You’re headed to our studio with your honey to check out our selection, get a quote, and place your order. What should you bring along? Here is some basic information you should have for your meeting, and beyond.
When is your event? You should send invitations out six to eight weeks before the wedding, three months ahead if it’s a destination wedding. Save-the-date cards typically are mailed six to eight months before the event. Our production time is about 2-3 weeks, depending on our calendar.
What are you looking to order?
A typical wedding invitation suite includes a save-the-date card and envelope, an invitation and envelope, Rsvp card and envelope, and an insert card with travel information and accommodations. If you send a save-the-date, you’ve got more time to send out invitations. Save-the-dates are not only a way to give guests advance notice, but can be a way for you to be more expressive and fun with the design than you might on the invitation card. You may also include your wedding website on the save-the-date. The Rsvp card and its envelope go inside the envelope with the invitation. You can also omit the envelope and use an Rsvp postcard, which is inherently adorable and saves on postage. An insert card with additional information for guests is also helpful.
Or, an as-close-as-possible approximation of invitations needed. We’ll need this number to give you an accurate quote. Remember, this is the number of invitations mailed out. Usually, this number is about two thirds of your total head count, depending on how many of those invited live in the same household. You may also want to order a few extra invitations, because your mom will probably insist you invite Aunt Gertrude.
We will help you with this part, but it’s good to have at least an idea of what you’d like the card to say. Is it formal? Is the ceremony going to be held in a church? Who is doing the inviting? Here is a guide for traditional and modern takes on invitation wording. Think about how you would like to word the Rsvp card and what date you would like to have a response. This is usually two to three weeks before the event, enough time to get a final head count to your caterer and to finalize the seating at the reception.
We want you to send out the perfect invitation for your event, and will work within your budget to achieve that.
We have samples for you to peruse in house, but we love Pinterest! Especially since there are so many options for fonts, color, and style, it’s helpful if you have some ideas about how you’d like your invitation to look. Remember, the invitation sets the tone for your event. Something on white or ecru paper with a simple script in black communicates a traditional, formal affair. A bright, colorful design with varying fonts tells us the event is going to be more carefree.
You’ve placed your order. You’ve chosen paper, envelopes, ink colors, fonts, and layout. After we receive a half deposit, we’ll begin the custom design and proofing (finalizing the design) process. Our custom print orders come with three rounds of proofs at no cost. Additional proofs are $15 per set. Once you approve and sign your proof, we begin the production process. After this point, no further changes may be made. We cut your paper to size, print your order on our beautiful Heidelberg press in our studio, and do any assembly required. We then package your order neatly and it’s ready for pickup!