The custom design process begins with a complimentary consultation. During this first meeting, we will discuss the style and inspiration for your big day. Plan on sharing any color swatches, images or pinterest boards with your collected ideas. We will also take a look at paper, printing options, and brainstorm any other ideas of which you may be thinking. Of course, we want to establish a style that is unique to you and your partner! If you are not able to meet in person, don’t worry, I’m happy to do our consultation over the phone or on video chat.
Step 2 :: The Small Matter of Payment
After the consultation, I will follow up with a detailed estimate within 5-7 business days. If you wish to work with Lauren Rachel Design, I will create a contract and timeline*. The contract must be signed and returned with a 50% non-refundable deposit before design will begin. The deposit will be deducted from the final balance. *Please note timing on estimate, deposit and contract can take up to two months depending on how complex the requests you make in regards to your wedding materials.
Step 3 :: Ready, set, design
Before we begin, you will need to establish the wording you wish to use on the invitation. We can provide some resources to help you get started. Next, I will begin the best part of my job, the creative design. I will provide you with 2-3 designs of just your main invite. The invitation design helps us establish the overall look and feel for all your other wedding materials. You will have time to review the options and choose one design that you love. We’ll also use this time to identify any design details or wording you wish to change. Once we have discussed your feedback, we will integrate the revisions and begin developing the rest of your wedding stationery suite (RSVP, accommodations/directions cards, etc.) I will provide you a digital proof of your full wedding stationery suite. From there, we allow two rounds of revisions*. *Please note that if revisions exceed the estimated two rounds there will be an additional fee of $50 for each additional digital proof. Hard copy proofs are available for an additional fee after final digital proof is approved.
Step 4 :: Production and print
This is the moment of truth when your design comes to life! Once you approve your full wedding stationary suite, we will go to print. Be sure to review carefully! By approving the designs (in writing or via email) you agree that you have reviewed the digital design proof and that you approve of the colors, fonts, and layouts and the product is free of spelling or other errors*. After your final approval is received you will be asked to pay the remaining balance. Once Lauren Rachel has received payment, materials will be ordered and your project will go into production. At this time no further changes can be made and quantities cannot be decreased. *After approval, Lauren Rachel Design is not responsible for any spelling, layout, color, size, incorrect information or material errors.
Step 5 :: Finishing touches
If your invitation requires assembly (i.e. belly band, monogram, stuffing, hand or printed addressing, etc.), assembly services are available for an additional fee.
Step 6 :: Additional Design
If you need any help with additional materials for your wedding day, we are happy to assist! Generally, these items are designed and printed up to 2 months ahead of your wedding.
Here are some materials you might consider:
• rehearsal dinner invitations
• thank you notes
• welcome letter (for hotel room)
• ceremony program
• signage for bar
• menu card
• custom map of area (perfect for long weekend weddings)