The word “custom” can mean different things to different people. Some people may associate it with the word “customer,” while others tend to think of connotations of the word, for example: expensive, complex, etc. However, custom invitations shouldn’t have to mean that at all. In fact, the word “custom” literally translates as “made or done to order for a particular customer.” Custom stationery should be viewed as something personal and truly defined by the customer.
There are many ways of thinking about custom stationery and here are some key points we think everyone should consider:
Robin invitation suite
1. Hiring someone local to create my invitations will save me money: False
Custom invitations don’t have to cost a fortune. Sometimes hiring someone outside your city or even country can end up being cheaper than your local mom-and-pop shop. Of course, selecting one or more upgrades, such as letter-pressed printing, laser-cut design, or gold foil details, will be certainly more expensive than regular print outs. But that doesn’t mean they should cost an entire down payment on a home, as some businesses charge. Here at “Your Big Day,” we work with the most talented designers and printing agencies around Asia, which is how we are able to keep our rates lower than the competition. Plus, our company ethos is all about offering exceptional service and quality for a fraction of the price. Our invitation suites start from €1.40 and that includes print, design, shipping, VAT, and custom duties. Oh, and each suite comes with a free RSVP and Directions card. Boom.
Cerise invitation suite
Alice invitation suite
2. There’s no good reason to choose a specialty store over a big-box name: False.
The word “custom-made” doesn’t end with the type of paper or complexity of design. Custom stationers tailor their services to your tastes, languages, and culture. We work one-to-one with you, 24/7 to make sure what you get is exactly what you asked for. Have a specific vision for your wedding? We want to hear all about it! Wrong-sized envelopes? We will immediately resend the right ones. Not sure what to pick? We can recommend ideas. Need your invitations addressed? We’ll handle it for you. Just like our stationery, when it comes to communication and service it’s the little details that make all the difference.
Gold foil invitations + gold glitter envelope liners
Custom printed envelopes with scalloped edged cards
3. There’s no good reason to choose paper over email: True and False
Let’s face it. In this digital age, choosing paper has become a very conscious choice. Digital communication can be easy, inexpensive, eco-friendly, and if you’re throwing a more casual wedding, sending out an e-vite might just be the way to go. However, it’s no denying that a beautifully crafted wedding invitation sets the tone of the event, particularly important for more formal weddings. Also, for the traditionalists of your family, receiving a Facebook or email invitation might make them feel disrespected or upset. And that’s only if Grandpa and Great Aunt Nikki even have Facebook or email to begin with.
In a era of Spotify and YouTube, many of us are still encouraged to invest in vinyl records. And this is a similar trend that is happening in the world of messaging. No matter how many apps you have (WeChat, Whatsapp, Viber, whatever), it is incomparable to receiving a calligraphy-written letter in the mail. Because when the day is over, the champagne has been popped, and the flowers have wilted, a gorgeous custom-made invitation will always be tucked away to last a lifetime.
Laser cut designs on pearl white cardstock
Fiona invitation suite
4. I can create the invitations myself: True
You probably can, and you’ve even seen a DIY trick on Pinterest to help you do it. But, it’s important to note that wedding planning can be very time-consuming and tasks pile up fast. So, you either may not have as much time as you thought you would, OR it didn’t turn out looking how you wanted it to. Leave it to the pros that have the time, expertise, experience, and resources to achieve what you want.
Glitter monogram stickers and baby pink belly bands
5. The possibilities are endless with custom-made invitations: True!
Yep, this is a 100% fact. When you work with a custom stationer, the sky is the limit. Die hard Game of Thrones fan? Let’s design a pop-up card with a bride dressed as Khalisee. Like the idea of gold foil but want it in sea-green colour? No problem! We love to think outside the box, and listen to your ideas. If you can dream it, we can create it. Because when we say custom, we mean it.
New York City-themed pop up card
Kate invitation suite
Want to be more than standard? Let’s chat over a cup of coffee and see how custom stationery can work for you. Send us an email to begin your consultation.