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each of invitation design is unique, so it is difficult to give exact prices since you may choose to add to, subtract from or do something completely different from what you see on the site. a great place to start is with a budget in mind. if you let us know your budget, we will do what we can to create a unique design within those parameters.

pricing

once we discuss and determine your design direction, you will be provided with an estimate. to give you an idea… announcements and invitations with two layers of paper and outer envelope usually start at around $3.50-4 each and go up from there, depending on the materials used and complexity of the design.

wedding invitations are usually more involved and typically range from $5-6 and up depending on the complexity of your design and if you choose to have them assembled etc. the possibilities are endless and any number of items can be added to your event stationery. everything you anticipate needing for your event should be discussed at the initial consultation/discussion if possible so everything can be included in your estimate.

there is a minimum order of 50 or $300 for all orders. this may be waived for save the dates and accessories if invitations are ordered as well.

we know that budgets can be an issue, and totally understand. so if you are the diy type, one way to save a bit is to assemble the invitations yourself! please let us know during your initial consultation if you think this is the route for you, so that we can consider that in the pricing and complexity of the design.

quantity

be sure to order extras! to figure out the right quantity for any event you will need to determine how many you actually need to send, not how many people. for instance, you will probably send one to each family vs. sending one for each of the five people in that family. once you determine you quantity, add more! usually ordering an extra 10-15 invitations is a good idea…just in case you forget someone or make a new friend! plus it’s nice to save a couple for a keepsake.

timing

plan ahead! the entire process takes anywhere from 4-6 months from initial consultation to delivery, so it is a good idea to contact us as soon as you know you are interested in working together so we can reserve a spot for you.

you will need to select a date by which you would like to have your invitations in-hand to mail, and then will need to book with me 4-6 months prior to that date for custom invitations. rush jobs are possible (a 25% fee applies) but let us know as soon as possible so we have enough time to make them just right for you! a rush job is anything with less than 6-8 weeks notice for existing designs and less than 3 months notice for completely custom designs. please email us right away if you think you will have a shorter time-frame then mentioned above so we can add you to our schedule and discuss your options.

process

we will have an initial consultation via email or in person if you are in the metro detroit area. during the consultation, we will discuss any ideas you have about your event and how we can incorporate them into an invitation. we will look at paper samples and discuss sizes and formats. the dialouge will be open throughout the process, but let us know anything you have in mind (such as style, colors, theme, embellishments, even fonts if you have some you like!) during this discussion so we can get a good idea of the design direction right off the bat! if we are doing the consult via email, we will be happy to send you paper swatches of the papers and colors you are considering. after the consultation you will receive a quote and idea boards based on what we have discussed. the idea boards will be a digital collage of the swatches, shapes, sizes and embellishements that were discussed with a price for each option. usually 2-3 formats/options are provided.

once you decide that you would like to work together, a deposit is due to reserve a time slot in our calendar. we will then establish a date by which you will need to provide all of your wording and elements (photos, maps, etc.) to be included in your design. after you have provided all of your information, we will begin creating a few design options for you to review. usually the invite panel design comes first and the inserts and envelopes will follow the invitation panel design that is selected. once you select a design, we will finalize any details and make any revisions you may have and provide a final proof for you to review and approve. once you are completely happy with your design and approve to print, the remainder of your balance is due. at this time we will order paper and begin printing and assembling your invitations! you will then be notified when your order is ready to be personally delivered (in the metro detroit area) or shipped to you.

proofing

the proofing process is super important. while i might catch something from time to time, it is your responsibility to take a really close look at your proofs. check closely to see if there is anything missing, misspelled, or if something has changed since you provided your info. if you don’t notice until after it is printed you will be responsible for any reprinting costs, so be sure to look closely!

after providing the final wording etc for your invite, you will be provided with e-proofs for the various parts of your invitation.

printing

the price ranges mentioned above are for professional flat laser printing, however many other printing options that can really add a special touch are available for an additional charge…just ask!

some other printing options include:
thermography (raised ink), offset (flat ink with metallic capability!), foil stamping (super shiny metallic, hot stamped onto the paper) and letterpress (ink indented into the paper). die-cutting and hand stamping is also available.

payment

once the design direction and estimate is established and agreed on, a $100 deposit is due which will be applied to your final balance. the remaining balance is due upon final approval of the design. once approval is given and your balance is paid, your paper will be ordered and printing and assembly will begin. please allow at least 2-4 weeks for printing and assembly of your order.

we currently accept payments via personal check or paypal, where you can pay with any debit or major credit card or with a paypal balance. orders paid with a personal check will not be started until the payment has posted.

stamps

custom designed stamps are a great finishing touch and makes for a really pulled-together look! please let us know if you are interested in this and we can make something just for you for a small fee, that you can then order directly from zazzle.com.

another thing to consider when purchasing stamps is to make sure that you are clear on the size of the item that you are placing the stamp on. the last thing you want is for the stamp to overwhelm the piece and steal the show!

if you will be purchasing your own stamps, we would be happy to adhere the stamps for you. this is especially helpful since your items will be arriving completely assembled…this way you won’t have to take them apart to place the stamp on the rsvp postcard or envelope!

shipping

shipping costs are separate, and since the design itself can affect the weight and size of the package needed to send your order, shipping costs will also be estimated when your design is established. we are usually able to ship your order via usps priority mail flat rate or fedex home delivery which is fairly inexpensive. you will be notified when your order ships.

if you have any questions, just send us an email and we will get back to you right away!

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