Frequently Asked Questions...

So....what exactly is letterpress? 
Letterpress printing is the process by which a raised surface {image or type} is inked. As the paper passes through the cylinder of the press, the pressure of the paper against the raised surface creates a crisp impression into the paper, resulting in a beautiful three-dimensional image.   

How do I start the custom process?
Start by filling out the "contact us" page or by emailing us directly at ciao@fiorepress.com.  The more information we have from the get-go, the better.  Let us know your event date, quantities, pieces you'd like in your suite and any design ideas/motifs you'd like.  For wedding invitations, it's best to start the process at least 6 months before your big day.  

Then what?
From there we would get on the phone or meet in person {if you are in the Chicago area} to further discuss your project.  You'll receive a quote based on our conversation, and if you decide to proceed, you'll be emailed a contract and we ask for a 50% deposit.  Then we'll tweak the design until it's just to your liking.

How long does it take to get my invitations?
For a standard 1-color wedding invitation suite consisting of invitations, reply cards and envelopes the average turnaround time for production is 4-6 weeks after final draft is approved.  2-color projects, or those that are more complex may take longer.  Letterpress is not a quick print method!  Everything is done by hand, including mixing ink, and each sheet of paper is pulled one by one.  

I'm getting married in ___ months, when should I order my invitations?
The short answer is....as soon as possible!  No, but seriously, as soon as possible!  No but seriously....you need to calculate backwards to figure this out.  The standard timeline is to send invitations out 6-8 weeks before the wedding, allowing additional time for stuffing and addressing envelopes.  So let's say you're getting married June 1st.  8 weeks prior to that is April 1st; a week of stuffing and addressing envelopes is March 21st.  4-6 weeks production time puts you at mid-February, but remember, that is after your final draft is approved.  Figure about 2-3 weeks of design and revisions (this depends on how many times you change your mind or how simple/complex your invitation suite is) and now we're talking the end of January.  Seriously, you can't start early enough!