Congratulations, you’ve booked the date and perfect venue. You’re ready to order wedding invitations and stationery!
I’m guessing that you’ve already had a good look around my design collections to get an idea of my style.
So here’s what you need to do, step by step, with lots of useful links to how to work out what stationery you need, when you need it, and what info you need to get booked in with me.
1. GET IN TOUCH
If you’re local to me in Cardiff, it would be great to meet you in my studio. If you’re further afield or just want a quick chat to start with, we can talk over the phone or via video. Prefer to put your request in writing? No problem, drop me an email. You can book an appointment to visit my studio, schedule a phone or video chat, or email me all from my contact page.
5 reasons to visit my studio in Cardiff
2. IDEAS AND INSPO
I want to know all about your wedding. When and where is it, what’s your colour scheme or theme, how many guests are you having, and what ideas do you have for your invites and stationery? Bring your inspiration, your Pinterest boards, and your swatches. I have loads of checklists and guides (as well as years of experience) to help you figure out what you do and don’t need, how many of each, and when.
6 questions to answer BEFORE we talk
3. GET A QUOTE
Once I know what design you want, which items you need, and the approximate quantities of each, I’ll send you a fully personalised, itemised quote. This will include a timeline for producing each part of your stationery, and deadlines for confirming all the details. Some couples choose to order a sample from me at this point. I make samples to order, and a small charge will apply if you’d like one.
What is a wedding stationery timeline?
4. PAY YOUR DEPOSIT
If you’re happy with your quote, pay your deposits and get booked in. For anything less than £50 I’ll need payment in full with your order. For anything more than £50 or to reserve a production slot for later, pay a £50 deposit. The balance will be payable when you confirm the final numbers & approve your proofs. It’s OK, you don’t need all the details for your stationery finalised before you book in.
4 things you DON’T need to know before ordering
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If you visit my studio to order your wedding invitations, we can often cover steps 2 to 4 (above) when we meet.
As we talk through your stationery requirements and look at samples together, I will usually be able to give you prices.
If you are happy with these, you can pay your deposits, by card, there and then. If you are super organised, and you want to, we can also make a start on getting your printing details sorted (step 5 below).
Yay, you’re booked in – here’s what happens next
5. CONFIRM DETAILS
Once you’re booked in I’ll ask you for printing details for each part of your stationery at the right time. I’ll give you all the support and advice you need to make sure that every piece of stationery includes the right details. I have lots of guides and templates available for you in an exclusive client-only part of my website. I’ll send you a link to this with your order confirmation.
6. CHECK & APPROVE PROOFS
I supply all my proofs by email. If you would like hard copy (printed) proofs then a small charge will apply. It’s very important that you check your proofs carefully. It is your responsibility to make sure everything is correct before printing. We’ll revise your proofs over email until you’re 100% happy and give me approval to print.
Read more about your proofs
7. PAY YOUR BALANCE
When you have approved your proofs I will ask you to confirm the final numbers to print for each item of your stationery. This could be slightly different to the numbers on your quote. I’ll send the invoice for your balance due. I will not begin printing your stationery until your balance is paid.
8. COLLECT YOUR STATIONERY
When each part of your stationery is finished I will be in touch to arrange a time for you to collect it from my Cardiff studio. If you’re not able to collect I can arrange delivery within the UK for you. There will be a charge for this and I will agree this with you before posting anything out.
When to order wedding invitations & stationery
A bit at a time as you go along?
You’ll need up to three batches of stationery for your wedding (save the date, invitations, ceremony and reception stationery) and you won’t need them all at the same time.
You could order each of these batches as you go along, at the right times during your wedding planning journey.
Or get it all booked in together?
Or you can pay deposits and reserve production slots for each batch of stationery in one go, when you confirm your order (step 4 above).
I will then send you handy reminders to confirm your numbers and printing details (step 5) at just the right time so that each batch of your stationery is produced exactly when you need it.
First time, a bit nervous & overwhelmed? Or done this before, but literally everything has changed since then.
I get it. You’re confused by all the options out there, you don’t know where to start, and you have So. Many. Questions. Things like….
- Do you really need save the dates?
- How many invitations should you order?
- How do you include menu choices in your invitations?
- Does the brides name always come first?
- Do we have to order everything at the same time?
It’s OK, I’ve got you. It might be your first time, but I’ve been designing and making wedding invitations and stationery since 2006 (and I made my own a few years before that). So yeah, I know a thing or two.
I’ll be there for youuuuuuu!!
I’ll be here, throughout the entire process, from our very first chat or email to the day you collect your last box of stationery.
You can ask me all the questions you like (nothing is too silly!), pick my brains and have the benefit of all my professional knowledge and experience.
It’s my job to make it all run smoothly, to keep everything on track and to help you enjoy choosing and ordering your wedding invites and stationery.
And finally, some lovely words from my previous clients
Just in case you need any more convincing to book me to help with your wedding invitations and stationery, here are some lovely messages from couples I have worked with recently.
Ready to find out more, book a studio visit, or arrange a call with me?
I hope this page has been helpful. Do let me know if you have any questions about ordering wedding invitations and stationery, I’m always happy to help. Why not pop over say hello to me on Instagram, or find me on Pinterest and give me a follow for loads more tips and advice.