HOW DOES IT WORK?

We produce bespoke illustrated wedding stationery featuring a stunning pencil sketch of where you are getting married whether that is a church wedding or a venue such as a castle or country house that you have fallen in love with.

You get to choose the colours we print the text in, typestyles, wording and get to fully personalise products with your guest’s names and address where appropriate.

Here is a quick guide to ordering, which you may want to read alongside:

 

Check to see if we have your wedding venue already sketched in our portfolio

First of all, we would suggest that you let us know when and where you are getting married. If it is a wedding venue then we will most probably know of it, and we may even have it on file. We regularly update our portfolio which you can check here.  If we have it, then pleased feel free to request some samples on our contact us page.

 

Commissioning an illustration of your wedding venue

If we do not have your venue already sketched, we will need to complete an original sketch.

Please be aware that there is often a waiting list for our artist, which in busy months can be several weeks so we would advise to book this early to avoid disappointment.  In most cases we can obtain good images online to base our sketch on and we will suggest to you what we feel would work best and make sure we produce the sketch according to your preferences. Our artist will use some creative license to make the sketch as attractive as possible (excluding some things, and with emphasis on others etc).  All of our clients have been thrilled with the end product.

We would then send an invoice for a deposit which is £100.

The original sketch is then presented to you in a double mount ready for you to frame – a truly memorable keepsake for you!

Once we have completed your sketch, we can always retain on file until you are ready to place your order for your invitations and any other products you wish to order.

 

Decide which items to order

You may wish to order in stages with us and may want initially concentrate on the “Before the Day” products of either Save the Date cards or your actual Invitations.  You may also want to consider some of our “Before the Day Packages” which offer great value.

Then at a later stage after the replies have come flooding back in, you may wish to order the remaining items of your stationery package, i.e. “One the Day” products such as Order of Service, Order of the Day), Menus, Place Cards, Seating Plan and Guest Comments Frame.  Again, we have some superb “One the Day Packages” you may wish to consider.

After the big day, and when you have deservedly relaxed a little, you may wish to order some thank you cards personalised with your favourite wedding photograph. 

 

Choose the colour of your card

Will it be our traditional white or cream or perhaps something in between.  We have a range of five cards that we have hand-picked for their finish and style.  We will send a swatch within our sample pack.

 

Choose your typestyle and layout

We have a range of typestyles for you to choose from.  For your day and evening invitations, you will also need to choose your layout (i.e. whether the invitations are coming from the married couple or whether it is the parent(s) of the couple who are sending the invite – don’t worry we can help with this).  Please note that you can have whatever wording you choose – our templates are just suggestions.  The choice is yours and you be traditional and formal or simply unique and informal – we normally suggest that this is your wedding, so choose a style which fits with your personality!

You will then need to decide whether we include a dotted line so that you can hand-write your guests name(s) or as an added option we can print your guest name(s) in a calligraphy style font.

 

Choose the colour of your print

You may wish to have a traditional classic look and have your stationery printed with gold titles.  Alternatively, you may wish to have some of the text printed in another colour that matches the theme of your wedding. Let us know the colour and we can find some suitable options for you.

 

Choose your Optional Extras

For some of our products, there are a selection of optional extras. These include having your guests names printed inside the invitation, having their names and address printed on the envelope with your names and date of the wedding on the reverse flap and upgrading the envelope from wove to a thicker textured envelope (Accent Antique White range only).  You may want to include a RSVP Cards and/or you may wish to provide an Information Card to help guide your guests through the event.

 

Production of your proofs

We will then send through an information request for certain details so that we can prepare your proofs for you (such as how you wish your names to be printed, date and time of the wedding, RSVP details etc).

 

Confirmation of your proofs

Your first set of proofs will be sent via email (pdf) and gives you the opportunity to either confirm the proof for spelling/layout etc or request a further amendment. Please do not hesitate in the slightest to ask for any changes – we want to get it just right for you.  We don’t charge you for this – it is all included.  Additional proofs are sent until you are entirely happy with the finished look. Each request will have a turnaround time of approx. 72 hours and will be sent via email. Once the emailed proof has been confirmed, we will then send a hard copy proof (and on the stock you have chosen) so you know exactly how stunning your finished unique order will look (note hard copies exclude the Seating Plan). 

At this stage, we will also invoice for the full remaining amount of the stationery.

 

Printing commences

As soon as we receive your final proof confirmation with payment, we will then begin to print your unique personalised illustrated stationery. 

 

Stationery is prepared for delivery

After going through our quality control checks, your stationery will then be carefully wrapped and packaged, ready to be dispatched via our couriers. This process takes approximately two weeks from the final proof confirmation, although we can in some cases speed this up where required.

 

Stationery received!

We will then track the delivery and as soon as we know the order is safe in your hands, we will contact you to ensure you are 100% happy with your order. If appropriate, we will also diarise to contact you at a future point to discuss the time frame for any other remaining items of your order.

 

Your guests receive their Invitations!

One of the most rewarding parts of our work is hearing our customers feedback from their guests when they receive their unique invitations.  If we have helped wow your guests then we will be happy we have played a small part for your big day.

We look forward to working with you,

Rachael, Jamie, Lily and Faith x

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