Hello Tenfold Wedding Invitations

The Hello Tenfold Invitation Process Explained

Our Work, Tips and AdviceEllie SnowComment

One of the first things couples want to know is, "How does it work?" Today I'm going to walk you through a typical wedding invitation order from start to finish. This describes our Collection process, which means a couple chooses a design from our Collection to customize with their papers, fonts, colors, and printing methods. (A post on the Custom invitation process yet to come)!

Most couples begin by looking at our designs online. Though we have a small studio in downtown Durham, North Carolina (open by appointment), it's easiest to view design options directly online. You can see Collection designs, envelope liner options, font choices, ink choices, learn about printing methods, and see pricing directly on our website (just click on the design you like best!).

After shopping online a bit, couples usually reach out to us via our inquiry form. We respond within one business day with a customized quote tailored to you, and answer any questions you may have, especially surrounding time frames.

Local couples may want to set up an appointment to see designs in person before placing an order. Most of our couples are not local, so you can order a sample pack online. We're proud of the quality of our printing and papers, and think it's important for you to see a thing before you purchase!

Once a couple is ready to get started, we set up a contract to sign online. There is a 50% deposit due up front, which holds your spot on our calendar. We'll send you a template to use for guest addresses, if you are ordering envelope printing.

When you're ready, you'll send your wording (and color and font choices, etc) via email. Some layout changes are available at no additional cost, and some layout changes may come with design fees.

The proofing begins! Within 1-3 business days of receiving your wording, we'll email a proof. You'll respond with questions and/or edits, and we'll follow up with 1-2 more proofs (2 more for printed items, 1 more for PDF items).

Once you're completely happy with your invitation proofs, we'll send you a form to sign online, approving your proofs for printing and choosing your shipping method. We'll send a final invoice. The countdown begins!

Your flat printed items will be shipped 2 weeks after we receive your sign-off form. Letterpress takes 3-4 weeks, and foil stamping takes 4-5 weeks. Occasionally, we'll need extra time if your order requires a lot of assembly after printing (but we'll let you know up front if that's the case!).

We receive your order in our studio, complete any assembly required, and box it for shipment. We'll be in touch with a tracking number as soon as it's available.

Your invitations arrive, and it starts to feel real! You'll stamp, seal, assemble your invitations, and take them to the post office before mailing.

Ready to get started? Take a look at the collection and drop us a note!

Why hiring a small stationery studio for your wedding invitations is worth it

Tips and AdviceEllie SnowComment

These days, there are a million options for wedding stationery: style, budget, printing method... but you also have a lot of options for where to purchase your wedding stationery. Here are five reasons you should choose a small stationery studio for your wedding invitations.

1. You’ll be working directly with a professional.
Once you’ve chosen the right vendor (more on that later!) you’ll be able to ask your burning questions about etiquette, what information you need to include, and what works best with your budget. Instead of googling it and reading through a ton of contradictory articles and forums, you’ll just ask! You’ll rest easy knowing you have someone on your team with an eye for design, typography, and years of experience creating wedding invitations, specifically. Your wedding stationer can make suggestions like what fonts work best with the formality of your event, or what color scheme works best with the invitation you chose and the time of year you’re getting married.

2. You’ll have a second set of (real, not virtual!) eyes on your project.
A professional stationer can make suggestions for wording and etiquette, catch those spelling errors everyone else missed, and help prevent pitfalls like ordering one invitation per guest instead of per household. They can make suggestions for condensing a three page word document into something that is more manageable for a detail card, or help you weigh the pros and cons of different printing methods. Since they’ve worked on a ton of weddings, they know what’s standard, and how to gracefully handle any tricky situations.

3. Great customer service means less stress.
When you are planning a wedding, there are so many things to think about. I have heard many couples say, “it’s just a big party!” And then come all the logistics, the vendors, arguments over the guest list, and the million tiny details that only you (and, if you’re lucky, your wedding planner) will remember to think about. When you work with a small stationery company, you are likely working with someone one-on-one from the beginning. Customer service is a number one priority at Hello Tenfold — we’re going to respond to your emails/calls quickly, make edits quickly, and stay on top of your project like it’s the only one we’ve got. The feedback we get from clients that makes me proudest is, “you made it so easy!” (And, if there’s an issue with printing, paper, or anything else, your stationer will handle all of that behind the scenes before you lay eyes on your paper goods; a good stationer is like a wedding planner, but for paper!)

4. Your invitations will “look just like you.”
If you’re working with a small studio on custom invitations, your stationer will want all the wedding details, your story, your personalities, and more, to make sure that your invitations are a reflection of the wedding you’re planning, as well as you as a couple. Instead of being simply trendy, your invitations will be a timeless keepsake, reflective of you. The process can also be just like you; a small stationery studio can do a video call if you prefer that to email, or tailor a project’s schedule to something that is uniquely comfortable for you.

5. You’ll end up with invitations that accurately set the tone for your event.
A professional stationer can look at a pinterest board filled with dresses, flowers, and table settings and know how to translate that into invitations. You’ll have stationery that lets guests know what to expect, and hopefully gets them excited to attend, too! If you aren’t sure which design is best for your event, a stationer can help with that, too. It’s like hiring a personal shopper, for paper.

Bonus reason: You'll be supporting a small business. Here are a few reasons why that's important.

Ready to get started? Check out our collection, see some of our custom invitations, and order your samples today!