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OUR ADVICE FOR THE PERFECT STATIONERY

DEFINE YOUR WEDDING STYLE The invitation is your guests’ first peek at your wedding style. Along with listing the location and time of day, the invitation -and, more specifically, its style -- hints to the formality of your wedding. You should have an idea of the type of event you’re throwing -- classic and elegant, or glam and modern -- before you start shopping for stationery, so you can choose an invitation style that hits the same note.

KNOW YOUR COLORS Think about your wedding colors too -- you may want to incorporate your colors and a motif into your wedding invitations and then carry both through to the rest of your wedding paper (like the seating cards, menu cards and ceremony programs) for a cohesive look. While metallic or white card stock paired with a black or gold font is the classic choice for formal wedding invitations, you can also brighten your invites with colorful or fun fonts, paper stock, envelopes and liners. Just keep readability in mind when choosing your colors (keep reading for more on that).

DON’T CROWD THE CARD List only the key points on your invitation: ceremony time and location, the hosts, the couple’s names, and RSVP information. Trying to squeeze too much onto the invitation card can make it harder to read -- and it won’t look as elegant. Leave things like directions to your wedding venue and details about postwedding activities for separate enclosure cards.

START EARLY Your save-the-dates should go out six to eight months before the wedding. While your save-the-dates don’t have to match your invites, ordering everything from us can save you money and make the invitation process easier on you. Aim to order your invitations about four to five months out so they’re ready to mail six to eight weeks before the wedding. If you’re having a destination wedding or marrying over the holidays, send out your invites even earlier (10 to 12 weeks before the wedding).

GET YOUR DATES STRAIGHT Include your RSVP date on your RSVP card, and be sure to make the deadline no more than three or four weeks after guests receive the invitations -- check with your caterer first to find out when they’ll need the final headcount. The more time you give guests to reply, the more likely they are to forget, and you’ll need time to put together the seating chart. Plus, your final count may affect the number of centerpieces and other decor elements, which other vendors will need to finalize a few weeks before the wedding.

TRIPLE-CHECK THE PROOF Before your invitation order is printed, we will send you a proof. Don’t just have your fiancée and mom read it over. Ask your English-major friend or a grammar-savvy bridesmaid to check the proof before you okay it. You’d be surprised at the things you may miss (pay special attention to details like date and time and spelling).


COUNT YOUR HOUSEHOLDS You don’t need an invitation for every guest. Take a look at your guest list and figure out how many houses need invitations before you give your us a count. Cohabiting couples get one invitation; for couples living apart, you can either send one invite to the guest you’re closer with, or you can send out separate invitations. Families get one invitation (addressed to “The Smith Family,” for example). The exceptions: Children who don’t live at home (like college students) or anyone over 18 who lives at home should get their own invitation.

ORDER EXTRA Order enough invitations for your guest list , plus 15-25 extra in case you need to resend an invitation, want to put some aside as keepsakes (trust us, your moms will want at least a few) or plan on sending invitations to a “B-list.” Tip: If you have a lengthy B-list, consider ordering a second set of invitations with a later RSVP date.

DON’T FORGET THE REST OF YOUR SUITE Order your menu cards, programs and thank-you notes with your invitations. That way, we can include all of the pieces in one order, which saves you money, time, and headache. It’s also a good way to ensure all your stationery has a cohesive look, even if you want to vary the design slightly for each element. Also, don’t forget those little items like favor tags and welcome bag notes.

REMEMBER YOUR THANKYOUS Track RSVPs as they come in using a spreadsheet. Include a column where you can note what each guest gives you. Then, as the wedding gifts start rolling in, begin writing your thank-you notes so you don’t fall behind. For any presents received before the wedding, you should send a thank-you note within two weeks. For those given on or after the wedding day, give yourself a month.

PUT A STAMP ON IT It may seem obvious, but it’s easy to forget: If you want guests to mail back their reply cards, include stamped (and addressed) envelopes. That way guests don’t have to pay for the postage. Traditionally, the return envelopes should be addressed to whoever is hosting the wedding; however, if your parents are technically hosting, but you’re keeping track of the guest list, you can use your address instead. Tip: Postage rates do change from time to time, so check the rate before you add those stamps to make sure you’ve got adequate postage.

