Thursday, December 8, 2016

Real Weddings: Passport Invitations

Passport style invitations are a fun way to invite guests to your destination wedding. Whether your venue will be in the beaches, mountains, or meadows, you can have a custom style that is all your own. This invitation was designed for a Hindu ceremony to be held at a Mexican resort, which features a lounging Ganesha in place of the official seal of Mexico emblem, which is standard on actual Mexican Passports.

The Classic Linen Cover in Natural is complemented by the Pearlized finish on the interior pages -- Adding a little shimmer and texture. Add your photo,

RSVPs can be handled electronically on your wedding website, or we can upgrade to a detachable reply postcard.

Love this idea? We also offer these fun Ready, Set Go save the dates in your choice of 3 interior colors. $145.90 for 100 Price Includes: Blank wrap, printed save the date insert, glue dots, blank envelope (white)

Or - you may prefer this Passport to Romance save the date - a creative replica of a real US passport. The inside features a photo on the left and your save the date details on the right.
$145.90 Per 100 Price Includes: Blank wrap, printed insert, 4 glue dots per save the date, blank envelope (white)

Let guests in on the adventures of your destination wedding ceremony! This Passport to Love ceremony program lists the ceremony order all the other info guests need to know.
$320.90 for 100 Price Includes: Printed program on white shimmer paper, printed wrap and white ribbon.


Passport styled designs are perfect for any destination wedding. Contact Affordable Wedding Invites to find the best options to fit your budget!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Top 10 Most Expensive Places to Get Married in America

Your wedding day could be the biggest day of your life and it’s also one of the events you would be spending the biggest! Weddings are expensive and you could spend thousands of dollars on average. Even if you try to make the expenses as minimal as possible, they could still pile up and you would be surprised to still end up spending a huge amount.

There are several things to take care of in an average wedding. Some of these include the video and photo services, flowers, vehicle, foods, invitations, wedding dress, shoes, and the list goes on and on. You also have to consider the service fees of individuals helping plan for your wedding and those who would be there to assist you on the big day itself.

The wedding industry is one of the costliest so it would be a challenge to keep the budget at a low range. We haven’t mentioned yet about the place where the wedding and reception could take place. There are wedding destinations that are more expensive than others.

We created this awesome infographic that shows the most expensive places to get married in America. If you want a grand wedding and don’t mind spending a fortune, you may consider them.

See the list for yourself in the image below and be prepared to be blown away by the rates!

Did you find this illustration interesting? We have more wedding, finance, budget and savings related infographics on our site

Friday, November 4, 2016

Welcome the Holidays!

Sending Holiday Greetings is a common family tradition. Whether you prefer a fun photo card, or something flashy with glitter or foil, or a special shape - we offer a full line of Carlson Craft Holiday Greetings. We also offer custom design services for that special one-of-kind holiday card that fits your personal style and budget.

Photo Traditions


Wish happy holidays and happy every day! The colorful "Everyday Blessings" design accents the photos that show the blessings in your life.
50 printed cards with blank envelopes (white) for $87.00.

Festive Foil


Colorful fall oak leaves circle to form a wreath as you send Thanksgiving wishes on this kraft paper, giving it a rustic touch. This luxurious "Acorn Wreath" design is created on recycled paper by manufacturers using renewable energy sources.
50 Printed cards with blank envelope (gold-lined white) for $136.00

Special Shapes


Scallops and snowflakes make a festive wreath around your photo on this holiday card ornament. The unique aqua and red colors get those greetings noticed. And it doubles as a keepsake ornament for years to come!
50 Two-sided printed cards with blank envelope (choice of color) for $137.50.

See more trending styles in our video below!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Mix and Match Patterns

Patterns make a classic statement when tastefully used. Popular patterns include polka dots, paisley, bold stripes, pinstripes, damask, floral patterns, chevron, geometric shapes. When carefully combined they can create a unique style that is all your own.

Classic Stripes & Trellis Wrap

Shana and Todd chose a classic style with a modern twist. These custom invitations in two-tone champagne pockets feature classy stripes with charcoal gray text framed in teal.
A structured look is defined by pearlescent pockets and inserts in sandy tones stacked in perfect order.

The final touch includes a translucent wrap printed with trellis pattern in teal adds a modern elegance. Charcoal envelopes complete the look.

