If you’ve looked through my Collection and love the style, but want something different or specific, a CUSTOM design may be perfect for you! This option is a completely personalized and bespoke experience, where I craft a design completely from scratch. I can be inspired by your theme, flowers, venue, colour palette or decor - the sky is the limit! See below for my CUSTOM process…
You’re engaged! Now the fun begins :) I’d love to chat design, colours, theme and stationery ideas with you, so we’ll have a get-to-know-you e-mail or call, whichever you prefer! I’d love to hear what your dream wedding looks like, and how I can help you bring that to life with the paper goods! If you don’t have a theme yet, that’s okay too. We can brainstorm ideas together based on even just a colour pallette, which I can also help with :)
I’ll need to know what paper items you’re interested in, such as save-the-dates, custom maps, menus, table numbers, thank you cards, etc. See a more elaborate list of pieces here!
My least favourite part of the process is the numbers, so let’s get that out of the way! I’ll develop a quote agreement for all of the items you’re interested in and any other details we discussed previously. It’s flexible at this stage and I can easily switch items and quantities around before the design process begins. Also, quantities/cost can be adjusted before printing if your guest counts changes. Once it looks good to you, I’ll have you sign the agreement and ask for a 50% deposit to start the design magic!
Next I’ll create a schedule of when your items need to be completed by. My rule of thumb is, add 2 weeks for printed proofs, and keep in mind you will assemble and mail everything yourself. It will take a minimum of 8 weeks for CUSTOM designs (let me know if you need them rushed and I’ll see what I can do).
This is the perfect time to share your Pinterest board or send me photos and ideas you’ve been collecting. If you have a concept already, that’s great! If not, we’ll work together to design something perfect for your big day. It’s helpful at this stage if you know the wording/info you’d like to use for each of the pieces, as that will affect the design and layout.
What is the Event?
Who is the Event for?
When is the event - Date & Time
Where is it taking place? Location(s) and directions if needed
How can guests RSVP?
Any other details, such as your wedding website?
It’s sketch time for your custom design! I’ll begin with 2-3 rough sketches of your invitation and RSVP card (if applicable) to get a general idea for layout and content. You can review them and let me know which you love, or what I can change to make you love it! After 2 rounds of revisions on your chosen sketch, we are ready to move forward to the next stage: the refined drawing!
I will take your chosen design and re-draw it with clean lines and more details, so you can get a better sense of the final piece. If there are any requests for changes to the layout, content or details of the artwork, it needs to be done at this stage, before I begin painting!
Just a note: I will design the original art to look beautiful framed, because you get to keep this painting as a memento of this exciting time and special process!
Fun with colour! I’ll first send over a colour pallette for you to approve. Now is when it all comes to life - I will paint your custom artwork!!! Once that’s complete, I scan in the painting and prepare it for use across all of your paper items. I will send you a digital proof of the invitation and any other cards you chose over email with all of the verbiage you provided me.
Since I’m super focused on the design aspect, it’s extremely important that you and a loved one proofread all items a few times to ensure they are correct. Find that fine toothed comb and use it well ;) This is where I’ll need your approval to go to print.
You can be mailed a printed proof if you’d like to see it in person first (that will generally take 7-10 business days). Once you approve the proof, I’ll need the rest of the payment before going to final prints.
This is the most exciting step, as you will soon have all of the pieces in your hands! I’ll order the prints and have them mailed to you. Now you can have fun assembling (with some wonderful friends, perhaps) and affixing stamps to mail them to your lovely guests… and let the RSVPs roll in!