Invitation Design Process
1. Initial Meeting/Phone Consultation - Ideally we would like to have one and a half to two months before desired mail date depending on your quantity. The first consultation - We will collaborate and determine various design concepts for your invitations and review your color palette. It's recommended to set this up a couple of moths before you want your invites in hand so you have enough time to enjoy the creative process. Don't let this timeline scare you, as this is the "ideal" timeframe. Call us today to discuss if you have a tight turnaround time. 727-459-1217. The sooner you start this step the better. We also do Rush Orders for a fee if needed.
2. Proposal & Acceptance of Order with Deposit - typically within one week from initial consultation. Review all estimated costs associated with your specific project and secure your spot in our design schedule with your deposit. You submit your approval to move forward with the project and the process has officially begun!
3. Scheduling - one to two weeks from receipt of deposit ~a timeline is set with all agreed upon mail and or ship dates of invitations.
4. Research and concept - starts once we initially have the consultation - ideas are always being created. Invitation ideas with the use of various materials and embellishments begin here-an extensive visual layout is being made based off the original ideas from the initial design consultation. If you have any magazine samples, motifs or patterns that you love, pictures of bridesmaid dresses that you've already picked out, these all help in the design process.
5. Design Concepts- individually set for each schedule, typically one to two weeks after deposit is made. First round design concepts are presented to you. I specialize in showcasing all the different ways we can approach the design concept. From here, together we pick the best elements from all options presented and combine them to create the second round design concept samples. It's designed to be a stress free and collaborative design process. During this process the colors, paper samples and embellishments are shown to you for the final design.
6. Design Rounds and Refinement -We typically have about two to three rounds of design presentations where we work meticulously to create your invitation suite. Additionally, we also provide guidance on etiquette and wording. It's my goal to make the design perfect for you!
7. Finalization and Preparation for Print - one week before sign off. All the content and designs are finalized at this point. Now's the time to check for any last minute text changes or catch any typos!
8. Final Proof Sign Off - All artwork and text layout is finalized and officially signed off. Any changes beyond this point end up being costly. Also, you should have a final head count of the guest list. Always estimate to purchase 10% more invitations than you have on your finalized guest list. It is much more economical to have a few extra keepsake invitations than to pay an extra production fee for several additional invitations.
9. Printing and Production - Printing and production takes two to three weeks from sign off. If necessary, rush options are available.
10. Delivery! Typically two to four weeks after our initial consultation depending on the complexity of the piece and how fast you are in making decisions. We offer an option to mail the invitations for you or we ship direct to you and you take the individual invitations to be mailed.
This timeline is an average. If you do not have 1-2 months for the Design Process, please contact us direct at 727-459-1217 and we will see if we can facilitate a quicker turnaround timeline for your event!
(In some cases, Rush Fees may apply depending upon how quickly you need the invitations.)
Five recommended items a client should consider when designing or choosing an invitation:
First, choose a design that will coordinate with your venue...both inside and out. Second, an idea of your style or theme should be considered. Third, the colors that you would like to incorporate throughout the wedding. Fourth, the different types of cards you will be sending with your invitation suite, like a save the date card, whether you will need a card for the rehearsal dinner, a directions card or schedule of events. Fifth, an idea of the number of invitations you will need. Your guest list can always change, but start with a good estimate.