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We’ve put together a list of some of our most frequently asked questions. Just click on your question to the right to see the corresponding answer!
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
When should I contact you for invitation designing?
Couples can start getting in touch with us as soon as the ring is dropped! This way we can start to brand their event right from the beginning! However, we do recommend that they come to their design consultation with a basic vision of their wedding.
If couples are coming for day-of stationery design,—for example menus, place cards and seating charts—the base design can be completed months before the wedding date, and the final names provided a month prior to the event date.
What if I don’t live in Edmonton? Can we still work together?
Absolutely! We offer both in-person consultations at our office as well as online consultations via Skype. This allows us to work together whether you are in Calgary, Vancouver, New York, Berlin or even Calcutta!
If you are from outside of Edmonton, we do recommend that you choose a consultation date at least 1.5 weeks in advance so we can get a sample pack sent to you.
When should I send out my invitations?
There is certainly no “one size fits all” answer to this question. We believe that when the invitations will be sent out is determined by a combination of the stationer, the couple and the overall concept of the wedding.
The longest timeline would be required for destination weddings, where guests will need to know well in advance to make vacation and travel arrangements. Providing guests as much time as possible in this case can be very helpful, and influence the number of people who can attend the wedding.
In this case, we would recommend sending out save-the-dates as soon as the wedding date is known.
Invitations should be sent out 4-6 months prior to the wedding. This allows for 3-5 months for guests to reply, and still leaves one month to round up outstanding replies, provide the caterer with final numbers and dietary concerns, and provide the stationer with details for day-of stationery.
How long will it take for my order to be produced?
It’s important to remember that custom stationery takes time to design and produce. We want your stationery to be perfect for you, so we will put in that time to get the “just right” feeling.
Couples should budget between 3-8 weeks for their custom stationery to be designed and printed. The actual timeline is determined by the printing method(s), availability of materials, and the amount of assembly time required to design, approve, and produce the entire invitation suite. Working backwards from when they would like to send the invitations out, couples can use that information to determine when to start the design process.
If you have any questions regarding timelines that work for your event, please reach out to us at email@example.com.
Do I need to buy a whole wedding invitation suite?
Not at all! Different couples have different needs, budgets and timelines. We are happy to provide couples with full invitations suites, as well as any individual pieces that they may require.
How many invitations should I order?
It’s important to know that each guest does not require their own invitation. Etiquette calls for one per household unless a child living there is 18+. This means couples/families would receive one and families with an adult child/children at home would receive one additional copy per adult child.
We recommend adding a few extra copies to your order to accommodate any additional guests, keepsakes and mail-returns. Our base equation is your total number of invited guests, divided by two, and then add on 10-15%.
So, if you have 150 guests that will be invited, 150/2 + 10% = approx. 83-86 copies.
What is the minimum I can order?
When we do custom designs, we work with a number that’s right for you! Our orders range anywhere from 10 – 350+ pieces.
An important note to remember: the fewer items you order, the higher the per item cost will be.
How much do your custom designs cost?
Our custom design services can range between $750 and $3,500+ CAD depending on quantities, materials, design time and printing processes selected by the client. The average couple spends between $1,500-$2,500 for their wedding invitations and day of stationery.
Standard invitation suites consist of a flat invitation, invitation envelope, rsvp card and rsvp envelope. Any additional pieces that you require for your suite generally add 20-35% per item to the standard invitation price.
What are the different printing methods you offer?
We are able to offer our clients a wide range of printing options, from classic digital printing, to foil and letterpress.
Each printing method comes with it’s own setup and base prices, and we work with our clients to recommend and provide the best printing solution for their individual needs.
What are the differences between printing methods?
A sample list of what is available includes:
the most common and cost effective form of printing today. Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black (CMYK) inks are mixed together using tiny ink droplets to create a wide digital printing spectrum.
Due to the printer’s use of CMYK inks in percentage forms, slight colour differences may be noticed between runs, paper types, and when different printers are used.
requires the creation of a stamp like object that we call a foiling “plate”. This plate has a base price of $250 to create, and the cost per stamp is determined by size and detail.
This plate is then heated and used to “stamp” a foiling film onto the paper stock.
is very similar to foiling in it’s need for a creation of a letterpress plate.
However, instead of heat pressing a foil film onto the paper, thin quantities of ink are rolled onto the plate before it is pressed onto the paper.
Due to the natural indent that letterpress provides, thicker cardstocks are required for these jobs, which increases their production costs.
is required for printing done on non-paper media like acrylic and glass. Due to the fact that many non-paper media do not have an “absorption rate”, inks tend to dry differently on these substrates. If the incorrect inks are used, smearing will occur.
UV printing sets a specific ink using an ultraviolet light, much like the UV light used to set gel nail sets.
ink, in general, is a coloured, but transparent liquid. Because our base papers tend to be white, we are able to print around areas of text, creating the illusion of “white text”.
However, for printing on dark backgrounds, or clear substrates, the transparent properties of the ink will make any printing either less visible, or not visible at all. A thick, whiteout-like ink is then required to act as a blocker/base to either create that white text look, or allow the text on your clear acrylic to stand out.
Do you offer guest addressing services?
We certainly do! If you wish to let us take care of the addressing for you, we will send you an excel spreadsheet to input addresses, and we take it from there!
I have something specific in mind. Can you help?
We love coming up with ultra unique design solutions for our couples, and would love to help you with yours!
With our extensive printing knowledge, we know how to make things one-of-a-kind! Your imagination and budget are our only limits!
I’m thinking about booking a consultation. What can I expect?
We understand that this is many couple’s first time experiencing this type of printing, and understand that it can be a bit daunting. So, we strive to turn a trip to the unknown into a fun journey.
Once you book your appointment time, your consultation process begins with the filling out of our pre-consultation form. This gives us a bird’s eye view of what your dream stationery looks like.
We provide all of our consultation couples with a printed copy of our stationery design guide, which walks you through the basics of stationery, the invitation anatomy and includes multiple design inspirations.
When you come in for your appointment, we will work through the stationery design guide using a personalized companion work booklet that is yours to keep! We will discuss design choices, as well as look at different paper and colour options.
After our consultation, you will be sent a customized quote with a list of the items we discussed and their per-item costs. You are then able to build your own package based on your budget and design dreams!
Once you choose your custom package, we ask for a 50% down payment and a contract to be signed. After that, we begin the design process!