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Dreaming of invitations you can't find anywhere else? Yearning for fine cotton papers, silk and velvet ribbons, wax seals, and original watercolor illustrations that scream "this is our wedding!" You're speaking my language! Keep scrolling to see custom invitations I've designed especially for my clients. Explore available options, pricing, and more. And then contact me below to begin your dream suite!

Custom illustrated mauve & blue floral suite for a wedding at Big Sky Barn in Montgomery, Texas.

Celestial Suite for a wedding at Villa Antonia in Austin, TX.

A historical suite for a Hamilton themed wedding.

New Orleans inspired invitation suite for a wedding at Discovery Green Park in Houston, TX.

 Custom record sleeve and record invitation for a Rock & Roll wedding in Houston, Texas.

Custom record sleeve and record invitation for a Rock & Roll wedding in Houston, Texas.

A simple moth inspired suite with loads of fun illustration work for a vibrant elopement.

 Kimberly & Eva's urban botanical suite.

Kimberly & Eva's urban botanical suite.

 A Wes Anderson inspired suite for Lindsay & Joshua, complete with custom watercolor portrait of the gorgeous couple.

A Wes Anderson inspired suite for Lindsay & Joshua, complete with custom watercolor portrait of the gorgeous couple.

A modern peach & green suite for a wedding in Austin, Texas.

A hand lettered peach and green watercolor wedding menu.

 Tuscany inspired suite for a wedding at Beckendorff Farms in Katy, Texas. Featured in Wedding Chicks.

Tuscany inspired suite for a wedding at Beckendorff Farms in Katy, Texas. Featured in Wedding Chicks.

Watercolor illustration of Houston at twilight incorporated into custom save the dates with transparent vellum envelopes.

 Second Line illustration on hand lettered and illustrated wedding programs for Meghan and Jacque.

Second Line illustration on hand lettered and illustrated wedding programs for Meghan and Jacque.

Wow! I cried with excitement when I opened the package today....Bernadette was easy to work with, answered all my questions... In addition, her workmanship is just lovely. Thanks, Bernadette. I really appreciate you!
— Vicki C.

Custom Watercolor & Gouache Invitations – The Process

Set the tone for your event with textural watercolor invitations you won't find anywhere else. All of my invitations, whether they're a simple one piece card or a full suite, are hand painted by me before the artwork is scanned and digitally printed on high quality invitation stocks and matched to coordinating envelopes.

The invitation process can include, but is not limited to:

Invitations - RSVP's - Hand Drawn Maps - Save the Dates - Details Cards - Thank You Cards - Postcards - Hand Addressed Envelopes
Custom Return Address Stamps - Envelope Liners - Menus - Programs - Announcements - Etc.


When should we begin your suite?
Please allow 6-8 weeks for the creation of your invitations, and time for them to be shipped from my studio to you. I am often asked 'when is the best time to begin my invitations?' My answer is, as soon as you can! The custom process takes time, and you'll need time for shipping as well. You'll want to give yourself plenty of time.

To better estimate your invitation timeline please consider these guidelines for shipping invitations to your guests:

Save the Dates should be mailed 4-6 months before the wedding.
Destination Wedding Save the Dates should be mailed 6-8 months before the wedding.
Wedding invitations should be mailed 6-8 weeks before the wedding.
Destination wedding invitations should be mailed 10-12 weeks before the wedding.
Formal party invitations (black tie affairs, anniversaries) should be mailed 6-8 weeks before the event.
Casual party invitations (birthdays, holidays) should be mailed 2-4 weeks before the event.


 
custom watercolor invitation pricing hey bernadette houston texas
 

All of my work is completely hand painted, custom, original designs and include 3-4 proof rounds.
No purchased graphics are ever used.

Signature Invitation Suite - $1500
My standard design package includes 100 suites of digitally printed 5"x7" main invites, smaller A4 RSVPs and an enclosure card on my signature 118lb natural white cotton paper with blank 5"x7" and RSVP envelopes either in natural white cotton or a coordinating color.

Hand Addressed Suites - $1850
Everything in the Signature Suite with the addition of script hand addressing of each outer envelope in 1 non-metallic color.
Upgrades to metallic ink and decorative styles are available. Please use the form below for a more exact quote.

 Illustrated Watercolor Map for a wedding at Discovery Green in Houston

Illustrated Watercolor Map for a wedding at Discovery Green in Houston

Custom Illustrated Map - $350+
Depending on the level of illustration (a simple line map VS a map with illustrated points of interest) your quote may be different.

