Design and visual style
Selecting a visual style for your wedding papers is a good place to begin, and most of our clients get in touch because something in particular has caught their eye. We create invitations of all different styles, but we generally describe them as being either Illustrative or Typographic. We suggest browsing our lookbooks to become familiar with these two styles, or get in touch if you're looking to engage us in the process of creating something entirely unique. Some prioritize visual style over other aspects of the suite such as paper weights and printing methods, so it's good to get familiar with the paper and printing possibilities for both of our styles, and particularly how they relate to overall costs. One other stylistic decision that impacts cost is whether you'd like a single or double-sided design. Invitations are traditionally single-sided, but many of our designs utilize both sides of the card in order to create unique presentations of typography or illustration.
selecting an approach
We offer several collaboration approaches to meet different customization goals and budgets. Our three approaches vary in a number of ways, including in price, printing methods, range of material possibilities, degree of design options presented in the creative process, number of complimentary design revisions, and the timing of our collaboration. Our Collection approach offers the most affordable, streamlined, and straightforward approach for those looking for a quick and simple creative process and are happy to pick a design from our catalog to be personalized with their information. Our Signature and Bespoke approaches offer greater degrees of customization. We're always available to help you navigate the differences between our approaches and guide you to the one that is most in line with your expectations for our collaboration and vision for design.
information and suite configuration
Invitations always communicate the who, what, where, and when essentials, along with some additional details such as the dress code or venue address. Establishing what additional information you would like to share with guests via your invitation suite will help you determine what extra cards are needed in your suite. We offer an array of sizes and formats for additional informational cards, and can guide your selection based on the kind of information you'd like to share. You may choose to have a petite website card to share your wedding website, or a detailed guide to travel and accommodations. Some like to include lots of printed layers and combine invitations to rehearsal dinners and post-wedding brunches, and others like to keep it to just the suite essentials of the invitation, reply cards, and addressed envelopes for both. Some choose to host much of the nitty-gritty on a wedding website, and others choose to print these details in order to accommodate the less tech-savvy individuals on the wedding guestlist.
extras and enhancements
While our flat printed suites have a standard offering of papers and envelopes, our fine printed suites may be modified to include an array of enhancements. These add-ons include increasing the paper weight for any particular card in your suite, combining multiple letterpressed inks or foils, adding digital printing along with the fine printed elements, adding edge painting or gilded edges to the cards in your suite, switching your interior envelopes to folding pochettes, adding a custom printed element to your pochettes, and more. We're happy to discuss all of these possibilities, provide you with custom samples to help make selections, and create a custom, itemized quote based on your selections so you can decide upon a selection of enhancements that's fitting for your vision.
language and wording
There are seemingly endless variations on wording for wedding papers, but we suggest either adhering to tradition or going with whatever feels most fitting to your personalities and the event that you're planning. There's a big difference between "The Honor of Your Presence is Requested..." and "Come Celebrate the Wedding of", and your wording choice can do a lot to set the tone for the event and communicate formality to guests. We will help you navigate these wording possibilities from the main statements to all the small details, or, we are happy to work with the exact wording supplied to us if you have an specific sense of the organization and wordng of your text.
We print all of our envelopes with your guest addresses, allowing for a polished and efficient approach to addressing. A big organizational undertaking can involve collecting and organizing all of your recipient addresses, so it's a good idea to get a headstart with this task. We supply spreadsheets for you to fill out, and also addressing guides so that you can consider any formatting decisions up front. We request all addresses prior to the design process, so that we have all the information we need when it comes to setting up these design files. In the design process, we will show you a file containing all of your designed addresses, so that you can review and make any typo fixes prior to printing.
