Planning a wedding requires a lot of work, planning, and organization. Not last on that list is the process of choosing your wedding and wedding reception invitations. Before visiting your local retail stationer, keep the following important tips in mind:
Tip #1: Your first impression is important. We have all heard the saying about not judging a book by its cover. But in this instance, you need to do precisely that. Your wedding invitation--or any invitation, including those for birthdays, reunions, and other events--are going to be your guests' first impression of your party. You will want the invitations to reflect the personality of you and your fiancee, as well as set the tone for the wedding itself.
Tip #2: Consider working with a designer. There are many retail stationers out there, and you will find that most will offer predesigned templates from which you can choose. While this can help to get some ideas flowing, and cut down on decision-making and prep time, you may want something more unique or creative. If this is the case, go with a retail stationer that employs a designer. Or, simply find a designer that specializes in stationary and invitations. He or she can get some basic information from you about the direction and look you are hoping to achieve, and produce several samples from which you can select your invitation.
Tip #3: Set a budget. Like most wedding details, invitations can get very expensive very quickly. Be sure to set a budget for yourself before meeting with a stationer so that you are not tempted by costly extras.
Stationery retail stores sell office supplies, cards, and personalized envelopes and paper. Businesses and consumers can use these retail stores to find the supplies that they need. There should be several stores listed in the online catalog. Some of them will be located in your area and some of them will have online stores where you can buy the materials that you need. Before you decide to buy your supplies from a company, though, there are several questions that you should ask to make sure they have the reams of personalized paper that you need in stock. You will also want to make sure that you are getting a good deal on the materials that you buy from the peddlers. Make a list of the stationery supply stores so that you can keep the information organized to help you make a good decision. When you call the first company on your list, ask them how long they have been in business to help you determine how much experience they have in the industry. Ask them if they have an online catalog where you can look at all of the products that they carry. Be sure to ask them if they offer customized watermark, engraving, and embossing services so that you can get your company logo or insignia printed on the paper, envelopes, business cards, and office supplies that you order. If they have the products and services that you need, you should ask them to quote you a price so that you can compare their costs to those of other companies.