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Frequently asked questions

Answers to some of the commonly asked questions.

If you have any additional questions, feel free to call or email!

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WHAT ARE THE CURRENT U.S. POSTAL SERVICE RATES?

effective 29 August 2021

1 oz LETTER DOMESTICALLY MAILED
$0.58

save-the-dates, thank yous, response card + envelope, announcements, social invitations, or other single cards

ADDITIONAL 1 oz LETTER DOMESTICALLY MAILED
$0.20 per ounce 

POSTCARD MAILED DOMESTICALLY
$0.40

response or save-the-dates postcards

NONMACHINABLE ADDITIONAL SURCHARGE
$0.20 per incident 

surcharge applies to letters only and is applied when a letter cannot be automatically processed
i.e.: thicker than 0.25 inch (tied ribbon or twine, heavy paper stock, embellishments), square size

FIRST CLASS INTERNATIONAL MAILED LETTERS
$1.30

letters weighing 1 oz or less to all international destinations

1 oz LETTER MAILED DOMESTICALLY
$0.58

save-the-dates, thank yous, response card + envelope, announcements, social invitations, or other single cards

ADDITIONAL 1 oz LETTER MAILED DOMESTICALLY
$0.20 per ounce 

POSTCARD MAILED DOMESTICALLY
$0.40

response or save-the-dates postcards

NONMACHINABLE ADDITIONAL SURCHARGE
$0.20 per incident 

surcharge applies to letters only and is applied when a letter cannot be automatically processed
i.e.: thicker than 0.25 inch (tied ribbon or twine, heavy paper stock, embellishments), square size

FIRST CLASS INTERNATIONAL MAILED LETTERS
$1.30

letters weighing 1 oz or less to all international destinations

1 oz LETTER MAILED DOMESTICALLY
$0.58 

ADDITIONAL 1 oz LETTER MAILED DOMESTICALLY
$0.20 per ounce 

POSTCARD MAILED DOMESTICALLY
$0.40

NONMACHINABLE ADDITIONAL SURCHARGE
$0.20 per incident 

FIRST CLASS INTERNATIONAL MAILED LETTERS
$1.30

 

save-the-dates, thank yous, response card + envelope, announcements, social invitations, or other single cards

 

response or save-the-dates postcards

 

surcharge applies to letters only and is applied when a letter cannot be automatically processed
i.e.: thicker than 0.25 inch (tied ribbon or twine, heavy paper stock, embellishments), square size

 

letters weighing 1 oz or less to all international destinations

sugar pear design wedding stationery cohesive look

I WANT A COHESIVE LOOK. CAN YOU DO THAT?

I believe that cohesive designs are a meaningful way to bring your event together. It is a means to interject your personality and express your vision. They set the tone for the occasion by serving as a visual storyteller.

Invitations are a means to elicit anticipation. While they will set the tone for your guests, the visual cohesiveness and intention of all your elements will enrich the way guests experience your wedding or event. By identifying your personal story, vision, style, and culture, these inspirations will highlight the details. Your day-of collateral elements are just as essential — if not more — to the one-of-a-kind cohesive artisanal design that mirrors your unique personality and vision. These elements play an important visual storyteller role. It’s the whole picture that paints your story and ensures your celebration is cohesive and refined. My mission is to purposely and creatively tell your story to give your guests a profound experience. I am intentional about the details and bringing your vision to life through your paper goods.

save-the-dates | invitations | ceremony/event programs | table numbers | seating charts & cards | dinner menus | reception signage | favor packaging | hotel welcome packaging, tote bags & gifts | cocktail napkins & stirrers | on-site installations set-up | personalized notecards | custom fabrics for linens, signage & pillows | so much more — the sky’s the limit!

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WHEN SHOULD I CONTACT SUGAR PEAR DESIGN?

Due to the nature of the custom design process, reach out with adequate time for the design and production phases. Contact Sugar Pear Design at least 6 months before your event date for invitations and day-of stationery needs. However, for save-the-dates, 9-12 months prior is suggested. For other event needs, please inquire.

In general, the more time, the better! Once booked, all clients will receive timeline/s calling out deadlines and important dates based on their needs. Therefore, you will know what to expect and when to expect it.

