Custom Invitation Design

At Blush & Blue Design's it's my desire to help my gorgeous couples set the tone for their wedding event from the moment the Save the Date and invitation arrives. I work closely with you to develop a luxurious suite that captures not only your lovingly relationship, but the fine details you have worked so hard to plan for. You can take a big sigh of relief while Blush and Blue is crafting your perfect wedding day paper ensemble. 

Timeline

Planning a wedding can be incredibly overwhelming, and at Blush & Blue I want to make the process of ordering and designing the invitation and day-of-details smooth and easy.

The typical design process begins with you reaching out about your specific project needs through the contact page, from there I will follow up with any additional questions I need in order to formulate an initial quote and pencil in your delivery date on the production schedule.

The whole process from start to finish takes approximately 8-12 weeks. Couples typically reach out about their invitation needs 10 months before the wedding to ensure a date on my calendar and allow enough time for their wedding paper ensemble to be completed. If you need Save-the-Date designs, it's best to reach out as soon as you secure your date and location as these should be in the mail no more then 6-8 months prior to your wedding.  I can accommodate rush orders if time allows me to. If you need a suite in less than 8 weeks please contact me right away.

Read more about custom wedding invitations design timelines and my recommended dates to contact your stationery designer and send out invitations on our blog.

The below steps to designing a wedding invitation will give you a brief idea of what you can expect while working with Blush & Blue Designs for your project. 

Photo by Taylor'd Southern Events

Photo by Taylor'd Southern Events

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Step 1. Fill out questionnaire

We approach every event as a chance to bring out the truly custom details that make the two of you special. Using a fun questionnaire, Blush and Blue Designs will learn a little about your relationship and the event to determine that we are the right vendor for your vision and budget. Once this is complete you can expect to hear back from me within 24 hours about any additional questions I may have. After all questions are answered we will move to step 2


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Step 2. Sign quote and contract

Using the answers from your questionnaire and the details I have learned about what your dream paper ensembles entails I will create a custom quote that includes all your paper details, calligraphy and artwork. My pricing is inclusive of all artwork and supplies needed so you need not worry about additional surprise costs down the road. On average my couples invest $1,500 for a quantity of 100 flat printed paper ensembles with 3 pieces, this includes the invitation, RSVP card, an additional enclosure card and envelopes with liners and addressing services.  Once your contract and deposit is received it’s on to step 3! Now would also be a great time to gather all the info you will want on your wedding invitations! I've made a great blog entry just for you my love all about how to write your wedding invitations that you can read by following the link!


    

Step 3. Sketching your invitation ensemble

Using your personality, theme, wedding venue and even down to the shoes and dress you’re wearing as inspiration, we will create a 100% custom design that is perfectly coordinated for your event. From your save-the-date down to the watercolor illustrated day-of-details such as your menus, cocktail napkins, place cards and favors we will create an ensemble that is as unique as your you two.

Do you want your invitations to double as a beautiful print that each guest can frame and keep as an heirloom? How about fun custom drink coasters or screen printed hotel gift totes; do you want your entire event to be branded with hand lettered chalk board signs? These unique touches are what make your event stand out so lets brainstorm some fun possibilities and make them happen!

Once I nail down concept, I will send you a detailed design board and sketch of your paper ensemble's design. From here most couples decide that they are in love with the vision and give the go ahead to go into production. Not exactly as many water color florals you were hoping for? Or want to see a few more options for calligraphy styles? No worries, I can add them in for a second revision to make sure everything is just perfect. Once I have your final signed approval of the sketch it’s onto step 4


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Step 4. Artwork and design

With your approved sketch in hand I will now set out to create all artwork and calligraphy needed for your suite. Watercolors will come to life, papers and ribbons will be ordered and sweet words will be written. This is one of the longest steps in the process depending on how much artwork we decided was needed on your suite. Once all artwork and calligraphy is created I will send you a proof for approval. At this point I will also begin working on the calligraphy for your envelopes if chosen from step 1. Your proof will include the full layout of each of your ensembles pieces. If the proof looks good to go then we will continue to step 5.


