As a budget (and bartering) bride, my favorite piece of invitation advice was this: Remember that people throw invites away. "Good place to save."

Another former bride said she did a lot of research on Wedding Paper Divas to make sure she knew what she wanted, how to word things and what to include. She bought packets at Michaels and extra envelopes and paper for reception cards and programs at Hollo's PaperCraft in Brunswick, Ohio. "I won't even reference design since your sister is a rock star," she wrote. (I am super lucky: My sister is a designer who's expressed interest in designing our save-the-dates and invitations. If you want a quote for her work, email me.)

Other suggestions:
*Magnet save-the-dates.
*Order online from a place that will snail mail you a sample.
*And if you're creative, design them yourself like my friend, Nick, who said he printed via Vistaprint and sent postcard invitations to younger guests who would RSVP online and a more comprehensive brochure to older guests who would want to mail RSVP cards.