of course – lips!

Finally – let’s glam this wedding up! We chose rose gold, instead of the normal gold or silver hue to add sparkling pop of metallic. This slightly more copper shade of gold pairs really well with the ruby coloring and creates some extra interest to your palette. Use it subtly in details like your shoes, jewelry and cake.

Best wishes creating your dream day!

 

Main Color: Hydrangea
Accent Color: Sage
Neutral Color: Wheat
Sparkle: Gold

Doesn’t this pretty wedding color palette feel like a breath of fresh air? This light, soft and airy combination is classic, but unique.

A Springtime Introduction

These colors were inspired by our Blue Hydrangea Wedding Invitation (bonus: it comes with FREE RVSP postcards!). This invitation is the epitome of spring with its soft watercolor blooms and elegant circular layout. Blue hydrangeas are a popular choice for spring and summer weddings and we love how this invite can tie together your entire wedding-day look right from the start.

Paint Your Day with Spring-Inspired Color

To create a wedding day look using this pretty palette, focus on keeping things soft and feminine.

The blue hydrangea color is important when pulling together this look; but use it sparingly so it can really shine. We recommend using it in two places – your florals, of course, and your bridesmaid dresses. First, work with your florist to make sure they can secure blue hydrangeas. These big, beautiful blooms are widely available during spring and summer months. Nestle them in your bouquets, as well as centerpieces, to create an instant spring garden.

Next, let’s think about that pretty sage green. This one is simple: incorporate real greenery into your bouquets and centerpieces. A greenery swag would also be gorgeous strung on a ceremony arch.

For a neutral, we chose wheat, which brings a bit of warmth to this look. Instead of basic black, dress your groom and his groomsmen in wheat-colored suits. They’ll look extra dapper and will look so sharp next to your blue bridesmaids. In your reception space, drape wheat colored linens on your reception tables to brighten things up, but keep the vibe soft.

And…your sparkle. Every wedding needs a hint of a metallic and for this look, gold is perfect. Keep it simple by sticking to accessories. Gold details in your hairpieces, jewelry and shoes are the perfect way to add a little glam factor.

Happy planning, springtime brides and grooms!

 

We get it – no one wants to spend tons of money on wedding invitations. There are far more exciting things to devote your wedding budget dollars to (donut bar, anyone?!).

So sure, you could DIY your way into a pretty inexpensive wedding invitation. But, all those supplies add up. There’s paper, printing, envelopes and don’t forget your time (that’s valuable!).

Instead of making your own cheap wedding invitations, let us do it for you. Our prices are cheaper than DIY. They include free RSVP Cards. They’re created by a crazy-talented team of designers. And, each one is customized by you, and then professionally printed by us.

 

That’s right – the secret to making cheap wedding invitations is to let us do it for you.

Here’s how it’s done:

Browse Every Style and Theme

Start by looking through all our pretty designs and narrow down your particular wedding day style or theme. We’re best known for our fabulously cheap rustic wedding invitations. Other favorite themes include greenery designs, styles that include photos and seasonal favorites for fall and winter weddings.

Find the Format You Love

We have two types of wedding invitations that will save you money.

Seal and Send Invitations: this all-in-one style includes a removable RSVP postcard. The entire piece folds up, is sealed and sent. No envelope needed!

Invitations with Free Response Postcards: the best deal in wedding inviting! This style is double-sided, letting you add your reception details on the backside. And RSVP postcards are included in the crazy-low price too. Extra matching pieces are available, including thank you cards.

Personalize It to Perfection

All our invitations are edited online in our easy-to-use tool. You can update colors and fonts to create a look that matches your wedding day and take your time to make sure it’s perfect. Need help? We have a team of experts standing by on chat or over the phone to help you as you go.

Get an Extra Deal!

We have bonus sales every day so you can get extra discounts.

Have fun creating your wedding invitations and saving money too!

xoxo – the Team at Ann’s

 

 

Main Color: Evergreen
Accent Color: Crimson
Accent Color: Gold
Neutral Color: Ivory

The holiday season is one of the prettiest times of the year to get married. If you’re planning a winter wedding, consider painting your day in a festive, Christmas-inspired wedding color palette.

A Beautiful Introduction

The inspiration for this holiday wedding palette is our Winter Blooms Seal and Send Invitation. This winter-meets-floral design is a favorite for Christmas-themed weddings. You can almost smell the swags of cedar and sweet red and ivory roses.


Good Tidings of Great Color

Creating a Christmas-inspired wedding day look will come naturally when you love holiday colors like hunter green and rich red. Add a creamy ivory neutral to pull it all together. We love it!

Greenery is your wedding décor BFF. Line your tables with swags of cedar and use simple stems of white pine in glass vases. Holiday greens – whether fresh or faux – are incredibly affordable and can be found in garden centers or hardware stores throughout November and December. Using Christmas greens is an easy DIY and you don’t need to go to floral school to nail a professional look.

