Wedding Invitation Samples – Should I Order One?

Michael Bold
Written by Michael Bold · Posted in Invites & Paper Last Updated December 23, 2023 · minute read
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    I hear congratulations are in order! Your other half has finally popped the question and you said yes. Woop woop! Now then, as I’m sure you know, there’s lots to do and think about but one important thing you need to get right early doors is your wedding invites. 

    In our opinion, there’s no better way to make the perfect invite choice and ensure the process is a whole lot easier than ordering wedding invitation samples. 

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    Wedding Invitation Samples – Should I Order One?

    Having these sample packs delivered straight to your door will allow you to get a feel for the product in no time at all. By the same token, it will broaden your horizons as to the potential of designs, textures, and costs that are out there that correspond to your wedding budget.

    In this article, we’re going to take you through everything you need to know about wedding invitation samples. We’ll cover it all, from what they are, what they include and how much they cost. We’ll also provide a fair few reasons why we think they’re vital to help you choose the overall perfect invitation suite for your big day.

    What are Wedding Invitation Samples?

    We all know that getting the wedding invitation right is really important, don’t we? Ok, maybe you don’t! you’re at the start of your wedding planning journey after all. 

    Well, the wedding invite can set the tone for your entire day. The style you choose, the paper, the shape, the envelope, etc all hold equal importance in setting the vibe. It can be a visual representation of your style as a couple and ultimately the type of wedding you’ll be holding.

    Ultimately wedding invitation samples are a cost-effective way to help you choose a supplier for your wedding invites. Suppliers will offer them at a relatively low price hoping to secure you as a customer and provide you with their official product. At the same time though it allows you to sample a few of the popular wedding invite suppliers with a relatively small outlay. 

    The wedding invite sample will allow you to get hands-on with products. You can see the quality of their offerings and decide whether or not they’re the right fit for you and your big day. 

    A good wedding invitation sample pack will help in deciding the direction you want to go with your overall design. Not only that but you’ll get to glimpse the type of quality that will greet every one of your guests when your final invite arrives at your guests’ doors.

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    What is Usually Included in a Wedding Invite Sample Kit?

    Each wedding invitation supplier will include different things in their sample packs. Not only that, we’ve also found that some suppliers will tailor their wedding invitation samples to you. Say for instance you want to sample a particular design and paper you can contact them beforehand and specify that’s what you want. 

    Other suppliers may send a generic invitation sample that covers all their designs and paper offerings. 

    Here’s a list of items we found to be included from some of the most popular wedding invitation suppliers on the market.

    • Example of letterpress and foiling.
    • A5 invitation samples of various designs.
    • A swatch kit so you can see all the colors they can print in.
    • Wax seals, clips and ribbon.
    • An information sheet that details the process for ordering your stationery.
    • Sample envelopes

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    Why You Should Order a Wedding Invitation Sample

    In our opinion ordering wedding invitation samples is a no-brainer. After all, you don’t want to splash out and order 100 invites only to regret it when they don’t live up to your expectations.

    Here are some reasons that we think they’re a great idea and something you can get started on early in the wedding planning process.

    Pressure-Free Browsing of Thousands of Designs

    Rather than going into a shop and having some salesperson pestering you who needs to meet weekly targets, you can peruse samples at your leisure. You can take your time to truly find invites that resonate.

    Delivered to Your Door

    You don’t even have to leave the house. Simply order your invitation samples online and have them posted through your mailbox. This can be especially helpful when you’re pressed for time with life in general and the myriad of wedding planning that you’re about to be confronted with.

    Quick Turnaround Time

    Whilst the designs you choose may take some time to be delivered, sample packs usually have a much quicker turnaround time. As we’ve touched on some of the suppliers have generic sample packs and these can be posted out to you at warp speed. This means you can get an idea of how they look and feel in no time at all.

    To Get an Idea of the Print Quality

    One of the major benefits of ordering wedding invitation samples is that you get to see designs in person rather than on a computer screen. This experience really can’t be matched. After all, this is what all your guests will see when they get your invite in the mail. You’ll be able to view the print quality and assess whether or not it holds up to your exacting standards.

