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Love the Price of Vistaprint, but not their designs?

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.

match dropdown menu

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.

upload help

Click to Download templates off VP

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.

invite size

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.

adv edit screen

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.

blank template

B. You might need to find a plain white invite and start adding images to it.

blank

INVITES

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 ~
“Hayley C”
Read more in my “How to design invites only using the Vistaprint Software”  – coming soon

LW’s Haul

110 invites w/ white envelopes
110 RSVP cards w/ white envelopes
2 hats
2 mugs
2 shirts
280 return address labels
2 photo flip books
2 lawn signs with stands
2 rubber stampers
2 note pads
200 postcards
2 totes
500 business cards
20 folded note cards
1 car door magnet
1 mouse pad
1 banner with hangers

L's VP Haul

L’s VP Haul

Original Total: $329.74 + $51.16 shipping

Shipping Cost Paid: $0

Product Cost Paid: $62.66

Groupon/Living Social Amount Paid: $36

Actual Total Paid: $98.66 – 75% savings!

**This haul used a $17 for $70 Groupon and a $19 for $90 Living Social deal

AG’s Haul

50 colored invitations front and back on linen paper
50 colored RSVP cards front and back on linen paper w/ white envelopes
50 colored envelopes
20 Thank you cards w/ white envelopes
1 notepad for alternate ceremony location if it rains
10 announcement cards w/ white envelopes
2 sets of address labels (one to put on cupcake boxes)
Thank You sign (to be photographed and sent as thank you post cards)
free address rubber stamp
free post it note
free keyring
free mug
free t-shirt
free car magnet
free tote
free notebook
free pen

AG Haul

AG Haul

Original Total: $225.33 + $20.03 shipping

Shipping Cost Paid: $0

Product Cost Paid: $42.68

Groupon Cost: $17

ACTUAL TOTAL PAID: $59.68 – 76% savings!

Invitations – Time Lines – How to Address

Invitation Wording Examples (lots of different options)

http://www.invitationconsultants.com/samplewording.aspx?p_subcategory=1

How to address your envelopes (print to reference when addressing invites)

http://www.wedalert.com/content/articles/address_invitations.asp

Creating Address Labels without retyping everything (step by step mail merge instructions)

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/mail-merge-made-easy-TC102129550.aspx

 

**Invitations/RSVP Questions**

Invites: 6 – 8 weeks
Out of Town guests, Holiday weekend, Destination wedding invites: 8 – 10 weeks
Save The Dates: 6 – 9 months before
Destination or holiday weekend Save The Dates: 9 – 12 months before

*highly suggest Save The Date if destination or holiday weekend wedding

RSVP = 12 – 18 days before your counts are due to the venue (so no more than a month before your wedding date)

Example:
count due Aug 5th
rsvp return by July 20th
(2 weeks to track them down)

count due July 30th
rsvp July 15th … hopefully they drop them in the mail and you have them by July 21 and you have 9 days to track people down….

 

“A-List” and “B-List” – How To

First find out when your final head count is due
Then you start to work backwards

With an “A” and “B” list…. the “B” list shouldn’t be TOO big, so there shouldn’t be too many names to hunt down. Your “B” list RSVP can be around 7 -9 days before your head count is due. You would “like” the “B-list” to have 2.5 – 3 weeks to respond to the RSVP so it doesn’t “feel” like a “B-list” (the mail out date for B-list is RSVP date for A-list)

Then count back another 3 – 4 weeks for when you mail out the “A” list.
Ex. Wedding 6/30
Head count due 6/22

RSVP “B-list” June 13 (should have all back by the 18th)
RSVP “A-list” May 21th (mail out 1 B-list as each “no” comes in – this date give B-list almost 3 weeks to respond * and is 5 weeks before the wedding)
Mail out “A-list” April 20th * 10 weeks before the wedding * (They should all receive them by April 25th – gives them just under 4 weeks to respond)