ANOTHER WAY TO LOOK GOOD ON PAPER
Life’s big adventures are full of get-togethers, gatherings and memory-making moments. And every good party calls for eye-catching stationery.
TO LOVE, LAUGHTER + HAPPILY EVER AFTER
Because the most important day of your life should be documented with the most memorable stationery.
Below are the most common printing methods and finishing techniques. If this all seems a little to technical for you, don’t worry; I’m here to help you choose an option that suits both your vision and your budget.
Also known as digital printing, this is the most common printing process. Think: your home printer, kicked up a few notches. It’s affordable, lovely, and especially great for printing designs with a lot of color (like watercolors, for example).
Similar to foil printing, letterpress involves a printing plate that’s pressed into the paper, leaving an indentation. It’s a manual process that requires a letterpress machine, and while pricier than flat printing, the results are stunning.
With foil printing, the design is turned into a heated die which is then applied to metallic foil and permanently adhered to the card stock. This results in a shiny, mirror-like finish.
Thermography is basically the opposite of letterpress printing. So instead of an indentation, you get a raised design. This is also known as embossing.
From our first email, phone call or meet-up to the moment you see your finished invitations in person, I’m here to make every step of the process seamless. Here’s what you can expect when working with me.
Gotta start somewhere, right? Grab a glass of wine or your beverage of choice and hop on a phone call or video chat with me. Local to northeast Ohio? We could even meet up in person. Whatever’s easiest for you.
This complimentary consultation is meant for me to get to know you. What do you do for a living? What’s your fiancé like? Tell me about your wedding and your guests and your vision. TELL ME EVERYTHING!
It’s okay if you don’t have it all figured out yet. I’m here to help you get there. All you have to do is show up, and I’ll handle the rest.
Based on the info you provide in your consultation, I will send you a rough estimate of which a 50% non-refundable deposit is required. From there, I’m all yours. I’ll map out a timeline of when you can expect initial proofs, when I’ll need approvals from you, and so on.
One more thing for you to do: gimme those deets! And by that I mean send over the wording you want to use along with all information you’d like in your invitations. This includes dates, times, names, locations, etc.
You might not have nailed down all the specifics just yet, but you should generally know what needs to be included. If you need some help with how to word things, then I’m your gal! (This is where my creative writing education comes in clutch.)
designs + proofs
Once your deposit is paid, the first thing you’ll receive from me is a PDF of a mood board with fonts, colors, and any design elements we previously discussed.
Along with this will be a mock-up of the main invitation only. If you’re diggin’ the direction I’m headed, I’ll design accompanying pieces like RSVP and Details cards. This just ensures we’re both on the same page before I spend my time (and yours!) designing every piece of the suite.
Your project scope includes up to three revisions. (Anything after that will require additional charges.)
You’re oh-so-happy with the designs, you’ve triple-checked all spelling and information for accuracy, and you’ve signed off on final designs, quantities, and costs. At this point you’re golden.
You’ll owe your remaining balance and I’ll release the designs to print. Allow 2-3 weeks for this magic to happen. If I’m addressing your envelopes and/or assembling your invitation suites, you’ll want to tack on another couple of weeks for me to complete everything.
> How much will this cost?
Wedding invitation suites start at $500, but since every project is different, the total cost will depend on a lot of different factors including printing method, quantities, etc.
> How much time do you need?
From our initial consultation and the design process to printing and assembly, I’ll need at least 8 weeks from start to finish. Of course, this will all depend on the scope of the project; the more details your invitations require, the more time required.
> How many invitations should I order?
I recommend ordering around 5 additional invitations. It doesn’t hurt to have extras on hand just in case. Even if you don’t end up sending them out, they make memorable keepsakes you can look back on years later.
> What’s proper wording etiquette?
If you think you need to use words like cordially or phrases like the honor of your presence, then think again, friend. There’s nothing wrong with traditional, formally-worded invitations — especially if your wedding or event is lavish and sophisticated. But I’m a firm believer in doing what most suits YOU. So if that means saying something like we’re gettin’ hitched or come party your face off, then I’m all about it. Let’s work together to find your voice and let it shine through your invitations.
> When should I send them out?
Six weeks before your event is customary, but you may want to tack on a couple weeks to that if you’re inviting guests from out of state or out of country.
> Will you assemble my invitations?
Sure! Assembly is considered an additional cost, but it’s especially convenient if your invitation suite includes add-ons like belly bands, wax seals, ribbon, etc. If your budget’s tight, though, feel free to DIY. No hard feelings.
Still have questions?
there’s more where that came from
After all, there are so many life events that are deserving of some damn good stationery.
Maybe you’re welcoming a new addition, showering a bride-to-be, or throwing a milestone birthday party for the ages. If your event needs paper, I’ve got you.
That’s not just limited to invitations. I can design and print anything you need for the event itself, including party favors, menus, place cards, games and so much more.
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