Step 5. Final production

With your final approval on step 4 I will get to work on prepping your materials for final print and assembly. Printing generally takes about 2-3 weeks depending on your choice of print process chosen in step 1. Once all materials are printed I will assemble your invitations with any gorgeous ribbons or additional wax seals and add ons like custom or vintage postage we have discussed. Most couples will choose to have me mail the invitations for them on their behalf especially if they have chosen to let Blush and Blue take care of scouring for vintage postage or custom stamp designs. You may also choose to have your entire ensemble carefully delivered to you via the postal option of your choice. Local Raleigh clients can also receive hand delivered ensembles!


Step 6. Optional day of add ons

If you chose to have additional items added to your project such as menus, table numbers, display cards, custom signage and escort cards then we will discuss a separate timeline for these materials. As these will be created within a month or two before your wedding day. 


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Investment

 

Save the Dates
The average Blush & Blue couple spends between $800 - $1300 on their bespoke Save the Date designs, with the average quantity being 110. 

Wedding Invitation Suites
On average my couples spend $1500 on a quantity of 100 ensembles inclusive of a 5x7 invitation, enclosure card, response card with envelopes and liners.

Envelope Calligraphy
Calligraphy addressing for outer envelopes starts at $3.00 per envelope. This price does not include the cost of envelopes. If you purchase a suite through Blush & Blue Designs we use the envelopes purchased as part of your ensemble. However, if you are only using B&B for your addressing services we will connect with you once your request is submitted for guidelines on the envelopes our inks prefer and the number of envelopes necessary. We are more than happy to order envelopes for your calligraphy order as well to make life easier for you.

Custom invitation design, venue illustration for wedding weekend

Custom event signs
Blush and Blue Designs can create gorgeous day of signage for your event. From bar signs to elaborate seating charts, custom maps and welcome signs. If you have an idea contact me to let me know, chances are I can help you out, and if not I know a wide range of designers and artistic friends who I can introduce you to. Investment on custom work ranges depending on the scope and materials needed. 

Print Processes

Flat Printing
Flat printing is the typical printing process my couples choose. Flat printing produces a print that is smooth to the touch and flat on the paper, it is also the most budget friendly option. Another way to think about this is that the standard home printer is flat printing. Our flat printing process yields beautiful, high quality, full color results. 

Foil Printing
This is the process of applying a metallic or pigmented foil to a flat surface using a heated plate, making it permanently adhere to the surface below leaving the design of the dye. Foil printing can be used in conjunction with a flat printed color piece to add dimension and interest.

Letterpress
Invented in the 15th century this process uses die-cut type and images to make a relief impression on the paper. Typically letterpress invitations are a 1 to 2 color job. Although simple, letterpress yields gorgeous results with a luxurious and unique feel.

 

Whats included in every custom wedding invitation design?

Every bespoke order through Blush and Blue Designs includes all the calligraphy and artwork for your suite, two revision rounds, printing and paper materials (envelopes, liners, invitation papers etc.) Having trouble figuring out the wording to use on your invitations? No worries darling, I'm here to help you! With your order you get access to my knowledge of etiquette and timelines for you precious paper suite. Need help on customizing the wording for an announcement or creating a fun twist to the traditional response card? I work with a brilliant copywriter who will help craft the perfect words for your wedding invitation. 

My goal in business is to help my clients feel at ease during this process. You should feel like you can sit back and trust Blush and Blue Designs to take care of everything (everything paper related that is!). I know wedding planning can be terribly stressful, but it can also be a lot of fun! So here's my vow to you (see what I did there) I vow to help you limit the amount of stress the invitation process can cause, offering quick turn arounds, attention to detail and ensuring your invitations are assembled beautifully and mailed according to timelines.  Because I know at the end of the day, the last thing you want to be doing is licking 100 envelopes.  I also vow that this will be fun! My sweet couples love picking out color pallets and showcasing their love story through one-of-a-kind artwork!

 

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