How are Couture samples priced?
Each aspect of a Couture invitation determined by a palette of choices offered to the Couture client. For example, the paper color, its thickness, the ink colors, the card edges—are just a few of the things that determine the price of a Couture invitation suite. To answer the burning question of, "how much?" quickly for you, a set of 100 suites of the sample are priced. The sample is the resulting cost per suite.
What is a "suite" of stationery or invitations?
The suite is everything that mails inside the envelope, which means that can vary. In our weddings section, and for our purposes, we gave an average price for the most common question, "how much does a four-piece suite cost?" The four pieces that make up the most commonly purchased suite are the invitation, mailing envelope, reply card and reply envelope. All the shown aspects of the suite are included in the price. If an inner envelope is shown with the suite, that has been accounted for in the pricing of the sample. If a reply card has not bee used by the client in the shown suite, for consistency a reply suite was included in the sample pricing.
How can I get a Couture invitation I like in my budget if the price per suite seems too high?
This is something we love to help with! To be up front, there are immovable costs to a certain level of qualtiy. In otherwords there is no way to pay for a Honda and drive off the lot with a Bentley. There are, however, ways to make an invitation feel more formal, more colorful, more elegant—without adding too much to the cost. Similarly, we can make suggestions of where to cut costs if the design you love has a suite price that is out of your budget. Pulling aspects of your invitation together to develop an estimate is the first part of every Couture consulation.
What if I need only a few invitations?
Our minimum run of anything is 10 pieces. To simplify this concept, the way specialty printing is priced is in two aspects, fixed costs and piece costs. Fixed cost, for example, is how long it takes to set up and break down a machine for your job, and the plates that have to be created to print each color of your job. Piece costs are the variable expenses that are determined by your quantity. Here's a little S.A.T moment for you. If your fixed costs are $100 for your printing plate and $100 for your machine time, and your piece cost is $1 per piece, your bill is for 10 pieces is $210. Using the same equasion, your bill for 100 pieces is $300. That is $21 per piece as compared to $3 per piece of the same product. Now you see how this works.
Can I return Couture samples?
Couture samples are non-refundable, however if you place your order within the 30 days following the date your samples are delivered, any samples you purchase will be credited to your Bell'INVITO Studio order. This offer is only good orders placed directly through the Bell'INVITO Studio and cannot be used with Partner stores.
Frequently Asked Questions about Couture and Digital Bespoke Invitations and Stationery
Couture Stationery is named as such in reference to its close similarity in process and final product to modern-day haute couture fashion. Haute Couture, a commonly misused term is reserved by the French government for couturiers who meet certain requirements which set them aside uniquely as a class of experts in their field who provide their product to a discerning patronage.
What makes a paper "Couture"?
For an invitation or stationery to be "Couture" it must posess three traits. First it has a high level of customization derived from consultations with the client or a client representative. Second, couture products have an applied expertise consistent with the values of the design house credited with the work. Third, due to the constraints in which the work is created, it bears the mark of the design house, typically subtly. When these three criteria are not met, the product would be accurately defined as personalized or custom.
Are Couture invitations and stationery more expensive than Digital Bespoke?
Yes. With Digital Bespoke, you are creating your own layout either with a design professional in one of our partner stores, or at home on your own. With a couture order, we will start with a custom estimate that takes every piece of your suite into consideration individually. Once considerable time has been spent on estimates, a team of designers will work to get you proofs and revisions until your design is perfect. This in addition to other personalized attention adds to the cost of the finished product.
How can I order Couture Invitations?
There are a few ways you can order Bell'INVITO Couture. Our intimate group of licensed Couture Partners are selected by a strick criteria. We have confidence you will love working with them. To find one in your area, look at our list of Couture Partners and make an appontment with the Partner in your area directly.
We are not able to service walk-ins at our studio, however you are welcome to visit with us by appointment in person or on facetime. Most clients are out of state. We welcome the use of facetime in conjunction with purchasing samples you may be interested in discussing. Sample purchases are credited toward your final Couture order. To make an appointment, call 214.741.1717 x 214.
How long does it take to print my invitations?
One thing we do very well is combine modern technology with old world craftsmanship. We have a lovely digital estimator where we plug in every choice you could possibly make and it shoots us out both a price and a timeline for your job. This means there are no questions, no haggling and no uncertainties. Barring something like a volcano holding up a beautiful Japanese paper shipment across the globe—which has happened only once, we will be on our quoted timeline or sooner.
Can I supply my own artwork?
Consistency is key when it comes to Bell’INVITO Couture. To keep our line consistently ours, the only artwork we allow to be provided are company logos and inherited family coat of arms. Specialty printing requires plates, so this artwork should exist in plates or vector formats to be used as-is, or we can quote converting it to the appropriate forma for your desired order.
What if I need help with wording?
Wording is one of the many services we do for you in Couture. One thing that sets up apart from our competitors is our approach to purity on the Couture label. We believe design and wording should be held at the same regard as the quality of the printing. For this reason, we politely refer orders where wording is non-compliant with our published etiquette standards to other printers. If you should want something we are unable to produce on our label, we are happy to help you find a specialty printing alternative.
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