Post # 1
Hey Bees, I’m trying to figure out this whole “etsy” wedding invitation thing. If any of you have used it can you explain how it works? I’m a bit confused about all the different vendors. Do you pick a vendor and they custom make these invitations for you? Or can you pick a pre-made one? Will they send you a sample? How do you know what quality paper you are getting? Any advice/experience would be appreciated.
Post # 3
I have used etsy for a lot of things (and actually have a friend who does wedding invitations and sells her stuff there – store is hand pecked designs). Basically etsy is a place for people with small operations to be able to sell their stuff. Each vendor is different but with everyone that I have ever delt with (mostly jewelery and some crafts) they have been amazing! I ordered my bridesmaids gifts (necklaces) and I was able to message the seller and ask them to change the chain style AND she gave me a bulk discount. I bought a necklace from another person and broke it by accident and she offered to fix it and send it back all for free!
What I would do is look around the etsy shop, find some styles you like, and on the page at the bottom of the invite you like there is a link to message the seller. There you can start a dialogue with them about what you would like as far as samples and customization. Like I said – most vendors seem to be very accomodating.
Post # 4
There are two options for you on etsy.
With the first, you use the alchemy tool to write a description of what you want (wedding invites, #, colors, paper stock, etc) and vendors will bid on making that item for you. You can review the bids and choose someone.
The other option is to browse the site for wedding invitations until you find one you like. Most vendors sell a sample design for you to purchase if you’re not sure you’ll like it. If you find an invite you like, your vendor will work with you to make a custom invite that they will send to you to make sure you like them so they can make the rest. They usually request a deposit first though, so you aren’t wasting their time and resources.
I recommend Letterpress Light. She did an element of my invites and I wish I would have had her do the whole thing for me. She doesn’t letterpress the whole invite, so it’s cheaper than typical letterpress.