Getting ready to order your invites? Remember, consistency is important. Keep the same fonts, colors, paper weight, and designs for the invite and rsvp. If you spell out the time, spell out the date (and vice versa). Write in the 3rd person and keep track of your pronouns. Here are a few common tips and suggestions I make when proof reading wedding invitations.
-Grammar – It is suggested that you never write your wedding invitation request in first person, (for example – Stephanie Jones and Adam Michaels invite you to join us at our wedding). But if you do use first person pronouns (I, we, us, our and me), use them everywhere.
Traditionally, invites should be written in the third person, “Stephanie Jones and Adam Michaels invite you to join them at their wedding. If your parents are hosting, still keep everything in third person. If using third person pronouns (them, they, their), use them everywhere.
– Honor/Honour- Be consistent with your usage of “honour/favour” or “honor/favor.” Traditionally the formal, British spelling with the “u” is preferred in proper wedding etiquette but whichever form you choose, use it in both words. (the honor/honour of your presence – the favor/favour of a reply)
Also, the phrase “request the honour of your presence” is traditionally used for a service held in a house of worship. The variation “request the pleasure of your company” is used for a wedding held in any other location.
–Capitalization – You only want to capitalize proper nouns, (person/place), and the beginning of a sentence (or each new thought on an invitation).
- “corner” as in “corner of Fifth and Main Streets” is not capitalized.
- only capitalize the first letter of the year: Two thousand twelve
- day of the week and month are capitalized, but not the date: Saturday, the fifth of June
- time should never be capitalized: two o’clock in the afternoon
-Zip Codes- Are not needed on the invitation or accessory cards. GPS does not need a zip code to find a location. Zip codes are for the post office when sorting mail.
-Abbreviations- Spell out your state name. To be socially correct, all words should be spelled out on invitation, accessory cards, and envelopes. EX: “Road” instead of “Rd.”, “Boulevard” instead of “Blvd.”, “Indiana” instead of “IN”.
*exceptions: Mr., Mrs., Ms., Dr., “Jr.” or “Sr.”
-Time- Please do not fib on the start time of your ceremony. You are rewarding the late and punishing those that are punctual. An early start time can be especially annoying if there is extreme temperatures. Nothing is more annoying that showing up 15-30 min before an outdoor summer ceremony to find out that it won’t be starting for an additional 30 – 60 min because of a fibbed start time. Those most important to your wedding ceremony should arrive early despite what the invite says. Your wedding party and family members should be with you before the ceremony starts for photos.
The time should be spelled out and should never be capitalized.
Time, on the hour, should be followed by “o’clock” (Note: lowercase and apostrophe). Do not use “o’clock” if the time is not on the hour. Time, not on the hour, should be hyphenated. EX: “two-thirty” instead of “two thirty” or “two forty-five” instead of “two forty five”. The formal way to write the time is “half after” rather than “half past.” or “three-thirty”. (half after three in the afternoon)
Time should be followed by “in the morning”, “noon”, “in the afternoon”, “in the evening”, or “midnight”.
- 12:01 a.m.-11:59 a.m. is morning.
- 12:00 p.m. is noon.
- 12:01 p.m. – 5:59 p.m. is afternoon.
- 6:00 p.m.- 11:59 p.m. is evening.
- 12:00 a.m. is midnight
-The Year- No “and.” There is a big discussion about the use of “and” in the year. Some invitation sites show examples with “and” in the year and some don’t. Many would argue that the word “and” is used when speaking of money and not the year. (Two thousand twelve = 2012 and two thousand and twelve = $2000.12)
-Respond Date– The R.s.v.p. date should be 2 weeks before your final head count is due. This should give you ample time to track down missing replies. It should not be more than 4 weeks before your wedding date. The closer your R.s.v.p. date is to your wedding, the more accurate your guests reply will be. Also, mail out your invites 3 or 4 weeks before the R.s.v.p. date. When your guest receive their invites, you want them to look at the date, check their calendar, and mail it back within 2 or 3 weeks. If you send out your invites too far in advance, your guests will toss the invite aside or misplace it. (“Oh, this isn’t for 4 months, I don’t need to look at this yet. ” *or* “Oh, this is 4 months away, I can’t think that far ahead.”)
- Always follow up with missing R.s.v.p.’s. The post office and mail system is not perfect. Letters can get lost in the mail. Don’t assume your guests did not mail in their reply. Don’t assume your guests are not coming if you do not receive their R.s.v.p. in the mail. Call and speak to your R.s.v.p.’s missing from your guest list (don’t email or text), or leave them a voicemail asking them to reply by a certain date or you will assume they are not attending.
- Number your R.s.v.p. inserts. Take your guest list number each social couple. Number your R.s.v.p.’s with a small pencil number on the back. When stuffing your invitations, put the corresponding rsvp into the envelope that matches your guest list. This will help you sort your R.s.v.p.’s as they are returned and make it easy to check off your guest list on which replies you are still waiting on. More importantly, if Uncle Bob forgets to write his name on the reply card, you can match up R.s.v.p. #15 to Uncle Bob on your guest list.
