SEMI-CUSTOM INVITATION FAQS
This is a great option if your budget isn’t set for custom invitations but you would still like high-quality stationery. Even with semi-custom stationery, there are still so many options to choose from! No worries! I’m here to make it as easy as possible. Below are some of the most popular questions I get.
If there other questions you may have, please feel free to fill out my contact form and I would be happy to answer any questions you might have.
When should I be mailing out my invitations?
Ideally, invitations should go out 8 weeks before the wedding ‑ this gives guests plenty of time to clear their schedules for the day and make travel arrangements if they are out-of-towners. Timely invitations also let you make the RSVP date earlier ‑ about 3 weeks before the wedding ‑ so you can get a final head count and start making a seating chart (if you’ll have one) before the week-before-the-wedding crunch begins. At the very latest, guests should receive invitations 6 weeks in advance, and you should receive responses 2 weeks before the big day.
If you’re having a destination wedding, 8-10 weeks is more appropriate so guests can book their travel plans. You can always send them earlier if it’s a busy time of year (November/December).
Remember that the design and printing time for invitations is usually a couple months, so be sure to book your invitations early!
What should I put my “RSVP by” date as?
At least a month before the wedding date. If you’re like me and want to know your RSVPs sooner, that’s okay! No sooner than 2 months before the wedding since that ups the risk of more drop-outs, but no later than 1 month.
When do I need to book with you?
The invitation design process can be as quick as 2 weeks, but it’s usually more around 4-6 weeks. The turnaround time once sent to print adds some time, (usually about 3-4 weeks) so be sure to book early enough to avoid any rush fees. I would suggest to have our initial consultation about 6-8 months before the wedding so we have extra time to work on everything together. If it’s sooner than that, no worries! We just need at least 2 months before your target send-out date to design and print, but rush fees may be needed depending on the timeline.
How many invitations should I order?
This is completely up to your guest list. Invitation quantity should be per household and different from your guest count. For example, one invitation will be sent to “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” and one will be sent to “The Brown Family”, but those two invitations could be for 6 people. Be sure to add 10-20 extra just in case there’s any last-minute add-ons or you need to re-send any!
How much do semi-custom wedding invitations cost?
Semi-custom suites have a design cost of $120 instead of $240 like the custom. This is because with the semi-custom suites, there’s less “design time” that goes into it, so it makes it cheaper for you! This allows extra room to add any desired embellishments or upgraded printing methods if they weren’t in your budget before. Your final total will depend on what printing methods, paper stock, quantity and embellishments that you have, so I can’t tell you exactly until we have our initial consultation.
What printing methods do you use?
I offer Digital Printing and foil printing. Digital printing can be done on many different cardstock papers and colors. We can print digitally in multiple colors so the possibilities are endless! Foil is the most expensive printing method, but it’s the only one that will leave a metallic shine on paper.
What is customizable about these suites?
Don’t worry, there are plenty of customizations with the semi-custom suites. As long as the general layout stays the same, you can customize the typography, body font, colors or foil, paper stocks and more!
Do I have to live in California to work with you?
Nope! The great thing about design, is that it is done on the computer, so I can send you proofs via email and we can go back and forth on the phone for edits. We will do the initial consultation on the phone or facetime and when the final pieces are finished I will ship them to you. Whether you are here and Ventura County or you are in Kansas, we’ll make the process simple, fun and stress free.
Do you take the invitations to the Post Office for me?
This is one part that I do not do for you, mostly because of liability. I will assemble them for you, if needed, and I will get them to you so that you can take care of the mailing. Good news! I have tips on mailing your invitations, check out my blog post here.
Why are you better than online invitation stores such as Minted or Zazzle?
My goal is to provide custom stationery that is unique to each couple and affordable for every budget. I have seen enough to know that most brides want everything to be perfect. However, some brides have different priorities for their wedding which could result in skimping on their stationery. My thought is that if you didn’t have to make that budget cut decision, most brides would opt for custom stationery, as long as it’s affordable.
That’s where my services come in! I have high quality papers that don’t contain acid, high quality printers and love for designing, which allows my studio to stand out. Remember, your invitation is the first glimpse that your guests will see of your wedding. Let’s make it a good one!
How does the design process work?
First, I would ask you to fill out my contact form on my website, so that I have a good idea of what you are looking for. Then we will schedule an initial consultation where we will talk about your likes and dislikes, along with your Pinterest board or photos, if you have any. We will also narrow down what works within your budget. After the consult, I will send over an estimate for you to approve. Once approved, I will send you an invoice and the design elements form. Once those are submitted, I will create a design board for you and then the proofing process begins. You get four proofs to make adjustments. When they look good, I’ll send a final proof of your design and a design release form for you to sign with your approval. Once signed, your artwork goes to print. Once the printer, is finished, the stationery will come back to me. I will do a final check on everything and assemble the invitations, if needed. They are now ready for pick-up or to be shipped.
How do you accept payment?
I accept cash or check for payment. A 50% non-refundable retainer is due upon contract signing before the design process starts and the remainder is due at time of final design release approval.
How should I word my wedding invitations?
This is a complicated question, which requires a longer explanation. Please see my post here, about wording your invitations.
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