Wedding Stationery CATALOG
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Hi There! Welcome to our WEDDING CATALOG where we chat about our process, explain how we will work together over the next few weeks, and basically do everything besides cooking you dinner* while getting to know you better.
I mean, we are pretty good at cooking dinner if you need help in that department.
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WHO ARE WE? Custom Love is a little wedding factory. While we create custom favors, stationery, and anything else you might think of, we also specialize in coordination. Our specialty is people. We work with you from design to delivery to ensure that your stationery is a reflection of you!
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Clg You are a fun and exciting bride who is looking for one of a kind wedding stationary. you believe your paper goods should reflect your personality, and your guests should be well informed yet slightly envious of the wedding pieces they recieve from you.
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WELL, WHAT DO YOU KNOW! LOOKS LIKE WEâ€™RE A PERFECT MATCH!!
keep reading, you fun bride, you.
6 | WEDDING CATALOG / PROCESS
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HERE’S OUR CUSTOM LOVE PROCESS: YOU’RE HERE
READ CATALOG MEET WITH CUSTOM LOVE
To make our stationery collaboration easy, we’ve come up with the Custom Love process that maximizes the fun and eliminates the stress.
SUBMIT INITIAL ORDER FORM RECEIVE PROOF APPROVE PROOF PRINT PIECES ORDER READY! ADDRESS
MAIL TO GUESTS SIT BACK AND RELAX!
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DON’T WORRY. WE’VE GOT YOU. HERE’S WHAT YOU SHOULD DO... Determine the general size of guest list. Finalize stationery budget.
MEET WITH CUSTOM LOVE!
“Wait! i’ve never done this before! How do i fit stationery design into my wedding planning calendar?”
TIME BEFORE THE WEDDING...
Start designing save the date. Gather final guest list and addresses.
Address and mail save the dates. Gather important details for formal invitations
Start designing formal invitations.
Address and assemble formal invitations. Gather and deliver reception info to stationer. Sart designing reception pieces.
Mail formal invitations. Finalize reception pieces.
RSVP date. Guests recieve reception pieces.
10 | WEDDING CATALOG / APPOINTMENT
TIME TO MEET WITH CUSTOM LOVE! This is a phone call, skype session, or in-studio meeting where we learn about you and your wedding, answer all your paper questions, and help you decide on your stationery details. after this meeting, you’ll receive an order form where you can approve your official pricing proposal and your *wording, contract, and payment. After submitting your order, we will be designing your wedding stationery! *NEED HELP WITH WORDING? WE CAN HELP WITH THAT TOO!
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OH, WAIT! HOLD ON. THERE’S A HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT!! Please read the rest of the catalog and make sure you can answer the following three questions during our meeting:
1. WHAT’S YOUR QUANTITY? Don’t think about how many guests you’re inviting, but about how many ADDRESSES are on your mailing list. Hint: It’s usually around half of your total guest count!
2. WHAT’S YOUR BUDGET?
For us, the sky’s the limit. So, we need to know YOUR budget to create a realistic list of items for you to order.
3. WHEN DO YOU WANT TO MAIL YOUR INVITATIONS? We suggest mailing your invitations 8 weeks before your wedding. Please let us know if you need more time!
12 | WEDDING CATALOG / INSPIRATION
HOLD YOUR PONIES Gathering inspiration is the fun part of any creative endeavor and we’re all for secret pinterest boards and tearing through wedding magazines - but once we solidify your style, we ask that you hold your ponies on the late - night pinning. We promise we won’t let you choose a design you’re going to regret!
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DESIGNING YOUR CUSTOM SUITE.
Share your inspiration with us and together we’ll determine the style of your stationery. Trust your gut, show us what you love. Then hand over the reigns and trust us to transform your inspiration into a stationery suite that suits you, your event, and your guests perfectly. Then once you’ve signed the contract, we ask that you pump the brakes on the wedding magazine subscriptions and know that you’ve made the right decisions for your stationery* - I mean, you hired us, right?
*Think of it like your wedding gown - just like you don’t go searching for gowns after you’ve bought THE dress, don’t go searching for more stationery inspiration after you’ve signed the contract. In our experience, we see time and time again that brides are happier when they go with their initial instincts.
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A stationery suite is not just an inviation and reply card.
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When picking and choosing your pieces, consider what information you need to share with guests. Do you need a map? What about a ceremony program? The following pages demonstrate popular combinations!
Then, what is it?? Well, Letâ€™s Talk!
Insider tip: Most of our brides order the signature set. But hey - you were born to stand out! Make your own decisions that best fit you!
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THE ESSENTIAL SET
STANDARD FORMAL INVITATION
STANDARD REPLY CARD
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THE SIGNATURE SET
STANDARD FORMAL INVITATION
STANDARD REPLY CARD
PRINTED RETURN ADDRESS ON FRONT
BLANK REPLY ENVELOPE
FORMAL ENVELOPE LINER
BLANK FORMAL ENVELOPE STANDARD INFORMATION CARD SMALL EXTRA INFO CARD PRINTED RETURN ADDRESS
FORMAL OUTSIDE ENVELOPE
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WE'VE GOT MANY OPTIONS!
