Frequently Asked Questions

What does the process look like?

The answer to this depends on whether you are planning to go the Bespoke Design route, or the Hybrid Stationery Design route.

Both options involve an initial consultation, a proofing process wherein design and content is reviewed and approved by you and your family, additional time to make changes, and finally the time to print and produce your order, which is dependent on the complexity of the project.

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How do I get started and get assigned a Design Concierge?

Book Your Complimentary Consultation to get started on your journey with your Design Concierge. Our staff is composed of artisans and designers who have been in the printing industry for generations. We don’t just speak printing. We live it. The representatives you speak to are not just customer service reps. They have worked side-by-side with our artisans, their tools and our machines, learning about our techniques and capabilities, and are generally knowledgeable about all facets of production. Think of them as translators between you and our artisans.

When should I get started on my save-the-dates?

The simple answer to this question is that you should get started as soon as you have your date settled, as well as at least the general area where the wedding will be taking place. Even if your venue is not finalized, you can send out a save-the-date with the name of the town, city or region where the wedding will be. With just the date and the general location, your guests will be able to secure the date on their calendars, as well as start making any necessary travel arrangements.

 

We recommend allowing for 6-12 weeks for the design and planning process from the time you make initial contact until everything is approved and ready to be ordered. This may seem like a long time, but your load while planning a wedding is very heavy and the more time you allot for any given task, the less of a burden it will be.

What does the process look like?

The answer to this depends on whether you are planning to go the Bespoke Design route, or the Hybrid Stationery Design route.

 

Both options involve an initial consultation, a proofing process wherein design and content is reviewed and approved by you and your family, additional time to make changes, and finally the time to print and produce your save-the-dates, which is dependent on the complexity of the project.

What is the purpose of a save-the-date?

Save-the-dates are the first glimpse your guests will get into the celebration you’re planning and set the initial tone for your wedding. They’re intended to help guests plan to attend by sharing the date and general location before the actual invitations come out. You will include the specific venue address, times, and more details with the invitations to follow.

What info should I include on my save-the-date?

You’ll want to include the date of the wedding, as accurate a location as possible (you can include the name of the venue if it is already selected) and possibly your wedding website if you already have it set up. Save-the-dates are a great place to include photos of you and your fiancé, and photos from your engagement shoot are a favorite source for these photos. Also make sure to include a note that a formal invitation will follow the save-the-date! You will include all of the specifics of your wedding in the invites.

What info should I leave off my save-the-date?

The major wedding etiquette no-no is including specific registry information on your save the date. This information can be included on your website, but shouldn’t be added to any printed materials. You also don’t need to be specific about your wedding venue, exact timing, or dress code. Your guests don’t need that information at this early point.

When do I mail save-the-dates if I'm hosting a destination wedding?

If you’re hosting a destination wedding and most of your guests will have to travel to the location, it’s extra important to consider when to send save the dates. You’ll want to ensure that your guests have enough time to clear their schedules and book flights and hotels (hopefully you’ve already reserved hotel room blocks for your loved ones!). A good rule of thumb is to send save the dates for destination weddings eight to 12 months before the big day. Make sure that you’ve already reserved room blocks and have listed travel information on your wedding website before sending your save the dates. That way, your guests will be able to take action as soon as they receive their save the date. By not having a completed wedding website, you run the risk of guests totally forgetting to make travel plans until it’s too late.

When do I mail save-the-dates if I'm hosting a local wedding?

Couples hosting hometown weddings can be a bit more flexible when it comes to when to send save the dates. We recommend sending save the dates between six and eight months in advance of your nuptials for hometown weddings. If a good portion of your guests are traveling to your event or if your event is taking placing over a holiday weekend, send save the dates around eight months in advance, but if most people are local, four to six months ahead of time is fine—anything later than four months in advance, your guests may already have conflicts on their calendars. As with a destination wedding, your wedding website should be relatively complete by the time those save the dates go out. Your guests will likely refer to your wedding website immediately after receiving your save the date to check your registry and other details, and the last thing you want is them to be greeted by a blank page.  

What printing methods do you offer?

Digital printing, letterpress printing, foil stamping, foil embossing, blind embossing and debossing and engraving/intaglio. Am I missing anything? All of our printing is done in-house, which has provided our staff of artisans with insight that few others have. We know what works well together, and what doesn’t, and we always have a suggestion handy to make sure you get exactly the look you want. Additional information about each printing process can be found on this page. Each printing process also has a page of its own that provides even more detailed information!

How does the pricing work for your different printing processes?