- “R.s.v.p.” is capitalized since this is an abbreviation for a French sentence, “Repondez s’il vous plait.” Likewise, since the sentence means “Respond please”, never say “Please R.s.v.p.” since that would be redundant.
– Reception cards – You will need a reception card if your reception is at a different location than your ceremony. The ceremony location and start time is on the invite. The reception insert will have the reception location and start time. If your ceremony and reception are at the same location, you may have “Reception to immediately follow” on the invite. Only use these words on the invite if they are at the same location.
– Registries – Don’t mention gift preferences, registry, gift table/card box/wishing well info on invitations–not even on the enclosures. Doing so makes the gift seem more important than the invitation. Convey gift preference through word of mouth or on a wedding website. Save those little registry cards to hand off to your Maid of Honor or whomever is throwing your bridal shower. Many guests know you are a new couple starting off and will provide money as a gift, no reason to request it. Also, there are a select number of stores that do wedding registries, many guests can find your registry by searching those commonly used stores. I realize this subject is a regional one, so ask around for opinions. If your parents and family don’t believe people will be offended by a registry card, go ahead and add it.
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Mr. Jonathan Stevens
on Saturday, the twentieth of March
at two o’clock in the afternoon
Saint Joseph’s Cathedral
121 Main Street
- Be sure you order 10-25 extra invites and envelopes for add on’s and errors. It is much cheaper to order a few extra initially than it is to rush order a few extra later.
- Before you buy those fancy custom stamps, be sure to take a fully stuffed envelope to the post office to be weighed and measured. You want to be sure that you are ordering the correct stamp amount for the size of your invite.
* Square invites cost more to mail than rectangle
* The smallest size envelope for a regular stamp is 3 1/2 ” high and 5″ long. The largest is 6 1/8″ hight and 11 1/2 ” long. It can also be no thicker than .007 inch.
- Place a stamp on your rsvp return envelope
- If you must use a B-list, please try to follow this timeline for mailing out your invites.
- Here is a nice site that gives suggestions for wording examples.
- Another site with invite wording suggestions: examples of if you have kids
- Tips on how to address your envelopes
I know a lot of ladies love the look of Pocketfold Envelopes and like to try to use the budget friendly Vistaprint invites. The only problem people run into is the weird vistaprint invite sizes. Here are a few tips to creating invites on Vistaprint that will fit your pocketfolds.
**** Find the dimensions of your pocketfold. *****
Some place on the envelope site will be a link that says “Sizing Guide.” You will need to know what they suggest for your invite size and what size your inserts must be to fit inside the pocket. Compare that to the VP document sizes so that you know what will fit or how much you will need to trim off.
Card and Pockets Signature – $34.50 for 50
4.5″ x 6.5″ suggested for the invite – centered
3.5″ x 5″ for the rsvp
3.625″ x 5.125 for the rsvp envelope (3 5/8 x 5 1/8 – 4 Bar Envelope)
3.5″ x 6.75″ for an insert (can be cut to create layered look)
* a Vistaprint notecard/postcard will be TOO BIG for the pocket. A 5×7 invite cut in half will work for an rsvp with just a small trimming needed. A 4-Bar envelope will fit in the pocket.
Paper and More A7 Himalaya – $36.99 for 50
4.5″ x 6.5″ suggested for the invite – centered
3.375 x 4.875 for the RSVP (suggested so the envelope can fit too)
3.625″ x 5.125″ – 4 Bar envelope for the RSVP (*A-2 envelope is too big)
4.25 x 6.75″ for an insert (can be cut to create layered look)
* a Vistaprint notecard and Vistaprint postcard WILL fit in the pocket as an insert as shown above, but the VistaPrint A-2 Envelope will be a “little” too big. I’m not sure if you can squish it in by folding the envelope flap over a little? Perhaps only use this design if you are doing on-line rsvp’s.
Paper and More A7 Cascade – $36.99 for 50
4.5″ x 6.5″ suggested for the invite – centered
4.21″ x 5.47″ largest size for rsvp
4.33″ x 5.75″ (A2 envelope) largest size that can fit
4.25″ x 6.75″ for an insert
* a Vistaprint notecard and Vistaprint postcard WILL fit in the pocket as an insert.
The A-2 Envelope also falls within the dimensions and WILL fit.
Paper and More A7 Atlas – $36.99 per 50
4.5″ x 6.5″ suggested for the invite – centered
4.21″ x 5.47″ largest size for rsvp
4.33″ x 5.75″ (A2 envelope) largest size that can fit
4.25″ x 6.75″ for an insert
* a Vistaprint notecard and Vistaprint postcard WILL fit in the pocket as an insert.
The A-2 Envelope also falls within the dimensions.
Vistaprint Document Sizes
- 5 x 7 INVITE
4.61″ x 7.17″
* you will need to trim a little off the top to make it fit a 5×7 pocketfold. Trim a little more off the top and a touch off the sides if you wish to have an equal amount of envelope show around the invite when mounting it as suggested.
