What to know!
I will always keep your art files and be able to reprint in case of rescheduling. The Pandemic has caused wide-spread paper, envelope and workforce shortages. Due to the major influx of weddings right now, it's best to order early. Our industry has been hit hard, so there is no rush service available and things are just taking longer! Please keep this in mind when you start your planning process.
What is your turnaround time?
Within the United States: 3-5 weeks + 2-4 business days for shipping
International: 3 weeks + 6-10 business days for shipping. Due to Covid, I am not taking on any international orders at the moment.
When should I order my invitations?
Your wedding invitations should be received by your guests two months prior to your wedding, earlier for destination weddings. I email you proofs within 24 hours of your deposit purchase and receiving your wording, printing your custom invitations can take 3-5 full weeks. Always build in buffer time especially with the current pandemic and the toll it has taken on paper supplies and manufacturing. Avoid ordering and shipping over the December holidays. Expect longer turnaround time during December.
Do you offer samples?
Yes-- you are welcome to purchase a sample packet from my shop. I always send your favorite two designs and all of my paper options. Samples are pre-printed from previous weddings. Please let me know if you are looking for specific colors so that I can include them. Order samples here.
Can I order items other than invitations?
Yes, I can design matching guest books, photo albums, menus, programs, hand fans, escort cards, thank you cards, gift tags, and wedding signage .
Can I order envelopes as well?
Yes. my standard "in stock" envelopes include shimmery ivory, silver, soft metallic gold, navy, etc. I can special order envelopes in any color, but there may be a surcharge as I do not buy special colors in bulk.
Do you offer envelope printing?
Yes, I do. I can print your return address on the back flap of the invitation and save the date envelopes and on the front of the reply envelopes. I can also do individual guest addressing. I will email you an excel spreadsheet for you to input your guest names and addresses. Download my excel spreadsheet to use if you are ordering printed guest addresses.
Can I order pocket folders?
I can produce pocket folders in any color under the rainbow in matte or shimmer stock. They are stunning!
Can I order more invitations later?
Yes-- but please know there are set-up charges involved and it will be much more expensive than ordering extras upfront. Please take into account for last-minute guests, incorrect addresses, keepsakes for families, and a sample set for your photographer to shoot on your wedding day. You should order 10-15 extras.
Can I order more than one version of an item?
Yes-- if you need multiple versions of invitations (day vs night) or reply cards (A list vs B list), just let me know. The second version is always discounted.
Can I put a QR code on my invitation?
Yes-- but seriously, they are insanely hideous and ruin the look of your precious invitations.
Can you print gold, rose gold or silver foil?
Yes for sure! Please inquire about what is available and for a custom quote. Foil can be a bit complicated and may not work with all designs, but I have a few different options for pricing based on the different papers I have. Printing foil does add another week or so to your turnaround time.
Square or round corners on my invitations?
All designs printed on the Museum Board come with square corner trimming only. The paper is just too thick for rounding. Square or rounded corners can be trimmed on all other paper stocks.
What type of printing do you do?
Invitations print on a gigantic off-set Heidelberg printing press. Our printing presses use vegetable oil-based inks and recycled papers from certified sustainable production systems so you can feel better about reducing your carbon footprint. Envelopes, table cards, and escort cards are digitally printed as each piece requires individual data. My guests are made by hand and are casebound with a velvety cover.
Please note, colors very from paper to paper. My paper stocks all have different fibers and the same invitations can look different on each paper stock. The postcard paper tends to print brighter, the matte, softer. Morever, samples you have received may have been printed at different times under different conditions. Some may be brighter because that client asked for them to be brighter or perhaps they were printed on a different paper. I do not print with Pantone inks which are perfectly matched to specific shades. I print with a mix of cyan, magenta, yellow and black. Therefore, colors can vary from invitation to invitation.
WHY SHOULD I ORDER FROM GILDED SWAN?