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HOW DO WE GET STARTED?

Do you appreciate one-of-a-kind cohesive design that mirrors your unique personality and vision? Are you looking for a means to create an event focused on your guests and infused with personal details? Do you desire an elevated experience for your guests? Do you value artisan design? If yes, let’s connect! It begins with a conversation — bring your inspiration and your questions. You can find a more detailed explanation of the design experience on the process page.

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WHAT IS THE INVESTMENT RANGE?

Stationery investment is as unique as each client’s needs. As a general guide, the total investment for custom design and creative services can typically be between $5000 – $25000+USD for all wedding and event details — from save-the-dates to wedding invitations to day-of elements.

One-of-a-kind design projects will have individual estimates with unique costs and production details. Quantity, design complexity, print and production methods, and embellishments and materials all contribute to the quotes.

After the discovery meeting, you will receive a preliminary estimate. For the design exploration to commence, a non-refundable creative design fee along with a signed contract is required. The investment is just as custom as the luxury design process and creative execution. Initial design ideas are paired with a price quote. Production costs are invoiced separately to cater specifically to your vision. At each planning stage — save-the-dates, invitations, day-of elements — 80% is due to move onto the production phase, with the balance due upon completion.

Map illustration - you can work with Sugar Pear Design, even if you are not local!

IF I AM NOT LOCAL, HOW CAN WE WORK TOGETHER?

Printing and production methods are essential factors in the overall aesthetics of your design. We will discuss options and determine which one/s would best fit your vision. For example, we can use foil stamping, letterpress printing, or digital printing in both color and white ink. Specialty production processes like laser-cutting, or deckled, torn, painted, or beveled edges can enhance the overall design. High-quality paper stocks and envelopes (including handmade), acrylic, leather, wood, fabric, silk, and velvet materials will undoubtedly make a statement! In addition, accents like brooches, crystals, wax seals, envelope liners, and vintage postage will be great finishing touches.

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IS THERE A MINIMUM ORDER?

There isn’t a minimum required quantity; however, there is a one-time, non-refundable tiered creative design fee, regardless of order quantity.

vintage letterpress printer - for services provided by Sugar Pear Design

What print and production methods do you offer?

Printing and production methods are essential factors in the overall aesthetics of your design. We will discuss options and determine which one/s would best fit your vision. For example, we can use foil stamping, letterpress printing, or digital printing in both color and white ink. Specialty production processes like laser-cutting, or deckled, torn, painted, or beveled edges can enhance the overall design. High-quality paper stocks and envelopes (including handmade), acrylic, leather, wood, fabric, silk, and velvet materials will undoubtedly make a statement! In addition, accents like brooches, crystals, wax seals, envelope liners, and vintage postage will be great finishing touches.

FOIL STAMPING

Foil stamping uses a similar production method as letterpress printing. However, instead of applying an ink color, it stamps a foil film into the paper stock. As a result, foil stamping produces opaque and vivid results. Available in many colors — white, gold, silver, and copper are the most commonly used. In addition, foil is available in metallic, pearlescent, holographic, and matte finishes. I love utilizing foil to focus on subtle elements and create more visual interest in focal artwork or typographical call-outs. This method combines beautifully with digital printing or letterpress.

LETTERPRESS PRINTING 

Letterpress printing is an artisan process of relief printing text and artwork in which a reversed and raised surface is inked and then pressed into a sheet of paper to obtain a right-reading image. The classic feel and crisp finish of letterpress papers take printing back to an era of quality and high craftsmanship.

The impression depth, which gives a visual and tactile definition to the text and artwork, is the prominent characteristic of letterpress printing. Letterpress printing without ink is called “blind impression” and is a great way to add detail and beautiful texture.

DIGITAL PRINTING 

Digital printing, also known as “flat-printing”, creates a flat, smooth finish. It is a common and cost-effective printing option. It is an excellent choice for areas of high-color saturation and works beautifully for artwork with many colors, such as watercolor or other designs. In addition, digital printing produces brilliant and crisp results — perfect for intricate and complex designs. Opaque white ink is available for printing on darker stock and envelopes.

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I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS!

If you have additional questions, or you would like to discuss your vision, feel free to call or email!