Oliver Barrett Fine Stationers
My husband and I were overwhelmed by our choices when we sat down to look at invitations. We finally found a style that we both really liked, but were broken-hearted to learn that it didn't come in the color that we wanted. Michelle called the company and was able to have them custom made for us - for a very modest up-charge. We were thrilled with them and got many compliments from our guests. It was a true pleasure to work with Michelle!
Oliver Barrett did an amazing job with our wedding invitations and they were an absolute pleasure to work with. They helped eliminate any fears and made the entire process so easy! I definitely hope to work with them again in the future and would recommend their services to anyone planning an event.
Michelle and Lisa were a huge help to me. Picking invitations was probably one of the hardest tasks involved in planning the wedding. They sat down and listened to the style that I wanted and then found books that matched what I was looking for. They knew a lot of the different companies and their quality. They were expensive but everything was done with such perfection (I had them address my envelopes) that it was well worth it!
Fantastic, friendly, personalized service! Although there are some very pricey products, there is no pressure to overspend. Lisa and Michelle walk you through every step of the process. Highly recommend.
Oliver Barrett is a wonderful resource! I worked closely with Lisa Barrett to create my Save the Dates, Invitations, Ceremony Programs, Donation Cards, Bridal Luncheon Invitations and Thank You cards. I also had my Invitations addressed by Oliver Barrett. Lisa was a pleasure to work with and constantly kept me in the loop, providing me with suggestions, ideas, proofs of my items, etc. Oliver Barrett has relationships with the finest vendors; in my case we dealt mostly with William Arthur. I would recommend Oliver Barrett without hesitation!
I had an absolutely wonderful experience at Oliver Barrett. Lisa Barrett was a dream to work with. She really took the time to help me find the perfect save-the-dates, formal invitations, and thank you notes for my wedding. I can't even remember how many people told me that they were the most beautiful wedding invitations they had ever seen. I was so nervous about coming up with the wording, but Lisa helped me with all of it and I was so thrilled with how everything turned out. The shop is adorable and comfortable, you feel like you are in someone's home relaxing and looking at beautiful products. I would recommend Oliver Barrett to friends or family with no reservation.
I can not speak highly enough about my beautiful wedding invitations from Oliver Barrett...they were so beautiful that 8 years later, we still have friends and family who remark about them. Lisa and Michelle were incredibly helpful with everything from style to wording, and we were so impressed we had them do coordinating programs and placecards for us. My experience with Oliver Barrett was so good that I have used them ever since not only for birth announcements and personal invitations, but they also provide my business stationery too! I highly recommend Oliver Barrett, and it's worth stopping into their shop on occasion for great gifts too.
"There's no second chance to make a first impression!" A lovely imvitation sets the tone for your wedding the moment it is received in the mail.
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No! Internet images are very low resolution (72 dpi) and often purposely distorted by many vendors to avoid reproduction. More importantly, the feel and weight of the paper is no less important than the visual impact of the invitation. Font colors and raised printing or letterpress are simply too varied and subtle to be adequately duplicated on a website. In fact most quality paper designers and printers do not sell wedding invitations on line. Given the importance of the occasion, we strongly recommend that you work with a qualified stationer to design your custom wedding invitation. There are simply some things that are best done in person.
Do I need a Save-the-Date Announcement?
Save-the-Date Announcements are highly recommended when the wedding is taking place in a location where advance planning is essential; otherwise, your guests will not have enough time to book hotels and transportation. Examples: a wedding in Nantucket, in the West Indies or Europe. Also, you should consider using a save-the-date announcement if your wedding event is scheduled near a major holiday or around a popular vacation period. That being said, we are now finding that well over 60% of our bridal couples send out save-the-date notes to insure that their guests reserve the wedding weekend.
When should I start looking for my invitations?
Ideally, begin at least six months before the wedding date to give you sufficient time to design the invitation, place your order and receive the invitations. There are many design options available and two or more visits with your stationer may be required before reaching a decision. After making your choice, the printing of invitations can take between one and twelve weeks depending on the invitation you have selected. Plan to spend several days to address your invitations and at least two weeks if you engage a calligrapher.
