Hi! I got engaged 2 days ago and am trying to get ahead before I get behind so we are already looking into invites. I am thinking about ordering them but some of the packages come with a schedule, a menu, and seating cards. So my question is are those all really needed/recommended? We are trying to keep our budget as small as possible. Please help! Send any advice or recommendations/places my way! Thanks!
Websites like Vistaprint and Minted have some really cool designs that allow you to pick and choose which items you want to order. We did our STDs from Vistaprint and got lots of compliments on them. They also frequently have sales. You can also order customized templates from Etsy and have the invites printed at a local print shop so you're getting exactly what you want. Vistaprint also allows you to upload your own design.
You're going to need to know everything about your wedding first, though. Date, venue, formality, general theme/feel. We stuck for the most part to the colors we chose when first starting to plan, but the overall feel of the wedding changed drastically as we got deeper in.
Congrats!! I agree with previous posters that you'll at least need your venue, time, date and overall vibe of your wedding before ordering. That being said- getting ahead is a great feeling! We used Vistaprint for Save The Dates and got them on sale. They turned out really nice and we got lots of compliments. We were going to use them for invites as well but found a great deal online from Ann's Bridal Bargains. They are seal and send meaning no envelopes, detachable RSVPs for guests to return and cost effective! I would suggest getting an idea of your budget and going from there. 😊 Good luck and have fun planning!!
I made my own invites, rsvps, and detail cards myself. Saves SOOO much money. It cost me about $100 total! Got a template on Etsy for $5, downloaded and printed from home on cardstock, cut them with a $20 paper guillotine, bought pockets and envelopes from cardsandpockets.com about $60 and put them all together.
Definitely check out minted! They always have 15-20 percent off sales. And you can pick which cards you need. I skipped the accommodations, reception, etc cards because I thought my invitation had enough details on them. I did an RSVP card though because I’ve heard that people are less likely to RSVP if you do it online. For now, I think I would focus on the save the dates though, since you just got engaged.
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That helps a lot! We really dont want the accommodations or reception cards either feel like our family and friends dont really need that since it's going to be a very small wedding. Thanks for the advice!
You're welcome! I also paid for Zazzle Black ($9.99 for 1 year of shipping). Helped a lot when I needed to just order 1 or 2 extra things; I hate paying for shipping. Through Zazzle we bought Save The Dates, invites, Thank You, custom drink coasters, menu, programs, etc. At least once I got invites at 60% off.
DW invite (upgraded ink option, totally worth it)
invite suite for local reception (regular ink was fine)
Hi Liliana! Welcome to the WeddingWire Community! I agree with the suggestions about searching other vendors/sites to have the opportunity to actually choose which options you need. Are you thinking of going for a specific theme for your design?