our design process
Initial Complimentary Consultation
Let’s get to know each other. This is our chance to make the connection. We discuss your colors, theme, style and ideas so that I can design the best possible options for you. What do you like and just as important, what don’t you like? There are so many styles and options to choose from: pocketfolds, pockets, z-fold cards, booklets, layers, flat cards, enclosure cards, envelopes, fonts, designs, custom coordinated postage stamps and ink colors.
In my studio you will be able to view invitation samples, a vast selection of paper, designs and fonts. Don’t be alarmed if you aren’t in the Austin, Texas area, I have worked with clients across the United States via email, fax and phone to deliver beautiful invitations.
Preparation for your consultation. What quantity do you need? Remember, you do not need an invitation for each individual guest. There is normally a minimum of two guests, or more for families, per invitation. It is always best to order a minimum of ten additional invitations…just in case you add to your guest list. I bet you feel much better now! What additional enclosure cards are required? Response card, Reception card (if your ceremony and reception are in different locations), Accommodation cards and Save the Date cards (do you have many out-of-town guests), Map and or Direction cards. Would you like your invitations professionally addressed, stuffed and mailed? Yes we can do that for you!
Once you have selected your quantity, papers, styles and options an estimate will be provided. Custom invitation pricing is quite variable based on size, paper choice, enclosures and the printing method. We offer various printing methods: digital, offset, thermography and letterpress printing.
There are instances where the initial estimate may exceed your budget. No worries, we can adjust the design to provide you with the desired end product and work within your budget.
Custom, truly, is custom. Paper is ordered to the exact specifications for your project, therefore, a four to six month lead time is required. The lead time is determined by the complexity and quantity of your personal project and other projects in process.
Are you ready to order your custom invitations? We require a 50% retainer once you have signed your contract. The materials required to complete your custom invitations will be ordered at design approval. You will receive an email with suggested invitation wording, etiquette, and, the information required to complete your project and an envelope addressing template (if we are addressing your invitations).
Design and Proof
The design process begins with the invitation. Sample designs will be emailed to you for approval and/or revisions. Once the design is finalized and approved, the additional enclosures (response, reception, direction, map cards) will be created. An electronic proof of your invitation ensemble will be sent to you for final electronic approval. Once approved, printing and assembly will begin. The final balance is due at this time.
Don’t forget the details. We can provide coordinating programs, place cards, table numbers, menus, seating charts, favors, attendants gifts, toasting flutes, cake server sets, guest books… and so much more.