We have been working closely with couples for over a dozen years and understand it can be overwhelming to plan a wedding. We strive to make invitation ordering an enjoyable and stress-free part of the process. We pride ourselves on our friendly, experienced and collaborative approach to creating stationery that conveys the spirit of your wedding. We’re always available to answer questions and provide guidance along the way.
1) SELECT A DESIGN.
Scroll through our invitation collection and note the one or two design(s) that you prefer.
2) CUSTOMIZE THE DETAILS.
Select the fonts and ink colors to personalize your design. If you have a particular color you would like, send us a swatch and we can mix the ink to match. We’re happy to advise on font options if you prefer some guidance in this area. If you are choosing a design with images, please request our image catalog and we can work with you to select the graphic motifs that will complement your design.
3) TALK TO US.
Contact us with your design preferences, components you will need (invitation, response cards, etc…) as well as the overall quantity. We will send you an estimate for the order and answer any initial questions you may have. If you are in the NYC area and would like to schedule an appointment, we can do so. If you are not able to visit, we would be happy to send you our step-by-step guide to ordering invitations. This document will walk you through all of the steps we cover when meeting and answer many questions.
4) PLACE YOUR ORDER.
If you decide to place the order, please send us the final wording for each element in your stationery suite (we can help with this, if you like) as well as the 50% deposit. We’ll then begin the design process by emailing you your first set of designs to review. You will note any changes to make and we will revise accordingly. Designs are emailed to you as pdf files to make the proofing process easy.
5) finalize the designs.
We encourage you to look carefully through the designs and let us know any revisions you want us to make. We will do a limited number of revisions, based on the complexity of your project, which will be noted on the first page of your proof. If the number of revisions exceeds what is noted, we may have to charge an additional design fee. While finalizing the cards, you will also need to let us know your final quantity, so we can prepare for printing.
6) finishing touches.
If you would like to add any finishing to your design, such as painted edges, rounded corners or envelope lining, we will need to know in advance so we can prepare for those processes. Painted edges take an extra 1 - 2 weeks, so consider that in your timing. Rounded corners and envelope lining also add a day or two to the overall timeline. If you are in a rush to get your invitations, consider forgoing these finishing touches.
7) address your envelopes.
Although we don't do calligraphy in-house, we can recommend some wonderful calligraphers for you. We recommend that you contact them early on in the process to check for their pricing and availability. They will need a couple of weeks, minimum, to address your envelopes, so make sure you consider that in your timing. They will also need extra envelopes for their process, so add extra envelopes to your final quantity. We can ship your envelopes directly to them, to make things a little easier.
After you triple check the details and sign-off on your design, we will order the plates and jump back to the 19th Century to print your invitations on our antique presses. The balance will be due on your order and we will ship you your lovely custom invitations. Once you have given us your final approval, changes to the design and quantity cannot be made.