The Process begins with a face-to-face consultation (or phone call) where I want to know everything – wedding colors, venues, flowers, personal style…I’ll ask you all about the little details that make you and your wedding unique – whether it be how you met, your favorite spot in the city or the signature cocktail you’ll be serving – because these little touches can play a special role in your design.
In combination with your style and vision, I create an invitation suite that is truly one-of-a-kind and can include everything you will need for your big day. I create everything from the essentials to the day-of extras. My custom designs can be achieved in a variety of printing styles – letterpress, foil stamping, and flat – to match all budgets and personalities.
Save the Dates
You want your wedding day to reflect you as a couple, right? And what better way to set the mood for your big day than the first glimpse guests receive regarding your event – the Save the Date. Whether it be a romantic affair, a beachside evening or a black-tie soirée – give your guests a peak at what’s in store. Save the Dates are mailed 6 to 8 months before your wedding date.
Wedding invitation suites are comprised of the wedding invitation, outer envelope, response card, and response card envelope. Other additions include reception cards, website cards, details/direction cards, thank you notes, envelope liner, belly bands, pocket folders, and more.
Day of Details
Once the big day arrives, there are many paper pieces that can be designed to match your invitation suite including wedding programs, escort cards, place cards, table number signs, wedding menus, signature drink signs, drink stirrers, coasters, napkins, favor tags, monogram or logo, thank you banners, Mr. and Mrs. signs, Hotel gift bag notes, and Hotel totes.
Download this guide to learn more about Courtney Callahan Paper and the custom wedding invitation process. Plus, you can utilize the Wedding Paper Checklist to keep yourself organized throughout the planning process.
Step 1: Consultation
Designing your custom invitation suite will begin with a face-to-face meeting (if you live in Chicago or St. Louis) or phone call to get started on the process. At this time, I will want to know all of the details of your big day – the venue, colors, flowers – and your overall vision. I’ll show you fonts, colors and paper types and get all the pertinent information to start your design and provide you with a detailed quote.
*Due to the detailed nature of custom wedding invitations, please contact me at least 3 months before your invitation
“mailing date” to ensure on-time delivery.
Step 2: Quote
Courtney Callahan will provide you with a detailed quote based on our meeting.
Step 3: Deposit
Once the quote is approved, 50% of the total cost is due in order for Courtney Callahan to start design work. Payment may be sent via check (preferred) or Pay Pal.
Step 4: Designs
3 weeks after the deposit is received, you will receive your first round of designs and a quote for your invitation suite via PDF.
Step 5: Revisions
Via email, please provide Courtney Callahan with any edits to the designs that you would like to see and we’ll get to work refining the pieces. We’ll exchange emails or calls back and forth until the designs are perfect!
Step 6: Final Proof, Contract and Payment
Courtney Callahan will send you a final proof for you to review, sign off on and then collect the remaining 50%. Payment may be sent via check (preferred) or Pay Pal.
Step 7: Order Production
Final invitations take 8 weeks to be delivered depending on the complexity of the order. Invitations should be mailed to your guests 8 to 10 weeks prior to your wedding.
A beautiful printing method dating back to the fifteenth century, where the images and typeface are actually pressed into the paper with an antique machine, leaving an impression that you can see and feel.
Foil Stamping is the application of metallic foil (often gold or silver), to paper where a heated die is stamped onto the foil. This will then adhere to the surface, leaving the design of the die on the stock. Foil stamping can be combined with letterpress or offset printing.
This “flat” is typically used on smooth surface papers and the ink appears to lay flat atop the paper. It’s less expensive than thermography, and the look can still be fabulous, especially if used on highly textured paper, or if multiple colors of ink are used on the same card.