• Digital/Flat Printing ($) is the most popular option for couples, along with the most budget-friendly one. For couples who love color and watercolor designs, this is the perfect printing method with it
allowing endless design and color options.
• Thermography Printing ($$) is where the ink is raised by heat embossing. It’s great option for a more unique printing method than digital printing, while having less of a printing cost than letterpress and foil.
• Letterpress Printing ($$$) is a fine printing style. It’s luxurious, timeless and my personal favorite. A plate is used to create an impression into the paper using a desired ink color of choice or a blind (no ink) press.
• Foil Printing ($$$) is quite similar to letterpress printing in which a plate is used to impress into the paper, but instead of ink, foil is used in the impression. This creates a metallic, shiny look, while having the same textured feel as letterpress.
Once your custom quote is approved and you've submitted your 50% design retainer, the fun part begins. I will send you a questionnaire with details I'll need to get started designing, and will have a proof over to you within 1-2 weeks. You'll receive a digital proof with each individual card + a digital suite layout to illustrate how your suite will look all together. I offer 3 complimentary rounds of proofs until we perfect your design and are ready to send it to print. Depending on details, and our design timeline, I can have a physical proof printed and mailed to you so you can see it in person before we print all invitation suites. Letterpress and foil printing styles can not be shown on a printed proof due to costs associated.
I love to assemble for my couples to make the stationery process truly stress-free. Depending on your budget, you can choose to self-assemble, though. I offer complimentary assembly for wax seals (dependent on placement), envelope liners and pocket envelopes. If adding on Blu3 Designs assembly, I will: source + purchase the appropriate postage, assemble, stuff + seal envelopes, and mail out to your guests. All extras will be delivered to you for keepsake.
A quick stationer's tip is to take 1/2 of your guest count + 25 to find out how many invitations you should order. When putting together your guest list, you will want to count the number of households, including families, couple's and singles.
I recommend mailing out Save the Dates 10-12 months in advance and Invitations 10-12 weeks prior to your wedding day. I create a design timeline for us based on your particular wedding day so we know when we need to print and mail out.
My standard design time for Save the Dates is 2 to 4 weeks, Invitations is 6 to 8 weeks and Day-of Stationery is 3 to 4 weeks. Most couples reserve me 4 to 6 months prior to the mailing date for their stationery pieces. For summer and fall weddings, I recommend inquiring one you have your date and venue picked out.