    Allows You to Check the Quality of Card Stock

    Make sure you aren’t ordering a cheap flyer! Once again being able to feel the texture of the paper your invites are printed on is super important. You’re going to want something that’s suitably thick to impress your invitees.

    Size Matters

    When it comes to wedding invites size and shape really does matter. Not only can this really affect the vibe of the wedding invite overall but it can also impact postage, design and printing costs. The only way you’ll know for sure that they’re the right fit for you is to order some samples.

    Weigh Up Which Companies’ Services You Prefer

    If you’ve got a few suppliers in mind for your wedding invitation suite this is a great way to compare and contrast. Not only will you sample their physical invites but also the ordering process, their customer service, and the overall experience of dealing with them. This will help you to make the right decision for you as a couple when it comes to ordering the actual invites.

    See How Your Visualization Stacks Up in Real Life

    Some of the suppliers we’ve found allow you to create a bespoke sample. Having it delivered in the physical form allows you to determine whether or not it lives up to your expectations. 

    It Will Allow You to Relax

    Planning weddings can be a stressful time. Ordering wedding invitation samples will help to speed up the process as well as give you peace of mind that you’ve seen them in their physical form.

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    When Should You Order Wedding Invitation Samples?

    Ordering a wedding invitation sample is a little different from ordering the actual wedding invites. After all, you might not even know your venue or the date you’re getting married on yet! 

    However, it doesn’t really matter! You can order wedding invitation samples whenever you want. Heck, you don’t even have to be getting married. Although it is a bit weird even if we do say so ourselves.

    Timing is crucial when it comes to wedding planning. Ideally, order your wedding invitation samples at the onset of your planning journey. This ensures you have ample time to explore options, make decisions, and place your final order without feeling rushed.

    How Much Do Wedding Invitation Samples Cost?

    As with everything in the wedding industry, the costs of things can vary dramatically. 

    That being said, wedding invitation samples are a relatively cost-effective way of helping you decide what best suits you and your budget.

    Below we’ve listed the prices of three of the most popular companies that offer wedding invitation samples. We’ll also explain a little about the process of ordering samples from them.

    Minted

    We tried this one out for ourselves and have to say the process is super simple. Just fill out a few details and you’re all set your sample kit will be in the mail. They offer the following options

    • Free sample kit
    • Personalized Save The Date and Full Sample Kit
    • Up to 10 Individual Wedding Samples and Full Sample Kit

    All of these are completely free of charge and take around 1-2 weeks to arrive. For the third option, they provide $10 worth of credit to order samples. Anything over that credit will be charged accordingly.

    Peppermint Press

    Peppermint Press does things a little differently from Minted. They provide full wedding invitation suites in the collection that you choose. They cost around $13 and also include, each print method, a swatch pack, and all of their card color options. One really good thing we noticed is that if you order your final invites with them they’ll reimburse the cost of the sample pack. Yes, they’re based in Australia but don’t let that put you off as they ship worldwide.

    The Knot

    The Knot’s offering is that you get 3 free samples by using their special code at checkout.

    They have loads of designs to choose from ranging in price from $1 and $4. You can even personalize the designs to feature your and your beloved’s names. 

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    Conclusion

    So what are you waiting for? Surely we’ve convinced you that wedding invitation samples are a very good idea. In our opinion they should be considered one of the most essential items in your wedding stationery.

    They’re super convenient as you can browse loads of designs from the comfort of your own home. They’re also quite inexpensive and you won’t feel pressured into making any rash decisions. At the same time with a few clicks of your mouse, you can have them on the way to your mailbox and compare and contrast them with a few other supplier’s offerings.

    Ultimately we think that they’re something you can be getting on with right away in the planning process. They’ll make it a lot easier to make decisions about the type of design, shape, paper, and printing style you ultimately want. 

    At the end of the day having the invitation samples in your hands is the only way you can 100% be sure of the quality. After all, you only get married once and you want to get this right.

    So get on with it! Order your wedding invitation sample today!