the design process

The Design Process


Step 1: Let’s chat!

The very first step in the custom design process is to sit down with you and get a feel for what you are looking for.  We can do this in person, at our studio, or over the phone.  Either way, we want you to come prepared with pictures, colors and ideas; the more the better!  We love to get to know you and your overall vision for your wedding.  We also have lots of samples and paper swatches that you can look through for inspiration.  We will e-mail you a proposal within 3 business days of our consultation.  Expect this initial meeting to last one hour.

Step 2: Hire us!

After reviewing your proposal and we’ve agreed on any changes, we’ll send you a contract.  Please sign the contract and return it to us with a 50% deposit.  We won’t begin your custom samples until the contract and deposit have been received. We also ask that you send us an email with the wording for each card in your invitation suite.  This helps speed up the design process and gives you an opportunity to see samples with your specific wording.  We are happy to help provide you with ideas, as we know this can be tricky, especially when gracefully trying to handle an “adults only” response card!

Step 3: Design away!

We will begin by designing up to three sample invitations that reflect the style, color and theme we discussed during our first meeting.  We send these to you via email.  Having several options will allow you to mix and match ideas – for example; take the colors from one and the fonts from another.  We will work with you until we get it just right!  We can also provide paper swatches and embellishment samples… just ask!

Step 4: Proofing, a time to be nit-picky!

Once the design and fonts have been agreed upon, we will begin to layout all the pieces of your invitation. Final proofs will be sent via e-mail.  Please print these out and review them carefully – now is the time to be picky.  Once you give us your final approval we are no longer responsible for any formatting and/or typographical errors on your invitations.

We offer two rounds of revisions free of charge; additional revisions will be $30/ea.  To avoid additional charges delays, we suggest submitting your revisions all together, instead of one at a time.  When they are perfect, print them, sign them, and return to us with your 50% balance due.

Once we go to print, we cannot make changes or revisions without additional costs.  If you choose to reprint, due to errors of any kind, you are responsible for 100% of the associated costs.

Step 5: Printing and Assembly – hooray!

The last and final step – we’re almost there!  Your invitations are printed and hand assembled.  We take great care to count and package them up beautifully for you.  If you are in Orange County, we can schedule a pick-up at our studio in Ladera Ranch, otherwise, we will ship them to you via Fed-Ex or UPS Ground.  If necessary, an invoice for any additional services that were not included in the final payment is sent – this includes shipping charges or additional printing that was not in your original contract.  Once you receive them, have them weighed to ensure correct postage.  We also suggest finding a local post office that offers hand-cancelling services; this will save some wear and tear on your outer envelopes.  After that, just enjoy the excitement of checking your mailbox for all the RSVPs!