How much can I expect to spend for a custom invitation?
Each invitation suite that Flair Necessities creates is custom designed and unique to each event. As such, it is hard to give an exact number. It is best to start with your budget and we can discuss what can done within your budget. You can expect to pay between $6-11 per invitation set (invite, response card and envelope and outer envelope) Boxed invitations or letterpress invitations with more than two colors will be more and the price per invitation set could be more if your quantity is less than 100.
What is your process?
Flair Necessities is located in the metro Detroit area so whether you are local or miles away, your personal Flair Necessities designer can work with you via phone, email or in person. To begin the process you will be emailed a link to a short questionnaire which will help us learn more about you, your style and what exactly you are looking for for your stationary needs. If you are local we would be happy to meet with you in person, so you can review our portfolio and we can fill out the questionnaire together. From there, Flair Necessities will determine a timeframe for the process and answer any outstanding questions. If you decide to go with Flair Necessities we require a $150 deposit and a signed concept contract to begin the design phase. This deposit is put toward your final order total. Upon receipt of the deposit we will put together 2 invitation mockups based on the themes/ideas we discussed in our meeting. Two to three weeks later the client will be shown two physical mock-ups of the invitation or save the date design. The mockups will include the invitation, response card and envelope. From that point you can choose one design exactly as is or you can make up to three rounds of revisions to either of the designs. After the design direction is chosen the remaining pieces (reception card, envelope, map) will be designed and emailed to you. Once a design has been finalized and approved the invitation will go to print. At this point the second deposit will be made and you will receive an order contract detailing all items you are ordering and their quantities. The order is considered final at this point. Changes in design, quantity, or printing options will incur additional costs. The printing and assembly usually takes 5-7 weeks but can be expedited for a nominal fee. The final deposit is due at delivery.
Can we still work together if I am not in the Detroit area?
Most definitely. Thanks to modern technology, Flair Necessities can work with you not matter where you are. We can do the initial consultation via email, phone, or even Skype whichever works better for you. We have worked with clients throughout the country and even overseas.
All concepts and final invitations are packaged very carefully and are insured with the dollar amount of your invitations. *You will be notified of the shipping charges and your tracking number once your package is sent.
When do I need to start the invitation process?
It is generally best to start the invitation process 5-6 months in advance.
Have less time? We have done invitations in as little as 6 weeks but it depends on the current number of orders we are handling. Since this is a special circumstance it is important that the design direction be finalized within one week after receiving the concepts. There also may be rush charges applied depending upon the materials needed to complete the design.
Do you have a minimum order?
There is no minimum order quantity and you also do not need to order your invitations in quantities of 25 or 50 that you may find at other stationers. Since your invitation order is completely custom, you can order the exact number of invitations you will need. The price per invitation however is more for smaller orders since there are fixed production costs that are the same for all orders.
What types of printing do you offer?
Flair Necessities specializes in doing lettepressed invitations. However if letterpress is not within your budget or the style you are looking for, we also offer digital printing (laser printed), thermography, engraving or screen printing.
How many invitations should I order?
We recommend ordering 10-15 extra invitations. There always seem to be some last minute guest list add ons and it can be almost as costly to print an extra 10 as it is to print your entire order.
What date should I use on my response cards?
We recommend 3 weeks. Please consult your reception venue or caterer to determine when they need their final count. Take that day and add an additional week so you have a few days extra for the late responses or to contact those guests who have not responded.
Do you proofread?
We do our best to spell check everything however it is very important that you review all pieces of your invitation suite and sign off on the order contract after you have done so. Flair Necessities does not assume any responsibility for grammatical or spelling errors once the items have been signed off on.
Do you do calligraphy?
Yes. I work with a few local calligraphers that do beautiful work. They do however book up quickly especially during wedding season, so if this is something you are interested in then please let us know early on. The calligraphers can do inner/outer envelopes, place/escort cards, and table signs. We unfortunately do not print addresses on envelopes so if you don not choose calligraphy, we can suggest a few places that do.
Please view some work of our preferred calligrapher.
Do your invitations have inner envelopes?
Inner or envelopes are available if you have order cream or white envelopes. Please let us know if you would like an inner envelope before the design process begins so your invitation can be sized accordingly. Colored envelopes generally are not available in the inner size. We also can suggest some other possibilities for adding the guests you are inviting to the invitation in lieu of an inner envelope.
Do you have lined envelopes?
Of course. It is a great way to add in a coordinating color to your invitation suite. We are also able to do a printed liner so you an add a monogram or pattern to your liner.
Do you do custom envelopes?
Yes. Are you wanting your guests to be WOWED as soon as they take your invitation out of the mailbox? A custom envelope is a great way to do that. We can create a variety of shapes and sizes and it can be customized with a pattern or your monogram.
How much is postage?
Most invitations will require the 2oz. rate. If you are looking at our bookcloth/board invitations they generally will require the 3oz rate. All response envelopes or thank you card envelopes will require the 1oz rate. We will gladly take your invitation to the post office for weighing once the production of your invitations has begun.
How much do you charge for custom designed stamps?
I charge $15 for custom stamp designs if you are an existing client. Just need a stamp designed? The design charge would be $40.
Should I hand cancel my invitations?
YES! We would suggest going to your local post office ahead of time to find out when would be a good time to come in to have this done. From our experience, they generally ask that you come in first thing in the morning. It is also best to go to your smaller local post office if there is more than one in your area.
Do you stuff envelopes and deliver to the post office?
Yes, we can do this for you. Please ask us what the fee would be to do this for your order.
What other services do you offer?
Need more than just an invitation? We can do that too. The custom design can also be applied to favor tags or packaging, thank you cards, signs, programs, menus, place cards, seating charts, napkins or any other paper product that could make the client's day more special. We can also provide artwork for Shutterbooth photo strips, gobo lights or cakes.
Looking for a special, one-of-a-kind website for your wedding or another event? We can also do that. We also do corporate websites, logos, brochures, banners, business cards and stationery and email blasts.