freed hands

design process

Photo by Samantha Lauren Photographie

Photo by Samantha Lauren Photographie

So, you're interested in wedding invitations! I am happy you're here.
This page walks you through the design process, so you have an idea of what to expect as we perfect your dream wedding invitations!

STEP ONE: YOU INQUIRE

Your very first move should be to submit an inquiry through my Contact Form. This is where you tell me what you're looking for-- the kind of stationery (invitations, menus, programs, etc.) you need, quantities, budget, and any other details that can be helpful in creating a proposal. Also, share your vision and details of your big day! Where are you getting married? What is the "feel" of the celebration: rustic, romantic, modern, formal, etc.? I’ll send you a brochure with package options for you to review, because if you’re anything like me, you’d like to get an idea of possible costs and the process before you set up yet another wedding meeting!

STEP TWO: WE CHAT

This part is really fun; we explore the concepts, color schemes, Pinterest boards, and inspiration photos and you give me a little tour of your vision! I’ll share the different elements and printing methods and answer any questions you may have. Totally lost in all the new vocab? Visit my glossary of terms to get up to speed.

Once we have decided on some details (i.e. sizes, quantities, printing method), I will send a custom proposal and agreement. When this agreement is signed, a deposit will be due.

STEP THREE: I SKETCH*

Once the agreement is signed and the deposit submitted, I will create a set of sketches based on our conversations. These sketches represent different design directions we can take, given your event aesthetic and based on our conversations. You will get an opportunity to review the sketches, and let me know what excites you and what you don't particularly like. 

* This is unique to my custom stationery clients; semi-custom invitations skip right ahead to proofing!

Photo by Leslie D. Photography

Photo by Leslie D. Photography

STEP FOUR: PROOFS, PROOFS, PROOFS

We then begin the proofing process! I will send a proof, and you will collect your and everyone you love's comments before we move on to the next proof. For invitations, we continue this until the suite is perfected. For smaller pieces, this process typically only requires two proofs, with additional proofs available for purchase. 

CUSTOM INVITATIONS: Unlimited proofing, with Proof Approval required before printing
SEMI-CUSTOM INVITATIONS: Three proofs, with additional proofs available for $25/each, with Proof Approval required before printing
DAY-OF STATIONERY: Two proofs, with additional proofs available for $15/each, with Proof Approval required before printing

STEP FIVE: THEY PRINT & WE CELEBRATE

I will work with a professional printing company to reproduce the designs. Depending on your order, you or I will then assemble the pieces, address the envelopes, and get your suite in the mail! Pour a glass of wine, because you just kicked your to-do list's butt!

Photo by Karlee K Photography

Photo by Karlee K Photography