Frequently Asked Questions
Wedding planning can be very overwhelming and daunting but it should also be one that is very exciting and fun. To help you out with a lot of the questions you may have, I have put together some frequently asked questions.
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD WE ORDER OUR STATIONERY?
I would advise that you start the invitation process at least 18-12 months prior to your wedding date or as early as possible to allow enough time for design, production and shipping.
I recommend booking early to guarantee your place, you don’t want to feel rushed especially at the design stage.
How long will it take?
For bespoke designs this can take up to 6 weeks from initial consultation. It really depends on the complexity of the design and if you would like a single item or a full stationery package.
Alternatively, if you have opted for a custom collection which is one I have already created I can use this as a template and fully customise it to suit your requirements; this usually takes around 2 weeks.
For wedding website designs and templates this can take up 2 weeks to completion depending on the design and functionality you require.
Minimum order requirements
For letterpress and hot foil printing there is a minimum order of 50 and for print outside of this there is a minimum order of 25. This applies only to invitations and save the date cards.
For all other items such as on-the-day stationery, there is no minimum order quantity but please bear in mind that single items can be more expensive to print.
Just in case you’re not sure what the different printing processes are.
Digital printing – This option is the most cost effective and most common form of printing.
Unlike letterpress and hot foil printing, digitally printed stationery is printed directly from a file on the computer. This is the least expensive and quickest form of printing and can be combined with an element of letterpress, digital foil or white ink to create the same luxury high end finish.
Letterpress printing – This form of printing is very luxurious and can be expensive, but the finish is stunning.
Letterpress printing dates back to the 15th century, it’s a form of relief printing where the ink is stamped into the surface of the paper resulting in a beautiful embossed finish. This effect works best on word based designs.
Hot foiling – The process of using heat and pressure to apply foil lettering or illustrations to your stationery.
It’s available in a variety of metallics and solid colours in gloss, matte, pearlescent or holographic finishes. Adding metallic foil to your stationery creates a beautiful shiny, lustrous finish that has a luxurious visual impact..
The big budget question
With so many options these days for stationery the price can vary so much. Your budget will depend on many factors including: quantity, how many inserts you have, size, printing methods, paper stocks and embellishments such as foiling, embossing, debossing etc. It is important from the beginning to be realistic about your budget so that I can make recommendations to help and suit you. For a full stationery package most couples will spend anything from £400 - £2,500 but I can work with you to create something that suits your budget. See my full price guide for more details.
I understand all weddings are different, which is why I offer individual tailored quotes rather than set prices. After I’ve received your request, I will create a cost estimate and detailed project outline for you based on your preferences. On approval of this estimate, a 50% non-refundable deposit is required to secure your booking and before any design work can begin.
Depending on your requirements and package the remaining balance is due in different stages. Upon approval of final digital PDF proofs the remaining balance would be due before anything is sent to print.
What to do next
Once you have worked out your budget and timescales the next thing to do is to get in contact with me. If you would like a completely bespoke design I recommend you do some research, set up a pinterest board or browse instagram for examples of what you like and don’t like so then together we can start exploring fonts, colours, paper stocks and design elements that fit into your theme and can be carried across all your stationery.