Gold sparkle and Christmas go hand-in-hand and is a must to make your wedding night stunning. And, gold doesn’t need to cost a fortune. Use cheap gold Christmas ornaments as part of your table décor and or personalized gold bulbs as wedding guest favors. Christmas lights are another cheap way to add a golden glow to your wedding. And don’t forget the details – our gold foil-stamped cocktail napkins are a great conversation piece and super-affordable.

Crimson is a beautiful choice for your bridesmaid’s dresses. Accent your girl’s makeup with a dark red lip and golden eye colors to complement their natural beauty. Of course, red roses are a must as well. Purchase deep red roses, such as the Black Magic Rose, in bulk to save tons of money. Use them in everything from your bouquets to centerpieces to create an instantly romantic holiday-inspired look.

Let’s not forget the importance of a neutral. Use ivory or cream to soften your holiday wedding style. Ivory roses or even white snowberries can be paired with your red roses to brighten up the mood. And of course, there’s your dress. An ivory or cream wedding dress is an ideal choice for winter as it feels a bit more warm than a traditional white.

Your Christmas wedding is sure to be a gorgeous event during the happiest time of the year. Enjoy every moment!

 

Main Color: Fuchsia
Accent Color: Blush
Accent Color: Rose Gold
Neutral: Black

We found the wedding colors you’re going to be totally obsessed with! This palette was inspired by our Striking Floral Wedding Invitation (bonus: it comes with FREE response postcards too!). This invite is bold and beautiful with blossoms in fuchsia, blush and rose gold all set against a striking black background. This invitation makes a statement from the moment your guests slip it from the envelope.

Working it into your wedding:

Go bold or go home! Decorate your wedding with bold florals mixed with soft blush and rose gold metallic. Use mercury glass on your reception tables next to floral centerpieces. Find black cloth tablecloths to really make a statement in your venue space. Play with this color palette on your bridesmaids. You can choose dresses with a mismatched look – think shades of pinks. Or, have your girls wear all blush and save the pop of bold color for their bridesmaid bouquets. Giant fuchsia peonies or dahlias would look gorgeous! Your groomie and his guys will be a part of the striking showcase with sharp, classic black suits. Don’t forget their boutonnieres – it’s an easy way to slip a little pink into their wedding-day look.

Everyone knows you – the bride – is the star of this day. First, find the perfect pink lip color to take your beauty look up a notch! Go darker than your usual pout choice, but make sure it’s a color you love, and that it also complements your skin tone. If you choose a bold lip, keep your eyes and cheeks soft and subtly romantic. Paint your nails a perfect, pale pink. That close-up, ring photo will be stunning! Finally, consider choosing rose gold jewelry to give your wedding look a modern, rosy vibe. You’ll glow!

It’s your wedding day! Happy planning!

Have you found yourself in the unfortunate position of having to postpone your wedding? Wedding dates are moved for many different reasons – from a family illness to an unforeseen conflict with your dream venue and even yes, a global pandemic (we’re looking at you coronavirus).

Moving your wedding date isn’t an easy task, but our newest collection of affordable Change the Date Cards make breaking the news a whole lot cuter!

Whether you’ve already sent a Save the Date, or even your Wedding Invitations, these sweet announcements let you officially change your wedding date in style ranging from elegant to super funny. Our top picks are…

#1: Save Our New Date Magnet

Customize this cutie with your photo then update the color combination to match your wedding colors. This magnet will be happily displayed on refrigerators near and far!

#2: Plot Twist Change the Date Card

A postponed wedding is a shakeup you could have lived without, right? Instead of wallowing in hassle of rescheduling your big day, announce the update with this funny little card. The phrase “plot twist” scrawled across a sweet picture of the two of you is sure to give everyone a good laugh.

#3: Delayed Change the Date Card

If you’re pushing your wedding day out a few weeks, a few months of even an entire year, this rustic-style design lets you drop your delay with a custom look.

#4: Watercolor Greens Change the Date Magnet

Create a custom message from the heart on this magnetic card.  With room for an explanation about your postponement, this card delivers your news in elegant style.

#5: Married Later Change the Date Card

Announce your postponement with a side of humor. This sweet card features the phrase “we’re getting married…later”. With options to change your colors and fonts, the options to make this card one-of-a-kind are endless.

 

How to create a perfect bridal shower theme: mix one part nature and one part glittery, gleaming, glamorous gold! Pulling together a beautiful shower theme doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive and this style proves it.

The Theme: this bridal shower theme is as simple as it sounds – greens and gold! By “greens”, we mean lush, live greenery. This trend is all over weddings and we, the budget-wedding experts, love its simplicity and super-affordable price tag. But…every bride needs a little sparkle, right? That’s why we’ve mixed in a bit of gold. Wham, bam, glam! She’ll love it.

The Style: a bridal shower with a nature-based theme can go down a number of different style avenues. Rustic. Romantic. Vintage. But to create style that looks like the one we’ve featured here think Minimalist. To create a minimalist look, keep the styling super simple. Your mantra should be: less is more.