- 5 x 7 INVITE cut in half to make 2 inserts (to fit a CardandPockets Signature pocket)
(2) 3.59″ x 4.61″
* you will need to trim a little off the top/bottom to make it fit a 4-Bar envelope
- 5.5 x 4 FLAT NOTECARD/POSTCARD (both documents are the same dimensions)
This design is compatible with the A7 Cascade
* the A-2 corresponding envelope is just a hair too big for the A7 Himalaya pocket, perhaps it can be squished in? So, it is up to you if you wish to chance it and create your RSVP on the full notecard size if using this style pocketfold.
- A-2 ENVELOPE
4.33″ x 5.75″
6×9 Invites Dimensions and Pocketfold suggestions to come! Please check for updates.
One of the most commonly asked questions I’ve seen is “How do I create a timeline?”. So, here are some tips to help you create a timeline of events for your wedding day.
TIP #1 – Talk to your officiant about how long the ceremony should last. If at a church find out how early you can get in there and how late you can stay.
TIP #2 – Talk to your venue on how long dinner should last and when they like to cut the cake. They might go down to a minimum staff and want the cake cut before a certain time. Also, they would know Best how long dinner will take with the size of your guest list and the type of meal you are serving.
TIP #3 – Ask your DJ for a sample timeline. This is their Job! To keep the flow and momentum of the night going all night long. Different regions do things different from others. What is normal in your area might not be normal in another. Also, tradition and culture might add different events to your timeline.
TIP #4 – Talk to your photographer! You need to tell them how big your families are and the size of your wedding party. Also, you will need to discuss your photo expectations. Waiting to take ALL your photo combinations until After the ceremony and before dinner will drastically cut down on the number of combinations you will be able to get done. I highly encourage you to get some photo combinations done before the ceremony with your family and wedding party. The photographer will be able to tell you how much time to set aside to do this.
TIP #5 – Talk to your hairstylist and make-up artist about how much time they will need. Be sure you know how many in your family and wedding party wish to also get their hair and make-up done.
TIP #6 – BUFFER!!!! Add 10 – 15 min to every drive time. If you home is 10 min from the ceremony location, give yourself 20 min to get there. Put a buffer in your time line when ever you can. If you need your family to all be at your home for pictures at 1:30, tell them to arrive at 1:00. This gives those running late time to be “on time.” If you wish to have pictures getting into your dress, you will want your family and bridal party IN their dresses for the shots, not in their shorts and tee’s. Getting them at the location early gives them time to get dressed before your photos start.
TIP #7 – Look at your timeline from the point of view of your guest. Do your best to start your ceremony on time. Try to be no more than 10 min late if things get delayed. There is nothing worse than showing up to an outdoor wedding fifteen minutes early just to sit there for and additional thirty minutes waiting for the ceremony to start. Add on the thirty minutes for when the ceremony finally begins, makes it over an hour of being in the Hot Summer sun. Also, think of how long your guests have gone without eating. For a 4:00 wedding, as a guest, I would need an hour for my husband and I to get ready and 30 – 60min for a drive time. That has me eating 1:30 – 2:00 (or earlier). If my last meal was at 1:30, I am going to be Starving if you don’t have appetizers and make me wait until 9:00pm to eat dinner because you took pictures for 2 hrs between ceremony and reception, have a wedding party intro, a first dance, 30 min of toasts, and a prayer all before dinner. Check how long your guests are being asked to Sit in their chairs waiting for the dance floor to open. If guests are being asked to sit down at 6:30 and you don’t have the dance floor open to them until 9:30, that is a long time for them to wait for all of your events to be done before they can get out on the dance floor and boogie. Also, some of your guests with babysitters or your elderly guests might want to leave between 9 and 10pm.
TIP #8 – BE SURE YOU EAT!!!!!! Bring breakfast to your hair appointment, grab a snack on the way to the make-up artist, have non-messy snacks available while getting dressed and taking photos. Have a straw to drink with. Do not have your first meal at 7:30 at night.
*** How to write your Timeline ***
First collect all of the known times.
– Reception ends at 11:00pm
– Dinner will last for 60 – 70 min
– Cocktails/Appetizers for 50 – 60 min
– Reception starts at 6:00pm
– Driving time from Ceremony to Reception 20 min real time
– Start time of Ceremony 4:00 pm – sharp –
– Driving time from Getting ready location (Photo location) to Ceremony 15 min real time
Then start filling in all the events on the night by working backwards. Again, use the tips you received from your vendor on HOW LONG events should take and What Time they suggest you do them.
There are pros and cons to 1st dance before or after dinner. You need to decide which sounds like a better idea to you.
1st dance (before dinner)
* no food in teeth
* no stains on dress/tux
* dress not wrinkled from sitting
* make-up still fresh
* interruption in the tempo of the night – Upbeat intro, slow dance 1st dance, then mellow dinner. Then increase tempo again after dinner. When after dinner, you are building up the excitement and have it reach a plateau right after dinner.
