To buy or not to buy the invites online?

posted 1 year ago in Paper
Post # 2
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1680 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I’ve found vendors on Etsy to be for the most part, decently reputable.  I actually chose a design and downloaded it so that I could print at my leisure.  There’s a lot of choices out there….good luck.  

Post # 3
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735 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I used Vistaprint which was loads cheaper than the specialist wedding invite companies. Their envelopes are awful, but other than that I’ve been really pleased with them. We’ve used matching menus, info cards (doctored rsvp cards!), Evening invites, stickers and we are considering matching thank you cards too. We paid for the upgraded card stock though, not sure what their standard card is like.

Post # 4
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1721 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

My experiences with Shutterfly and Zazzle were wonderful. I’d recommend them to anyone. I think by the quality of the website, the amount of reviews, and stock of items, you can tell whether someting is decently reputable. And, you can always spend $2 on a single invite just to test the quality. 

Post # 5
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226 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I used vistaprint as well and used standard stock for save the dates but upgraded for the invites and then like above used RSVP cards for other info. But I had my invites designed by a friend and just printed from vistaprint. Customer service was fabulous when I had an issue and I waited for one of their flash sales and got 50% off.  

Envelopes do suck but wasn’t really worried as people only throw them out anyway.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

I have no idea where you would even buy them in person.

We bought ours from Minted. They were great quality and they did all the addressing for us which was awesome!

Post # 7
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472 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Another one for Vistaprint. I am glad I didn’t upgrade the envelopes, because a lot of them ended up totally smeared in black ink or something from the mailing process. What a waste that would have been!

I used their standard matte paper and I think it turned out nice! But paper goods wasn’t a huge priority for me. 

Post # 8
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487 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2019 - Southampton, UK

I got my save the dates from Basic Invite.  I had ordered TONS of samples first. The quality is great. I’ll be getting my invitations from them as well. I’ve gotten samples of the invitations and I’m pleased with them.

Post # 9
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435 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I used minted and really loved them. They will send you a free sample kit so you can see what the paper thickness and weights are, shine and embossing, etc. Highly reccomend them!

Post # 10
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148 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

We did our save the dates from Vistaprint and invitations from Minted. While we were happy with the save the dates overall, the quality from Minted was MUCH better and worth the extra money for our wedding invites. I don’t think you can really go wrong with either though!

Post # 11
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406 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: Canada

Super happy with my Vistaprint invites for 50% off!

Post # 12
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2508 posts
Sugar bee

Got ours from Wedding Paper Divas…I believe they’re part of Shutterfly now.

I also ordered the RSVP cards, menus and escort cards from the same suite.  Really pretty and great quality. 

Post # 13
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745 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - City, State

cloud9bride :  I ordered a $20 template and then edited it myself. I also created a second version on this website called Canva (its free but you can purchase upgrades). I used Canva for my Save the Dates as well and then just uploaded the image to Vistaprint. Waited for a sale and then ordered them from Vistaprint.

That way I got the design I really wanted, while still having them printed beautifully at an affordable cost! Would be happy to share tips and tricks with you for using Canva, if you go that route!

Post # 14
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1256 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I used Vistaprint for everything (look out for sales!). Quality was great for what we paid! (About .50/piece).

Great customer service. They forgot to include envelopes and when I inquried, they had them expedited to me with no questions asked.

Post # 15
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238 posts
Helper bee

I used Minted for my Save the Dates and Invitations. I LOVED them. Plus they do the guest addressing for you. 

I also used Zazzle for my Bridesmaid proposal cards, those were fabulous as well. 

I’m planning on ordering my escort cards from either Minted or Etsy, I haven’t decided if I want to spend the extra on a specialized design or not.

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