blu3 designs


• 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. 

What printing options do you offer?

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. 

how does the design process work?

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. 

will my invitations come assembled?

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. 

how many invitations should i order?

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.

when should i mail my invitations?