Exquisite Wedding Invitations and More
We have a large collection of albums devoted exclusively to weddings so you can find a save the date, invitation, and program to set the tone for your special day.
Some of our popular lines include Smock, Peculiar Pair Press, William Arthur, Page, Real Card Studio, Ceci New York, and Dauphine Press.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We’ve compiled a list below of the questions we frequently get asked about wedding invitations.
How early in the process should a bride choose her invitations?
The invitation is the first peek your guests will have of your wedding. It creates anticipation, sets the mood, and builds the excitement. Once the date has been selected and the ceremony and reception venues are chosen, the inspiration for the wedding elements can begin. Looking through the invitation albums for the colors, fonts and designs is fun! Plan to spend a couple of hours on your first visit to browse and to get informed so that you don’t feel pressure. You can then reflect on what you have seen. Once you finalize your details and guest list., you can select the invitation and place your order.
What are some good questions a bride should ask when choosing?
First be prepared to tell us all the basics like the date, the venue and what your expectations are. Let your stationer know if you have seen things you like or if you are just starting and are unfamiliar with stationery and wedding invitations in particular. We always like to anticipate the questions before they are asked but we welcome any questions regarding printing methods, etiquette and suggested wording.
The basic invitation suite consists of the invitation, outer envelope, reply card and reply card envelope. Everyone starts with those but you may want to ask about other available coordinating items for the wedding like an arrangements card, reception card and maps that can be included with the invitation. Also there are options for wedding programs, escort cards, table cards, gift tags, fans, napkins, cups and favors. Let your stationer know what you need and ask them how they can help.
What are some of the things that affect cost?
The cost of an invitation is determined primarily by the paper selected (thickness, quality), the printing method (flat, thermography, letterpress or engraved) and any additional embellishments that you select. The special touches that can be added like ribbons, corner rounding, envelope liners, layered colors and any custom details all add additional costs to the basic invitation. Some Brides also want extra pieces to the basic invitation suite
How long does it typically take to receive the paper products once they’ve been ordered?
Generally an invitation should be mailed six to eight weeks before your wedding. In order to accomplish that you must work from that date back. Determine how long you or your calligrapher will need to address and assemble your invitations. Are there conflicting dates within your six week period like a major holiday that could affect your mailing? For example, you may not want your wedding invitation to get lost in the avalanche of holiday cards.
The time from ordering your invitation to receipt it is very dependent on the actual invitation you select. A simple invitation with flat printing will take less time to produce than an embellished, engraved or letterpress invitation. Allow a couple of weeks from the first to the final proof so that you can carefully check every detail.
Once ordered the invitation can take as little as five business days to as long as 3 weeks to produce depending on the style and the details. Ideally you will order your invitation about 6 months before your wedding date to allow time for the unexpected! If you need an invitation in a hurry it is possible to do that! It may cost a little more, but we always have beautiful imported papers in stock and can create a custom invitation onsite.