1. CONTACT & QUOTE
Step one is to fill out the pre-quote questionnaire so I am able to give you an accurate quote for your wedding suite. I will reach out with any questions and then get a quote to you within 5-7 business days. If you love the quote and want to go ahead, we move on to the next step!
2. CONTRACT & DEPOSIT
Once you decide you want to work with me, I will have you sign the contract located on the CLIENT page and pay the $50 deposit via the button on the CLIENT page. (The $50 deposit will be subtracted from your final invoice.) Once I receive the completed questionnaire, contract and deposit, you will submit either the General Invitation Form or the Wedding Invitation Form. This gives me all the information that I need to begin designing.
3. DESIGN & SAMPLES
This is the part where you get to sit back and relax while I design your dream invitations. I will send you a link to your private album located in the Album tab of the CLIENT page. You will be able to view all of my designs here. We will go back and forth until we find the perfect design and you are completely satisfied. Any changes discussed will be made and I will send out final draft.
4. FINAL PRINTING
Once you give me your final approval, your order will go into full production. My turnaround time for wedding invitations is no more than 4-6 weeks from your final approval. Other stationery items tend to be much quicker. I'll handle all printing, assembly and mailing. Your order will be stuffed, licked, stamped and put in the mailbox. Any extras will be sent directly to you when your full order goes out and I will send you a picture from the post office when I drop everything off. Final payment will be due before anything is mailed out.
Custom invitation suites start at $4.50/suite, which includes the main invitation, details card, rsvp card, outer euro flap envelope (with guest and return address printing), and assembly. It also includes my fees for designing something completely unique for your event.
I keep my starting prices for invitations simple, with no “extra” pieces (not everyone wants more than just that). Anything extra, like additional details cards, rsvp envelope, envelope liners, belly bands, vellum jacket, etc. will add to that base price. To get a better idea of what the final price will look like, complete the questionnaire and I will send you a detailed quote. Below you will find the base pricing for my most popular products. All prices vary depending on your specific design.
Invitations beginning at $4.50/suite
5x7 flat invitation, one details card, one RSVP card, and one white euro flap envelope. Includes all design, printing, assembly, stamping. Return address printing and guest addressing. Postage not included. Additional design items (ie: colored envelope, envelope liner, backer card, belly band, vellum overlay etc) available for an additional fee.
Save the Dates beginning at $1.50/set
Postcard ($1.50) or announcement with envelope ($2.00). Includes all design, printing, assembly, stamping. Return address printing and guest addressing. Postage not included.
Seating Chart or Ceremony Program Sign beginning at $95.00
24”x36” poster size sign on foam core board or poster paper.
Ceremony Programs beginning at $1.25 per
Dinner Menus beginning at $1.25 per
Place Cards beginning at $.50 per
Thank You Cards beginning at $2.00/set
4x6 card with envelopes printed with guest address. Sent directly to you to personalize and put in the mail. Postage not included.
Holiday Cards beginning at $2.00/set
Using a wedding photo of your choice to celebrate your first holiday together. Includes all design, printing, assembly, stamping. Return address printing and recipient addressing. Postage not included.
Other design elements available, please inquire if interested.
A traditional wedding invitation suite includes the main invitation, a response card, and any other enclosure card containing helpful information for your guests (reception card, travel and accommodations card, attire card, wedding website card, etc.).
How long before my wedding should I send out invitations?
Send your wedding invitations out six to eight weeks prior to your wedding date.
Who should receive a wedding invitation?
Everyone on your guest list.
How far before the wedding should the RSVP date be?
RSVPs should be due one month before the wedding.
What about invitations for international guests?
If you're inviting just a few overseas guests, send their invitations along with the ones for your other guests, but make a point to give them a heads-up. Give them a call or send them an email with the details, as well as information about booking hotel rooms, so they can start to arrange their travel with time to spare.
Does half of your family live abroad? You might want to consider bumping up the timeline for them and the rest of your guests. Start designing your invitations a few weeks early and plan to send them out a minimum of 12 weeks in advance.
Be sure to follow up promptly with anyone you haven't heard from to make sure they have plenty of time to book their flights.
You will also want to have all of the information available on your wedding website as soon as save-the-dates are in the mail. Sure, it means you'll have to start ironing out the hotel room block and transportation information sooner than you'd expected, but you'll be happier in the long run. Those overseas guests will have all the information at their fingertips, and you'll have even more crossed off of your to-do list.
