Your wedding stationer will help you create the first impression for your wedding. Even weddings need a good first impression. Your engagement announcements, “Save the Date” cards and wedding invitations are the first impressions that you send out to your family and friends. It sets the mood, theme, atmosphere, tone, and has all the pertinent information that your guests will need.
It is important to makes sure that you’ve got the knowledge that you need to really make an informed decision when you decide on your wedding stationer. No matter what your theme is (rebel or traditional), when your wedding will be held (spring or winter), or where you are located (Southern Florida or Hawaii), you’ll be able to benefit from these five expert tips for finding the wedding stationer for you and your wedding.
While it is important to have a rapport with all of the vendors you will be working with, having a professional relationship with them is even more important. You need to be able to know that this vendor will take your wedding seriously.
2) Positive Reviews
Ask your family and friends for recommendations. Once you get a list of candidates, check out their reviews online to really see what the products and personality are like behind the scenes. Check out the negative reviews before you hit the positive ones – but remember to keep an open mind (not to mention, your wedding in mind). Each case is different, after all.
If a vendor doesn’t have any bad or poor reviews, you could chalk it up to a fantastic choice. However, there is something else that you should keep in mind…
One of the reasons why a vendor might not have very many bad reviews is that, well, maybe this vendor doesn’t have many reviews at all. Finding a stationer with experience is important because there are certain aspects of a career that you can only develop over time and familiarity. For example, an experienced wedding invitation designer will be able to give you an approximate and accurate timeline for how long it will take to finish a project or job. This is key in reducing stress, since your invitations need to go out on time.
Some wedding stationers are more versatile than others. Some specialize in a specific theme or style. Look into their portfolio to see what styles they have worked with in the past. You may want to check out their reviews for this too. Some brides will post pictures of their products once they get them (that’s always helpful!).
4) Consult with Your Significant Other
Hiring your vendors should be a choice that is made by the both of you. Besides, the selection process won’t be as stressful of a decision when you don’t have to make it by yourself. Not to mention, your future hubby might not be so happy if he notices that all your invites have a Hello Kitty themes that he didn’t agree too. #RetroBirthdayPartyfortheWIN
5) Package Deals
Some wedding stationers will offer you a package deal if you do all of your work with them. They may have wedding packages with specific themes that include a specific set of stationary: engagement announcements, “Save the Date” cards, wedding invites, and thank you cards.
6) BONUS TIP! Stick To Your Budget
Sometimes your wedding budget will make your decision for you. However, instead of choosing a specific wedding stationer because of your wedding budget, look into your favorite choice’s options. Some offer more inexpensive deals for certain styles. Others (like VG Invites) may offer a digital option that you can print out from home or at a local print shop. If you choose to go this route, make sure that you are getting quality digital files so that they will print in bright and bold colors, and with sharp images and text.
Do you have any advice for other brides who are looking to find a wedding stationer? How did you find yours? What style are you looking for? Share your thoughts, questions, and ideas in the comments section below! Victoria loves to hear from you!