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Bespoke Wedding Stationery

With years of experencie and a money back, ‘no questions asked’ guarantee, we are confident we can design something special for you.

Our designers can not only produce a wedding invitation but a whole stationery range that is perfect for you and tailor made to suit your wedding. Nor do you have to get all of it designed at once. Feel free to email the designer and ask for a new item whenever you want. View some of their recent bespoke designs in our blog and view our designers work in our ‘off-the-rack’ template gallery. 

'Off-the-rack' Customisation

'Off-the-rack' Customisation

US$20

If you don’t want to use our online customiser yourself, we’ll modify the invitation, plus any (or all) of the elements within that design set for you for a fixed fee of US$20*.

*Our standard template fees will also apply.

Bespoke Custom Design

Bespoke Custom Design

US$75 per hour

We will design whatever you like based on the brief that you give. The complexity of what is required influences the length of time it will take to design the elements. A design of moderate complexity usually takes 3 -4 hours to complete.

Guarantee

Guarantee

If, at the end of the design process, our designers are unable to come up with a design that you love, we’ll refund the design fee in full. No questions asked.

Setting the Brief

To do the best possible job, we have to get inside your head and learn what you think makes for a perfect wedding invitation.

To help you write a clear brief, browse the tabs below. It’s important that you have a clear idea of what you want and are able to communicate that to us clearly. When you are ready to commission a design, complete the form below.

Format

 

Different designs lead themselves to different formats and you need to let us know from the beginning what format you want. It is abit like briefing an architect, they need to know how many bedrooms you’ll be wanted before thay can suggest some designs. We have designed invites in postcard, gate fold, standard cards, concertina folds and bookmark formats in the past. Letterpress is also another option. Anything is possible but be aware that format style will also effect how much each invite will cost to print.

Common Formats

Postcard Format
Gatefold Format
Concertina Format
Folded Card Format

Theme

This is very important and provides a unifying style to your wedding stationery. A theme can be anything your like, it’s totally your call but it’s usually best to focus on one idea than to combine multiple ideas. Common themes include:

Location:

Maybe you are getting married somewhere special and want that incorporated into your invitations? Beaches and gardens are popular themes but churches, restaurants, island get-aways and mum and dad’s backyard can also provide inspiration.

Typography:

Some people don’t want any pictures at all, preferring that the type itself forms the backbone of the design. Fine by us.

Personal Interests:

Love kittens? Can’t get enough of rugby? Got a soft spot for orchids? Why not incorporate the things you love into your wedding invite? We know, it sounds lame, but you’ll be surprised how effective these designs can be.

Romance:

For those who like it straight from the heart. Contemporary or classic – we can design an invitation that oozes romance.

Tone

After theme, this is the second most important thing to consider.

Formal or informal?

And by formal, are we talking ‘black tie’ or ‘contemporary glam’? By informal do you mean ‘cute and fun’ (maybe a cartoon?) or simply ‘easy going and casual’? Let us know what you imagine your perfect wedding to be and we can help set that tone from the start.

Text

To reinforce the tone of your invite, the text should follow the visual style and our designer will do their best to choose a font that does this but feel free to name one (or two). As for what the invite says, well that should help reinforce the tone too. Formal, informal, funny or heartfelt? Sometimes it is nice to incorporate quotes on your invite.

Visit our INVITATION WORDING PAGE for examples of how to word an invitation.

Colours

Many people want their invite to match their bridesmaid’s dresses and flowers – be sure to let us know what that colour is but to be bound by an exact match. Often a colour that works well as a dress just doesn’t work as well on an invite. Sometimes it makes more sense to choose from a family of colours instead. For example, a pale lemon dress may work beautifully but pale lemon typography on a white card is just difficult to read.

Also black and white, sepia and pastels can also all look fantastic. Hmmm, decisions, decisions. Gold and silver can be printed, but this requires additional plates and film and therefore is relatively expensive. See the “special effects” tabs for more advice on the feasibility of printing unusual colours.

