Frequently Asked Questions
When it comes to deciding on what to do for wedding invitations, it can be a little overwhelming. I want to make it as simple as possible for you so I have answered a few common questions for you here!
Typically, you'll mail out your invitations 6-8 weeks before the wedding. This should give guests enough time to respond. If you're having a destination wedding, 8-10 weeks is more appropriate so guests can book their travel plans. You can always send them earlier if it's a busy time of year (November/December). Design + printing time for invitations is usually a couple months, so be sure to book your invitations early!
When should I mail out my invitations?
The design process can take about 8-10 weeks depending on the scope of work and amount of revisions. Printing and assembly will add on about 2-4 more weeks. It is preferred that you inquire 6 months to a year prior to your wedding to ensure that I can fit you in my calendar. You can totally book earlier but I won't typically start on your suite that early. However, if you have all of your information and are eager to start, we can always start the design process, pause, and then revisit it closer to the date of printing. I do this just in case we have any changes in text or quantity and don't want you to regret printing too early! If you need to book later in the process no worries! We just need at least 3 months before your target send out date to design + print, but rush fees may be needed depending on the timeline.
When should I book with you?
Pricing varies depending on quantity, printing method, paper type and additional add-ons. Each invitation suite is unique to every couple which is why I provide individual quotes. The average Morgan Riley Design couple invests $3,000-$6,000 on invitations.
What is your pricing?
This is completely up to your guest list. Invitation quantity should be per household and is different from your guest count. Be sure to add 5-10 extra just in case there's any last-minute add-ons or if you need to re-send any! I will keep those extras in house and have them at the ready just in case. It's better to order a few extra at the beginning than have to pay extra fees after it's too late.
How many invitations should I order?
My primary goal is to take care of you so that you can focus on all your other wedding tasks at hand. All invitation quotes include the following:
- Suite design and all custom artwork
- Mailing services
- Keepsake and photographer's suite
Any suite with four or more elements will be gifted a linen, heirloom box to house your keepsake suite.
*Postage is not included in packages and will be calculated once the suite is printed and ready to mail.*
What is included?
Very custom! While withholding the overall structure of the design, each suite can be customized to fit your personal style and wedding aesthetic. There are no limitations on paper types, colors, scripts, or content, so with my help, you’ll have the creative freedom to piece together something incredible.
How custom are the semi-custom invitations?
Flat (digital), letterpress and foil. Flat printing can be done on card stock or thicker paper and is budget friendly! Letterpress and foil are more expensive methods but it really elevates your paper! Your quote will be custom built according to your inquiry.
What printing methods do you use?
Yes! All the calligraphy and illustrations you see are handwritten or hand drawn by me. Each suite that I create is sketched, drawn/handwritten and then digitized and designed on the computer to be printed with the amount of invitation suites needed. I also love to work with old-world, public domain paintings but I do not work with script fonts.
Is your calligraphy and illustrations hand drawn?