Emily was an absolute joy to work with. She is one of the sweetest people and always very professional. She was able to understand what I was looking for in our wedding invitations. I was thrilled with the final product and the quality of the invitations. I would most definitely recommend emilyKpaperie to anyone who is looking for top notch service!
Emily was so great to work with. She created beautiful, multi-part invitations for us that did not break the bank! She was easy to get a hold of and responsive throughout the entire process. She helped us figure out the style we wanted and created an invitation suite that was unique to us. Not only did she design the invitations, she also sourced the printers and paper vendors to find us the best price for all of our needs and dealt directly with the printers on our behalf. I spoke with a lot of people before deciding to go with Emily, and most of them offered to fill our names in one of their pre-made invitation sets or would charge more than our budget allowed for custom invitations. Emily created our unique invitations, map, insert cards and RSVP card, helped us select the paper, located and dealt with the printer, allowed us to be involved at every step of the process AND managed to help us stay within our budget. We would not have been able to do it without her and I would highly recommend Emily to anyone who wants custom, budget-friendly invitations.
:: emilyKpaperie ::| couture stationery studio | custom designs | weddings | events
Looking for gorgeous and unique wedding stationery? You've come to the right place! Whether your budget is $500 or $5000, I can design and produce an invitation that will knock the socks off of your guests!
Working hand-in-hand with local printers in Los Angeles (in a variety of printing types,) I am involved start to finish during the entire process. I have much experience in sourcing high quality yet inexpensive papers, envelopes, pocket folders, & materials to create your custom invitation ensemble and wedding stationery. My custom designed invitations have the quality of all the invitations from the "books" you might see in retail stores, but at about half the cost, and are completely custom creations - you won't see them anywhere else!
Although based in Los Angeles, I handle projects nationwide and print using digital, offset, thermography, & letterpress methods. All work is custom, unique and made to order!
I can work with any budget to create an elegant and coheisve look for your entire event, including save-the-dates, invitations, table numbers, menus, ceremony programs, place cards, favor tags - you name it!
Aim to order your invitations when your guest list is final (about three to four months before the wedding). How do you reach that point? Follow this game plan: Dream up your design concept about seven or eight months before, start to scout out stationers at the six-month mark, and nail down specifics during all subsequent visits.
Don't order the exact number of invites you'll need -- get twenty or thirty extra. Or a better rule of thumb: get 25-percent extra. It's better to have leftovers than to have to reorder more later, which can get pricey. Also order extra envelopes to leave room for addressing errors. (If you're hiring a calligrapher, he or she may request a certain percentage of extras.) Note that you'll send one invitation per household (not per guest), but a child over eighteen living at home gets his or her own.
All in One
Think of your invitation as a tote-it-with-you tool for guests. So you'll want to provide them with the information they'll need. Translation: names of wedding hosts/sponsors (usually parents), names of bride and groom, day of the week, date, time, address of the ceremony and/or reception, and RSVP info (unless you're including response cards). A few words about enclosures: You're not expected to include any, though response cards tend to save trouble and map cards are an ultra-considerate touch. You have your pick of response cards, menu cards, reception cards, map cards (with directions), rain cards, and pew cards. Choose only what makes sense.
It is customary in a formal wedding invitation to spell out everything, including the date and time of the wedding. For example, the invite should read Five o'clock in the evening not 5:00 p.m.
Prices depend on the kind of invites you choose, where you order them, the ink, the typeface, the printing process, and, of course, how many you need. You'll spend anywhere from $1 to $50 (seriously). If you're hiring a calligrapher to handle envelope addressing, response cards, and more, account for that extra cost in your invitations budget.
Keep it simple. Top-of-the-line papers, color ink, and custom designing will jack up the price. So will decorative envelope linings and multiple enclosures. Use response postcards instead of cards and mini-addressed envelopes, or set up a toll-free number for guests to call. If you're concerned about postage, stay away from oversize or bulky styles, and opt for thermography over engraving or letterpress. Paper boutiques have beautiful wares, but working with a mainstream house or mail-order outlet will save you cash.
Learn this word: Thermography. It's probably the most popular print method because it's less expensive than and virtually indistinguishable from engraving. The subtle differences: Thermographed text is slightly shiny and the back of the invitation remains smooth, leaving no impression.
Hire a Calligrapher
It's customary to handwrite your guests' addresses instead of typing or printing out computer labels. If you've got more guests than your writing hand can handle (or if the term "chicken scratch" applies to your penmanship), get your wedding party to help or hire a calligrapher.
Be Careful, Not Carefree
Be sure to inquire about written errors. If your calligrapher spells your Aunt Millie's name with a "y," will you have to pay for the correction or are re-dos done free of charge?
Give your calligrapher a typed address list (handwritten lists, even if legible, may introduce errors). And be sure to check your list twice and make sure that someone else familiar with the names takes a careful look as well. Just before your invitations go to print, the stationer/designer will forward you a proof of the actual version for review. Sometimes you'll receive a copy via fax, where you'll check the text for spelling errors and confirm the accuracy of date, time, and other pertinent information. Sometimes you'll receive a true-to-life template where you'll be able to check colors, graphics, alignment, resolution, etc. As you carefully review, double-check the date, just to be on the safe
side! Always have an honor attendant, mom, or someone else with hawk eyes take a look, too.
When you order your invitations, see if you can take the envelopes home immediately -- or at least request that they be delivered ASAP if you're having a return address printed on them -- so that you can start addressing these (or having a calligrapher do so) while the invites are at the printer.
Go to the post office and weigh a complete invitation so you know exactly how much postage to put on each one; your mailing costs might be relatively high if you have lots of inserts. Having your invites returned for insufficient postage can throw your wedding-planning schedule for quite a loop!
Looking for "Love" stamps for your invites? Or perhaps the perfect beach scene for your seaside celebration. Don't waste time running from post office to post office. Just visit the U.S. Post Office online (www.usps.com) and browse through their entire inventory of stamps.
Keep in mind that the thank-you note project begins way back when you gather your guests' names and addresses to send the invitations. Do yourself a big favor: Save that list! When you start opening presents, record each gift next to the giver's name and address. You're sure to please the etiquette queens.
Don't forget -- you're not married yet! Save your new monogram for the thank-you cards and opt for your initials (full initials or intertwining first letters, for example) for the invites.
Signed, Sealed, and Delivered
Ready to send? If you're having a destination wedding or marrying over the holidays, send out invites early (10 to 12 weeks before the wedding). For local affairs, the standard time frame is six to eight weeks before.