We have divided the process of choosing your stationery into three steps:
There is more detailed guidance available at every stage. Simply click where you see the icon.
Choosing your Colours
To see the different colours available for each design in the Boutique, simply click through the icons below and watch the invitation example change. The names of the colours in your current current choice is shown below the icons.
Please note that you can experiment with your choice of colours as often as you like but it is important to finalise your choice before getting your final price, because some colours are more expensive than others.
Top Tip: Choose colours that tie in with your wedding. If you have a colour theme in mind then try go for something that suits the theme. If you’re unsure, choose one that complements your flowers, your bridesmaids dresses or your table linen, or think about the season of your wedding and choose colours that reflects the season.
Rococo single tone colours
Choose single tone card if you would like one card colour that is the same both front and back, inside and out, and one ink colour that is the same front and back, inside and out. This is the Standard colour option for this design.
Rococo two tone colours
Choose two tone card if you would like you card colour to be one colour on the front, and a contrasting colour on the reverse (or inside). Your ink will also be in contrasting colours on the front and back, inside and out. All our two tone cards are custom made and these are the Deluxe colour option for this design. If you choose a two tone card your invitations, reply cards and information cards will be two tone and all other coordinating items will be single tone. For each two tone option there is a choice to have your coordinating items to match the front of your cards, or the back (or inside) of your cards.
Choosing your Typeface & Layout
To choose your typeface and layout, click where shown and a large window will open containing examples of all the options available. Browse the example typefaces and click on the one which you prefer. In some cases you will also be offered a choice of layout (eg "centred" or "justified") to click on.
Once you are satisfied with your choice(s) click on the "OK" button in confirmation and the window will close. Your choice of typeface and layout will be shown on the main screen.
Top Tip: Think about the impression you want to create. For a contemporary look, a mixed typeface that is justified looks great, or for a traditional feel, a script typeface that is centred is perfect.
Choosing your Stationery Items
Choosing your stationery can be tricky and so we’ve put together detailed guidelines to let you know what different stationery items are for and why you may or may not need them.
Top Tip: Remember that most stationery items come in lots of shapes and sizes depending on which design you choose, and that not all items are available in every design. To be sure what’s available in your chosen design click on "view complete Stationery Set".
Choose the stationery items that you would like - for example, an invitation and envelope, and an information card - and decide how many you wish to order. Remember that if most of your guests are couples or families, you will need roughly 70 invitations for every 100 guests. If you have any doubts, make a list and count. It is better to order too many than too few as re-ordering can be very expensive. Remember to include your parents and yourself!
Select the quantity you think you require of your first item and then click "Calculate Price". Try adding more items and click "Calculate Price" again. You will find that adding some items adds very little to the basic price and that sometimes adding extra quantities to certain items does not change the price at all. This is because we work out the most cost-effective way to produce your stationery.
Experiment with items and quantities as much as you wish. Then, when you are ready, make a note of the reference number (which is based on the date and time) and telephone us to place your order. We will use the reference number you give us to get a print out of your exact requirements.
Top Tip: Always order a few extra of everything so that if you make any mistakes with names or decide to invite any last minute guests you always have some spare. Plus its lovely to keep a set of stationery for yourself to look at in years to come!
Calculating Your Price
When you click "Calculate Price", the details of your current selection are sent across the Internet to our server, a quotation is calculated and recorded, and the final price is sent back to your computer to be displayed with a reference based on the time and date. This may take few seconds at busy times like the middle of the evening when the Internet can be a bit sluggish so please be patient.
Top Tip: Remember you can experiment with different items and quantities as much as you like, and calculate new prices until you have a selection that best suits your wedding and budget.
Retrieving a Saved Selection
if you have previously completed Step 1 of the ordering process you will have been given a price and a reference which were valid for thirty days. If you return to this page within that period you can retrieve your choice of design, colours, typeface and layout by entering the reference below and clicking the submit button. Remember the reference will be of the form "R-46/1984"
Top Tip: If you want to "keep" a design / colours / typeface / layout selection for longer than thirty days, simply return to the site within the thirty day period and recalculate a price. The new price will then be held for a further thirty days. Please note the new price may vary from the previously price.