Our custom design experience is for couples who are passionate about setting the tone of their wedding with an intentional and unique wedding invitation experience for their guests and have a love for all things paper, from the initial Save the Date to the Day of Stationery. Please contact us 6 to 8 months in advance to qualify for our custom invitations process.
Kindly complete our Custom Request Questionnaire to help us gather information for an estimated quote.
the custom Process
We’d be honored to bring your love story to life through wedding stationery!
phase 1: Consultation & booking
After you fill out the custom inquiry form, I take time to put together a custom wedding invitation quote just for you according to your needs. Once ready, the quote will be sent back to you via email & we can address any questions or concerns that you may have about the process or we can set a time to have a phone consultation.
To officially begin the design process, a 50% non-refundable retainer is required to book S. Libbrecht Studio. Due to the nature of investing in my custom invitation designs, I can create payment plans on a case-by-case basis as a courtesy to you. Just let me know if you would like that option. If you have yet to inquire, you can do so with the button below.
phase 2: Inspiration & concept presentation
After we have a firm grasp of what you’re looking for, I create a lookbook that is unique to you, your wedding, and the vision you have for your wedding invitations! Your wedding invitations are the first impression of your wedding and I want to make sure they will reflect you, your fiancé, and your event as best as possible. Once you have taken a look through the lookbook and confirmed that all of the inspiration is in line with what you want, I create sketches of a custom wedding invitation design for you. These sketches serve as the base for the rest of invitation design and will allow you to see the direction your design is headed in.
Timelines vary, but initial concepts are presented generally within 2 to 4 weeks.
Phase 3: Design Refinement
We'll refine the design through up to three rounds of edits, included in custom pricing. All rounds of invitation designs are sent via an online questionnaire that allows you to give specific feedback about the design. Additional revisions for your custom wedding invitations are permitted as well and charged on a per-revision basis. But we'll work together and achieve that “oh my, it’s everything I’ve ever dreamed of" level of satisfaction!
Phase 4: Design confirmation
Once we’ve confirmed the design, you will be sent proofs to make sure that all names, dates, addresses, and information placed on the invitation is correct. This is where we'll finalize every last detail, and then get the project into creation. The last thing I want to do is send your pieces to print with any sort of errors on them! Once you have signed off on the form (an official signature is required,) I send your designs to print or we order our letterpress plates.
Phase 5: production & Finishing touches
We digitally print and letterpress in-house, which allows us to have more control over the printing process to make sure you are receiving high-end pieces without any color defects,etc. Printing generally takes anywhere from 3 - 4 weeks*, with finishing such as hand painting, edge painting, ribbon tie-ing, and wax sealing assuming extra time.
*rush options available
Depending on the package you book, you may have opted to assemble & mail your invitations on your own. In that case, the invitations and envelopes will be shipped to you.
However, if you have opted for me to assemble, we will most likely be completing the addressing and calligraphy for your envelopes as well before mailing them to your guests. After the addressing, I will package your invitations with extreme care and deliver them to the post office for you to hand cancel them! Please be aware the USPS is a third-party and I can not be held responsible for issues with mailing.