Frequently Asked Questions about Wedding Invitations
Have questions? We have answers. If you can’t find it here on our FAQ ‘s page, feel free to email us and we’ll be happy to help.
What is the Cost of wedding invitations?
Every order is different, making every answer different. Printing starts at $3.00/ea for a single Wedding Invite with envelope, and goes up depending on your needs. Factors such as quantity, paper choices, amount of inserts, layers, embellishments, custom design vs template design all play a role. Your best bet is to fire us off an email or give us a call and we can get you a more accurate quote.
Our customers spend about an average of $500 – $700 per 70 custom designed invitations.
Your Invitations should cost approximately 2-4% of your total budget. Example, if you have a $30,000 budget, your invitations should cost between $600 – $1200. This percentage is for your invitations only, and does not include other paper goods such as Menu’s, Place Cards, Table Numbers, Seating Charts etc. The percentage for total paper goods should be approx. 7-10%
What is the turn around time for wedding invitations?
Average turn around time is about 6 weeks for custom designed stationery. We recommend contacting us a min. of 6 weeks prior to when you would like to drop your invites in the mail to ensure your deadline is met.
If you are using a template design, we can easily have these to you in as little as 2.5 weeks, depending on where we are shipping them to.
What is the difference between Custom Designed and Template Designs?
Custom Designed stationery is created specifically for you. The fee for this starts at $235 which includes your invite, RSVP and envelope printing design.. Template Designs are designs that we offer to anyone, and are ordered and used repeatedly. Template designs come with one colour change and one set of text changes for a $30 fee. We also offer Exclusive designs. Exclusive designs will be yours and yours only, these start at $900, which includes your invite, RSVP and envelope printing design.
When should we send out our wedding invitations?
We recommend approximately 4 months in advance, with an RSVP date of 6 weeks in advance. If you haven’t sent out a Save the Date, you might want to send them a bit earlier to give your guests notice.
When should we send out our Save the Date?
We recommend 7-12 months in advance, depending on if there are a lot of guests that would need to travel. If most of your guests are travelling to your wedding, set up a Wedding Website that has travel and accommodation information listed, and include that link on your Save the Date so that people can start looking into making the appropriate arrangements.
When addressing our guests envelopes what is etiquette?
Most people, unless your event is very formal, are doing away with “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” and instead putting “Patrick and Lindsay Smith” to make it more personal. Etiquette dictates that when a couple is married, the gentleman’s name appears first, and if the couple is not married, the ladies name appears first, as in “Lindsay McKnight and Patrick Smith”.
If you are inviting the family (not an adult only event) be sure to include “and Family”. Typically, whomever is addressed on the envelope, is who is invited to the event.
How do we word our Wedding Invitations?
There are many ways of doing this, and it all depends on who’s hosting the event. If you are receiving financial help from family, you should ask them if they would like recognition. In most cases, simply putting “Together with their families” is sufficient instead of listing names. If you and your fiancée are hosting the event alone, then there is no need to add anything extra, simply “Lindsay McKnight and Patrick Smith invite you to join in the celebration..” or whichever wording best suits you.
The most important information to have is your names, your date, the time and the place. If you are having a reception that is not at the same location as your ceremony, you’ll want to include that information as well.
It’s always best to keep your wording to a minimum in order for your invitations to not look over crowded, and have a clean look and feel.
How many wedding invitations should we order?
To achieve your final count for invites, count each couple and family as one. If you are inviting 100 guests, you’ll likely only need about 60 invitations. We always recommend ordering a min. of 5 extras to be on the safe side, and to ensure that you get to keep one. It’s also great to give one to your photographer to capture on the day.
If you have a B list of invitee’s, incase anyone on the A list cannot attend, account for those when placing your order. Ordering them all up front is cheaper than placing a smaller order later on.
If we don’t live near Cochrane, can we still work with you?
Yes! In fact, about 98% of our couples don’t live in Cochrane, and about 30% of our clients don’t live in Alberta. Thanks to modern technology we can work with anyone, anywhere. Most of our correspondence is through email whether you are our neighbour or in Australia, so the only difference is that your invites would arrive in the mail (who doesn’t love getting a package in the mail?!) rather than being delivered.
A little worried about ordering without touching and seeing the product in person? No problem. We can easily send you a printed sample in the mail of the paper stock you are interested in for only $5.00.
In Calgary? If you aren’t heading to the mountains anytime soon, no problem. We set up meetings in Calgary about once a month. Contact us an we can easily arrange something.
Do you do Envelope printing?
We not only do it, we encourage it! We can print your return address on the back flap or front of your invite or RSVP envelope, and your guests address’s on the front. We can (and most often do) use design elements pulled from your wedding invite in the design of the envelope. Although it does have a cost to it, it saves you oodles of time, and makes your whole invite look cohesive.
Have a question that’s not listed here? Feel free to send us an email or give us a call, we’re happy to help.