My most commonly asked question, what is included in the price of wedding stationery?

What goes into the price of your wedding stationery? Some people may ask why does it “cost so much” for wedding invitations, it’s just a piece of paper. Friends, it is SO much more than paper. I’m a little biased being that I’m a stationery designer, but this same question could be asked of  florals, photography, food, etc. There is so much more that goes beyond just a pile of paper at the end of the day. I want to walk you through the custom invitation process to show you what is involved for both myself and my clients.

The Full Design Process

So when I have someone inquire about custom invitations, we chat about all the possible details they want to go into their wedding pieces. The print methods, the paper, the accessories, and so much more. We get to know each other and truly start to envision their big day and how these pieces are going to reflect who they are. I then walk them step-by-step through the design process to create the invitation of their dreams, put together design concepts, digital proofing boards for them to really see it come to life, and so much more. I’ve had many couples say that they did not expect the invitation process to be so much fun. And that is truly the best compliment for me.

The Client Experience

Saying I love my clients is a bit of an understatement. You have to realize that I work with my couples for sometimes 6-12 months. That’s a pretty long time. Over that time we get to know each other (and sometimes even the families!) and a friendship is formed. I am so proud and honored to say that I still stay in touch with some of my amazing couples from years and years ago. One of my business foundations is formed around the client experience. I truly believe that how you make your clients feel during this process is a reflection of you and your business. I love to spoil and surprise my clients, I really think it’s my love language to serve and make people feel loved. You can read a full blog post on my client experience, here.

Heather O'Brien Design | The Client Experience | Custom Wedding Stationery

The Communication

So remember how I said that sometimes I work with my couples for 6-12 months? Well there are lots of emails and phone calls that come along with it. When you hire me to create your pieces, you are also get personalized assistance to walk you through any and every question you may have, and in a timely manner. Whether that be how to word something, addressing etiquette, best paper choices, or color combinations.

Heather O'Brien Design | The Client Experience | Custom Wedding Stationery

The Actual Product

Ok so now let’s talk about the actual product you receive! On top of all the bonus items I’ve listed above, you’re obviously receiving the actual product you’ve contracted me for. I take pride in all of my work and products, as they’re a true reflection of me and my business. I use the highest quality papers, envelopes, print methods, and accessories. Each pieces is hand assembled, quality checked and assured, and beautifully packaged to be delivered directly to you.

The Education

With all of the amazing things listed above, you are also receiving special insight into the 10+ years of education I have in the design and wedding industry. I help you realize your vision and navigate through what will work well together and what won’t. Have questions about postage? I’ve got your back. Need to know how to address them for your guests? I’ve got that too. You can view my full Etiquette Series, here.

So, friends. I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again. It is SO much more than paper! You are paying for the full experience that helps make your wedding day complete and I am so honored to work with each and every one of my couples.


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