When it comes to planning a wedding, timing is everything.
With custom orders, timing varies depending on the details and complexity of your project. As a starting point, I will work backwards from your event date and set up a timeline. For weddings, I like to start working together six months before your wedding date, if custom work is required. When thinking about timing, consider your desired RSVP date and how much time you would like to give your guests to respond.
STEP 1: SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION
If all of my clients lived in the Portland area, I’d invite them to a conversation about their dream wedding invitations over a steamy mug of chai, but since some of you are scattered across the United States, I’ll invite you to a consultation via phone or email (email@example.com) if you aren't in the area. Expect to discuss your vision, your likes and dislikes, and the ins-and-outs of your wedding or event—I love discovering as many details as possible to ensure that your paper products reflect your personality. Click here to get a conversation in the books!
STEP 2: DETERMINE YOUR INVESTMENT
After reviewing your wants and needs, it’s time to select the invitation pieces that will comprise your stationery suite. When looking over the pricing guide, you will notice that each element is listed and priced individually. Use this information to compile the products, paper, and embellishments that are best suited for your special occasion. From there, I will create an estimate for you to review, adjusting your selections as necessary until your final product is a perfect match for your budget.
STEP 3: PAY YOUR DEPOSIT + SUBMIT YOUR ORDER
Ready to place your order? I’m so excited to work with you on it! A non-refundable 50% deposit of your order, which, when paid, acts as your agreement that you have read and accept the TIMELINE and FINE PRINT sections on littleivypapergoods.com, will be due to reserve your spot in my calendar and officially begin your invitation order. Your initial 50% deposit will be applied to your final balance, which is due before printing begins. Your final deposit may be of a higher or lower value than the initial deposit, bearing any changes in your order that have occurred since your first payment (for example: a decrease in quantity, revision fees, or envelope/paper upgrades).
STEP 4: REVIEW YOUR INVITATION PROOFS
Once I receive your 50% deposit, I will contact you to confirm the wording and personalized details you’ve selected. You will receive an initial digital proof of your invitation suite via email within a week of submitting your deposit (up to two weeks for custom designs), which will be a complete proof including the watercolor design and the verbiage. If *revisions are required, you will receive updated proofs within 2 business days. The first round of revisions is complementary, with every round thereafter incurring a $15/revision charge, which will be calculated into your final deposit cost. Rest assured that I will work with you until your invitations are 100% print-ready perfect! Review the designs, sleep on it, ask the opinion of those close to you, and relay your feedback soon!
*Please note that revisions are any additional changes that you would like to make on your design, including watercolor, text layout, verbiage, or font/color change. A "round" of revisions is considered to be all the changes requested within one correspondence (email), therefore each change requested after reviewing the new draft does not incur a $15 charge, but rather all of the edits asked for in one email correspondence are considered a "round."
STEP 5: STAMP OF APPROVAL
I will provide a final PDF proof for your review. You are responsible for ensuring that the quantities, wording, spelling, colors, and event details of your order are accurate, along with any additional embellishments or upgrades you’ve chosen to add to your design. Your approved order will move into production following receipt of final payment. At this point, no order can be edited or cancelled.
STEP 6: SUBMIT FINAL PAYMENT
As soon as you’ve approved your order, you will submit final payment—this is required for the printing process to begin. I recommend having several sets of eyes review your final proof, as additional changes cannot be made once your approved order is in production. From there, all that’s left to do is relax and await the arrival of your invitations!
The full process from the consultation to receiving your printed invitations can take 6-8 weeks. Standard printing takes 10 business days, but can be done in as little as 4, 3 or 2 days to fit your needs (additional charges apply).
Your original estimate will not include shipping (time or expenses). All orders ship via USPS priority mail with tracking and insurance. Shipping costs are not calculated until your order has been printed and packaged. They are based on the order weight and destination, to offer you the most economical option. You may absolutely opt in to having rush shipping in order to expedite the process, at your expense. Average delivery will take up to 10 days, depending on where you live in the country, as I live on one side of it (Maine!) and you may live on the other. Your invitations will be delivered ready to assemble, unless requested otherwise.