The Design Process


Let’s talk! The first and most important part of creating custom stationery is the “getting to know you” stage. If you live in the Dayton, Ohio area we would love to meet with you in person to talk about your event. If you’re not local, we can also do consultations via email or over the phone, but we always prefer to meet face-to-face if possible!

During the consultation, we’ll gather the details of your event – whether it’s a wedding, a baby shower, a graduation, or any other special moment – and determine what options might be best for your situation and budget.

We recommend starting the consultation process early! For weddings, we usually like to meet up with couples around 6-8 months before the wedding for invitations or 10-12 months ahead for save the dates. For most other events, around 2 months prior to the event is recommended.

Estimate & Stationery Contract

After your initial consultation, we’ll come up with a detailed estimate including your design, materials, and any additional services you require. This will come to you in the form of our Stationery Contract, which outlines each item you are purchasing, the total price, and the amount of your deposit. Once we’ve received a signed copy of the contract and your deposit, your order is placed and we begin on designing your stationery.

Design & Proofing

This is our favorite part! Once design begins it is typically 3-5 business days for us to put together an initial proof, which is sent to you via email. All proofs are done digitally unless other arrangements are made. During the proofing stage you will have the opportunity to provide feedback and request changes until you are satisfied with the results. There will often be multiple proofs as you and your designer work to achieve your perfect invitation. For multi-piece items such as wedding invitations, we will focus on the invitation itself first in order to establish your overall look, and then apply that design to all additional pieces once the main invitation has been approved.

Final Approval & Production

Once the design of each piece of your order has been completed, we will typically do one final, printed proof for your approval. This is usually done with a visit to our office, but for out-of-town customers we can also mail you the proof. At this time we encourage you to double check all details including spelling, grammar, and punctuation of each piece.

Once we receive your written approval on the final proof, the order moves into production. This process can take anywhere from 2-10 business days depending upon the specifics of your job.

Receive your Beautiful stationery!

Once your order is finished, we will contact you to make pick-up or shipping arrangements. At this time you will receive a final invoice including tax and any shipping charges. Any final payments are due prior to shipping or at time of pick-up.

Got Questions? Just ask!

Contact us today, we'd love to hear from you!

We understand that you’ve probably never ordered custom stationery before, and that’s ok! We’re happy to explain any part of the process in more depth or answer any questions you may have.