Post # 1
Bees, I need some help. Well, my sister does. Her wedding is August 23<sup>rd</sup> 2014 and she has yet to even ORDER her invitations. (Just found this out today)
She had a somewhat short engagement (December) and has two kids while going to school full time. So she’s pretty busy, isn’t on WB or anything like that, and doesn’t know much in the way of wedding planning though she having the whole big traditional shebang.
I didn’t realize she was so behind and I was preoccupied with her shower this past weekend to think to ask where she was with planning. So my question is this: is there a website or some online service out there where she can write up the invitations and send them out from there? As opposed to ordering them, waiting for the order to arrive, THEN stuffing/addressing/sending etc? I’m just looking for a way to expedite this. Or is she stuck? She did send out save-the-dates so at least there’s that.
It’s not my wedding so I probably shouldn’t worry so much about it but I’d like to help her out anyway I could.
Post # 2
you can always get overnight (or 2 day shipping – usually about $25ish) from something like vistaprint and have the invites by monday and then just sit there and get them done….
there are lots of ways to get them done faster – printing addresses on the envelopes directly, using labels (though some people are anti), having them pre-printed (I know minted does that)
it really depends on what she wants… if its just any invite (cute but nothing super special) then I don’t see why they couldn’t be done by the end of the week and out in time for them to be at people houses 6 weeks ahead of time – which is the “standard”
if she is looking for something very labor intensive (custom letter press w gold leaf) then she might be a little bit out of luck or need to pay up for some serious rush delivery
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - backyard in the woods
She still has plenty of time if she orders them soon. Invitations typically go out 1-2 months ahead of the wedding and ordering online they come in less than a week. She’s on the later end of sending them out, but having sent save the dates I don’t think it’s an issue at all. Certainly not so big a deal to be stressing out as much as you are. Get her to order them in the next week or so and it’ll be fine.
Post # 4
littlemisshostess: Aqualov: Thanks ladies! I don’t think she’s planning on doing anything too complicated. I’m worried the shipment will take longer with the Holiday weekend here. (Mail won’t go out tomorrow or Sunday) but hopefully she can express ship them.
Post # 5
If it was my sister I would try to help as much as possible. If you can’t find a site that will do a rush order she could purchase invites from a craft store and print them.
Post # 6
I second what the Bee’s above me posted. I just thought to add my two cents in, if you have a paperstore or even craft store, they sell premade invites that you can run through your printer. If you guys get them from a craft store they usually have a 50% off coupon and come in packs of 25 or 50. I know Hobby Lobby had a great selection. Might be an option so you don’t have to wait for them to be mailed to you.
Post # 7
I say stop into Paper Source (if you have one near you) they are fairly quick (3-5 days) and I’m sure you can pick them up shortly after.
Post # 8
Minted was really fast, even with regular shipping. They send a proof within 1 business day and as soon as it’s approved, it goes to print. I could have had mine within the week if I hadn’t decided to ask for changes on the first proof. I think I approved my final proof on a Wednesday and they arrived first thing Monday. And it was really easy to upload my addresses and have them pre-printed on the envelopes, so all that’s left to do is stuffing and putting on postage.
But I agree with you, she should definitely order or go out and buy something in the next few days!
Post # 9
I think Minted and Wedding Paper Divas typically have pretty quick shipping, but you can always do a rush order!
Post # 10
playdohpants: Websites to consider
- Wedding Paper Divas
- Invitations by Dawn
some of these websites also provide envelope printing. All you have to do is upload the wedding list and they will do all the printing for you
Post # 11
Go to Target or Michael’s and get the pre-printed ones, and just sit down and fill them ALL out over the long weekend.
Post # 12
Evite.com has some really great virtual wedding invitation options! Would she be opposed to going paperless? She wouldn’t have to worry about people getting back to her in time since they could respond to her right away and she would be informed whenever guests RSVP’ed.
Post # 13
Staples lets you design up your invites online and pick up the same day, printed and cut, in their stores. Their options for folded invites for same-day service are a bit limited but if she would be okay with a flat, non-folded invite they have a lot of choices.
Post # 14
Vista print will let you add mailing info to the envelopes and offers fast shipping, but that is all going to add up quickly. If it was my sister in that position I’d just spend some time with her at a craft store or stationary store and see what they have in stock that can have the details added in on your own printer…. Most stores have a decent inventory of different styles and you may get lucky & she finds something she likes, if not I’d hit up vistaprint!
Post # 15
i vote vistaprint, they did a fabulous job. super quick turn around.
i designed my own and uploaded the pdf for mine.