Then order lots of samples, as you might totally change your mind when you see them, or suddenly be inspired by the best bits of different samples. The Wedding Crafter's 'Design your own wedding invitations kit' is a pack designed to give beginners chance to have a play with different card shapes, inserts, ribbons and embellishments that can be tailored to suit any wedding colour scheme.
LOCAL PRINTING: When it comes to short run printing, the local option is my favorite option. Local print shops may not be able to match the price of many online vendors, but you get to have more of a hand in the process, and therefore a little more control over the end result. Some will even let you bring in your own paper, and most will let you use their paper cutters for free (sometimes even if you haven't printed anything through them). Unfortunately, not all local shops are created equal—some FedEx Office shops are great, others not so much. You'll need to do your due diligence to find a good match. InkerLinker is also a good place to find amazing, non_FedEx print shops near you.