posted at 7/10/2010 1:31 PM EDT
I've been lurking for years and know you've covered invitations plenty in the past, but how about another round of input for those of us just getting to that point in the planning? Want to tell us where you got yours or at least had good experiences with selection and/or salespeople? Want to tell us which stores or vendors to avoid?
The other day, I mentioned to a work friend my plan to start looking this weekend, and she gasped, "You haven't ordered them yet?!" Gulp. Truth be told, I'm sure I could make them in a week if push *really* came to shove, so I'm not going to sweat it. But I have officially moved from thinking about looking to actually looking. :)
I'm definitely on a budget and figure this is one element of the whole thing through which I can save a few pennies, but I'll admit I'm greedy enough to want decent quality, too. I don't need (or feel like paying for) the best, but I'd like to avoid anything really flimsy. Free samples would be a plus, too.
Any guidance to give?
posted at 7/10/2010 2:49 PM EDT
Also, any creative thoughts regarding fall? I'd love to use a little design to dress up the stationery (and possibly other elements, including little jar lanterns I'm making), but I'm hoping to stay away from snowflakes and pumpkins. I'm craving something a little more unique than leaves, too. The middle of November is more of a bare tree time than a foliage fest! :)
I've been toying with the idea of pine cones. Too woodsy? Boring? Just right?
Any idea, ladies? Thanks again!
posted at 7/10/2010 4:46 PM EDT
love the pinecone idea! :) Papyrus has a huge selection of wedding stationary, including some really beautiful books. Ask them when their next sale on custom printing will be, if you decide to order from them.
I have also seen stunning work by Blush Design Studio:
And I would consider also posting a custom printing alchemy request on etsy.com, esp. if you are on a tight budget. We got some beautiful programs and menus from a lady there for a fraction of the price that we would've spent elsewhere. And she was able to match our colors, fonts, and design aesthetic to our invitations and other items.
posted at 7/11/2010 8:52 AM EDT
I would second ETSY for doing your invites on the cheap, because you can name your own price on an alchemy request. That is what I did for my thank you notes and said I would like this design on the corner, and I want them, envelope included for 50 each. I got lots of people willing to make them, and they were good quality.
What are your wedding colors? I like the jar lantern idea. My friend had an Oct. wedding and she had big lanterns as the centerpieces, got them at michaels, but that may be overdoing it with lanterns. I can understand the no pumpkin thing, esp. in November. I think the pine cones would look nice. Or even cranberries depending on your colors.
What about doing your own centerpieces with purchased flowers in fall colors? This would totally depend on how many tables you have..
Here's a picture of flowers, even if you don't know how to do floral arrangements, you can easily put different kinds of flowers in a vase (picture on the top left).
If you give me an idea of the style of your wedding/colors/where it is, i could be a more of a help.
posted at 7/11/2010 9:48 AM EDT
We got our rehearsal dinner invitations at www.invitationconsultants.com
, and I would have gotten our wedding invitations there, too, but I got a 50% discount somewhere else from a work deal (that company is out of business, though, now). They have every style, every type of invitation, and in every budget with lots of great information (and sample invitation wordings for every "situation" imaginable) in their Help section.
Word to the wise. Always order the sample even if you are "sure" it's the one you want. You won't know until you see it in person, and it's only a few bucks.
Also, pay for the proof. It's $17. Pricey, but not in the scheme of your whole wedding budget, and we DID catch a mistake that way that would have cost a bunch more than $17 to remedy later.
I was so happy with our invitations that when I was tasked with doing the invitations for my in-laws 50th wedding anniversary, I went directly to that site and didn't bother shopping around. Everyone was happy with how they came out and the price we paid (shared cost).
posted at 7/11/2010 9:57 PM EDT
Thank you all so much! These are great suggestions. And I'm loving the fact that not one of you responded with alarm, telling me it's too late to invite anyone. :)
OH, AJ, we're doing sort of an eggplant color for bridesmaids dresses and then incorporating lots of green and a touch of orange. I'm sure there will be lots of other traditional fall colors in the flowers, too. :) Are you familiar with the purple and green love stamps
? When I first saw them, I told the USPS clerk, "These are my wedding colors!" He thought I was insane.
posted at 7/12/2010 9:46 AM EDT
I also used an ETSY vendor
for my invitations. Actually, you can see my invitations on her site, the pink and brown chandelier invitations on the front page. She gave me unlimited edits, came in on time and under my budget. She also designed my programs and escort cards so they all matched. I loved working with her.
