When you are ready to get some personalized time to sit and walk through everything that you need, it's time for a consultation. I love to be able to sit across a table from couples and share samples and swatches and come up with a concept that is perfect.
If you click the appointment button above you will be taken to my appointment calendar. Once you request an appointment I will confirm with a specific location.
From that initial meeting I can write a custom quote. Often I can do that at our meeting. Once you agree to the quote I collect a deposit of 50%. If the quantity needs to change slightly after the deposit has been paid that is fine. All of the nitty-gritty business part is managed online through email & a Client portal.
You will see an online digital proof of each piece of the project. Nothing gets printed until you have approved it. For invitations the main piece will be proofed first to determine our style guidelines for all other pieces.
It is important to be very careful when reading through proofs.
This is the portions of the process that can allow for revisions and edits. Depending on the timeline there may be periods of time where we aren't communicating and that is OK. It is all normal.
Once every portion of the suite has been proofed and approved, The production will begin. There are times when elements like a wax seal or piece that goes out to another press will be printed before the entire suite is approved.
All of the printing and assembly is hand done and double checked.
Once everything is complete you will receive the invoice for the final balance. Nothing is delivered until payment has been made. If we aren't meeting in person then you will pay the full shipping and insurance costs for delivery.
Envelopes are delivered stuffed but not sealed. This is so you can inspect all work. You will seal and stamp each envelope then take to the post office.
from meeting to mailing
HOW MANY INVITATIONS DO I NEED?
Your guest count is not the same as your invitation or household count. It occurs often that couples come to a meeting planning on having to order 200+ invites and then we realize that they are actually only going to need about 80-100. That is a great help to the budget. A general rule of thumb is to take your guest list and divide by 2. If you have families coming you can even reduce that further. If you have a lot of singles then maybe up that. If you know you are mailing to out of town family that you don't expect to attend, make sure to allot for that.
I recommend that you have about 10 extras for any additional guest that you have forgotten about, if any are damaged by the post office and to have keepsakes.
WHEN IS THE IDEAL TIME TO BOOK?
While stationers can do more than one wedding for a date, it's best to book early so that you know they will have space for your project on their calendar. I hated when I was wedding planning and vendors would say, "You really should have already done this." I get it! There is no shame.
Perfect world is to have about 4-6 months to make sure that we aren't waiting on materials if they are back-ordered. If you have a larger order then allowing more time is helpful. There have been times that I have booked out my calendar and won't take any new clients. So it is best to inquire early.
I FOUND A DESIGN ONLINE, CAN YOU MAKE IT?
The short answer is No. I will not copy another designers work as I would hope they won't do the same to me. There are often times elements that are popular and we can use your whole wedding style and inspiration to inform our design plan.
WE HAVE A COMPLICATED FAMILY SITUATION...HOW DO I WORD THAT ON THE INVITATION?
In 7 years I have seen a lot. There are plenty of options for wording and if I don't know the proper etiquette I can absolutely help to find out the correct way to word it so everyone feels at ease. You don't have to have it all figured out for any piece. I am here to help.
WHERE WILL WE MEET?
My appointment scheduler asks for a preference locally in either Montgomery, Magnolia, Conroe or The Woodlands. I have relationships with vendors & venues in each of those areas or I will often have a Starbucks that has a convenient table to meet at. If those locations aren't able to work for you we can meet online in a Zoom Meeting. In person is more efficient since you are able to feel and see real life samples without having to wait for a mailing.
WHAT IF I NEED TO RESCHEDULE MY APPOINTMENT?
The confirmation email you receive will allow you to request an alternate appointment time. Or you can call or text 936-931-7307 and we can work it out.
HOW SHOULD I FORMAT MY ADDRESSES
In order to be able to print your guest addresses I use a Google Sheet document. Once you have access to the client portal you will be able to access that format and update your personal information. Nothing is retyped, I want to make sure that Grandma receives her invitation and not your co-worker in the same town. If you haven't begun collecting your guest addresses from all families involved, I would suggest it. This is your biggest project of the process. I do all the other heavy lifting.
WHAT ABOUT POSTAGE COSTS?
It is always encouraged to take your invitations into the post office and have them confirm the postage requirements. Up to 1 ounce will mail at $.58 cents. 2 ounces is currently $.78 cents. Square envelopes and extra thick envelopes (with wax seals closures or bow inside) require extra postage because they are non-machinable. You can opt to include an extra surcharge for Non-machinable and this will ensure that your mailing is treated with more care. This used to be called hand-cancelling.
Vintage stamps can also be curated.