Invitations (ceremony and evening), order of service, menu cards, place cards, thank-you cards. It all adds up.
I have one thing to say… Make Your Own! This is the single biggest way to save money on stationery.
Go to craft and wedding fairs where you will meet with suppliers, watch presentations, and most importantly get lots of ideas. These days there are plenty of craft shops with a variety of products and materials for all levels of competence.
If you’re a dab hand, buy some embossing equipment, fancy paper and create away.
If you’r not too hot, buy embellishments to stick directly onto cards. Pick up a cheap calligraphy set to write your cards and envelopes seal for that extra touch. This is one area to get the family involved, if there is someone who is particularly creative farm the work out to them (for a bottle of wine or two!).
If you really cannot stand the idea of ‘doing it yourself’ there are plenty of people providing this service on eBay for reasonable prices. Be sure to ask for a sample first, and order in plenty of time so if you aren’t happy there is plenty of time to sort it out.