* guests might be hungry
If you do your dance before dinner, I suggest toasts/speeches during dinner after everything is served. That way your guests are not sitting in their seats for a long period of time with no food. When they need to sit too long to watch dances and listen to toasts the food gets cold, their drinks get empty, their tummies start to rumble, and the guests get restless.
This is another event that the start time is determined by where you live and what is the norm for your area. Some cut the cake after dinner and their first dance. Some cut the cake near the end of the night. Again, talk to your venue on what works best for you and them.
************* Be sure to check out my Post on Timeline Templates *****************
**** A Sample Timeline Ceremony-Reception ****
break down in Minutes – not actual clock time
– 0:15 – 0:00 People arrive (Bride in bridal room doing touch ups)
0:00 – 0:25 Ceremony
0:25 – 0:35 Hug/greet guests
0:30 – 1:30 Cocktail hour (Bride & Groom take pictures)
1:30 – 1:35 Guests find a seat – Wedding party lines up
1:35 – 1:45 Wedding Party Introductions – people make their way to the table
1:45 – 1:55 Bride & Groom 1st dance
1:55 – 2:00 Welcome/Prayer – Start Meal
2:00 – 3:00 Meal (2:30 – 2:45 – You can have toasts During dinner, no reason for staff to wait until 3 toast are done to start bringing out the food) * 2:45 – 3:00 walk around to say “Hi” to guests
3:00 – 3:15 Father/Daughter – Mother/Son dance
3:15 – 3:20 Anniversary dance? to Open the Dance Floor
3:20- 4:30 Open Dance Floor
4:30 – 4:40 Cut Cake
4:40-4:55 Bouquet/Garter *serve cake
4:55 – 5:55 Open Dance
5:55 – 6:00 Last Dance
****** How to Write your Morning of Timeline *******
Your wedding day will FLY by. You will look at your watch and wonder where the time went. If you do not have a coordinator to set up your decorations I BEG you to find family members (Aunts, cousins) or friends to do the set up. You and your bridal party should be enjoying your time together getting pampered at the salon, Not getting all hot and sticky running around hanging tulle and filling vases with water and flowers.
Give yourself 1-2hrs blocked off for Bridal hair. *2hrs might be needed if you have really long hair and never had a trial. You want to have a buffer in there if things are not going well and you need to start over. 50 – 60 min for Bridal make-up. Ask the salon how many stylists they will need, and how much time, to do your family and bridal party.
Getting into your dress can take 30 min or more. Corset ribbons take time to get flat and perfect. Buttons loops are Super tight and you should get a Crochet Loop to help get the buttons done.
Getting everyone out of the house is going to take 10 min. Everyone needs to find their keys, their phones, their bags, a snack; you need to make sure all the lights are off, the curling iron is unplugged, the dog has been taken out, the house is locked – it all takes Time. Be sure you build a buffer into getting Out of the house and on your way. Arrive at the ceremony location 20 – 30 min early to give you time to not be seen by your guests and get in to the bridal room for a potty break and touch ups.
Allow about 20 – 30 min per combo
* 20 min Bridal Shots
* 30 min Bride w/wedding party and her family
* 30 min Groom w/wedding party and his family
* 20 – 40 min Bride and Groom and Giant family shots at altar/stairs/etc
* 20 min of just the Bride and Groom (at a pretty park?)
* 10 min of fun shots of the Bride and Groom with the wedding party (optional, but fun)
Allow 10 – 30 min for First Touch or First Look photos
* 5 -10 min first touch (10 – 20 min first look)
If you are DEAD SET against “first look” photos, please try to get some time set aside for a “first touch” session. You will have a door or a corner blocking the site of view from your husband and yourself. I have seen some AMAZING first touch photos and I just think they are beautiful. It gives you a chance to hold hands to calm your nerves and say a few words of encouragement and love to each other.
Pictures examples of Grooms Blown away by their Bride – 18 of the 24 examples are “First Look.”
