Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between flat printing, letterpress, and foil stamping?
I offer three different types of printing: flat printing, letterpress, and foil stamping. I can also mix the printing techniques on the same paper or different printing techniques within an invitation suite.
Flat printing, also sometimes referred to as digital or offset printing, is a printing process where the ink lies flat on the paper. Letterpress is one of the oldest printing techniques and it is a process where the ink is pressed into the paper giving it a bit of a texture. Foil stamping is similar to letterpress, but in place of ink, a piece of foil is used.
What type of paper stock do you use?
All Paper & Parcel's invitations are printed on beautiful, heavy cotton papers. For flat printing, I use a 118# Cotton Paper in White or Ivory. Letterpress, foil stamping, or mixed are printed on your choice of a 110# or 220# cotton paper in White, Ivory, or Cream.
I also offer a variety of specialty and colored papers, please contact me for further details.
Is there a minimum number of invitations I have to order?
Yes, here is a list of Paper & Parcel's order minimums per printing technique:
Flat Printing: 25
Foil Stamping: 50
Custom Orders: A fully-custom invitation suite starts at $800
Can I order a digital file of your design that I can print myself?
No. Paper & Parcel does not sell printable versions of my invitation designs. I want to ensure that you are receiving the best possible printed versions of the designs, and the only way I can do that is to print the design for you.
Can you design a custom invitation for me?
Yes, absolutely! I’d love to design a custom invitation suite just for you. Please contact me for more details.
Can I customize the ink color(s) or change the fonts?
Yes, you can personalize the ink color(s) with your choice of color(s) from my ink palette.
If you do not see the color(s) you’re looking for, no worries, I can customize an ink color(s) just for you. Please send me a swatch, CMYK value, or number from the Pantone Uncoated Formula Guide of your desired color. Custom color(s) are free for flat printing and $65 per ink for letterpress invitations. Custom color matching is not available for foil stamping.
Yes, you can change the fonts. I have an extensive font collection that you can choose from (I will send you my font list during the design process), or I'd be happy to recommend fonts that work best with your desired design.
What is the turnaround time for invitation orders?
Paper & Parcel goes at your pace. Some couples work with me for months and others go through the process in a few weeks. I recommend the following while planning your time:
- Start the design process 2-6 months from your desired mailing date. I also encourage you to add additional time if the majority of your guests are out-of-town or you are having a destination wedding.
- The exact design time depends on how quickly we get through the design process -- usually this last about a week.
- Printing and production is about 7-14 business days -- exact production time varies according to the specifications of your order.
- Paper & Parcel prides itself in providing proofs and design changes quickly -- usually within 2-3 business days.
Do you ship internationally and offer international sizing options?
Yes! I love to work with clients from around the world, and I am happy to ship to your destination. Most international orders are shipped via USPS Express Mail or FedEx. Shipping fees and delivery time varies per country. Please contact me for more details about international shipping prices.
Yes. Paper & Parcel's paper and envelope dimensions are based on US standards, but I will work with you to make sure that your invitations and stationery meet the postal requirements of your country.