Are you a little intimidated by the invitation design process? Do you have a few questions before we begin?
Good news: I have all of the important steps and questions outlined below! Some of this process may vary depending on your invitations or project, but this is a great place to start to familiarize yourself with what we'll be doing for the next few months.
First, I'll need some information about what you're looking for. Do you have a design or theme in mind for your invitations? Are you interested in a semi-custom option? Do you just need envelope calligraphy?
So that I have a little more information about your invitations, take a moment to fill out this form. This will help us both: I'll have a better idea of what I'll be creating for you and you'll save a lot of time during the initial communication process!
Two: Custom Quote
Once I know which direction we're headed in, I can create a custom quote for you. To get to this stage, we'll need to know some basics, such as how many people you're inviting (a range is fine, as long as it's something like 125-135 people), what type of printing style you'd like (flat, letterpress, foil + letterpress, etc.), when you need to mail them (I recommend 8-10 weeks from your wedding), and a few other little details.
Your quote will be valid for 30 days and can be changed if we add more pieces, change the quantity, etc.
Three: Making it Official
After we've settled on the general idea of your suite (design, quantity, number of pieces, etc.), we'll move on to what I like to call the "Making it Official" part.
For any work to begin, including sketches, I require a 50% retainer be paid. You'll also have a contract to sign, which you can do electronically. All of these documents will be available in your client portal, which will also house all of your project goodies.
Four: Let the Design Begin!
Now that all of that is behind us, we can start designing!
This process takes about 4-6 weeks, depending on the time of year and what types of pieces I'm creating for you. I'll draw up some rough sketches for you to look over, then we'll move on to the actual design process. You'll receive proofs for each piece and will have the opportunity to approve them or make changes to them. A specific number of proofs are included with your design, and additional proofs and changes are billed at hourly increments.
It's important to keep in mind that your proofs should be approved in a timely manner, and taking too much time for review/changes and requesting additional proofs will push back completion dates.
TIP: This is a great time to get all of your addresses together for addressing, if I'm doing your guest addressing!
Five: Production + Assembly
This is the step we've worked so hard to get to: sending your invitation suite to production! After all of your pieces are approved, they will be marked as "in production" and 3-4 weeks later, they'll be ready to assemble. Timelines vary based on the printing method—letterpress and foil take longer to produce than flat printing—so 3-4 weeks is a general production timeline. If necessary, shipping times will add 3-5 business days to this timeline.
When all of the pieces have been completed, I'll begin the calligraphy guest addressing. I generally require one week per every 75 envelopes, but I may give you a different timeline depending on my workload.
Yay, all of your pieces are done and ready to be shipped! Before I mail your pieces to you, the remaining balance for your invitation suite (including a new line item for shipping) will need to be settled. No orders will ship until payment has been received in full.
Because I want you to make sure nothing is missing, all of your pieces will be shipped directly to you rather than be mailed. All invitation suites will be shipped unsealed, unless otherwise discussed.
If you have questions about mailing your pieces, refer to your contract.