This guide is intended to answer the most common questions about The Wedding Collection ordering process.

Please read and refer to this information before submitting your order. 


Overview

1. Browse and Order: Browse the collection gallery for inspiration to begin the order process. Add items to your Cart in the quantities required (You Choose) or request design options (We Choose). You can also browse and order embellishments and add-ons such as calligraphy addressing, silk ribbons, vintage stamps, illustrated pieces, and more. The designs shown are for reference - the calligraphy, typeface, layout, card stock, and print colours/method are all customisable for each piece ordered.

All suites purchased through The Wedding Collection receive discounted calligraphy addressing.

2. Confirmation: Once your order is placed and reviewed (approx. 2-3 business days) I'll be in touch to discuss your choices and options, confirm your production time frame and external vendor timelines (if applicable, eg. sourcing silk ribbon or vintage stamps), and to ask you any questions I may have following the review of your order. You will also be sent a link to the client portal where you can access your project documents, timeline, design proofs, and submit the wording for your suite pieces. Details of your order and Production Timeline will be available in your client portal throughout the process.

3. Design: When all required information has been received and the details of your order confirmed, the design phase will begin. Two rounds of revisions are included following your initial digital proof for minor changes to your text, calligraphy, and design aspects. Additional edits over and above your two revisions will incur a flat fee of USD$75.00 per revision. Your proofs will be delivered and approved digitally via your client portal.

You will receive your final design document (PDF) showcasing your entire suite/pieces once the revisions phase is complete, and once approved your order will go to print.

4. Production: Production on your suite begins! I'll be in touch at the mid-point of production to give you an update.

5. Assembly & Shipping: Your order will be assembled (if applicable), packaged and weighed and you will receive an invoice for shipping (if applicable), as well as any additional charges agreed and discussed during the design/production phases. This invoice is payable prior to your goods being mailed. Once complete your order will be shipped with tracking and insurance.
 

Customisation requests above and beyond those available to order online may be accommodated if timing allows (eg. alternative paper stocks, adding bespoke design, multiple color letterpress, etc.). Custom work requested after your order has been submitted may be discussed and approved on an as/when basis, and you will be invoiced for these services separately.

You are welcome to get in touch prior to ordering to talk about your ideas and discuss how best to customise your suite.


Curated Suites vs Combination Separates

The Wedding Collection has been designed with customisation in mind, allowing you to create your ideal suite via the Collection Separates or save time by choosing one of the Collection's curated designs available in multiple configurations. For example, should you have your heart set on handmade paper but would prefer a lower price-point you might consider using handmade paper for your main invitation/envelope pieces only, with the remainder of your suite printed on fine-art house card stock.

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Alternatively, the Collection's curated designs have already been combined for you in two, three, or four piece suites, and are ready for custom detailing and calligraphy to truly make them your own. Envelopes are included for corresponding pieces.

2-Piece: Invitation, Response Card + Envelopes
3-Piece: Invitation, Response Card, Details Insert + Envelopes
4-Piece: Save the Date, Invitation, Response Card, Details Insert + Envelopes

Envelopes + Digital Return Addressing are included with all orders.


Print methods

Fine Art Digital

Flat', or digital printing is the most cost effective and straight forward option for your suite generally with a faster turnaround time. 

Custom Crafted uses archival-quality Epson UltraChrome HD pigment inks for digital printing, producing accurate, fade-resistant colour on our range of beautiful fine art and handmade papers.

This method is available with Standard, Heavy, and Handmade papers (house stocks, descriptions below).

Letterpress

The traditional print method dating back to mid-15th to 19th centuries, designs are re-produced onto plates to use with a vintage letterpress machine. Your design is pushed into the paper via the plate during the print run, resulting in the distinctive 'pillow'-like impression letterpress is known for. For metallic colors (in most cases) it's recommended that you choose foil, as metallic letterpress inks are muted when printed.

This method is available with Heavy and Handmade papers, various options can be accommodated.

Foil Stamping

Hot foil stamping uses heat, pressure, and a metallic foil. To achieve a foil stamp, a plate comes into contact with the foil, transferring a thin layer onto the paper. The design is slightly imprinted into the paper for a beautiful, textured feel.

Choose from gold, rose gold, copper, or silver. 

This method is available with Heavy and Handmade papers, various options can be accommodated.


The following swatches are intended as a guide only, actual physical and printed colours may differ.
Colors displayed on-screen vary depending on monitors and screen resolution, and the digital representation may not be exact. 

 

papers

Custom Crafted has sourced tried and tested, fine art papers for The Wedding Collection, and the print method chosen for your suite will generally determine the type of paper/paper weight(s) used for your pieces. The specific paper details for your order will be outlined during the design and proofing process. As a general rule, heavier paper stocks and/or multiple piece suites will increase the postage cost for mailing your invitations.

Standard FSC® Certified and Green-e Certified, sustainable cover stock or 100% cotton. Available in a range of neutrals, this paper is a great all-rounder, it has a soft, lightly textured feel and works well with digital print methods. Weight range 110-179lb/300-484gsm.

Heavy card stocks are either FSC® Certified and Green-e Certified, sustainable cover stock or 100% cotton, in various colours. This paper can be twice the thickness of Standard stock which makes it ideal for letterpress and foil printing. Weight range 179-220lb/484-600gsm.

