PAPER & TYPE

Custom Process

 

welcome

Paper makes that first impression on guests and sets the tone for an event. From invitations to thank yous and all the paper details in between, these tactile pieces will become lasting keepsakes of your day.

We design with thoughtfulness, versatility, and whimsy in mind. Our work features classic type and original illustrations across engagement announcements, invitations, programs, menus, signage, place cards, and more. We partner with local printers to oversee the production process of our designs and to bring you beautiful letterpress and flat printed and foil-stamped stationery. 

Whether you’re seeking a new, one-of-a-kind project or would love to personalize a design you’ve seen in our collection, we will consider every detail and deliver stationery that reflects you and your special day.

To learn more about what invitations entail, see the topics below:

We look forward to the possibility of designing invitations for you!


our process

We begin with a dialogue about your style and what you envision for your event, then determine the components you need for your stationery. We’ll go over particulars such as color palette and imagery, printing, and timeline for delivery. You are welcome to provide a description, and/or visual reference points you’ve collected as inspiration. We can review these items over the phone or via email (or in person, if you’re local to Los Angeles!).

With an understanding of your project, we’ll send you a preliminary cost estimate* detailing the materials, printing, and design fee. If you decide to move forward with us, we’ll send along a letter of agreement and request a 50% deposit to start the design process. 

You will be emailed 2 to 3 design schemes to consider. Based on your feedback, we’ll narrow down these schemes, revise and fine tune the design. Each project** includes up to 3 rounds of such revisions leading up to the final design (revisions beyond this will be subject to additional cost and time). With your approval, we’ll proceed with ordering materials and printing. Your project will be delivered to you ready-to-assemble unless we’ve arranged otherwise. Final payment is due upon delivery.

Inquire early! Depending on the project and our schedule, design and printing may take 4 to 10 weeks.

 

*Our projects are priced on an individual basis, and generally fall in the range of $1,500 to $3,500+ depending on a variety of factors. 

**Customization of an existing design will include 1 to 2 schemes and 2 rounds of revisions.

gathering details

To prepare for the custom invitation process, start to gather the details and inspiration for your event. Here is a checklist for your reference:

  • EVENT SPECIFICS
    Date, time, and location(s)
  • SPECIAL/IMPORTANT NOTES
    Any venue requirements, accommodations, dress code, or attendance limits
  • DESCRIPTION OR VISUAL REFERENCES
    Style, color palette, decor & imagery, mood, or formality
  • GUEST LIST & INVITATION COUNT
    Create your guest list and begin to gather addresses. To determine the number of invitations you'll need, the general rule to follow is to count 1 invitation per "household" and include 10 or more extras for last minute additions, photography, and keepsakes. 

stationery components

With each event comes unique requirements. Whether you’re hosting a low-key and intimate gathering at home, or planning a larger celebration with many out-of-towners, we’ll provide you the necessary pieces to impart all the important details to your guests. Here is a guideline for your stationery:

 
 

SAVE-THE-DATES
Deliver: 6–12 months prior
 

This piece is optional / as needed. If your event date falls on a special holiday or holiday weekend, or if your event location is a destination for most of your guests, it's helpful to send word via save-the-date as early as you can. You may deliver printed save-the-dates or consider sending them digitally. 

 
 

INVITATION
Deliver: 2–4 months prior

Invitations should be delivered at minimum 6 weeks prior to your event. For a destination event, it’s helpful to mail invitations 3 to 4 months ahead so that guests may make arrangements and plan itineraries accordingly. Also keep in mind when your reply-by date and deliver invitations early enough to allow guests enough time to respond.

The invitation set typically includes: invitation card, RSVP, additional details card (optional), website card or tag (optional), and envelope.

 
 

COORDINATES
Finalize: 1–2 months prior

Finalize the details for your day-of pieces. This may include program, menu, table numbers, escort or place cards, venue signage, favors, etc.

 
 

THANK YOU CARDS
Send: 2 weeks after*
(*but better late than never)

Plan for thank you cards alongside your invitation, so that you have them ready as soon as any gifts begin to arrive. 

 
 

paper & printing

Our standard paper is 100% cotton in a fluorescent or pearl white finish. An upgrade to double-thick stock or substituting materials is also available and may be explored during the design process.

Print methods include letterpress printing, flat (digital) printing, and foil. You may select one type of printing across all of your stationery, or choose to incorporate a bit of each (i.e. foil invitation + letterpress RSVP + flat printed insert). If interested in other options — i.e. silkscreening, risograph, embossing, engraving — let us know.

Feel free to tell us from the start if you have specific paper(s) and print method(s) in mind. Or we can explore the possibilities during the design process and advise based on what fits your budget. 

finishing touches

We have our go-to materials for tying it all together—think twine, cotton twill, silk ribbons—and we get excited about picking postage and wax seals. As for the addressing, we offer address printing—designed to correspond with the invitations—but we also encourage handwritten addressing. We can match you with a calligrapher that best suits your style or connect with a calligrapher of your choosing.