Cortese - Pull-Out Pocket Invitation
Cortese is a wonderful design that can be personalised to incorporate multiple colours. A raised 'plaque' sets off the invitation with a phrase or your names. Please note: The pink jacquard-textured ribbon shown is no longer manufactured.
Main image design: Card: Broderie (Ivory), Ribbon: Satin.
Timescales: Samples: 1-2 weeks - Standard orders: Please allow upto 8 weeks
Completed size approximately 21.3cm x 10.2cm (to fit nicely inside a DL envelope).
Please note that the flower-textured pink 'jacquard' ribbon is no longer manufactured and therefore can no longer be incorporated into this design.
For sample orders of this invitation: The larger ribbon at the back will be a satin ribbon, with either a satin, grosgrain, organza, or satin-edged organza as the narrower ribbon at the front. Please just let us know which you prefer. The cost of this invite has been lowered accordingly.
With the exception of an initial sample, this design should be ordered with a minimum quantity of 10.
We are happy to send out a sample of this invite for you, please just choose your preferred card and ribbon type and add one to your basket. If you would like any other changes, such as a different shaped buckle (circle, square, heart, diamond), please just let us know. If you don't specify any customisation, you will receive a sample that closely matches the main image for this page.
While we are happy to personalise samples with your names etc, we do not send out pdf proofs for samples. This is so that we can keep costs and timescales for samples as low as possible. The sample is so that you can see the quality of the materials used and the finish of these lovely invitations. If you do not provide your event details and font requests when ordering, your sample will be sent out with a standard font and wording.
Sample Costs - If you go ahead and place an invitation order for 20 or more invitations, we are happy to deduct the cost of one sample invitation from the larger order for you. This effectively means that you will have had the sample invitation for free.
Card Swatches - If you do not wish to pay for a full sample, we are happy to send out a couple of card swatches for you for free so that you can check the card quality and texture that is used in our invitations. You can request the card swatches here.
Visit us - Alternatively, if you are local to South Wales, you are welcome to come and visit to view this and other invitation samples. We can discuss your particular requirements in greater depth and I can help you perfect your design so that it is exactly right for you and your big day. Please note that visits can only be hosted via appointment. Please email email@example.com for availability.
We want your invites to be perfect for you, so you will always be sent a PDF proof to approve prior to printing.
My wording - You are welcome to email through your wording and there are templates lower down to help you with deciding what you want to include. Once we receive your order, we will contact you to confirm the exact requirements for your stationery order. We can help with the design and layout and can offer examples if they will be helpful. Just pop your order in and we will contact you and guide you easily through the rest.
PDF proofs - We supply PDF proofs for non-sample orders of invitations so that you can check that the wording, font and layout is perfect for you. If you aren't happy with anything on the proof, pljust let us know and we will be happy to keep making amendments until you confirm you are 100% happy and give us the go ahead to proceed.
I like the design but... - Fancy something slightly different? Just let us know what changes you would like made to this design and we will always try our best to accommodate you.
Timescales - We advise allowing up to 12 weeks for your invitations to be made. Although in most instances we hope that it won't take us this long, at busy periods when we have a lot of 'on-the-day' items to make (such as place markers and seating charts), we have to prioritise the more time-sensitive items for the big day itself. As you approach your big day, we hope that you will appreciate this. We have always got our on the day items out on time because of this timescale. Please see the 'Helpful Information' section below, if you are unable to wait this long.
Prefer to order in person, rather than from a website? - If you are local to South Wales, you are welcome to come and visit us to view this and other invitation samples. We can discuss your particular requirements in greater depth and I can help you perfect your design so that it is exactly right for you and your big day. Please note that visits can only be hosted via appointment, so please email for availability.
How to order
To place your order you will need to complete the following steps:
1. Customise - Enter any personalisation information into the "Customise it" tab, just above this item description. Once you have completed this section remember to 'Save' at the bottom. If you cannot see the 'Customise it' tab, you can always enter this information into the comments box at checkout.
2. Select and Add - Select the correct options from the dropdown boxes above. Enter the quantity required then 'Add to cart'.
3. Checkout. - Follow the normal checkout procedure. Remember to use the 'Pay by Bank Transfer' or 'Pay by Card over the Phone' payment method if your order is for more than £100 and you want to just pay a deposit or spread the cost with a Payment Plan (further details are below). We will then contact you with further payment details when we have examined your order. If you choose to pay by PayPal, or to enter your card details, you will pay the full amount straight away.
