More and more couples want a more tailored and personalized wedding stationery suite, we more times than not, create custom designs from scratch. The process is a bit longer and involved than shopping online or visiting a paper invitation shop and picking a design. Here is the typical process in how we work from the couple in creating their perfect wedding stationery suite.
On first correspondence/email/tweet, we always ask the pertinent questions:
- WEDDING DATE (+ other important dates)
From this point we can discuss things like:
– the COUPLE’S STYLE (simple, elaborate, organic, humourous…)
– the VISION for the wedding as a whole
– other important DESIGN ELEMENTS (the dress, venue, specific flowers, colours etc.)
MEETING WITH THE COUPLE
With the initial info at hand, we can get more focussed on the design. Showing examples of relative work usually helps the couple envision and voice what they do and do not want.
Also, based on the initial budget, we can discuss different options in terms of types of paper stock, the printing method and the type of invitation (flat, folded, multiple pieces etc.). At this meeting, the goal is to hammer out the timeline, all the specific pieces needed, preferred paper stock options and print method. This gives us enough info to get quote options for the couple.
** Tip: At this point, we will mention other printed needs you may require as well, and may not have thought about – such as: placecards, table numbers, programs, favour tags, menus, seating charts and thank you cards. Keep these in mind, when you plan your budget. It also helps in the design process, because often times we design everything at one time – that way, when it comes down to the wire, no one is scrambling to get these items designed and printed in time for your day.
Following the meeting, we will get printing quotes from our trusted commercial printers. We will also source and price things like envelopes, accessories (like grommets, ribbons) and other relative items. A quote (or multiple option quotes) will be sent for review. The quote will include, our CUSTOM DESIGN FEE and the PRINTING quote.
DESIGN CONTRACT & QUOTE SIGN-OFF
Once a Quote is agreed upon, a finalized quote and a standard Client-Designer Contract will be given to the couple for review and sign-off.
A Deposit of 50% of the CUSTOM DESIGN FEE is due upon signing. Also, at this time, we ask the couple have all the relative text copy ready (wording) for all pieces. It will help us to know how much (or little) text we are working with.
Once the contracts and fees are signed, and deposit recieved – we start the Design Process, the fun part! Again, it is very important we have ALL the text copy information, addresses and relative maps (if needed). Designs are created based on the conversations and style decided upon (flat, folded, fan-deck etc.). PDF proofs will be emailed to the client, for review and comment. PDF proofs are included in the quote.
** VERY IMPORTANT: At this point – PLEASE be as specific as possible, as we cannot read minds – but we are here to help bring your vision to life.
We ALWAYS always stress SPELL CHECK – you don’t want to go to print, and find a spelling mistake on all the final prints, trust us – it’s happened! DOUBLE, TRIPLE, QUADRUPLE SPELL CHECK!
PRINTING & DELIVERY
** Note: ALWAYS order extra, and bring a final version to the post office to weigh and calculate the postage, before you send them – you don’t want returned invites!
ONCE the final proofs are approved and signed off – we will go to print! A deposit is due for the printing, as per the quote.
Depending on the design work, we may be in touch months from now to finalize all the details for your other pieces required for your reception, bridal showers etc. Basically, it is the same process… and before you know it you’ll be married!