Frequently Asked Questions
You bet we do! We can ship to anywhere in Canada. We use the phone, internet, and email to gather all the information to create your wedding stationery needs. All final products will be shipped using Canada Post or Purolator.
The Shipping rates are based on the weight and size of order. Once we have completed all the products we can provide a shipping cost. Costs will be discussed prior to shipping.
When your guest list consist of family and friends who are spread out over several countries or your wedding is held on or near a national holiday, you may with to send “Save the Date” announcements 8 months to 1 year prior to your wedding. This will provide ample time for out-of-towners to make travel arrangements in advance.
The sooner the better! We book up quickly and minimum turnaround time is 6 weeks, but can be longer depending on the parameters of the design and production.
Typically, invitations should be sent 3-4 months before the wedding. This allows your guests plenty of time to RSVP. If you have a lot of out of town guests, it’s not uncommon to send your invitations 4-5 months before the wedding. If you are having a destination wedding (i.e. Mexico), we recommend sending your invitations 6-8 months in advance so that your guests have time to plan accordingly and save if necessary.
Usually it’s one invitation per couple or family. A good quantity estimate is half of your guest list, plus a few extras. We ask for just a rough estimate on the initial form and once you have your guest list complete we will go with your exact numbers given. Make sure you include yourself in the guest list so that you have an invitation as a keepsake.
It is definitely more common and less costly to ask your guests to email/phone or reply on a website. It’s also easier for most guests to reply electronically, and in the case of an older guest offering a phone number might be a more comfortable response than online or email. If you prefer the more traditional route of mail, it’s most appropriate to put a stamp on the RSVP envelope/postcard for your guests.
You should request that responses be returned by a date that is one month prior to the wedding. This will allow you to have at least 2 weeks track down late responses and 2 weeks to get final guest counts in to your caterers and for seating arrangements.
We generally recommend a separate card for Reception information. On that card we suggest putting times for things such as cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing. As well as location (especially if different from ceremony), address and any other relevant information. You may also want to include a map or GPS coordinates if it’s a wedding out of town.
If you have a lot of out of town guests, or you are getting married in a location where all or most of your guests will need to stay overnight, you might want to recommend accommodations for them. Most hotels will set aside a block of rooms at a discounted rate for your guests. The information you would include is hotel name, address, reservation phone number, booking reference if applicable (usually it is the couples last name i.e. “smith/brown wedding”), book by date and rates if you decide to include them.
You may also want to include information about transportation (such as if you are providing a bus to and from a location), possible pick up and drop off times and where they can park if there is more than one area.
A few other things that might be important depending on your wedding would be letting your guest know if there is a dress code you would like enforced, and if it’s a open, cash or toonie bar.
All our invitations designs come completely assembled and inserted into envelopes ready for your guests, making them ready for you to send off to your guests as soon as they arrive. The reason we do this is we take pride in the integrity of the finished product and want to create a complete, seamless experience for you.
It is generally not proper etiquette to include your registry or request monetary gifts on invitations. Word of mouth through friends and family, or on a bridal shower invitation is the best way to inform your guests. With that said, many people still choose to include their registries in the wedding invitation.
If you follow the rules of etiquette, parent’s names should be put first on your invitation if they are paying for some or all of the wedding. If parents are not helping financially, but you would still like to include them, that’s fine too. You can still do something like “together with our parents/families” or have their actual names. For more information into etiquette and wording please email us for wording.
Because all of our Invitations are completely custom postage rates do vary. During the quoting process we will advise you of any additional costs that may be associated with your order. If you go with a more simplistic style you should be able to stay within normal postage rates. But depending on design and inserts it may require more postage. Sending invitations to the USA and Other Countries can quickly add up, to help with those costs we do offer the option of sending Electronic Digital Invites to those guests at your request.
Absolutely! We can accommodate additional languages if you are able to provide the translation. In the event that the translated characters are not compatible with our software please provide them to us in a PDF format. (i.e. Chinese) *We will not be responsible for any misinterpretation or spelling mistakes.*
When creating your address list, we recommend using full names instead of abbreviations. (i.e.Street not St.) Now depending on the formality of your event generally depends on how you address the invitation. For a formal or Semi-Formal Event we suggest using Mr. & Mrs. Joe Smith. And for a less formal setting you may remove Mr. & Mrs. and just put the guests names as Joe and Jane Smith. These are just a recommendation as will address them as you so choose.
The phrase “requests the honour of your presence” should only be used when you are getting married in a church, as per proper etiquette. Even though not everyone follows this rule of thumb, it is tradition when you are having a church ceremony. A marriage carried out by a JP or outside of a church may choose to use the phrases “invite you to celebrate” or “request the pleasure of your company” in order to stay away from the formal church ceremony invite.
Pure Creations Events & Design has access to a wide variety of paper options that are more Eco-friendly with a lower impact on the environment. Instead of using traditional RSVP cards and return envelopes is to provide your guests with the option to RSVP on a Website, by phone or email eliminating the extra paper and print costs. Another option is to go entirely digital with your invitations. We offer options in both a single digital form or in the form of video. Please email us for more information or samples of this type.
We use high quality printers to print all of our invitations and stationery. We use a digital printing process to allow for affordable pricing. There are other printing options such as offset and letterpress. Please ask us for more details.
Once we have narrowed down your design and based on your quotation you will then have the option to choose your paper. Samples can be mailed if requested as well.
We offer menus, table numbers. seating charts, place cards, signage, programs, favour tags, escort cards and more. These are designed to match your theme as set by your invitations. We recommend placing an order for your day-of-stationery once you’ve recieved your reply cards, however if you know what you’d like for your day-of-stationery, then placing the order at the same time as the invitations will get a 10% discount. For more information on this see the tab STATIONERY TYPES.
Our prices start from just $3.50 per invitation or card. Pricing will be based on your selection of materials, designs, and the number of pieces needed. Our commitment to you is to offer the best quality of products at the most affordable prices. For additional information on ordering and pricing, please see the tab STATIONERY INVESTMENT or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We don’t generally include preferred attire, however is becoming increasing popular to add it in, especailly if you come from a family (and you know your family best!) who think tuxedo t-shirts are considered “formal” – then you may want to include the dress code. This is best in the bottom right hand corner of the invitation, in smaller writing than the rest of the invitation. Or can also be added to the “additional information card” if you’d prefer it not to be right on the main invitation.
Well, besides grandma this may be true. Most of your guest are not going to keep that invitation as a keepsake your right. However what we can tell you is that your invitation is a reflection of your wedding and is your guests’ first look into things to come. If you received a DIY invitation in the mail that had glue showing off the sides and was made out of cheap materials with poor graphic design – would you think that this is a wedding worth investing in? Ideally your guest will be basing your invitation on attendance, their outfit choice, whether they want to pay for travel and accommodations, if they will show up an hour early, on time or late – and how expensive a gift they will bring. The invitation has a huge impact on how your wedding looks. Allow us as professionals to help you in this area!