4. Email Extra Information - If you want to send us any files or further information, simply reply to the order confirmation email and provide us with any extra information or file attachments. It's that easy. If you have missed anything out, we'll contact you and ask for it, so don't worry.
Your Invites - Your Design
Personalise this design in any way that suits you...
- Card Type - More details on our card types can be seen here. You can also order cardstock samples.
- Ribbons - Ribbons are available in most colours and textures, from multiple manufacturers.
- Diamante Ribbon Slider - Usually a heart, square, diamond or circle. Alternative shapes can be used upon request, although there may be an additional charge for them.
- Fonts - Our fonts can be seen here:
- Wording - We have some example wording, but are happy to use any wording that you like. If you would like your invitations printed in a foreign language, or bi-lingual, please just supply the wording in the language that you would like it printed in. Please be aware that some of the fonts may not include letter accents. Links to wording examples can be found lower down.
- Pull-out Template - If you prefer, you can do your own layout using the following template. We are happy to design the layout for you if you prefer though.
The Little Extras
- RSVP & Information Layers - If you wish to add a removable RSVP layer (postcard style) and any information layers, just select how many you would like from the dropdown box above.
- Name & Address Printing - If nothing is selected, a guideline will be used for you to handwrite the recipient's name onto each invite. We are happy to print each individual guest name on the invites for a small additional cost, and names/addresses on the envelopes. To make it easier, why not use the template below to list all of your names and addresses.
- Envelopes - We do supply all invitations with a lovely matt envelope in either white or cream. To upgrade to a broderie or pearlescent envelope, please order those select that above.
Large Quantity Discounts
Quantity discounts are available on bespoke stationery and these will automatically be applied at the checkout at the following rates.
Quantity not encouraged, so priced at £10 each.
As with the exception of samples we only make invitations in minimum quantities of 10, we advise ordering a few spares. There is usually someone that you realise afterwards that you forgot to invite :-)
Please note that only orders placed at the same time will receive the discounts shown above. If you order 50 initially, then a further 30, the first order will receive a 2% discount, while the second will receive a 1% discount. If all are ordered at the same time, a 3% discount would be received for all of them.
A full co-ordinating range is available for this design. If prices aren't yet showing, please just get in touch.
- Save the Date Cards
- Day Invitations
- Evening Invitations
- Order of Service / Order of the Day
- Seat Reservation Cards
- Table Names / Numbers
- Place Markers
- Table Plan
- Guest Book
- Other items are available upon request
These invitations are handmade using the finest materials. It takes a lot of time and care to make each one. Please allow 2-3 weeks for samples and up to 12 weeks for your invitations to arrive. Please note that this timescale begins once you have finished confirming your font and wording, which may not be the same day as placing your order.
If you cannot wait this long, it may be possible for us to be able to make your invitations quicker, but this depends on how busy we are at the time. Please check with us before ordering if you need your item(s) faster than 3 months. Please note that a faster timescales may require us to work outside of regular working hours, as a result there may be a surcharge for faster orders. Please contact us before placing an order when a faster timescale is required. If you wish to pre-book a manufacturing slot we are happy to do this for a small deposit, even if you haven't yet chosen a design. Please just contact us if you wish to pre-book a slot.
Do I have to pay the full amount up front?
If your bespoke stationery order is for less than £100, then yes, full payment is required at time of ordering. If your bespoke stationery order is for more than £100, then you do not need to pay the full amount upfront. Simply select 'Pay by Bank Transfer' or 'Pay by Card over the Phone' and we will contact you for a 50% deposit. The balance will then be due when your stationery is ready to be dispatched. If you wish to set up a payment plan to help spread the cost, please just get in touch with us before placing your order.
You have the option to spread the cost of your stationery. Pay a little each month between now and when your stationery is due and spread the cost of your wedding stationery. Start saving with us as soon as you would like, even if you aren't ready to order yet. If you find that you have saved a bit more than your stationery costs, this will be refunded to you. Please be aware that nothing is sent out to you until it has been paid for in full. Please contact us for further information on our payment plans. If you would like to start saving with a payment plan please just drop us an email.
