Congratulations! It's time to order your stationery. This Design Guide includes everything you need to know about creating stationery with Lowcountry Paper Co.
Double envelopes include an un-gummed inner envelope that pairs with the outer mailing envelope. Your suite pieces are inserted into the inner envelope with individual guest names listed on the front. Then, the inner envelope goes into the outer mailing envelope with the guest name and address. Postage is added and the outer envelope is sealed prior to mailing.
With the entire Pantone color book at my disposal as far as colors go, it can become a bit overwhelming, so I've narrowed down a list of popular colors to help you get started. You can certainly choose your ink color from this list OR we can select something that better coordinates with your vision.
Because of the nature of letterpress and engraving, subtle variations in ink colors are to be expected and no two pieces will be exactly alike. It’s what makes them special!
Metallic colors can be used for foil and engraving print methods to add a bit of sparkle to your design
Colors may not print exactly as they appear on your screen or in your digital proofs, so I will include a Pantone color code with your proofs.
Do you want to add a custom illustration or have your own artwork you'd like to use?
I am always happy to incorporate client provided artwork into a design if you already have artwork. Alternatively, I work with talented artists who can create a custom illustration for your stationery.
Select the "Custom Illustration" option on your Stationery Inquiry form and I'll get in touch for more details.
Do you already have a monogram design you'd like to use?
Great! I am always happy to use an existing monogram if you have one. If you're wanting a more traditional style monogram than the styles shown above, I highly recommend Shuler Studio.
guest name(s) and address handwritten in calligraphy or cursive script
guest name(s) handwritten in calligraphy or cursive script
address digitally printed
guest name(s) and address digitally printed
Envelope liners are an excellent way to bring in color and personality to your stationery. Liners arrive to you assembled - either to the interior of your mailing envelopes or the un-gummed inner envelope if you've upgraded to double envelopes.
Choose from in-house artwork, provide artwork you've already had made, or request a custom illustration of your choosing.
**Don't see your perfect color? No problem! Book a consultation and I'll get more details**
Wax Seals can be added to the outer mailing envelope or as part of any of your suite pieces. Seals are made from real sealing wax with adhesive added to the back for quick and easy application.
Absolutely! I like to think of the Stationery Suite Design options as your starting point, so I recommend that you choose an overall layout with the basic elements that you like and then we can build from there.
Here's what that looks like:
Let's say you like everything about the Antonia suite design but would like to add a border and center the names on two lines like what you see in the Virginia suite, I can make that happen. These design tweaks, along with the customization of the colors, calligraphy style, and embellishments means that your stationery can be personalized to fit your aesthetic!!
This is the benefit of working with an independent stationery designer and calligrapher like myself! You're not limited to only what you see in the sample images online.
Of course! After receiving your initial proof, you get two (2) complimentary rounds of revisions before your design goes to print. Additional revisions beyond these complimentary rounds incur a fee of $150 per round. I recommend printing a paper copy of your proof and putting at least two other sets of eyes on the design to catch any typos or errors! Changes requested after the design goes to print incur additional costs.
The design process takes 3-5 weeks, followed by printing and addressing. Printing is an additional 1-2 weeks for digital and 3-4 weeks for letterpress, foil, and engraving. Don’t forget to add in some extra time if you’re including envelope addressing. I also recommend giving yourself 2-4 days to stuff and seal your suite before delivering them to the Post Office.
Absolutely! Envelope calligraphy is how I got started, so nothing would make me happier than to take this off your plate. I won't need your final list until it's time to approve your final stationery design, so you'll have time to finish gathering those addresses...it can be a beast, I know!
I like to get your address list in a spreadsheet format (Excel, Numbers, or Google Sheets) and have a handy template available on the Resources page. It's a Google Sheet, which can be downloaded or copied to your own Google Drive and edited. Please share or send your list with me at email@example.com.
All orders include 20% additional envelopes for this reason, so you should be OK, but Email Me if you think you'll need more.
Unfortunately, I've discovered by trial and error that every post office judges the postage price differently. I can give you my best guess based on previous project but it’s best to wait until you receive your order and take a complete suite to the local post office where you plan to mail your invitations so it can be accurately weighed to. And, ALWAYS confirm the postage is correct with an actual person when you get to the Post Office...there's nothing worse than getting all your invitations back marked up with an "insufficient postage" stamp.
I do not offer this service because I prefer that you have the opportunity to see your printed suite in person before they are mailed. If you added envelope addressing to your order, this also gives you a chance to double check spelling and accuracy before releasing them into the mail. Don't worry, I double check all envelopes prior to shipping them to you; however, I am a mere mortal so let me know immediately if I made a mistake and I'll correct it ASAP!
Digital printing is a flat printing method that creates a smooth, flat finish of the design on the card so the only texture you feel is the fluffy cotton paper.
Turnaround time for digital printing is 1-2 weeks after final approval
Letterpress printing begins by creating a plate of your design, which is inked with a matte color and then pressed into the paper using antique machines. The finished product is as beautiful as it is luxurious and a popular selection for wedding stationery!
Turnaround time for letterpress printing is 3-4 weeks after final approval
A traditional print method for wedding invitations (and one of my favorites!). Your design is etched into a metal plate and the recesses of the etching are filled with ink so that when pressure is applied to the plate and paper, the result is an embossed - or raised - impression of the design.
Engraving inks can be matte or metallic.
Turnaround time for engraving is 3-4 weeks after final approval
Foil printing uses sheets of opaque foil, a printing plate, and a heating element to press your design into the paper, similar to letterpress. Foil printing allows us to use metallic colors like gold to print your stationery.
Turnaround time for foil printing is 3-4 weeks after final approval