CUSTOM INVITATION PROCESS

from initial inquiry
to your bespoke creation

CUSTOM INVITATION PROCESS

HOW TO BEGIN


custom wedding invitations on handmade paper
photo courtesy of Tonya Hjort Photography

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THE BOOKING PHASE

Email me or fill out my inquiry form. Provide me with an overview of your wedding like colors, style, venue, etc. Next, we’ll schedule a Zoom call to discuss all the details, the must-haves, the processes, and the expectations of what’s to come. Shortly afterward, I’ll email you a customized proposal with three different package options based on our discussions along with a mood board. If you are happy with your proposal and would like to move forward, I’ll send over a contract and invoice. A 30% non-refundable retainer along with your signed contract will officially secure your spot on my design calendar. Then we can start the design phase!

custom wedding invitations
photo credits: Gretchen Hunt

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THE SKETCH + DESIGN PHASE

We’ve reached the absolute best part! Once you’re on my design calendar, I will provide you with a rough sketch that outlines the ideas we discussed. I’ll include paper types, embellishments (envelope liners, wax seals, etc.) During this phase, we will tweak and refine all the design elements. Once you approve the sketch, we’ll move into the design phase were your invitations begin to take life. I’ll create a digital mockup so you can get an accurate representation of what to expect. Please note that there may be differences in color due to the complexities of every monitor. Once you’re head over heels with the results and sign off on all the final proofs, it’s off to production! Please be aware that your guest addresses will also be due at this time whether you select digital or calligraphy addressing.

wax seals handmade paper

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THE PRODUCTION PHASE

Oh, it’s starting to get real now! It’s off to production! I’ve carefully curated a list of very talented vendors who are passionate about what they do, and who I trust to bring our collaboration into the tangible. I’ll oversee the entire process from file submission until your final pieces arrive back at my studio for inspection. This can take up to six weeks. After your final pieces pass inspection, I’ll handle all the assembly and addressing (whether digital or handwritten calligraphy), you won’t even have to lick a stamp! I’ll hand-deliver your beautifully addressed envelopes to the post office. And finally, I’ll mail you a keepsake version of your suite along with any extras. With my full-service, you and your fiancé can enjoy the remaining weeks until you waltz down the aisle!

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the PRICING

I get it. Custom wedding invitations are pricey. I wrote a blog post all about it. Read more about it here. As with anything custom, when something is designed specifically for you, it becomes an accurate reflection of you, providing sentimental value.

Due to the nature of custom wedding invitations, all projects will vary in cost. However, the average ElizaGrace Paperie couple spends an average of $4,500 for wedding invitations. This price include popular upgrades such as letterpress printing, envelope liners, wax seals and handwritten calligraphy envelopes. Our average couple spends approximately $1,000 for Save-the-Dates.

For more information about what is included in all my packages and other details, please visit my FAQ page.


Whether you decide on digital, letterpress, foil, or a combination of these, your wedding paper will be beautiful. Your budget and overall design aesthetic will determine which method is best for you. Every ElizaGrace design proposal includes digital printing, with letterpress and foil as luxe upgrades.

Standard Option

Also known as flat printing. It’s smooth, with no indentation or raised impression. When you run your fingers across the paper, you’ll feel the texture of the cotton paper. It’s perfect for watercolor artwork. It is the most economical and fastest turnaround of the three print processes.

custom wedding invitations
photo credits: Gretchen Hunt
LUXE Option

A time-honored tradition, every invitation is made by hand using a plate and ink in which an impression is pressed into cotton paper. The thicker the paper, the more dramatic the impression. Can be used with and without ink (blind). A truly luxurious experience for both the eyes and the touch. My favorite print method due to it’s lovely antique process and pillowy results. If you’re looking for that fine-art aesthetic, this print method is for you.

*please note: due to the hand-made nature of letterpress, no two invitations will be exactly alike, lending to it’s one-of-a-kind charm. Also, please allow at least four to six weeks production time.

LUXE Option

A process similar to letterpress, but instead of ink, sheets of metallic foil are used. The result is truly glamorous, adding another dimension to your invitations. Perfect for those who love all the glam or black tie affair.

*please allow at least four to six weeks production time.