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Whether you know exactly what you are looking for or have a lot of different ideas, I am happy to work together to bring your vision to life! From start to finish, I’ll be there every step of the way to serve as your personal designer and creator. Let my background in printing and hands-on experience expertly guide you through all your options to create a unique, one-of-a-kind invitation. You choose the style, design, wording and paper, and we will deliver! Each piece is the printed, put together by hand and always made with love. Here’s an outline of what you can expect:

Initial Consultation, Your Vision

Bring your inspiration – photos of yoru dress, details of your venue, color scheme, a collection of things-you-like related to the big day or honoree. Feel free to send screenshots or web links in advance. We’ll meet at a mutually convenient location, where I can share samples of my past work with you, show you current paper samples, brainstorm, and discuss budget, size of your order, timeline and any other particulars. For those not local, we offer initial consultation alternatives by scheduling phone consultations, FaceTime or Skype.

Timing

Most of our initial consultations occur between 6 to 9 months before the special occasion date. Since lead times vary for different designs, we recommend that you give yourself enough time to decide on your style. For most custom invitations, the design process through receipt of your invitation order requires a minimum of 4 weeks lead time. Laser invitations slightly longer, please allow 6 weeks lead time. Invitation boxes take the longest to manufacture, please allow a minimum of 4 months lead time.

Proposal, Contract

Following our consultation, you will receive a proposal which will include a detailed price estimate. The pricing will depend on the complexity of your invitation design and the number of sets needed. Working from a budget helps and I can generally keep to any budget. Since everything is custom, each set will only include the items you need. Typically, each set includes the following: invitation, insert cards, response card, response card envelope with return address printed on the face of the envelope, and the outer mailing envelope with printed return address on back flap of envelope. By your request at no extra charge, envelopes can be adorned with stamps you have provided. Upon approval of the proposal, a formal contract will be sent to you.

Addressing, Outer Envelopes, and Place Cards

We utilize our in-house digital laser printer to print the guest addresses directly on the face of the outer mailing envelope and personalize your place cards. This way we can match the fonts and ink colors used on your invitation. You will need to provide your guest list and table arrangements using our spreadsheets provided.

Design & Proofing

Once the wording, fonts, artwork and style of your invitation has been chosen, we will begin the design phase. During the design phase, we will present you with proofs for you to review via email. Unlimited proofs and correspondences are included as we work together to create your desired look. If you decide to do a full stationary suite – seating cards, menus, favors, etc. – we’ll typically begin this process after the invitations have been approved to be used as a starting point.

Approval & Sign Off

Before printing begins, you will be emailed a final digital proof to review for grammar, spelling, punctuation and accuracy of information. Chic Creations is not responsible for any printed errors or typos that you have approved for print. Upon your approval and final signoff, we will begin to print. We’ll also finalize the number of items you’ll need printed and calculate the deposit due. With your approval on the contract and the final proof, your order moves to production.

Print & Production

Each piece will be printed and put together by hand. Depending upon the complexity of your order, it will be ready in 1 to 2 weeks. We will do our very best to accomodate your timeframe if scheduling allows. If necessary, there may be an additional fee for a rush service, which will be didscussed prior to placing the order.

Postage

All invitations suites will vary in the amount of postage they require depending on your paper selection, enclosures, size, etc. To get the exact cost, we highly recommend aking a final, fully assembled invitation set to the post office to be weighed before ordering stamps.

Payment

An initial deposit is due to get the design process started. This amount will go towards your final payment. A second deposit is due upon approval of the proofs and ordering of the paper. The final payment is due upon delivery. Payments can be made by PayPal, Visa Card, MasterCard, Discover Card, American Express, personal checks, or money orders.

Cancellations, Refunds or Exchanges

Due to the customized nature of our items, returns and exchanges are not accepted. If you dislike our e-proofs or the quality of our service BEFORE we print your order, and the paper has not been ordered, then you will be able to cancel your order. However, due to the fact that our designers have psent time on the design of your order, we cannot refund your initial deposit. If you are unhappy with your purchase for any reason upon delivery, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can resolve any issues or concerns.

Our Location

Chic Creations is located in Northern Bergen County New Jersey. At the moment, we do not have a walk-in retail store, but are willing to travel within the tri-state area to meet with you.

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