7:00AM Wake up, shower, EAT, drive to appointment
8:00 Hair appointment
10:00 Make-up – drive to location getting dressed
11:15 EAT lunch – tell Wedding party and parents to be at location to get dressed
11:30 Start getting into dress (could take up to 30 min – stubborn button loops/twisted corset ribbon)
12:00 – 12:20 Bridal shots
12:30 – 12:55 Bride combo shots with family & wedding party
1:00 – 1:20 Groom does his combos with family and WP – Bride does touch-ups
1:20 Pack up to leave
1:30 Drive to park/beach – pretty outdoor location for photos
2:00 – 2:40 First look photo – a few bride and groom shots – B&G with Wedding Party
2:45 – 3:15 Drive to ceremony
3:20 – Arrive at Ceremony: Set up any decorations, Bride does touch ups, Groom does some altar photos
4:00 – 4:25 Ceremony
4:25 – 4:35 hug/greet guests – move them out to do Grand Exit photo (bubbles/ribbon wands)
4:45- 5:20 Bride and Groom with Family shots
(6:00 – 6:45 Cocktails for Guests)
5:40 – 6:10 Fun outdoor shots (Bride and Groom shots, Bride & Groom with Wedding party)
6:30 Arrive at Reception
6:35 Touch ups
6:40 Gather everyone and Line up for Introduction – Guests asked to take a seat
6:45 – 6:55 Intro
6:55 Prayer (6:55 First Dance) (7:00ish Welcome & Prayer)
7:00 Start dinner (7:10 Dinner starts)
Some other GREAT tips here –> www.stylemepretty.com/2011/06/27/wedding-day-timing-tips-from-robert-kathleen-photographers/
******** A Photographer’s Sample Breakdown ********
After the ceremony, I allot 45 minutes for the following at the altar or on the grounds of the ceremony site:
B/G/Both sets of Parents
B/G/Bride’s immediate family
B/G/Bride’s extended family (one shot and everyone in such as aunts, grandma, etc)
B/G/Groom’s immediate family
B/G/G’s extended family
This list becomes MUCH more complicated if there are divorces, remarriages, or additional shots requested….
After those shots are done, I do:
Bridal party at altar/ceremony site with bride and groom
Bride and groom at altar
The list above (starting with Officiant and ending with bride and groom at altar) takes 45 minutes to be safe. A good rule of thumb is allow 5 minutes per image. Someone will wander off, it takes five minutes for people to make their way back inside, someone is using the restroom, etc.
Then, we take the bridal party and bride and groom alone and work with them for 45 minutes at another location, or in a more casual setting.
*** In 45 to 60 minutes, you can do 9 to 12 different combinations of people, less if they are very large shots and more if they are small combinations of people.
– Kristen Wynn Photography – reply posted on a question on weddingwire.com
A few more links to sample detailed timelines, if you rather look at someone else’s and try to make it your own.
~ Reception timelines ~
I decided to try to make a Hotel Door Hang template. I have no idea if this will work, but I thought I would give it a try. I created it to print 3 door hangers per 8.5 x 11 piece of paper. It was designed to be used with the 1.5 inch hole punch from Walmart.
It is also created with specialty fonts that you would need to download. So, you might need to add these fonts to your font library to get the same look.
Please, Bride & Groom
shhh, We are….
Do Not Disturb, Location, Mr & Mrs
Academy Engraved LET
Safety of these sites – if curious
Here are the links and we will see if it works.
Door hangs for Mac – Pages
Door hangs – Word doc*
*don’t think this one saved nice, so I might need to borrow my husbands Dell to create one. But at least you can use it as a blank template.
***Update created on Dell***
Still need to make a template for the Vistaprint Rack Cards.
***Keep an eye out for updates.***
Thought I would start up a Vistaprint Frequently Asked Question section.
This also has a lot of my tips and trick to getting around VP if you plan to use their software to design you own creations.
Please feel free to comment below with any questions and I will try to respond asap.
UPDATE: Vistaprint seems to slowly be taking away all the deals that made using them such a deal for people on a budget. First they took away the 10 free items and made it 2 free items. They stopped the $70 groupons and have been releasing $45 ones. (and even those are hard to find – no more daily groupons available) When you get to your cart there is now a “promo code” box. The site Never had that before. We have yet to test a groupon and retailmenot.com sale double up. They might finally be closing all of our loop holes. Sorry to say, it might be the end of the Vistaprint Hauls.
On 1/9 it was observed that the Retailmenot 50% link has expired.
On 1/25 it was discovered that the giant list of always free items has been discontinued. 😦
Q: CAN I DOUBLE UP MY LIVING SOCIAL DEAL WITH ANOTHER COUPON CODE/LINK?
A: Right now it appears that they have fixed the loophole with the LS deal. HOWEVER, you can still double up a $17 for $70 Groupon with another deal (retailmenot.com 50%) ***Also, it appears the order you need to click the multiple windows to get the Groupon loopholes to work, have been changed ***
Q: I’M FROM CANADA, CAN I BUY A USA GROUPON?
A: Yes. There have been a few Canadians that have told me they have done it.
Here some discussions where it is talked about.
Patty R – read what she did.
and Janessa D. said it cost about $4 more for shipping when compared to the Canadian site
and Janessa commented here too
Q: HOW MANY GROUPONS WILL I NEED FOR MY ORDER?
A: I suggest you click on your sale link that you plan to double up with to figure out the math. HOWEVER, when you check out, you will need to click Groupon FIRST and THEN the Retailmenot50% link.
To use 1 – $70 Groupon: Your pregroupon total should be at $95 – $135
- (Your credit card will be charged $25- $65 during checkout)
To use 2 – $70 Groupons: Your pregroupon total should be at $136 – $205
- (Your credit card will be charged $25 for the first order and $25-$65 for the second order)
Q: HOW DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY GROUPONS I’LL NEED?
