Musings of a Bride, The Card Maison

Tip #1 – Invites!

I’ll be coming up with a few series of Tips (which may or may not be beneficial to you).

The first one would definitely be choosing and ordering your invites since it’s something very related to me. lol

It has been 4 years designing invites for people and i have come across so many people, macam2 pe’el, ragam dan sewaktu dengan nya lah.

1. Size do matter
Part ni, bincang lah ngan mak bapak ok because i know the old ones would normally prefer folded cards as compared to a simple postcard.

After you dah determine nak folded or nak postcard, determine the size next, standard would be A6 Size and sometimes you do see the DL size or the 5×5 square cards etc.

I normally would recommend A6 Size Cards cos it’s small and handy, easy for your makcik-makciks to keep in their handbag especially if your wedding is an outdoor location etc.

Lastly, it is of course a cheaper option lah.
Bigger cards = more paper = more printing you see.

I know sometimes you do wanna make a difference but takmo lah mintak wedding card size macam business card. Trust me, i had someone who wanted to order that before. Tu kes pedengki, tak nak orang baca sey.

2. Pictures or no pictures?
Some of the common questions i hear from my clients are “Nak letak gambar ke tak eh?”

Honestly, if it was up to us, i know most of us would wanna do that but kekadang mak bapak, makcik pakcik, nenek atok tak kasi pasal they say:

  • Tak manis, lagik2 pre-wedding pictures yang ada peluk2.
  • Takut orang pakai gambar kat kad tu, pastu bomoh2 kan.
  • Letak gambar kat kad, nanti orang buang kad, muka kita kat dalam tong sampah. adoi.

For me, i will be putting up my pre-wedding pictures and my parents have no objection to it.

If you intend to do so, i hope u take note of some stuffs.

  • Takmo lah letak gambar peluk-cium segalanya. Kita belom kahwin, kalau orang tak mengata kita, orang mengata mak bapak kita nanti pasal the cards will be distributed to your relatives.
  • Take note of what you wear. I had a pengantin who used her studio pic in a low-back halter dress and while her back was not exposed, the sides of her boobs could be seen in the picture. Both of us did not realise it until her auntie pointed that out after she received the cards. So, don’t be surprised but your relative is gonna scrutinise your pictures when they receive it.
  • Use high-res pictures. Never use pictures taken from your phone as the resolution is very low and will not turn out nice when printed.

3. How many?

This is roughly how u calculate your cards. If you invite 1000pax worth of food with your caterer, the general guide is to order 500 cards.

But, i would actually recommend you to order at least 50 extra cards.

Reason being, to order 550 cards in bulk is still relatively cheaper than order 500 dulu pas tu tambah lagi 50 when u realise card tak cukup pasal your mum dah distribute the cards to kawan2 bawah block dia.

Trust me, this happens a lot! You also gotta give and take, in case salah tulis nama etc, at least ada extra cards to fall back on. Takkan nak pakai liquid paper kan.

When u dah de cards, remember to keep a few in your bag cos u are bound to tiba2 bump into an old friend etc yang u carik macam nak rak dulu. So at least ada gak lah card on hand.

However, bila u dah distribute extra cards tu, pepandai lah inform ya caterer k?
But, chances are at least 20% of the people you invited won’t be coming, so sendiri agak2 lah k.

4. Additional ka-chings

Always check with your Card designer if they be providing envelopes, if not, take note of the extra costs that you have to incur for these. Generally, white envelopes will cost between $0.05 – $0.10 depending on size. Coloured envelopes will cost between $0.10 – $0.15 depending on size.

Another thing that brides always forget to set aside $$ for are the stamps.
If you have 500 cards, takkan lah semua 500 cards tu nak hand-deliver kan?

At least 300 cards will have to go thru the mails, so be prepared to spend at least $100 gitu for the stamps?

These are just some tips i can share to all bride-to-be.
You do not need to spend big bucks on cards to make a good 1st impression of your wedding. You just need good taste 🙂


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