Bespoke Custom Design
Creating the perfect invitation
Getting married is a once in a lifetime occasion, okay – sometimes twice, but the point is, it’s a very special day and, if there was ever a time to splash out on personalised stationery, then your wedding day is surely that day. With years of experencie and a money back, ‘no questions asked’ guarantee, we are confident we can design something special for you.
Our design fee not only covers your wedding invitation but a whole stationery range that is perfect for you and tailor made to suit your wedding. Nor do you have to get all of it designed at once. After you have paid the design fee you are free to email the designer and ask for a new item whenever you want. View some of our recent bespoke designs in our blog and view our designers work in our ‘off-the-rack’ gallery.
Setting the brief:
To do the best possible job, we have to get inside your head and learn what you think makes for a perfect wedding invitation. To help you write a clear brief, browse the tabs below. It’s important that you have a clear idea of what you want and are able to communicate that to us clearly. When you are ready to commission a design, click on the green button below.
- Special effects
This is very important and provides a unifying style to your wedding stationery. A theme can be anything your like, it's totally your call but it's usually best to focus on one idea than to combine multiple ideas. Common themes include:
Maybe you are getting married somewhere special and want that incorporated into your invitations? Beaches and gardens are popular themes but churches, restaurants, island get-aways and mum and dad's backyard can also provide inspiration.
Some people don't want any pictures at all, preferring that the type itself forms the backbone of the design. Fine by us.
Love kittens? Can't get enough of basketball? Got a soft spot for orchids? Why not incorporate the things you love into your wedding invite? We know, it sounds lame, but you'll be surprised how effective these designs can be.
For those who like it straight from the heart. Contemporary or classic – we can design an invitation that oozes romance.
After theme, this is the second most important thing to consider.
Formal or informal?
And by formal, are we talking 'black tie' or 'contemporary glam'? By informal do you mean 'cute and fun' (maybe a cartoon?) or simply 'easy going and casual'? Let us know what you imagine your perfect wedding to be and we can help set that tone from the start.
To reinforce the tone of your invite, the text should follow the visual style and our designer will do their best to choose a font that does this but feel free to name one (or two). As for what the invite says, well that should help reinforce the tone too. Formal, informal, funny or heartfelt? Sometimes it is nice to incorporate quotes on your invite.
Many people want their invite to match their bridesmaid's dresses and flowers – be sure to let us know what that color is. Or perhaps you just have a preference – fine by us. Just don't forget that black and white, sepia and pastels can also all look fantastic. Hmmm, decisions, decisions. Gold and silver can be printed, but this requires additional plates and film and therefore is relatively expensive. See the "special effects" tabs for more advice on the feasibility of printing unusual colors.
Click on the button opposite to see possible color choices in a standard invite.
Different designs lead themselves to different formats and you need to let us know from the beginning what format you want. It is a bit like briefing an architect, they need to know how many bedrooms you'll be wanting before thay can suggest some designs. We have designed invites in postcard, gate fold, standard cards, concertina folds and bookmark formats in the past. Letterpress is also another option. Anything is possible but be aware that format style will also effect how much each invite will cost to print.
This follows on from format. It is worth taking a look at our printing cost page to get a rough idea of how how much printing prices vary from one style to the next. The postcard format is popular and budget friendly. Letterpress is beautiful but pricey. We don't want to design something outside your budget. It's smart to consider how much you want to spend at the beginning to avoid a budget blow-out at the end.
Unique or unorthodox folds, die cuts, special inks, gold or silver foils, embossing and silky laminates – the sky is the limit and we have experience designing all of these. Just be aware that these processes are relatively expensive, especially on small print runs like wedding invites (any print run under 200 is small by printing standards). The reason is that such designs require the production of printing plates which costs around $200. It doesn't matter if the subsequent print run is for 20 or 20,000 items.
This technique is exactly as the name implies and involves using a laser to cut designs into the paper, achieving extremely intricate and beautiful results. Unlike other printing methods there is no discount for larger volumes. This is because the machine is priced per minute and cutting a hundred invites takes a hundred times longer than cutting one and consequently costs a hundred times more.
These days letterpress has seen a revival, especially for wedding invitations. The process requires a high degree of craftsmanship but in the right hands letterpress can really bring out the beauty and texture in paper and produce an invitation that smacks of timeless sophistication.
Letterpress excels at reproducing fine typography and line work in one or two colors. It is not suitable for printing photographs or full color designs. Because the printing process presses the ink into the paper, the result is an "emboss-like" effect which means letterpress invites can only be printed on one side.
Thermography printing is a special process using powder and heat on ink to create a unique raised effect. Like letterpress, this technique will only work in single colors and therefore isn't suitable for photographs. Shapes and text however can look stunning in glossy black on clean white card. Anyone say stylish?
This printing method used the same laser cutting machine as the laser cut invites above. The only difference is that the laser only etches the design into the wood. In addition to the cost of using the machine, there is the addition cost of the wood. Other materials can also be etched using a laser including plastic, glass, leather and metal.
Embossing requires the manufacturing of plates that are used to press an image or text into paper. The picture above is of a 'blind emboss' as no ink was used. The effect is subtle and sophisticated but not suitable for small letters which would be difficult to read if embossed.
Presentation is not just about envelopes. Often it is the finishing touches – a bow of ribbon, some glittering confetti – that makes all the difference. What about a 'message in a bottle'? Let us know your thoughts on how you want your invitation finished.