I kept wondering why I was postponing our order of our invitations and I finally figured out that it’s because I really didn’t love the design that we’d originally chosen. Robbie was still okay with them, but I wasn’t. It was getting down to the wire so I had to make a decision. Cripes! So I spent some more time looking around again and I found a few more options for invitations, shared them with Robbie, and we came to a decision together (again LOL). We ended up deciding on these:
They are pretty much exactly what I was looking for. I wanted something really simple, teal and white, and a simple floral pattern. Also, I wanted them to be within our budget. LOL. That was a big factor. These are actually significantly UNDER budget. I found them on Vistaprint – the same place where I ordered my favor labels.
I learned from my first online order of having things printed, though. Remember how I ordered the business card pack (for favor labels) and I ended up not liking them that much, so I re-ordered a new design? Those orders weren’t that big of a deal because they only ended up costing me $25 total. Considering this order would be a lot more money and a lot more stuff, I decided to order 10 invites/10 RSVPs/10 thank you cards (the minimum you can get) and make sure I loved them...before I ordered the other 90 of each item. It ended up increasing my total cost a little (because if you order a larger amount the price goes down, so ordering this small amount first made my total end cost increase), but I figured it was worth it for the peace of mind.
When we got them we LOVED them! Hallelujah!
Here are some things I love about Vistaprint:
1. They are incredibly affordable! They have some AMAZING wedding packages on their website. I customized my order though, which included 100 invitations and envelopes, 100 RSVP cards and envelopes, and 110 thank you cards and envelopes – all for only $265!
2. The designs are really flexible…you can change almost anything except the main graphic on the invitations. You can choose your own text, font, colors, sizes of text, the spacing of the text, and even add your own photos and graphics (like I did for my favor labels). You can even start with a totally blank invite if you want to. And it’s all in your hands – no rules!
3. Since the designs are so flexible, it’s easy for me to match it to things that I am designing and printing at home – like our programs, menus, etc.
4. There are several options to help you save money. For example, they have different qualities of paper to choose from, and you can choose to have a blank back side of your invite (instead of color).
5. They have about a million options for matching items that go with your design – menus, programs, return address labels, stamps, pads of paper, stickers, etc. You name it, it seems like they have it (although I do wish it all popped up automatically on a sidebar or something while you are viewing a specific design).
6. Their online design tool is pretty easy to use. It has features that are really helpful, like a tool to align the text, etc.
7. They are FAST! I got my favor labels in a week. I got my 10 pack of invites/RSVPs/thank you cards in about two weeks!
8. Most importantly, the products are very beautiful and professional. The favor labels and the invites both turned out AWESOME!
Here are some things I don’t love about Vistaprint:
1. You can’t order a sample invite (at least I couldn’t find the option to do so). If you want to see a sample, you have to personalize it and then order 10 of them. For the 10 invites/10 RSVPs/10 thank you cards it was only about $50 though (that was with full color back sides and on the highest quality paper available).
2. I wish their online design tool had a “ruler” or “grid” option that would overlay the design while you were creating it, so you could make sure that spacing was correct, etc. When I was designing ours and I was trying to evenly space out each block of text, it was hard to tell. I ended up saving the invite as a graphic, printing it on my home printer, and measuring the spacing with a ruler to make sure it was spaced correctly. Yes, I’m that meticulous.
3. Speaking of spacing, they don’t check that stuff for you when you order. You design it and they print it exactly like your design is set up. BUT – if you don’t tweak anything or move anything around or change anything, and ONLY enter the text that you want, their original spacing and layout is all aligned appropriately. It’s when you start tweaking that you get into this issue.
.......Whew that's a lot to say about invitations!