Step 1: GETTING STARTED & CAPABILITIES
Please contact Paper & Parcel to get started. The custom design process begins with an initial consultation – whether in person, via email, or over the phone. You are welcome to email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the form on the contact page to set up an appointment. During the consultation, I would love to find out more about you –likes and dislikes – and the details of your event. Bring images, ideas, fabric swatches, tears from magazine, a vintage piece of jewelry – whatever inspires you! At that time I'd also like to know which stationery or packaging items you are considering ordering, estimated quantity, and desired printing technique.
Once I know the details, I will send you an email with a proposal of service and an estimate for the total cost of your order. When you are ready to order, just let me know. A 50% payment of the overall total – less any sample purchase(s) – is due at that time through a Paypal invoice. After you have approved the final proof, the remaining 50% will be due before printing occurs.
Paper & Parcel offers a wide range of printing capabilities to fit within your budget including flat, letterpress, engraving, thermography, embossing, lithography, laser cutting and etching, die-cutting, and foil stamping. I love creating invitations, maps, programs, favor tags, welcome baskets, personalized favors, cocktail napkins and much, much more!
Step 2: DESIGN
Once Paper & Parcel has received your initial payment, I will get to work creating your order to your exact specifications. Paper & Parcel will email you with a PDF proof(s) of 2-3 designs concepts within 5-7 business day. These initial designs are an opportuntity for you to provide feedback and choose which elements you like best. I will then update and make changes to the design accordingly and send you another proof(s) for you to make revisions. A final proof will be sent for you to approve any last changes. Additional revisions afterward are $50 per proof.
Step 3: SIGN OFF
Before printing and assembly, you will be sent a final proof by email for your approval. Review and confirm that every detail is perfect: the layout, spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Please double and triple check the proof. I highly recommend having at least one or two other people review the proof besides you. Once you have approved the final proof, Paper & Parcel is not responsible for any misspellings or incorrect information.
Step 4: PRODUCTION
After you have approved the final proof, your order will be sent to print. No further changes are allowed after this point without an additional fee. Processing time varies according to the specification of the order as well as printing technique and can take between 2-8 weeks. An approximate timeframe for production will be outlined in your proposal of service.
Step 5: DELIVERY
Domestic orders are shipped USPS Priority Mail within 2-8 weeks after you have signed-off on the final proof. USPS Priority Mail delivery time is 2-3 business days. Orders above $500 enjoy complementary shipping via USPS Priority Mail. All orders include a tracking number. Expedited shipping is available upon request and additional fees will apply.
International orders are shipped via USPS Express Mail within 2-8 weeks after you have signed-off on the final proof. Shipping fees and delivery time varies per country. Delivery confirmation and/or a tracking number is usually NOT available on orders outside the United States; however, a tracking number is available for certain countries such as Australia, Canada, and the UK. Please contact Paper & Parcel for more details.
For custom designs, I recommend starting the process at least 6 to 8 months from your desired mailing date. More time is always better. Remember to add time if you are sending your envelopes to a calligrapher. For weddings, we encourage you to add additional time especially if the majority of your guests are from out-of-town or you are having a destination wedding.