Organizing a family reunion is hard work! When all the heavy duty planning is done, the last thing you want to do is stress over family reunion invites. That’s why we created a list of the 5 best websites for family reunion invitations. You can easily compare your options and have a better chance of finding invites that are just right for your event.
We’ll compare and contrast our five favorites: PurpleTrail, Invite Shop, VistaPrint, Zazzle, and Tiny Prints.
1.) Invite Shop
Invite Shop is a custom invitation store that specializes in affordable invitations, including family reunion invitations. With such cheap prices, you might have quality concerns about the final product. However, customer reviews on Facebook reveal that Invite Shop’s quality is top-notch. If you still have concerns about quality, you can always order a free sample kit from Invite Shop to get a feel for the different options and paper types.
Designs & Variety
Invite Shop has a decent variety of family reunion invitation designs, including family tree themes, formal options for country club or hotel gatherings, and lighthearted designs for casual backyard BBQs. There’s a little something for everyone.
Most of the reunion invite designs on Invite Shop feature a variety of trims — e.g., rounded, antique, ticket, and heart-shaped — that can add an extra element of refinement or charm to your invite. Invite Shop offered five different paper types, including pearlescent and double thick, which can add more pop to your invites.
Invite Shop lets you change anything you want about any of their family reunion invitation designs. Hitting the “Personalize” button leads you to the website’s built-in design center where you can make small tweaks or major layout changes. For example, you can do a simple font change and background color swap, or completely scrap the entire design and build your own from scratch. Invite Shop leaves the choice up to you.
Invite Shop’s design center categorizes all of its customization options so it’s easy to make the changes you want. Categories include trim, backgrounds, text, photos, embellishments, and shapes. The embellishment tab is worth exploring, as you can pull decorations from throughout the entire site to inspire your own original design.
Invite Shop offers some of the lowest prices we’ve seen on family reunion invitations, with pricing starting at $0.49 per card. The price per card is the same whether you purchase 50 cards or 250 cards, which is a great advantage if you happen to be planning a small reunion. To gauge price, we chose the lowest priced reunion invitation we could find (the Yellow and Coral Spring Family Reunion Invitation) and rang up a 50-card purchase for a total of $32. If you pay $4.95 extra, you can have a professional review and final proof of your order to help spot any errors.
PurpleTrail sells both custom invitations and personalized gifts. While Invite Shop targets the budget-conscious buyer, PurpleTrail provides a broader variety of both standard and premium cards to suit a wider range of budgets. You can request a free sample kit to compare paper types and styles. PurpleTrail also differentiates itself by providing an amazing loyalty program that rewards repeat customers and friend referrals.
Designs & Variety
PurpleTrail offers more invitation designs than Invite Shop with an entire category of the website devoted exclusively to family reunions. We spotted designs for all sorts of themes, including potlucks, luaus, golf tournaments, cookouts, BBQs, and even destination family reunions. Most designs featured a variety of trim options, including rounded corners, scalloped edges, heart or circle shapes, or fancy antique or ticket trims.
Notably, PurpleTrail offers an extensive variety of invite formats. Aside from traditional flat cards, PurpleTrail offers multi-page invites, such as tri-fold, quad-fold, and booklet cards. Booklet cards are an important option if you are planning a multi-day family reunion and want to share a detailed schedule. PurpleTrail offers four different paper types, including double thick and pearlescent for standard flat cards.
Like Invite Shop, PurpleTrail offers a built-in design center that allows you to change any family reunion invitation design from top to bottom. It’s easy to change the font and background color to fit your theme or add in custom embellishments to dress up any design.
With PurpleTrail, You can add in as many text boxes and photos as you want wherever you want to create your own custom layout. You can even clear out the design from the card entirely and build your own design from scratch. It’s that flexible!
Like most invitation companies, PurpleTrail offers lower pricing per card for bulk orders. A 50-card order of family reunion invitations for one of PurpleTrail’s lowest priced flat cards (Coral State Family Reunion Invitation) amounted to $78.40 at $1.10 per card. However, when you upped the quantity to 100 cards, the price per card went down to $0.98 for a total of $98. Like Invite Shop, PurpleTrail offers a professional review service and a final proof of your order to help spot any errors for an added cost of $4.95. PurpleTrail coupon codes can drive down costs further.
VistaPrint, a company best known for business cards, has branched out in recent years to offer other personalized products like custom T-shirts and party invitations. Family reunion invitations are among its many design categories. VistaPrint’s pricing is so cheap that quality may be a concern to you; we recommend requesting a free sample pack to get an idea of paper quality.
Designs & Variety
VistaPrint offers a decent variety of family reunion designs, including family tree designs and various reunion themes, like BBQs, camping, and beaches. While we did find some good designs here, we feel this VistaPrint category could use some attention. Some of the designs were all-purpose party designs rather than specifically designed for family reunions; other designs seemed better suited for business cards than invitations. Design quality was also varied; some designs reflected a sophisticated designer’s eye while others resembled bargain-bin scrapbook paper.
