So you have some questions about invitations. No problem; I'm here to help you get some answers!
WHAT KIND OF STATIONERY SERVICES DO YOU PROVIDE?
What a loaded question! Stationery can be very extensive! I typically concentrate on wedding ensembles, which include but are not limited to the following:
PRE-WEDDING STATIONERY: Engagement Announcements | Save the Dates | Bridal Party Requests | Bridal Shower Invitations | Bridal Shower ‘Thank You’ notes/cards | Bridal Shower 'Day of Stationery' | Optional Wedding Website
WEDDING SUITE: Invitation | Response Set | Reception Card | Accommodations and/or Directions
Weekend Events | Info Card/Booklet | Website Card | Farewell/Brunch Card | Rehearsal Dinner Invitation (can be sent with the wedding invitation or separately) | Optional Wedding Website
WEDDING 'DAY-OF' STATIONERY: Menus | Programs | Place Cards/Escort cards | Table Numbers | Welcome Letter/Itinerary | Additional Signage or Cards such as Turn Down Notes, Welcome Signs, and more
THANK YOU NOTES
There's no rule that you need to get these all done with me, or even that you have to start from the beginning and stick with me to the end (although I'd love to have that opportunity with you!). This list merely highlights most of the items that are needed for wedding stationery and the kind of services I provide. Some people prefer to have all of these matching in one way or another, but I suggest changing things up a bit!
DO YOU CREATE STATIONERY FOR OTHER TYPES OF EVENTS OR FOR ANNOUNCEMENTS?
It depends! Send me a message and we can see if we can get something rolling, or if I can direct you to another trusted stationer who would be able to work on what you're looking for!
WHAT ABOUT DIGITAL INVITATIONS? WHAT SERVICES DO YOU PROVIDE?
Typically I can provide the same pieces for digital invitations that are provided with printed invitations. However, digital invitations open the opportunity for adding animation, which adds a wonderful element to the invitations your guests will receive via email or text. Printed invitations provide a visual and tactile experience, whereas digital invitations have the potential provide an experience that's a little more interactive or visually engaging. My digital invitations are typically made the same size as printed invitations, which leaves room for printing them if ever the desire comes up. I prefer to use the following services:
PAPERLESS POST: Invitations created for Paperless Post can be Square or 5 x 7 (horizontal or vertical), along with additional rectangular 'insert' cards. I can create the digital files for you to upload and complete the process yourself, or I can do mailing for you, creating a new Gmail account with a password that you'll have access to. Unfortunately, these cannot be animated invitations. RSVPs can easily be collected using Paperless Post. The price for me to handle this process depends on the scope.
MAIL CHIMP: Invitation created for Mail Chimp offer more versatility, as the individual 'pieces' can be any size that is print-ready, such as A9 (5.5 x 8.5), or A6 sizes (4.5 x 6.25). You can also add whatever background you would like, have as many 'pieces' as you would like. However, RSVPs cannot be collected using Mail Chimp; instead, I would create a single-page website where you can collect your RSVPs via Google Sheets with a Gmail that would be created specially for your event. I would provide mailing for Mail Chimp invitations for ease. The upside? These can feature animated invitations, as seen here. The price for me to handle this process depends on the scope.
HOW DOES PRICING WORK?
The price of invitations can greatly vary. Pricing is split between printed invitations, and digital/animated invitations. You can get a general rundown of pricing in this downloadable PDF.
Want me to create the designs and you print these yourself?
No problem at all! Once everything is complete, I can send you final files that are ready for preflight and you can do your own printing. You'll be send a final file that is at 300dpi print quality with cropmarks, and another at the same print quality without cropmarks and with a .125" bleed. However, Tea Jam Studio will not be held responsible for the printing quality or the materials used when you print these yourself.
These are much more cost effective. Any design—whether it's from my collection, semi-custom, or fully customized—can be a digital invitation.
If you're choosing an digital/animated invitation, upon receiving final files, you will have: 150ppi and 300ppi final files in JPG, PNG, and PDF formats; 150ppi and 300ppi GIF file (if applicable); and an .mp4 or .mov file (if applicable).
I never dive into creating an invitation for you without you accepting the proposal I work out for you, and I always will apprise you of any alternatives you might want to consider, and how those alternatives can effect final costs. I'm more than happy and willing to do what I can within reason to work with your budget.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HAVING A WEDDING WEBSITE? IS THIS A SERVICE YOU OFFER?
While wedding websites aren't a staple, their versatility is becoming a desired add-on for couples, especially in the uncertain times we're now living in. With the website, you can share much more than you would with stationery ensembles: expanded accommodations, flight and travel details; stories about you as a couple, little details about your wedding party, and more. Many people are opting to have the RSVP connected directly to their wedding websites to cut down on RSVP envelope and stamp costs. In fact, to lower the cost of their weddings, many people are cutting out invitation suites completely and creating websites to direct every aspect of the wedding. Going paperless is helping to reduce our carbon thumbprint, but is also a viable option for those who would like to budget on their weddings.
I create simple, clean wedding websites that you can match either to your invitation ensemble or to the aesthetic of your envisioned big day. It doesn't even have to match at all! With prices starting at $500 (not including domain ownership and a monthly or year-long subscription), I can help!
WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT SAVE THE DATES? WHEN SHOULD I SEND THEM OUT?
If you're planning on sending out Save the Dates, send them out as early as one year, and no later than six months before your wedding date. If you expect that your guests will be making many travelling arrangements for your wedding, it's best to let them know as soon as possible so they can block those days out on their calendar; they can also begin making arrangements for travel. This is a great courtesy on your part to do this for your guests, especially if your wedding will be taking place out of the country. You even have the option of providing accommodation information on your Save the Date if you have begun making those arrangements on your end. Planning on using a wedding website to communicate a lot of finer details to your guests? Add that information to your Save the Date!
HOW MANY PRINTED INVITATIONS SHOULD I BE ORDERING?
Typically you take the total number of households you will be mailing to, then add about 15-20 extra invitations for cushioning. Don't forget to count yourself, and don't forget to add in another to be used for photography purposes. However, erring on the side of caution is never a bad thing! It's better to order more invitations than you think you need than to not have enough and need to reorder just a few more. Sometimes the USPS mailing system is a little flighty or you decide to invite extra guests when others decline. Reordering for a small quantity incurs excessive fees.
WHEN SHOULD I SEND OUT WEDDING INVITATIONS? WHAT ABOUT RESPONSE DATES?
This depends! You have a tiny grace period if you've sent out Save the Dates. Sending out your invitation two months before your wedding date is typical. If you'd like to send on the earlier end, it's fine if you send them out as early as 3 months before your wedding. You should send them no later than a month-and-a-half before (this is usually reserved for your 'B' list). The normal response date is four weeks before your wedding date. This gives you ample time to assess your guest list for your venue and begin gathering information for your Day-of Stationery. You can also request that your guests that they respond promptly as opposed to the normal 4-week mark. It's not recommended to send your invitations earlier than 3 months, as your guests may forget to respond, and tracking them down is never fun!
WHEN DO WE DISCUSS DAY-OF STATIONERY?
Whether you've worked with me from the beginning or you're hiring me to come on board half-way, it's preferred that I'm contacted six to eight weeks before the big day so that we can begin exchanging ideas about what you have in mind for your wedding day. While I understand that you haven't compiled all of your guest information at this point, this is just to get in the process of locking you in! I can even begin the design process at this time with filler information.
If you're having a Zoom/Digital Event or if you're using these for guests who are unable to attend live, we can discuss backgrounds, holder imagery for specific participants, animated backgrounds, and more.