Bespoke Wedding Invitations
What to Expect
I take on a limited number of full stationery clients each wedding season. These are my favorite projects, and I want to ensure access to me as your designer, and excellent communication. These spaces do fill up before the year is out so be sure to inquire as soon as you know you'd like to work with me.
Custom stationery packages include unlimited artwork. So if you'd like a custom monogram, and venue illustration, that is no problem! All calligraphy and illustration is done by hand just for you, never to be reused on another client. Assembly and mailing services are always included, and organic calligraphy guest addressing is also available. We can source anything from bespoke handmade envelopes, to a collection of vintage stamps. I also work regularly with event designers, and am happy to incorporate their inspiration and color palettes into your custom wedding invitations.
Questionnaire & Proposal
The design process for a custom wedding invitation suite typically spans approximately 8 weeks. Once you submit your inquiry, you will be emailed a detailed questionnaire. I create a customized proposal, along with payment schedule and contract. A $50 deposit is required to reserve your project on my design calendar. If there is a gap between your deposit and the start of the design process, I will set up a private Pinterest board for us to start gathering inspiration.
Discovery & Direction
Congrats! It's now time to start with the fun stuff! At the beginning of the design process a retainer of 50% of the remaining balance is due. We will schedule a FaceTime chat for a discovery session. I want to hear all about your story, the plans for the wedding day, and what you love about stationery (as well as what you don't like!). I will gather this information, along with any inspiration provided to prepare a design board and rough sketch of the invitation suite. The design board specifies what colors, papers, and printing methods will be used. It will also be our guide to aesthetic direction, inspiration, and what bespoke details are involved. The sketch is to provide a reference to layout of calligraphy and artwork. 3 revisions to these pieces are included, until you are completely happy with the direction.
Artwork & Approval
Next, you start to see your stationery come to life. You can sit back and relax for about a week while I paint in my studio! I will do all calligraphy and artwork by hand. Scan and digitize files, and design your digital print files. Now you get to see the digital versions, and make any small adjustments that may be needed. 3 rounds of revisions are included to fine-tune spelling and so forth. Revisions to completed artwork are billed per project, however this is not usually necessary. Once you have double checked spelling and approved the files we send them off to my printer, or I start production in house depending upon the scope and method of printing.
Calligraphy & Assembly
Now that I have received everything back from the printer, its time for the final assembly. I will send you a proof of a calligraphed envelope for approval before all envelopes are inked. I will also weigh a completed suite and we will decide on postage. Actual cost of postage will be billed separately. I write all of the pretty guest addresses, and assemble the suites. Your final payment is due at this time. I then hand everything over to my local post office personally. Once it is in their hands, it is their responsibility. Please note that U.S. Postal Service loses an average of 3% of mail each year. However, I try to keep a few extra invitation sets on hand to keep you covered.
Investment varies greatly by project. The type of paper, printing method, items in the set, and guest count all have an impact.
As an example, a Custom Wedding Suite including the Invitation, Envelope with Printed Return Address, Response Card, Response Envelope with Printed Address, an Additional Details Card, and a Custom Watercolor Envelope Liner, Single Sided, Digitally Printed on 140 lb. Crane Paper. (Does not include Calligraphy guest addressing, wax seals, or custom assembly details.) 100 Sets- approximately $1500.00
Wedding budgets also vary. Some brides allocate 2% of their total budget to custom stationery, while others set aside 10% to include stationery, calligraphy and custom signage for the wedding. The average Silver Fox Calligraphy Bride spends between $1,800-$3,000 on their Bespoke Wedding Invitation Suite to include specialty papers such as hand made paper with deckled edges, special printing such as letterpress, and custom assembly details such as wax seals, and silk ribbon.