VistaPrint only had flat card options available; we did not see any folded or multi-page options. Invitations could be printed on five different types of paper stock, including premium glossy and linen finish.
We found very few customization options for VistaPrint’s family reunion invitations. A website footnote notified us that a user would need to call VistaPrint for assistance with layout, color, or design reviews. We didn’t find any options for die-cut trims for the invitations, such as rounded corners, fancy edges, or circle or heart shapes.
Certain VistaPrint invitation designs did allow us to make layout changes to the back of the card by selecting one of the predetermined combinations of images and text. However, the design on the front of the card was more rigid, with only some designs offering limited color palette choices. We found most design templates to be inflexible in general.
VistaPrint is a cheap place to get family reunion cards. As with most invitation sources, the more cards you order from VistaPrint, the lower the price per card. A 50-card order for one of VistaPrint’s cheapest family reunion cards (ID: 2115630) came out to a base price of $32 at $0.48 per card. When you upped the order to 100 cards, the base price was $52, or $0.39 per card. VistaPrint also offers promo codes that can drastically reduce your final price.
Zazzle is a massive digital marketplace of custom products. Similar to Etsy or Cafe Press, Zazzle is set up for both buying and selling. Family reunion invitations are one of the many categories in Zazzle’s huge invitations segment. Since Zazzle has so many paper types, we recommend requesting samples ahead of time.
Designs & Variety
Zazzle offers nearly 5,000 family reunion designs, but finding the design you’re looking for is like hunting for diamonds in the rough. Since Zazzle is open to any invitation designer who opens a shop, design quality is all over the map. In other words, you won’t see the consistent design quality you would expect from an online shop that employs a vetted, in-house design team.
That said, Zazzle offers an impressive variety of paper stock options in different textures and sheens. You could choose from 11 different paper types, including traditional, artisan, and luxe paper types. Die-cut trim options varied by design; some designs only allowed standard square or rounded edges, while others offered more whimsical die-cuts. However, you can filter your search to find bracket, rounded, circle, ticket, or scalloped trims.
Zazzle’s built-in design tool was not as sophisticated as the built-in design center we found on Invite Shop and PurpleTrail, both of which let you import embellishments from throughout the website. However, Zazzle’s design tool is still flexible enough to let you add as many photos and text boxes as you want on both the front and back panels of your card. You also have complete control over background color, rather than being restricted to a set color palette like VistaPrint or Tiny Prints.
Zazzle’s family reunion invitation prices are as varied as its designers, but bulk discounts do apply across the board. We chose the lowest price design we could find (Family Reunion Design Card) to gauge price. A 50-card order rang up for f $65.50 at $1.31 per card.
When we changed the quantity to 100 cards, the price per card went down to $1.05 per card for a total of $105. Zazzle also offers coupon codes from time to time that can further drive down your final cost.
5.) Tiny Prints
Tiny Prints, a division of Shutterfly, specializes in invitations and announcements, but is perhaps best known for its photo holiday greetings. Tiny Prints differentiates itself by offering exclusive designs from reputable, external designers. The Tiny Prints website has sophisticated filters to help you find exactly what you want.
Designs & Variety
While Tiny Prints has excellent design quality overall, family reunion invitations is one of its minor categories. We only found 11 designs total, which severely limits your choices. While the few designs available were modern and attractive, we didn’t find any themed options. Surprisingly few family reunion designs encouraged the use of photos.
At Tiny Prints, your cardstock choices depend on the design you choose. The cheapest reunion invitation we found had only one choice, while the most expensive reunion invitation had three paper type options (matte, shimmer, or double thick). Postcard options are available, which make for cheaper, easier mailing.
With Tiny Prints, your customization options depend on the design you choose and your price point. The cheapest family reunion design does not allow you to change the trim or anything beyond the font type, color, size, and alignment. The higher price points allow you to choose from a small selection of color palettes and 5 different trims, including bracket, scalloped, and ticket trim.
Your options for changing the layout also vary by price point. Higher priced cards allow you to select different combinations of photos and text on the back of the card from a list of pre-determined options. However, the design and layout on the front of the card was more rigid.
Like most invitation sources, Tiny Prints offers discounted pricing for bulk orders. To get an idea of price, we chose the cheapest invitation we could find (the Deeply Rooted invitation). A 50-card order came to $54.50, at $1.09 per card. When we upped the quantity to 100 cards, the total was $89 at $0.89 per card. Tiny Prints coupon codes can drive the price down further.
You Have Options!
In conclusion, you have options when it comes to family reunion invitations! We encourage you to compare the pros and cons of each invitation source instead of going with the first option you see in your search engine. Only then can you find family reunion invitations that truly meet your needs!