Plan ahead, order early. _ It's good to start early when choosing wedding invitations. You and your partner will need time to research and discuss the various choices available for your invitations. If you look early enough, you may even have time to request samples from various companies. Ordering your wedding invitations at least 6 months in advance will give you a cushion of time to allow for printing of the invitations and correction of any errors that may occur in printing. You also need to account for the time it takes to assemble your invitations and mailing them out to give sufficient time for a response. Plan on ordering 20 to 25 extra invitations in case they are needed because of mistakes in addressing the invitations or if you find you need to add additional guests to the list.
Bottom line, you do not need to worry too much about not having too much money allocated for the most important and beautiful day of your life, because there have been and there still are many couples in this situation and almost all of them were able to have the wedding they have always wanted, and that because they knew how to spend their money intelligently. You can do that, too, as long as you have a good plan to follow and as long as you have a pretty good idea about how large or small your budget for the wedding is.