The Design Process

“There’s so much to choose from, where do I start?”

Sound familiar? You’re not alone! We’re often asked this question by our clients. So naturally, the aim of first blog we wanted to write was to help simplify this process.¬†Generally speaking, we suggest you initiate the design process for your wedding stationery around 4-6 months prior to your wedding date.

There are 7 main steps steps for designing your stationery:

Step 1: Choose the size and shape of your invitations

When deciding the size or shape, you might like to consider postage costs, weight (ie. will it be able to be put on someone’s fridge easily?), how much text you might need, etc.

Step 2: Flat invitation vs. Pocket invitation

If you think you will require additional cards (such as a RSVP card and return envelope, wishing well or accommodation card), you might like to consider having an invitation that opens with an internal pocket.

Step 3: Select your design

This is undoubtedly the most difficult step. Think about your venue, your style and any other elements already planned for your day. You will likely find a common theme; vintage, greenery, elegant, etc. For example, if you’re having an outdoor beach wedding, it’s unlikely you will want a classic black and white invitation with diamontes.

Step 4: Choose your colour theme

Often, once you have already chosen your design, the colour scheme comes somewhat easily, particularly if there is a strong theme for your wedding. If not however, this is perhaps where you would choose to tie your design with say your bridesmaid dresses, or the flowers you’re intending to have in your bouquet.

Step 5: Fonts and wording

Upon booking, some of our designs come with standard fonts and wording. However you are free to change these if you wish. Perhaps you’ve seen something you’d like adapted, or you might like to come up with your own.

Step 6: Guest list

So that we can create your envelope labels, invitations or table place cards (depending the options you have chosen), upon booking, we will provide you with a Guest List template to complete. You’ll also be surprised how many times you’ll need this list; save the dates, invitations, thank you cards, etc. I use my wedding guest list as a starting point even for my Christmas Cards!

Step 7: Digital Proof

Once we have all of the above information from you, we will put together a digital proof of your design together for you to check and approve. We can do as many of these as required (a maximum of two are included within our prices, with additional iterations available) to ensure you and your fiance are happy with the design. It also gives you the chance to check you have spelled everything correctly. Once you give the go-ahead, we place you in our print queue!

From there, you can leave the rest up to us!

Cheers, Chantel

Chantel Steele
Owner/Manager for Luxe Invitations