A: A groupon costs you $17 to buy the $70 one and $25 to get the free shipping. Each order should charge your credit card a total of $42. Once your credit card is being charged more than $65 for the first order, you might as well get a 2nd groupon and split your items into 2 orders. You will be spending about the same amount of money, but will get twice as much stuff. $25 for the 1st order and $42 for the 2nd order .
Q: CAN I USE MORE THAN 1 GROUPON PER ORDER?
A: No, you will need to split your order into 2 separate orders. Each order should be $95 BEFORE the $70 Groupon code is put in to bring you down to $25 (to get the free shipping)
Q: WILL VISTAPRINT INVITES FIT POCKETFOLDS?
A: Only 2 sites sells pocketfolds that will fit with out trimming down the invite.
* Vistaprint “6 x 9” Size Invites can be used with pocket folds from
$1.96 per envelope – Sabrina Pocket Invitation 5.5 x 8.5
** OR **
* Vistaprint 5″ x 7″ Invites are not really 5×7 and are too big for 5×7 pocketfolds and too big to fit many Etsy invites that you may find to download. A little of the design on the right and left sides will be lost if you stretch the design to reach the top and bottom – OR – you will have some white empty space on the top and bottom if you don’t stretch the image. More details HERE on how to do 5×7 pocketfolds with vistaprint.
Q: DOES VISTAPRINT SELL POCKETFOLDS?
A: No, they do not. The invites and notecards come with free Thin white envelopes. If it is in the budget I suggest you get the matching envelopes when you are doing your check out for the invites. My opinion is that the thin white ones are ok for rsvp’s. If it is in the budget and you can get the nicer envelopes for the rsvp’s, go for it.
Q: HOW DO I USE MY ETSY DESIGN WITH VISTAPRINT?
A: If you wish to use the Vistaprint invite in the size it is (and not trim any of it off) you would need to contact the seller and see if they can change the dimensions on the invite before they send you the file.
Size 6″x9″ invite is really 5.47″ x 8.52″
template can be downloaded here to create your own design to upload
Size 5″x7″ invite is really 4.61″ x 7.17″
template can be downloaded here to create your own design to upload
Q: I HAVE MY DESIGN, ANYTHING SPECIAL I NEED TO KNOW BEFORE I UPLOAD IT?
A: You can find answers under the Vistaprint FAQ section. Be sure you have the proper size for the document and at least a 300 DPI resolution. Sorry, I am not an expert on uploading finished designs. http://www.vistaprint.com/customer-care/service-center-subjects.aspx?link_id=5
Q: AND WHERE DO I FIND THE DIMENSIONS OF THE VISTAPRINT INVITES?
A: Yes, they make it VERY hard to find. Click on the drop down “Invites.” Then you are given options of different “themed” invites. Click the “wedding” section. Then you will see a small link “see full details and pricing”
You will now see all the invites available with the ACTUAL sizes in the parentheses. There is also a tab at the bottom that you can click to get more detail on the dimensions, the suggested upload dimensions, and descriptions of the different types of paper weights available.
It is also difficult to tell the size of the designs when you are looking at them all at once. I usually like to click the “view all designs” and then use the drop down to select the size invite I wish to find.
Q: I LOVE A DESIGN. HOW CAN I FIND OTHER DOCUMENTS TO MATCH?
A: OPTION #1: You can use the drop down menu on the design, Matching Sets.
Option #2 : You can select a product, design it, and get it to your cart so it is saved in your Account. The, go to “My Account” in the top right hand side. Click “View Whole Portfolio”. Find your document and you will see the link to “See Matching Documents”
Option #3: You can search the Vistaprint image library and build your design over an existing design to try to create a matching set. Once you are in the advanced edit screen, you can select “Insert Image” and search the VP image library.
Search for key words like: “heart,” “flower,” “ornate,” “texture,” “purple,” “white.”
I personally use “white” as a search word a lot for when I want to cover an existing design image.
Option #4: You can add any document that you wish to create to your cart. Then get on the VP chat and ask a representative to move an image from one document to another. Have your portfolio open so you can tell them the ID# of the item you are trying to match. VP chat can be found under “Help.” Under the FAQ section is a “Contact a Customer Service Representative” link.
“Hi, can you please add the back ground image from the
invite ID#Fx7H8-92A39-714 to the flat notecard I have in my cart”
Q: I WANT TO SEARCH THE VP IMAGE LIBRARY AND ADD A DESIGN OVER AN EXISTING VP DOCUMENT, HOW DO I DO THAT?
A: You can find a lot of images just by thinking of descriptive words and searching the image library. i.e. “gray”
Then you can crop and stretch your images as needed.