Though save-the-date cards are not required, they are a fun way to get your guests to mark their calendars. Also, they're especially helpful when many of
your guests have to make travel arrangements or if accommodations near the wedding site are limited.
Who should get a save-the-date?
Only those who you're planning on inviting to the wedding.
When should I send save-the-dates?
Four to six months before the wedding, or even earlier if you're planning a destination wedding that may require more extensive travel arrangements.
Engagement Party Invitations
Oftentimes, a couple's parents or close friends will throw an engagement party where the couple announces the big news. Some keep the reason for the party a secret and announce the engagement during a toast at the beginning of the evening. Others send out these invitations with the reason for the celebration detailed on the cards.
Who should get an engagement party invitation?
A guest at your engagement party will probably expect an invitation to your wedding, so plan this first guest list wisely.
When should I send engagement party invitations?
As soon after the engagement as possible, while the news is still fresh. If you decide to announce your engagement at the party, you'll need to come up with a good excuse for gathering so many friends and relatives together in one place.
Bridal Shower Invitations
The maid of honor or another good friend usually hosts the shower; oftentimes several people, usually bridesmaids, share the responsibility of celebrating the bride-to-be.
Who should get a bridal shower invitation?
The only rule you need to know is that everyone invited to the shower should also be invited to the wedding. That being said, you can keep the bridal shower to an intimate group of friends and/or family, or have a blowout with dozens of friends. Talk it over with the bridal shower hostess to find out what they have in mind.
When should I send bridal shower invitations?
Bridal shower invitations should go out between six and eight weeks before the event, depending on how many out-of-towners are on the list. Make sure guests RSVP to one person (the maid of honor, for example) to keep numbers organized.
Bachelorette Party Invitations
Whether it's a trip to Las Vegas or something more low key, the bachelor/bachelorette parties are for the bride's and groom's best friends to celebrate their upcoming nuptials.
Who should get a bachelorette party invitation?
Everyone you send a bachelorette party invitation to should also be invited to the wedding, just like with the bridal shower. However small or big you want the guest list to be is up to the hostess and the bride.
When should I send bachelorette party invitations?
One month before the party date. Emailing and calling is acceptable, too.
Rehearsal Dinner Invitations
The rehearsal dinner usually takes place the night before the wedding, following the actual ceremony rehearsal, and is a time for wedding party members to celebrate and toast the couple.
Who should get a rehearsal dinner invitation?
Close family members and anyone participating in the wedding ceremony (including your officiant), plus their spouses or dates. But it is also considerate to invite your out-of-town guests to attend as a kind gesture of thanks for traveling all the way.
When should I send rehearsal dinner invitations?
Send invitations three to six weeks in advance.
Wedding Thank You Cards
You should send thank you notes for all the gifts received during the course of planning your wedding.
Who should get a thank you card?
Everyone who has given you a gift at any of the wedding festivities (the engagement party, bridal shower, wedding).
When should I send thank-you cards?
For gifts received during the engagement party and shower, send a thank you within two to three weeks of the festivities; for gifts sent before the wedding date, send a card as soon as possible, but definitely before the wedding; for gifts given on the wedding day itself, mail a thank-you note within three months; and for gifts received after your wedding, send one within two to three weeks.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to live in the Sandusky area?
Absolutely not. I work and print out of Sandusky, Ohio but I am willing to ship anywhere for an additional fee to cover shipping. If you do live in the Sandusky area, great! You can save money on shipping and we can meet in person if you want to discuss your invitations!
Will I see the invitations before they print?
All products in my studio are handmade and designed to each client’s specifications. Most of these designs are unique, being created for the very first time. Actual printed samples, however, require as much time and set up as running the full project and are not offered.
Do you print on colored or special paper?
I can print on colored paper, but keep in mind that I am unable to print white ink in house, and it is an expensive added cost to outsource. This means, if you choose to have your wording in white, the easiest way to print this is to print on white paper with the background color being the majority of the ink. Special paper always costs more, but I am able to print on it if that’s what you imagined as your invitation paper!
Can you do letterpress printing or gold foiling?
I do not have the ability to do letterpress or foil printing, but if you are interested in that, I can outsource for you! Please keep in mind that specialty printing can be very expensive.
I’m getting married really soon! Can you do rush orders?
Depending on my workload at the time, I would love to try to do a rush order for you. Anything less that 4 weeks is considered rush. a 20% rush order fee will be added to your final invoice.