Because all invitations are designed for each client specifically, the process in creating your invitations or announcements is a bit more involved than simply choosing something from a book. I want you to have exactly what you want!
We’ll begin with a complimentary consultation either in person or over the phone. We will then discuss what you’re looking for, review samples and even go through an order form together. I also want to see what has inspired you throughout the course of planning your event. The more I know about you and your special occasions, the better I am able to create work that accurately represents it.
Following the consultation, I will create an estimate for you outlining the specifications that we discussed. If you decide to move forward, I will require a non-refundable 50% deposit. This will cover a portion of my design time as well as materials and will be applied to the total cost of your custom stationery package.
Once the deposit has been received, I will begin the design process. PDF proofs will be emailed to you after I have created several options that I think best represents what was discussed during our consultation. These proofs can differ as much or as little as needed depending upon how specific you are in terms of style and budget.
From the proofs you can either choose one design or, where ever possible, combine elements from each. This is you chance to input anything you see fit, so don’t hold back. This is followed by another round of proofs accompanied by any other corresponding pieces (for example, reply card, reception card, etc.). Because I do not charge per hour, there is a revision limit of four rounds. After that, an additional fee will be required. We can discuss that cost when the time comes, as it is unique to every client.
Before your pieces are completely printed, you will receive a physical sample in the mail (or in person if we are able to meet). At this point in the process, there should be no further design or text changes. You are simply checking the color and paper stock. If there are any changes aside from color corrections, there will be a $25 fee per round.
If you love what you see, I will ask that you sign off* on the printing and production of the design and submit the remaining 50% of your balance. Your signed approval means that everything is spelled correctly and to your liking, including accurate dates, times and colors. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of proofreading. TEN:THIRTEEN design can spell check all files before they go into production; however, this cannot protect against misspellings of proper names and places. Once you have submitted your approval, TEN:THIRTEEN design is not responsible for any errors. If you choose to reprint your order, due to errors of any kind, you are responsible for 100% of the reprinting and labor costs. If you choose to cancel your order before printing begins, TEN:THIRTEEN design will retail the 50% deposit. If you choose to cancel your order after printing begins, TEN:THIRTTEEN design must retain 100% of the cost to cover production charges.
*Signing off means that you either print out the final digital proof and sign each page of the design or sign the approval slip included with your hard proofs. Your signature is the symbol of your final approval. Once this is done, please mail it back to TEN:THIRTEEN design, 12606 Gunnison Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46236. In order to save time, you can notify me by phone or email that you have approved the proofs and that the signed approval is in the mail.
Because every piece is 100% custom, prices can vary quite a bit. First, I find out what your budget is. Then I work backwards. There is no point in me designing something if it is out of your price range. As a rule of thumb, clients should consider their custom wedding stationery at 10-15% of their overall wedding budget. Typically, most of my invitation suites run anywhere from $900 to $2000. The price of an invitation or announcement is based on several factors – quantity, intricacy of design, cost of materials and printing method. I try to use materials and ideas that will be the most cost effective for your budget. I do my best to create a piece that will suit your event style and budget perfectly.
Whether announcing your engagement, sending invitations for your special day, introducing your new bundle of joy or looking for a unique statement for your event, TEN:THIRTEEN design will deliver a custom stationery ensemble that will exceed your expectations!
Possibilities include, but are not limited to:
Save the dates
Bridal/baby shower invitations
Corporate event invitations