for event and business stationery

custom design

We know first impressions are important, and we believe that your paper stationery should impress its reader – from guests who want to celebrate with you to potential clients and business peers. 

Custom designed stationery allows you to create paper goods that perfectly reflect you and meet your wants and needs. The custom design experience at Copper Willow begins at the first inquiry. Our designers immediately dive into the details – your style and your aesthetic – before discussions even move to the paper goods themselves.

Every project is individual and is treated as one-of-a-kind. We also work in cooperation with your contributions, taking your design ideas and edits into consideration as we journey through the design process. Design proofing is facilitated over email with color PDFs and typically takes 2-4 weeks. Once a design is finalized and ready for print, we handle all of the production right in our studio. Our typical print production turnaround is about 4 weeks after proof approval for invitations and large volume orders and 2-3 weeks for all other projects and off-season work.  

Our design meetings are held in our studio in northern Orange County, California. If you are local, we encourage you to make an appointment to come in to peruse samples and select materials and colors you can feel and see. Live outside of our area? We will work virtually with you from a distance through mailed paper samples and lots of phone time.  


Design Meetings

menus, programs, seating cards, table numbers, signage, cocktail napkins, stir sticks, etc.

$1000 - $1500

Event day papers:

open to print methods and custom papers, more personalized design experience


letterpress or foil save the date


digital print, can include photo printed on the card


Save the Dates:

access to all print methods, extra materials, and a more personalized design experience


foil and letterpress suite with optional extras


letterpress suites with options for mixing digital print and adding extra colors to the invite itself


full digital print with room for embellishments like liners and guest addressing


full digital print on white card stock, no bells & whistles

Under $1000

smaller minimums only considered for smaller print counts

Minimum $750

Invitation production:

custom event map illustration


Hand Drawn Map Design:

custom invitation suite



Weddings and other large celebrations:
Below is a quick list of average costs based on 100 5-piece invitation suites. 


+ Save the Dates

+ Invitations

+ Pre-wedding/event thank yous:
either the bride’s name only, couple’s first names, or guest of honor’s name

+ Event day papers:
-welcome bags and itinerary
-welcome event papers: menus, seating cards, and signage for welcome parties, rehearsal dinners, etc.
-ceremony items: programs, reserved signs, guest book sign
-reception items: menus, table numbers, bar signs, stir sticks or napkins, seating chart or cards, placecards, favors, tags, stickers, dessert or buffet signs

+ Announcements: to mail to all contacts not attending the wedding/event

+ Thank you cards: for weddings, a joint monogram or newly established name/last name combinations.  

+ Holiday cards: we often extend the event branding all the way to holiday cards, to share celebration photos and keep in touch with your guests 

A fully customized suite of event papers stretches from save the date to the final thank you note afterward. A cohesive, signature look will put a recognizable touch to every piece of paper your guests will handle. This is a list of items we can create for you here at Copper Willow. 

Items to order from save the date to invite to event day:

recommended for weddings May - October, holidays, or involve travel plans for most of the guests.

+ 7-8 months (order 9 months): mail save the dates
+ 12-14 weeks (order 5 months): mail invitations
+ 2-3 weeks (order 6-8 weeks): pick up wedding day papers
+ Near wedding day: mail announcements
+ Within 3 months after: mail thank you cards

Peak or Destination timeline:

This timeline is recommended for couples with domestic weddings, majority of guests within your home country, and not during high summer or a major holiday.

+ 5-6 months (order 7 months): mail save the dates
+ 8-10 weeks (order 4-5 months): mail invitations
+ 1-2 weeks (order 6 weeks): pick up wedding day papers
+ Near wedding day: mail announcements
+ Within 3 months after: mail thank you 

Standard timeline:

Etiquette & Mailing:

Business cards are the “keep” item that serves as the face of your business and also holds your practical contact information. It’s important to make sure that “face” fits your brand, your level of expertise, and also impresses your ideal client. While we do not offer branding, we do have the full capabilities to turn any branding concepts into a fully cohesive set of collateral.  

Business card pricing: These run a large range for pricing because the sky is really the limit. The average expense is around $500 but we recommend scheduling a consultation with one of our designers to discuss how to best translate your brand to paper. The average fully designed suite of papers that would include notecards, envelopes, maybe notepads or stickers, as well as business cards, will be $1500+.

Custom design business cards

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I supply my own artwork?

Yes you can! We do have specifications on file types and how to prepare your files for a smooth production process.

Do you offer rush services?

Our standard turnaround is about 4 weeks after proof approval. We have two rush options: a two week turnaround for 25% extra and a 1 week turnaround for 50% extra.

Can we supply paper?

No, we do not take outside paper. We have extensive resources and years of experience with paper to print compatibility and prefer to supply the materials that we know will perform the best.

Can I purchase only design services?

No, we offer a package service – design and printing.

Can you copy an invitation I found online?

No, we won't copy another designer's work. If you love a design but find that the company only offers digital print and you want letterpress or foil, simply ask to buy the design for your one-time use, and we'll be happy to print it for you.

Who owns the artwork once it is produced?

All artwork and designs remain the property of Copper Willow Paper Studio. Your project includes the one-time license for use of artwork on items printed here in the studio. If you would like to obtain the rights to any of your custom art (including calligraphy and custom drawings) for use in other applications, fees start $25 for a color or black & white PNG or JPG file to $100 for editable vector files. Please ask your designer for exact pricing, which is based upon the complexity of the design. Elements such as fonts and paper resources are proprietary.

Do I need an appointment?

Yes. As an active production studio, we are usually busy printing. Booking an appointment reserves our time to spend with you.