Post # 1
So printing out our invites had turned into quite the ordeal. It’s a long story and I really like the invitations but the map didn’t get printed on the backside of the insert.
Way back when, I set my due date to send out the invitations for July 22nd, which happens to be tomorrow. Whoops. The world won’t end if they go out a bit late but I would like them gone ASAP. (RSVPs are due August 19th and the wedding is September 12th.) The local print shop did a quality job (once it was finally done right) but they definitely take awhile because they’re in the middle of a big move. At best I could MAYBE get them back tomorrow, but Thursday is more likely. Kinkos could get it done fast but would cause me to go even more over budget if the local print shop can’t give me much of a refund.
What do you think I should do about the map?
P.S. My apologies if this doesn’t make sense. I’m pretty ready to be done with these things. Oh, and I still have to paint the peaches on at least half of the invites and inserts because I only got them back yesterday.
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Post # 3
I voted for Kinkos, b/c judging by your RSVP date, you want to get your invites out ASAP. I’m a big fan of the map though. It definitely wouldn’t be the end of the world if you didn’t have it included, but it’s a nice addition. So which matters more to you, having your guests only have 3 or less weeks to respond, or not having the map?
Post # 4
Ack – that stinks that the map didn’t get printed the way you wanted! So if I were you, I’d call the original print shop and get them to give me an estimate for when they could have the inserts reprinted. Also, I’d check to see if it would be quicker for them to just to print the map on a separate insert instead of doing the double sided insert. (I don’t know if that will make a difference, but it’s worth asking.) Just be sure to explain your situation with the timeline and everything, and if they messed up, they should do whatever they can to make things right!
If that doesn’t work in your timeline, I’d try the kinko’s option, but I only worry that they may not have the exact same shade of paper as the print shop. (That would drive me nuts.)
Finallly, if all else fails, I’d just include the map on the website. Since you’re already directing guests to the website for the RSVPs, I’m sure most of them will still get a chance to see the map!
Post # 5
Thanks girls! Right now I’m thinking I just need to let go of it. Seriously. It’s a piece of paper and everyone uses google these days, right? Ugh. It would be a lot easier if I hadn’t spent entirely too much time working on it. It also didn’t help that when I showed my mom this morning on gchat she said "what a beautiful map!!!!!!!" (complete with the 50 exclamation points.) Moms are so good for that, regardless of how good it actually is. 🙂
Post # 6
The map is gorgeous! I’d vote kinkos, but depends on how much over budget they make you. Kinkos is awesome at same day stuff (esp with quantities of just 150-200). Depends on paper, but shouldn’t put you that much over… I’d guess $40? with cutting?
Post # 7
First off, your invites are GORGEOUS! =)
And now to the nitty gritty….
Call the print shop and get an estimate, both on what kind of refund you can expect, and on turnaround time. Call Kinkos and get an estimate on time and cost. Then compare the two, and decide…it might be more prudent to get them sent out ASAP and go a couple bucks over budget than to wait another week and stay on target. (Also, double check that Kinko’s can print on irregularly-sized paper.)
Post # 8
Kind of late and I’m sure you’ve already made your decision, but I just wanted to say that I love your invites! They’re beautiful. ^_^ Hope it all worked out!
Post # 9
your maps are adorable… i would do whatever it takes to include them in your invitation set. if the print shop can’t get them in time, but will give you a refund or credit, maybe save the credit and use it for personalizing thank you cards, or something like that.
Post # 10
Well the print shop got them done by noon today and they look great! Of course that couldn’t be the end of the invite drama. When I went to the post office to check that a $0.44 stamp would cover it I was informed that it wouldn’t be able to go through the machine because of the ribbon. Boo. So now I’m redoing that part because that little bow was not worth $40 to me. Anyways. Enough complaining!
Thank you so much for the advice, support and compliments. I’m pretty happy with them and I’ll try and take pictures before too long. They look even better in person. 🙂
Post # 11
I’m so glad it worked out and that you went with the print shop! Invite postage is expensive!