How Does Designing a Custom Invitation Suite Work? Part 3

The decisions around printing and assembly will be made early on in the design process, but they impact so much of the overall timeline that they deserve their own section! 

3. Printing + Assembly (2-6 weeks)

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Printing takes longer than you might think, particularly if you want to outsource it. My preference is to use the Epson Artisan 1430 that I have in my home studio, which prints beautifully on most of the paper that I like to use. 

Depending on the number of pieces we're printing, this process can take anywhere from 1-2 weeks for me. To achieve a high quality, the printer prints slowly, and there are only so many pieces that can be printed in a day! 

Some papers, like beautifully textured handmade paper, are better left to letterpress printing. With letterpress, a metal plate is made that imprints your chosen design onto your paper. Your ink can be a neutral color, like with one of my favorite letterpress artisans Farmette Press. Or, you an opt for more bold colors, or even a metallic foil, with one of my other preferred printers. 

With letterpress printing, you absolutely must plan on a 4-6 week turnaround time, particularly during a busy wedding season when the printer might already be booked. It can feel like a lot of "hurry up and wait!" but the end result is stunning. 

Assembly is essentially putting together all of the pieces of your invitation suite. If we're including details like a silk ribbon, wax seal, vellum overlay... I will tie the ribbon, imprint the wax seal, and attach the vellum. Then, I'll stuff your (hand calligraphed) envelopes with your suites, affix the postage you've decided on, and send them off for you!

With so much to juggle as your wedding approaches, this step can take a few evenings of work off of your plate. All you have to do is wait to receive a framed copy of your invitation suite in the mail from me, to hang up and enjoy. 

Any details you'd like some more information on? Send me an email, or send it through an inquiry!