How Does Designing a Custom Invitation Suite Work? Part 2

Now, we get to make specific decisions about the really fun aspects of designing your wedding invitations! This is my favorite part of the process, and I have a feeling it will be yours as well!

2. Design Process (6-8 weeks) 

Although 6-8 weeks can seem like a lifetime, this timeframe is actually a really crucial component to creating beautiful invitations. As I'll outline below, the revision process is very important. I want to be sure that you have enough time to digest the changes that we've decided on, and that I have enough time to make the adjustments that will make your paper goods perfect. 

 Photo By: D'Arcy Benincosa

Photo By: D'Arcy Benincosa

Usually, after you've officially booked C & Co. (yay!) you'll have pre-approved an initial, rough sketch. From there, the first step is for me to create a more detailed sketch and write your names out in calligraphy in the styles you're interested in. I'll send this along with some options for paper: colors, styles, weights, etc. I prefer to have samples sent from my paper wholesaler, so you can feel and see the papers in person! 

The next step is for you to tell me any and all thoughts you have about the first sketch of your invitation suite: Does one calligraphy style speak to you? Do you prefer the spacing to be a little wider? Is the venue illustration in the right spot? Is a serif font feeling right or should we try a sans serif? 

I'm here to help you make the most informed decisions possible. I work with all of these elements on a daily basis, and will want to help steer you toward a vision that will complement your wedding day and your personality as a couple! 

This is the beginning of the revision process. We'll go back and forth three times over email or on the phone, to really fine tune every aspect of the design. This holds no matter what package you have: whether it's a simple three piece suite, or an all-encompassing seven piece suite. And, because I don't want to overwhelm you, I make sure I send well-organized emails that have clear action items for you. 

After we've completed the design process (chosen and ordered paper, refined the calligraphy and design of all the pieces of your invitation suite) we'll move onto the last phase... printing and assembly! You'll choose your method of printing and assembly items early on, but I think that they deserve a separate explanation in the third part of this series. 

As always, if you have any questions at all please don't hesitate to ask!