The AYLA View Process and Investment for Bespoke Invitations
Our goal is to create heirloom pieces for discerning & wildly-in-love couples, to preserve your memories into something you cherish until you’re old and grey, and to have a keepsake of the most important message you have shared with the most important people of your life.
In today's digital world, you ask, "Why should we invest on our invitations?" or “Can’t we just send e-vites?" Simple answer: Your wedding invitations announces your future bond, reminds you of one of the best days ever, and unites you as the unique couple that you are. After all is said and done, you *not-so-secretly* want something tactile that will take you back to THAT special party you most looked forward to and brought you crazy excitement as a couple.
With a background in graphic design, print production, and countless hours of calligraphy practice, we’re confident we’d be able to make your wedding stationery dreams come true. To ensure that we are providing the most exceptional service and full attention to details, we are currently able to accept 8–10 fully-custom invitation clients a year. We encourage you to please get in touch as early as 9 months prior to your wedding date if you are interested in bespoke invitation suites. We’d be honoured to work with you and be part of your life’s big event!
Wedding Paper Investment
As wedding paper varies from client to client, please fill out our Bespoke Stationery Form for a custom quote! With your budget in mind, we can make suggestions based on your stationery needs and what may work best for you as a couple. On average, our clients invest between 2500-5000 on bespoke wedding stationery, including day-of items and embellishments. Pricing varies depending on a few different factors: complexity of design, selection of paper or other materials, and print methods used. You may want to check out our Embellishments to see how we can assemble and complete your suites so they are ready to be sent to your guests when you receive them.
To ensure the highest quality of your invites, we do not provide print-ready digital files for custom suites. Having experience in the print production industry, we proudly offer in-house digital printing and letterpress services, and only outsource to trusted printers when necessary. We would love to take the invitation production load off of your shoulders as you’re busy enough with wedding planning!
Process & Timeline
Estimated turnaround time for Bespoke Suites is 8-10 weeks. Please allow communication time, shipping schedule, assembly and other events that may be included during the whole process.
Note: Wedding invitations are traditionally sent out 3 months before the event. Destination Save-the-Dates are likely sent out 8 months ahead to give your guests ample time to book time off work, arrange accommodations and travel schedule should they have to. Save-the-dates for local weddings are usually sent out 6 months ahead.
After reviewing the filled-out questionnaire, you will receive a detailed quote based on your invitation needs. Once you approve the quotation and sign the contract, a non-refundable 50% deposit is required before starting the design process. Wording for the stationery pieces will be totally up to you, but we will send you a form regarding the content of your invitation pieces as your guide. This is is due before we begin working on your wedding paper.
2. Inspiration (1 week)
After our initial conversation, we will put together a design mood board based on your stationery and calligraphy needs. This is where we collect and narrow down your palette, paper type and print method, and some wording. Once you’ve signed off on those elements, the fun part begins!
3. Illustration & Proofing (2–3 weeks)
Custom suites include three initial layout studies in pencil, one inked digital proposal of chosen layout, one inked digital revision (1st digital proof – to check spelling/grammar), and one digital proof in colour (2nd digital proof), and one final revision (3rd digital proof —if necessary — and final chance to triple-check everything). Additional rounds of revisions are 150 each and may add up to two weeks in production, depending on the design and schedule.
4. Print Production (1–4 weeks)
Once the final proof is approved, we then head on to production! For all orders, we provide a few rounds of digital proofs. Note: Due to the nature of letterpress and foil methods, please ensure you have checked the proofs diligently. For these methods, we will have to create plates to be used for the finished design. You are required to sign the final agreement at this time for approval on wording / spelling / ink colours / paper stock / etc.
5. Add Embellishments (2 weeks)
What better way to personalize your invitations than adding the final touches to them. We offer envelope addressing, ribbon/twine + vellum wrap assembly, and wax seals. Should you require assembly and embellishments, please allow a couple of weeks in your timeline as well prior to sending out your invites.
6. Shipping and Delivery.
We use Canada Post (Canadian addresses) or FedEx (Canadian - express, US and International addresses) for tracked and insured shipment on invitation suite and day-of-item orders. Please ensure that the address you are providing is correct to avoid delays or having your package returned to sender. We recommend providing us an address where you or someone you trust can sign for your invitation package. Unless otherwise discussed, a signature upon receipt is required. Shipping times may vary, see estimated standard delivery times below:
Estimated Standard Delivery Times
· Canada: 1 week
· USA: 2-3 weeks
· International: 3 weeks
If you have any questions regarding printing, paper, and ink, please let us know and we would gladly walk you through each method’s process.
Fine Art Digital
Fine art digital printing is a cost-efficient option for your wedding invitations. We recommend digital printing on our in-house 110# cotton stock or handmade paper to elevate your design. Digital printing usually takes 1-3* weeks from proof approval date.
We are proud to offer letterpress services in-house with our 110-year-young cast iron Chandler and Price beauty named Luna. Letterpress printing adds a lovely touch — pun intended — on your stationery. This is highly-recommended for those looking for a luxurious feel for their wedding paper as we create that deep impression on your stationery using our 220# cotton stock. A custom plate is created for each colour or design, ink is handmixed to match the chosen colours, and the plate is pressed on to the paper creating that pillowy impression. This method approximately takes 2-4* weeks from proof approval date.
Hot foil stamping does not use ink, but rather, uses film which is transferred onto paper through heat and custom plates. The final product results to having an elegant and regal feel. Foil is recommended on double-thick cotton stock, dark-coloured paper, or handmade paper. Hot foil printing takes approximately 3-4* weeks from proof approval date.
*Please note these are average times during off-season
All custom suites include complimentary Return Addressing. Envelope addressing must be purchased separately.
* when ordered with bespoke or semi-custom suites on in-house envelope stock
If you would like a more detailed pricing on this, please get in touch! Due to the handmade nature of calligraphy, letters and characters for the envelope addressing may not look exactly the same as each other. Each envelope is a work of art and must be appreciated as such.
*All prices listed are in Canadian Dollars.