Q: MY DESIGN DOES NOT TOUCH ALL THE EDGES WHEN I UPLOAD IT TO THE ‘UPLOAD YOUR OWN DESIGN” INVITES. WHAT CAN I DO? (Same process if when you add an image to your document and it is too small or big)
A: You can stretch the image once you get to the advanced edit screen. After you upload the image to the invite it asks you to click “next.” Click on it to get yourself to the advanced edit screen. Once you are on the advanced edit screen you will need to right click on the image so that you can get the drop down menu. Select “move/resize” and you should be able to move and stretch your image to reach all 4 sides of the invite. If your design was not created and saved in the correct dimensions, you are going to lose some of your design. Notice how some of the design below will move off the sides document if the design is stretched to print all the way to the top and bottom. *again, if you plan to use pocket folds, just leave the white space and use a paper cutter (or go to Kinkos/someplace) and get the invites cut down.
Q: I FOUND A DESIGN IN THE INVITES SECTION THAT I WISH TO HAVE RECREATED ON THE POSTCARDS (to save money.) HOW DO I GET THE IMAGE ONTO THE POSTCARDS?
A: You get on the VP chat or phone a representative to move the design for you if you can not find the image yourself when you search the VP Image Library.
Q: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CMYK AND RGB? AND WHY SHOULD I KNOW THIS?
A: I’m going to pull this answer right from VP. http://www.vistaprint.com/customer-care/service-center-faqs.aspx?faq_id=113 VP uses CMYK printers. If you want your final document to look as close to the colors represented on your monitor, use CMYK when creating your designs. This is really only important to those that are designing their own creations and uploading.
Q: I NEED 150 ITEMS AND THE QUANTITY JUMPS FROM 50, 100 TO 250 (or some other number combination.) CAN I DO IT?
A: You can put in an order of 100 AND an order of 50 (or whatever number combination VP allows to get you as close to the needed amount. To do this you need to make a “COPY” of your document. Go to “My account” in the top right hand side. Click “View Whole Portfolio”. Find your document and you will see the link to “Make a Copy.” Give the copy a name. Then add it to your cart. You can order 100 of the “Original” design and 50 of the “Copy” design to get your quantity of 150.
Q: I’M ADDING AN IMAGE TO CREATE MY OWN DESIGN, AND THEY ARE NOT STACKED IN TEH RIGHT ORDER. HOW DO I GET AN IMAGE BEHIND ANOTHER – Or – HOW DO I GET A TEXT BOX OVER AN IMAGE?
A: You would use the “copy/paste” feature in the advanced edit to add a new image on top of an old one. If you find using the copy/paste for the text boxes is not bringing the text in front of the images, use the “insert text.”
Q: WHERE CAN I FIND THAT FROSTED IMAGE TO PUT OVER MY IMAGES TO CHANGE THE OPACITY?
A. You will need to search the VP image library. Search for the word “White”. Flip through the pages until you find an image with a small faint ribbon image. You will need to crop the ribbon out. You might need to change the size of your cropping a few times until you get the right size.
Q: I HAVE SELECTED A TEXT BOX BUT IT WON’T LET ME EDIT IT. I CAN’T CHANGE THE FONT TYPE, THE SIZE, OR COLOR. HELP!
A: Sometime VP just has a glitch. Click on the “SAVE” link (blue floppy disk image) next to “copy” to save your work. See if that fixes the problem. If not, try to refresh* your page. *be sure to save your work first.
Any of you love the price of the hauls you are seeing, but can’t find any designs that you love on the site? Well, you don’t have to use the templates you see while clicking through the pages. You have a few options.
Option #1 –
Check the drop down menu next to the invites, some of them come in different colors.
Option #2 –
Download the blank template for the size document you plan to use and design your own invite. Then upload the complete design. – or – Send the blank template to an etsy seller and have an invite designed for you to fit the vistaprint documents.
Download VP templates is located at the bottom of their page under
“Services – Design Uploads”
**WARNING** PLEASE READ*
Vistaprint has Very unusually sized documents. Please be aware of the size of the document you plan to use when uploading a design. Vistaprint invites will usually have a little area above and below the uploaded design that you will need to trim off if you wish to fit them in a pocket fold envelope. Also, if you plan to upload a design but use the VP envelopes, be sure your design is created to fit the dimensions of the document. If you do not design your invite on the template you might be stretching your design to reach all 4 edges and some of the original design may be be cropped off.
Option #3 –
Check out the designs in the business section. If you are trying to save money, you might want to buy the business products instead of the invites. The XL postcards are the same size as the 6×9 invite. The Rack cards are the same size as the 4×8 invite/menu/program. The regular sized postcards are the same size as the 5.5×4 inserts. You can look at the designs that VP provides on their business products and try to create invites on them. Or you can have VP customer service help you out. Put the invite design that you like into your cart. Then put a blank postcard into your cart. Click on the “help” in the top right. Under the FAQ is a link is a “Still need Help” link. You can use the chat feature to ask customer service to transfer a design from one document to another. The customer service will also create matching documents for you if you can not find your design on all the products you wish to use.
When using the business products as invites, I suggest you upgrade your paper. The business products come with a Free Premium, 80-lb. glossy card stock. For a small upgrade fee you can get the 100-lb. Premium Matte Recycled Paper. It’s the same weight as the premium paper card stock used on the invites. The paper is smooth with slightly more visible fibers than traditional matte paper. Even with this upgrade, the postcards cost less than the invites, but are the same size.
