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Jodi
Frequent user September 2018 Alberta

Invites

Jodi, on March 7, 2018 at 10:48 Posted in Plan a wedding 0 13
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Hi Ladies


we are thinking of ordering our invites up right away (we have a long weekend wedding September long)

would love feedback. we are thinking vista print- is there a specific paper you went with that is worth the extra cost?

is there a better place for invites?

did you send invites out to people you knew wernt able to make it (grandmas ..etc)

did you send out extra invites for people that decline your invite?

did you include stamps? RSVP cards? website links?

how long did you give people to RSVP?


thank you Smiley heart

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Latest activity by Leah, on February 12, 2019 at 15:48
  • Leah
    Curious May 2019 Ontario
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    Hey! HIGHLY recommend Ambrotek Printing! They can beat Vista Print with quality, price and service! They are doing our invites!!


    We did not set a time for everyone to RSVP and did not send invites to those we know can't make it. I think that may just make them feel bad. We did include our weddingwire website for guests to RSVP and people have been using it and it's nice because you get an email when they do!

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  • Jodi
    Frequent user September 2018 Alberta
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    Did you make a wedding website? have you sent these out already?

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  • Michelle
    Curious October 2018 Ontario
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    We ordered the similar style, except horizontal !


    I'm now realizing that I didn't put a RSVP before 'date'. What are peoples thoughts?

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  • Lynnie
    WeddingWire Admin October 2016 North Carolina
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    Hi Jodi!!

    I splurged big time on invitations and went to a local stationer to order letterpress invites Smiley love

    Yes - I still sent invitations to people I knew couldn't come! For family members who might not be able to travel it's still nice for them to have a keepsake!

    No - we did not send out any extra invites after declines. Our guest list included all the people we really want to invite, and we honestly needed declines to make our reception space work!

    We included a RSVP card with a pre-stamped envelope, and included a link to our wedding website on a details card.

    I think our guests had about 1 month before the RSVP deadline!

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  • M
    Expert July 2018 Alberta
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    Hi Jodi! Long time no “see”. We ordered from vista print and ordered the premium paper. They turned out magnificent!

    We are doing the RSVP online, however if we were to do it the traditional way, I would include postage as well.

    And also, with the exception of our bosses, we did not send shy invitation to people that we knew they wouldn’t be able to make it.

    Hope that helps Smiley smile
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  • Breanne
    Expert August 2018 Ontario
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    Hi Jodi,

    We ordered from Vistaprint and loved everything we got!

    - We are getting married at a popular time in August so we did save-the-dates instead of sending the invites early (which could be an option for you as well). If you do this on Vistaprint, a cost savings is not choosing the save-the-dates but instead doing postcards (same thing although not as many templates but is 50 for $10 instead of 10 for $10), you don't get envelopes but can by a box of 50 at staples for $8.

    - For our invites we chose the paper upgrade to "linen" and am in love with the results as it gives them texture and makes them seem fancier

    - I would still send an invite to someone you know can't make it and would just put a little handwritten note in with it saying "we know you aren't able to make it but wanted to let you know we are thinking of you and wish you could be with us"

    - We sent out more save-the-dates than our guest count (ie. we're planning for 120 but sent out 130 and already know 3 can't come). I think you can always count on some people not being able to make it so some people like us send out a few extras. Warning though, don't go too over the top or you may have to expect a few extra guests.

    - We're doing our RSVPs online through wedding wire to save a bit of money/hassle of people sending them back. We just included our wedding website on the invitation

    - We plan on giving people 1.5-2 months to RSVP and I'll start sending reminders 1 month in.

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  • Erin
    Master September 2017 Ontario
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    We ordered from Vista Print as well and they were great! Very speedy and great quality. We did not ask people to RSVP by mail so we just included our wedding website link on the back of the invitation. We sent out invites to everyone on our guest list even those that we think wouldn't make it.

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  • Emily
    Devoted November 2018 Ontario
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    We used Vista print, and they came in just a couple of days and were great quality! I would go with the glossy finish for sure, but if you use a photograph, you shouldn't use one with too light a colouring, it doesn't turn out as well (my sister-in-law's experience).

