The Details

Postage


When mailing your invitations, you want to take a completely assembled suite to the local post office that you plan to mail your invitations from and have it weighed for accuracy. Invitation suites will range between 2 and 4 ounces, costing approximately $.71 - $1.13 to mail. Response cards are usually covered by a standard first class/forever stamp ($.50). Keep in mind that certain things will cause the cost to increase, such as ribbons, square envelopes, wax seals or thick suites.




Hand Canceling


The Post Office runs mail through a machine when processing. Hand canceling is when the Post Office places an ink seal over the postage stamp to process, opposed to running it through the machine. This can save on damaging or bending your invitations. Some Post Offices will hand cancel your invitations for you (sometimes for free). Some will let you hand cancel them off to the side before handing them over. It really depends on your local Post Office.




When to Mail


Save the Dates should be sent out approximately 9-12 months in advance to give your guests notice for planning and accommodations. Invitations should be sent out 6-8 weeks before the wedding day. If the wedding is on a holiday weekend, a destination wedding, or if a majority of guests are from out of town, invitations should go out 10 -12 weeks in advance.





Ordering Details

White Glove Services

Postage


When mailing your invitations, you want to take a completely assembled suite to the local post office that you plan to mail your invitations from and have it weighed for accuracy. Invitation suites will range between 2 and 4 ounces, costing approximately $.71 - $1.13 to mail. Response cards are usually covered by a standard first class/forever stamp ($.50). Keep in mind that certain things will cause the cost to increase, such as ribbons, square envelopes, wax seals or thick suites.




Hand Canceling


The Post Office runs mail through a machine when processing. Hand canceling is when the Post Office places an ink seal over the postage stamp to process, opposed to running it through the machine. This can save on damaging or bending your invitations. Some Post Offices will hand cancel your invitations for you (sometimes for free). Some will let you hand cancel them off to the side before handing them over. It really depends on your local Post Office.




When to Mail


Save the Dates should be sent out approximately 9-12 months in advance to give your guests notice for planning and accommodations. Invitations should be sent out 6-8 weeks before the wedding day. If the wedding is on a holiday weekend, a destination wedding, or if a majority of guests are from out of town, invitations should go out 10 -12 weeks in advance.





Customization

Additional Offerings


There are many different ways to dress up your invitation suite. Some ways include enclosures, ribbon, specialty backings or printing, envelope liners, and more. One or all of these additional offerings can bring your suite together and coordinate nicely with your theme and color palette.




Print Options


For all of our standard invitation sets, digital (flat) printing is included. We do offer specialty printing options such as thermography, foil, or letterpress. Additional time is needed when any of the specialty printing options are used. Digital Printing ($) is flat printing where a digital image is transferred directly onto the paper. Digital printing allows for a quicker turnaround and use of multiple colors for the same price. Thermography ($$) is a printing method where a powder is added on top of ink printing and placed under heat to create a raised effect on top of the paper. Foil Printing ($$$) is when a plate is replicated of your design and used to press metallic foil into the paper. Foil printing is beautiful and can be done in many different colors and works well when combined with digital printing or letterpress. Letterpress Printing ($$$$) is the most expensive of the printing methods, but equally as beautiful. A plate is created with your design and a direct impression of an inked, raised surface is rolled against your paper to press your design into the paper.




Paper Choices


Our standard papers that are included in our sets are a white or ecru 110lb smooth finish. For letterpress printing a 110lb or double-thick 220lb white or ecru cotton is used. Specialty papers can be picked out for additional fees.




Colors


For our standard suites, digital printing is included. The benefit of digital printing is the option to use a wide array of colors at no additional cost. When using specialty print methods such as thermography and letterpress, Pantone colors have to be chosen from a swatch book. For those specialty print methods, we do not recommend using more than 1-2 colors, as the price starts to increase drastically with each color added.




Wording


There are so many different options available when wording your wedding suite. We've included some general etiquette guidelines in our etiquette section.





Postage and Mailing

Postage


When mailing your invitations, you want to take a completely assembled suite to the local post office that you plan to mail your invitations from and have it weighed for accuracy. Invitation suites will range between 2 and 4 ounces, costing approximately $.71 - $1.13 to mail. Response cards are usually covered by a standard first class/forever stamp ($.50). Keep in mind that certain things will cause the cost to increase, such as ribbons, square envelopes, wax seals or thick suites.




Hand Canceling


The Post Office runs mail through a machine when processing. Hand canceling is when the Post Office places an ink seal over the postage stamp to process, opposed to running it through the machine. This can save on damaging or bending your invitations. Some Post Offices will hand cancel your invitations for you (sometimes for free). Some will let you hand cancel them off to the side before handing them over. It really depends on your local Post Office.




When to Mail


Save the Dates should be sent out approximately 9-12 months in advance to give your guests notice for planning and accommodations. Invitations should be sent out 6-8 weeks before the wedding day. If the wedding is on a holiday weekend, a destination wedding, or if a majority of guests are from out of town, invitations should go out 10 -12 weeks in advance.