Following is a list of questions you should ask the stationer prior to ordering your invitations and stationery:
- What styles and brands do you carry?
This is especially important if you are looking for a particular brand.
- Do you offer a proof of the invitation before the order is placed?
For a small fee, some stationers can provide a proof of the invitation before the order is placed. This usually is not possible for engraved invitations but many stationers can at least provide a black and white print of an invitation that is to be engraved. If it is at all possible, get a proof and review it before your invitations are printed.
- How long will it take for the order to come in?
Obviously you need to have enough time to get the invitations out at least 4 to 6 weeks before the wedding. If you are short on time, don’t choose engraved invitations – they typically take longer.
- Do you take responsibility for correcting any errors that are made?
Your stationer should take responsibility for errors made on the part of the printer. the stationer should not take responsibility for your errors so be sure to proofread!
- Do you recommend sending response cards?
If you are having trouble making a decision, ask your stationer for advice.
- Can I see actual samples of some invitations?
Don’t work with someone who can’t show you samples or a sample book.
- Is any deposit required?
As with most wedding vendors, a non-refundable deposit is usually required.