This guide is intended to answer the most common questions about the ordering, production and customization process. Please read and refer to this information before submitting your order.
1. The Process / 2. Customization Options
3. Add-Ons & Embellishments / 4. Wording Samples
1. THE PROCESS
1: Placing Your order
Once you've read The Collection Guide, browse The Curated Collection to select your favorite design. You'll be asked to select a quantity, printing method, paper choice, and to provide some basic information such as your name, event details, font and color selections. You may also browse and order any Add-on’s you wish to include with your order, such as calligraphy addressing, extra envelopes, or wax seals. Once you check out you will receive an email confirmation of your order.
2: Follow Up
Within 1-3 business days, I will send you an email to gather the exact wording for your project, discuss your choices and options, confirm your production time frame, and to ask you any questions I may have following the review of your order.
Within 2-4 business days a PDF proof will be emailed to you. This digital proof will show all aspects of your design with relative sizes. Ink colors, papers, and envelopes will be displayed digitally to mimic the colors and quality of your chosen design. Please proof all text, calligraphy, and design elements carefully, as we are unable to make changes once the design is sent to print. 2 rounds of revisions are included in the price, however revisions to the design template and calligraphy style are not included in the customization process. Any additional revisions will be billed separately as a flat fee of $75 per instance. The timeliness of proof approvals during this phase will impact your delivery date.
Once you have approved the PDF proof, your order will go to print. Please note that no further changes may be made following final approval. The timeframe for production is approximately 3-4 weeks, but depends on the scope of your project. Additional time will be required if your order includes add-ons such as calligraphy addressing or assembly.
Your order will be carefully packaged and sent via FedEx Ground to the address you listed at checkout, unless requested otherwise. All outstanding invoices must be paid prior to shipment.
2. Customization OPTIONS
Letterpress printing produces a luxurious, tactile piece that is reminiscent of the good old days. Polymer plates are inked and loaded into antique printing presses that leave a crisp impression in the paper, giving greater visual definition to the type and artwork. Letterpress printing, which requires the a press operator to hand feed paper one sheet at a time, has been revived in artisanal form and is therefore perfect for special occasion printing. Letterpress inks are matte and mixed by hand.
Foil stamping is perfect for eye-catching metallic designs. The press uses heat and pressure adhere a thin metallic foil onto the paper in lieu of ink. To achieve this, a copper plate is created with your custom artwork. On the press, it comes into contact with the foil and transfers a thin layer onto the paper with a slight impression. Foil stamping is available in gold, silver, rose gold, and copper.
Flat (Digital) Printing
Flat printing is the most economical production method. While flat printed items are not available for order on this website, all designs in The Curated Collection are available in flat printing through Huntsville Paper Co.
Rossi Deckled Edge
Linen & Leaf’s house paper is 110lb Crane Lettra in pearl white. Crane Lettra is supple 100% Cotton paper and is the industry standard for luxury paper goods.
For a handmade or organic look, you may upgrade to Rossi Deckled Edge paper in Cream. This paper has a beautiful texture and subtle deckled edge, which mimics hand torn paper.
For suites printed on Crane Lettra, you may choose matching pointed flap envelopes or colored rounded flap envelopes. Matching envelopes have a velvety finish and crisp pointed flap. Colored envelopes have a smooth finish deep rounded flap.
For suites printed on Rossi Deckled Edge, you may choose matching square flap envelopes or colored rounded flap envelopes. Matching envelopes have a beautiful textured finish to match the invitation cards and unique square flap shape. Colored envelopes have a smooth finish and rounded flap.
The Laurel, Willow, and Alder designs showcase elements of hand calligraphy which make your design one of a kind. You may choose between the two calligraphy styles below:
Choose between a traditional Serif font or modern Sans-Serif font for any of the designs.
3. ADD-ONS & EMBELLISHMENTS
Recipient Address Printing
Digital recipient address printing may be ordered as an add-on service. All addresses must be formatted into the following spreadsheet template:
Each column indicates a line on the envelope. Addresses should be formatted exactly as you want them to be printed, with all salutations, capitalization, and punctuation indicated. Abbreviations should be spelled out. Be careful to avoid extra spaces before or after words, which tend to show up as unwanted glyphs once run through the formatting software. You will receive 1 digital proof of your envelopes before printing, with 1 round of edits included in the price. The digital ink will be matched as closely as possible to your invitation ink or printed in black or gray.
