Frequently asked questions
I want to create beautiful stationery with Fourteen-Forty, now what?
The best way to contact us is through this website. Filling out our Questionnaire will get us the information we need to begin the process. Once we receive your inquiry, we will be in touch to schedule a phone consultation, which is a great time to get out all those initial questions. We work with couples both locally and from afar, but for our local clients, we encourage an in-person design meeting whenever possible. This meeting will be set up during our phone consultation.
I already have a design, can you print it for me?
We do not print outside work, although we sometimes will allow clients to submit a logo or drawing to be integrated into the rest of the wedding suite that we will be designing, and this is at the studio's discretion. We wish we could help everyone, but we have to stick with what we do best and maintain the design aesthetic we believe in!
What kind of investment can I expect to make?
It truly depends on what you order! We recommend a budget of $3000 or more if there is any letterpress component involved. Our process includes completely customized and personalized invitations that are tailored to your specific tastes, as well as direct access to to the owner, Tricia, through every step of the process. We work with most of our clients for over a year from start to finish, and with the complexities of modern wedding stationery, having an expert on your side becomes an invaluable resource.
I'm happy with the estimate and can't wait to start, what's next?
Lovely! We will get you a formal invoice at this stage as well as a design contract. We request a 50% deposit to get the design process started. Once you receive your first set of proofs, we will go back and forth with design changes until you are 100% happy with your invitations!
PROOFS, YOU SAY?
Proofs are multi-paged pdf files containing digital representations of your designs. After each round of proofs, you will submit your comments and changes and we will make the adjustments for you until you are completely happy with your designs.
EVERYTHING LOOKS AMAZING!
After completing our proofing rounds, we reach the final approval stage. We will send you your final designs and walk you through our comprehensive approval process that will ensure that you receive beautiful invitations. After your remaining balance has been submitted, we send it all to print!
WHEN DO I GET THE GOODS?
Printing and production can take anywhere from 2-6 weeks, depending on what we are producing for you. Once you become a Fourteen-Forty client, we will timeline the entire process out for you so that you know exactly when your invitations will be going out in the mail, and can plan accordingly.
Letterpress printing is a very old printing process, originating around 1440 in Europe. At one time the main mode of printing (newspapers, books, advertisements) was letterpress. A hand-fed press with a raised die is pressed into cotton paper, leaving an indentation in the paper that today evokes a very unique vintage feel. Letterpress printing traditionally uses only 1 or 2 spot colors since each additional color requires a separate and time/skill-intensive run through the press. It takes a highly skilled printer to print letterpress well and the results are incredibly luxurious and special.
All of our letterpress products are printed by hand on weighty cotton paper. There will be slight variations from piece to piece because of the manual nature of letterpress printing, which is all part of its beauty.