Option #4 –
Use Vistaprint’s “Get more Customization options” link located over the invite after you select a design. This takes you to the advanced edit screen. Once you are at the advanced edit screen you can build your invitation right on VP with the add image and add text boxes. You can hit the space bar to erase all the default wording, or use the drop down to actually delete the text boxes. I personally do not like the spacing of all those little text boxes and put all of my invite wording in 1 text box with the names getting their own separate text box.
You have a few options on how to “create your own” on VP.
A. Some items give you a blank template option in the top right corner.
B. You might need to find a plain white invite and start adding images to it.
If you are confused on what size the invites are that you are looking at, select “all designs” and then use the “Filter by” to select the invite size you wish to use. Or place a keyword into the search (ie. white) and then filter by invite size.
You might notice that some of the invites have a fancy script font on the names. For example “Spun Elegance” has a black background image with some white flourish around the names. The names are in the font “AnnabelleJF” This font is not in the normal drop down menu if you start with a blank invite. You might want to create you invite Over this design just so you can take advantage of the font.
Hope this helps! ~ Happy Planning ~
Read more in my “How to design invites only using the Vistaprint Software” – coming soon
First off, a great big congrats on your upcoming wedding!
Hopefully with 7 days to go you have reached the F* It stage. You have done all the planning you can do. Any little project that is not done yet, just let it go. No one will notice that small little detail missing. Just remember the day of, wake up and enjoy every minute of it. Take the time to step back and enjoy the sights and sounds. The little mishaps is what makes the day memorable, just go with it. No one but you will know that it is not Exactly to plan. If you don’t get those last minute projects finished, don’t worry. Again, only you will miss those small details – just let it go.
Put your marriage license (and pre-cana certificate) in your shoe box – you need them both to walk down the aisle. Also, put an invite in with your shoe box. The photographer will like to take pictures of your rings on it.
- Pets? Anyone watching?
- Bride outfit or Button down shirt to wear to get hair done
- Something old, something new, etc
- Under garments, Garter, shoes, jewelry, hair stuff
- Hubby’s favorite smelling lotion/perfume on you
- Deodorant (Spray Deodorant on your thighs to help with chaffing if you are not wearing pantyhose)
- Toasting flutes, cake knife, Cake topper, guest book, card box
- Cash to tip your vendors
- Phone and Phone charger
- Have a list of Phone numbers of your vendors
- Pack your overnight bag for the hotel (with a cute outfit for the next day)
* Don’t forget to pack A Bag to put your dress in the next day when you at at the hotel, unless you think you will remember to grab the one your dress is in now (But you probably will forget the nice one in the room you are getting ready in)
** Control the Shine ** Get some oil absorbing blotting papers from the make-up aisle in the drug store. They will remove the shine but keep the make-up. Put them in a little purse with your mascara, lip gloss, tampon and your PERSONAL Cameral. Have it near you (or your maid of honor have it on her) at all times. When it is your 1st dance/cake/etc have your maid of honor take pictures with YOUR camera so you have something to look at the next day.
Get a crochet hook if your dress has buttons. (helps with button bustle too)
Remember a lighter (for unity candle) or a bottle opener (wine ceremony).
*tip, cut a little of the wax off the wick off to make for easy lighting the day of the wedding
Remember to eat during the day before the ceremony. Eat Breakfast and have some finger food snacks that won’t get you messy for before/in between pictures. Have a straw for drinking so you don’t mess up your lips.
♥ Idea if you have time ♥ ~ romance basket ~ dollar store toasting flutes, bottle of champagne, bottle opener, matches, candles, petals, oils, lotions, sexy play list of songs ~ for the hotel room
Ask the venue to pack up a few pieces of cake for you to take back to the hotel room for a midnight snack. You might be walking around and socializing and not notice when the cake is on the head table – if you don’t eat it right away they just clean up and take it away.
And appetizers too!!! Ask the venue to place a little dish of them at the head table for you. I’m sure you will be taking pictures or socializing and will miss out on the delicious appetizers that you picked out.
And if you can, get a special cup to walk around with your drink, or if you are not afraid of breaking it, use your toasting flute. (etsy, ebay, wedding stores, or party stores have Very cute Charms or covers)
You will probably lose every one of your drinks after only getting 2 or 3 sips if there is not some way to pick your drink out of a crowd. I don’t know how many times I put my drink down on a table to take a picture or go dance to a song and then had No CLUE which one was mine or where I left it, and had to go get another.
Bring some comfortable shoes (platform flip flops) that are the same height as heels. Or even some beat up heels in your closet if they are the same or 1 inch shorter than your wedding heels. If your back up shoes are a LOT shorter than your wedding heels, you will step on the front of your dress while walking and will rip your dress or trip yourself.
Don’t go from 5″ Sexy Heels down to Flats!!!!
You can always put the sexy heels back for your garter toss.