Our Process

01Choose your favorite

Choose the wedding suite that makes your heart sing. Our collection is fully customizable to translate your unique story and style into a meaningful, treasured design.


02Consultation

We will schedule a 20-minute phone consultation to discuss the details and learn more about your love story to help us craft an intentional design, unique to you. We approach each collection order with fresh creativity and enthusiasm.


03Ordering & Agreement

Next, we will direct you to our online order form where you will solidify your wording, colors, quantities, and note the special details you would like to include in your stationery suite. Once we receive your completed order form, August Blume will send you an agreement requiring an (electronic) autograph and a $350 non-refundable deposit that is credited towards your final invoice, as well as an estimate & timeline for the entire project.


04Proof Approval

After we carefully tailor and typeset your suite, we will send the electronic proofs your inbox 5-7 business days after we receive your order form, deposit and signed agreement. From there, we await your feedback before making any revisions. Collection items include 2 rounds of revisions, and additional edits are available at $50 each. Please allow approximately 2 weeks for proof approval. Upon final proof approval, the remainder of your balance is due prior to printing.


05Printing & Delivery

Now we send your order to production! During this time, we are happy to assist in coordinating calligraphy services for your envelopes. Your invitations will be shipped to you, or assembled and mailed on your behalf, on or before the date specified in your contract. Please allow 6 weeks for production.


 

Frequently Asked Questions

Exactly how “custom” will my semi-custom collection invitation be?

Did you and your beau meet on the golf course? Was your first date the two of you chatting over coffee and closing down Starbucks? These seemingly small, but greatly important, details are what we love at August Blume. Through the ordering process and our phone consultation, we take the opportunity to get to know you, your story, and many of the unique details of your relationship – and thoughtfully craft them into a wedding suite just for you. Maybe we sneak in an illustration of golf clubs on the shoulder of your envelopes, or possibly the pattern on the liners includes a tiny pair of coffee beans. We approach each Collection order with fresh creativity and enthusiasm, and can’t wait to get started with you!


Do accept custom design requests?

August Blume accepts a very small number of custom design clients each year. If you are interested in a from-scratch design, please inquire early.


How long will my order take?

The design and editing phase for Collection items takes anywhere from 1 – 4 weeks, depending on how quickly the client responds back with edits. Please allow 5 weeks for production on letterpressed items, and 3 weeks for flat printing. Additional time is required for assembly services.


Do you offer rush services?

Yes, we can accommodate most rush timelines. Rush fees vary depending on the timing and complexity of the project.


Will you proofread my text?

No. August Blume is not responsible for misspellings or typographical errors. Your proofs will be sent for your approval electronically – we will not send any files to print prior to final approval.


Can you color match to my favorite nail polish / bridesmaid dress / paint color?

Yes, of course! The possibilities are endless. We can match, as closely as possible, to your desired color. Please send us an uncoated Pantone color, fabric swatch, paint chip, or even your favorite polish. For digitally printed items, it can be difficult to get a perfect match – we will do our best to match your color as closely as possible, but color matches cannot be guaranteed.

Can I print my invitations myself?

We have hand-selected our printers and know they are the best in the business. Our commitment to best-in-class quality, the perfect paper selection, and a classic letterpress impression means we put our hands on every order that leaves the studio. We’re proud of the quality of our work and can’t wait share it with you! Therefore, August Blume does not sell digital invitation files.





Do you ship internationally?

We are happy to ship internationally and will provide an estimate when applicable. If you are an international client, please note that you will be responsible for all duties and taxes.


What is your return policy?

All customized products are final sale. Refunds will not be granted for color differences between online proofs and the printed product, or spelling/grammatical errors.

Postage & Mailing

When should I mail my save the dates?

Save the dates are generally mailed 5-10 months prior to the wedding date. 5-7 months is suggested for weddings with few out-of-town guests. 7-10 is suggested for weddings with many traveling guests or destination weddings.