Wording and Layout
Please note that your wording can be submitted via email once you have made your order. Once we have your wording we will arrange the layout and email you a proof to approve (pdf). We will not start printing anything until you have confirmed that you are completely happy with the proof. We are happy to make any changes that you might like and then send through a revised proof. They are your invitations and we want them to be perfect for you.
If you would prefer to arrange the layout of the wording yourself, please feel free to use the following pre-sized document as a starting point. You do not have to use the wording already on there, it is just a suggestion to give you somewhere to start from. Most of the fonts that we use won't be installed on your computers. Just use whatever fonts you have available and let us know if you have a preferred font. We will then change the fonts, check that the layout works for the new fonts and email you back a pdf proof to approve (this will show the correct fonts). We are happy to make any changes that you might like and then send through a revised proof for you as needed. Please note that there should be a mimum border of 0.8mm on the invitations.
While we will make you aware if we notice an error (such as spelling) with the wording that you provide, please note that we do not offer a proof-reading service. You should check the pdf proofs that we send you carefully as these will be how the finished print will appear.
If you have selected to have the guest names and/or addresses printed as well, please also email us this completed form with the details. I am sorry, but we do not accept the address in a different format.
To help try and keep the costs down, we are an internet only site and do not have a regular store. This is why we are happy to refund an invitation sample against an invitation order for you (please see section above).
It is possible (by pre-arrangement only) to arrange a consultation to come and view some of the invitations with Cally and further discuss your particular requirements. As this is most commonly requested out of regular office hours, consultations are held at a residential address in the postcode area: CF3 2NN (between Cardiff and Newport, South Wales).
It is with regret that due to a number of people who have arranged a consultation and then do not turn up without the consideration of letting us know, there is now a £5 cost for consultations, payable at time of booking. This fee is completely refunded against a stationery order of £50 or more, so you will not lose out. We are happy to try and accommodate a time to suit you, so as well as during the day, we will also try and hold consultations in the evening or at weekends if this is easier for you. The consultation sessions are up to an hour and we can show you the invitations, cardstocks, ribbon samples and embellishments. If you have your own ideas for a design, this can also be discussed in the consultation. This is also a great way to colour-match.
We will send you a text message to remind you of your appointment the day before your consultation. If you are unable to make your appointment and can let us know with at least 3 hours notice before the appointment time, we are happy to either refund the full consultation fee for you, or rearrange to another day/time if you prefer.
If you are unable to give us at least 3 hours notice, or simply do not turn up, we regret that the consulation fee will be forfeit. If you are running late, please just let us know and we will always try and accommodate you if we possibly can. Contact details will be provided on arranging the consultation.
To arrange a consultation, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guarantee a Diary Slot
Although we don't like to do it, regrettably we do have to turn down a number of stationery requests every year. We always advise ordering with us as soon as possible so that you don't have to pay the slightly higher costs associated with the faster orders, and to make sure that we can fit you in. If you would like to secure a space in the diary so that we can definitely make your invitations for you (even if you haven't chosen your design yet), please let us know and we can take a small deposit to secure you a space in the diary. This deposit is then deducted from your invitation total. When ordering invitations, we will ask whether you are likely to order on-the-day items. There is no obligation to do so, we only ask so that we can reserve a manufacturing timeslot for you. No deposit is required for this if you have already ordered invitations from us.
As this stationery item is made bespoke for you, it is with regret that it cannot be returned for refund. Please note that we always ask you to approve a proof layout before printing so that you can check that you are happy with the wording prior to printing, thus avoiding possible printing errors. We also advise that you obtain a sample prior to any large orders so that you can check that you are happy with the materials used to make the item. We are sure you will love them though, as we only use the best materials to make our stationery.
This does not affect your statutory rights.
FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions
- I can't see a design that matches my colour scheme. Can you make your designs in other colours?
Yes. Every invitation or keepsake item is specifically made for the individual client. As a result they can be tailored to suit your particular needs or colour scheme. There are a range of colours and textures that can be used to help create your perfect design.
- Do you have a catalogue?
Due to the individual nature of the invitations, we are unable to offer a complete catalogue. There are a number of design ideas on this website, and these can all be tailored to your own particular requirements.
- Do you offer samples of the invitations?
We are happy for you to purchase just a single sample of an invitation. If you then go ahead and place an order for £50 or more, we are happy to refund the cost of one sample invitation for you. Unfortunately we are not able to offer samples on other stationery items.
