Frequently Asked Questions


Wedding Services

What types of specialty printing do you offer?
Flat printing, foil stamping, letterpress, engraving and thermography.

Do you offer addressing?
Yes, we will do recipient and return addressing on our envelopes. We offer ink printed addressing, or hand addressed calligraphy.

Is there a minimum order?
There is a minimum order of $500.00 on wedding invitations. Other items (day of paper, baby shower invitations, holiday cards, etc. have no minimum).

If I want to include a picture or graphic on my save-the-date card or invitation, can you accommodate that?
Yes, as long as the graphic is provided as a vector file, we will be able to use it!

What type of paper do you use?
All of our paper is high quality and ranges from 110-130#. Our most popular & standard paper is a smooth 130# white uncoated cardstock, We also offer linen, cotton, felt, deckled edge, vellum, recycled, and more. If you are looking for something specific, reach out & we will let you know if it is something we can accommodate.

What if I want to see a hard copy sample of my invitation?
Unfortunately, due to the cost of printing we cannot provide a sample for you before printing the full order.

Can I order a generic sample before placing an order with Unica Forma?
Absolutely! If we have extras of the specific design you are wanting, we would be happy to send you one. Otherwise, we are able to send you a standard sample to give you a feel of the paper, envelope and printing quality. Just contact us and ask :)


Ordering Invitations

What does the ordering process look like?
1. Submit inquiry, discuss what you are looking for design-wise, receive a quote.
2. Once the price is agreed upon, you will sign a contract and put down a non-refundable 30% deposit.
3. The designing process begins. This process can take anywhere from 3 days - 3 weeks depending on the complexity of the desired design and promptness of your response. Throughout this process, we will send you proofs and ask you to critique anything that you don't like to ensure that the final product is absolutely perfect for you!
4. Once you agree to the proof, you will sign off to get it sent to the press & we will wait for the remainder of your payment. When your order paid in full, the printing process will begin.
5. You will receive your order within 2-8 weeks from the day the the final payment was made. Some orders take the full 8 weeks - depending on the assembly involved; however, most do not take as long.

What is the typical production timeline for Custom Invitations?
Timelines vary depending on the season & the amount of assembly required for your design. Below are our general timelines, but please reach out about your specific order to get a more concrete timeline.
Flat printing with no assembly: 1-2 weeks after the final approval
Foiling/Letterpress/Engraving printing: 3-4 weeks of the final approval
Addressing of envelopes: 1-2 weeks when approved guest list is received
Consider adding an additional 1-2 weeks for assembly of envelope liners, pocket folds & mounted backers.

If the invitation involves multiple pieces, can you assemble them? Is there an additional fee?
We do not stuff envelopes for you; however, any assembly required for envelope liners, pocket folds or mounted backers is done for you. There is no additional fee for this process. We do not assemble belly bands and suggest using glue dots to wrap them around your invitations/pockets! Assembly will affect your timeline. Please refer to the previous question for a general timeline and contact us about your specific order/timeline.

Can I rush my order?
Rush services are available on flat printed items. Please contact us before hand to discuss your timeline and we will let you know if we can fulfill your deadline.

How many proofs am I allowed to get? How much do they cost?
We are allow customers to get five revisions after the initial proof. This is to ensure that we are able to get the design perfect and that it is exactly what you envisioned. There is a $25 charge every revision after the 5th one. (Most brides only need 1-2 revisions.)


Advice

When should I order my invitations?
We highly recommend ordering at least 5-10 weeks prior to the mailing date to allow ample time for the design, production and assembly of your order. Please reference our general timeline questions above. We also offer rush services if necessary.

When should I send out my save the dates and invitations?
We recommend mailing invitations 6-8 weeks prior to the wedding date, depending on your wedding. It is always helpful to check with your venue/caterer about when they need a final head count, and go from there. You can buy yourself more time by sending save-the-dates up to 6 months ahead of time. However, clients with destination weddings or guests from out of town should consider mailing both invitations and save-the-dates earlier.

How many invitations should I order?
We suggest you order 10% over your current household count. You do NOT need an invitation for every guest on your list due to many coming together as couples/families. Please count the number of households you need to send invites to and add 10%. Reprints are always available, but the costs may be significantly higher than the original run, especially in the case of letterpress, foil stamping and engraving. The best way to avoid any reprints is to order extra on the first run.

What stationery do I need?
“Need” is relative. Everything is up to you; however, the follow are items that most couples need from the day of engagement until after the wedding. Before the Wedding; Engagement party invitation, Save-the-dates, Bridal shower invitation, Bridal shower thank-you cards, Bachelor/bacherlorette party invitation, Rehearsal dinner invitation, Welcome dinner invitation. The Wedding Invitation: Outer envelope, Inner envelope, Belly band, Invitation card, Reception card (if held at a different location than the ceremony), Directions/map card, Response card and self-addressed stamped envelope, Hotel accommodations card. At the Wedding: Welcome basket tag, Ceremony program, Pew cards or "reserved" seating cards, Escort cards, Place cards, Table number cards, Menu cards, Signage, Favor tags. After the Wedding: Thank-you cards.

Can you help with with wording etiquette?
Absolutely! Once we recieve your deposit and contract back you will receive a stationery guide to help you with everything!


Refunds

If I need to cancel my order for any reason, can I get a refund?
The 30% deposit fee is nonrefundable and there are no refunds on any printed products that received customer approval for print. In the rare occurance that we make a mistake, we will repint at no cost in a timely manner.

I have received my order and noticed an error, what are my options?
Once client approval to print is received, any mistakes/typos that were overlooked on the final proof are the clients responsibility. We will try our very best to make sure everything is spelled correctly and that a consistency is maintained, but we it us up to the client, to make sure all punctuation and copy is correct before printing. All reprint cost and labor fees are the client's responsibility.


Payment

What does a typical invitation suite cost?
Prices vary greatly, depending on the print method, quantity and embellisments in each order. With that being said, you can expect 100 flat printed inviations, envelopes, rspvs, envelopes and one insert card to cost $499. Please fill out our contact form with as much detail as possible to receive a thorough quote.

What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept check by mail, Paypal (there is a 2.9% fee for this option), and Venmo.

When do I have to pay?
There is a 30% non-refundable deposit fee required to begin designing. From there, you will not pay anything until you have approved & signed off on the digital proof. Once you have approved the design, the remaining balance is due to begin all printing.

Do I have to pay sales tax?
Only if you live in Ohio!

Can I downgrade invitations items I saw online to make them cost less?
Absolutely. Not everyone needs pocket folds, or a wax stamp. You will only pay for what you’r getting & we mix and match suites all the time.

Why does the specialty printing (foiling, letterpress, engraving, thermography) cost more?
All of these methods use custom plates to create the invitation images, and printing the pieces is a very time-intensive process on specialized equipment. The plates are carefully inked and pressed one-by-one into each piece of thick paper. The results are unmatched; truly luxurious, beautiful and timeless!


Shipping

How much does shipping cost?
Domestic shipping is 12.40 and international shipping is 75.00 USD. We ship everything Priority mail through USPS with $50.00 insurance.

Do you ship internationally?
Yes! There is a shipping fee of 75.00 USD for international orders.

Can I get a signature required on my order, just to be safe?
Absolutely! Just let us know before hand and we can do that for you! It will be an additional 16.00 on domestic orders.

I live in Columbus! Is there any way I can pick up my order?
We are happy to have you come pick up your package when they are ready! - just ask :)