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Custom Hand Painted Invitations (What is involved)

Custom Hand Painted Invitations,

a behind the scenes look

at the process involved.



In this blogpost I will be sharing the process of custom hand painted invitations. We will be looking at what it takes to work with a designer on creating a completely original design and all the steps involved throughout the entire process.

As a bonus right at the bottom, I’ve throw in some tips on How to Throw a Wedding Your Guests will Always Remember.


When you’re looking for custom hand painted invitations it is though you are making a designer couture dress. Rather than buying an affordable ready made dress for about $50 – $100, you want an Alexander McQueen dress that is completely custom made for your body and designed specifically for you.


Custom hand painted invitations are the same as that couture designer dress, or even compared to your wedding dress, your hand painted wedding invitations are designed for you and in close communication with you. It is by no means cheap to work with a designer, because you are paying an actual individual “human being” and working alongside him/her to craft a coherent design specifically for you.


Guess what?  There will be a lot of back and forth and a lot of time spent, communicating throughout the creative process and tweaking artwork.


Here below is a final invitation design, featuring the hand painted wedding invitations and inserts all wrapped up in an invitation wrap and sealed with wax.


I will explain, step by step through this article, how I worked with a client to end with this design below.


Custom Hand Painted Invitations completed invitations with decorative invitation wraps and wax seals



To make something special for you will take a lot of skill, hard work and dedication and it is equally as exciting to watch unfold.




In this article, I will show you, exactly how I go through this process, step by step.


  • Inspiration
  • Timing
  • Artwork
  • Production




Custom Hand Painted Invitations- Inspiration


Below for the very first stage of the custom hand painted invitations process, a inspiration moodboard is first of all sent to the client to loosely show the direction the design will take on, based on some directives that has been provided. Next, I create 3 design concepts with the (below) colour scheme in mind.


Custom Hand Painted Wedding Invitations colours



Inspiration and visual images theme – Neutral, white, with accents of burgundy.

  • Clean lines and crisp feeling of traditional cotton paper invitation
  • Navy and burgundy touches – this can be easily incorporated onto the envelope liner as well as throughout the suite if required.
  • Blend of clean/modern and romantic/embellished



Custom Hand Painted Wedding Invitations - inspiration Mood Board
Artwork images courtesy of Design House of Moira.



I focused on developing some watercolours, with some dark berries for an accent. The artwork took me almost two weeks to develop.

Below you can see the first 3 design proposals that were presented to the client.


Normally, the way I work is to create real physical invitations, rather than digital mock ups to present to the client, see an example of what I mean here.


Yet, unfortunately with this case, we just didn’t have time for me to actually produce final items, so I have to focus on presenting the design concepts in a digital format.



The designs below are all in the rough stage and the calligraphy was just a suggestion as to placement and by no means a final version of what the real calligraphy, which was meant to be in gold, not black,  would look like.


Custom Hand Painted Wedding Invitations- Design suite one


Custom Hand Painted Wedding Invitations- Design Proposal two




Custom Hand Painted Wedding Invitations- Design proposal three




Custom Hand Painted Wedding Invitations- Design Proposal three details



The client liked the concept of the invitation card from Design Suite one and the envelope liner and rsvp card from Design Suite two. Moving forward, I created another design concept. The new design concept below showed more navy blues in the rsvp card, larger text on the invitation and more filling the gaps at the two top corners.



Custom Hand Painted Wedding Invitations- design revisions



The client wanted to see:

  • RSVP CARD less baby blues and more navy blue berries.
  • INVITATION CARD larger text on the invitation and more filling the gaps for the two top corners.
  • RECEPTION CARD due to so much text being on the invitation card, a new last minute card was introduced and extra text moved to the Reception card.


Custom Hand Painted Invitations - rsvp design revisions
Above view the RSVP card revisions



Custom Hand Painted Invitations - final invitation
Final Invitation – ready to print and to hand paint



Custom Hand Painted Invitations - the reception card
Final Reception card design ready to print







  • Inspiration & Sketches –  1 week to gather and to create and revise sketches with any additions.

  • Artwork – To develop artwork it will take anywhere from 2 – 4 weeks, depending upon if you are satisfied or might need more design revisions or changes.

  • Production – Once artwork has been approved and all spelling has been checked, production will start. This phase is very intensive, especially if the client is requesting hand painted wedding invitations, it can last anywhere between 3 – 8 weeks all depending upon the complexity, various details and any time consuming elements, such as hand painted wraps etc…

  • Stuffing & Packaging – Invitations will need to be placed within envelopes and wax sealed (stuffing) then packaged securely. This can take a 1-3 days to finalise.

  • Shipping – International shipping will take from 3- 5 working days, the package will need to be signed for.







Custom Hand Painted Invitations calligraphy







Lastly all the stationery will be packaged and shipped off to it’s final destination via courier, which takes anywhere from 3-5 working days.



Do you have any questions, or anything else you’d like to learn that hasn’t been covered? Please comment at the end and let me know, or reach out and connect.



Here’s the bonus I promised-



How To Throw a Wedding Your Guests Will Always Remember




Custom Hand Painted Invitations wedding party
Photograph Courtesy of Fidel Fernando @fifernando




Wedding days are special moments you will cherish for the rest of your life. But what about your guests? Sure, your big day is about you and your intended, but how do you guarantee your friends and family have the most spectacular time too?

Personal touches, unexpected treats and surprises throughout the day are just a few of the ways to delight and entertain your loved ones when you tie the knot. Read on to discover how to throw the wedding of a lifetime your guests will never forget.


Exchange heartfelt, personalised wedding vows – Humans are wired to remember emotional experiences. If your wedding vows tug on the guests’ heartstrings and bring a tear to their eyes, the moving moment will undoubtedly stay in their memories forever.



Combine good music with an open bar and late night snacks – An amazing DJ plus free alcohol equals a recipe for success. Who wouldn’t remember dancing all night whilst drinking complimentary cocktails? For extra points, surprise your guests with some delicious midnight snacks to end the night on a high.



Choose a distinctive venue – The perfect venue sets a scene and creates a beautiful backdrop for your big day. From seaside soirees to majestic castles, an enchanting venue and stunning surroundings are sure to charm and astound your guests.



Custom Hand Painted Invitations Vizcaya




Leave your wedding in style – Forget about throwing confetti when leaving the chapel. Why not give your guests colourful balloons to release or vintage bells to ring? Taking part in an activity that is exciting, unique and heart-warming is sure to be an unforgettable experience.



Custom Hand Painted Invitations confetti



The little details create the most joy – Thoughtful touches promise to make your guests feel special. Why not treat them with a personalised wedding programme and lavish, hand-written name cards? Not only will guests appreciate that an artist has taken the time to hand-paint their names and wedding information, the artwork can also be kept as memoirs of your special day. Crimson Letters create lovely and luxurious, bespoke wedding stationery, check out the website here >


Hopefully, these ideas have inspired you to throw a wedding that you and your guests will never forget. If this article has helped you, please share!


Custom Hand Painted Invitations gold save the date







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