Invitations are all about first impressions, and each should be as unique as your event. Our custom and handmade invitations are conceived, styled and designed to precisely fit each event they are announcing, so guests are not just obligated…but inspired to attend. An invitation is advertising for your event and the best advertising is to be unforgettable! We believe in being unforgettable, in creating special invitations that beg to be savored and displayed because it’s just too pretty to toss. We want your guests to feel like the most special people in the world when they see your invitation.
Maritza Hammel: I started at a very young age coloring “within the lines.” I was even the art teacher for my 4th grade class. In high school I was encouraged by my art teacher and mentor to study art in college, but as a typical teenager who thought she knew better - I was onto “better” things. I’d turn to arts and crafts – decorating, painting and scrap booking as a source of relaxation. After working in the wedding industry for 15 years as a party planner and catering sales manager, I decided to just stick to invitations. Paper talks to me, inspires me and motivates me. I can not live without it.
1. GATHER ALL THE INFORMATION: We need all the juicy details you have planned so far - who, what, when, where, time. If you need to include directions, accommodations and travel information, please make sure you have secured reservations and have the contact names, phone and deadline dates.
2. DETERMINE THE GUEST LIST: In order to get a good count on the amount of invites needed, it's highly recommended you have a spreadsheet listing all of your guests. (Try Google Docs) Keep in mind that invitations are not per person, per household is more like it. The spreadsheet will be helpful if you would like us to guest address your envelopes. We will gladly supply you with a spreadsheet template if you need one.
3. DETERMINE YOUR MAIL OUT DATE: According to Emily Post's etiquette standards, invitations should be mailed out 6 weeks prior to the event. If your event is held on a holiday or during the summer and you would like to guaranteed attendance, a save the date is suggested.
If you are hosting a destination event, invitations should be mailed out 8 weeks prior to the event and a safe the date should be mailed out 6 to 8 months prior to the event. Mailing out invitations earlier will result in lower RSVP counts. Information for destination weddings should be on a website and the website should be shared on your save the date.
The best way to discuss all the options available to you is to make an initial consultation appointment. It is always better to have more time than not enough. Allow 2 months prior to your mail date to start the design process for custom invitations.
We take every element about your event, as well as your personal story into consideration. During your free 1 hour consultation, we'll discuss your event, your likes and your dislikes. We brainstorm your ideal invitation by discussing theme & elements. After your consultation, you will be sent via email, a pdf quote/proposal with a pricing estimate based on the design concept/s. Once the contract has been reviewed and approved, please sign and return along with your required deposit payable by personal check, cash, credit card, or social media payment. We welcome your comments and will happily make changes to the proposal if necessary. Pricing is based on the complexity of your design, paper selection, size, printing method and assembly. Deposit is required to book as well as to purchase stock for your selected design. We can provide you with whatever quantity you require. We strongly recommend ordering extra invitations as reorders are costly and require a minimum of 20. We offer guest addressing via digital printing at $1.25 per envelope. We include 2 extra envelopes per 100 (none if we address the envelopes for you), if you would like more please let us know at the time of your order.
The first proof of your design will be emailed via pdf after a deposit and wording has been received. This is your opportunity to make edits/additions or design changes. You may send updates or comments via e-mail as it allows for convenient and clear communication. Once we have incorporated your changes, we will email you a second proof to approve or edit. You must "sign off" on the final draft by submitting a signed copy of your proof. Only 3 free revision may be generated. If by chance you require more revisions, a $75 design fee will be charged. Once a signed proof is received you will get a picture and/or video of the first invite printed before we proceed in printing the rest. Minor adjustments can be made free of charge, but if it requires more than 10 minutes of edits a fee will apply.
Pickup date varies and is dependent on your mail out date, availability of stock and our work schedule. Typical turn around is 10 working days after the signed proof is received.
If you require additional consultations a $75 fee will apply.