Save the Date’s and Thank You Card’s- What Brides Can Do Before and After They Say ‘I Do’

Vanessa Joy Photography


Save the Dates  and Thank You Cards are a great add-on (and marketing piece) for my business. I encourage my brides to start thinking about these cards with a playful, tongue-in-cheek blog post or email that says:

“You just got engaged! Congrats! You’ll be supplying the post office with a substantial amount of income over the next year or so. From STDs to TYCs and of course wedding invitations, you’ll get pretty familiar with the post office teller and that awfully long line. What do STDs and TYCs have to do with the post office you ask? Save-the-Dates and Thank You Cards often get mailed. 😉

Shaped Flat Greeting Cards

Normally you’ll have a stationary designer create your gorgeous wedding invitations where the sky is the limit. But if you’d like to stay with the gorgeousness for your save-the-date and thank you cards, but stay away from the $15 per card price point, then this is where your photographer comes in handy.”

And by pairing my bride’s images with Black River Imaging’s wide range of press printed products, I can offer my clients the world.

Folded Greeting Cards

Personally, all of my clients get complimentary custom-designed, 5×5, flat double-sided thank you’s. They need them and I have some pretty pictures that I can put on them. I even fill in some of the writing for them so their fingers don’t hurt writing them all out themselves (and their poor handwriting skills are kept a secret that way too). Plus, I get to put my work in the hands of their friends and family so I feel like it’s a win-win.

But that’s not all!!

Flat double-sided cards are great, but you can do so much more. And don’t jut stop at Thank You Cards when you’ve got great engagement photos to slap on some pretty save-the-dates too! Here are some options my clients have when they order (or upgrade) save-the-date or thank you cards with me.

Paper Stock is default to 110lb press printed with a linen or pearl finish. I’m a fan of both, though my clients tend to learn towards the smooth elegant pearl. However, 110lbs isn’t where we stop. I’ll price at $45 per 25 flat 5×5 or 5×7 cards.

There are two other types of paper I use: LOFTand ColorThick. Both give a heavyweight feel like you’d expect when you order a thick letterpress paper. LOFT is thick, soft and beautiful to the touch. ColorThick is the same, but you get to add a touch of color to the side of your cards. BE-A-UTIFUL. I’ll price either option at $150 per 25.

Shapes are another choice. Not everything has to be straight! We’ll take your cards from simple to sassy with a choice of 6 shapes. I’ll price at $25 per 25 cards

Don’t Forget the Envelopes!

Linen white envelopes are the default, and they’re quite cute, but you have options here too.

Return Addresses are no fun to write on your own so we can put them on the back of the envelope for you no problem. I’ll price at $15 per 25 envelopes.

Printed Return Address Envelopes

Colors are another option that you can add on for a markup price of $10 per 25 envelopes. Check out the colors below

Lining is my favorite part. Nothing speaks detailed-oriented luxury like customizing the envelope lining – and we can make anything you want here with my in-house graphic designer. I usually price at $20 per 25 envelopes.

Vanessa Joy is a professional New Jersey luxury wedding photographer capturing NJ, NY and destination weddings. Vanessa focuses on creating a unique boutique experience with each of her couple’s wedding photography. Learn more at

Special Discount: For 1 week only,  you can grab 10% off all your greeting card orders with code VJOYTHANKS (use the code as many times as you wish until 8/26/15). If you haven’t tried giving complimentary thank you cards to your clients before, why not give it a whirl using this deal?

Use code VJOYTHANKS at checkout and get 10% off all greeting cards during the sale period. Code can be used unlimited times by the same account during the sale period. Valid only on web at (not ROES or Cascade). Cannot be combined with other promos. Discount does not apply to taxes, shipping or previously placed orders. 

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