We were also trying to save as much money as possible.
What we did was:
- Skip save the dates, just text/email/tell people.
- For certain people, in particularly younger friends who weren't too bothered about all the formal stuff, and people living abroad, we just designed our own little invitation in Microsoft Word and sent it by email.
- For people who definitely required written invites, (I also thought no one would look at them but I've since been told a lot of people like something pretty to stick them on their fridge as a reminder!) I went to the local craft shop in town and bought loads of ivory coloured blank cards and envelopes (they had a lovely selection of all different cuts and patterns), bought some lovely stamps and ink and ribbon, and made my own invites - then did the insert with all the info on the computer, printed it off and glued it inside.
- We handed out as many in person as possible (including passing my nan a huge pile to hand out to family) to save on stamps.
- In total we spent £45, although £15 of that was on stamps and that was for nearly 100 invitations. (So 30p per invite no including stamps. You won't get that at vista print, even though their stuff is lovely!)
Some things I would say are:my local craftshop worked out cheaper than Hobbycraft, so if you've got one try there first. WH Smith and Hobbycraft also do ready-made wedding invites where you just fill in the names yourself, which are also pretty cheap, nice and hassle free. Having seen some other DIY invites since, I've realised I gave myself more work than I needed to, eg. there was no real need for the stamps and ribbons, I just got a bit carried away I've seen some that are perfectly nice on just one piece of coloured card, with a pretty print-out glued to it.