the design process

If you’ve been looking everywhere & can’t seem to find the perfect invitation for your wedding or event, let Papercake Designs create a unique design just for you! We work with clients across the country & around the world.

Check out the Q&A section if you have any other questions.  For a quote, go to the contact page [or send a direct email] noting the design you like best / or the ‘Bride’ or ‘Couples NAME’ on the sample. *basic non-custom design prices are listed in the portfolio section
 *NOTE: if you’re in the SF Bay Area, you can schedule an appointment in San Francisco for a FREE in-person consultation.

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GETTING STARTED

Choose one [or more] of your favorite designs from our portfolio -OR- to see & feel a sample first, along with a few paper swatches, purchase a pre-printed sample to be sent via snail-mail [select designs at Etsy Shop].

You can request to personalize any design style by changing the paper & ink colors [plus fonts] to match your theme by choosing from the custom options below:

choose your:
>> Cardstock: scroll through the available paper & envelope color swatches *note matte, texture or metallic finish

>> Ink colors: pantone or rgb

>> Fonts: look through our PDF font book *select 2 -4 fonts to try 

>> Wording: you’ll need to type out your invitation wording for each card: *check out the wording wizard via the knot

When you’re ready to get into our design schedule, purchase the custom order deposit listing via Etsy or send your deposit directly at Paypal.com. *This non-refundable $50 design fee will be applied to your invitation or stationery invoice.

NOTE: unique & custom graphic designs or monograms created NEW for your stationery suite will be an additional fee

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DESIGN & APPROVAL

Upon receipt of your design fee deposit, favorite invitation or stationery designs, wording & other custom options {paper & ink colors, fonts, etc.}, Papercake Designs will create a PDF mock-up of your invitation or stationery layout. Design can take up to 1 week (5 business days) from receipt of deposit & all details. You can make up to 4 rounds of revisions before final approval is required in writing, via email.

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PRODUCTION

All orders are CUSTOM & unique for your event. Designing, proofing, ordering paper & other supplies, printing, & assembly can take anywhere from 2-3 weeks for save the dates & 4 to 8 weeks for full invitation suites {depending on stationery complexity & quantity}. All paper & other supplies are purchased especially for each order and may require shipping time to the Papercake Designs studio. If you’re ordering early, you can request the date you want your invitations or stationery shipped. Envelopes can be shipped ahead of invitations if you plan on addressing them yourself, or Papercake Designs can ship them directly to your calligrapher on request!

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PAYMENT

After approval of the PDF mock-up, a 50% deposit is required, based on the estimated final balance of your invitation or stationery order. Papercake Designs will then mail you a sample of your unique invitation or stationery before starting final production {or send an image via email for approval, if necessary for tighter time frames}. Your balance due needs to be paid two {2} weeks prior to your delivery date.

Papercake Designs accepts payment thru Paypal [direct link], or you can send a check by mail {the address will be provided on your invoice}.

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