Handmade* with blends of cotton and linen. A beautiful, artisan paper with a subtle texture and beautifully fluffy deckled-edges. As with most handmade products, each sheet is different to the next with slight variations/irregulations in colour, size, and texture. Mid-weight.

 

Standard / Heavy
White, Ivory, Grey

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Handmade Paper
Off-White

*Artisan papers and print methods are a perfect match when creating beautiful stationery, though the results can be a little unpredictable. Handmade paper will often have variations in shape and texture within the same batch, and paired with letterpress or foil stamping your stationery can sometimes be a little quirky and/or inconsistent. If you'd like to see samples of these papers and print methods please get in touch before ordering.

Physical paper samples are recommended and may be purchased here.
Custom paper colours may be accommodated if requested, additional costs apply. Please get in touch before ordering for timing and availability.


 

Print Colours


Digital and Letterpress:

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Metallic Foil is available in Gold, Rose Gold, and Copper.


*White available as a blind impression only (no ink).
Alternative colours for all print methods may be accommodated on request. Additional costs apply.


Calligraphy Styles

 
 01 / Signet

01 / Signet

 02 / Vrille

02 / Vrille

 03 / Petite

03 / Petite

 04 / Heritage

04 / Heritage

 

 

Wreath Styles

Each wreath includes corresponding floral details for each insert. Available with the Laurel suite only.

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Wax Seals

Fleur-de-lis, Oak Tree, Wild Rose
Custom designs and monograms may be accommodated, inquire for pricing.

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Envelopes.

Euro-flap envelopes are included with all collection suite packages. As part of the design process you'll be presented with options for your envelopes depending on your colour scheme and suite requirements. You may also request specific colours or styles and I'll do my best to match what you have in mind from over 50 available colours.

Handmade envelopes are more limited, options will be discussed during the design phase of your order.

ENVELOPE PRINTING

Digital return addressing is included with all collection orders, however you may choose to upgrade this to match your print method if preferred. Complimentary digital printing is limited to light, mid-range, and non-metallic envelope colours only. If you would like to discuss light ink on dark, or textured/metallic envelope options please get in touch before ordering for pricing and availability.

You also have the option to include digital/calligraphy guest addressing (front, main envelope/s) via the Add-ons and Embellishments section as part of the ordering process.


Wording examples.

Be as traditional or creative as you wish! These samples are here to help you get started:

SAVE THE DATE

1. Title / Announcement
“Save the Date" / "Save the Date for the wedding of ..."

2. Couple: Your names.
ie. Will you be including middle names or initials?

3. Date: When (wedding date, year) / Where (ceremony (City/State and/or Country)
Generally your Save the Date will specify the City or State/Country of your wedding (as the venue may not yet be booked)

4. Final Note (optional)
eg. "Invitation to Follow"

 

MAIN INVITATION

1. Hosts: Who is inviting your guests to the celebration? 
“Together with their parents” (OR “families”)
“Mr. & Mrs. XX request the honor of your company”

2. Couple: Your names.
ie. Will you be including middle names or initials?

3. Details: When (wedding date, year, ceremony time) / Where (ceremony (location, City/State and/or Country)
eg. “Saturday the 2nd of December, 2016, at four o’ clock in the afternoon
Lavender Hill, Waiheke Island, New Zealand”
eg. “Saturday the Second of December, Two Thousand and Sixteen, at 6pm in the evening
Lavender Hill, Waiheke Island, New Zealand”

4. Final Note (optional): Dress attire and/or wedding website details.
eg. “Reception to Follow” / “Dinner and Dancing to Follow” / “Black Tie”

 

RSVP / RESPONSE CARD

1. Title / Date
"RSVP" / “Please Reply by ..." / "Your response is kindly requested by ..."

2. Accept or Decline
This can be in the form of boxes ("Yes" / "No") or phrases ("Gratefully Accepts" / "Regretfully Declines")
Don't be afraid to get creative with your response requests!

3. Final Note (optional)
Request additional information on your RSVP (such as special or dietary requirements, transport, etc.)

 

DETAILS Insert

1. Title
"Details" / "Information" / "Need to Knows" ...

2. Content
Accommodation, Dress Code, Transport, Registry, Wedding Website, etc.


Points to Note

Due to differing styles and design aesthetics, I’m unable to incorporate another artist's/designer’s work into your suite. On a collaborative level there may be exceptions to this (ie. spot calligraphy provided to an designer/printer), however this is an unusual circumstance and requires a collaboration agreement with the other party to cover usage and copyrights etc.

The Wedding Collection has been carefully designed and curated in the signature Custom Crafted style. Minor changes to the format and layout may be accommodated while the overall design aspects of each suite will remain the same, with wording and/or calligraphy customised specifically for you and your event.

Customisation requests above and beyond the options available within the online ordering process (including but not limited to: illustration, ink colours or specialty print methods, and custom paper types) should be discussed prior to ordering, and may require a custom order request. Please get in touch if you’d like further information on the custom design process.

For timing, assembly, shipping, and delivery information please see the Frequently Asked Questions.

Banner image courtesy of Jordan Galindo Photography