Invitations 101: What you NEED to know!

Ordering invitations isn't something YOU do every day but I do. With over 40 years of experience, I can answer all of your questions and help you with proper etiquette. Plus I have some tips to help you along. More about that later.

But first, why not check out some of the thousands of choices on my Carlson Craft site. Choose a category (wedding, save the dates, baby, graduation, etc.) Once there, you can search by price, color, style, type of printing and more by using the amazing search feature in the menu bar at the right. So what are you waiting for? CHECK OUT MY CARLSON CRAFT PRODUCTS HERE!

If you find something you like, you can play around with personalizing it, trying out different fonts, colors, and wording. Then hit the "preview" button and BAM... you'll be able to see a real-time preview so you'll know exactly what it will look like. Be sure to set yourself up with a login though, in case you want to save what you've done and go back to it later. And don't worry, even if you hit the order button by accident, it only comes to me for review.

When orders are received, I contact each person (phone or email) to go over the whole order, make suggestions, and answer any questions you may have. Now what other online invitation place does that?

Okay, now here are those important tips that I promised:

Did you know that the envelope that comes with the response card MUST be stamped with a first-class stamp so that it's convenient for your guests to return the card to you?

Did you know there are generally two more envelopes? One is the "outer" mailing envelope and one is the "inner" envelope. The "outer" envelope has the guests' name and address on the front and YOUR return address on the back flap (in case it has to be returned as undeliverable). The "inner" envelope is where you write the individual guests' names, listing WHO is invited.

Did you know that you need to take the sealed up invitations to the post office to be weighed? You don't just want to drop them in the mailbox. Most invitations cost MORE than a first-class stamp. Let the post office tell you exactly what value stamps you need to put on them.

Did you know that postage is even MORE costly if you choose a "square" envelope or an envelope that contains an invitation with a "bump" (a bow, a knot, a jewel)? Any of these types have to have the stamps hand-canceled. They can't go through the automated machines at the post office.