so, let’s learn about ordering wedding stationery!
every business will have their own take on this process, but this is ours. my goal here is to educate you all on what to expect when reaching out about ordering save the dates & wedding stationery!
no. 1 // consultation
to get as far as a consultation, I require our wedding form to be completed to the best of your ability! NO DM INQUIRIES. this is a form you will find on our website & it will ask you anything & everything about your wedding! Date, time, details, colours, themes, wants, needs, specifics, vendors & more. come prepared with as much information as possible. No one word answers friends, we need details to quote properly!
a note on budget:
i will be asking you for your budget on this form and this question must be filled out for us to give you an estimate! we ask for a budget for a couple simple reasons, 1) if you want to spend $1000, i am not going to waste time quoting things outside of that budget, which is beneficial for both you & me, in the long run. 2) knowing your budget helps me choose & recommend the best materials and products to achieve what you are looking for. budget is always one of those sore topics to bring up & no one wants to discuss it, but the reality is we need to know it and it is a mandatory question to receive an estimate from us.
following the submission of your form, we will reach out & schedule a consultation with you to go over and discuss all of the details you’ve submitted. we try to reach out within a week of receiving your inquiry. From there we will educate & establish a concise list of everything required for your job, and create a custom tailored estimate based on this.
no. 2 // estimating & all the things
“how much do wedding invitations cost”
is a great question to ask to get ignored ✌🏼 sorry not sorry but we need you to do a little legwork & actually provide a form to get a price. we will not reply to these comments and questions aside from linking you to our full form & going through our process. quoting will not be done overnight as there are so many aspects involved, and can take up to a week or more depending on what specifically we are quoting. I really want to be candid here for you all to know what goes into this process.
NOTHING we do costs the same price. I have never in my 11 years of wedding invitation design billed out two wedding jobs even remotely the same.
invitation suites can have anywhere between 2‑50 different pieces involved & each one of these pieces is a separate item we will be quoting for you.
our estimates & invoices are written line by line for you to see each & every aspect that goes into your suite.
if you need anything revised within your estimate that is no trouble at all, we will go back and forth until you’re happy with the final price & from there you will be accepting your estimate!
no. 3 // booking your wedding with us
following the acceptance of your estimate, we will be booking you into our schedule!
this just means we have your wedding in our calendar when it makes sense to start! we complete save the dates, invitations & day of items at different time frames throughout your planning process due to the information required at each segment, and because of this you could be booked in up to three different times depending on what we are booking you in for!
to complete the process of booking you in, we require a 50% down payment of the estimate you’ve accepted & the remaining 50% will be due at the time of ordering, following the design process.
we will not start your design process or book you in until this deposit has been paid!
no. 4 // the design process
ah the design process! the most fun part!
(hint hint: it’s even more fun when we have ample time to pull it together so booking sooner than later is always a good choice 💗)
following your deposit & booking you into a design time slot, we will be starting your design. the design process is just that, a process, and it takes time! we schedule our design bookings over a 2 month period to ensure we have lots of time to work on it & look back over things to perfect all of the little details that we like to include with weddings. there is a lot of thought & care that goes into a design process that you just will not find in any online print services like vista print etc.
you will be provided a PDF mock‑up of your entire suite laid out, as well as each piece individually for proofing & looking over.
please note: during the design process, proofing is 100% the clients responsibility & kreative does not hold any responsibility for mistakes in information, spelling, etc. I wish I could take the time to proof read every single thing I do but, I am just me & only have so many hours in a day so we rely on our clients to know their information & act as our second set of eyes when working together, since no one will know your information better than you!
we will go back & forth with the design to perfect it for you, with up to three rounds of revisions.
following approval of the design, comes the ordering process! to proceed to ordering, we will require the remaining 50% owing at this time!
no. 5 // the ordering process
(because it is an actual PROCESS, let me explain)
ah ordering. so here’s the thing, shit takes time. printing takes time, ordering the goods we need, then printing them takes time, creating custom things from raw materials takes time, running production tests and colour matching takes time, feeding every single envelope by hand takes time, really it just all takes time!
A lot of people think that as soon as the design process is over they’ll have their invites in their hands asap, but this is really when the real work begins! we deal with HUNDREDS of different vendors & suppliers from quite literally all over the world, to be able to offer a huge selection of offerings & customizing, and with that in mind we could be ordering from 10 different vendors or more for one project alone!
our purpose is to curate your design & then bring it all together. we need space and time to do this so as I say, booking earlier is always best to not rush things.
I may find myself removing this bit later, but right now everything is taking longer than we have experienced in the past with paper shortages, supply delays, shipping delays and more. I’m sure that’s a broken record excuse at this point in time, but it is the reality of everything at the moment, and I do want to be candid about this fact.
so, please know the ordering process takes time & we will update you at the time of ordering when you can expect things to be finished, but as always it is subject to change based on extenuating circumstances.
no. 6 // finishing & assembly
some opt for this, some do not! both ways are fine by me, but I’ll tell you a little bit about diy vs finishing & assembly!
a lot of people don’t realize the man hours that go into creating a full wedding invitation suite! from invitation bands to vellum wraps, wax seals, pressed florals, envelope liners, stuffing envelopes, the list goes on ‑ but this all takes time!
we offer the option to finish and assemble everything for you, right down to stuffing the envelopes OR we offer the option of DIY.
with diy you would essentially be given each individual aspect seen on your invoice separately & you would need to assemble and put them all together! we would assembly your keepsake suite & photography suite but all of your guest invites would be left for you! we will go over assembly with you at time of drop off or delivery.
if you’re looking for finishing services, be sure to mention it in your consultation!
no. 7 // mailing
mailing services are a huge time saver for you!
to hire us for mailing we would also have to be assembling your invitations; however this can be a timesaver if you don’t have the time to dedicate to doing it yourself!
with our mailing service we will stamp & seal your invitations. stamps needed will be calculated in advance & there is no money charged on top of what the stamps are worth, just for our time to complete it.
we will take your invitations to the post office & have them each hand cancelled into the system to know they’re getting started on their journey to where they’ll end up.
pro tip: if we aren’t local to each other this is a great option to save shipping fees & get invitations in the mail faster!
please note: once we have delivered your invitations to the post office we have no control of where they end up from there, as with any letter mail.
no. 8 // delivery to you
if we are not mailing your invitations for you, we will be arranging delivery to you!
If you are local we are happy to meet & deliver in person.
if you aren’t local, we can ship your invitations out to you instead! shipping will be at your cost if you opt for this option.
this will be discussed during consultation also, based on your location!