Tamar, a 2000dollarwedding kindred spirit, has some great advice to share about saving on some of the paper products associated with a wedding (and I love that their Save-the-Dates give their guests more insight into who they are as a couple).
Take it away, Tamar!
One place where we've been extremely effective in saving is on paper goods. Because we live in Los Angeles (as do our co-workers and his college classmates), my family + our college friends are in New York, and our wedding is in Toronto (his hometown), we found save-the-dates to be a necessity. We opted for postcards and found out that through , you can get 100 free postcards (you pay about $15 for shipping + processing). Jon designed them, which can be seen and explained here.
For brides who opt to send post-card invites, this would also be really frugal. And the ability to design your own postcard is a huge plus! They were cheaper for us than store-bought save the dates, and also saved on postage. Our postage was more expensive since we had to mail over 1/2 of our invites to Canada, but with about 80 invites (including those to Canada + Europe), the full cost of design+postage was under $50.
For invitations, we bought DIY kits at Michael's. They're $40 for a box of 40, but Michael's is notorious for coupons, so we each used a 50% off coupons. So all of our invites will cost $40 and then we'll use our home printer (which is collecting dust) to print the text onto the invites. Our wedding is in August, and Jon's grad school graduation is in May, so we're going to give the Canadian invites to his parents then so that we can use local postage. RSVPs will be online, naturally. Yes, this isn't THE most frugal option, but it's a lot better than buying stationary from an invitation maker and Michael's (and other crafts stores) are pretty much everywhere, making this option pretty accessible to both crafty and less-than-crafty brides.