Whether you’re planning an intimate destination wedding or a large celebration with all the bells and whistles, you need to get started on your invitations well ahead of time to give guests enough advance notice and ensure that your invitation suite looks its absolute best. A pro stationer will take care of all the details, from choosing the perfect paper, trimming the cards to size and even addressing them (or sending you a digitized file to print at home). Plus, they’ll help you work out postage options, ensuring that each invitation receives the correct amount of postage while still looking beautiful.
A fully customized suite typically starts with a design cost, and then costs for printing, embellishments, assembly, shipping and handling are added on a la carte. The average cost per invitation suite in the US ranges from $250 to $400, but this does not include the cost of any additional embellishments or envelope liners that you might choose.
If you decide to go the custom route, it’s a good idea to first figure out your style. Kate Weber, owner of Etsy stationery shop West + Pine, recommends creating a mood board to identify your style and then searching through designers’ portfolios to find someone who matches. You can also start by searching for specific fonts or colors you’re drawn to, and then browsing through the designers who use them to see if they fit your aesthetic.
Digital printing is an incredibly versatile process and ideal for designs featuring watercolors, photographs, typography, detailed illustrations and more. It’s a fast and affordable option, especially when compared to traditional letterpress, which can be quite expensive. Etemply