YO, BRIDE. (That's you!)
If you have made it to this page, I am assuming you have some new hardware you have added to your left hand recently! Congratulations to you and your fiancee, this is such an exciting time for the both of you! And not that I'm biased at all, but you've made it to the most fun part of your wedding planning process! Your wedding papers are the very first glimpse of your wedding that your guests will get to see, so let's set the perfect tone and make those jaws drop, people! Combining my love for fantastic snail mail + all wedding everything is why I am here doing what I do! My goal is to capture your wedding style, your personality as a couple, and your paper dreams all into one beautiful custom invitation suite! Wondering if "custom" invitations is for you? Read on! (ps I'm so glad you're here!)
Custom Wedding Papers... are they for me?
I'm so glad you asked! I only offer complete custom wedding paper suites - this means that each and every wedding suite is created and designed totally for you, based on your theme, style, personality, etc. No two suites are the same, and they are not intended to be! Upon discussing your ideas for your dream invitations, I come up with a totally unique design implementing all of those things you love! It is very easy to find pre-designed wedding papers all over the internet (think Minted, Etsy, etc.) at a lower price point than custom wedding invitations. Pre-designed invitations have a lot less flexibility in the design and style of your invitations, in that what you see is what you get! Custom wedding invitations, however, are totally and completely built around you and what you have planned for your big day! Along with this total custom design aspect, you also get to work directly with me to ask as many questions, make as many changes, and tweak until it's just right. My clients can email me as many times as they want, and will be kept up to date throughout the entire process! My feelings are not hurt at all if pre-designed invitations seem more your style and are what you are comfortable with, that's why I love to explain the difference between the two! Do you think custom invitations are the way to your heart? Fill out this custom wedding paper questionnaire to get started, or keep reading for additional information!
On average, my clients spend from $1,500 - $3,000 for a set of 150 wedding invitations. The lower end of this range would include the basic pieces of a suite (invitation card, information card, RSVP card + envelope, and an outer envelope), and the higher range would be with added design details such as calligraphy addressing, custom envelope liners, vintage stamps, belly bands or ribbons to tie around your pieces. To learn about all of the different pieces that can be included in your suite, click through the Custom Suite Component Guide below!
Building Your Custom Suite: Component Guide
There are several different pieces that can make up a wedding invitation suite, and endless options when you are doing a custom design. This guide will take you through the typical pieces included in a wedding invitation suite and what their purpose is. Depending on what information you wanting to include in your invitations for your guests, the combinations for your own suite are endless. Click through the images below and see their corresponding descriptions beneath!
A - Outer/Inner Envelope
The outer envelope is what all of your invitation pieces will go inside to be mailed! To make the envelope extra amazing, you can add calligraphy addressing and vintage stamps. For more cost friendly options, we can have your recipient addresses digitally printed directly onto the envelopes. Your return address will also go somewhere on the envelope; it can be digitally printed, or we can get a custom rubber stamp or embosser made to match your designs.
B - Envelope Liner
Envelope liners go on the inside of the envelope flap, adding a great custom touch to your invitation suite. The design options are endless for these, as we can create one just for your suite that goes with the rest of the design.
C - Belly Band
Because there are several pieces in a wedding invitation suite, it is good to have something to bind all of the pieces together before putting it inside the envelope. A belly band is wrapped around the pieces of the suite, and designed to match your suite. Not only is it useful in keeping all of the pieces in one bundle, but it also adds a great aesthetic touch tying the finished suite together! There are other options that serve this same purpose, such as a ribbon or string tied around.
D - Invitation Card
Your invitation card is, surprise surprise, the invitation! This is where you will invite people to the wedding. Nuff' said? There are zillions of ways to word your invitation card, and I will help you come up with the perfect wording combination for your event!
E - Accommodations/Details Card
This card is an additional piece added into your suite that serves as a place to put any other information you want your guests to know. It helps keep the invitation card nice and simple without being cluttered with lots of random details. This card can include accommodations/hotel block information, a link to your wedding website, venue addresses + directions, notes on attire or specialty parking...basically any important information that your guests should know that you don't want hogging up prime real estate on the invitation card :)
F - RSVP Card
And one of the most important parts, the way you find out who is coming to the partay! The RSVP card can be done in either a postcard format (F.1), or it can be a card with an envelope (F.2). If you want it to be in an envelope, your return address will be printed directly onto that envelope. The postcard format is a cheaper option (since you don't have to get envelopes) if you are looking to save money in places.
G - Custom Map
Another special touch you could add to your invitation suite is a custom drawn map insert. This map can be as simple as showing just your venue(s), or you could make it fun by adding in your favorite spots in town, any other significant place you might want to point out! Maps can be done in watercolor, or can just be a simple line drawing (both options showed in photo above).
H - A N Y T H I N G!
When you go the custom invitation route, seriously....we mean custom! If you have any fun idea for your invitations to make it even more personalized to the bride and groom, let's do it! Pictured here is a custom card showing the couples favorite spots in town for all of their out of town guests! Such a fun touch!
Interested in working together?
Click the link below to be taken to the custom wedding paper questionnaire! Fill it out and I'll be in touch!