Letâ€™s Talk Weight. PERFECT FOR
no, not your weight. paper weight.
WE LIKE TO USE THEM ON THESE PIECES
SAVE THE DATES FORMAL INVITATIONS COASTERS
BELLY BANDS FOLDED:
ENVELOPE LINERS VELLUM INVITATION LINERS
THANK YOUS PROGRAMS ESCORT CARDS
*This is our standard weight paper that we use for almost everything! Of course, we love working with new papers and colors, and can explore other options at an additional cost. Just ask us if you want to jump in on this option!
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WHAT IS IT?
Getting it there... Who is addressing your invitations?
THIS OPTION IS PERFECT FOR THE BRIDE WHO...
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Write out the address yourself, or have your mom or friend with nice handwriting help you out
Print your guest addresses on the front of your formal envelopes via flat printing
Hire a calligrapher to address the envelopes for you. We can help you with this!
...has fantastic handwriting and time to address the envelopes herself.
...does not have time to address the envelopes herself.
...wants that classic calligraphy addressing to announce the importance of the piece to guests.
Up to you!
ADDRESS IT YOURSELF
A note on calligraphy: We have some favorite calligraphers we like to work with and we would love to share them with you. Alternatively, you can manage the calligraphy yourself with someone of your choice. Please note that Custom Love is not responsivle for any work created by a third party on our completed work, nor are we responsible for timing once the envelopes have been delivered to the calligrapher to be addressed.
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The easiest way to get the ball rolling? fill out our contact form, call us at 304-412-1069, or email us at email@example.com. we are available Monday - Thursday 10am to 5pm on the phone or in the shop.
People before Paper We totally support following tried-and-true etiquette rules; but if adhering to tradition means somebody’s feelings might get hurt, It’s okay to make your own rules. After all, this is YOUR big day!
As you navigate the wild world of weddings, let Custom Love be your go-to wedding resource. Not sure when to send your save the date? Confused about wording your invitation or what kind of calligraphy suits your style? We have you covered. Once you sign on the dotted line with us, you’ll be guided through our process where we’ll share stationery tips, tricks, to-dos - and more importantly - what-not-to-dos - along the way. Like we said, people are our speciality. We will take you in and treat you like our own from the second you step in the door.
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YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED TIMING Q. How long will my order take to design, print, and ship? A. Typically an order takes about 6-8 weeks for completion. Q. I’m behind schedule. can we move things along quicker? A. Short answer, yes. Long answer, yes. We can accommate your timeline. Please note that rush charges may apply.
Q. Can i see samples of your work? A. Absolutely! We would love for you to come into the shop and look at our past work. Can’t make it in? Don’t worry. We can send some to you! Q. How does the design process work? A. Send us your inspiration: fonts you like, colors you’re using, design and feel of your wedding. Make a pinterest board of some pieces you like. Basically get us an idea and things to work with! Q. How does the proofing process work? A. Clients typically recieve 1-3 proofs in the process. We will send you a proof of your peices with instructions on how to provide feedback with your change order. Each round of proofs typically takes a week. Q. What’s a change order? A. A change order is one list of multiple changes on your proof. Each client receives five change orders. Any additional change orders do incur an additional fee. Q. How does the approval process work? A. Once you no longer have any more changes, we’ll send you a digital print with the details of the quantity, size, and paper. Once you review and approve, we send everything to print! Q. Can I change the design, wording, quantity, or paper after I approved my pieces? A.Yes, but some changes may incur extras fees and approval.
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PRINTING Q Can you print in white ink? A.Yes! Note that certain types of paper are required and additional fees for specialty printing are applied. Q. Can you print in gold on the digital press? A. Technically yes, but it is a matte finish. For a shiny gold look, a gold foil print process is required, which costs more. Q. Can you print my guest addresses on my envelopes? A.Yes! We can flat print your guest addresses. Alternatively, we can work with a calligrapher to address your invitations or save the date cards.
ENVELOPES/ADDRESSING INVITATIONS Q. Can I order square envelopes? A. Of course! Please note that postage is more expensive for square envelopes. Q. Can I order colored envelopes? A.Yes! They may cost extra. Q. Do you work with calligraphers? A.Yes! We are more than happy to coordinate the addressing of your pieces with the calligrapher of your choice.
SHIPPING AND MAILING
Q. Will you assemble and mail my invitations? A.Yes, we can for an additional fee - please inquire for a quote. Q. How much will the postage cost to mail my invitation? A. It depends! Postage depends on the size of your envelope, the weight of the pieces being mailed, and where they are being mailed to. We can provide an estimate for postage based on these factors, but we highly encourage you to visit your local post office for an in-person estimate. Please note that square envelopes always cost more.
Have some more questions? Set up a consultation and we can answer them all during our meeting!
Custom Love Gifts, Events, and Prints would love to design and print your wedding stationery.