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 can be 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.
Discovery & 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 or we can schedule a free consultation. I will then create a customized proposal, a Design Board for your project, along with payment schedule and contract. A deposit is required to reserve your project on my design calendar (typically 1/3 of the total project estimate). 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.
Design & Approval
Congrats! It's now time to start with the fun stuff! At the beginning of the design process a retainer of 1/3 of the remaining balance is due. The content for the text of your suite will also be requested at this time. I will gather the information from the previous stage, along with any inspiration provided to prepare your initial design proofs. The Design Board (provided earlier) 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. At times a sketch is supplied to provide a reference to layout of calligraphy and artwork.
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. Your completed guest address list will be requested at this time.
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 (applicable if mailing concierge is included in your package). Actual cost of postage and shipping 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 or FedEx/USPS 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, number of 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.