A baby’s baptism is a meaningful ceremony welcoming the child into a community of believers and the church as a whole. Understandably, parents will want their family and dear friends to witness this important spiritual milestone. However, baptism invitations are not one size fits all. Quality, customization options, and pricing vary greatly depending on where you look. Let’s take a closer look at the 3 best websites for custom baptism invitations:
PurpleTrail is an online store that sells custom invitations and personalized gifts. The PurpleTrail website uses a sophisticated design center that lets people customize their baptism invitations from top to bottom, providing unparalleled design flexibility. Better yet, they have a reputation for excellent customer service, stellar reviews, and a unique loyalty program.
Designs & Variety
PurpleTrail has a large selection of baptism invitations, including photo invitations and designs tailored specifically for boys and girls. Christian symbols, such as crosses and doves, are prominent in many of the designs, but you can also find whimsical embellishments, like little whales or flower motifs. Modern background designs include corkboard, chalkboard, and geometric prints that provide an eye-catching backdrop to the invitation’s central message and photos.
Aside from traditional flat cards, PurpleTrail offers a multi-page baptism invitation in the form of a booklet so that parents can share several full-size photos of the child to be baptized. We loved how this option transformed a simple invitation into a photo keepsake.
You have your choice of 11 different card shapes (called trims) including rounded or wavy edges, ticket or antique shapes, or unique heart and onesie shapes. Last but not least, you have your choice of four different paper types, including high-end cardstock like pearlescent and double thick.
PurpleTrail lets you change the front or back of any baptism invitation design as little or as much as you want. You can also add as many photos and text boxes as you want, wherever you want without being limited by a rigid template.
PurpleTrail’s built-in design center is flexible enough to completely rearrange the entire layout of an existing design or even erase it completely to build something from scratch. You can even upload your own original design and have it printed through PurpleTrail’s production facility.
Another unique aspect of PurpleTrail’s design center is the ability to add custom embellishments or shapes. If you see an embellishment on one baptism invitation design that you’d like to use in a different design, you can simply do a quick search for it and import it in. Last but not least, the shapes feature lets you add in circles, starbursts, and more to frame special text or create a unique effect.
PurpleTrail offers competitive pricing for baptism invitations and provides a bulk discount for large-quantity orders. To gauge price, we picked the cheapest flat invitation on the website and priced out a 50-card order at $1.57 per card for a total of $78.50. A 100-card order of the same card came out to $1.41 per card for a total of $141. Upcharges include fancy trims other than square, higher quality paper, colored envelopes, designer review, and direct mailing services.
2.) Tiny Prints
Tiny Prints is best known for its custom photo cards, but also offers custom stationery and invitations, including baptism invitations. Advanced search options make it easy to find what you’re looking for on the Tiny Prints website. Tiny Prints sets itself apart in this category by offering foil stamped options and invitation designs for twins.
Designs & Variety
Tiny Prints has an extensive selection of baptism invitations, with photo and non-photo invitations available for both girls and boys. Common design themes include Christian symbols like crosses, doves, lambs, and rosary beads. You can find modern design elements like chalkboard and polka dot backgrounds, and formal/traditional designs incorporating damask and monograms.
While Tiny Prints offers tons of choices for standard flat cards, this appears to be the only invitation format available. We did not see a booklet option like we found on PurpleTrail. Tiny Prints gives you the choice of five different trim options, including square, rounded, bracket, ticket, and scalloped (wavy) edges. Designs were available in six different paper types, including matte, semi-glossy, ecru textured, white textured, double thick, and pearl white shimmer, although not every design makes every paper type available.
On the Tiny Prints website, customization options vary among designs. The lowest-priced cards only allow changes to the font type, color, alignment, and size, but do not allow other simple changes, like background color. However, as you go up a bit in price, you will see designs that include a handful of color options and various layout options. If you have a specific color in mind, you will need to search specifically for designs by color rather than finding that color as an option within every design.
Layout options, i.e., different combinations of photos and text, are generally provided for the back panel of the invitations. However, you are limited to the layouts selected for you and you don’t have the ability to add photos and text boxes wherever you want like we saw with PurpleTrail.
The design on the front panel of the card is generally more rigid, and you can’t move around individual elements as easily as you can with PurpleTrail. That said, Tiny Prints offers so many designs that you have a good chance of finding a design that meets your needs as is.
Tiny Prints also offers competitive pricing for baptism invitations as well as discounted pricing per card for large orders. The lowest priced card we could find was $0.79 each for a 50-card order at a total of $39.50. A 100-card order of the same design totaled $69 at $0.69 per card. Upcharges include addressing and direct mailing services, fancy trims other than square, and higher quality paper.
VistaPrint is best known for custom business cards, but has branched out to offer custom invitations and other non-paper custom products. With VistaPrint, you can choose one of their designs or upload your own design to be printed through their facility in a variety of sizes.
Designs & Variety
VistaPrint offers a broad selection of baptism invitation designs, including photo and non-photo options for boys and girls. Designs ranged in quality from modern and compelling to simplistic and outdated. Religious symbols, like crosses and doves, were prominent in many of the designs.
Format options include flat and folded cards, but we did not see any booklet designs. We also did not see any trim options outside standard square like we saw on PurpleTrail and Tiny Prints, and there were no high-end printing options like foil stamping.
VistaPrint did, however, provide a variety of cardstock options, including matte, premium matte, premium glossy, recycled matte, and linen finish. Unlike Tiny Prints, all cardstock options appeared to be available for all designs.
While its design tools are not as sophisticated as the ones available on PurpleTrail, VistaPrint still lets you add as many photos and text fields to the front and back panels of their baptism invitation designs as you want at any price point, providing more flexibility than Tiny Prints. VistaPrint also offers a good variety of pre-determined layout options for the back panel of their designs, allowing for different combinations of photos and text.
Background color options, however, are pre-selected, with certain designs offering a choice of 2-6 color options. VistaPrint does allow you to import embellishments from other designs and add shapes like ovals, starbursts, and lines to frame text or create a unique look.
VistaPrint offers low pricing on baptism invitations and a discounted price per card for large orders. The lowest-priced baptism invitation we found priced out to $0.48 per card for a 50-card order at a total of $24. A 100-card order of the same design drove the price down to $0.39 per card for a total of $39. These prices reflected a promo code discount that was automatically applied. Upcharges include higher quality paper, matching envelopes, and matching add-on items, like envelope seals.
You Have Options!
In summary, PurpleTrail offers the largest variety of fancy trims; a multi-page booklet option for sharing lots of full-size photos; and unparalleled customization options through its built-in design center, including the ability to upload and print your own design. Tiny Prints offers the broadest selection of designs, options for twins and foil stamping, and a handful of fancy trims. VistaPrint offers the lowest pricing, a decent range of customization tools, and the ability to upload your own design.
Bottom line? You have options when it comes to baptism invitations and each website offers unique features you may find useful. We hope this side-by-side comparison helps you choose the website that meets your unique needs!