I looked into making them myself, but when I priced out all the materials and printing, it was cheaper to have someone else do it. I just don't have a good enough printer to do it myself.
I got my rehearsal dinner invitations from Hallmark. They were just flat invitations, but the people there were also nice to work with. You just don't have as much freedom as working with a designer.
posted at 7/12/2010 11:20 PM EDT
Jasmine, may I ask which seller did your Etsy work? I'm checking out InkedPapers (thanks to Friar!) and figured I'd look into your vendor's work, too. Thanks!
posted at 7/13/2010 8:07 AM EDT
We had a very positive experience with her--she was incredibly patient, responsive, and professional, plus her pricing and final product were great. (And my husband is actually about the most detail-oriented customer you might imagine, so he wouldn't have been happy if there was anything even slightly amiss about our order. Especially b/c he initially wanted to order the whole set from Papyrus, at much greater expense, and I talked him into checking out this option. He was VERY happy with the product, as was I.)
However, I know a bride on this message board used her recently and had an issue arise. (She wasn't happy with the printing on some of her invitations.) In the end, they settled the issue to her satisfaction, as I understand, (they reprinted the unusable invitations at no cost, and discounted the marginal ones--or something like that). But she was a bit frustrated with the process.
So, in sum, I would still recommend the vendor, because she was very accommodating and responsive and produced a great product at a great price. I would just suggest that you leave time to check the work before you need to send out the invitations. Or talk to Diane about the issue above. We were really happy with her. She was quick to respond to all of our questions and design requests, she matched our other paper products perfectly, and held herself to a high standard for our final project.
posted at 7/13/2010 8:32 AM EDT
Thank you, for not only the name but also the whole story!
posted at 7/13/2010 12:38 PM EDT
We got our invites from an Ebay vendor, Favors for You
. She has quite a few leaf themes, but she has lots to choose from.
We went with her because she had a great "wedding-y" baseball design, which I actually don't see on her website anymore. And because for 100 invites, envelopes, response cards w/envelopes & reception cards it was only $79. Plus she has sales fairly often. She was very responsive and the shipping was SO quick!
HOWEVER - the invites came and were on pretty flimsy card stock. I still loved the design, so we went to the Paper Store & bought 5x8 scrapbooking cards (on sale!) and mounted them before sending. It gave them the extra heft that I wanted & more dimension since the backs were now red. Nobody I talked to could tell they didn't come that was professionally.
We didn't want to spend too much either, as the budget was tight and we just couldn't see spending on this that would be tossed away anyhow. I was a little disappointed at first, but we ended up loving our invites and they were still so affordable!
posted at 7/13/2010 1:11 PM EDT
Just giving my opinion here, but I personally feel that the invitations set the entire tone of a wedding. They're the first impression people will get of the event, and to those who can't make it, the invitations will be the only impression they get of your wedding. I would not recomment DIY (although it doesn't sound like you're going in that direction) or trying to go super cheap, but that being said, there is no reason to spend $1000 either. Good luck! I like the pinecone/cranberry idea too. You could also try a cornicopia (sp?) array of fall colors.
posted at 7/13/2010 1:31 PM EDT
Thanks for the additional recs and info, ladies! I really appreciate it.
posted at 7/13/2010 1:52 PM EDT
Rirlo, I used Invitations by Dawn
. I got a good discount, though I didn't need to order them because I'm stilll 7 months away, I did. They were great to work with. I asked for samples and got them in two days. They currently have 25% off.
posted at 7/13/2010 10:27 PM EDT
Winter, I just ordered two of their samples! :) Thanks for the rec.
posted at 7/14/2010 9:03 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Invitations:
Winter, I just ordered two of their samples! :) Thanks for the rec.
Posted by Rirlo01
Your welcome. Which one did you get? We went with the Isn't it Romantic
posted at 7/14/2010 1:08 PM EDT
Oh, nice! I got one with a pine cone, which isn't all that cute but I wanted to see up close, and another with a little pocket. The colors are wrong, but I really like the style!
posted at 7/14/2010 3:26 PM EDT
I don't know where you live, but we got our invitations from the Write Expression in Topsfield. We did double sided invitations, because we had 2 wedding ceremonies, and they did an awesome job with our unique requests. They were a bit on the pricey side because of the double sided bit, but the women who worked there were extremely helpful and knowledgeable. They had a TON of invitation books to look at, and when I got overwhelmed doing that, they just sat me down, asked me piece by piece what I wanted, and found the perfect invite for me. I'd highly recommend them!