Hey Alexa, order my wedding invitations
If you’re anything like me and millions of other shoppers across the world, you love Amazon Prime. It’s hands down the best subscription I have and well worth the yearly fee to have those must have items at my doorstep in two days with free shipping! Who doesn’t love fast and free? And while I’m obsessed with this convenience, I do realize the amount of employees and logistics that go into getting that one small item across the country to my little house in West Virginia.
Amazon is a HUGE company, my self-run small business is not. Turning around custom designs or full print orders in just two days is usually not possible. Custom. Designs. Take. Time. The whole process isn’t just clicking buttons on my computer. While I may be efficient at my job after many weddings under my belt, there is a long thought process that goes into any creative work. When I initially meet with couples I like to discuss not only their wedding plans but their lives together. I like to know about how they met, how they got engaged and where they plan to honeymoon. I want your wedding stationery to feel like you and reflect your whole wedding vision. This doesn’t happen with a few clicks of a mouse.
The Custom Invitation Process
While asking Alexa to order your custom wedding invitations isn’t possible, I’ve made the process super easy for you. Wondering how it all works here at Paper Hearts? Here’s what a normal custom wedding invitation process looks like from start to finish.
Initial inquiry email
Fill out that little form on my website the best that you can. The more info you can give me, the better! This only helps you get a more accurate estimate sent back to you.
Estimate approval + retainer fee
You click yes that you want to move forward, pay that retainer, and then we’re off to design land!
The details form
I have a very detailed form that you fill out with all of your wedding details. It includes spaces to list your name how you want it to appear and wording choices based on the style of wedding you are having. The whole form is simple and easy to go through. This form helps structure your custom design and is essential to my design process.
In person meeting
I love to chat and show you color swatches in person if you’re local! I could talk about paper for hours. This is a real hands on experience where you get to see and touch the paper and printing processes. Can’t meet in person? No big deal! I’m happy to send you samples of things if you request it!
First design proof
After you fill out the wedding invitation details form and we have a meeting, then I begin your custom design. I take everything you’ve told me and use my creativity to design something unique just for you. This proof is sent via email with a space to leave comments.
Second + third proofs
If needed, we can go back and forth a couple times to tweak wording and design a bit. These proofs come via email and include a space to leave comments.
Final proof approval
After we’ve gone back and forth and have everything exactly how you want it, I send over the final proof. This proof is sent via email and includes a very detailed checklist to make sure all of the wording and spelling is 100% accurate.
Final count + guest addresses
Before the invoice is sent over, I will need your final count of invitations and your guest list sent to me (if I am printing your envelopes.) Often times your final count has changed since our initial estimate so I like to make sure you are ordering enough. I always recommend ordering around 10 extra invitations.
Balance is due
After you sign off on the final proof and send your addresses, the balance is due. The invoice is sent via email and can be conveniently paid online following the link I provide.
After you sign off on the proof and pay the balance, your design is invitation status officially considered “Printing in Progress.“ You cannot make changes at this point without a fee.
Shipping + Delivery
If I can hand deliver your invitations I prefer that so I know your invitations are safe and secure. If I am shipping them, I use USPS priority mail and pack them with lots of bubble wrap and love.
Happy Dance Time
Feel free to do a little happy dance when you see your finished invitations for the first time! I love hearing all about your tears of joy and compliments from your family members. Don’t forget to leave me a 5-star review to share your experience with other future couples!
If you’re wondering when you should contact me about custom wedding invitations, here’s a handy timeline!