reply cards and rsvps
We love reply cards, as they add an additional paper element to your suite and allow guests to partake in the rituals of a wedding in advance of the festivities. Some opt for digital replies via a wedding website, or an email address if you're feeling casual. For very intimate events, some choose to skip reply cards altogether. If you're going to include reply cards in your wedding suite, it's good to have an idea of the specific details that you'd like to collect from your guests. At their most functional, reply cards allow guests to indicate whether they are attending the main event or not. Some also choose to use it as an opportunity to capture RSVPs for multiple wedding weekend events, menus selections, dietary restrictions, guest notes and more. Pick an RSVP date that makes sense for when you need to finalize your wedding headcount and begin work on another round of printed materials for the wedding day such as place cards, escort cards, etc.
timelines and bookings
Weddings involve a coordination of many vendors and timelines, and there are some key timing considerations to keep in mind when planning for your wedding papers. A good place to begin is to determine your mailing targets for your save the dates and invitations. We recommend mailing save the dates as soon as the venue and date are secured. For mailing invitations, traditional etiquette suggests four to six weeks prior to the wedding, but we suggest at least eight or more if you're expecting travelers from afar. Other timing details to pin down include the date by which you'd like to request all of your replies be submitted, and when you'd like to receive your printed materials for the wedding day. Once you have a sense of these dates, we invite you to book a collaboration with us in advance. Our collaboration timelines vary from three to eight weeks, depending on your selected approach. As small studio with an intimate client roster, we encourage you to get in touch well in advance of your mailing goals to ensure our availability.
budget & paper priorties
Most have a specific budget for their wedding papers, and there are many facets of your suite that can impact cost. These elements include print quantity, the visual style, level of design customization (Approach), the number of unique printed pieces in your suite, the paper weights for each card, and your chosen printing methods. Typically, most are drawn to a certain style before considering papers and printing, but it's good to discuss the priorities for your suite up front so that we can guide your selection of a style. If you’re budget conscious and looking for an illustrative design, our flat printed cards offer the most affordable option. If you prefer letterpress printing on heavier weight paper, our typographic styles are a good choice. If you’re feeling luxurious, combine the two printing methods and aesthetics. Going with single-sided over double-sided designs is always another way to be conservative with costs. You can also preview sample quotes for each approach on specific approach pages.
Determining your print quantities is a good logistical detail to pin down up front. When it comes to your invitation mailing quantity, you're typically looking at half of your wedding headcount once you take couples and families into account. While we always try to include a few extra cards with your order if possible, we suggest including a few extras in your print quantity for safe keeping. You're able to order in multiples of five, and while we don't have order minimums, order costs do not decrease significantly at small quantities due to the set up fees, and design services entailed in orders of any quantity. We are unable to offer re-printing services for guestlist back ups (even a few extra prints require repeating the set up costs), so suggest that you create your mailing list, and work out the exact numbers needed.
printing and papers
Generally speaking, we offer two printing methods - flat or fine printed. Fine printing utilizes bespoke and specialty production methods such as letterpress to add a luxurious tactility to your prints, or foil stamping for metallic shine to the text. Your selection of a printing method also ties into what's possible with paper, as not all papers are compatible with all printing methods. Our flat printing method offers a more affordable option and uses digital printing technology to create smooth and vibrant finish on 130lbs card stock. Our fine printed sample quote covers prints on 260lbs stock, and upgrading to heavier weights is always a possibility. If you're unsure of what printing methods or paper weights you'd like to go with, we offer in-person consultations at our studio, or will drop a sample in the mail for your after an informational phone call.
assembly, Postage and mailing
All of our printed materials are individually packaged, and are delivered to you ready for assembly and mailing with a showcase sample for how to combine the printed pieces. For the assembly process, we recommend having postage prepared and extra helping hands when it comes to combining all the suite elements, stuffing envelopes and stamping. Postage for mailing will always range and depend on the specifics of your suite, and we're often able to let you know the cost of postage for your suite up front. When it comes time to mail, we always recommend asking at your local post office if they will hand cancel your invitations. Lighter weight cards (digitally printed ones) are often machine processed at the post office, so you should expect some marks on the envelopes after they have gone through the mail. It's unavoidable, and part of the beauty of things traveling through the post from sender to receiver.