CHECK FOR INCREASED POSTAGE While you probably can’t wait to drop those wedding invitations in the mail and check another thing off your to-do list, weighing a sample invitation (enclosures and all) at the post office first could save you many more to-dos later. Trust us, you don’t want to deal with the hassle of invitations being returned because of insufficient postage.


WHEN DOES EVERYTHING HAPPEN?

GUEST LIST

12 MONTHS

DETERMINE THE GENERAL SIZE OF YOUR GUEST LIST.

9-11 MONTHS

THANK YOU CARDS

PURCHASE PERSONALIZED THANK YOU CARDS

ORDER INVITATIONS AND CELEBRATE!

8 MONTHS Hint: You can use them for all of your pre-wedding gifts

ENGAGEMENT PARTY

6 MONTHS

GUEST LIST

FINALIZE YOUR GUEST LIST Hint: Did you know we can print your DROP THEM IN THE MAIL guest list directly on stationery? No more writing names! PURCHASE BRIDAL SHOWER INVITATIONS

SAVE-THE-DATES BRIDAL SHOWER

INVITATIONS

3-4 MONTHS

ORDER YOUR INVITATIONS

DAY-OF DETAILS

ORDER WEDDING DAY PIECES • DINNER MENUS • PLACE CARDS • TABLE NUMBERS

12-15 WEEKS 10 WEEKS

INVITATIONS

SEND OUT YOUR WEDDING INVITATIONS

6 WEEKS

PROGRAMS ORDER PROGRAMS

1-3 MONTHS AFTER “I DO”

THANK YOU CARDS

ORDER THANK YOU CARDS A great opportunity to show off your wedding pictures!


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From Koozies to Coasters and everything in between. We are your full service solution to everything you need for your big day! With custom artwork to match the rest of your stationery these are the perfect

finishing touch to your stationery collection! Have an idea but not sure how or where to get it? Let us help create something for you!

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OUR PRODUCTS

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CUSTOM ADDRESSED AND PRINTED ENVELOPES 

An essential for any wedding, we can print your addresses directly on

to your envelopes so that you don’t have to ever write a single address.

Envelopes are custom designed and addressed to your guests so all you have to do is sort, stuff and send!

POCKET FOLDERS

(Requires extra postage)

RETANGOLO, VERTICO, & SIGNATURE

They are the perfect first impression for your guests when they receive your invitations in the mail. They are also a perfect option for keeping all of your stationery in a convenient folder when your guests are on the way to your ceremony or reception on the day of your wedding. Available in over 50 different colors as well as uncoated matte or metallic finishes, these are the perfect finishing touch for your stationery suite.


FULLY CUSTOM DESIGN We take your dreams (or Pinterest board) and make them a reality!

Specializing in custom artwork we are able to design around any wedding theme. The benefit of being a custom design shop is that we aren’t restricted to certain sizes or products.

SUPERB CUSTOMER SERVICE Your wedding is one of the biggest events of your life, and we want to make sure that you enjoy every aspect of it. If there is something that

we can do to help, we are happy to go the extra mile for our clients. We operate on small town values, work ethic and service.

Interested in other products? We welcome your feedback and questions! Feel free to give us a call or email us to discuss your ideas!

(641) 236-7447 WEDDINGS@TOTALCHOICEGRINNELL.COM


Don’t take our word for it, TAKE THEIRS

AMY AND ALEX

September 19, 2017 | Brooklyn, Iowa

Total Choice Weddings was definitely the way to go when it came to my wedding stationery! Nate was so helpful and was always there to help me with anything I needed. I knew he would design a great product, but I was blown away by his creativeness and willingness to make my stationery unique. I received so many compliments on my save the date’s, invitations, thank you’s, wedding signs, etc. I couldn’t have asked for anything better! It was truly a wonderful experience and I would definitely recommend Nate to anyone.

AMI AND MICHAEL

October 17, 2017 | Phoenix, Arizona

Total Choice Weddings helped to ease my worries and exceeded my expectations of a designer and printing company. We were very pleased with the originality/quality/timeliness of Total Choice Weddings for all of our wedding needs.  From the “Save the Date” cards, to the thank you cards (and the invitations, RSVPs, rehearsal dinner invitations, table signs, and programs in between!), Total Choice provided excellent service.  They accommodated my needs and allowed me to make adjustments  by sending me proofs along the way that we could modify to make just right.  They spent time making sure that everything was convenient for me and perfect. Total Choice accommodated all of our wishes.  We would highly recommend Total Choice Weddings for anyone’s wedding stationery.