Unlike many of the giant online retailers, you are guaranteed a personalized service with one person dedicated to your order. And because of my undying love for the art of the letter and all things printed, I pour my heart into every design. It is my sincerest goal to deliver a truly unique piece of stationery that clients can send to their family and friends.
PERSONALIZATION AND DESIGN
Can I modify the wording?
Yes! Your custom proofs will be emailed within 24 hours of submitting your own custom wording.
Can you match my wedding colors?
I am a color addict and love coordinating my designs for your wedding palette. Submitting a digital swatch or mood board with your order helps me greatly. However, please confirm before you place your order to make sure your color vision will work with whichever design you choose. Extensive color revisions may incur added design fees.
Can I get a fully custom, from scratch invitation design?
So sorry, I do not take on custom design work. What you see in my shop is what I have to offer. Of course, I can modify them for you. If you would like every petal and leaf hand-tinted to your specification, I am sorry, I may not be able to accommodate that for you. But I can alter the colors to go with the general look and feel of your mood board. But hand-painting each and every petal is a bit out of scope.
How does proofing work?
Once you pay your $100 deposit and submit your wording, you will receive your pdf proofs via email within 24 hours. Three rounds of revisions are included in the price. After that, each round of revisions will be billed at $20 each.
Can you print information on the back of my invitation?
No. It is not customary for any information to be printed on the back, ever. While I am one of the only stationers to utilize the backside for color and design, I do not print any pertinent information on the back. Your guests will not turn over your invitation to see RSVP or website details. Moreover, putting this information on the back does give one the impression of extreme thriftiness on the part of the sender.
Do you sell digital versions of your designs?
I only offer printed stationery. To find out more about the pitfalls of digital invitation and print-your-own stationery, please click here.
Can I change fonts?
If there is something you do not like about a font, please let me know. Because all of my designs are aesthetically attached to certain time periods, I spend hours researching appropriate fonts and fitting type to each design. Changing fonts is not always recommended and may incur a design fee. I do not download free fonts from the internet. Many of those fonts are only suitable for online use and were not developed to print properly. Please browse my shop to view my font offerings if you do not care for a certain font in your chosen design.
Can I use your designs for non-wedding events?
By all means, yes.
SHIPPING & DELIVERY
Where and how do you ship?
I ship worldwide. Due to the Covid crisis, I am only shipping within the United States. You are 100% responsible for tracking your own invitations once I send you the tracking number. I have never lost a package with USPS, FedEx or UPS. Some shipments are sent to Parcel lockers or held at the post office if the carrier does not feel it is safe to leave the shipment on your doorstep. If your package does not arrive by the estimated arrival date, I can help track the package. If you wait weeks to tell me, I cannot. You are 100% responsible for tracking your own invitation packages.
Will my invitations come assembled?
All invitations and envelopes are packed and shipped flat. They will be wrapped in plastic and bubble wrap to avoid moisture. The fun part for you is assembling them!
Help, I found an error on my printed invitations.
Your invitations will print exactly shown as you have approved on your proofs. If you find an error or something has changed on your day, then we can definitely reprint at a reduced fee.
Can I cancel or amend my proofs after I approved them?
Once you have officially approved your order, it goes into production. Depending on the stage, it may or may not be amended or canceled.
If your custom proofs have been delivered and you decide to change the design to something different prior to printing, then a change fee will be charged. Fee is based on how much work I have put into your designs. It can range from $25 - $150.
Do you accept returns?
Due to the custom nature of designing and printing invitations, I do not accept returns. Order samples! I will happily reprint at discounted rates if you discover grammatical errors or detail changes etc.
Because most of my designs are based on the 1880's - 1930's I tend to look a "vintage" look. I use original illustrations that are 100 years old and they do have imperfections and have a weathered look. Moreover, my guest books are hand made and the binding may have a slight crease on the ends. If you are looking for perfection, I might not be your gal. I love vintage and all that comes with it!