Your Artist for Your Big Day
Hire Allison, the artist, to paint your wedding invitation suite completely unique to your wedding.
Custom invitations are a completely personalized approach to your wedding invitations. These hand-painted wedding invitations are the first impression your guests will have of your wedding, so they set the tone for the entire event.
Finding inspiration for your custom invitations is easy. Consider the unique aspects of your wedding venue, or be inspired by the town where you are getting married. Inspiration can come from hobbies your partner and you share, or it can come from your wedding theme, the season or memories and experiences as a couple. Whatever your inspiration, Hand-Painted Weddings can bring it to life in an artistic, thoughtful manner that will be unlike anyone else’s wedding invitations.
“From our initial inquiry and through the entire process, she was attentive, adaptable, and timely. We ordered a full set of invitations, thank you’s, menus, and other wedding day stationary and were so impressed by the quality and detail of her work!”Erin
Fun and Reliable Custom Process
Below is the standard process of working with the artist on your custom designs.
First we will schedule a virtual meeting to discuss your wedding details and any inspiration you have collected while planning your wedding. Share Pinterest boards, inspiration images, color palettes, etc. with me. Consider your wedding venue or town where you are getting married for inspiration. This is a beautiful way to give a sneak peek to your guests of your big day.
If we are a good match to work together on your hand-painted invitation set, simply email me and let me know you are ready! I will send you a link to sign as well as a PayPal invoice for a 50% nonrefundable deposit. Please note that the deposit goes towards the final cost of your invitation set.
I have a fun worksheet for you to fill out where you pick your favorite fonts, colors, styles and write in your wedding day information for me to use in your designs.
Once your inspiration is collected and your worksheet filled out, I will begin sketching your 1-2 sketched concepts. The amount of sketches is based on how defined the look is from our initial chat. Your black and white sketch along with the text layout is the time to fall in love with the overall layout of your pieces. I will share the sketches with you via email for feedback. 1-3 rounds of sketch edits are completed during this time.
After the sketches are approved, I will start painting your final art. I will also add color to your designs. During this time you will compile and share your address list through Excel with me. I will send you an Excel template for your addresses
I will send you 1 to 3 pdf “proofs” to proofread to make sure your invitation sets are perfect. If the edits go past 3 pdf proofs, the additional costs will be $100-200 per extra proof. I will layout all of your envelopes for your approval.
Pay Balance and Print
After final approval, I will send you a PayPal invoice for the remaining balance. Your pieces are printed at a top-of-the-line professional printer on premium card stock. If you are interested in a sample invitation set to ensure the colors are as you expect, let me know.
Embellishments & Assembly
Specialty finishing such as letterpress, gold foil, hand calligraphy and handmade paper take an additional 2 weeks. If interested I will assemble your invitation sets, weigh, apply postage, and mail them for you ($1-2.50/each depending on amount and complexity of embellishments)—sending you a few extras as keepsakes.
Wedding Day Paper
Your invitations are complete, and now it’s time to think about your wedding day paper pieces such as ceremony programs, menus, place cards, etc. 50% of the wedding day paper cost is due at the start of the process with the balance due prior to shipment.
The normal timeline for custom design creation (deposit to delivery) averages at 10-12 weeks.
A Custom Pricing Experience
An example of the pricing for 100 custom invitation sets is below. Every custom project starts with a 50% deposit to hold your spot in Allison's calendar (only 10 spots/month). If you are interested in a different quantity than 100, please contact Allison for your custom welcome packet. The welcome packet also outlines the process of working together on custom designs in detail.
Basic Set | $814
100 Custom Invitations + 100 Custom RSVP Cards
Full Set | $1267
100 Custom Invitations + 100 Custom RSVP Cards + 100 Wedding Details Cards + Envelope Address Printing
Gratitude Set | $1553
100 Custom Invitations + 100 Custom RSVP Cards + 100 Wedding Details Cards + Envelope Address Printing + Custom Thank You Cards
The Hand-Painted Weddings Welcome Packet contains the pricing and process details of working together on custom designs. This 8-page pdf separates out a bunch of offerings and options for you to choose from. To receive your free welcome packet please fill out of the form on the contact page and include your estimated quantity and Allison will email you your custom welcome packet. CONTACT
Every Couple is Unique. Every Custom Invitation is Unique.
At Hand-Painted Weddings, every custom project is unique and gets the artist's special attention. Be ready to share your inspiration, color palette, and wedding details with Allison, who will use all of the information to create a unique design you will fall in love with. (Click on the design to read more)
The Beauty Continues into Your Wedding Day
Work with Allison on your ceremony programs, wedding menus, place cards, signature drink signs, table numbers, welcome bag cards, and more!
“She was so easy to work with for our wedding this summer and did an incredible job on our invitations, seating chart, thank you cards, menus and programs! She made everything looks cohesive and was so creative with our vision — really bringing it to life. She also responded promptly and her prices are very reasonable.”Katy
Allison only takes 10 custom clients a month in order to give full attention to each customer. First come, first served. Request your welcome packet or pay your deposit today to reserve your spot.
Hand-Painted Weddings is a premier wedding invitations studio located in Philadelphia, creating unique artistic keepsakes for couples around the world. The artist creates watercolor wedding invitations for couples interested in creative, personal wedding stationery including save-the-dates, wedding invitation suites, custom map illustrations, ceremony programs, wedding menus, place cards, signature drink signs, table numbers, favor tags, and thank you cards. Destination wedding invitations, venue invitations, and other artistic wedding invitations are Hand-Painted Weddings' specialty.