MCKENZIE AND JACOB December 31st, 2016 | Clear Lake, Iowa

We learned of Total Choice at a Bridal Expo, and I am so glad we did! After the expo, I emailed Total Choice and received information about their services back right away. Nate was able to design our save the dates with contact exclusively through email as I was in school at the time, and they turned out exactly how I wanted. He was quick to get the design to me, and so willing to make any changes I requested. We were able to meet with Nate to discuss our invitations and he was great to make suggestions about what he thought would look best. As an indecisive bride, I greatly appreciated it! Our invitations ended up being far more beautiful than I ever could have imaged, I received so many compliments on them! After receiving our invitations I decided I also wanted wedding programs, table numbers, and menus for our reception. With fairly short notice Total Choice was able to get everything completed for us without problem. It has been a year since our wedding and I have recommended Total Choice to multiple friends and family since that time, and will continue to recommend them for years to come. Using Total Choice for our wedding stationery was one of the best decisions we made!


JESSICA AND CHAD July 11, 2017 | Montezuma, Iowa

Working with Nate was a pleasure. I wasn’t sure how to go about designing wedding invitations.  Nate listened to my ideas and was able to come up with the perfect design for our invitations.  I loved them and we got so many positive comments about them!  Nate was fantastic and the care we received at Total Choice Weddings was fabulous.  Plus the cost was affordable!

ASHLEY AND ERIC

June 11, 2017 | West Des Moines, Iowa

We absolutely loved working with Total Choice. It was easy to communicate our ideas and we absolutely love how they turned out! We really liked how you were willing to meet with us during a time that worked with our schedule outside of office hours because of the distance, if we needed to.  Thank you for doing such a great job! I have already recommended Total Choice to friends who are planning a wedding, and will definitely keep them in mind in the future! We absolutely love how the invitations turned out and couldn’t have asked for an easier process! 

LISA AND RYAN

October 18, 2017 | Grinnell, Iowa

I recently had Total Choice Weddings design all my wedding stationery. I started with my save the date cards. I found an idea I liked on Pinterest and Nate was able to recreate it exactly how I wanted it! I also had Nate design my wedding invitations and programs. He made it so easy by addressing all my invitations so I didn’t have to which was a great bonus! He was extremely patient with me even when I went back and forth on what I wanted! I received so many compliments on all my stationery, and I highly recommend Total Choice to anyone!

RACHEL AND ZACH October 3, 2017 | Des Moines, Iowa

My experience with Nate at Total Choice was fantastic! He was so helpful with the design process for my save the dates and wedding invitations. One of the biggest benefits for me with using Total Choice was the fact that they would print the address on the envelopes! This was a huge time saver for my husband and I. Nate was very helpful when I made a mistake for my wedding invitation envelopes. I called him panicked, but he said he could fix it and got it done that same day! I cannot say enough good things about Total Choice! I would highly recommend them for all your wedding stationery needs


WORDING: FROM FORMAL TO FUN

Together with their families

Megan Watts and

Roman Meyers Request the honor of your presence at their wedding ceremony Saturday the fourth of June Two Thousand and Sixteen at Two Thirty in the Afternoon St. Mary’s Catholic Church 1002 Broad Street Grinnell , IA 50112 Dinner and reception to follow.

THE HOST LINE THE NAMES THE INVITATION LINE/ACTION LINE THE INFORMATION THE PARTY LINE


THE HOST LINE The first line of the invitation is where you list who’s hosting the wedding. Both (or all) your sets/singles of parents can be listed as hosts. If you have five sets of parents and you want to list them all— list them all. You can host the wedding yourself, in which case the lines are reversed “Terry and Renee invite you to…” or the host line is omitted entirely. You can also make the host line more general “Together with their families.”

THE NAMES This line seems self-evident until you start thinking about the details. Whose name goes first? (That honor traditionally belongs to the bride, but what if there are two brides? Or all grooms? Or you just don’t want to do it that way?) Will you list both last names, or one last name, or no last names? Will the names be on the same line or different lines? There are no right or wrong answers (though I’m partial to listing everyone’s last name), but several good questions.

