Rhode Island Wedding Guide

Wedding Planning

Selecting a Wedding Stationer

When it comes to wedding invitations, there are many options. Some brides choose to order on-line, some choose to DIY with invitation kits while others will choose to hire a wedding invitation specialist. When considering these options, keep one thing in mind:
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Although DIY or ordering on-line can be easier on your budget, it may not be easier on you! Consider a Rhode Island wedding invitation specialist to assist you. Not only do they have hundreds - or even thousands - of invitations to choose from, but they also have the expertise in writing and ordering the invitations.

When selecting an invitation specialist, it's a good idea to visit at least three stationery retailers so that you can get a better sense of styles and prices.

Here are a few tips when choosing a wedding stationer:

  • Ask the stationer for examples of their work (specifically wedding invitations).
  • If possible, contact other references.
  • Get it in writing! Be sure you sign a contract that lists all the details!
  • What is the stationer's liability for any printing mistakes?
  • Be sure to set a reasonable price for any extra orders you may need.
  • Make sure you proofread BEFORE you place the order and also be sure to proofread AFTER you pick up the order.

Wedding Stationer's Contract
You've selected your invitation, now it's time to place your order. Every wedding vendor should have a contract. The contract for your wedding invitations should include the following:

  • Your name, address, telephone number.
  • The name of the vendor and his/her name, address, and telephone number.
  • The EXACT (be sure to proofread carefully!) wording of the invitation and all the enclosures.  Don't forget to include all line breaks.
  • The paper stock and color, plus the ink color.
  • Which font you have decided to use (attach a sample).
  • The style, whether it be thermography or engraving.
  • If you decide to order other stationery (such as your Thank You notes), list the description and the amount that you would like ordered.
  • Be sure that the contract lists the date that the order will be ready.  You want to give yourself ample time to address the invitations and send them out.
  • The number of invitations, envelopes and any enclosures should be listed.
  • The grand total, the deposit amount due and the balance and date due should also be listed.
  • Refund policy.
  • Be sure you get the stationer's signature.
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