Post # 1
I am thinking about hiring the calligrapher to stuff, stamp and hand cancel my invitations. Has anyone had any experience doing this in the past? Do you think that it’s a good idea?
Do you think that there’s a high chance for errors or no?
Would it be best for them to stuff and place the stamps on the envelopes and then ship them back for me to double check and make sure that everything was done correctly and then seal, hand cancel and send off my invitations?
Post # 3
- Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas
I’m too much of a control freak to let someone else do that for me! I definitely would be freaking out if I wasn’t the one stuffing and mailing my invites!
Post # 4
I have to be honest, even if you are paying them and randomly took out 15% to check for errors or something, they just won’t be as careful as you would be, because it’s not their wedding–I know I would be reallllllyyyy picky about errors like if it was a pocketfold and the cards fell out/were placed in backwards/some info wasn’t in there, but someone else might not. But then again, if you’re busy–it might be best for you to save your sanity!
Post # 5
I wouldn’t be able to trust them to put everything together and put the right addresses on them. I know this is different but my dad used to do mailings to all the east coast DB2 people (some kind of database software). He used to take them to Kinkos until he found out that they were throwing out half of the mailers so half the people weren’t getting anything! I know a person would hopefully be different but it’s still pretty nervewracking to me!
Post # 6
Stuffing envelopes is very simple busywork– if you trust your calligrapher enough to handwrite your addresses, why wouldn’t you trust her to simply stuff and stamp, etc.? If you can afford it, I say why not let her do it, to save yourself the trouble? Otherwise, it’s a very simple job to do in front of the tv one night (except for the hand cancelling, of course).
Post # 7
I really don’t have the time (I’m in grad school and work pretty much full time) to stuff in the invitations and my mom has severe arthritis. I don’t feel comfortable having someone else mail the invitations but I think as long as they stuffed the invitations and didn’t seal them, I would be fine with that. I just want to make sure that the names on the inner envelope match the names on the outer envelope and that there are no spelling errors.
I haven’t even received the first proof for my invitations (I ordered them yesterday) but am just thinking about these types of things in advance as I want to send the international invitations in early January and just want to have everything ready to go in advance.
Post # 8
I say go for it – just audit a sample for errors – I would audit about 10 – 15% of the envelopes. If errors come up in your audit, I would send them back for her to check and re-do. Repeat if necessary.
Post # 9
I dont’ see why not, as long as you have reason to believe the calligrapher will stuff them properly. Calligraphers tend to be a very accurate bunch, as an occupational hazard. 🙂
Post # 10
@cheerful I agree!
If you want a calligrapher and can afford it, I say go for it and let yourself relax a bit!!