*Return address printing on the back of your outer envelopes and front of your reply envelopes is included in The Curated Collection pricing.
Available for outer envelopes only. Because of the time-consuming nature of hand calligraphy, this service is available on a per-project basis. To request calligraphy addressing, please use the contact form beside the product in the add-ons section. If unavailable, I will offer the alternative of digitally printed addresses and a list of trusted calligraphers who may be able to assist with your project.
Guidelines for preparing your addresses for calligraphy:
- To make changes to your list, email only the changes, not the entire list again. Changes to the list will be billed at $10/instance.
- Calligraphy spelling errors or missed envelopes will be replaced at no cost within 1-3 business days. Last minute additions or spelling errors on your list may be replaced at cost with the addition of a $20 late set-up fee.
- Reasonable requests for re-dos will gladly be considered, but are not guaranteed.
- Calligraphy addresses must be in a plain text format, such as Microsoft Word. Spreadsheets will need to be converted.
- Addresses and wording should appear exactly as you want them to be written, with all salutations, capitalization, and punctuation indicated. Abbreviations should be spelled out.
- 20% extra envelopes must be purchased to cover mistakes.
- Most calligraphy orders will add 2 weeks to your delivery, but it's also wise to allow 1-2 weeks to check for errors and request replacement envelopes if needed.
Dr./Mrs. John Smith & Jane Smith
500 Maple Ln., Apt. 111
Charleston, SC 29422-1010
Dr. and Mrs. John Smith
500 Maple Lane
Charleston, South Carolina
If ordering calligraphy addressing, I require 20% extra envelopes to cover mess ups. If using an outside calligrapher, be sure to ask how many extras they require (usually between 15-25%). You may also want to order extras if you or a family member will be addressing envelopes. These will come pre-printed with your return address unless requested otherwise.
Custom map illustrations add a fun, personal touch to your wedding suite. This add-on is for the digital artwork only. To have it printed, please add an extra insert to your cart from the main collection ordering page. Space permitting, most map illustrations can accommodate 3-5 landmarks, buildings, or points of interest along with the main roadways and landscape features surrounding your wedding venue(s).
Another fun way to personalize your suite is with a sketch of your ceremony venue, reception venue, or other point of interest. This add-on is for the digital artwork only, but may be incorporated onto an extra details insert or elsewhere in the design, space permitting.
Custom wax seals are a great way to add vintage flair or interest to your wedding paper goods. Your wax seal design can accommodate 1 or 2 initials, or a full monogram if included in the design you chose. Wax seals are also a great addition to your personal stationery set or thank you notes after the wedding.
Sealing wax is not included, so I recommend purchasing glue gun wax to make quick work of sealing. All you need is a standard sized glue gun, preferably one with a low temperature setting. My favorite vendors for glue gun wax are: Back to Zero and Nostalgic Impressions.
A note about mailing wax seals:
Be sure to take a sample stuffed and wax-sealed envelope to your local post office for an exact quote on postage required. You may also want to ask about having your invitations hand-cancelled to avoid running the seals through the mail sorting machines that may damage to the delicate seal. Some post offices are more willing to hand-cancel than others, so you may have to ask around.
Silk Ribbon & Vintage Stamps
These embellishments are not currently offered as add-ons, but please check out the following online vendors to cover all of your stamp and ribbon needs:
Many resources for invitation wording and etiquette may be found online,
but here are some basic formats to get you started:
SAVE THE DATE
Save the Date
Anne Connor & James Smith
are getting married
Saturday, October 6, 2018
Santa Ynez, California
Formal invitation to follow
for more information please visit our wedding website:
The pleasure of your company
is requested at the marriage of
David James Smith
on Saturday, October sixth
two thousand eighteen
at five o'clock in the evening
Santa Ynez, California
Reception to follow
Kindly Reply by the sixth of September
_ happily accepts _ regretfully declines
_ number attending
A block of rooms has been reserved for our guests at a discounted rate.
Please reference the Connor-Smith Wedding when making your reservations.
Kindly reserve your room by September 1st, 2018
Santa Ynez Inn
3627 Sagunto Street, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
For more wedding details visit our website:
Please join us for dinner and dancing immediately following the ceremony
The Ballard Inn Restaurant
2436 Baseline Avenue
Ballard, California 93463