Wedding Invitations: Custom Design Timeline
Creating a custom wedding invitation is a process and requires a longer turn around time than ordering directly from our online store. Generally, turn around time is 1-4 months for custom designed and printed invitations. Traditionally, wedding invites should be mailed 6-8 weeks before the wedding, so we recommend contacting us at least 5-6 months before your wedding (or sooner) to get the process started. Make sure to allow yourself extra time for assembly, stuffing, envelope addressing and mailing to your guests. Please note that your actual order turnaround time will vary greatly depending on the complexity of the design, your response time between proofs, the number of revisions requested and volume of other orders at the time.
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*To maintain the personalized attention that sets Beyond Paper & Ink apart from others, please note that we limit the number of clients we take on. Therefore, please do not delay your initial inquiry.
Custom Design Process
1 | Inquiry
The design process begins with an initial custom wedding invitation questionnaire. We want you to share all the details about your big day! You can also request a price quote, ask questions, or schedule a design consultation. The initial inquiry should be made anywhere between 6-12 months before your big day to ensure services. As a general rule of thumb, the sooner you contact us, the better.
2 | Consultation
Consultations are available as phone appointments, which can be set up via email. If you're in the Erie, PA area, I'm happy to schedule a consultation with you to chat about your wedding stationery in-person. There is a $50 consultation fee for in-person appointments. Shortly after the initial consultation, a price estimate will be e-mailed to you.
3 | Ordering & Designing
Once you provide us with a completed questionnaire and a 25% down payment, we will begin designing. It takes approximately 1-2 weeks for us to send the initial design ideas to you. Then, you will have the opportunity to share what you like/dislike and request any changes at this time. Unlike other invitation companies, we allow 5-7 rounds of design revisions. Our goal is for you to LOVE your invitations - not to feel pressured. Additional rounds of revisions are $40.
4 | Proofing & Down Payment
We will send you final .pdf proofs of your custom order. These digital samples are what your order will look like once printed so please review your proofs carefully. We recommend printing out the .pdf instead of proofing on your computer. Also, it always helps to have a co-worker, family member or friend proofread too. We are not responsible for typographical errors after a proof has been approved.
5 | Printing, Production & Payment
Once we receive a digitally signed proof approval and the balance due on your order -- printing will begin. Most wedding invitations are printed off-site with one of my printing partners. Please ensure to allow approximately 2-3 weeks for your order to arrive, or whatever timeline was discussed in the client consultation. Since each project is so unique, production times may vary from other projects. The production time for each order varies and depends on the complexity of the project as well as the quantity. Sometimes invites require additional finishing work by us after acceptance from the printer (this saves you money). Once printing and production finishing is complete, your invites will be shipped.
Orders cannot be canceled after proof approval.
If you need anything “rushed” – a rush fee of 25-75% upcharge of your total order is charged to compensate for the added cost of rush shipping, printing, etc. Please note this option is not always available. Please ask ahead of time to ensure availability.