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Costco's preferred wedding invitation provider

  • Jun 30, 2010
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I've always felt as though ordering wedding invitations was a cumbersome process and one that I didn't look forward to (in comparison to all other wedding decisions). I'm recently engaged and have been on the hunt for the perfect wedding invitation.  

I started my invitation hunt by googling "wedding invitations" and scores of websites popped up in the search results.  Overwhelmed by my choices, I just started clicking and looking at invitations...burning several hours of productivity. After much wasted time, I realized that I need to physically go to an invitation store and start looking for what I wanted.

My hunt led me to a Papyrus (nationwide card store) and bee-lined me into a wall of thick, wedding invitation binders. I pulled up a chair and started flipping through massive binders of wedding invitations, taking my gut reaction as the veto mechanism. After picking out the invitations I liked (which were extremely expensive), I spoke to the papyrus clerk and told her I needed my invitations seriously expedited. She stared skeptically at me and said she'd get me in touch with someone.  She then told me that because invitations are so custom, expediting the order probably wouldn't happen.

Feeling let down (because I need my invitations yesterday), I went home and googled "costco wedding invitations" (because I love costco and figure I could save some cash if I went through them).

Turns out, Costco's preferred invitation vendor is eInvite.com and I get 25% off my order because I'm a costco member! I started going through the thousands of invitations (massive selection*) and found the exact same invitation I wanted at Papyrus. Since the Papyrus clerk hadn't called me with any info on expediting my potential order, I decided to order the invites online and call customer service after to beg for a fast turnaround.

*eInvite has every designer from Kate Spade, to Martha Stewart and they have invitations for weddings, save the dates, baby announcements, graduation announcements, thank you notes, custom napkins, favor boxes, and coasters. 

I ordered my chosen invites, got digital proofs right away (at Papyrus, I'd have to wait 3+ days for regular proofs) and ordered with the 25% discount. After I ordered, I immediately called Customer Service and got a human on the other end of the line. I told him I needed my invites asap and he said he'd call the manufacturer and call me right back. 10 minutes later, he called and said they could have the invitations in my hands in 4 business days at no extra charge! I was incredibly impressed with the customer service and timeliness of eInvite's response. First class service.

I haven't received the invitations yet...but once I do, I will continue my review with the final product review.

My advice for wedding invitation shopping (to costco members): 
1. Go to a invitation store and find out what you like. Choose an invitation
2. Go to eInvite.com and see if they have your invitations
3. order the invites and relax!
Costco's preferred wedding invitation provider

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August 09, 2010
Thanks for the first hand experience. I recently recommended Costco to a girlfriend of mine as a possible place to purchase wedding invitations. It was based solely on my shopping history with them and one other persons experience. Reading your review makes me feel that much better about my recommendation.
 
July 01, 2010
I am so sold on this and recommending this to my recently engaged friends! And my Costco-loving parents go through thank cards like whoa, so I'll be sure to tell them about it., too Thanks for sharing, Susan, and I can't wait to see what the end result is like! :)
 
June 30, 2010
ruh-roh! as a self professed paper-whore, this could get me into all kinds of trouble =) before my disposable income shifted to things like ballet and soccer class for my daughter, I counted at least 5 stellar paper-good boutiques around LA as my regular haunts. I've been loyal to tinyprints.com for several years now (they have AMAZING customer service), for holiday cards and my daughter's b'day party invites, etc, but with the Costco discount and range of selection I'm going to just have to check this out! thanks for the tips!
June 30, 2010
The costco discount is pretty great but it was the costco seal of approval that sold me. ;) I am totally going to check out tinyprints.com right now...these wedding invitations have inspired me to be more of a thank you note person! So many cute designs! Thanks for the tinyprints referral!
June 30, 2010
good idea! you'll never go through so many thank you cards as you will during the year you get married (esp if you do showers, engagement parties, and the like).
 
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I was born in East Amherst, NY...lived there for 13 years before moving to Vadnais Heights, MN. I spend 5 years in MN, decided it was too darn cold there and ventured onto college in Phoenix, AZ at Arizona … more
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