Most of my clients don’t know what to expect from the Philadelphia custom wedding stationery process. That’s okay! This is a quick guide for how to prepare for your consultation with me.
Your consultation will take place a minimum of six months before your wedding. If you’d like save the dates, it’s appropriate to start planning 12 months in advance. We can meet at my office if you’re local, but if not, it’s no problem! I do consultations via phone, e-mail, or Skype—whichever you prefer.
Here’s a list of a few of the things you should bring to your consultation:
Your color palette. Bring along any fabric swatches you have, pictures of your bridesmaids’ dresses, flowers you want in your bouquet… anything!
Inspirational images. Even if you don’t have a precise idea of what your wedding will look like, images of anything that you think would have a place in your wedding will help me understand the look you’re going for.
Invitations you like. Cut things out of magazines, or link me to your Pinterest account. This will provide a great starting point for creating your design.
An approximate guest list. It doesn’t have to be precise, but I’ll need a general idea of how many invitations you’ll need printed.
Your budget. Again, you don’t need to know exactly how much of your budget is allotted for stationery. A general idea is all I need to figure out how best to fit what you want into your budget.
After we discuss your vision, I’ll talk to you about my process, including how long it will take, how many proofs you can expect, and how we’ll work through edits. You can find out a little bit about that in the “My Process” section of my site.
We’ll also discuss how I can go about bringing your vision to life. I can show you paper swatches, examples of different printing techniques, and specialty materials that I can use to make your invitation really special. You don’t have to make any big decisions right then and there, but it’s good to get you thinking. We’ll finalize your design in the weeks that come after your consultation.
Top two photos courtesy of Ashley Bartoletti Photography.