All of our pricing is provided to you in a detailed estimate, which will be based on the details discussed during your Complimentary Consultation. If you haven’t set up your Consultation yet, you can CLICK HERE to do so. The most economical printing process is flat printing, which also allows you to print all of the colors in a design simultaneously. Letterpress printing, foil stamping and blind stamping (debossing) are priced higher than flat printing at around the same rate. Each color must be printed separately. Engraving and blind embossing are priced higher than those three, and each color must be printed separately.

Do all of the pieces in my invitation suite need to be printed with the same method?

This is an excellent question. The simple answer is no. However, it does get a bit more complicated than that. We want to make sure that your invitation suite’s style is cohesive, so the goal is to make sure all of the colors coordinate, even if the printing processes are mixed.

Are you able to print my guests' addresses on my envelopes?

Absolutely! We can print your return address with any of our print processes, and flat print your guest addresses in a matching color. We can even print your guest addresses in white on dark colored envelopes. Our ability to produce everything in-house allows us the freedom and ability to make sure your invitations are addressed beautifully no matter how complicated it gets.

Is it possible to use more than one printing process on a card?

Most processes can be combined, and there are even unique effects we can create by combining certain processes. Most companies do not do all of the different processes they offer in-house. This means that there can be conflicts with color, precise placement and even more other subtle details. Not to mention the time and additional stock that is always lost when a piece needs to be shipped between multiple different vendors. We know exactly how each process interacts with every other process, and we don’t lose any time in shipping.

What is flat printing?

Flat printing, unlike our other print processes, prints all of the colors in a design at the same time. It is the process we use whenever we print photos, floral artwork, greenery and multi-color images. It can also be printed in a single color, including in white, which is an excellent way to print on dark colored stock.

Are you able to print my guests' addresses on my envelopes?

Absolutely! We can print your return address with any of our print processes, and flat print your guest addresses in a matching color. We can even print your guest addresses in white on dark colored envelopes. Our ability to produce everything in-house allows us the freedom and ability to make sure your invitations are addressed beautifully no matter how complicated it gets.

Can I combine flat printing with any of your other printing processes?

This is actually one of the most common suggestions we make to our clients, especially when they want to keep their project more economical.

What is letterpress printing?

Letterpress printing is a traditional printing method that involved printing one color  at a time. A metal die is coated with ink and pressed deep into the paper, which creates the signature impression into the paper that defines letterpress printing. It creates a unique tactile experience filled with old world charm.

Are you able to letterpress print my guests' addresses on my envelopes?

Unfortunately, we cannot letterpress print your guest addresses, but don’t fret! We can letterpress print your return address, and flat print your guest addresses in a matching color. Or we can forego letterpress printing on your envelopes and just flat print the return address and the guest address, which will help you save.

Can I combine letterpress printing with any of your other printing processes?

Combining letterpress printing with other printing processes is an excellent way to make your invitation suite stand out. One of the most common letterpress combinations is letterpress + foil stamping. Letterpress would generally be used for the main text and foil stamping would be use for accents and the more important information like monograms and/or the bride and groom’s names. Engraving can be combined with letterpress in a similar fashion. Alternatively, your main invitation can be letterpress printed along with flat printing, and the other pieces in your invitation suite can be done the same or they can be flat printed only which will help you save.

Do all the pieces in my invitation suite need to be letterpress printed?

Traditionally, this would be the case, but we like to keep with the times and we think it is totally optional. Letterpress printing throughout the invitation suite makes it more cohesive and, of course, letterpress printing is beautiful. However, it is not a necessity and one way to keep your project more economical is to letterpress print your invitation only and the other pieces in your invitation suite can be flat printed in a matching color, which will help you save.

What is foil stamping?

Foil stamping is the process of pressing a metallic color into a material, one color at a time. It also leaves a tactile impression, similar but not as pronounced as letterpress. This is the absolute best way to guarantee genuinely metallic printing, as opposed to the faux foil that many companies offer.

Are you able to foil stamp my guests' addresses on my envelopes?

Unfortunately, we cannot foil stamp your guest addresses, but don’t fret! We can foil stamp your return address, and flat print your guest addresses in a matching color. Or we can forego foil stamping on your envelopes and just flat print the return address and the guest address, which will help you save.

Can I combine foil stamping with any of your other printing processes?

Combining foil stamping with other printing processes is an excellent way to make your invitation suite stand out. One of the most common foil stamping combinations is foil stamping + letterpress. Letterpress would generally be used for the main text and foil stamping would be use for accents and the more important information like monograms and/or the bride and groom’s names. Engraving can be combined with foil stamping in a similar fashion. Alternatively, your main invitation can be foil stamped along with flat printing, and the other pieces in your invitation suite can be done the same or they can be flat printed only which will help you save.

Do all the pieces in my invitation suite need to be foil stamped?

