Custom Design Process

The custom design process can be a little intimidating – I totally get it.

After you’ve filled out my contact form, our first conversation will likely be through email or a phone conversation. This is short, sweet and to the point. I can offer you an estimate for your design vision and you give me a little snippet of what you’re planning. If we’re both giddy with excitement over each other, we’ll set a time to meet and talk details.

We’ll meet at my studio in Newport, or if you aren’t local, we’ll set up a FaceTime session, where we’ll dig deeper into the details of your wedding (my favorite part!) We’ll take a look through my past work and any inspiration photos you have. Then, we’ll talk colors, style, design elements and the cost of your paper goods. I’ll follow up our meeting with a final quote and if all looks good to you, I send you a contract, an invoice, and an informational form. Once payment is taken, the contract is signed, and the form returned, a digital representation of your design will be emailed to you. This is where you’ll see how all the pieces work together within the suite and you can ensure the wording is just as you like it.

Once you give me the thumbs up, we go to print! My printer is a local small business with extensive experience in the stationery business and right up the street from my studio. I visit them quite often to check on the progress of your invitations; printing samples of your colors to make sure what you saw on your screen is what you get on your printed piece and when your invitations hit the press. I’m there to ensure the final product matches our vision.

Every aspect of your design and production is handled by me.

Let’s not stop at invitations, though! Your ceremony and reception will have just as many design details; programs, place cards, menus, signage and favors. These details are an integral part to the overall design of your wedding day. Whether it’s a monogrammed wax seal on your programs, acrylic menus, or a full design installation for your escort cards, extending your design vision into your ceremony and reception stationery is something that really gets my creative gears turning.

Throughout the entire process, I’m present and hands-on. That’s important to me. I have no other way to say it, other than I absolutely LOVE what I do and what I create for my clients. The best collaborations come from shared ideas and trust in the vision we create together.


On average, a Five Dot Design bride will spend $2700 for 100 flat printed Save the Dates and a three piece Invitation suite – a single layer invitation, RSVP with envelope and insert with a coordinating mailing envelope – and digital address printing. I offer specialty printing, such as letterpress, foil stamping and colored edge painting. Additional details such as calligraphy, hand-painted details, wax seals, envelope liners,  etc. are available for an added cost.