Contact Affordable Wedding Invites today to learn more about how our custom process works.



Vintage Florals

Floral patterns combine well with stripes or polka dots to create a vintage feeling. Check out this Garden Stripe Invitation by Carlson Craft. This style features bold pink stripes with a floral pattern. 

Price Includes: 100 two-sided printed invitations with blank envelopes (inner and outer in white) for $204.90!
Coordinating insert cards are also available.

Modern Marble 

Sleek, stylish, you. Neutral marbled colors and subtle chevron patterns come together on this Marbled Chevron wedding invitation to introduce your big day in a modern way.

Price Includes: 100 printed two-sided invitations with blank envelopes (inner and outer in white) for $154.90!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Carlson Craft Difference

In addition to providing custom digital printing, we are a licensed dealer of Carlson Craft products. For higher end processes, such as letterpress invitations, foil invitations, lasercut and embossed designs, we only trust the best! For stunning, affordable invitations that truly wow your guests, we offer hundreds of styles that can be personalized for your special day.

Browse our Carlson Craft Shop and Save 10% off all items!

Carlson Craft's production facility and its offices are located in North Mankato, Minnesota.  Their high-quality product combined with fast turnaround and industry-leading customer service continues to position them as a leader in the printing industry.  They continue to expand product lines, enter new markets and leave lasting impressions with your wedding guests.

Carlson Craft's Core Values:

Core Purpose
  • We exist to create opportunity and security for employees.
Core Values
  • We respect the potential and significance of every individual.
  • We have passion for customers and our work.
  • We believe there is always a better way.
  • We embrace personal as well as, shared responsibility and accountability.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

New Products! Custom Passports and Boarding Passes

We are so excited to announce our newest custom options just added on our Basic Price List: Boarding Passes and Passport Invitations!

Our Basic Passport is offered in your choice of bright white or natural 100# cover. This style is a small booklet, size 4x5-1/4 inches and features a customized front cover with up to 6 pages for your wedding information. Our passports can also include a detachable reply postcard as an option. Choose from stapled spine or ribbon/bow assembly. Upgrades to metallic or textured papers, inner/outer envelopes and personalization services are all available on this product.

Our Basic Boarding Pass includes a detachable reply postcard and matching blank envelopes. This style can be an all-inclusive invitation, or can be designed as an additional insert to any tea length invitation.

Contact Affordable Wedding Invites today to begin your consultation. We have options to fit any style and budget!  We are located in southern Illinois (Salem, IL), offering online ordering services worldwide.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Real Weddings: Fall in Love Invitations

Choosing an invitation inspired by the season can be festive and stylish.

One of our unique fall designs was created for a Midwest couple, Cara Mia and David, who hosted their event at a Missouri country club in October. 

The suite design combines the elements of light, leaves and deep brown branches with the pearlescent Quartz cover and really captures the crisp air, vibrant colors and stunning sunsets - everything they love about fall.

Affordable Wedding Invites - Fall in Love Invitation with Postcard

Personalization is in the details. 

We had fun with the response postcards and added a few humorous choices. This can be a great way for couples to inject their personalities into the invitations, while also helping to get guests excited about the big day! Including meaningful details within the design makes it more memorable.

Need More Fall Wedding Inspiration? See these affordable options by Carlson Craft. If you can't find the look you love, contact Affordable Wedding Invites and we'll create it for you!

$181.90 for 100 complete sets.

$146.90 for 100 cards with rsvp and envelopes
$176.90 for 100 - no envelopes needed!

$212.90 for 100 cards with envelopes

$207.90 for 100 invitations with envelopes

$224.90 for 100 invitations with detachable reply postcards
$224.90 for 100 invitations with detachable reply postcards

Monday, August 1, 2016

REAL WEDDINGS: Latin-American Vow Renewal

A vow renewal is a way to reaffirm your commitment to each other -- whether you are celebrating a milestone, or just want to finally experience the big wedding you didn't have the budget for when you were younger. No matter the reason, its a beautiful way to celebrate your marriage.

Rosa and Luis decided to renew their vows in July 2016. They chose a destination wedding in Jesús María, Jalisco, a small town located 2 hours east of Guadalajara, Mexico. A place that no doubt holds great sentiment for their families. For the invitations, we created a classic color combination of champagne, black and red accents, with a little Latin flare.

