CUSTOM DESIGN PROCESS
STEP BY STEP
The Custom design process begins with a complimentary consultation, either in person in our Westside Atlanta studio, or via phone if you’re outside of the Atlanta area. This is where we’ll get to know one another, discuss details of your wedding plans and stationery needs, and begin to come up with a general plan for your wedding suite. Please come prepared with images and inspiration to use as starting points - these can be images of stationery that you’ve seen and liked, or swatches and images of your dress, florals, venue or other wedding decor items. The consultation will provide us with a sense of the direction for your stationery pieces, but we’ll solidify your final designs and selections as we work together throughout the Custom design process.
Approximately one week after your initial consultation, you’ll receive your personal Custom Stationery Proposal via email. The proposal will include an inspiration board for a visual sense of the direction your designs will take, and detailed pricing for the selections we discussed in your consultation.
Once you’ve decided that you’d like to work with Foglio Press on your wedding invitations and stationery, a non-refundable $300 design retainer will be required to reserve time on our schedule for your project. This amount will be applied towards the final balance on your wedding invitation order. We will prepare a contract for you, including estimated pricing for your suite as well as a detailed design schedule with due dates for proofs, revisions, and approvals. In order to ensure that your order is ready on time, please note these important dates in your calendar and stick to all deadlines. No design work can begin until a signed contract and design retainer have both been received.
3. Design Process
Your first set of design concepts will be delivered via email, according to the timeline noted in your contract. This is typically 3 to 4 months before the preferred mailing date for invitations, or approximately 2 months before the preferred mailing date for save the dates. Your initial concepts will allow you to see several directions for your designs, including a selection of font combinations and layout choices, based on what we discussed in your consultation. You’ll have the opportunity to choose your favorite layout and font selections, and make changes as necessary. Once the overall direction and style of the suite have been established, we’ll work together to select finishing touches and design details such as insert cards, belly bands, envelope liners and tags, etc. Foglio Press does not limit the number of proofs that we’ll provide during the Custom design process - however, please understand that revisions and additional proofs do take time, and an extended design process could affect your design schedule and delivery date significantly.
During the design and proofing process, please check all details carefully for spelling and accuracy. You are responsible for making sure that there are no errors prior to printing. All proof approvals are final, and no changes can be made once your order has been submitted for printing. To avoid costly reprints, please double and triple check those proofs!
When you are 100% happy with the design of your stationery suite, we’ll require your final approval for printing via email, and the balance of your order amount will be due before orders can be submitted for printing.
4. Production and Delivery
Custom orders take approximately 5 - 6 weeks in production. If your order includes digital envelope addressing, please allow an additional week; hand calligraphy requires an additional 2 - 3 weeks depending on scheduling and availability. Please be sure to allow time for stuffing and stamping your envelopes before your preferred mailing date as well.
Local orders can be picked up at our Westside Atlanta studio by appointment. Orders requiring shipping will be sent via USPS Priority Mail, which takes 2 - 3 business days to most locations.