- The sample is nearly perfect, but can I change any aspects of it before I order my own?
Yes, we are happy to make any changes to any design right up until the point where an order is started to be processed. We want you to be completely happy with any design. If you are not happy with any aspect of a sample then we are more than happy to change it for you.
- How environmentally friendly is your card and paper?
The card and paper that we use is very environmentally friendly. Most of the materials that we use are made from recycled materials. We try and source the remaining card from a mill that uses sustainable forests, where 2 trees are planted for every one that is felled.
- How environmentally friendly is your glitter?
With our bespoke stationery, we try and use "eco glitter" wherever possible. Although this is more expensive for us to get in, it is much better for the environment, which is important to us. The eco glitter is biodegradable and made from a certified compostable film, adhering to European EN13432 standards. It is non toxic, free of heavy metals and is sustainably sourced. There are no genetically modified materials or materials obtained from genetically modified organisms. While we try to use the eco glitter wherever possible, it is possible that some designs may use traditional glitter where eco glitter is not available. We always use eco glitter whenever possible though, as our impact on the environment is very important to us.
- Is there a minimum order?
Excepting samples, which can be purchased singly, bespoke invitations and save the date cards need to be ordered as a minimum of 10. This applies even if you have already placed an order with us previously. We always advise ordering a few spare invites. You will be surprised how many people you can forget to invite.
- How much deposit would be required?
For stationery order values greater than £100, a minimum deposit of 50% is required before we can commence with your order. When the order is ready to be dispatched, we would then contact you to ask for any remaining balance. Once this has been received your items will be sent out. For order values of less than £100 we require full payment at time of ordering.
- How far in advance of an event date do I need to think about sending invitations?
This would depend entirely on the event. In the case of weddings, Save the Date cards are usually sent out 9-12 months prior to the wedding, particularly with summer weddings, although you can send them as early as you like. It is traditional for wedding invitations to be sent out to guests at least 8-12 weeks prior to a wedding, with an RSVP date of about 4-6 weeks before the wedding date. For non-wedding events there is no traditional timescale in which to send out invitations. As a general rule, the earlier you send an invitation, the more positive responses you are likely to get. Please check when your venue needs final numbers, and take this into account when choosing when to send out your invitations.
- How long does it take you to fulfill an order?
The earlier you place an order, the easier it will be to fulfill. In some instances a fast turnaround time may be possible for a simple small order, but the larger, or more complex the order, the more time it will take to make it. This is particularly relevant if a full matching order is being placed. We may need to schedule time to ensure that all aspects of your order have the full time available to cater for the last minute aspects of a wedding, such as a table plan or place cards. We always advise allowing 3 months for stationery orders. Please check availability with us before ordering On-the-day items.
- Do you offer a payment plan?
Yes. We realise that weddings can be an expensive time! There are so many different things that you have to pay for, all at the same moment. We therefore want to help make things a little easier. There is no minimum order that you need to place to take advantage of the payment plan option. Just choose what you would really like to have, and we will work out a payment plan that can spread the cost for you. We will start work when the deposit amount has been reached (if the order will be over £100), so you would need to allow enough time for your payment to complete and your order to be crafted. Please note that this is not a loan or a credit agreement. No interest will be charged and there is no credit check. It is simply a way to spread the cost. Full payment needs to be received before your order is sent out. The payment plans apply to bespoke stationery. Please contact us via email for further information and full terms.
- What payment methods do you accept?
Our preferred payment method for payment plans is via bank transfer, as it is easier for both of us to keep track of the payments. Most British personal bank accounts will process these transfers almost instantly. If doing a payment plan, we recommend setting up a regular standing order, as you are in complete control of that, however if you would to just pop in a payment now and then, you are more than welcome to do so. We can accept debit or credit card payments too. I am sorry, but we do not accept PayPal payments for a payment plan, only for orders placed through the checkout. Please note that for your own security we do not store either your card or your bank details.
- What delivery method do you use?
Deliveries will normally be dispatched using either a Royal Mail or a courier service. Deliveries (excluding samples) will require a signature upon delivery.
- Do you deliver overseas?
Stationery orders sent to the mainland UK are shipped free of charge. Please contact us via email for shipping rates and availability outside mainland UK. Please indicate what you are looking to order, and the approximate quantity, as the cost may vary depending on the shipping weight.
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