Post # 1
GUYS seriously, why are wedding invitations so hard?
I found the perfect invites on Shutterfly that I would love to purchase. (As a sidenote, never use Shutterfly. Their editing software is clunky, they make addressing a nightmare, and their customer service so far sounds like no one has ever been to a wedding in their life). However, they don’t offer inner envelopes! How am I supposed to address children? Or guests? I just want really nice, formal wedding invitations. I do not for the life of me understand how it is so difficult.
THANK YOU for any help you guys might have!
Post # 2
Have you tried looking on Etsy. I got so pissed off with the likes of Vista Print etc that I looked there and found the most beautiful suite and the store owner was so helpful and it was so friggin’ easy!!!
Post # 3
oh, great idea! Do you have the link to the shop? I’m having a hard time finding invites on etsy that aren’t downloads actually
Post # 5
- Wedding: July 2019 - Southampton, UK
I used Basic Invite, and I loved them. They offer so many color choices and I found the editing software easy. They didn’t have inner envelopes, but they have pockets, which serve the same purpose and are really cute.
Post # 6
Doing online email invitations was the best thing I ever did. We used greenenvelope. The first photo is the one we used, and the second one is another one i loved. They have every style and they are gorgeous.
Here is what I loved about doing them online.
- It costs $100.00 for 150 invitations emailed.
- It emails me when someone opens the invite when they first get it in their inbox
- It emails me when they RSVP
- It tracks the invites by who RSVP’d, by who is still pending, by who hasn’t opened theirs yet etc.
- I can put all the details into the invitation about where, when, a FAQ section, even our registry and hotel block info. EVERYTHING.
- I can email some guests, or all guests from the site if I have additional updates.
- I didn’t need a wedding website because it was all right there for me already.
- I got an amazing amount of RSVP’s because people don’t have to mail it back in.
- I don’t have to worry about getting lost in the mail, paying for stamps, addressing envelopes etc.
- Plus ones are customizable for each invite.
- Once I was ready to send the invites, everyone got them the day I hit send.
- Reminding people to RSVP is so easy i just have to click a button.
- All feedback from guests was they loved it via email rather than in the mail.
Just something to consider. I am so glad we did it this way. The results are better, faster, super accurate, and when we had to last minute add people to the guest list and send them an invite i literally was able to pull it up on my phone, add their email address and click send in under a minute. My coworker sent out paper invites and i hear from her every day about how stressful it is, she wishes she did email invites.
Post # 7
Cause in the Venn diagram of the sorts of folks who are doing fully formal traditional etiquette invitation suites for formal weddings and people budget shopping on shutterfly the overlap is probably pretty small. Most people I know doing the former generally go to stores/sites specializing in wedding stationery rather than an all-purpose shop. Usually the trade off for all-purpose discount sites is fewer extras and a lower level of formality.
Post # 8
I legit did not realize these stores were a thing. And now I’m way too far in on these stupid Shutterstock ones and way too close to the wedding to go back!
Post # 9
I found a shop called not on the high street, super easy to work with and although they are in the UK and I’m in the US, I still got them fairly quickly. You basically fill out the info, they send you a proof and you make changes as necessary
Post # 10
I used Minted and loved our invites 🙂
Post # 11
I also got mine on Etsy. They were beautiful, foil printed invitations for similar prices to the online shops. One of the cards did come in a different color so that had to be fixed, but otherwise they were great. We didn’t do inner envelopes, it just wasnt worth the hassle to us. So we just addressed everyone on the front of the envelope. For example ” Mr. and Mrs. John Doe, Julia, Jane, Jack”. TBH we’ve been invited to some formal weddings lately and not one has provided an inner envelope.
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2016 - Bell Tower on 34th
I used magnetstreet and LOVED mine, great price too! Would highly recommend and the time from ordering to arrival at my door was so short!
Post # 13
The most formal of the online megastores is Minted. We used Minted and had beautiful formal letterpressed invitations for our black tie wedding. BUT we still did not have an inner envelope (though I think they offer them). If you want formal invites you typically have to go a locally owned shop
Post # 14
i didn’t do inner envelopes for my formal wedding. just named everyone on the only envelope.
Post # 15
Thanks for all the advice everyone!
After a whirlwind day (I worked on those mothers from 8am to 3pm!), what we ended up doing was a combination–we ordered the invites we wanted from Shutterfly, which I really like because they have gold foiling. Then we ordered inner and outer envelopes from a place called Cards and Pockets. We looked into many other options as an alternative to an inner envelope, such as a bellyband, pockets, or a piece of vellum, but in the end this was the easiest. We already ordered a monogrammed wax seal for the outer envelope, so what was the easiest to do to keep the formality but turn down any potential busy-ness was do the inner envelope.
I really hope they turn out well! Fingers crossed.