View our colour chart on the  DESIGN ADVICE PAGE to help you write your brief.

Budget

This follows on from format. It is a good idea to talk to our designers of how how much printing prices vary from one style to the next. The postcard format is popular and budget friendly, letterpress is beautiful but pricey. We don’t want to design something outside your budget. It’s smart to consider how much you want to spend at the beginning to avoid a budget blow-out at the end.

Special Effects

Unique or unorthodox folds, die cuts, special inks, gold or silver foils, embossing and silky laminates – the sky is the limit and we have experience designing all of these. Just be aware that these processes are relatively expensive, especially on small print runs like wedding invites (any print run under 200 is small by printing standards). The reason is that such designs require the production of printer’s plates which costs around $300. It doesn’t matter if the subsequent print run is for 20 or 20,000 items.

Laser Cut

This technique is exactly as the name implies and involves using a laser to cut designs into the paper, achieving extremely intricate and beautiful results. Unlike other printing methods there is no discount for larger volumes. This is because the machine is priced per minute and cutting a hundred invites takes a hundred times longer than cutting one and consequently costs a hundred times more.

 

 


Letterpress

These days letterpress has seen a revival, especially for wedding invitations. The process requires a high degree of craftsmanship but in the right hands letterpress can really bring out the beauty and texture in paper and produce an invitation that smacks of timeless sophistication.

Letterpress excels at reproducing fine typography and line work in one or two colours. It is not suitable for printing photographs or full colour designs. Because the printing process presses the ink into the paper, the result is an “emboss-like” effect which means  letterpress invites can only be printed on one side.


 Thermographic

Thermography printing is a special process using powder and heat on ink to create a unique raised effect. Like letterpress, this technique will only work in single colours and therefore isn’t suitable for photographs. Shapes and text however can look stunning in glossy black on clean white card. Anyone say stylish?

 

 


Wooden

This printing method used the same laser cutting machine as the laser cut invites above. the only difference is that the laser only etches the design into the wood. In addition to the cost of using the machine, there is the addition cost of the wood. Other materials can also be etched using a laser including plastic, glass, leather and metal.

 

 


Embossing

Embossing requires the manufacturing of plates that are used to press an image or text into paper. The picture above is of a ‘blind emboss’ as no ink was used. The effect is subtle and sophisticated but not suitable for small letters which would be difficult to read if embossed.

 

 

Elements

Be sure to let the designer know what elements you will need from the start. Maybe your wedding stationery will consist solely of the invitation but maybe you will need a whole suite designed. Options include RSVP cards and enclosure cards with extra information (like accommodation, transport or gift registry information). On the day items may include seating charts, place cards, menus or favour tags. It is also common to send a thank you card to your guests when you return from your honeymoon. What ever your requirements, it helps if we know them from the start.

Presentation

Presentation is not just about envelopes. Often it is the finishing touches – a bow of ribbon, some glittering confetti – that makes all the difference. What about a ‘message in a bottle’? Let us know your thoughts on how you want your invitation finished.

Meet Our Designers

Our designers –  Dean and Debbie have been in the graphic design field for over 20 years between them and have worked in some of New Zealand’s top advertising agencies. They have the expertise to produce a quality design and the skill sets to do it quickly and efficiently.

Dean

The founder of Ink Collective, Dean has an eye for detail.

Dean has worked in  number of ad agencies in New Zealand as a graphic designer. He is well versed on all the latest software and printing methods as well as the latest design trends in the wedding invitation arena. He studied design at AUT but also has considerable experience as a writer – at one time travelling the world writing guide books for Lonely Planet.

Skills

Graphic Design
90%
Typography
80%
Illustration
60%

Debbie

Debbie has a passion for design and a flair for colour.

Debbie also studied design at AUT and loves playing with colours and typography – looking for that perfect combination. Mother of two, she finds designing wedding invitations are a perfect outlet for her creativity and the flexible hours help her maintain the order in the house. She also enjoys illustration and all kinds of arts and crafts.

Skills

Graphic Design
80%
Typography
70%
Illustration
90%

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