The Budget Savers:

Idea #1 – Don’t think you can afford to send real invitations out? Think again! The greenery bridal shower invitation featured in our mood board is just 69¢ (yes, no matter how many you need!).

Idea #2 – Run to your nearest Trader Joe’s and scoop up all the fresh eucalyptus you can handle. This gem of a grocery store is the best source for cheap greenery at a fabulous price. Use floral wire to string them into a floral garland, place cut stems in a vase or pluck leaves and use them as toppers on cake or cupcakes.

Idea #3 – Embroidery hoop DIY! Create hanging decorations that fit your minimalist style with two simple supplies. Purchase embroidery hoops at your local craft store, then hot glue those cheap eucalyptus branches on for a simple look that can be used long after the bridal shower is over. Bonus points if you spray paint the hoops gold to match your theme.z

 

Photo Credits:
Foil Stamped Napkin: Ann’s Bridal Bargains, Confetti: Etsy, Eucalyptus Hoops: Ling’s Moment, Backdrop: Nicole Amanda, Cake Topper: Etsy, Photo Prop: Etsy.

The prettiest palettes are created by nature and this beautiful combination doesn’t disappoint.

Main Color: Goldenrod
Accent Color: Burgundy
Accent Color: Mocha
Neutral Color: Gold

A Sunny Introduction
The inspiration for this pretty palette is our Painted Sunflowers Seal and Send Invitation. This watercolor floral design is a favorite for rustic-themed weddings. The nature-inspired color combination feels as warm and sunshiny as summer day.

Paint Your Day
Creating a wedding-day look that blends this palette together is simple! Let’s start with that pretty shade of yellow. Using goldenrod as your main color is a bold move and we love it!

You might be inclined to dress your bridesmaids in yellow but we’d prefer that instead, you let sunflowers be the star. Sunflowers are such an ideal flower to use in weddings. They’re sturdy and can hold up to heat without wilting. The blooms are big which means you need fewer of them to make a statement. To top it off, they are so affordable, particularly in late summer to late autumn.

Use sunflowers in everything from your bridesmaid’s bouquets to reception centerpieces. We love a sunflower-lined ceremony aisle too. Decorating your cake with sunflower blooms is so simple too! Drench your day in these sunny blooms; you won’t regret it!

Next up – burgundy. Now this is a color your bridesmaids will love! Dress them in burgundy gowns. This on-trend hue is beautiful and those sunflower bouquets will pop against them. The guys can wear matching burgundy ties for a cute and coordinated look.

Our other accent color is mocha. The center of your sunflowers will tie this color in. Another natural way to bring out this color is through using wood grain details. Using wooden chairs at your ceremony and undressed tables at your reception will lend a rustic feel to your day. If that’s not an option, stack slices of tree trunks in the middle of your reception tables and top them with a vase of sunflowers.

Lastly, add a bit of sparkle! A brassy gold is the perfect way to add interest to your palette. Think of this neutral color as an accessory to your wedding day. It’s an important addition, but don’t go overboard. Choose gold jewelry. Create gold foil-stamped cocktail napkins. You can even use gold flatware.

There are many questions that arise while creating your wedding invitations. From, “how do I say we don’t want kids to come?!” to “what if we’re only having a reception?” you’re sure to stumble across a few moments that’ll stop you in your tracks and have you contemplating how to politely communicate key pieces of information to your wedding guests.

There is one question we hear more than any other – “Can we include our wedding registry information on our invitations?” The answer to this question is always (always, always, always), no.

But, why? Whyyyyy? This is the most common response we hear from brides and grooms and hey, we get it. After all, your guests will want to provide a gift to the happy couple, right? So why wouldn’t you want to give them the information they need so they can get a gift you actually want?

The reason is simple: you aren’t inviting to your wedding for the gifts. Don’t make your guests question for a moment that you might be.

Guests who want give a gift will find their way to your registry. And, you can help them get there through these appropriate means.

  1. Your Wedding Website
    Your wedding website should be full of extra information for your wedding guests such as travel information, hotel blocks and yes, your wedding registry. Add a section with links to your registry and include a sweet message that makes it clear that you’re not after a gift grab. For instance:Our Registry
    While your generosity is so appreciated, please know that your support and love are the best gift we could wish for!Registry Information
    Your friendship and love is the best gift of all.
  2. Your Bridal Shower
    Unlike your wedding, the intention of your bridal shower is to, well, SHOWER the bride with gifts! It’s absolutely appropriate for the host to list your registry information on your bridal shower invitations. The scoop on where you’re registered will naturally spread from your shower guests to your wedding guests, trust us!
  3. Word of Mouth
    Never underestimate the power of chatter. Traditionally, this was the only way to communicate registry information. Trust in the power of people to find the info they need. Also, trust in the power of group texts.

 

xoxo –the Team at Ann’s