how to order :: custom wedding invitations


st. louis custom invitation


To download a PDF of my custom wedding invitation process, please click here. Or continue reading.

1. GETTING ACQUAINTED

I’ll need to gather specifics on your needs, vision, budget, and time frame. This can be accomplished by e-mail, phone or I am happy to schedule a meeting time with St. Louis based clients.

2. SELECTING KATIE RHEA STOKES

Once I have a clear understanding of your project details, I will send you a Custom Work Estimate & Contract Work Agreement which outline the basics of the project and confirms your commitment to Katie Rhea Stokes as your invitation designer. At this point, I require a 50% deposit of the estimate to confirm your spot in the production schedule.

3. DESIGN & PRODUCTION

Once the deposit is received, I will put together up to 2 Design Options for your review, which include proposed paper stock, layouts and costs for printing, materials, and assembly (if applicable). Three rounds of revisions are included in the initial price estimate and additional changes will be charged per instance. I will work with you to ensure your satisfaction with the overall execution of the design as outlined in the Contract Agreement. Once you have approved a Design Option, production begins! You will have the opportunity to proof each piece before printing starts.

4. TURNAROUND & DELIVERY

To ensure timely delivery, we prefer 6 weeks of time for custom design and printing process. The remaining balance, including shipping charges, is due upon delivery of the final product. Personal check and credit cards are accepted. Hand delivery options are available for St. Louis clients; all other deliveries are shipped (with insurance) UPS Ground unless otherwise requested. Rush requests are considered on a per case basis.

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how to order :: lettering


custom calligraphy


If you have decided you would like to hire me for lettering services, please see below. Following these simple steps will help insure your project is completed on-time, on-budget, and without unnecessary errors.

1. PLEASE TYPE EVERYTHING

A Microsoft Word/Pages document with names, addresses, and special instructions is the best way to submit your information. You may also copy and paste your info into an email. Handwritten documents will not be accepted.

2. CONSIDER ABBREVIATIONS

Would you like addresses to appear with the word "Street" and "Boulevard" or "St." and "Blvd.?" The same applies to the names of states (California vs. CA) and titles (Mr. vs. Mister) Would you like the word "Apartment" or "Apt" or simply a number sign (#)? Review your list of names and addresses, check spelling, and consider your options for all abbreviations. Once your list is submitted, I will follow it word-for-word without interpretation.

Here is what I would suggest for formatting:
• Spell everything out (basically, avoid abbreviations)
• Use "No. 2" instead of "#2" for apartment numbers.

3. GATHER YOUR PAPER

If you are purchasing envelopes, placecards, gift tags, etc. either from a retail store or from a commercial printer, you must provide enough blank pieces to allow for errors. The nib-tipped pen used for calligraphy is subject to occasional ink spillage. This is a normal condition that every calligrapher encounters. To allow for this spoilage, you MUST provide a quantity of blank sheets that exceeds your list by 15%. Example: if you have 100 envelopes that need to be addressed, you must provide 115 blank envelopes at the start of the project. This is especially important if your envelopes (or other items) are first being printed by a commercial printer. Be sure to request that your printer provides an extra 15% beyond the quantity required to satisfy your list.

4. GET IN TOUCH

Please get in touch by shooting me an e-mail. We'll determine your needs and discuss quantities, timeline, color options, and rates. Once those details are agreed upon, you will email me your list of names, addresses and any other text that needs to be included in the lettering project. At this time, I will need your paper (unless I have worked with you on invitations and already have them). This can happen by either a hand-off if you are in the St. Louis area, or by mailing them to me.

Your finished product will be delivered to you via UPS or your delivery method of choice.

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