WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR ORDERING WEDDING INVITATIONS?
Great question! We have outlined the process for you here. The process for custom invitations & semi-custom is basically the same – the custom invitations just involve a little more custom art, time, and brainstorming with each revision!
WHEN SHOULD I START WORKING ON MY SAVE THE DATES OR INVITATIONS?
It’s always good to start a few weeks before you want everything in your hands as design and production do take a little time. For save the dates, we would recommend beginning six weeks to a month out, and for invitations, we would recommend closer to eight weeks out from the date you want them in your possession.
I WOULD LIKE TO MEET IN PERSON. WHEN SHOULD I SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION?
An hour of in-person consultation is complimentary prior to booking Dodeline for your wedding paper. We recommend coming in roughly ten months before your wedding if you want to do save the dates and roughly six months before if you just need invitations (however, if your timeline is different – that’s okay!). Because pricing and availability of materials may change, as well as the details of your event such as time, colors etc., it’s best to come in a little closer to the Big Day than with other vendors. Once you’re ready to schedule an appointment, drop us a line.
I’M READY TO GET STARTED. WHAT DO I DO NEXT?
You will send in a 50% deposit either via check or call with a credit card payment (843.860.8308). Then, we’ll work together to figure out your wording and design plan.
WHAT IS THE LEAD TIME ONCE I APPROVE MY ORDER?
Depending on the time of year and the complexity of your order, we would ask that you plan for two to four weeks of production time. Sometimes it’s quicker and sometimes it’s a little longer (think laser cut gates), but we always do our very best to get them done as quickly and beautifully as possible.
CAN YOU RUSH ORDERS?
Absolutely! We will do our best to get orders done sooner when possible. Applicable rush fees may apply, and keep in mind that on a rush timeline you may have fewer options of envelope color, etc. That said, there’s no time like the present, so go ahead and drop us a line to get the ball rolling!
WHERE DO I APPROVE A PROOF?
HOW DO WE PROVIDE OUR ADDRESSES TO YOU?
Always in Excel, please! Find guidelines and a sample sheet here.
DO INVITATIONS COME ASSEMBLED? IS POSTAGE INCLUDED?
Unless we have discussed assembly for your order, everything will arrive ready for you to stuff, stamp, and mail. We highly recommend that you have the final suite weighed at your local post office before purchasing postage.
Printing & Design
WHAT TYPES OF PRINTING ARE AVAILABLE?
We offer letterpress, flat printing (“digital”), offset, thermography, and foil. Visit our pricing page to find out a little bit more about each type of printing.
WHAT FONTS, PAPERS, ETC. ARE AVAILABLE?
Review our design guide found here for a ton of options. For our custom clients, the options are almost infinite. We’ll work through them together!
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SEMI-CUSTOM AND CUSTOM?
If you don’t have a design fee on your order, you likely picked a design we already had available either in our custom gallery or ready to order suites. You will have two revisions complimentary to change ink color, envelope color, wording, and/or font. No other customization is available for semi-custom.
For custom clients, you’ll see a $75 design fee and your order likely includes some type of custom artwork – maps, crests, etc. Two revisions to the custom artwork are also included. Additional revisions are $25/each for both semi-custom and custom.
CAN I SEE SAMPLES BEFORE ORDERING?
Yes, you can order off-the-shelf samples of specific designs in our shop. You can also request a free sample set. Once we have begun working together, we will be able to provide a personalized sample as well. One is complimentary as part of the design process, but keep in mind that personalized letterpress samples do have an additional setup cost. A flat printed sample is included at no charge. If you’re local or visiting Charleston anytime soon, email us to schedule an appointment to come in and see all the samples you could ever want!
Please note that it is the client’s responsibility to request a sample when ready for it. Samples are done before proof approval. Depending on the complexity of your suite & how many pieces are involved, a sample could have a lead time of a week or two or even a little more depending on backorders, so some clients opt to skip that depending on their timeline. Please plan accordingly.
CAN YOU PRINT GUEST ADDRESSES?
Absolutely! Just be sure to use our template found here.
IS CALLIGRAPHY AVAILABLE?
Of course. We have several wonderful calligraphers and we will match you up with the option that best suits your needs, budget, and timeline.
Budget & Payment
HOW MUCH OF MY WEDDING BUDGET SHOULD GO TO PAPER?
A good rule of thumb is 5% of your wedding budget should go towards paper. Remember that paper may be more than just the save the dates and invitations – if you are having a seated dinner, for example, you will probably need escort cards and possibly place cards.
HOW MUCH DO INVITATIONS COST?
We’ve gone through this question in depth here.
WHAT TYPES OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?
We prefer payments by check, but we also accept all major credit cards.
DO YOU OFFER A DISCOUNT FOR MULTIPLE ORDERS?
For each $500 you spend on wedding stationery with Dodeline, you will “earn” 20 complimentary personalized thank you notes. Find out more about that here.
Wording, Etiquette, Etc.
WHAT SHOULD MY INVITATION SAY? WHAT IS ALL THIS CRAZY ETIQUETTE?
Check out our Etiquette page for more details.
CAN YOU DO OTHER ITEMS, LIKE PROGRAMS AND ESCORT CARDS?
Most definitely! During wedding season, you will find us buried in pretty signage, programs, menus, and more. Just let us know what you need and we have you covered. Read more about these services here.
WHAT SHOULD A WEDDING PROGRAM INCLUDE? WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS?
Please check out our handy-dandy wedding program guide.
DO YOU OFFER SAMPLES OR PERKS FOR WEDDING PLANNERS?
Yes, please visit our Wedding Planners page for more information.