Your wedding invitations are the very first things your guests will see! Looking at your invitations should be like looking at a sneak peek of the day itself!
They not only set the tone for your wedding, but they show your guests what they can expect for the big day. Invitations are also an important part of the planning process for your guests as there can be many details that need to be included. The best part? You can be as creative or as minimal as you want to be!
Another thing to note is that beautiful stationery can be a lovely keepsake. Other than your photos, the invitations might be the only other item you’ll have from your special day. Many couples often frame their invitations or put them in their wedding album.
Most importantly, beautiful invitations will build anticipation and excitement for your special day, and they can convey just how meaningful and significant this special occasion really is.
How much do invitations cost?
With such a wide range of options out there, comes a wide range of pricing too. The methods you choose will depend on your style and budget, but in general, you get what you pay for. Here’s a breakdown for you: If you go with your common online stock invitations, like Minted, Vistaprint, etc, you’re looking at around $200-$400 for 100 5x7” invitations with envelopes. If you’re interested in custom invitations, those can be anywhere from $1500 to $6000, depending on your paper choices, printing method, embellishments and details. For instance, a 4-piece suite foil-printed on handmade paper and wrapped in hand-dyed ribbon would cost you close to $3000 for 100 invitations. Semi-custom invitations are a happy medium: they could be as low as $400, or, with expensive customizations and embellishments, could end up being as high as $4000. As you can see, there really is a wide range of costs associated to wedding stationery, so it is important to do your research, and choose a designer you really love!
When should I book my stationery designer and order my invitations?
Start early! Look for invitation designers and favourite invitation styles as soon as you can. You’ll want to contact your stationer/order the invites at least 4-5 months before the wedding, longer if you’re looking for a highly-involved custom suite and if you want save the dates, you should try to start the process at least 6-7 months before the wedding (earlier is better!).
When should I send out my invites?
Save the dates should go out 6-8 months before the wedding.
Invitations should be sent around 6-8 weeks before the wedding day. Too much longer and your guests will forget, any shorter and you won't be giving your guests enough notice!
How long does the design process usually take?
Semi-custom invitations usually take 4-6 weeks to complete from the time you order, and custom invitations can take up to 3 months to complete. Of course if you’re purchasing embellishments, envelope addressing, or assembly, you’ll need to add another 2 weeks to your proposed timeline. These things should not be rushed, and printing alone could take a couple weeks!
What if I need them faster?
Bexley accommodates rush orders for clients at an additional cost. A 15% fee is added for rush orders.
Why do I need an invitation designer?
What can you give me that basic stock stores can't?
Here are some reason's why having an invitation designer is so great!
1. Because of my knowledge and experience with weddings, you can trust me to deliver beautiful pieces that are also functional for your wedding.
2. I can give you options! Throughout the process I will lay out your possible options for you, send you mockups and/or samples, and offer up possible concepts or ideas you may not have even thought about!
3. I can help to create pieces that are completely unique to your and your wedding. Trust me when I say that balance, beauty, and consistency, are always in style.
4. Weddings can be quite overwhelming. With me by your side, I can walk you through the decision-making process, inform you of the proper etiquette, and help shorten up that lengthy to-do list.
What’s so great about custom invitations?
Collaborating with Bexley to create one of a kind invitations for your wedding is a beautiful way to put more of yourself and your style into your special day. I love to create custom hand-drawn illustrations, watercolour florals, or hand-lettering for invitations, and brides that want a little sparkle can add gold foil on their invitations too! While custom invitations are more expensive, they end up being beautiful works of art that I can guarantee you and your guests will cherish.
What are semi-custom invitations?
Bexley offers 5 different semi-custom invitation collections that are pre-designed, but come with a variety of customizable options for you to make the suite your own. After choosing your favourite collection, you can select your ink colour, envelope colour, font style, and even some design elements!
When should I choose semi-custom invitations over custom ones?
Fully custom invitations can be beautiful works of art, but not every bride has the time or budget available for them. Semi-custom invitations are the best deal when it comes to beautiful and personal invitations that won’t overtake your wedding’s budget. What makes semi-custom invitations so great? They save money, time, and headaches when it comes to decision making.
So if you want beautiful invitations with a personal touch at a reasonable price, semi-custom suites might be the way to go!
Can I see samples of the semi-custom invitations?
Of course! Samples are available for each suite so you can see ink colours, printing methods, and paper texture! Fill out my sample request form, and I can send you a sample kit! Small fee of $5 for domestic shipping and $11 for international.
Do you offer custom day-of goods?
I sure do! My semi-custom goods are currently available in my Etsy store (www.etsy.com/ca/shop/bexleydesignco) but I love creating custom paper goods as well! I can design anything from minimal favour tags to large installation-style seating charts!