THE design PROCESS
consultation The process begins with a consultation either by phone, email or in person. During this initial meeting we will discuss the details of your wedding or event, your style and your vision for the invitation and stationery. I encourage you to share any pictures, ideas and color swatches that you have collected. You will have the opportunity to view samples of my work, papers and color swatches.
estimate and retainer After I receive your questionnaire and we have had our initial consultation, I will develop a pricing estimate (including design, materials and shipping) about a week later. This is just an estimate, numbers CAN and will likely change as the design develops. If you decide to proceed, an invoice and timeline will be created. The invoice will be for a non-refundable 25% retainer from the initial estimate. This retainer will go towards your total cost. Once I receive your retainer you are booked and I will begin your design! Please note that I do not design anything before a deposit is received.
design Invitation design generally begins 6-7 months before your event and should be mailed out to guests 2-3 months before your event. After receiving your retainer I will provide you with design concepts in a digital PDF format. All proofs are done through email. The invitation design will come first so that an overall look is established. You will have the opportunity to provide feedback and make changes until you are satisfied. Design for wedding day items such as programs, place cards, table number, etc. will generally take place in the months and weeks leading up to your wedding after we have established your final invitation design. As we work through a design, I will send you a invitation information questionnaire where I ask that you provide the necessary wording information. I will provide you with wording ideas to help get you started. Pricing estimates will be sent and approved along the way so you will always be informed.
approval and production A final printed proof will be provided for your approval. It is your responsibility to review that every detail is correct, including spelling, grammar and punctuation. After your final approval is received materials are ordered and the project goes into production. At this time no further changes can be made and quantities cannot be decreased.
completion As the project is finished, I will contact you to schedule a pick up time or make arrangements for shipping your order. I will send you a final invoice that includes shipping at the completion of each project. Final payments are due prior to shipping or at the time of pick-up.