5 steps I take to creating bespoke wedding invitations & stationery

I thought I'd write a blog post about my process to creating artwork and designing wedding invitations for you to see what's involved and how I get to my end results.

1} First of all it starts with creating the artwork. If it's a watercolour piece I'm working on, depending on the coverage of the artwork I sometimes soak my watercolour paper and let it dry before starting the artwork. 

I then begin to paint. This often comes from a brief if a client would like something bespoke and it can take around a day, to a day and a half depending on the intricacy of it.

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2} After I've created the artwork and I'm happy with the final piece I will scan it in at a high resolution. The reason for the high resolution is so when the final invitations are printed the artwork is pretty much the same as the original.

3} I then take the artwork into photoshop and carefully rub out the back ground. This process can take a while! I have to be really careful, again especially with delicate and intricate artwork.

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4} Once I'm happy with it I will then take it into illustrator. It's in this design program I will design all the stationery for the suite. I lay all the different items out on screen to make sure the design flows beautifully from save the dates, to the invitations and all the required on the day stationery.

5} When I feel like the design is ready to be proofed by my client I will send across 3 design layouts for them to choose from (this is for bespoke orders). We might go backwards and forwards a couple of times but this is part of the service I offer. Once my client is happy I will send for a physical proof from my printers and finishers. For bespoke orders I send a proof to my client if they wish to have one and I keep one too.

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After this the order is ready to be printed! I will confirm quantities etc. and prepare everything to be printed. This process can take a few weeks in busy periods so please bare that in mind.

I then hand assemble every single invitation and carefully pack them in eco friendly tissue papers and stylish boxes before shipping them to the special couple.

For a bespoke design it can take a 3-4 days to work on when watercolour artwork is being created. I love to receive all different kinds of briefs from my clients and push my skills into creating a variety of artwork and designs. Nothing is too much, but if I feel my style isn't quite right for you I will most definitely point you towards the right person for the brief.

Bespoke designs start at £300 plus printing costs per stationery item you require. I also offer 3 bespoke packages that might be of interest to you too. You can view them here.

I really hope this post has given you more of an insight to the service I offer and the process that's involved. If you'd like to chat about your invitation please get in touch here. I'd love to hear from you!