Send a Postcard Save-the-Date
Use premade cards that capture your location, or "create your own at modernpostcard.com," suggests stationer Sabrina Moyle of Hello! Lucky in San Francisco.
Learn the Lingo
To score the look of expensive engraving, consider thermography, which offers a similar effect for less.
Print at Home
"Ask your stationer to design and send you a PDF of your suite," says Erin Napier of Lucky Luxe Couture Correspondence in Laurel, Mississippi.
Or Design and Print at Home
If you have time, computer skills, and a high-quality printer, consider making invites at downloadandprint.com, Moyle says. "Use paper with a textured eggshell finish."
Skip a Step
Leave out the reply card, envelope, and extra postage by asking guests to R.S.V.P. online via a free website such as mywedding.com, says Moyle.