FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When it comes to deciding on what to do for wedding invitations, it can be a little overwhelming. I want to make it as simple as possible for you so I have answered a few common questions for you here!
When should I mail out my invitations?
Typically, you'll mail out your invitations 6-8 weeks before the wedding. This should give guests enough time to respond. If you're having a destination wedding, 8-10 weeks is more appropriate so guests can book their travel plans. You can always send them earlier if it's a busy time of year (November/December). Design + printing time for invitations is usually a couple months, so be sure to book your invitations early!
6-7 MONTHS or more
Consultation & Booking. To book, I require a 50% non-refundable retainer.
Questionnaires for invitation wording & wedding details will be sent. A look book with inspiration and sketches is created for you to review and approve.
All artwork for invitation is created, then digitally assembled and designed (NOTE: it can take anywhere from 4-5 weeks for watercolor and paintings). Revision rounds will happen during this time as well.
Final digital proof will be delivered to you & required to sign off before heading to print. Invites will then be sent to print & envelopes and other supplies necessary for assembly will be ordered.
Calligraphy envelope addressing on all envelopes. I will also start any day-of details you may have at this time.
Invitation suite assembly
Mail invitations, heirloom & photographers suite as well as any day-of details you may have.
Custom wedding invitations take much longer to complete than most invitations from an online shop. Below you will find a simple timeline layout that will allow you to see the approximate timeline you can expect for your wedding. (Timelines vary depending on each individual project)
When should I book with you?
The design process can take about 8-10 weeks depending on the scope of work and amount of revisions. Printing and assembly will add on about 2-4 more weeks. It is preferred that you inquire 6 months to a year prior to your wedding to ensure that I can fit you in my calendar. You can totally book earlier but I won't typically start on your suite that early. However, if you have all of your information and are eager to start, we can always start the design process, pause, and then revisit it closer to the date of printing. I do this just in case we have any changes in text or quantity and don't want you to regret printing too early! If you need to book later in the process no worries! We just need at least 3 months before your target send out date to design + print, but rush fees may be needed depending on the timeline.
How much do custom wedding invitations cost?
Pricing varies depending on quantity, printing method, paper type and additional add-ons. Each invitation suite is unique to every couple which is why I provide individual quotes. The average Morgan Riley Design couple invests $3,000-$6,000 on their invitation suite.
How many invitations should I order?
This is completely up to your guest list. Invitation quantity should be per household and is different from your guest count. Be sure to add 5-10 extra just in case there's any last-minute add-ons or if you need to re-send any! I will keep those extras in house and have them at the ready just in case. It's better to order a few extra at the beginning than have to pay extra fees after it's too late.
What is included?
My primary goal is to take care of you so that you can focus on all your other wedding tasks at hand. All invitation quotes include the following:
- Suite design and all custom artwork
- Mailing services
- Keepsake and photographer's suite
Any suite with four or more elements will be gifted a linen, heirloom box to house your keepsake suite.
*Postage is not included in packages and will be calculated once the suite is printed and ready to mail.*
Am I able to mail out the invitations myself?
All of my packages come with assembly and mailing, but if you would like to assemble, address and/or mail out the invites yourself you are more than welcome to!
What printing methods do you use?
Flat (digital), letterpress and foil. Flat printing can be done on card stock or thicker paper and is budget friendly! Letterpress and foil are more expensive methods but it really elevates your paper! Your quote will be custom built according to your inquiry.
Is your calligraphy and illustrations hand drawn?
Yes! All the calligraphy and illustrations you see are handwritten or hand drawn by me. Each suite that I create is sketched, drawn/handwritten and then digitized and designed on the computer to be printed with the amount of invitation suites needed. I also love to work with old-world, public domain paintings but I do not work with script fonts.