5 Reasons to Order Custom Invites


Nowadays, it is pretty easy to go online, browse tons of trendy invitation designs, and order your suite from a website. This is a viable option for some couples, but quick and easy is not always best and can lead to quality issues. I think it is incredibly important to have printed pieces that truly SPEAK THE VOICE OF YOUR EVENT, and I’ve put together a list of 5 reasons couples should consider having custom invitations made for their weddings.

1 • Your invitation is your first impression!

You likely have a theme to your wedding day that is special and meaningful to you as a couple. YOUR SAVE THE DATE AND/OR INVITATION IS THE FIRST GLIMPSE YOUR GUESTS GET INTO YOUR BIG DAY You want your guests to get excited! Will you catch their eye with a vibrant colored envelope, or with a custom stamp or handwritten calligraphy? What will they see and feel when they open the envelope? Will they rush to “save the date” on their calendars? THE WEDDING STATIONERY SETS THE TONE AND THEME FOR YOUR EVENT.


2 • Uniqueness and quality are meaningful.


Sure, you can order invitations for $50 from a website. There are a lot of pretty options and this works for something quick on a low budget. However, it is important to remember that these websites are using templated invitations, so hundreds of other couples have picked the same invitation as you. YOUR WEDDING IS A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME EVENT. It is very special to you and your family, and one way to commemorate it is by considering an invitation that is designed for your wedding only. NOBODY ELSE SHOULD HAVE THE SAME INVITATION AS YOU!

Another thing to note about online wedding invitations is that they are often flimsy and lower quality. You don’t get to see the paper before it is printed, and you are looking at colors online, so you are hoping it turns out how it’s supposed to.

Working with a custom invitation designer like That Joy, you will get your choice of tons of quality stocks of different colors, shades, textures, and thicknesses. You will be able to look at swatch books. The design will be thoughtful and catered to what you like and ask for. I SHOW ALL OF MY COUPLES PROGRESS OF THE DESIGN ALONG THE WAY TO MAKE SURE IT IS EXACTLY WHAT THEY WANT BEFORE IT IS PRINTED. And as an invitation designer that works directly with local printers, I ensure that the prints are much higher quality than that of a mass produced template.

3 • You have lots of options!

When you work with a custom invitation designer, you have countless options for papers, printing, colors, fonts, designs, etc. That Joy offers a multitude of shades and textures of paper stock, all of which can make a huge difference in your invitation. There are shimmery, glossy, and soft matte stocks; there are thick and thin papers; there are long narrow invitations and large rectangular invitations; there are custom stamps, belly bands, and pockets; there are different insert cards. There are even custom day-of items like personalized napkins and coasters. THE DESIGNS CAN BE 100% UNIQUE AND YOURS, SPECIALLY MADE FOR YOUR WEDDING ONLY. All of this can be easily discussed, designed, and added to your suite when you work with a designer.

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4 • Real relationships and customer service play a part.

 Photograph by  McSween Photography

Photograph by McSween Photography

Have you ever envisioned something but you’re not quite sure how to transform it into a reality? Online, you may sift through hundreds of designs with elements you like, but can’t seem to find a way to tie them all together. Furthermore, online invitation orders can often lack the personal, unique element that is needed to help your wedding stand apart. With custom invitations, your designer works with you to LISTEN TO YOUR INSPIRATION, CAPTURE THE IMPORTANT DETAILS, and BRING YOUR VISION OUT IN YOUR INVITES. This allows you to have a say in order to make sure you get what you are looking for, and saves you tons of time to put towards other important wedding tasks!

Have questions about mailing, etiquette, or print capabilities? If you order your invites through a website, chances are you will spend a lot of time Googling your concerns.

If you contact customer service, you likely will not be speaking to a designer or an invitation specialist. Working directly with a designer like That Joy, we can answer all of your questions and advise on what will work best for your pieces. That Joy prides itself in quality service; we always conduct in-person meetings when possible, and we are readily available by phone and email throughout the design and printing process.

5 • Skills and experience matter

Many invitation websites offer a plethora of printed pieces in addition to wedding suites, which does not make them experts in the field. An invitation designer has specific knowledge of available and appropriate fonts and colors, what type of papers and designs will work and not work for different print processes, and the aforementioned etiquette. Experience working directly with a printer allows a custom invite designer’s process to run incredibly smoothly. Your designer can suggest items and details to add to your suite that you may not have considered, and similarly can advise against pieces that are not necessary.AT THAT JOY, WE ALSO MAKE SURE ALL PIECES FOR YOUR WEDDING LOOK COHESIVE, from the save the date to the invitation to the day-of items.

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As a designer, my favorite part of working with couples is providing them with memorable save the dates, invites, and websites that reflect their personalities and special days in ways that are unique to them! I think it is important to have pieces for a wedding that stand out, and I love that at That Joy we can use papers, colors, and textures in such exciting ways that really tie the theme of a wedding together!