FAQs: What You Need To Know About Custom Wedding Invitations
Hello! Congratulations on your engagement! Now there are a million things that you have to think about. Most people don’t put a whole lot of thought into their wedding invitations, but I’m going to let you in on a little secret: it requires a lot more than you think! Here are the most commonly asked questions about wedding stationery, and some honest answers from yours truly! I hope this helps you as you consider the best option for your wedding stationery :) Enjoy, and feel free to share with your Bride friends!
Why are custom invitations so expensive?
This is one that I see a lot! I totally get it. Weddings are expensive. Custom Invitations are expensive. But walk with me behind the scenes for a bit, and let me share with you why custom invitations may be a little pricier than you might expect. So many people think that the only thing that goes into wedding stationery is a designer making a pretty design, printing it, and sending it off in the mail to you, and they all lived happily ever after! When in reality, there is so much more that goes into it. I’ve listed a few reasons below as to why you can expect to pay a pretty penny for your wedding invitations.
For one thing, your stationer is basically your wedding planner, but for stationery. They will map out the timeline for you. Everything from when you need your guest list by, to when you need your save the dates sent out, so when your invites go out, and when people should RSVP by. And everything else in between.
Everything has a personal touch. For custom invitations, you are paying for a completely unique design that no one else has. Your designer will walk with you through every step of the way, and they will incorporate meaningful details that you wouldn’t normally get from an online template shop. Your stationer will also take time to make sure that everything is how you want it. You’re paying not only for the paper, but also for the quality experience. I have done so many weddings where the bride has told me that she was so glad she booked me because she never had to worry about anything regarding her wedding stationery. I’m not tooting my own horn - any great stationer will deliver the same experience. The point is that you’re paying for someone else to literally take care of everything. I don’t know about you, but to me that is worth it!
This leads me to my next reason! You are paying a professional to do something that they literally do for a living. You will get their expertise and professional opinion every step of the way. You won’t have to worry about figuring out when to send your invitations because your stationer already knows and has your date set. You won’t have to figure out how to navigate the post office because your stationery has already typed up a detailed guide for you to knock it out of the park when you mail out your invitations. You won’t be scrambling for last minute paper items that you forgot about, because your stationer has already thought of it all. I think you get my point :) Your stationer is going to know a lot more about invitations than you do - and they should! Because you’re paying them to! And the best part is that you don’t have to :)
The last reason I is simply because there is so much that goes into the process. Most people don’t understand or see what all goes into it. There are so many supplies and resources and details involved. It takes an army to build something so beautiful! Every piece of amazing textured paper, every beautifully colored envelope, every perfectly curated wax seal, every smooth piece of vellum, every dainty string of twine or silk ribbon, every work of art created by your stationer - it just costs money to produce something like that.
So now that I’ve given you some reasons as to why wedding stationery is more expensive than you may have originally thought, let’s move onto the real question: Is it worth it?
2. Is it worth it or should i just diy?
In my option: yes it is absolutely worth it to invest in the custom wedding stationery. Some brides may choose that it isn’t in their budget and go a less expensive route, and I totally understand that! But if you have the budget, I absolutely think it is worth it to invest in this. Your wedding paper is a keepsake, something that will give your guests the very first impression of your wedding, something that you will hold onto forever that will signify one of the most important days of your life.
I 100% advise against DIY-ing your wedding invitations. Unless you have a ton of time on your hands or you are a stationer yourself. I know at first it may not seem like a lot of work, but trust me when I say that you do not want to take this on! The whole point of hiring a vendor is to have someone do something that will free you up to be a bride, to prepare for marriage, to focus on growing your relationship with your fiancé. Don’t let your ambition take over your life! Let someone take it off of your hands. Or ask someone who did DIY their wedding stationery, and they would probably tell you that they wished they hadn’t.
3. Should I purchase semi-custom or custom invitations?
That is a great question! The difference in semi-custom and custom is exactly how it sounds! Semi-custom invitations are typically pre-design invitation suites put together by a stationery and are available for you to purchase and fill in your own wedding details. It’s a great way to get something a little more budget-friendly, while still using an individual stationer to give you a unique look, rather than using a big-box stationer (i.e. Minted, Paper Source, Shutterfly, etc.). Semi-custom invitations are also a good direction to go if you’re in a time crunch! Usually the lead time for semi-custom is much less than custom because the designs are already made.
Now, custom invitations are exactly what you might think. Everything from the RSVP down to the little details is fully custom to your wedding and your style! When you go the route of a fully custom invitation suite, you can be confident that your invitations will be one-of-a-kind. No one else will have the exact same invitations as you! Custom invitations also give you the opportunity to work more closely with your stationer and incorporate personal details into your invitation suite. You will not only have custom invitations, but also a custom experience. Put it this way, when a bride books me for custom invitations, she is my top priority! While custom invitations are going to be a little pricier, they will be so worth it in the end if you decide that you want to incorporate that. If you’re interested in learning about the process of custom invitations, you can check that out here! You can read through that and even fill out the form if you’d like a personalized quote for custom invitations.
4. Letterpress, Foil, Digital…..how do I know what to choose?!
This is a question I get a lot when brides are filling out my inquiry form. And that’s okay to not know what you want! But let me break it down for you, read on.
Digital Printing $ - So digital printing, or flat printing, is the most standard form of print. It’s just classic ink on paper, no bells and whistles, letting the design speak for itself! The most common way of printing your wedding invitations.
Foil Stamping $$ - Most people know what foil is, but just in case….foil stamping is the method of heating up foil and imprinting it onto the paper. This can be done on certain words, phrases, or the whole design. The most common colors are gold, rose gold, copper, silver, and white. Foil adds a really snazzy touch to your invitation suites! As a fan of all the metallics, I personally think you cannot go wrong with foil printing.
Letterpress $$$ - Letterpress is one of the most expensive forms of printing, because it is a literal labor of love! Letterpress is exactly what it sounds like. It is the process of the design, or letters if you will, being pressed into the paper. Letterpress is one of those classic forms of printing that will never go out of style.
5. What’s the process like? How far in advance should I book my stationer?
As I mentioned earlier, the Custom Invitation process is a very personalized experience! You’re getting custom invitations, why shouldn’t you be getting a customized experience? That’s what I think at least. Here’s an outline of my process:
Once you fill out the form on my website, you will receive a free customized quote. From there, we can tweak as needed to fit your budget. Once you decide to book, you’ll pay the 50% deposit and sign the contract to secure your spot on the calendar!
About 6 months out, I’ll send you a little questionnaire to fill out to get to know you more as well as the feel and style of your wedding.
Then I will send you some rough sketches so we’re all on the same page before the design process begins.
After that, we will move onto the design phase when I will send you digital proofs of your designs. We will keep tweaking from there until we arrive at your dream wedding invitations! Once the designs are finalized, we’ll get those bad boys printed.
Next is finalizing all the little details. Addressing your envelopes, adding your wax seals and ribbons and all the final touches. Once the assembly is complete, your invitations will be shipped straight to you in plenty of time to send them out to your lovely guests!
Since I start the process about 6 months out, I recommend reaching out at least 6 months prior to your wedding date! This allows the perfect amount of time for me to serve you and take all of the stress of wedding invitations off of your hands :)