This custom invitation features a beautiful patterned pocket in red on champagne shimmer. The pockets shown here are available in a variety of colors, textures and patterns. Create your own look and infuse your culture with custom invitations by Affordable Wedding Invites.
A black linen backing layer adds another level of sophistication to the Spanish verse printed in black on matching champagne insert. Instead of response cards, a pass card is provided to guests for entry to the celebration. 
The invitation notes padrinos - or sponsors for the wedding, who are all recognized in different parts of the ceremony - A Spanish wedding custom.
Coordinating design was used to create prayer cards for the ceremony.
The pocket is secured with a hand-assembled tag and bow combination adds a unique personal touch.

Another option for dressing up the prayer cards with a ribbon and rhinestone buckle.

Learn more about planning your own vow renewal.

Read more about Latin-American Wedding Traditions.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Natural Wedding Style

Set the scene for your natural wedding with invitations that feature earthy elements. We create unique designs that reflect our couple's personalities down to the details. The font choices, ink colors and paper options all work together to create the tone of your event. I've included just a few of my favorite examples of natural, earthy wedding invitations.

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 1. Personally Natural

Simplistic style with handwritten fonts create a clean, natural look when printed in earthy ink colors. This Eco-friendly set is digitally printed with organic wax based toners on crisp 100# White Cover stock. Custom suites on our standard card stock starts at $2.75 per set. The 3 piece suite includes: invitation with printed envelope, response card with printed envelope and one additional enclosure card in any design.

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2.Grassy Meadow

This earthy design features a grassy olive green graphic with brown handwritten fonts on our Eco-Friendly Recycled Fiber Cover. Complete the look with olive envelopes for a naturally elegant invitation. Affordable Wedding Invites can create coordinating products for any design. Choose postcards for a more budget-friendly RSVP option.

Affordable Wedding Invites offers complete custom services. We also offer the best brand name products. Here are a few more styles by Carlson Craft  that won't break your budget. These designs feature high end processes such as thermography (raised ink) and letterpress, available in a variety of ink colors, font choices, and printed on your choice of papers.

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3. Naturally In Love

The simple and natural beauty of leaves frame your wording on this textured invitation.

 100 Thermography Printed invitation with blank envelopes (inner and outer in white). Item shown features Slate and Sage Raised Ink printed on 110 lb. White Texture Cover for under $2.50 each. Coordinating products include reception cards, thank you notes, and respond cards for under $1 each.

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4. Woodsy Celebration Invitation

A woodsy design spruces up the left side of this invitation. The kraft paper background embodies the nature-loving design. This design is also available with foil printing and on other paper stock options.

Flat full color printed invitation with blank envelopes (kraft) for under $2 each. This design is shown in black ink on 100 lb. Kraft Smooth Cover. Coordinating products include reception cards, thank you notes, and respond cards.
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5. Woodland Flowers - Save the Date - Mocha

Sweet little flowers make this rustic, woodgrain save the date card romantic! The flowers and your wording are in white on the natural brown background.

Two-sided Flat full color printed card with blank envelopes (white). This item features white ink on 115 lb. White Smooth Cover for around $1.30 each.

See more custom designs on our zazzle store!

Need more inspiration for your Natural Wedding? Visit the knot for styling decorations and details, cakes, florals and more!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Trendy Ampersand

What happens when you incorporate a classic type symbol into your wedding decor? Modern fun meets sophistication. We love these wedding invitations featuring ampersands in a unique way.

Celebrate and Shine - Invitation by Carlson Craft

Celebrate and Shine - Invitation

It's the gold foil. And the ampersand. And the vintage scrolls. And the typography. Yes - everything about this wedding invitation is all about your style! The laser-cutting process makes each piece unique. The backs of your items may show some color variation around the design.

Product Details
Type of Printing: Thermography
100 for $269.90 Price Includes: Printed invitation with blank envelope (choice of color)
Production Time: 5 Working days
Ampersand Corkboard - Invitation by Carlson Craft

Ampersand Corkboard - Invitation

Want to add unique style to your wine theme wedding? Introduce it with this wedding invitation's cork-patterned accents and your choice of colors. Great for natural weddings, too!

Product Details
Type of Printing: Flat full color printed
100 for $154.90 Price Includes: Printed invitation with blank envelopes (inner and outer in white)
Production Time: 3 Working days

Stylish Type - Sep 'n Send Invitation - Ecru by Carlson Craft.

