Custom Wedding Invitations

Looking for a design that reflects you?


We love that weddings are a personal reflection of the couple. And we are big believers in doing things your way, not the same way as everyone else. If you’re after something special for your wedding suite, custom wedding invitation design is perfect for you. From gold foil edge painting, to personalised wax seal design, custom illustrations, and beautifully coloured handmade papers, we can bring your vision to life.

Elegant Wedding invitation Design | The Ess Letter | Deckled edge handmade paper with wax seals
Elegant Wedding invitation Design | The Ess Letter | Vellum overlay with silk ribbon and wax seals
Elegant Wedding invitation Design | The Ess Letter | Romantic handmade wedding paperie

The Custom Experience


How much are custom wedding invitations?

Custom design has a minimum spend of $900 NZD. Our couples spend on average $1200-$3500 for custom invitations. Let’s discuss your wedding details, and we’ll prepare a proposal just for you.

What’s included with custom design?

You’ll receive an invitation design with custom calligraphy details, plus assembly for items we are providing. We’ll work with you to understand your wedding style and aesthetic and make recommendations for design elements and printing methods. Our attention to detail, will ensure you receive beautiful keepsake pieces.

You’ll have access to your own client portal where your designs, approvals, and questionnaires will be saved for easy reference and organisation in your wedding planning. We’ll also include a helpful checklist for your wedding stationery and paper goods so that you can carry on with the rest of your plans knowing you are in good hands with us (our owner used to be a wedding planner!).

And you’ll receive lovely, responsive customer service available by phone, email or in person.

How do you get started with a custom order?

Fill out our enquiry form to receive your personal proposal. Once you are happy with the proposal, 50% payment is due at the time of booking to secure your wedding date in our production schedule. Custom designs are completed within 8-12 weeks depending on materials and print finishes. See our booking details for more information.

Where are you based?

We’re a boutique stationery design studio based in the windy capital of New Zealand (Wellington). We create custom wedding stationery for couples in NZ and around the world!

Get in touch to learn more. Our prices are based in NZD.



The Process

Our custom design process

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enquiry & proposal

Once we receive your enquiry, we’ll create your personalised proposal with recommendations for design options, print methods, and embellishments that will suit your budget. Once you are happy with your proposal, we’ll finalise the booking process.

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Questionnaire & Sketch

Complete our detailed custom questionnaire, designed to help us guide your invitation wording, and initial design sketches.

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Digital Mock Up

Once you’ve finalised the sketch details, we’ll design it and send you a digital mock up of your stationery for your approval.

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Printing & Production

Once you have approved your final mock up, we’ll send it off for printing and production.

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Assembly & delivery

We’ll assemble your custom pieces, package it with care, and send it off to you!

Say hi and let us know how we can help!

Elegant Wedding invitation Design | The Ess Letter | French dinner menu
Elegant Wedding invitation Design | The Ess Letter | Vellum invitation
Elegant Wedding invitation Design | The Ess Letter | Blush wedding details

Elegant Wedding invitation Design | The Ess Letter | Acrylic invitation
Elegant Wedding invitation Design | The Ess Letter | Torn edge handmade paper

Wedding Invitation Details 

Printing techniques

flat print | letterpress | foil stamping


wax seals | silk ribbons | envelope liners | 
calligraphy envelope addressing | vellum wrap
twine | vellum envelopes | envelope liners

Wedding stationery

invitations | save the dates | reply cards
inserts and details | envelopes and return addressing

Paper selection

handmade | luxurious cotton | coloured cardstock

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tailored for your needs?