INVITATION PROCESS INFORMATION
Below is some of our information that may be helpful as you plan your event stationery needs.
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact us.
Consultations by Appointment
We offer a complimentary, in-person consultation. This offers us the opportunity to discuss and gather all the specifics and detailed information necessary to create your wedding invitations. Based on your information and vision—we will guide you through our wedding invitation suites and samples and review various paper, ink and other options. At the consultation we can offer price guides and estimates, provide expert advice on invitation wording, and discuss the best ways to incorporate additional information and customization into your invitation or day-of stationery. Consultations typically last between one to two hours. Please bring any information that will help us regarding your upcoming event. Bring photos, clipping and any details to us the may be helpful in refining your vision. Gather important details including locations, times, full names, hotel block information, food options and any event website links.
In order to be of complete service to you and offer you the full attention of our invitation experts—consultations are by appointment only in person or via internet.
Estimates are always free of charge. However, estimates are subject to change should you require a change in your order. For example, estimates may change if your quantity increases or decreases, your require multiple revisions and proofs, or require special customization or design changes. We will inform you of any additional fees before they are incurred. Estimates are good for 30 days.
INVITATION Ordering, Payment & Pricing
A 50% deposit is requested at the time of order. You may cancel your order any time before printing for a refund of your deposit less any advance for fees incurred. Balances must be paid in full at the time of pick-up or prior to shipping.
Pricing for invitation/stationery from our outside "book designs" are set by each respective design house. Many different factors affect the final price including paper, type of printing process, size, quantity, embellishments, motif addition/changes, photos, artwork, number of ink colors. Other options such as second run (printing on the back), custom die-cutting, edge painting and plying also generally incur additional charges.
In addition, invitations are priced separately from the additional response, reception and accommodation cards as well as return addressing. Our experts will assist you on the various options including our in-house print services. We work with every client to ensure each has a clear understanding of the cost and the various options available for each piece prior to ordering.
BOOK & BESPOKE DESIGN Customization
For all outside book design stationery—text, font choice, and ink colors are completely customizable. Additional customization including paper changes, pre-set design changes, motif addition/changes, photos, artwork, multiple ink colors, embellishments, and other options such as die-cutting, edge painting and plying may not be available, or may require an additional charge depending on the designer.
We also offer bespoke in-house designs. Bespoke design is for those clients who desire something totally custom & original. Bespoke design begins once we receive a non-refundable design deposit of $500.00. Kerry or another designer will meet with you and then set about creating three unique designs based on your theme and vision. Once you review the sample designs, several revision stages allow our clients to adjust and mix elements from the designs to create your perfect invitation. A exact cost of production for each bespoke design will be provided with the proofs and vary based on final paper, printing process and quantity. Our design fee is separate from the cost to produce. For example, bespoke production set prices start around $1,000 for 100 standard suites. Keep in mind the custom process should begin at least 6-7 months prior to your event.
Minimum quantity on all stationery orders is 50. We always recommend you purchase some additional invitations as overage to cover any last minute guests.
We will include an electronic or paper proof of your invitation pieces. Please allow 5 to 10 days for book proofs. Pricing for proofs is determined by in-house or outside designer. Digital proof are generally $10 and hard paper proofs may be more depending on designer.
Due to the time and expense involved in the graphic design process, each proof fee includes only ONE revision—unless the mistake is on the designer. Therefore, please review all your content and the proofs very carefully as you will be asked to sign off on each approval.
Kerry & Co. 'in-house' custom designs include two proof revisions with our custom invitation package. Ask about our in-house design and printing options and services.
Photos, Artwork and Logos
We are always happy to incorporate personal photos, artwork and custom logos into your printed materials. We will assist you in developing, enhance or brand your entire event with printed pieces.
Photos and artwork should be high resolution and is determined by the size of the final piece. We are always happy to review any images to ensure reproduction quality and discuss alternative printing options.
Our in-house team will gladly work with you to create a unique logo or bespoke invitation set, programs, menu cards, custom gifts, seating posters, websites, print ads, photography services, and marketing materials or event signage.
Blank outer envelopes are included with every invitation order.
Inner envelopes, bellybands, lined envelopes, pocket envelopes, colored envelopes and return addressing are additional.
Extra inner and outer envelopes are available and we recommend you order extras based on the size of your order.
In addition, Kerry & Co. offers outer envelope address printing.
Production & Turn around Times
Invitation Sets: Once proofs are approved, please allow one to three weeks for printing and production. We will work with you to ensure your invitations meet your event schedule. Rush production and shipping are also an option but incur an additional fee.
Print Marketing & Websites: Varies based on project. We will let you know in advance the approximate time frame of completion based on the details and material needs for your project when we meet with you.
Day-of EVENT Stationery
Day-of stationery encompasses items like menu cards, place cards, hotel bags, table numbers, programs, seating charts, donation cards, favor tags, bar signage, chair signage and reserved signs. We have both Bespoke options and collection options so your selections match your the look and feel of your event and tie into your invitations. Pricing for Day-of items varies, and we have a minimum order of $250 for Day-of Stationery. Day-of Stationery must be booked at least 30 days prior to your event.
If shipping is requested, shipping cost is additional the client. Items must be paid in full prior to shipping.
Unless otherwise requested, all invitations will arrive unassembled. A finished sample may be included. However, assembly is generally simple and can be an exciting event all in itself! Some invitations will require more assembly than others (like attaching ribbons). Envelope liners may also need to be attached to the envelope. Assembly and mailing of your invitations is available for $50 per 25 invitations plus the cost of USPS postage. Please allow and additional week for in-house assembly and mail drop.
We can offer hand calligraphy contacts for the outer and inner invitation envelopes. Please allow two to three weeks for calligraphy.
Remember, we offer digital printing of your guests addresses on the outer mailing envelope, inner envelopes or ask us about our cost effective custom belly bands.
Mailing & Postage
Invitation postage varies on due to shape, orientation and weight of invitations. For example, unique sizes such as square invitations or invitations exceeding 1.0 oz will require additional postage to mail. All postage costs are not included in any of our estimates. We always recommend you have your assembled invitations weighed by the the post office that will be mailing your invitations prior to purchasing your stamps.