@lilacck28 - Not having to address the invites yourself seems like it would totally be worth the extra cost to me!
http://www.bhg.com/wedding/invitations/editors-picks-our-favorite-wedding-invitations/ The above made me feel SO Much better about spending my "measly" $500 on invitations.
I love all this wedding stuffs being shared! Everything is so beautiful and I can't wait to see pictures in a couple short months.
@lavenderfields13 definitely don't feel too bad about going less expensive on the invites. We did the same thing. I could not stomach spending that much on paper that everyone but me would eventually toss...besides more money for WINE! I ended up finding a set I just loved and basically copied it with the help of one of the gals on here who is a whiz. I uploaded and had them printed through Vista Print and I work for a copier/printer company so I did the address printing myself. It was a labor of love to design, print and source all the items to put them together but it was one of my DIY projects that I was most proud of at the end. If I remember correctly 75 invites (invite, outer envelope, rsvp, rsvp envelope and info card) all addressed, stamped, bound with lace and tied with a sisal type string was just over $2.00 each.