Wedding illustrations are created from sketch to final illustration based on you and your significant other, your wedding location, flowers, colors, pets, and font selections.
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CUSTOM WEDDING ILLUSTRATION QUESTIONS
I would like to work together, how do I book Chicks n Hens?
I am accepting wedding projects for 2020 and 2021! Fill out the form on this page, and I will email you a timing quote and the full wedding catalog with pricing. Spots are limited and fill fast!
How are custom illustrations created?
Custom wedding illustrations are created by me, and begin as a sketch in my notebook. Your design will be created based on your submitted questionnaire containing all of your event details including your wedding flowers, colors, font requests, outfit details, location details, etc.
How does the process for custom wedding illustrations work?
Initially, a design fee is purchased for the custom cards you would like. You will receive samples of your designs via email. You have the opportunity to make revisions to your design. After you approve your designs prints and/ or the digital files (if applicable) will be available for purchase.
If I see a design you created for a previous client I would like to reuse for my wedding, can I purchase prints or digital files of that exact design (or only change the illustration of the couple)?
I take pride in creating one-of-a-kind designs for each couple for their special day.
If there are certain elements or design characteristics you love from a previous design I am happy to incorporate that into your custom invitation design. Flowers, trees, colors, animals (excluding pets), fonts, etc. can all be incorporated into custom designs for you. However, people portraits, pet portraits, and location illustrations will never be reused for another project. If you are in love with a previous design I have created we can work together to create something with a similar vibe, but each wedding design will remain custom and unique.
Are the quoted times for custom invitations / designs guaranteed?
The quoted timing for each phase of the design process (design, revision, and production) are ROUGH ESTIMATES based on previous projects. Timing does vary from client to client. I recommend placing your order as soon as possible, and allowing a little extra time for each phase in the design process. (Guaranteed delivery dates are available with rush orders only.)
Are there rush orders available?
Rush orders are available in limited quantities (and spots fill quickly!). Adding a rush order fee is the only way to receive guaranteed delivery dates for custom wedding illustrations. If you are on a tight budget, but need your designs faster, I recommend being as specific as possible on your questionnaire to avoid revisions and going with digital files to print locally. Express shipping on prints is also always an option. Please let me know if you would like to upgrade to Express shipping, otherwise your package will ship Priority Mail automatically.
How are custom illustrations (and wedding invitations) priced?
Initially a design fee is purchased for the custom illustration. The design fee is a payment for the creation of your custom illustration, and also a placeholder for your project on my schedule. After you approve your design samples prints or the high resolution digital files (depending on the item you desire) are available for purchase.
Can we chat over the phone or meet in person if I am local?
I prefer to stick to email for correspondence, as it helps me keep a clear written record of all order details and design requests. Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can you address my envelopes?
Yes, I have several addressed envelope options available ranging from basic addressing in a coordinating font to colorful illustrated floral envelopes. Soon I'll be offering calligraphy on envelopes written by hand, as well.
What are the discounted bundle options for custom invitations packages?
If I am ordering multiple items is there a discount?
Yes! If you want to bundle several items but don't see the exact bundle listed as a discounted rate, please contact me to see if you are eligible for a discounted rate.
What kind of discounts do you offer, besides bundled discounts?
I offer 10% off printed invitations on orders above 150 prints. (This discount applies to the printing costs only.) I also offer 15% off design fees + printing or digital file fee costs to active members of the U.S. military (bride or groom). The military discount MUST be arranged prior to purchase, and does not apply to upgraded envelopes, rush orders, shipping, or address printing services. Offers cannot be combined with any other sales, discounts, or coupons. Only one discount valid per order. Additionally, I sometimes have sales and special discounts throughout the year which I typically post about on Instagram.
I am having a small wedding. Is there a print order minimum for my project?
To accommodate clients with a small guest list, the newest wedding invitation design format (folded format 2) will be available with a low print order minimum (15 printed invitations!). For standard invitations and folded (format 1) invitations there is a print order minimum of 50, which can be waived for a small order fee of $50.
What if I need some time to gather information before I return the questionnaire?
Feel free to take your time filling out the questionnaire. It is helpful to my design process if you can submit a fully completed questionnaire. However, I do ask that you return the questionniare within 60 days of purchase. Please contact me as soon as possible if you foresee any issues with this timeline.
Can I add on a map card, accommodations card, or a separate invitation for a secondary reception we are having?
Certainly! I am happy to provide a quote on any additional cards you may need. Please do note, if you decide to add cards onto your order at a later date, the timing and design process will start over for the additional cards. The timing for that card starts from the beginning of the quoted timeline. If you know you will need additional cards I recommend purchasing these with your initial order, or ASAP.
Can I request a certain font?
I will email you a list of popular fonts upon purchasing a design fee for custom wedding invitations. You are welcome to choose from those fonts, or any other font shown on my designs. If there is a certain font you would like for me to use, you can request the font by name, but I cannot guarantee I will have your particular font in my library. If you request a font I do not have, there will be a fee to purchase it or you can purchase the font and send me the files to use on your invitations.
