Your child’s First Holy Communion is beautiful rite of passage that’s steeped in tradition. Parents often want their families and dear friends to be present as their child, clothed in white, accepts the Eucharist for the first time. If you’re looking for invitations for this important spiritual milestone, we’ve put together a list comparing the best places to get First Communion invitations. This blog will compare quality, customization, and pricing available through these invitation sources. Let’s dive right in!
PurpleTrail offers a wide variety of custom invitations, paper products, and artisan gifts making it a great one-stop-shop for special events and parties. For First Communion invitations, PurpleTrail sets itself apart in the industry with its built-in design center that allows you to take any First Communion invitation design and make it your own. PurpleTrail has also built a reputation for excellent customer service, which is frequently praised in reviews and reflected in their customer loyalty program.
Designs & Variety
PurpleTrail currently offers 31 First Communion invitation designs on its website, and new designs are routinely added. Formal and casual options are available for both boys and girls, as well as gender-neutral styles with and without photos. A modern sensibility is reflected in the designs, which include on-trend kraft paper, chalkboard, and chevron backgrounds as well as timeless design elements like monograms and damask.
Aside from standard flat invitations, PurpleTrail also offers multi-page invitations, such as booklet, tri-fold, and quad-fold cards. Multiple panels allow parents to share several full-size photos of the child with guests while leaving plenty of room for First Communion details, post-ceremony details, beloved scripture verses, and more. To add distinction to your First Communion invitations, you also have your choice of 11 different trims (including hearts and circles) and four different paper types (including double thick and pearlescent).
PurpleTrail makes it easy to get exactly what you want by letting you change any design on the website from top to bottom. For designs you love, you can make simple tweaks to background color and font for an in-and-out order. However, you can also create something entirely new by completely rearranging a design’s layout or mixing together elements from one or more designs. You can add as many photos and text boxes as you want, anywhere you want.
Using PurpleTrail’s design tools, you can search for embellishments and backgrounds found in designs throughout the website and import them into your own invitation. The design center also lets you add in shapes like circles and starbursts for designating special text. Last but not least, PurpleTrail even makes it possible for you to upload your own original design to be printed through their production facility.
PurpleTrail offers discounted pricing per invitation for large orders. For example, pricing for a 50-card order starts at $1.10 per card, but goes down to $0.98 per card for a 100-card order. We liked that even the cheapest cards on PurpleTrail were fully customizable, which we felt adds a great deal of value. Upcharges include fancy trims other than square, higher quality paper, colored envelopes, extra envelopes, and direct mailing services.
Tiny Prints is an online source for custom invitations, stationery, and gifts, making it another one-stop-shop for special events and parties. For First Communion invitations, Tiny Prints sets itself apart by its partnerships with reputable designers who create exclusive designs for this category. The Tiny Prints website also makes it easy to shop by color, trim, designer, and more.
Designs & Variety
Tiny Prints currently offers 210 First Communion invitation designs on its website. Formal and casual options are available for both boys and girls, as well as gender-neutral styles with and without photos. Design quality is similar to that of PurpleTrail, with options including trendy chalkboard and chevron backgrounds as well as timeless design elements like floral and damask.
Unlike PurpleTrail, Tiny Prints did not offer any multi-page options, such as booklet and tri-fold invitations. However, Tiny Prints did offer a postcard format, which makes mailing more simplistic. Tiny Prints also offered a couple foil stamped options to add flair to your First Communion invitations.
Tiny Prints offers fewer trim options than PurpleTrail (heart and circle shapes were what we missed the most), but you can still choose from five different trims, including rounded, scalloped, ticket, and bracket edges. Lastly, Tiny Prints offers seven different paper types, including double thick and pearl white shimmer.
With Tiny Prints, customization options vary greatly depending on the design you choose. The cheapest invitation designs don’t offer flexible templates. For example, on low-end designs, background colors are fixed, and you can’t add photos to the back panel of the card. As the price point goes up, the designs typically allow you to pick from three background colors for the front of the card and a handful of layouts for the back of the card. You can’t create your own custom layout using only the tools available on the website.
Overall, Tiny Prints goes about customization differently than PurpleTrail. For example, instead of allowing you to pick any background color for any design, you will likely need to filter a search by color and hope it matches up with a design you like. Similarly, not every paper type is available for every flat card design; instead, you will need to filter a search for designs that offer the paper type you want. We didn’t see a way to import custom embellishments or add custom shapes. However, Tiny Prints does allow you to upload your own design to be printed through their facility.
Tiny Prints also offers discounted pricing per card for large orders. The price per card starts at $0.79 each for a 50-card order and $0.69 each for a 100-card order. However, this pricing is typically paired with the designs that allow the fewest customization options. You will pay more per card for invitations that allow you to change the background color or add a photo to the back panel. Upcharges include fancy trims other than square, address and mailing services, extra envelopes, and higher quality paper.
VistaPrint is best known for creating custom business cards and promotional products, but also produces custom invitations, including First Communion invitations. VistaPrint sets itself apart in the industry with rock bottom pricing and good customer service, although customer reviews indicate that print quality is varied.
Designs & Variety
VistaPrint currently offers 43 First Communion invitation designs on their website. However, we noticed that many of the designs were not as stylish and modern as those we found on PurpleTrail and Tiny Prints. We saw few on-trend design elements and more traditional motifs such as crosses, chalices, and rosary beads. Even so, formal and casual options were available for boys and girls, as well as gender neutral options with and without photos.
VistaPrint primarily offers standard flat cards, but does offer a couple folded formats. We did not see any booklet, tri-fold, or quad-fold formats like we saw on PurpleTrail or any foil stamped options like we saw on Tiny Prints. VistaPrint also did not offer any alternative trims, like rounded edges or ticket shapes. Four different paper choices were available, including linen cardstock, but pearlescent paper was conspicuously absent. Overall, we saw fewer ways to make your First Communion invitations look special with VistaPrint.
VistaPrint offers more customization tools than Tiny Prints, but fewer than PurpleTrail. VistaPrint’s design tools allow you to add as many text boxes and photos as you want to the front and back panels of the designs, and we were especially impressed by the ability to curve your text to create a pleasing text layout. However, background colors were surprisingly rigid; we found ourselves limited to 3 to 6 pre-selected color palettes for most designs.
VistaPrint lets you import custom embellishments into their invitation designs by clicking on their image library and conducting a quick keyword search. You are also able to add shapes, such a ovals and starbursts. VistaPrint provides a selection of desirable layout options for the back of the invitation that can guide you toward a pleasing final product. Lastly, VistaPrint allows you to upload your own design to be printed through their facility.
VistaPrint offers discounted pricing for large quantity orders. Price per card for First Communion invitations starts at $0.48 per card for a 50-card order and $0.39 per card for a 100-card order. Upcharges include higher quality paper, personalized matching envelopes, and personalized matching envelope seals.
In conclusion, you have options when it comes to your First Communion invitations. The goal of this comparison post is to help you see the unique features of each invitation source. Armed with this knowledge, you can make an informed decision on which one best meets your needs.