Note: Average Cost is based on the spending of couples recently married not wedding vendor prices. This includes all types of weddings, event locations, purchases of both new and pre-owned items and purchases of services from professionals, someone that simply provides the service, or a hired family member or friend. Spending and prices can vary widely.
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Save-the-Date cards can become surprisingly pricy when you make design choices like specialty fonts, multiple colors, oversized cards, glossy paper, and the inclusion of your photo. Once you start adding elements from a print company's extra-charge list to make your cards stand out, the price goes up considerably.
The same goes for DIY save-the-date cards, once materials and especially printer ink come into play, and invitation software intended to be used for all print items is purchased at this early stage of the planning, becoming a part of your save-the-date budget. At a couple hundred dollars for upscale invitation design software, that adds up.
And for all print DIY projects, prepare for the added cost of having to re-style and re-print cards that you find, too late, contain a typo or wrong information. Some couples buy their save-the-date cards very early in the planning process, not expecting a change of date, location or time for the wedding. So a wise holding-off until plans are set in stone can help save a budget from a do-over in this category.