What is hand canceling?

Hand canceling is when the post office hand stamps a seal over the postage as opposed to running the envelope through an additional machine. At times, your local post office may do this for you – but be sure to bring something as a peace offering and to say thank you. August Blume highly recommends hand canceling to ensure your invitations arrive in the best condition possible.

How much postage will my invitations require?

August Blume provides a postage estimate for each project, but please note that this is only an estimate. Always confirm the final amount with your local post office from where you plan to mail.

Do you offer custom postage stamps?

Yes! We can create stamps that coordinate with your design for a $75 fee. You can order your postage directly through Zazzle or August Blume can order on your behalf for a $35 fee.

Where can I find vintage stamps?

Right here! Vintage postage is one of our favorite things. A curated set of stamps always sets your envelope apart in the mailbox. Our vintage stamp-sourcing fee is $125 and will give you several options to choose from to perfectly compliment your stationery. The client purchases the stamps directly from the postage vendor.

Etiquette

Stuffing your invitations

Wedding invitations are assembled in size order. The largest piece – the invitation – is the bottom layer. If your suite includes enclosures (reply card and envelope, map, directions card) they are stacked on top of the invitation, printed side up, in size order with the smallest on top. The reply card is always tucked underneath the flap of the reply envelope.

The invitation is inserted into the inner envelope left edge first, with the enclosures placed on top. When the envelope flap is opened, the guest should see the printed side of the invitation & enclosures. You know you’ve stuffed them correctly if the invitation can be read without being turned, after being removed from the envelope with the right hand.

The inner envelope is then inserted into the outer envelope so when the envelope flap is lifted, the names of the guests are visible.


Monograms

Here in the South, we love a good monogram! Reserve your married monogram for all the post-ceremony events. Reveal it on your menus, cocktail napkins and other day-of items. All monograms used prior to the wedding should include first initials only.


Reply Card Envelopes

It is customary to stamp your reply envelopes before stuffing your invitations. This will help ensure your guests can easily mail their replies.


Inner Envelopes

Years ago when mail was delivered on foot, it tended to arrive quite dirty and soiled. Double envelopes ensured the invitation and its envelope arrived clean and undamaged to the guests. There are still benefits to using an inner envelope today, including offering an extra layer of protection in the mail. The inner envelope allows more room for detailing which of your guests is invited – with or without children, and with or without a guest.


Invitation Wording

We love combining traditional invitation wording with a truly unique design. A great place to add more personalization and a splash of fun copy is on the reply card. Below are samples of traditional invitation wording for reference.

Traditional wording for a wedding being held in a house of worship:

Mr. and Mrs. Robert James Murray
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Emily Elizabeth
Mr. John Thomas Demsey
Saturday, the sixteenth of June
Two thousand fourteen
at six o’clock in the evening
First Presbyterian Church
Nashville, Tennessee

Continue the British use of “favour of your reply” on your reply card when also using “honour” on the invitation.

If your wedding ceremony is not being held in a house of worship, use the following template as your guide:

Mr. and Mrs. Robert James Murray
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Emily Elizabeth
to
Mr. John Thomas Demsey
Saturday, the sixteenth of June
Two thousand fourteen
at six o’clock in the evening
Belle Meade Plantation
Nashville, Tennessee

Traditionally, the address on the outer envelope and the reply envelope belongs to those hosting the wedding, often the parents of the bride. The reply date for your guests is usually one month before the wedding date, but this can be changed to accommodate the bride and groom’s needs.

If you have a unique hosting situation please send us the details and we can discuss the best way to word you perfect wedding invitation.


Reception Cards

Reception cards are used when ceremony and reception locations are different. Reception cards should include the time, place and if necessary, address, of the venue. Wording can include, “dinner and dancing to follow,” or, “join us for cocktails and dancing.” This insert card is a fun place to add another layer of design to your suite.

letterpress reply card lettering
gold foil reply card
wedding program with ribbon