Hey everyone! Happy Monday! You may remember a couple of posts ago, I mentioned my eldest daughter Kealan is graduating from college this spring. Yay! She has worked hard and this is a great milestone to celebrate! After that post, Basic Invite reached out to ask me to review their stationary and I thought her graduation was a perfect event to try them out.
So, we didn’t do a graduation party for Kealan when she graduated from high school (long story!) so I haven’t had to order invitations in a while. It has really come a long way since my wedding way back in 1997! For one, the ease of ordering online and getting actual samples in hand is such an improvement. Plus, you get to personalize them and make them so much more meaningful.
I went online to their website and was easily able to upload my photos, pick my colors, patterns and style of invitation. The designer in me was having a blast! Seriously went down the rabbit hole on the patterns for the inside of the envelope! They had so many templates to pick from, not to mention colors, that made it so easy to get exactly what I wanted.
I ordered three different thicknesses of paper and envelopes to see how they felt in hand and how they looked in person. My designer training means I have to see in person an item before I order. Everything looks different on a screen. These turned out so much better than I imagined. The paper was a nice quality, the picture was clear and the envelopes made sure these would not get lost in the junk mail pile! I was impressed with how quickly I received the samples.
Through the whole process, Basic Invite was excellent about communication. I didn’t feel like I was ordering through this nameless internet company. They even do a follow up email to make sure your samples were what you had expected and if you had any further questions. I liked that they have that extra level of communication.
This is the final one I decided on.
As I was looking through their website I saw, besides invitations, they also do business cards, something I’ve been wanting to get for awhile. That is going to be my next order with them!
If you’re curious about the images I used for the invitations, Kealan was a member of the MSU Women’s Rowing team when she was a Sophmore. She had never rowed before and walked on to the team just to try it out and maybe get in shape. She worked her way up to the first boat where they ended up winning third place at the Big Ten Tournament in 2015. If you see her in the line up of the team on the stage she is as small as the coxswain but despite that was still able to compete with the bigger girls. This was such a testament to her work ethic and determination.
If you’re more curiouser here is a video one of teammates recorded during a race. That is Kealan’s back you watch the whole time but it gives you a sense of the sport and the teamwork needed. It also gives you a jolt of adrenaline this Monday morning!
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So, if you have a graduation or wedding or whatever milestone coming up and need invites I’d look to Basic Invite. Right now you can use the code 15FF51 for 15% off your order. Have a great week!
This post is sponsored by Basic Invite. Thank you for supporting the companies who support When the Girls Rule!