If you are a bride on a tight budget there are ways to cut corners if you need to. One way is to think about printing your own wedding invitations. If you decide to print your own invitations there are a few things to consider before purchasing your invites.

Paper Weight - The amount of postage to mail your invites will depend on the size and weight of your wedding invitations. The paper weight of the blank invitations means the standard weight of 500 sheets of standard size sheets (17.5" x 22") in pounds. For example this means that 500 sheets of standard size 20 lb. paper stock would weigh 20 pounds.

Because it costs more to produce and transport, the heavier weights of paper usually cost more than the lighter ones. They also cost more to mail which can be an important thing to consider. Wedding invitations come in a few different paper weights. I recommend 65 to 70lb. card stock. This enables a little bend in the paper for an ink jet printer otherwise if the paper is too thick it will not feed properly through a printer.

Size of the invitations - When printing invitations you should choose a size of invitation that can be easily formatted for your printer. Some invitations such as square invitations can be very hard to figure out the dimensions for printing. You might find yourself wasting valuable invitations trying to get the wording for your invitation exactly centered inside the invitation. I suggest a flat card invitation that is 5 ½" x 7 ¾". This size is perfect for printing with a laser or an ink jet printer.

Ink Jet or Laser Printer Compatible? - Make sure that you find out if the paper stock of the invitation you are printing is compatible with the printer you are using. If you are using an ink jet printer you will need a more flexible paper, lightweight card stock is best for an ink jet. Laser printers can handle a heavier weight of card stock but I wouldn't go t0o thick otherwise the invitations will get jammed in the printer.

Tip: Order a few samples of the invitation to make sure that your printer will handle the weight of the invitations.

Software to use for printing - When printing your own invitations you need to format your event wording on a computer using word processing software. Microsoft word is software that is very popular and easy to use.

Template - The invitation that you order should also include a link or attachment to the template for the invitation. This will enable you to quickly format your wording and send it to the printer in a short time. Nothing is worse than wasting half your invitations trying to get the layout correct. If you do not have a template for your invitations, www.masterpiecestudios.com, has a large selection of free templates and printing tips to download.

Tip: Save your invitation and cut a few pieces of white typing paper to the size of your invitation and use them as the test invitations when setting up your template.

Verses - If you are unsure about what wording you would like to have on your printer. I found a really helpful site, www.verseit.com, that has many verses for just about any event.

Order more than enough - When ordering your blank card stock be sure you to order a little more than your need to send out. I always suggest twenty more invitations than the number of guest addresses. This will give you a little extra for addressing mistakes or if you find a few more guests to invite.

Outer and Inner Envelopes - If you decide you would like to have outer envelopes with your invitations make sure that you get the exact measurements of the envelope that is sent with the invitations. The envelope that is included with your blank invitations will be the inner envelope. The envelopes that you use for outer envelopes should be an eighth of an inch larger than the inner envelope.

What about the enclosures? - The size of enclosures is approximately 4.5" x 3.50". Most printers will not print this size of card because it is too small. What you need to order is postcards that are four to an 8.5 x 11 page. The technical term is 4-up postcards. The envelopes that fit these postcards are A-2 size envelopes. The postcards are perforated so that once you are done printing you can detach them from each other. You can find them in just about any color on the internet and in many different themes.