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Getting organized to send a pricing estimate (Wedding invite tips: Part 2)

8 specs to include in a wedding invite estimate With so many materials in a wedding invite, getting a quote can become quite complicated. If you are doing anything like a traditional wedding invite, you'll have things like:
  • Various cards: reception card, accommodations card, RSVP card, main announcement card
  • Folder: gotta hold all these cards together
  • Envelopes: RSVP envelope, outer envelope, inner envelope
  • Optional envelope liners: makes your envelopes look more classy!
Oy! How do you get this all straightened out and quoted? When sending in a request for a quote, it helps to use eight standard fields for each item to be printed:
  1. Paper choice
  2. Exact cut dimensions
  3. Quantity
  4. Black or Color in
  5. Full bleed
  6. Double sided
  7. Score for a fold
  8. Mounted
Below is the quote I sent to Cards and Pockets:
The following specs are for a wedding invite, quantity 125.

Signature Pocket Invitation
* Paper choice: Violette
* Exact cut dimensions: Standard size for Signature
* Quantity: 125
* Black or Color ink? None
* Full bleed? None
* Double sided? None
* Score for a fold? Standard
* Mounted? Yes, the invitation card gets mounted

4 1/2 x 6 1/2 Invitation Card
* Paper choice: Cream Puff
* Exact cut dimensions: 4 1/2 x 6 1/2, square corners
* Quantity: 125
* Black or Color ink? Color
* Full bleed? Yes
* Double sided? No
* Score for a fold? No
* Mounted? Yes, mounted to Signature Pocket Invitation

Reception Insert
* Paper choice: Cream Puff
* Exact cut dimensions: 3 1/2 x 6 1/2
* Quantity: 125
* Black or Color ink? Color
* Full bleed? Yes
* Double sided? Yes
* Score for a fold? No
* Mounted? No

Hotel Insert
* Paper choice: Cream Puff
* Exact cut dimensions: 3 1/2 x 5 3/4
* Quantity: 125
* Black or Color ink? Color
* Full bleed? Yes
* Double sided? Yes
* Score for a fold? No
* Mounted? No

RSVP Insert
* Paper choice: Cream Puff
* Exact cut dimensions: 3 1/2 x 5
* Quantity: 125
* Black or Color ink? Color
* Full bleed? Yes
* Double sided? Yes
* Score for a fold? No
* Mounted? No

Belly band
* Paper choice: Cream Puff
* Exact cut dimensions: 1 1/2 x wrap size
* Quantity: 125
* Black or Color ink? Color
* Full bleed? Yes
* Double sided? Yes (yes, I do want the belly band printed on both sizes)
* Score for a fold? Yes, if possible.

A7 Envelope for Pocket Invitation
* Paper choice: Violette
* Exact cut dimensions: A7 size
* Quantity: 125

Outer A7.5 Envelope
* Paper choice: Grapesicle
* Exact cut dimensions: A7.5 size
* Quantity: 125

RSVP envelope
* Paper choice: Grapesicle
* Exact cut dimensions: 3 5/8 x 5 1/8 RSVP Envelope (Euro Flap)
* Quantity: 125

Envelope liner for the the A7 Envelope
* Paper choice: Cream Puff
* Exact cut dimensions: to fit inside outer A7 Envelope
* Quantity: 125
* Black or Color ink? Color
* Full bleed? Yes
* Double sided? No
* Score for a fold? Not sure
So how did the estimate come in? At first glance the price looked great. But then I started to look closer and saw some tricks the vendor was playing. Tomorrow we'll cover some of the tricks to watch out for when Cards and Pockets gives you a pricing estimate.

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