What is a typical invitation order?
Ordering invitations is like ordering from an a la carte restaurant menu. There is a separate price for each part. A typical order is:
- Printed return address on the envelope backflap
- Reception or Party card
- Reply set
There are other options which can be included:
- Liner for the envelope
- Thank you notes to match
- Direction/Hotel Accommodation/Website cards
- Place cards, table numbers, menus
What is a custom invitation?
Every invitation is custom-made! After selecting an invitation, choose the ink color and typestyle, change the paper or envelope, add an embellishment or graphic. The sky is the limit!
How do I start?
First you should call and make an appointment. Before you arrive, you should have a good idea of the quantity needed. The initial appointment takes about 2 hours.
When should I make the appointment?
An appointment should be made at least 5-6 months prior to your special occasion. It takes approximately 3-4 weeks to complete an invitation, and an additional 3-4 weeks to address, stuff, stamp and mail. We want you to have the least amount of stress, and although invitations CAN be gotten more quickly, this timetable works best.
What occurs at the appointment?
At the first meeting, we will have you browse invitations, getting a feel for the style you prefer. We will show variations of printing processes, colors of paper and ink, and assist you in creating the “look” you have in mind. If a decision is made, we will work on wording for all parts of the invitation suite.
How will I decide on wording?
Wedding invitation wording: Most wording is based on the economics of the wedding. If the bride’s parents are paying, they get top billing! If the groom’s parents are paying more than the normal expenses for the family of the groom, their names may be on the invitation also. If the bride and groom are paying for their own wedding, they are doing the inviting! Differences in culture also determine wording etiquette. A wedding in a house of worship requests “the honour of your presence”, and a ceremony in any other venue request “the pleasure of your company”. The rest of the invitation includes the details of date, time and place.
Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah: Most of the wording is a script which writes itself. Guests need the date, the time, the place and the names of the host/hostess. The opening lines are personalized. There, it depends on how “schmaltzy” you want to be. The Hebrew name of the child can be added, and he or she is “called to the Torah as a Bar (or Bat) Mitzvah”.
Can I provide my own graphic or photo?
Yes! Camera-ready artwork can be sent to any printer, and either added to an invitation or become an invitation itself.
What is a proof?
You will receive an emailed document, showing your invitation, with your wording, in the typestyle you have chosen. This is sent by the printer prior to printing the order. This is your chance to verify your details before the invitations are printed. It is also the time to finalize the quantity you need.
How soon can I have my invitations after I have proofed them?
You will usually receive the invitations 2-4 weeks after proof approval is given.
What should I do after I order the invitations?
Work on the guest list! The gathering of addresses of family and friends takes more time than expected. You want the list to be ready when the invitations arrive.
What is the next step after the invitations arrive?
You will decide the method of addressing preferred: Hand-calligraphy, Digital calligraphy, or labels, and forward the list to the person doing the addressing. Take a complete set of invitations to the post office and have it weighed, and order or purchase your stamps. Don’t forget to purchase the stamps for the reply envelopes! Assign a number to each guest being invited. Number your reply cards on the back of the card at the bottom. If a guest forgets to include their name when replying, you will know who it is! When stuffing your envelopes, the guest number on your list should match the number on the reply card you place in that envelope. Mail invitations to arrive in your guests’ hands 8 weeks before the event. The exception to this timetable is smaller parties like Bridal or Baby Showers. Those can be mailed 6 weeks ahead.