Post # 1
I need some advice from other brides before I completely drive myself crazy. Our wedding is a year from this month (10/30/15) and I need to order the save the dates, but now I’ve become obsessed with finding a matching invitation suite. I found an invite I LOVE on Invitations by Dawn, but it has no matching accommadations card, thank you card or save the date.
How many of you had/have matching stationary? Does it even matter? Opions please?!
Post # 2
- Wedding: June 2014 - Gold Hill Gardens
kitty_cupcake: We ordered our invitations from WPD. We got the invitations and response cards from our suite. I couldn’t stomach paying $1 per extra insert card, and not everyone needed all of the inserts, so I found pearlized paper online, matched the fonts we used and printed our own insert cards. No one could tell the whole thing wasn’t completely professional. Perhaps you could make your own off of the Invitations by Dawn formatting?
Post # 3
I vote for make your own matching things, but STDs totally don’t need to match in my mind. I like things to look coordinated, but I spent a small fortune at Wedding paper divas- ehhhh not sure if it was worth it. They are very pretty, but it is a lot of $ for paper lol I think as long as the accomdations/ insert cards look coordinated your suite will look awesome!
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2014 - 11/15/14-Vineyard
My STD’s did not match the invitation stationary. My thank you notes won’t either as I want to do pictures from the wedding on the thank you card.
Post # 5
kitty_cupcake: I don’t think it matters at all, as long as you are happy with how each of them turn out.
My FI’s brother had a Sugar Skull themed Save the Date, a rustic invitation, and then the wedding was loosely a peacock theme with their colors being blue and green. Everyone loved everything, so I highly doubt anyone cared. The only thing that irked some people were the skull cards, because they didn’t think skulls and weddings went together, especially for late summer.
Do what you want and what makes you happy, but just know that no one will remember your invitations after awhile. They’re going to remember your union, not the itty bitty details. I can’t even tell you what my cousin’s dress looked like, let alone her invitations. I barely remember that wedding at all. Take a deep breath and don’t worry 🙂
Try researching on how to make your own invitations. They look great and are so much cheaper than having them done professionally. You can download beautiful fonts for free through Microsoft’s website or through other sites. Staples has amazing paper that you can print on. I plan on printing and making my own to save money.
Try this site that offers FREE save the dates and other templates: http://www.weddingchicks.com/2013/09/24/photo-postcard-save-the-date/
Post # 6
peacock0320: I second this! We’re DIY-ing all our paper and it’s actually been really fun. The only stress has come from when I get something finished and (IMO) perfect and the FI suggests small changes (different fonts, wording, etc.), but honestly, I’m lucky to have a FI that cares about the details, so it was worth all the time re-designing until we could fully agree on everything.
Post # 7
My Save-the-Dates did not match. But they still “went” since I knew my wedding colors by then. I’d say my friends are like 50/50 on sending STD’s from the same invitation suite.
I got my invitations from Vistaprint. They have great customer service. If you needs something (like an insert) and you can’t find it with your design on it, you just call them up and they make it for you on the spot and load it into your portfolio for you.
Post # 8
kitty_cupcake: I would just have it fit together as in “theme”, but not matched. The only thing similar for us was the font and color palete, so it looked cohesive.
We made tags for the invites ourselves by downloading the font and printing them on kraft paper, punching them out, and tying them on. I imagine you could do the same for inserts.
We did all of our printing through Minted. If you like the idea of something they have, you can take it then completely customize it.
They have the option of uploading your own designs, which is what we did for our STD magnets (we used photoshop but any photo editing tool would work if you use the correct dimentions and pay attention to the pixels)
For our invites, we changed the font, color, wording, and even a little design it had on there from a swirl to a laurel.
We probably spent $500 total on STDS, invites, all envelopes and all DIY things for 85.
Post # 9
Ladies, you’ve been so helpful!! Thank you for the ideas and please excuse my typos from the original post! I was making myself mad LOL
Post # 10
I discovered Zazzle.com and now I’m obsesssed with all the custom options!! I ordered STD magnets on Vista Print and got custom postage at Zazzle…I may just get all the rest of the stationary from there!
Post # 11
I had also ordered my matching invitations online. Our wedding theme color was a combo of tangerine and purple. So we ordered a theme based invitation suite of tangerine-purple color palette from a2zweddingcards. They are having a wonderful collection of matching cards with add-on like menu cards, thank you cards, RSVP AND place cards. We feel so glad after getting our matching invitation suite in a very affordable price. They really made our wedding perfect.
You can also check out their collection here-http://www.a2zweddingcards.com/designer-wedding-invitations