Can I have my invitations written in a language other than English?
Yes. because these designs require additional time in design, text editing, and alignment there is a $25 setup fee for designs created in a language other than English.
Do you offer digital files (also known as printable files) so I can print on my own?
Yes, I offer high resolution digital files for a fee, with the exception of folded invitations and custom envelope liners. Digital files are flattened JPEGs and PDFs meant for printing, keepsakes, or personal use only.
I ordered digital files to print on my own (or locally) and I'm having trouble with printing. What can be done?
Digital files are a DIY option. Ordering digital files means you or your local print shop will be responsible for the entire printing process including printer settings, color matching, paper selection, document set up, and bleed requirements for the specific printer used, etc. Any of these items are beyond the services provided with digital file orders. I have spent years perfecting my printing process and paper selection to ensure prints from Chicks n Hens are perfect. If you have concerns about printing, paper quality, and / or the work involved with printing, cutting, and assembling your invitations on your own or through a third party I highly recommend ordering your prints from Chicks n Hens.
Can you work with my wedding (or event) planner, print shop, etc.?
I am more than happy to work with your wedding or event planner. However, when digital files are purchased, coordinating and communicating with other print shops is beyond the scope of the services provided. Digital files are a DIY option. You will need to coordinate and work with whatever print shop you choose.
How much is shipping for international wedding invitation orders?
Shipping for international wedding invitation orders starts at $40 USD. After your invitations are packaged and ready to ship, I can provide an exact quote on shipping, based on the exact weight of the package and the exact shipping address. At that time you can select a shipping method that best suits your timeline, such as Express shipping. Obviously, the slower the shipping method the cheaper the shipping costs. If shipping is more than $40 you will be invoiced for the difference. If shipping is less than $40 a refund will be sent through for the difference.
How are invitations from Chicks n Hens printed, cut, and assembled?
I personally handle every aspect of printing on one of my high-end professional printer in the Chicks n Hens studio. Printing in the Chicks n Hens studio allows me to have complete control over the color and quality of your prints. Print dimensions may vary slightly (by a smidge!), as each print is cut by hand. Remember, samples are available if you would like to see the print quality and feel the paper thickness before purchasing your prints! Also, remember colors can vary from computer to computer screen, and from the computer to the printer.
How are printed invitations packaged and shipped?
Your invitations will arrive in a secure box, sealed in plastic bags, surrounded by packing paper. Wedding invitations are always sent with tracking and insurance. All wedding invitation print orders over $300 will require a signature upon delivery. Please contact me if you would like to add or remove the signature requirement to your print order. (I highly recommend adding this service if you live in an apartment!)
How will my invitations arrive?
Standard printed invitations arrive assembled and ready to be stuffed into envelopes. Folded invitations arrive scored and folded, also ready to be stuffed into invitations. RSVP envelopes are left out of the assembled stack, this allows you to add return postage and a return address to your RSVP envelopes prior to stuffing all of your main envelopes.
What if I find an error on my invitations after they arrive?
Oh no! I never want this to happen, and do my best to make sure every design is perfect. Once you approve your designs and pay for your prints, I begin the printing phase. Designs are printed exactly as they look when you approve them. Any errors (spelling, grammatical, or design errors) discovered after printing will mean that you need to pay for the printing costs again, even if the error was my fault. Be sure to proofread and look over your designs very carefully before approving your design. I recommend having a second person look them over carefully, also. Unfortunately, I cannot offer free re-prints or refunds for printed wedding invitations.
What if I am not satisfied with the colors, print or paper quality after I receive my printed invitation sets?
If you would like to feel the paper and see the print quality prior to placing your order for prints samples are always available for purchase. You can even purchase a sample of your exact invitation design before purchasing all of your prints, so there won't be any surprises! Please remember colors can vary from computer to computer screen, and from the computer to the printer. There are no refunds on prints, and free reprints will not be offered.
What if I have an issue with the print quality after receiving my prints?
Years have gone into perfecting my printing process. In the rare event that an issue arises with print quality please contact me via email immediately with photos of any print or cutting issues. I can ship replacement prints on a case by case issue. However, refunds will not be provided.
What if I order printed invitations, and realize at a later date I am short a few?
There is a minimum print order of 50 prints for wedding invitations. I highly recommend ordering more invitations than your guest count requires, as you may have last minute guests pop up or want to keep a few as a keepsake. Due to scheduling, availability for additional print orders is not guaranteed beyond the initial print order.
What if my wedding is cancelled and I no longer need invitations?
I hope this never happens! Design fees also act as a placeholder for your project on my ever growing list of custom orders. Design fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable, even if you decide not to proceed with the design process for ANY reason.
What advice you would offer wedding clients?
Upgrade the envelopes from the free white envelopes and add custom liners if your budget allows. This is a relatively inexpensive way to make a huge statement on your invitations. Also, consider adding addressing services for your envelopes. This is a relatively inexpensive addition that will save you loads of time.
Fill out the form on this page to inquire about invitation and book your spot!