Full-time photography is about so much more than showing up and creating great photos. Over the last five years of building my brand, about half of my working hours are spent on the business side of things: client communication, following up with leads, bookkeeping, contracts, maintaining web presence, sending out prints, and much, much more. I've learned in that time that, while delivering images to the client that floors them is vital to continue to get booked through word of mouth, it's equally important to cross the T's and dot the I's in every aspect of business. In other words, being a consummate professional and ensuring everything that communicates my brand is of the utmost quality is absolutely key. So, I'm constantly on the lookout for ways to step up my game in every avenue of my business, and one of my goals in 2020 is to revamp my business cards and refer wedding clients to the best stationary and wedding websites out there when they ask for guidance. When I came across Basic Invite, masters of all things stationary and personal wedding website related, I realized I needed to search no more.
In addition to the fact that their prices are ultra-reasonable for the products they offer, their quality is second to none. I know because they sent me samples of wedding invites and business cards in all sorts of finishes (foil embossed, wood grain, clear) and basically unlimited colors. If you've never seen a wedding invite printed on actual wood, it's legitimately a game-changer. Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. You can change the color of each element on a card, with over 180 different color options. The card can be exactly how you want it, down to the littlest detail. That completely sets them apart from any other online stationery company, and is something that drew me to them. The fact that they allow customers the ability to order a printed sample of their invitation so they can see the card’s paper quality and how it will print before they have to place their final order is something that I know will provide peace of mind to my wedding clients.
In addition to the invites themselves being super creative, their envelopes are also a key part of the bigger package. Customers can choose from over 40 different envelope colors so that they can make their invitation stand out while it's in the mailbox between otherwise ordinary mail. Each of their wedding invitations is part of a set, too. They also provide amazing stationary like save the dates, enclosure cards, wedding menus, wedding programs, matching thank you cards...the list goes on, and I know I'll be using them a lot in the future, for both Sattva Photo stationary and business cards, and recommending them to clients.
So, if you're reading this and you're just about to tie the knot, I'd HIGHLY recommend checking them out. They also offer free wedding websites that are completely customizable, mobile friendly, and super easy to use. You can instantly upload all of your wedding details, along with images, and a convenient map with directions for your guests. (And you can choose from 180 custom colors, and a design suite to match your wedding invitations!)
Here's to the new year, all the beauty in the world, and making this life one full of love and adventure.