The Process

Winter Paper Co. specializes in creating customized wedding invitations.  We can accommodate a wide variety of sizes, styles, colors and printing options.  We professionally print, and craft in-house, giving you a professional, but handmade product.  

You'll want to fill out our inquiry form to get an accurate quote.  The steps below will guide you through that form, but be warned - it's a lot of information!  If you're a visual person, you should probably download our ordering guide HERE.

Step 1:  Know your Quantity Needs

Remember when you're mailing wedding invitations, that you send them to households.  That typically means only one invitation is needed per couple or family living under the same roof.​​​​  We provide invitations in quantities of 5, and you'll always want a few extra in case of envelope addressing mishaps.

Step 2:  Select a Package

You'll select artwork that we've already created, and we'll update the names, dates, timing & locations.  Select custom envelope colors and we will print and cut all the pieces.  You'll still need to assemble the suites, stuff into envelopes & mail your invitations.

If you chose this option, skip to the next section!

This is our full service option.  Not only will we create the customized artwork, but we'll print, cut & assemble all the pieces.  Typically, customers who select this option have us print guest addresses, stuff, seal & mail their invitations as well.

All remaining steps apply to this package only.

ENVELOPES

We have hundreds of envelope colors, styles, and shapes available to fit your needs.  We also have the ability to custom craft envelopes if your design calls for an alternative option.

PAPER SELECTION

Reich Savoy 120 lb. cardstock is our basic printing option.  We also have textured paper, cotton, and double thick options, as well as the ability to print on any color cardstock we source.  

EMBELLISHMENTS

Adding a custom invitation wrap, envelope liner, wax seal, or invitation jacket adds that finishing touch to your wedding stationery.  We customize all these pieces to your suite.

LETTERPRESS

Luxurious, vintage, lovely letterpress. Letterpress invitations feature de-bossed artwork in any Pantone ink color.

EMBOSSING

We can take our art, and turn it into rubber stamps!  From there, we can stamp & emboss artwork onto your envelopes & invitations.

WHITE INK

If you're selecting darker printing stock, white ink is always a fun accent. We can print on any paper products, including envelopes.

FOILING

If you want bling, we can easily create artwork which is printed using metallic foiling.  Various colors offered in this style.

CMYK DIGITAL

This is your basic laser jet printing option, giving you vivid coloring.  This printing works best on white & ivory card stocks.

ACRYLIC

Acrylic can be printed with laser etching or white ink, for a modern twist on an invitation.  Additional postage is always needed for this.

Step 5: Send us some Inspiration!

We believe that graphic design is a form of art, and therefore, everything we create is original, and features our own hand drawn artwork or painting.   We don't plagiarize art, so please know that what we create for you will be different from what you send us.  We'll use your ideas as inspiration to create your ideal personalized wedding stationery.  We only need 2-3 invitation ideas to get started, and that should include not only a suite you really love, but also fonts you're drawn to.  Our font library is already large, but if there is a font that you want to use, and we do not have it, we can purchase it for your use, and it will be added to your final total.

The wording on your invitations is just as important as the artwork!  The words should tell guests what to expect, but they should also speak to your personalities as well.  Get as creative as you want!  This helps us with formatting right up front.  Use the link HERE, if you need some help with creative word-smithing.

Quote & Contract

A contract is required to lock in any of our design services.  Once the contract is signed and retainer is paid (50% down for custom artwork, 25% down for semi-custom), we'll begin our work!  We do not order any custom materials at this time - this is simply a retainer to get locked into our design schedule.

Drafts & Final Approval

ROUGH DRAFT

This only applies to custom stationery clients.  We typically start with a line drawing.  We'll send a few options to choose from, and we'll get your input on our designs - feel free to draw on it (red pen is best), bring more images to the table if necessary - this is our starting point.  We will take that feedback and begin your first draft.  Word-smiting is also taken into account here.

Each draft typically takes 48 business hours, for text only edits.  Reformatting & custom art can take up to 2 weeks to complete or edit.  Please build this into your planning timeline.

CUSTOM STATIONERY - FIRST DRAFT

Creating custom elements (painting, drawing, etc.) & editing to get us a more polished looking piece.

SEMI-CUSTOM STATIONERY - FIRST DRAFT

Semi-custom stationery clients will start here - we're editing existing designs with the information you provided us in our semi-custom stationery questionnaire.  This is the first time you'll get a draft from us.

DRAFTS 2 & 3

Following the first draft, you will have up to two more rounds of edits.  We simply ask that you take the time to give us honest and detailed feedback during each round of editing.  If you need a Draft 4+, we charge $5 per each additional update (removing a hyphen, changing spelling or capitalization - each $5).

It is your responsibility to spell check closely the event dates & times, and give us all your changes at one time to avoid additional fees.  We always suggest having another set of eyes look at your stationery each round - it's easier for someone outside of the project to quickly notice things which need updating!

PRINT APPROVAL

Once you tell us your artwork is approved to print, we will send a print approval form for one final review.  Upon approval of that form, your art is off to the printer, and we will not be able to make any updates after that point in time.

Printing, Cutting & Assembly

The timing listed below relates to invitation suite only, so we strongly suggest starting early with any additional paper products you might be interested in (programs, thank you notes, etc.).  Based on the package you choose, here are the timelines once you approve final artwork:

FULL SERVICE
LETTERPRESS, FOILING, ACRYLIC & EMBOSSING

3-4 Weeks for Printing

1 Week for Cutting, Assembly, adding Postage and Mailing

FULL SERVICE
WHITE INK & CMYK DIGITAL

1 Week for Printing

1 Week for Cutting, Assembly, adding Postage and Mailing

SEMI-CUSTOM
ALL PRINTING STYLES LISTED TO THE LEFT

See Letterpress, Foiling, Acrylic, Embossing, White Ink & CMYK Digital for estimated printing times

These are immediately mailed to you, not assembled, upon receipt of all items ordered for your suite.

Shipping

We ship all completed invitations priority mail through the US Postal Service.  Please note, mail from Montana does typically take longer than your typical USPS timing.  We will always provide a tracking number, but we are not responsible for shipping times.

Assembly, Postage & Mailing

Once you receive your invitations, it's time to get them assembled and into the mail!  We do not provide postage, but can give you guidance on what your postage rates might be, and also where to source the stamps.  We also have videos on how to assemble, stuff & seal your invitations.

If you've ordered custom invitations, we'll handle the addressing, stuffing, sealing, postage & hand cancelling.