THE INVITATION/ACTION LINE This is where you actually invite people. “The honor of your presence” is traditionally used to denote a religious service while “The pleasure of your company” is used to denote a secular one, though you can use any phrasing you want. This is where you actually ask people to join you, so feel free to set the tone with anything from “Invite you to share their joy as…” to “Want you to come party with us when…”

THE INFORMATION These are the lines where it is important you to stick to the basics, since you want people to actually come to this thing. Time, date, and location should all be listed (the address doesn’t need to be if the venue is easy to find, but it is highly suggested).

THE PARTY LINE What’s coming after the wedding? This is both your time to get celebratory, and your time to give guests a solid idea of what to expect. If you’re not serving a full meal, this would be a great place to say “Cake, punch, and revelry to follow,” this line could also say “Dinner and dancing immediately following,” or inform them of a gap of time or location change, “Party to follow at 7pm at _______.” You can also use this line to just get creative and set the tone for the celebration. “Wild celebration to follow,” “Confetti and magic to follow,” “Join us for an intimate dinner following…” Here, the sky really is the limit.


SWEET AND SIMPLE WORDING

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Together with their families Melanie Lee Bass and Robert Eliot Warren request the pleasure of your company at the celebration of their marriage

With great pleasure Melanie Lee Bass & Robert Eliot Warren invite you to join them at the celebration of their marriage

Saturday, the seventh of June two thousand nineteen at half past four in the afternoon

Saturday, the seventh of June two thousand nineteen at half past four in the afternoon

The Prospect Pavilion 409 Ocean Parkway Brooklyn, New York

The Prospect Pavilion 409 Ocean Parkway Brooklyn, New York

Dinner and dancing to follow

Dinner and dancing to follow

——— The honor of your presence is requested at the marriage of Melanie Lee Bass and Robert Eliot Warren Saturday, the seventh of June two thousand nineteen at half past four in the afternoon The Prospect Pavilion 409 Ocean Parkway Brooklyn, New York Reception immediately to follow The Boathouse 163 Greenwood Avenue

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——— With great joy you are invited to celebrate the marriage of Melanie Lee Bass and Robert Eliot Warren Saturday, the seventh of June two thousand nineteen at half past four in the afternoon The Prospect Pavilion 409 Ocean Parkway Brooklyn, New York Dinner, Dancing & Merriment to follow

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TRADITIONAL WORDING

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Mom Name Dad & Step-Mom Name request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their daughter

Mom Name and Dad Name Other Mom Name and Step-Dad Name Step-Mom Name and Other Dad Name

Melanie Lee Bass to Robert Eliot Warren son of Other Mom Name and Dad Name Saturday, the seventh of June two thousand nineteen at half past four in the afternoon The Prospect Pavilion 409 Ocean Parkway Brooklyn, New York Dinner and dancing to follow

request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their children Melanie Lee Bass and Robert Eliot Warren Saturday, the seventh of June two thousand nineteen at half past four in the afternoon The Prospect Pavilion 409 Ocean Parkway Brooklyn, New York Reception to follow

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Mom Name and Dad Name request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter Melanie Lee Bass to Robert Eliot Warren

Mom Name invites you to share in the celebration of the marriage of her daughter

Saturday, the seventh of June two thousand nineteen at half past four in the afternoon The Prospect Pavilion 409 Ocean Parkway Brooklyn, New York Reception to follow

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Melanie Lee Bass to Robert Eliot Warren Saturday, the seventh of June two thousand nineteen at half past four in the afternoon The Prospect Pavilion 409 Ocean Parkway Brooklyn, New York Dinner and dancing to follow

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FUN & IRREVERENT WORDING

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Melanie Lee Bass and Robert Eliot Warren

Melanie Lee Bass and Robert Eliot Warren

Are Gettin’ Hitched! Please join us For a celebration of love, friendship, laughter, and family

Invite you to join the fun as they stand together before family and friends extending their friendship to include the vows of marriage.

Saturday, June 7, 2019 at 4:30 in the afternoon The Prospect Pavilion 409 Ocean Parkway Brooklyn, New York Fabulous food, fun, and festivities to follow

Saturday, June 7, 2019 at 4:30 in the afternoon The Prospect Pavilion 409 Ocean Parkway Brooklyn, New York Dinner, dancing, and merriment to follow

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Girl met Boy. For the rest of the story join

Melanie Lee Bass and Robert Eliot Warren

Melanie Lee Bass and Robert Eliot Warren Saturday, the seventh of June two thousand nineteen at half past four in the afternoon The Prospect Pavilion 409 Ocean Parkway Brooklyn, New York Dinner, Dancing & Merriment It’s outside, so heels might be a problem!

