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Do invitations look better than the samples?
I've ordered invitation samples from David's Bridal, Invitations by Dawn and American Weddings and they all look so cheap. Do the actual invitations look better than the samples? The ink seems really unimpressive, the card stock is not great and a lot of the ones that are supposed to be just a single card are actually a folded piece of paper with one half blank. When you get your invitations do they look significantly different (BETTER) then the samples??

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Posted On: Sep 7, 2010 at 7:53 PM | Vendors are allowed | Add to My Watchlist | Flag As Inappropriate

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Sep 08, 2010 at 5:00 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Most samples are from actual orders, so no, the quality does not improve from the sample you are given. If you want a flat card, and quality is the highest concern to you, you should consult a custom stationer. Most custom stationers personally oversee the printing of your items, whereas large companies have separate print houses from the "keyers" --the department of people who enter your info onto the templates that the printing technicians put on your selected blanks.

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Sep 15, 2010 at 9:53 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
I had ordered samples from all of those same places. We went to Target and found a DIY kit. The price was way better and the quality of the invitation was 100 times better than the companies we ordered from, and they look way expensive! Plus, the web sites charged $300 for 100 invites, Target charged $40 for a box of 50. I found the advantage of DIY invites being: You can chose your own ink color, at no charge, it's something fun to do with your FH, if you have the time for it, and you have them ready right them! No anticipation of waiting. And if you mess up, you can run to the store and buy more! No waiting for returns through the mail and paying shipping more than once. Of course this option isn't for everyone. My wedding will be pretty laid back and small, only 80 guest. And we have plenty of time to prepare.
Hope this helps good luck!

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Sep 15, 2010 at 4:26 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Please visit my website. I have been providing invitations to brides for over 20 years & I would be happy to discuss with you your needs & your budget. Please feel free to email or call anytime. To answer your question, the samples you receive are the exact pieces that would be used to print the final product. Hopefully I can be of help.

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Oct 03, 2010 at 3:42 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
Normally, what you see is what you get. Try They're stuff is amazing and not cheap-looking at all... I believe they're having a sale =)

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