Save the Dates and Event Invitations - $850
100 custom illustrated 5"x7" invitations digitally printed on my signature 118 lb cotton stock with coordinating envelopes.

Additional Invitation Services & Options - Contact for quote
Inner envelope calligraphy, printed RSVP addresses, wax seal application, envelope liners, custom ribbon, vintage or decorative postage, etc.!

Looking to complete the look with hand lettered addressing, place cards, signage, and more? Visit my calligraphy page for pricing.

Houston couples! If you're in the Houston area fill out the form below for an in-person consultation.


Estimated Invitation Design Timeline

This timeline is my typical time-frame for custom invitation design. Factors which may impact the timeline include how quickly a client responds to their emails and approves their proofs, grand changes to the design, additional proofs, back-ordered supplies, and holidays. It is always better to give yourself more time than you think you’ll need and begin your invitation design as soon as you’re ready.


Here is a sample timeline for 100 hand addressed custom invitations.
 

Hello!
First, I am contacted by you, the client, via my contact form. From there we move on to...

Consultation & Pricing: Via email you send along your inspiration photos (either as image files, links, or as Pinterest boards) and decide how many invitations you would like created and what you would like each invitation to include (RSVP, details card, hand drawn map, envelope calligraphy, return addressing, etc.). I am made aware of the date of your event and the date you will need your order in hand (typically no less than 8 weeks from the date the contract is signed and invoice is paid).

Contract is signed and invoice is paid. All invitation wording is finalized and sent to me. We are ready to begin!

Week 1 First Proof

Week 2 Second Proof

Week 3 Third & final proof is finalized and no additional proofs are requested.

Week 4 Items are printed, envelopes are purchased

Week 5 Items arrive at my studio and envelope calligraphy is begun. Allow 1 week for each 100 envelopes to be addressed by hand.

Week 6 Envelopes are addressed and double checked.

Week 7 The order is finalized, double checked, carefully packaged, and shipped to your door!
 


A Detailed Look at Each Stage of Our Timeline

Consultation
We decide exactly what will be created (quantities, card sizes, etc.) Your inspiration is sent over to me. This can include images (.jpg, .gif, etc.) in an email or links to images or links to Pinterest boards. I always work better with a visual representation of the look you’re going for, so send these as soon as you’re able.

I prefer to handle all correspondence over email so that I can have a written record readily available. 

Pricing
Your order’s pieces, quantities, sizes, etc. are confirmed and priced. A quote or invoice is sent to you along with a contract. Once your fee is paid (either with a non-refundable down payment or all up front), and your contract is signed we move on to the design phase.
If a down payment is made the remaining total will be paid before the order is shipped to you.
Finalized invitation wording is sent to me.

Design Phase

First Proof
Your first proof is sent. This is typically 2 or 3 general rough sketches of what will become your final design. Either one design is chosen or pieces are pulled from multiple designs to move us to the next stage.

 In our first proof I present the client with three design ideas based on our consultation and inspiration.

In our first proof I present the client with three design ideas based on our consultation and inspiration.

Second Proof
Your second proof is sent. This is a slightly more finished version of the choice(s) pulled from the first proof. Our goal in this proof is to finalize our design so that we can move on to the next, and potentially final, proof.

 Here our chosen design is expanded on and we are getting closer to the final design.

Here our chosen design is expanded on and we are getting closer to the final design.

Third and Final Proof
This proof is a finalized version of your design to approve before files are sent to the printer. This will be the fully painted, finished design.

Optional additions to complete your perfect invitation include ribbon, belly bands (the paper strip that wraps your invitation), coordinating ribbon, custom wax seals, custom envelope liners, pocket folders, tissue, etc. 

 Our design has been finalized and is ready to print! Here we've added a wax seal and digitized hand lettered printing of the RSVP and return addresses.

Our design has been finalized and is ready to print! Here we've added a wax seal and digitized hand lettered printing of the RSVP and return addresses.

Additional Proofs & Redesigns
If additional proofs are requested, and time allows, they can be purchased at my hourly rate of $75 per hour. If full redesigns are requested they will be the cost of a design fee.

Hand Addressing
Allow 1 week for every 100 hand addressed envelopes.  

Shipping
Your items are shipped to you via FedEx (unless another carrier is requested and purchased) with insurance and a tracking number.

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After your invitations are mailed to you we can begin the rest of your calligraphy, if you desire. I can create place cards, table numbers, menus, signage, etc. to complete your wedding paper suite.