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are tying the knot! Saturday, June 7, 2019 at four-thirty in the afternoon The Prospect Pavilion 409 Ocean Parkway Brooklyn, New York Dinner, Dancing & Merriment to follow Please bring an instrument if you have one

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——— Because you have believed in them, Celebrated with them, Loved and encouraged them, We, Ingrid Bass, Chad Bass, North Bass, Andrew Warren, and Brad Warren, Invite you to join us in honoring our siblings Melanie Lee Bass and Robert Eliot Warren As they celebrate the beginning of their adventure together Saturday, the seventh of June two thousand nineteen at half past four in the afternoon Dinner and dancing following ceremony Bring your dancing shoes

——— Melanie “It’ll be a cold day in hell” Bass and Robert “Not in a million years” Warren invite you to join them as they swallow their words and join in marriage Saturday, the seventh of June two thousand nineteen at half past four in the afternoon Frolicking and food following ceremony

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PRICE GUIDE

Standard (Premium White 100# Cover) Product Price/Piece 25-74 75-124 125-199200-299

Pre-Wedding Save the Date $1.79 $1.49 $1.19 $0.99 Bachelor / Bachelorette $1.79 $1.49 $1.19 $0.99 Party Invitations Bridal Shower Invitations $1.79 $1.49 $1.19 $0.99

Invitation Bundle Invitations $1.79 $1.49 $1.19 $0.99 RSVP $1.09 $0.99 $0.69 $0.49 Hotel Info / Map $1.19 $0.99 $0.79 $0.59 Reception Card $0.89 $0.69 $0.49 $0.29 White Envelopes Included Printed Envelopes (Flat fee) $25 $30 $35 $40 Address Data Merge $25.00 One Time Fee

Wedding Day Programs Folded Programs Place Cards Menus Table Numbers

$1.79 $2.09 $0.89 $1.19 $0.89

$1.49 $1.19 $0.99 $1.79 $1.49 $1.29 $0.69 $0.49 $0.29 $0.99 $0.79 $0.59 $0.69 $0.49 $0.29

Post Wedding Thank You Cards

$1.19 $0.99 $0.79 $0.59

Wedding Extras Koozies (Setup & Shipping fees apply) $1.00 Silicone Bracelets (Setup & Shipping fees apply) Coasters $1.79 Pocket Folders $1.00

$0.75 $0.50 $0.50 $1.50 $1.00 $0.82 $1.49 $1.19 $0.99 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00

Need something that isn’t listed? We have unlimited capabilities through custom projects!

All prices include custom design services.

Supplying your own designs? Contact us for pricing. Orders under 25 pieces or over 300 pieces, please contact Total Choice for special pricing.


PRICE GUIDE

Premium (Felt, Cream, Metallic, Linen, 130# White Cover, Kraft) Product Price/Piece 25-74 75-124 125-199200-299

Pre-Wedding Save the Date $2.09 $1.79 $1.49 $1.19 Bachelor / Bachelorette $2.09 $1.79 $1.49 $1.19 Party Invitations Bridal Shower Invitations $2.09 $1.79 $1.49 $1.19

Invitation Bundle Invitations $2.09 $1.79 $1.49 $1.19 RSVP $1.29 $1.09 $0.89 $0.69 Hotel Info / Map $1.39 $1.19 $0.99 $0.79 Reception Card $0.99 $0.79 $0.69 $0.49 White Envelopes Included Printed Envelopes (Flat fee) $45 $50 $55 $60 Address Data Merge $25.00 One Time Fee

Wedding Day Programs Folded Programs Place Cards Menus Table Numbers

$2.09 $2.39 $0.99 $2.09 $0.99

$1.79 $1.49 $1.19 $2.09 $1.79 $1.49 $0.79 $0.69 $0.49 $1.79 $1.49 $1.19 $0.79 $0.69 $0.49

Post Wedding Thank You Cards

$1.39 $1.19 $0.99 $0.79

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Total Choice Weddings Booklet 2019  

Learn more about our wedding program, including the stationery we offer, the design services it comes with, and the pricing!

Total Choice Weddings Booklet 2019  

Learn more about our wedding program, including the stationery we offer, the design services it comes with, and the pricing!

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