Stylish Type - Sep 'n Send Invitation - Ecru

The ink color, lettering and format make this affordable, ecru sep 'n send wedding invitation all about your style. Get invitation, response card, reception card, blank invitation envelope (ecru) and printed response envelope all for one low price.

Product Details
Type of Printing: Thermography
100 for $172.90 Price Includes: Perforated 3 piece ensemble with blank invitation envelope (ecru) and printed response envelope
Production Time: 3 Working days

Love this idea, and need more tips?
Visit for ideas and inspiration featuring ampersand wedding decor.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Featuring: Classic Black and White

Black and White invitations can be a stunning and classic way to represent your wedding. Keep it classic with black and white and a pop of your accent color. Choosing black ink can also save you hundreds off your stationery cost. Our black and white invitations are 30-50% less than most online retailers. Contact us today at

Custom Pocket invitations:

This custom pocket features a hand-tied combo bow and wrap in Fuchsia. The wedding was held at The Radisson Hotel at Valley Forge Casino in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. See how we can help you create a style that is all your own, and save you more than expected.


Black Foil by Birchcraft Studios

This vibrant frame of roses in black foil is stunning!  Starting at $161.91 for 100, includes your custom verse and choice of lettering styles printed in raised ink on Bright White card stock, double envelopes and tissues.

When you order from our Exclusive Birchcraft Studios collection, you get:  

  • 10% OFF all retail prices
  • +$25 OFF your order of 100 invitations or more
  •  Free Printing Of Your Return Address When You Order Invitations by April 30, 2016

Onyx Layer Card by Birchcraft Studios 

This black Stardream backer is stunning with the etched filigree band at the top. Price per 100: $215.91 includes your custom verse and choice of lettering styles printed in raised ink on bright white card stock, metallic black backing layer, and double envelopes and tissues.

<< Contact us today with your coupon to save on all Birchcraft Studios Wedding Invitation orders. Minimum order of 100 cards. Offer only valid at Affordable Wedding Invites by Gossett Printing.

For tips on how to style this classic color palette, check out: Black and White Wedding Style tips on the Knot.




Monday, March 7, 2016

Featuring: Chic Garden Bridal Shower

Fresh florals and vibrant fruits make for the perfect spring or summer bridal shower. See how we help you incorporate a garden theme into your stationery. Consider preppy stripes, fun florals or trendy postcard styles.

Style & Etiquette Tips:

Unsure of how to create a stylish look without going overboard? Visit The Knot for tips on how to style your chic garden bridal shower. Or maybe you are wondering about traditions or rules for your bridal shower. We look to Martha Stewart for Modern Bridal Shower Etiquette.

Classic Formal Style

Custom Design in a perfect Tea Rose & Peach on Bright White Cover Stock. Classic stripes and bold, formal fonts fit together beautifully for a stunning celebration. This event was held at a Historical Bed & Breakfast with glorious gardens. Find out how our custom designs save you money! Contact us today at


Formal & Fun Floral

Let's Do Brunch - Bridal Shower Invitation: Brunch with the bride is a great idea for a shower, and this invitation's sweet design and your choice of colors will get everyone excited for the event.

Product Details
  •     Dimensions: 4 5/8" x 6 1/4" Card
  •     Type of Printing: Flat full color printed
  •     Production Time: 3 Working days
$107.30 Price Includes: 50 Printed invitations with blank envelopes (white)


Whimsical & Woodsy

Vine Wreath - Bridal Shower Invitation: A rustic and romantic bridal shower begins with this invitation. The wood grain background highlights flowers in your choice of color.

Product Details
  • Dimensions: 6 1/4" x 4 5/8" Card
  • Type of Printing: Flat full color printed
  • Production Time: 3 Working days
$107.30 Price Includes: 50 Printed invitations with blank envelopes (white)







Trendy Postcard Style

Days Before - Bridal Shower Invitation: How many days before the bride to be says I do? Get that number on this stylish bridal shower invitation and get everyone together to celebrate.

Product Details
  • Dimensions: 6 1/4" x 4 5/8" Card
  • Type of Printing: Flat full color printed
  • Production Time: 3 Working days
$107.30 Price Includes 50 Printed invitation with blank envelope (white)