Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why order from an experienced professional instead of
a mail order catalog?
* See an actual sample of what youre ordering - Paper color, quality, and
size are hard to judge online or in a photograph.
* Party/card stores and mail order employees are not trained or experienced
in all of the aspects of wedding invitations such as etiquette rules and
wording for special situations.
* Have a person responsible for your order not a company
· Dependable delivery time quotes
· If a printing error occurs, it is corrected by us before you even know there
was an error. Dealers get preferential treatment because we place 100s of
orders a year - not just one
Q: Do I need to send Save The Date Cards?
* The answer is yes if any of the following apply to your wedding.
· Destination wedding (beach, Las Vegas, etc.) where everyone will
have to travel
· Wedding date is set for a holiday weekend or in a seasonably busy
locale (such as Nantucket in June)
· Out-of-town guests need to book travel accommodations far in advance
* Mail Save the Date cards about 6 months before the wedding to inform
your guests of the date and location.
* Include information about several hotels in the area such as phone
numbers and rates.
Q: What is the difference between thermography and
* Thermography is a heat process that makes raised ink. It gives the
same look and feel as engraving from the front, although the ink is
* Engraving is a stamping process using a copper plate with your wording
engraved in it. The ink has a more matte appearance, and the paper is
debossed on the back. It costs 50-75% more than thermography with
a longer turn around time.
Q: When should I order my invitations?
The general rule is to order approximately 4 months prior to the wedding
date if possible. This will give you time for:
* Addressing and stuffing: 10-12 weeks prior to the wedding
* Mailing: 8 weeks prior to the wedding
* Guests to Respond: 3 weeks prior to the wedding
Q: How many invitations should I order?
* Figure quantity needed by counting the addresses youre mailing to,
not the number of people youre inviting. Mr. and Mrs. Smith are 2
people, but they get 1 invitation.
* Order 25 extra (when added to original order it costs about ¼ what
theyll cost later).
* Consider ordering just extra envelopes for mistakes made while
Q: What do I need to know about mailing the invitations?
* Be sure to put a stamp on the response envelope.
* Take the complete invitation with all enclosures (reception, response,
maps, etc.) to the Post Office to have it weighed.
* Most invitations that include an inner and outer envelope and any
type of enclosure card will weigh more than one ounce.
* Ask to see the selection of stamps with two ounce postage (60 cents).
Some sets have matching designs on 37 and 60 cent stamps.
* Square invitations require extra postage if they weight one ounce or
less. Check with the Post Office before buying and applying stamps.
* Have your invitations hand-cancelled to avoid having the postal
services bar code printed on the envelopes.
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