Traditionally, this would be the case, but we like to keep with the times and we think it is totally optional. Foil stamping throughout the invitation suite makes it more cohesive and, of course, foil stamping is beautiful. However, it is not a necessity and one way to keep your project more economical is to foil stamp your invitation only and the other pieces in your invitation suite can be flat printed in a matching color, which will help you save.

What is acrylic foil pressing?

Foil pressing on acrylic is similar to foil stamping on paper stock in some ways, but it is fundamentally different in others. There is a reason why we can do it and nobody else can. Each sheet of acrylic is foil-pressed one at a time using our proprietary stamping system, guaranteeing each piece is perfect.

Can I add edge finishing to acrylic invitations?

Yes, you can! Luxury Wedding Deals does acrylic better than anyone else, and we are the only company in the industry that offers metallic foil gilding on acrylic. We can match the metallic foil edge color to the foil pressed color for perfect coordination.

What kind of printing can I use for the other pieces in my invitation suite?

Since acrylic invitations can only be foil pressed, one option for the other pieces in your invitation suite is foil stamping to match. The same foil colors are used for acrylic foil pressing and foil stamping. Another alternative is to flat print the other items, including your envelopes, which will help you save.

What kind of envelopes do we use to mail acrylic invitations?

Acrylic invitations are 1/8″ thick and are completely rigid, which can cause damage to regular envelopes during the mailing process. Because of this, we make lightweight cardstock envelopes in-house that not only hold up during the mailing process, but also protect your invitations!

Are you able to foil stamp my guests' addresses on my envelopes?

Unfortunately, we cannot foil stamp your guest addresses, but don’t fret! We can foil stamp your return address, and flat print your guest addresses in a matching color. Or we can forego foil stamping on your envelopes and just flat print the return address and the guest address, which will help you save.

What is engraved printing?

Engraving is the most traditional of all the print processes we offer. It produces an extremely sharp and pronounced raised image, perfect for fine detailed artwork. Engraving can be done in matte inks, as well as metallic inks. There is nothing that says tradition like engraving.

Are you able to engrave my guests' addresses on my envelopes?

Unfortunately, we cannot engrave your guest addresses, but don’t fret! We can engrave your return address, and flat print your guest addresses in a matching color. Or we can forego engraving on your envelopes and just flat print the return address and the guest address, which will help you save.

Can I combine engraving with any of your other printing processes?

Combining engraving with other printing processes is an excellent way to make your invitation suite stand out. One of the most common engraving combinations is engraving + letterpress. Engraving would generally be used for the main text and foil stamping would be use for accents and the more important information like monograms and/or the bride and groom’s names. Engraving can be combined with foil stamping in a similar fashion. Alternatively, your main invitation can be engraving along with flat printing, and the other pieces in your invitation suite can be done the same or they can be flat printed only which will help you save.

Do all the pieces in my invitation suite need to be engraved?

Traditionally, this would be the case, but we like to keep with the times and we think it is totally optional. Engraving throughout the invitation suite makes it more cohesive and, of course, engraving is beautiful. However, it is not a necessity and one way to keep your project more economical is to engrave your invitation only and the other pieces in your invitation suite can be flat printed in a matching color, which will help you save.

What are blind debossing and embossing?

Blind stamping is when an image is printed without any color, which creates a subtle and tactile effect. Blind stamping can be broken down into two categories: Embossing and Debossing. Debossing presses into the paper, similar to letterpress, and embossing creates a raised image, similar to engraving.

How can I incorporate blind debossing and embossing into my invitation suite?

Blind debossing and embossing are best utilized as an elegant and subtle accent to your design. This could come in the form of a blind stamped pattern, border, monogram or other accent. It can be paired with any printing process and is a great choice for anyone who appreciated understated beauty.

What is Edge Finishing?

When designing stationery, most people just think of the front of the card, the design and the printing processes being used. But for the stationery connoisseur, the edge of the card provides a whole new dimension and canvas that can bring your printed project to the next level. Whether you want to add subtly elegant charm or really wow your guests, edge finishing can help get you there.

How can I incorporate Edge Finishing while maintaining the simple elegance of my piece?

Sometimes, less is more, and all you want on the front of your printed pieces is simple and elegant text or a very basic design and layout. These types of designs are complemented extremely well by adding edge finishing, as it allows you to maintain the simple look you are going for, while also incorporating another style element, as well as possibly another color. Adding a simple gold, silver or rose gold beveled edge to engraved or foil stamped wedding invitation kicks it up a notch without being too ostentatious.

How can I use Edge Finishing to enhance my statement piece even further and wow my guests?

Simplicity and elegance often go hand in hand, but there are times when you just want to go all out. This is another situation where an enhanced edge can make all the difference. Adding a bright, even neon, color to the edge of your cards is an option that will really make your cards pop. Gilding with an interesting colored or holographic foil is another option as well.