With Art by Ellie, you can be as involved or as DIY as you'd like. In addition to custom design and printing, we can provide envelope printing, hand-addressing, calligraphy, assembly, and/or mailing services for our invitations so you never have to lift a finger, or we can ship you all the materials you'll need to assemble, stuff, address, and mail everything yourself.
Save-the-dates are typically sent out 4-6 months before the wedding. Mailing save-the-dates as far in advance as 9 months is acceptable, especially for destination or international weddings.
Wedding invitations are typically sent out 8 weeks before the wedding. Mailing invitations as early as 12 weeks before the wedding does happen, though it is rare. Adversely, mailing invitations just 4-6 weeks before the wedding can be acceptable if the guest list is very small, family-only, or mostly local.
Art by Ellie is unable to accept wedding invitation orders within 14 weeks of the wedding date; it simply does not leave us enough time to provide the level of service we require for our orders.
Wedding program information
(Wedding day paper)
After the invitations have gone out, we can shift our focus to your wedding day paper. We'll send you a wedding program wording template you can review with your officiant and type in your order of service and wedding party, so you're sure not to miss anything. Paper goods for the day of the wedding — programs, menus, escort cards and/or place cards, signage, favor tags, etc. — will need to go to press about 2-3 weeks before the wedding.
do i need to live in the dallas-fort worth area for us to work together?
Not at all — we work with clients all over the U.S. and even around the world!
what is the best way to contact art by ellie?
E-mail is the quickest and best way to reach us with questions or concerns, and our preferred method of communication. If you would like to schedule a phone appointment or virtual meeting, send us an e-mail first by contacting us here and we can set up a time.
How much do custom wedding invitations cost?
In short, costs vary widely depending on printing style (letterpress, foil, or flat), quantity, style of envelopes, etc. Please contact us for pricing info, and note that sales tax will be added for Texas-based clients.
How long does the design/printing process take?
We recommend booking a minimum of 4 months before your wedding. Art by Ellie is unable to accept wedding invitation orders within 14 weeks of the wedding date; it simply does not leave us enough time to provide the level of service we require for our orders. Once you officially place your order with a signed contract and deposit, we will add your project to our design production schedule, which typically fills about 2-3 weeks in advance. Design time will vary depending on how many rounds of revisions are needed and how quickly we communicate (typically this process can range from 1-3 weeks or more and the more decisive you are, the faster it moves). From the time you approve the final design for print, it typically takes less than two weeks for you to have the order in your hands (the timeline is a bit longer for letterpress and foil printing).
We do not typically hold in-person consultations. Of course you may have questions (or you may just want to feel like you're dealing with an actual human, which we totally understand)... in which case, we can set a time for a phone appointment or virtual meeting. Most of our clients find all their questions answered after talking with us via phone. If you have design ideas or inspiration photos you'd like us to see, you can definitely email those to us and we can discuss them during our phone appointment. Once you have booked with us, if you happen to be local to DFW and would like to have an in-person meeting to discuss your wording, timeline, and/or design details, we are happy to (this is a great time to include moms or wedding planners in the conversation as well, to ensure everyone is on the same page).
what kind of paper do you use?
Our standard paper stock for flat (digital offset) printing is 110# white uncoated cover. Additionally, we also offer (at no additional charge) 110# uncoated ivory cover, 110# pearlescent ice cover, 110# ivory linen cover, or 110# white linen cover. Our standard stock for letterpress orders is 118# Reich Savoy cotton stock in natural white (a lovely uncoated matte slightly off-white stock). You can order samples from us, completely free, here.
what kind of envelopes do you use?
Our envelope colors/styles/options are ordered on a per-project basis - the options are endless!
Will I see the invitations before they go to print?
Of course; you are involved with proofing your invitations every step of the way. We work with you to get a feel for your event style and then we begin working on your first round of design proofs. The first e-mail will usually contain a few concepts and then we'll go from there, making changes until it’s perfect, and we don't send anything to print until we receive your final approval.
what if I want to see an actual sample of my invitation?
A hard-copy, printed sample of your invitation can be ordered for a nominal fee after you have approved the artwork but before we go to print with your full order.
Booking & payment information
A link to our contract will be sent to you with your pricing info, so you can read the few policies we have. There is a 50% deposit required to place your order, along with your contract submission. Once received, we will add your project to our design production schedule, which typically fills about 2-3 weeks in advance. Your remaining balance is due at the time you approve your order to go to print.
Final pickup information
Your order will be shipped at cost via insured, trackable USPS mail.
Who is Ellie?
My name is actually Laura, and I'm the Owner & Creative Director at Art by Ellie. My first two initials are L.E., which phonetically sounds like “Ellie.” I don’t mind if you call me Ellie or Laura. You can learn a little more about me and the rest of the Art by Ellie team here.
Let us know if you have any other questions we can help with by using the form on our Contact page, or just say hello – we can't wait to work with you!