The design process can typically take several months to develop your custom wedding invitation suite. It is good to plan ahead and begin the process 8-12 months before your wedding. This time can be reduced significantly if you select a design from our semi-custom collection.
Bespoke wedding invitation suites typically start from $1,500 and begin with an invitation card and envelope, response card and envelope plus at least one additional details card. Price may vary based on quantity, printing process and embellishments like extra cards, maps, envelope liners, wax seals, and silk ribbon, etc. The best way to get an idea of how much your wedding stationery may cost is to contact us for a chat, or by filling out our wedding questionnaire.
Of course! Please give us a ring at 707-849-7178 or fill out the contact form letting us know best days/times to chat and we’ll be happy to call you back.
Yes. Once an estimate is prepared and contract is signed, a non-refundable retainer is required before any design work begins. This retainer is applied to the final balance which will be due before the order goes to print. Please allow approximately 4-6 weeks for printing and assembly after final design is approved.
In addition to cash, we accept payments by check, Paypal, Stripe and Square via our online invoicing system. All major credit cards are accepted.
It is customary to send invitations 8-10 weeks before the wedding day. However 6 weeks is becoming the norm. If you have a lot of out-of-town guests, 12 weeks or longer may be best. Add 2-4 weeks for print production and approximately 2-3 months for design, so plan on ordering invitations a minimum of 4-6 months before your wedding day. If ordering a bespoke custom suite, this time will differ.
The rule of thumb is order 10% over what you think you need. Something to keep in mind is to send one invitation per household, plus extras for keepsakes. If you are hand addressing envelopes, mistakes inevitably happen, so be sure to order extra envelopes because reprints are costly.
Yes, the minimum order for stationery is 25 sets. One “set” includes an invitation card, response card and blank envelopes for each card.
You can expect an email to set up a time to chat over the phone or in person, especially if we have questions after reviewing the Wedding Invitation Questionnaire you may have filled out. This is a time for us to get to know each other on a more personal level and to help clarify your vision. This is especially important if you do not live local to the San Francisco Bay area and Napa/Sonoma Valley Wine Country. We will then develop initial design concepts for your “first look” which typically takes 7-14 days or longer depending on the complexity of your stationery package and how quickly you respond to any requests we may have. Some clients immediately love what they see in the first concepts, others may need several rounds of revisions to perfect their vision. That’s okay, and is part of the process. We always try to give you several concepts to choose from for the “first look,” so it is important to plan ahead when working with a custom stationery designer.
When will you officially start work on my project, and how long after that shall I expect to receive the initial concepts to review?
The official start date is the date the contract is signed. Once the contract is signed and retainer is received (which typically happens within 10 days), you can expect your initial design concepts within 7-14 days or longer depending on how quickly you respond to any requests we may have.
Turnaround times vary depending on whether you order a custom or semi-custom design package and if we are assembling addressing envelopes and/or stamping and mailing. As a general rule though, once your order goes to print, you can expect your stationery within 2-4 weeks.
Please contact us immediately and we will make every effort to accommodate your request. Any order placed less than 30 days prior to your desired mail date is considered a rush. Rush orders will be charged a rush fee of 20% of the project total and included in the invoice which is due in full prior to production.
Yes, and we have compiled a document of samples to help with this important decision. We’d be happy to email it upon request. This document includes wording that covers many situations, including second marriages, same-sex marriages, and divorced or deceased parents.
Absolutely! Letterpress is the oldest printing method, where ink is transferred from a raised surface to paper by pressure. In addition to letterpress, we offer offset (flat) printing, foil stamping, digital and engraving on surfaces like wood, metal and acrylic.
Not necessarily. Due to variations in screen calibration, colors may shift once printed on paper. If you have concerns about color accuracy, you may request a hard copy digital print before your order is finalized. Shipping charges apply for this service. Unfortunately, we are unable to send hard copy samples of letterpress, foil or engraved items prior to printing.
Absolutely not. If you see a design you love from someplace else, we recommend you contact that company and order directly from them.
Yes, We have a large library of fonts available. However, please keep in mind that some fonts may not include all characters for the language. That said, we make every effort to design using fonts which accommodate any language.
You bet! Coordinating your “day of” stationery is the simplest way to maintain a cohesive look. Our most popular requests are menus, name cards, table numbers, programs, napkins, coaster favors, tags, welcome booklets, seating charts and anything else you can dream up!
Because of the custom nature of our products, we do not offer refunds. This is why we require approval of your artwork before printing. By approving, you’ve accepted full responsibility for the information, typographic errors, phone numbers, addresses. etc. If you find errors after art is approved, you may ask for a reprint. Charges will apply.
Do you have additional questions? Please email us today, we are happy to help.