Invitations are typically mailed out 2 months in advance of your wedding date. For a destination wedding, it is typically about 6 months to give your guests time to make travel arrangements. Even though the design process takes 6-8 weeks, I recommend getting in touch as soon as possible to make sure we have plenty of time to make sure your invitations are perfect! Also, having a few weeks' extra buffer is a good idea just in case!
Short answer: you should get in touch with me 4-6 months before you want to mail out your invitations, but ASAP is best!
What is included in the price?
When you hire me to design your custom invitations, you are getting a professional stationery designer! A ton of detail and care that you may not see goes into custom invitations, and quality materials are always used, so you can be sure that you're getting the best service and quality for your invitations. Unlike ready-made designs, you'll feel like the only person who is getting my attention and design services!
The price you'll be quoted will include:
Phone consultation and email communications
Custom design + sketch artist designs (if applicable to your design motif)
4 rounds of design/text revisions
Printing of your design on quality paper stock
Envelopes (addressing is separate)
A design for your return address (printing of the address is separate)
Complimentary shipment of the assembled invitations to you (you take care of the mailing!)
I'll take care of all the printing so that you don't have to worry about the technical terms and specifications. The printing and materials costs can vary depending on what printing methods and paper you've chosen.
What if I am on a budget?
The couples I work with typically spend about 5% of their total wedding budget on stationery, and custom stationery tends to start around $600. I will use my expertise to suggest the best options for your budget. If you're not sure if it will work with your budget, just ask - I'm happy to help answer questions!
What if I have no idea what I want my invitations to look like?
Not to worry! Just send me your Pinterest board, describe your wedding to me, and tell me about you as a couple, and together we will come up with something fabulous!
DO YOU OFFER PRINTED PROOFS OF MY INVITATION BEFORE WE SEND TO PRINT?
For an additional fee, we can provide printed proofs for you. However please be aware that our printers typically allow us to print no less than 10 of your invitation suites. Therefore, we recommend waiting until you've confirmed your wording and layouts to reduce the number of print runs needed. Please also keep in mind that printing typically takes 2 weeks for turnaround, and thus, printed proofs will extend your time needed.