Why are Custom Wedding Invitations so Expensive?

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Weddings cause sticker shock, I totally get it. And the thing that makes weddings so tricky is the fact that many wedding vendors charge MORE for their items if they are for a wedding, as opposed to some other event people might be hosting. I am NOT a vendor that does that. I believe that my prices should be even across the board, regardless of the type of people or event I'm creating them for. But, with that said, my prices are still high and a lot of people will ask me, "Why are your wedding invitations so expensive?"

This is a question that I get a lot and it totally makes sense why! Compared to a lot of shops on Etsy or other online retailers that offer wedding invitations, my prices seems to be crazy. I get jaw-drop reactions when I tell people the price range for my packages ($2,500 - $5,000+). However, believe me when I tell you this: my prices are well thought out and they are the way they are for a few reasons, I'm not just charging you an arm and a leg because I can.

Here are a couple reasons why I charge the way I do:

1. I have to incorporate a DESIGN FEE in my packages. You may be wondering what that is! It's actually fairly simple. I need to charge for the time it takes me to consult with you, create your custom artwork, digitize your calligraphy, render artwork in Illustrator/Photoshop, send the invitation to print, etc. There are SO many details behind the scenes that you don't get to see. And these details take hours of work. If I don't charge for my time, I don't make a profit, and then I don't have money to pay the bills... and that's never a good thing!

2. I'm offering something of VALUE. As a creative, it's extremely important for me to place monetary value on my art and the service that I am providing you. I'm offering a service that is rare & not offered by many people (calligraphy) and I have paired that with my design experience to create wedding invitations that are one-of-a-kind. Not to mention all artwork created for each suite is custom, personal, and unique to every couple!

I also pride myself on my extremely diligent customer service, as well as the programs I am using to ensure you have a smooth experience with me. I want you to feel that working with me was one of the best parts of your wedding experience!

When you hire me you are essentially adding another “mini” planner to the experience because I’ll be the one that keeps you on track with your wedding invitation timeline while making sure that everything gets mailed out in time (preferably 8-10 weeks prior to your wedding date). Instead of making a huge checklist of to-dos for your wedding invitations and slogging through the process yourself, I make it super easy on you!

3. There's no way I can avoid charging for MATERIALS. Part of the expense you are paying for is the materials involved in the process. Everything I am paying for such as envelopes, printing, ribbons, paper, ink, calligraphy, nibs, etc. are expenses that come out of my pocket and are included in your wedding package.

4. And, last but not least, I have to pay TAXES AND FEES for running a small business. That's something that's definitely a factor in my prices, but I won't bore with you with intense details ;)

You may be asking, is it really worth it to hire a custom wedding invitation designer?

Yes, I really think so! But I'm biased of course ;) Trust me when I say this: your guests will rave about their wedding invitations if you decide to make the investment to have something beautiful created just for you. They will be even more excited about your wedding because of it!

The other question I often get it, do you offer discounts?

The simple answer is no, I do not. I'm a strong believer in the fact that if someone finds VALUE in my services that they will be willing to pay full price because they respect my work & highly desire to work with me!


Interested in having your custom wedding invitations designed by me? I would love to be a part of your big day! My design process starts 6 months prior to your wedding date, so inquire sooner than later!

Custom wedding invitations with ElisaAnne Calligraphy can cost anywhere from $2,500 to $5,000+ depending on what you want to include in your package!

Custom wedding invitations with ElisaAnne Calligraphy can cost anywhere from $2,500 to $5,000+ depending on what you want to include in your package!