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. With your feedback, we will refine and finalize the design (we include up to 3 rounds of development). Upon your final 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. Inquire for a custom estimate.

**Personalization of an existing design includes 1 scheme and 2 rounds of development.

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 and available in a fluorescent or pearl white finish. An upgrade to double-thick stock and exploration of other color papers are also options.

Available print methods include letterpress printing, flat (digital) printing, and foil. It's possible to select one print method for all of your stationery or to incorporate a bit of each across the various pieces (i.e. foil invitation + letterpress RSVP + flat printed insert). If you're interested in other options—i.e. silkscreening, risograph, embossing, engraving—let us know.

You're welcome to share any specific paper(s) and print method(s) you have in mind or we can explore the possibilities during the design process. If you have a set budget, we can also advise on what elements will fit best. 

finishing touches

Cotton ribbons, postage, and wax seals—these little details help tie everything together. Addressing, as well. We offer address printing—designed to correspond with the invitations—and also encourage handwritten addressing. We can connect you with a calligrapher to add a beautiful finish that fits you and your event.