Save-the-date cards: They're the first opportunity to let guests know what to expect from your big day. With all the work that goes into securing a venue and date, the announcement of said details deserves to be smooth sailing. To avoid any save-the-date disasters, read on for tips from two stationery pros. Here, Melina Morris of Lion in the Sun and Corey Bright of Paper Source share their best tips for creating a save-the-date that you and your guests will love.
Work with a professional.
"Finding someone you trust to create printed materials is important," says Morris. Even more so, it can be beneficial to work with a company that specializes in creating event stationery as opposed to a printer more suited for business needs. Vendors who have worked with brides before will have an understanding of the level of detail and creativity in play to bring your vision to life.
See your options in person.
Everything is different in person, and it can be tough to imagine what different paper weights feel like, so it's important to have some reference before placing an order for 125 cards. That's why both of our experts stressed the importance of making an appointment and sitting down with a stationer. If using an online site, you can often request samples of paper, colors, examples of letterpress options, and more. "Photos of those elements on a screen can be very deceiving and I think this is often the most common cause of the discrepancy," says Morris. "We do our absolute best to consult with brides before the order is placed," adds Corey. "Sharing samples in-store including our full envelope selection, so that brides are not surprised with what they receive in the mail."
During your initial meeting, be sure to ask about your vendor's policy on proofs. Many will offer 2-3 rounds before printing without incurring an additional cost, and some can even make a single print, or at least a color and print test, for your final approval. "By taking the time to cover all of these details before the final product arrives it virtually eliminates the possibility of having our clients be surprised or disappointed by the final product," says Morris.
Worst Case Scenario
Both Corey and Morris say that in the (very) unlikely event a bride is unhappy with the final design, the company will work with you to help rectify the situation, re-printing, re-designing, and potentially resorting to a discounted second order. But follow the steps above, and odds are you'll be just as excited to send your save-the-dates as your guests will be to receive them.