It’s time to pick out wedding invitations, but where should you go? To me, it seemed that there weren’t very many places in the Hill Country area that dealt with wedding invitations. I turned to online sites. Yes, it is a little unsettling not to be able to see the invitations in person. With that being said, you have options. If you plan ahead you can order samples of invitations that you like and narrow down your choices. Here are some places you can use for your wedding invitations.
I have heard wonderful things about Wedding Paper Divas. You can order anything from save the dates, to menus, to wedding invitations meanwhile using the same theme for all of them (if you choose to do so). It is great to see a large variety of items. So what about samples? You can order samples at any point and they normally have some sort of specials going on, which means you may even get lucky and save money on your purchases from Wedding Paper Divas.
I have personal experience with the next website, Storkie.com. This website was very user friendly and I quickly found what I was looking for. There are just as many wedding invitation options on this website as there are on Wedding Paper Divas. You can order up to five invitation samples at no cost. I ordered a small amount of invitations to send out quickly and I was very pleased with the outcome. Storkie.com has a very quick turnaround time.
Vista Print is another website that is inexpensive for your wedding needs. They have all sorts of goodies such as, programs, invitations, magnets, and save the dates. You can customize any of those items or try their user friendly templates. This website runs specials all the time.
For those of you that would like to see an invitation sample in person, without the wait, Paper Source is the place for you. They have several large binders full of invitations for you to look through. Some of the binders you will find in the store are Vera Wang, Crane & Co., William Arthur, and Paper Source. There is no doubt you will find the invitation that fits your budget best. I used Crane & Co. for my wedding invitations and they did not disappoint. If you are looking for a classic and elegant look, they are a great fit.
Here are some helpful tips to begin your invitation search:
1. Invitations set the tone of your wedding, keep this in mind when you start looking.
2. Begin looking for invitations at least four months in advance. This will give you time to hire a calligrapher for your invitations. The calligrapher will also need plenty of time to be able to complete your order if they are in their busy season. It will also cut down on shipping if you order your invitations with plenty of time.
3. Have your guest list count ready so that you don’t order too many over or under your actual count.
4. Whether you are searching online or in person, ask how long it will take to have a particular invitation made.
5. Ask if there are invitations that take longer than others, this will save you time if you are in a hurry to receive your invitations (colored guilted edges take longer than other invitations).
6. You will most likely need several appointments to finalize your invitations. Make appointments and time to schedule these visits in.
7. If you are ordering invitations online, give yourself time to order a sample or several samples.
8. Have an idea of the wording you want on your invitations. Do your research. Do you want both parents on the invitation? What time will your wedding be at?
9. Don’t forget to ask about postage. Yes, some invitations will cost more to send out than others. Square shaped invitations or heavy invitations will have a more expensive postage stamp.
10. When you receive your invitations, take a completed invitation to your closest post office and have it weighed. They will be able to tell you which postage stamp needs to be on your invitation. You do not want your invitations to be returned because your stamp was not enough for the style/type of invitation.
11. Right now they are changing the prices of postage stamps. Take this into consideration, it could affect your timeline to send out invitations.
12. If you are hiring a calligrapher, you will be giving him/her a guest list. Ask him/her how he would like you to word the names for the invitations. You may have to make updates to your guest list to fit his/her criteria.