WHAT PRINTING TECHNIQUES ARE USED?
Letterpress is a beautiful technique of relief printing that uses a press. A pressman composes and locks movable type into the bed of a press, inks it and presses paper against it to transfer the ink from the type which creates an impression on the paper. Letterpress is a fine art...no two pieces are exactly the same. Please expect that a slight variation in color and print may be seen within your letterpress suite especially when using handmade paper.
Foil stamping is a print method that requires a foil plate to be created and then it is pressed into the paper, transferring a metallic foil design onto the paper yielding a shiny slightly impressed image.
Digital printing is a great economical alternative to foil or letterpress. It is a commonly used technique in which a digital image is printed on a variety of media yielding high quality color results.
HOW DO I MATCH MY COLORS?
Let's talk about colors! What you see on your computer monitor may NOT be what you get. We rely heavily on paper samples and the pantone chart. We also can do a color match to your chosen shade and create a custom ink.
WHAT IS THE MINIMUM QUALITY FOR ORDERS?
The minimum quantity for orders is 25 and we offer increments of 25 as well.
HOW MANY EXTRA INVITATIONS SHOULD I ORDER?
When trying to calculate how much stationery you will need, remember this when referring to your guest list. All couples get one invitation as well as families with children living at home under the age of 18. If a child living at home is over the age of 18 you may consider sending out an invitation individually to them with the "and guest" option. We always recommend that you order 10-20% over your estimated needs.
DO YOU PROVIDE EXTRA ENVELOPES?
Yes, we provide extra envelopes for addressing errors and postal returns.
CAN I CHANGE MY FINAL QUANTITY DURING THE ORDERING PROCESS?
Yes, on your final invoice we will clarify your final quantity so you can accurately pay off your balance before we go to print.
HOW ARE MY INVITATIONS SHIPPED?
Our orders are shipped either UPS ground or by 3-day USPS priority mail. You will receive your tracking number upon shipment.
HOW DO I ESTIMATE POSTAGE FOR MY INVITATION SUITE?
You should always confirm the final postage amount by taking a fully assembled invitation to your local post office and have it weighed. On average, our wedding invitation sets are two stamps or a single .68 cent stamp. Also square invitations are automatically .20 cents extra. Please remember to stamp the reply envelopes in your invitation suite as a courtesy to your guests. Stamps can be purchased at your local post office, custom made online or vintage stamps can be researched and purchased online as well. We also have a stuffing and mailing service and can create or obtain your postage for you.
WHAT IS HAND CANCELLING?
Hand canceling is when the post office stamps a seal over the postage on your invitation instead of running the envelope thru a machine. We highly recommend this! Your post office may do this for you if you as a courtesy or they may charge you. Each post office is different so ask around!
WHAT DO I LOOK FOR IN MY FINAL PROOFS?
We will attach a proofing checklist for each piece of your invitation suite and helpful hints with each round of revisions, but here is a basic checklist.
Check that all names, titles, addresses, places, times, locations and dates are correct. Also, please check spelling and punctuation as well.
Is your final quantity accurate?
Are the ink, paper and design colors correct?
Is the printing method correct?
Are the sizes of each piece correct?
HOW MANY PROOFS DO I GET?
With your standard order you will receive a set of initial proofs and two additional round of revisions. If a third or more round of proofs is required there will be a charge of 25.00 per round added to your final bill.
WILL I RECEIVE A HARD PROOF?
Unfortunately we are unable to provide you with a hard proof before your invitation goes to print. This is a standard practice among invitation designers large and small. The time, effort and cost to provide a client with just "one of something" would be substantial to all involved.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO RECEIVE MY INVITATIONS?
Our average turnaround time for flat printed items is 2-3 weeks from the date the final payment has been received. For letterpress printing, our average turnaround time is 4-6 weeks from the date that final payment has been received. If your invitations involve multiple printing processes these timelines could be longer. Please be advised that delays on the clients part when it comes to proof approvals and final payment can affect your anticipated delivery date.
WHAT IS A STANDARD INVITATION SUITE?
Our standard invitation suite includes the main invitation, the main invitation envelope with printed return address, the response card and response card envelope with printed return address. Additional cards are available!
WHAT IS YOUR STANDARD STOCK?
Our standard option for flat printing is a 120lb eggshell stock. When letterpress or foil is being used we prefer Cranes Lettra single or double ply 100% cotton paper. We also utilize many handmade papers made in the United States as well as European brands.
DO YOU ACCOMODATE RUSH ORDERS?
Yes, we are flexible and can usually accommodate rush timelines. Our rush fees vary on the timeline, the intricacy of the design and the materials and print methods chosen.
HOW DO I ASSEMBLE MY INVITATION SUITE?
No worries! Inside your package you will receive our little love notes telling you how to assemble your invitation and a little mailing guide. We also offer assembly and mailing services.
WHEN SHOULD I MAIL MY SAVE THE DATES?
Generally save the dates are mailed 5-10 months prior to the wedding date. or 7-10 months for weddings with many out of town guests or destination weddings.
WHEN SHOULD I MAIL MY INVITATIONS?
Generally wedding invitations should be mailed 12 weeks prior to the wedding date.
WHEN SHOULD MY RSVP DATE BE?
Generally the RSVP date should be approximately 4 weeks prior to the wedding.