Frequently Asked Invitation Questions
1. How many invitations do I need to order? I recommend physically taking your list and writing numbers on your list to see how many invitations you need. Check your list several times and take into consideration that couples get one invitation - children under 16 are included in their parents invitation. Make sure to order around 18-25 extra as mistakes in numbers are very costly - often almost as much as your total order. I highly recommend NOT to guestimate. When sending the invitations, I recommend using the numbers on your list and putting them on the backs of the response cards. When they come back, you can easily find their names, read their handwriting, etc. Makes your life much easier.
2. Why order my invitations from Unique Invitations? There are companies out there who want you to do all of the work and mistakes and they just take their commissions leaving you out in the cold. It is also very difficult to communicate with these companies to ask any questions. At Unique Invitations, Deborah will walk you through the process, answer all of your questions, normally quickly, and minimize any errors. She stands by her work and will resolve any problems, which aren't many. She prides herself on her customer service and her tesimontials vouch for that.
3. How do I make payment? You have three ways of payment...Check mailed, Credit Card (Visa, MC and Discover) via telephone or Paypal, directly online payment which takes credit cards or Paypal, whichever you feel most comfortable doing. Payment is due before order is finalized.
4. When should I order my invitations?
I recommend ordering your invitations 4-6 months before your affair. This allows you enough time to order, get them back and addressed and mailed. This also allows you sufficient time to reorder due to an error or need to make changes in wording due to changes in your planning.
5. How many lines can I have on my invitations?
Most of our invitations can hold 14 lines of copy. Some invitations can hold more and some less. Please call or e-mail me if you have questions about the amount of lines the invitation you are ordering can hold.
6. How long does it take to get an order?
The time it takes depends on the company the invitations originate from. Some companies have turn-around of one week while others, usually the fancy, layered invitations can take 5-6 weeks. They are put together by hand and it is time consuming. I will be happy to give you an estimated time when you request your invitation.
7. Are envelopes included with the invitations and accessory cards?
Yes, plain envelopes are included - usually outside and inside though a lot of the layered invitations do not have two sets. The response cards have envelopes printed with your return address on the front for easy response. The reception cards do not come with an envelope.
8. Will l get the pretty tissue inserts? What is that for? The reason for the tissue is because years ago the printing process would bleed and the tissue would absorb the moisture and keep it neat. Today, the tissue is only used for appearance and most of the printing companies are discontinuing the tissues. It is not really necessary.
9. What is an announcement?
This card announces your marriage to those not invited to attend or following a civil or private ceremony. The card is usually in the same design and lettering style as the invitation you order for the ceremony. Announcements are usually mailed the same day as your wedding.
10. When should my response date be?
I suggest the date to be 2-3 weeks before the affair. Please check with your caterer to be certain and allow time for you to contact people who have not responded yet.
11. What is front copy?
Front copy is a term to indicate you are ordering an invitation which has a place for your names on the front, bottom, top or center panel. It usually states in the invitation description whether or not the invitation is available with a choice of verse and/or names. Front copy is included in the price of the invitation.
12. What is corner copy?
Corner copy refers to a footnote on the bottom right, left or both corners of the invitation. It refers to information about the reception (black tie), etc. Not all invitations can accommodate a corner copy so be sure to check with me before ordering to see whether or not the card you are ordering can accommodate a corner copy.
13. What is paragraph form?
Paragraph form is an invitation wording style with indented paragraphs and even margins. It is a less formal style and not available for all invitations.
14. What is the difference between a thank you card and an informal note?
The thank you cards have the words "Thank You" printed on the front and are blank on the inside for your personal thank you note. The informal note can be used as thank you cards or correspondence notes. This card has the name of the person thanking guests for their gifts and for coming. It can be used long afterwards for notes and gift giving in the future.
15. Can I use pre-printed thank you cards?
According to the etiquette books, the pre-printed cards are used if you cannot send out thank you notes immediately due to a long honeymoon or resettling - but, rule of thumb, you still should send out hand written notes within 4 weeks of your affair. Why do the thank you's twice - do it right the first time.
16. What does return address on the envelope flap mean - is it included?
I recommend having the return address printed on the back flap of your invitation envelope. It is not included but unless you own an embosser, the price to print it is less expensive than a calligrapher and relieves you of a lot of time and energy addressing the back by hand.
17. May I change the paper color or colors on the invitations?
The layered invitations may have the layers changed. The one layer invitations in most of the inexpensive invitation books are "what you see is what you get". You may change the ink color only, usually at $6.90 for colors other than black ink. ($6.90 per item - invitation, response cards, informals, etc.) What is nice about this is that you know what the invitation will look like. Some companies are lower and some higher. Some companies now have digital printing where you can change the design colors. If interested in this, ask Deborah for some suggestions.
18. What is included in the invitation price?
The invitation with black ink (in most instances). The colored ink, lined envelopes, return address, response cards, reception cards, informals, etc. are all extra. It is ala carte. See Ensembles. The pricing shown for invitation, unless an ensemble, includes the invitation only with blank envelopes and usually black in.
19. Verse-It.com - More suggestions on the perfect wording. - This is a wonderful site that has much more wording suggestions, mostly wedding.
20. What are Seal and Send Invitations?
These invitations are beautiful and economical and are less formal. The whole invitation is on one card with a tear off response card at the bottom which is a postcard. The pricing shown includes invitation, return address and response postcard. Great idea! Great selection and good quality in the Affordably Inviting Album by McPherson's.
21. What are Ensembles?
These ensembles are wonderful! You get a beautiful invitation, return address, response set and reception cards (exceptions apply sometimes) for one reasonable price. When you calculate what you get, it's a fantastic price. The only draw back on this is usually the typestyle and ink color are not changeable - it's truly a "what you see is what you get" invitation. See "Discount Invitations" page for catalogs with ensembles. 22. How to Make Professional Home Made invitations? I, personally, do not recommend making your own invitations (read "home made invitations - pros and cons"). I do, however, encourage getting your invitations professionally printed using a less expensive plain invitation and jazzing it up with rhineshones, bows, etc. at your scrapbooking department at your neighborhood craft shop. That way it is professionally printed with raised lettering, perfectly layed out and you don't have to worry about paper jams, ink smearing, alignment problems, etc. but by jazzing it up, you get a gorgeous invitation at a reasonable price. Making it yourself is labor intensive and quite expensive in the end and very easy to waste your time and money by mistakes.
23. Why should I pay for a proof? Should I get the whole package or just the invitation? The nice thing about a proof, which is a mock up photo of your invitation that comes to you by e-mail or fax, is it enables you to see the font you chose, check all spelling and make any changes before going to print. I especially encourage it when getting a foreign language as mistakes are often made when unfamiliar. It really is worth the minimal fee. As far as getting the entire package, the most important item and most costly is the invitation so that is the one I encourage to get proofed. The other cards usually do not have mistakes and the cost for correcting them are minimal compared to the invitation. Complete proofs are nice, but the invitation is the most important one.