- 8 years ago
- Wedding: June 2010
I know I’m way behind for June, but I just sent out the bulk of our invitations!
Man, was it an experience. I wanted to share some things I learned along the way so maybe it’ll help a bee or two out.
First, we ordered our actualy invitation, reply card, inner envelope, and outer envelope from a local shop. They were great. Here’s our take home lessons from buying the invitations suites:
- You do not need 1 invitation per guest. Many are couples and live together.
- Have the reply card envelopes printed with your return address, it’s usually really cheap.
- It costs more to get a plain flat card than the folded card that’s blank inside. It’s because they don’t have to cut the paper or feed special size paper into the printer.
Next, we opted out of the reception card at the shop. I decided to design my own and print them on a shiny pearl cardstock. This was a big lesson learned. The special cardstock papers are often textured, which makes them harder to print on. I printed in red and black clean fonts, but ended up with a crackled look because the ink falls into the ridges of textured cardstock. I tried to bold the font but it still looked funny. I’d suggest a plain cardstock.
Then for the big lessons. We went to mail them. I thought I’d be super smart and go weigh the invitation yesterday to make sure what stamp I’d need. We were told it was on the border, but would only need a $.44 stamp. That was great news! It saved a good amount from the $.61 stamps. But the oops moment?
- We weighed the invitation without stamps on the reply and outer envelopes. Those stamps weighed .1 ounces together, making the invitations weigh over an ounce and need the 61 cent stamp. But we’d already put the other stamps on. So now we have blue yaks on the 17 cent stamps next to our pretty wedding stamps on the invitations.
- Hand cancelling? Wow. Not really worth it to me. We didn’t have anything too delicate or intricate to our invitations, so the hand cancelling I did today? Never again. My fingers are still red. And it took forever to get a stamper from the people that actually worked. The little letters in the old school stamper are just stuck in there, so they kept falling out on my envelopes. And it just smudged everywhere. To hand cancel, you’ve got to stamp the date and the First Class stamp.
I hope this helps those of you getting ready to do your invitations!