How long does it take to review the invitation options?
Plan on a minimum of an hour to two hours to narrow down your wedding invitation options and develop an action plan. We strongly recommend making an appointment to insure that a qualified stationer will be available to guide you through the process of designing your custom invitation.
When do I mail my invitations?
Send your wedding invitations so that your guests receive them at least eight weeks before the event. A summer mailing for an Autumn wedding should be sent so that the guests receive them nine to ten weeks before the date since people may be vacationing and will open their mail later than usual.
What printing processes are available?
Engraving is an older, more traditional form of printing. Perhaps your mother (and grandmother) had their wedding invitations engraved. Engraved ink colors tend to look richer and are raised on the paper's surface. Letterpress is the inverse of engraving and inks are pressed into soft paper, normally cotton. This old fashioned form of printing is undergoing quite a renaissance and letterpress colors appear soft and subtle. Both engraving and letterpress tend to be more expensive than thermography. Thermography is a relatively new printing process whereby inks are baked on to the surface of the paper to simulate the raised look of engraving. Colors are less opaque and shinier, but printing with thermograph inks is less expensive.
Am I locked into strict etiquette for wording the invitation?
Traditional wording is never out of style or place. There is flexibility, however, wording is based upon the setting and other considerations. Please consult with your trusted stationer. While there are clear guidelines on what is considered proper etiquette, practical good taste should reign supreme!
Are reply cards necessary?
Reply sets are a necessary evil for any wedding over 50 people or more. There are ways to lessen the "fill-in-the-blank" look of the reply card while still providing a practical means of response.
Do I need a directions or accomodations card?
Unless most of the invitees are from the surrounding area, a direction card is generally required. Maps tend to confuse people so stick to words. Accomodations are useful and can be combined with the directions card, if needed. It is not necessary to do directions for a city wedding (e.g. New York City) but accomodation recommendations may be quite helpful. Many bridal couples often send accomodation cards with their save-the-date announcement to encourage their guests to begin planning now.
Should I use a calligrapher to address my wedding invitations?
Brides or family members with "good" handwriting skills can usually address wedding invitations. If you are seeking to match the font style of the invitation or seeking a more stylized and professional look then we recommend engaging a calligrapher. We also provide machine-calligraphy to address your invitations. While less artistic than hand calligraphy, it is considerably less expensive. Hand calligraphy normally requires two to three week turnaround. Machine calligraphy generally requires a week.
What about wedding programs?
Programs are often the most detail-intensive component of the wedding, requiring more time than even the invitation itself. From simple cards to mini-booklets, there are an infinite number of format and design options. Review all details of your service with whomever is presiding and bring us a verbatim outline of the order of the ceremony, including readings/readers, music and participants. Place your wedding program order at least one month prior to the wedding day. Please note that your Church or Synagogue often has very defined rules on the wording and format for wedding programs. Please get their approval before submitting your draft for printing.
What else do I need?
Wedding stationery for thank you notes should be ordered at the same time that you place your order for your wedding invitations. Place cards, seating cards and menu cards are often needed for the reception and can often be used for the brunch the following day. If you plan for Oliver Barrett to print your seating cards, please give us your list at least two weeks before the wedding reception. Thank you notes and menu cards can take two to three weeks depending on quanity and design.
Addressing and mailing your invitations
It is traditional to use the complete, formal name
and address of your invited guests.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lewis Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Smith
Use the full middle name when known. If not known,
do not use initials, simply omit.
It is also traditional to spell out Avenue, Road and
Street as well as the State name.
Black ink is generally used for addressing envelopes.
Be sure your return address is on the envelopes.
If you are providing reply cards, it is traditional to place
a postage stamp on the reply envelope to make
it as easy as possible for your guests to respond.
If there is any question about postage,
take an assembled invitation to your post office
so they can calculate the exact postage required.