Customization Process

Our Semi-Custom Design Process

For The Leighwood Design Studio Semi-Custom Invitation Collection, we curated thoughtfully-crafted designs that you and your partner infuse with personal style. Each suite starts as a base design that you customize with personalized wording, curated ink and envelope colors, as well as distinctive script options. Unlike DIY sites, you'll work directly with a Designer (just like a custom client) who will guide you through the process, suggest alternate options and serve as a trusted advisor. 

We created this guide to make personalizing your semi-custom wedding invitation suite a breeze. Together we’ll go through customization, color selection and the ordering process, as well as share some favorite final products from our couples.

Your wedding invitations should be an unmistakable reflection of you as a couple. Craft something unique and unexpected with Leighwood Design Studio – we can’t wait to see what you create!

Customization Process

Leighwood Design Studio semi-custom stationery design process

Select Your Style

Choose an option from our selection of thoughtfully-crafted designs that aligns with your wedding style.

Leighwood Design Studio semi-custom stationery design process

Build Your Suite

Select the best options to fit your needs, whether it be a single-piece invitation or a full suite with multiple inserts. All suites come with envelopes and inks in a variety of unique color options.

Leighwood Design Studio semi-custom stationery design process

Select Add-Ons & Embellishments

Make a great first impression with your guests. Choose from luxury printing methods, additional inserts, or those perfect finishing touches like invitation wraps, wax seals or ribbon that add your personality to the design.

Leighwood Design Studio semi-custom stationery design process

Shop Day-Of Designs

Your invitation is just the beginning. Create consistency and an elevated guest experience throughout your wedding day by including event pieces such as programs, menus, place cards and signage. Visit your suite’s day-of items to get started, or submit an inquiry to add on any pieces that aren’t featured.

Leighwood Design Studio semi-custom stationery design process

Submit Your Order

Once submitted, your order is reviewed and details are confirmed by one of our Designers. If you didn't upload your details and guest addresses, your Designer will reach out to collect this information. (All suite orders require a minimum of four weeks’ production time.)

Leighwood Design Studio semi-custom stationery design process

The Design Process

After your order is confirmed, we provide a digital proof for your feedback. Up to three rounds of revisions are included with your suite. Once your final proof is approved, you receive a Print Agreement confirming all order details and releasing your order for production.

Leighwood Design Studio semi-custom stationery design process

Print Production & Assembly

Digital printing takes about two weeks to complete, with specialty printing taking an additional week. Once suites return from our trusted print partners, they are quality checked and pre-assembled before delivery.

Leighwood Design Studio semi-custom stationery design process

Suite Delivery

Local pickup is available for those living in St. Louis. Otherwise, your suite is shipped and shipping charges are included in your order pricing. Orders are delivered at least one week prior to your suggested mailing date (10–12 weeks before wedding day).

Leighwood Design Studio semi-custom stationery design process

Celebration!

Once your beautifully crafted invitations are mailed off to your guests, it’s time to celebrate and check this big to-do off your list! Be sure to track your RSVPs as they arrive for important guest details that impact your day-of paper goods, such as attendee numbers and meal choices.

Standard Suite Customization Options

Leighwood Design Studio semi-custom stationery design process

Paper & Envelope Colors

Tailor your design with the perfect paper stock and complementary envelope colors.

Leighwood Design Studio semi-custom stationery design process

Digital & Letterpress Inks

Customize your suite with up to two ink colors. Add letterpress, foil, or embossed printing for an elevated finish.

Leighwood Design Studio semi-custom stationery design process

Script Styles

Choose from eight beautiful script styles to express your signature style.

Studio Favorite
Lora Invitation Suite

Lora is an invitation suite that’s the perfect pairing of modern and elevated. Lora also includes matching day-of stationery for additional event customization.

★★★★★

“…Amanda is simply the best. She totally understood our clean, modern vision and created absolutely stunning invitation suites, escort cards, menus, and signage. We are so happy we hired her and would wholeheartedly recommend her to any couple.”