    We got 70 invites, personalized envelopes and personalized envelope stickers for only $119. We actually used the same design template as Amanda!

    We put a URL to our website on the invite to RSVP, as well as the home phone numbers for my fiance's parents and my parents for the older generation. We are sending invites to those who we know won't come. We are also going to send out 2 rounds of invites. The second will go out after we know what obligated invites can't make it. Smiley smile
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  • Stephanie
    Master July 2018 Alberta
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    We're doing online invitations so I can't comment on the paper or site to use, but I'll answer the other questions.

    We are sending invitations to everyone we want at the wedding, even those we know can't make it. Some people like to see them even if they can't attend--especially relatives!

    We are not sending out invitations for people who decline. If people can't make it, then our wedding will be smaller. I don't believe in having a "B" list just to fill the hall.

    We are having people RSVP through our website. If you do paper RSVPs, you should include a stamped envelope. I think the RSVP cards are nicer for the older generation, or people who rarely use computers, but online RSVPs are more convenient for those that use technology all the time.

    We are giving people one month to RSVP. We did send out save the dates, so everyone knows it is happening and most people have started to make arrangements if they are coming (lots of out of town guests). We are sending them out three months ahead so that gives us two months to finalize numbers and do arrange seating.

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  • Amanda
    Frequent user September 2018 New Brunswick
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    I ordered my invitations, rsvps, save the dates, and thank you cards from vistaprint and I love them!
    I have to admit I was really wanting some of the fancy "laser cut" ones, but the price difference was insane. Especially for something that, realistically, is going to get thrown in the trash.
    I have several older relatives that are most definitely not going to make it, but I'm sending invites anyway as more of a keepsake (maybe adding in a personal note with those ones)
    I added a couple little things to spruce the invites up a little, but yeah. Very happy with my vistaprint invites (I think we paid a bit extra and got the "linen" finish)
    Included a pic just because I find when people think vistaprint, they think "boring" (compared to the fancier, more glittery brands) and that doesn't need to be the case. (The ribbon needs to be tweaked a little, but just to hive the basic idea)

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  • Courtney
    Super July 2018 Ontario
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    Send invites to people who you know most likely won't come. I think its the thought that's important and maybe they'll surprise you!

    If you're having a long weekend wedding, the earlier the invites go out the better. I'm not sure if you sent out save the dates or not which could mean you don't need to send your invites quite as early.

    I went through a friend who does invitations, but I've used VistaPrint for my Save the Dates and they had some great options and looked quite nice! There's also Minted which I heard does nice work too.

    Put stamps on your RSVP cards, it will encourage people to actually mail them back if they don't need to worry about stamps. I've given an RSVP deadline of a month before the wedding.. so they should have about 2 months between getting the invites to needing to have their RSVPs in. Should be plenty of time!

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  • Jen
    VIP June 2018 Ontario
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    We didn't go with vista print because we had issues with two different items that we ordered from them... one of them being our save the dates. We ordered a template from etsy for under $10 and printed them all at home. We did still send invites to those who we knew wouldn't becoming to help include them and to let them know we were thinking about them. We haven't sent out extras yet after receiving declines. We are waiting until we get to a certain number before we send out more. We put stamps on the return envelope. We included our wedding website on the details card in the invite and only 1 RSVP per household. We sent out the invites at the end of January and gave them until 2 months before the wedding to RSVP. We did this so that we could mail more invites out if needed and so that we had all of our ducks in order. We have advised people that if they need more time that they could give them to us a month before the wedding.

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  • Jessica
    Super March 2018 Ontario
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    My invites were purchased from Vistaprint, and we spent a little extra for one side to be glossy since we had a photo on it and it was definitely worth it (I would skip this if there aren't any photos).

    We put the date and time and location of the ceremony and said "Reception to follow at ____" then we had "For more information go to .....with our wedding website"


    We did all RSVPs online since we live out of province and wanted to make sure all of them arrived on time. We sent out quite a few invites that we knew would not be able to make the wedding, but we still made sure there was room for them, in case they surprised us with a yes.

    We sent our invites out 5 months before the wedding, because we didn't do Save the Dates and had some international guests.

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