How Ordering Bespoke Online Works
How Ordering Bespoke Online Works
The starting price you see in cludes all your set-up costs, plus the first 25 invitation suites.
The initial price includes your set up costs for one round of printing. Be sure to order enough. We only print what you order. If your quantity is "1" you will get 25 full invitation suites. If your quantity is 2 or more, you will get 25 plus that quantity.
If you need more invitations after your proofs have been approved to print, a significant portion of the set-up work must be repeated. Additional suite pricing is 85% of the initial base order price (for the first 25), plus the price of the additional quantity needed. In fine printing, it is always better to order a few more than to re-order after production has begun.
MADE BY HAND
THE DESIGN PHASE starts every order. Our designers send your full suite in an emailed PDF called 'Proof Set 1'.
If you orderd a monogram, it is illustrated by hand. Expect a first proof set for complicated designs that involve hand-illustration 7 business days after the order has been placed. If your design involves only text or a font monogram, your proof arrives in 2 business days.
Hand-illustration timelines can only be rushed on a case-by-case basis. Your designer will be in contact with you via email the first business day following your order. Once your order is placed, we are here for you on phone, email, or video chat throughout the whole design process. Artwork changes take 4 business days. Text changes take only one.
Once your artwork is approved, we start printing—and your production timeline begins!
Why is this more expensive than websites like Minted or Paperless Post?
While we have digital capabilities, we are not digital (flat) printing specialitsts. Our studio employs highy specialized craftsmen and women to create a very specific kind of textured printed product. Brecause of the cost and time it takes to produce this craft, is not offered on large websites like Minted, Shutterfly, and Paperless Post. While our website is limited, we offer many of the same additional serices at a concierge-level and welcome you to enjoy them.
What is Specialty Printing?
In short, specialty printing employs print methods that create a tell-tale texture as a result of the processes. A printing plate (think metal with your design etched into it) is used for every color individually to create both an impression and a color transfer. Unlike digital printing, which is flat, specialty printing produces a wow-factor like nothing else. There is no toner used in specialty printing. Inks are hand-mixed like paint and poured or smeared onto a place in a vintage press that will transfer the ink in a specialized way that requires skilled artisans.
What does Bell'INVITO do that is different than other fine printers?
For each Bell'INVITO online bespoke or custom order, a lead designer trained in etiquette and social situation management begins checking the details of your order and preparing your production layouts. There is no automated aspect of our specialty printing process. No one touches your job that is not intimately familiar with professional design software, the nuances of specialty printing (not everything your designer creates can be produced with plates), and wording for well-communicated social experience. That's a lofty trifecta. We can't tell you how valuabe it is for our clients (most of whom are completely new to specialty printing) to have an ally with all three skills.
You will love the Bell’INVITO difference and its mark of distinction. The wow you get back from each recipient of a note on your Bell’INVITO stationery, an elegant Bell’INVITO gift, or a coveted Bell’INVITO invitation is different than any other. Specialty printing is simply very special. Were honored to have earned the discintion in our industry of doing this difficult task very well.
I'm in! Now What?
Once you've placed your order, your designer creates PDF of each piece to approve or revise. Your order comes with unlimited free text revisions, however no prodution begins until all items are approved. Each revision, no matter how small, can potentially take up to 2 business days to get back to you for approval. We do not accept any approvals with the request for an additional revision. You will need to see and approve one last perfect proof set before we will begin printing your order.
Upon your approval, plate-making artists, master craftsmen, and quality control specialists meet for a download from your designer. Their goal is to get to know a little something about you and your order so they can tailor it to your style. Afterwards, each expert takes off creating their aspect of your order. Once the elements touched by each expert come together, the magic is applied to every subsequent piece of your custom creation.
How does pricing work?
Initial efforts to create art, make each plate, and set up a different machine for each color, edge treatment, and cut of your bespoke order are how the "base price" is achieved. It takes a certain amount of design hours, materials, and labor to create the first small batch or so of client-worthy pieces. This is why your initial order begins with a quantity of 25. Labor and materials of each subsequent piece is how the "per-piece" price is found.
Once your setups, artwork, and dies are created, each additional piece only requires the labor and materials for that piece. This is what for an order of 25 items, your calculated cost-per-piece is much higher than the same order with 300 items.
What's the benefit of digital printing?
These order are executed the fastest. We still queue up your order to our super-savvy digital machines manually to ensure quality. Fine cotton papers are finicky and require some extra TLC when printed digitally. Less expensive papers like the 'premium' papers large onine printers offer are not 100% cotton, or simply don't have the same quality as our semi-cottons. We choose to use the finest materials when our brand is associalted so you have confidence with every order. Digital does not offer shiny metalics, but you can get multi-colored printing without the specilaty printing prices.
What is letterpress?
Letterpress orders require a polymer printing plate. To offer you the best turnaround times, those plates are made as soon as your approval is received. As in all letterpress printing, each color is applied by a different plate, one at a time.
The first impression requires testing and re-testing to reach the right shade and placement. Next, a quality control check is completed and the machine is thoroughly washed down. If you have a second color, your second clean plate is applied to the press and the process begins again with a new setup and a second round of stamping your colored impression onto each card by hand. Letterpress requires a thick, pasty ink that does not trensfer metallic color well, especialy on cotton paper. If you want an letterpress-style impression but with a metallic glint, you'll need to upgrade to foil stamping.
What is foil stamping?
Foil stamping orders require a copper printing plate. Soe printers use other, less-expentive metals, but these breakdown and don't give a great impression. We opt for copper so your quality is on point. Plates are made as soon as your approval is received. As in all foil stamping, each color is applied by a different plate, one at a time.
This first impression also requires aligning to reach to right coverage and placement. Afterwards, a quality control check is completed. If you have a second color, your second plate is applied to the press and the process begins again with a new setup and a second round of stamping. Foils can be matte or shiny, but since they are not inks, the assortment, although vast, is limited to what is available from the foil companies. Foil leaves a smooth impression that is mosty opaque, depending on the foil.
What is engraving?
In traditional fashion, engraved printing (known in the industry as 'die stamping') begins with a set of engraved copper plates with counters (the 'back plate' made of a different material). Once plates are etched and ready (after your design approval) the first plate (or 'die') is mounted to the press. Next, the machine is set up by a master craftsman for printing. The first ink color is poured into the vintage press fountain. As the ink flows it is monitored and tested by the craftsman for consistency before the printing can begin. Once perfected, each card is hand-fed for an unmistakably elegant raised-color print. Your quantity is completed, with a few extras for good measure, and the machine is thoroughly washed down. If you have a second color, your second clean plate is applied to a freshly cleaned press. The fountain is refilled with the new color, the set up is reconfigured, and the artist spends time perfectly aligning your next round of color impressions to the first round they have already applied.
How is quality checked?
Once printing production is complete, envelope liners (if chosen) are die cut and applied into your envelopes by hand. As a final step, a quality control specialist (fresh set of eyes!) counts each order, and second specialist confirms the count and records the details of your order for our records next to their name in case there are questions. Your order is carefully wrapped and packaged for shipping.
What if I want something different?
Any request for customization is welcome, however these orders do incur additional costs. While small changes may be accommodated through a small extra cost in the revision phase of your online order, a total customization must be estimated with our Custom Order Pricing Tool.
Custom Orders begin with an appointment that covers the cost of the designer's time to create and estimate something unique for you. These orders require a 50% deposit on an approved estimate before any design begins. Expect pricing that starts at least 20% higher than a comparable online product. Anything is possible! We're happy to help you brainstorm to find the right fit for your event and budget either in-person or on a video chat.