The custom invitation process is such a collaboration between client and artist. The client comes to me with a vision - something they can dream up, but haven't yet seen. Or they know they love our design style, and want a clean, custom illustration that defines them. We've talked about it before- what the custom process is, and how to determine what is special to you. But how do you know if they're right for you? 1. You have an idea. You don't have to be creative to collaborate on custom wedding invitations, just have an idea. Sometimes, our clients bring in nothing, and we just talk about what they want. It's my job to creative the visuals from our conversation. For our custom clients, we create a visual inspiration board to show them the direction we will go in. For this couple, we ended up creating so much more than invitations: their engagement party invitations, their custom website, and full set of custom china. More photos coming soon!
2. You can let go. My most successful invitation outcomes (client is happy/ created something truly reflecting of their style) are when the client is comfortable with me. They trust that I understand their sensibilities, and know I understand paper, ink, printing, and details.
3. You have a healthy invitation budget. Custom invitations do take a lot of time, whether it's researching a particular art style (we recently created a folk art inspired invitation) or getting an illustration just right. Once we did 15 different iterations of a monogram, until the S and P we just right!
Above is a preview of Marisa and Mike's Custom Wedding invitation for their Jamaican wedding earlier this year. We were excited to learn that Martha Stewart Weddings chose to feature their invitation in their Beach Wedding Gallery. Much more to show you, coming soon!