Catherine & Mike
★★★★★

"Amanda was a true professional throughout the entire process of designing our wedding stationery suite. It was always difficult for me to put my vision into words, but every time, without fail, Amanda managed to bring my vision to life! Wedding stationery was at the very bottom of my list of things to worry about while wedding planning! And her envelope liners are *chef’s kiss*."

Kiersten & Ian
★★★★★

“Working with Amanda was one of the highlights of our wedding planning. Her designs are elegant and thoughtful. Amanda is a great communicator - she is thorough, fast and professional. She was beyond helpful with other wedding questions that we had during our planning process. We loved working with Amanda and would highly recommend her services to others planning their wedding or other event!”

Nicole & Tyler
Real-Life Customizations

Our suites can be customized to your special event as much or as little as you'd like. Take a look at how our suites have been personalized by past clients!

Available Add-Ons

Leighwood Design Studio semi-custom design process

Printing Upgrades

We offer luxe foil, letterpress and embossed printing upgrades.

Leighwood Design Studio semi-custom design process

Wax Seals

Add an elevated and personalized touch to your invitations with a wax seal (minimum 50).

Leighwood Design Studio semi-custom design process

Ribbons & Vellum Wraps

Add a finishing element like satin or chiffon ribbon and a vellum wrap to tie your look together.

Customization FAQs

All semi-custom designs from Leighwood Design Studio include:

• Wording modifications
• All color adjustments (paper, ink, envelopes)
• High-quality digital printing
• Full-address printing
• Partial assembly

Select designs include modifications to script options. Collections that include response card envelopes will include return postage. You will work with a Designer to customize your suite and make it feel like you, while staying true to the essence of the base design.

This is a great opportunity to order a Sample Pack! Our sample packs include 2–3 full invitation suites along with paper swatches and ink color swatches. If you’re interested in receiving a swatch of a specific envelope or paper color, indicate it in your order notes and we will do our best to provide one with your sample pack. The purchase of your Sample Pack will be credited towards your order when you place it online or through email.

After your order is placed, we will reach out to see when you want to get started on your suite, based on your wedding date and our suggested timelines. We require orders to be placed at least 4 weeks before the date you would like to mail your invitations (generally 10–12 weeks prior to your wedding date). If you place your order months prior to your wedding, we will put you on our calendar so that the delivery of your suites will happen at least one week prior to your suggested mailing date. If you order close to that 4 week mark, you will receive a proof within 48 hours of your order placement. 

Review your total guest list and determine how many of those guests live in the same household. Add an additional 10% on top of that to get your total order amount. This additional amount allows for any guests that move, USPS mishaps, or extra guests you invite after your initial guest list is considered. Traditionally, adult children living with their parents should receive their own invitation.

We’d be happy to have a conversation about it! We keep personalization pretty flexible so long as the essence of the suite remains the same. If there is something you’re dying to have (addition of a monogram, changing the base font, etc.) there will be a customization fee of $100 assessed to cover the additional design time. We also offer fully custom designed invitation suites.

Orders are ready to pick up or ship within 4 weeks. Because of the personalized nature of our design process and our small business practices, we do not guarantee anything shorter than a 4-week turnaround without a rush fee. Unlike some print-on-demand companies, we do not print in-house. We also ensure that quality checks are happening at every point of the process. If you need your order in less than 4 weeks, please contact us at orders@leighwooddesignstudio.com to inquire about a rush.

Because of the personalized and customized nature of the product, refunds on printed materials are not accepted. If there are issues with your order, please contact us at orders@leighwooddesignstudio.com to bring it to our attention. If you placed an order, but no longer need it fulfilled, refunds are handled in these ways:

If no proof has been presented: 100% refund

If a proof has been presented: 75% refund

If a Print Agreement has been signed, but production has not begun: 50% refund

Once Production begins, no refunds will be accepted.

Yes! We love carrying your design through your entire wedding day. Shop our semi-custom day-of designs in the shop to see what’s available to coordinate with your Collection. Looking for something that’s not currently available in your design? Indicate in a note on your order, or email us at orders@leighwooddesignstudio.com so that we can chat more about it.

Leighwood Design Studio semi-custom wedding stationery collection