- 3 years ago
- Wedding: February 2014
It’s suddenly so real! My invites are out the door! Wanted to share my experience, if any of you are looking to use minibooks from Minted. I haven’t seen any of the minibooks as invites – only as STD’s. But since I’m having a destination wedding, I know I needed something with multiple pages. I thought about doing the pocket folder thing, but just the amount of time, cutting, self-design, etc that needed to go into that I just didn’t have (although it probably would have been cheaper!) Minted minibooks kind of fit the bill for me — lots of different designs for every taste, and you can customize colors, fonts, some layout and also add full color pictures, etc. I liked the professionalism of the binding and the look of the staggered pages.
As I said, I’m having a destination wedding, so most of the details are going to be on my website and I really kind of directed everyone to that in my invites. In fact, I probably could have gone the whole electronic invite route instead (I’ve asked all to RSVP online) as a few of my friends have done, but I think paper invites do get more response, make it more real, and help to reach out to a few older relatives and those in other countries. Also I think it’s still nice to have something to pull out, hold and read in your hand.
My wedding is a little offbeat/different, so I didn’t want anything too formal or traditional. I ordered 5 samples from Minted ahead of time (free) and that helped me narrow down which design I wanted to order. In the end I didn’t have to customize that much – just the color of the tabs, font and making sure they could fit more text than the layout originally had room for. I think I just went back and forth with them once (no charge). I had a total of 4 pictures in my minibook (including the cover) and I spent the most time on that – I designed them in Picasa and powerpoint as I wanted certain looks for each picture – one black and white, another a collage, another I wanted some text on the picture…etc.
I also used minted’s free printed addresses service and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked the printed ones! It required me emailing/hounding my guests to send me their addresses/update their addresses (I emailed everyone a google docs form I found -the nice thing is their answers automatically fill in a spreadsheet for you!) However, my google spreadsheet of addresses was slightly different than the minted spreadsheet so I still had to copy and paste so you may want to check that first J
The only critique I have is that when my order came in, I found about 6 of the printed envelopes were not glued! So I had to buy a gluestick and do myself – I really hope they don’t come undone in the mail!! :O
They weren’t super cheap even with 15% off discount – for 115 invites & envelopes I paid about $330 – but still not bad and it didn’t require tons of work! I also ordered/designed return address labels from vistaprint in my same ‘green leaves’ theme (about $7 w/shipping) and map stickers from zazzle that I used to “seal” the envelopes (these were $30, I later found out I could have done them for half the price on vistaprint). They were easy to design – I used the map photo from my invites and added our wedding dates to it (although they got a little cut off – oh well). Overall I was happy and love my invites so I wanted to share!!