Design Process + Other Important Information

Welcome to Pirouette Paper! I am so pleased to offer you custom calligraphy design, invitations and signage for your special day! Here is how everything works and hopefully this helps you understand the behind-the-scenes processes of custom design!

 

THE DESIGN PROCESS

TALK
The design process begins with an initial consultation so I can understand everything that you're looking for with your paper goods. If you're located in Orange County, I would love to meet with you in person, but I'm also available for consultations over the phone or Skype. Once I'm confident that I understand your ideas, I will send you an estimate or custom package options for your project which takes 1-2 days to prepare.

SIGN
Once you look over the estimate or custom package options and decide that I'm a good fit for your project, I'll require you to sign my contract outlining the design process and other policies. I will also send your invoice and project timeline, and will require a 50% non-refundable retainer before designing begins.

DESIGN
Once the business stuff is out of the way, I'll get to creating something beautiful for you! Your design board + wording will be sent to you first by the date specified in our timeline. Initial design directions for wedding invitation suites start with the invitation, and on occasion the reply card and accompanying envelopes. After your initial feedback, I'll implement the chosen design into any remaining pieces of the invitation suite.

REVIEW
You'll review the design elements + proofs and send specific feedback. All feedback deadlines will be outlined in your custom timeline and will keep us on track for an on-time completion date!

REVISE
Once receiving your feedback, I will perfect your design until you're in love with it! After the initial design board, you'll receive 4 PDF proofs (3 rounds of revisions) via email with your revisions in between. Any additional proofs will incur an additional fee of $50/proof.

APPROVE
After your last proof, I'll provide a final design release. This is where you check every little detail to make sure it's all correct! This release will be what's being sent to print, so any design revisions to the final design release will be considered an additional revision at $50. There will be a checklist for you to check off the small details to make sure nothing is overlooked and you will be asked to sign for your approval so I can send to print! Yay! At this time, the remaining balance for the invitations or your custom package is due.

PRINT
Once you sign off on the design, I send everything to my trusted printer. Turnaround times vary on our timeline, the printer's availability and the printing processes that you choose. On average, printing and assembly take about 3 weeks. My projects are delivered ready for you to assemble. If you would like Pirouette Paper to assemble your invitations for you, please let me know and I can include that in your estimate. Pirouette Paper does not offer mailing services and all invitations will be delivered to you.

DELIVER
I will carefully package your invitations or invitation pieces for you and I'll send them to you or arrange a pick up date!

 

Custom Design

I work directly with clients to create something that's truly unique and custom to exactly what they're looking for. I will not copy other designer's work. If you find something you like elsewhere that's perfect for you, go with that! I love getting to know the couples that I'm working with to truly bring out their unique personality and story in their paper goods. I can work with any style too, so the sky is the limit! 

PRICING
There's so many elements that go into pricing a custom suite. Due to the custom-ness of everything, the pricing also is super custom to your specific project and is handled on an individual basis. 

PRINTING
I offer digital, letterpress and foil printing for all projects. Check out my blog post on the differences between all of them here.

TIMING
Timing depends on the complexity and details of your project. When I create your custom timeline, I work backwards from your event up to the day we have our consultation, For weddings, I love to start about 6 months before the date so we can have a smooth and well-thought out design process. I also have a blog post for paper timelines here.

PAYMENT
I accept payment in cash, by check or through my online invoice that you'll receive which outlines all details of what you're getting. The 50% non-refundable retainer is paid first and the rest is due before being sent to print.

 

Additional Paper Goods

Save the Dates
Insert Cards
Maps
Belly Bands
Wax Seals
Pockets
Envelope Liners
Envelope Addressing
Rehearsal Dinner Insert
Thank You's
Bridal Party Cards
Wedding Day Cards
Escort Cards
Place Cards
Favor Tags
Custom Coasters
Custom Napkins
Custom Matches
Custom Cups
Table Numbers
Menus
Programs
Hashtag Signs
Directional Signs
Bar Menus
Seating Charts
Paper Signs
Wood Signs
Chalkboard Signs
Mirror Signs
Marble Signs
 

If you're ready to set up a consultation, please contact me!

If we have already met and received an estimate, please sign the contract here!