Bat mitzvah invitation
|An unusually-shaped envelope arrives in the mail, the address hand-lettered or in beautiful type; anticipation sets in. The envelope is eagerly opened. This is the first taste your guest has of what will be your celebration.
You will bring your sense of design, of tradition, of meaning to this event, beginning with the invitation. Peggy Davis will work with you, as she has with hundreds of customers, to design your invitations, bringing her personal touch to the printed work.
You are welcome to visit her studio, which is not far from Shelburne Falls, Greenfield, Amherst & Northampton, MA and Brattleboro & Wilmington, VT. Peggy also works successfully with people all over the country by mail, phone and e-mail to create invitations.
There are many choices to be made in creating a coordinated invitation or announcement set, and Peggy guides you, step by step. The cover or border design(s) can be chosen from a printer's album or from Peggy's previous work, or a new one can be created for you through consultation with you by phone or in person. This design can be applied to other items such as program booklets, benchers, centerpieces, banners, etc.
You may choose to enclose the whole set in a pocket folder, add one or more layers of colored paper to enhance the design, alter a design with custom cutting, or your choice of colors.
You are invited to click on the thumbnail images that appear on this page to see full size images of these selected invitations. Please note that colors may not be the same on your screen as in the originals, and that designs are available in a variety of ink colors, paper colors and textures. You may request samples to be sent to you to see the actual colors and papers.
There are websites for printers noted at the bottom of the page, to see what they offer. If you choose to order something exactly as shown in an album without additional design work by Peggy, she will place the order, providing the same help in guiding you through the process.
The cost varies widely, depending on the choices of materials and complexity of the design. Peggy will work with you to meet your needs and your budget. A detailed estimate will be prepared for you once a plan is developed. The average price range of invitation orders is $300-1000 for 100 invitation sets, which could include invitations, envelopes, RSVP cards and envelopes, thank you notes, any other insert cards, and place cards. Pocket invitation sets start at about $600.
The Design Process
If there is a verse from a traditional source appropriate to the occasion, such as from a Bar/Bat Mitzvah Torah portion, it is often the inspiration for an invitation design. A verse including child's name may inspire the design for a birth announcement or invitation. Other languages, including Yiddish, Ladino, Spanish, Italian, French or Russian, can be used in the design.
You may choose to use hand-lettering or type. One or the other may be appropriate, depending on the design and your budget. Hand-lettering provides a more personal, immediate touch to the invitation, and can be adapted in shape and form in a way that type cannot.
One thing that makes Peggy's invitations stand out is that even her typeset invitations have the look of hand-work. She uses one of two personal Hebrew fonts created from her own hand-lettering, and offers selected English fonts designed by calligraphers.
Peggy uses printing companies who make a variety of papers, sizes and ink colors available. She can send samples to help you make these choices. Some papers are recycled, with textures, fiber or flecks, others shades of white and off-white or ivory with smooth, linen or textured surfaces. There are many ink colors available. She has also located sources for specialty papers, such as paper embedded with flower seeds.
Most of Peggy's invitations have been printed with raised ink, but now there are more options. She can offer two-color or full-color digital printing as well, and can arrange for letterpress printing.
How to Begin
As you look through the examples here, you may find something that appeals to you or which you'd like to adapt. You may find examples of styles, designs or symbols elsewhere, in a book, a greeting card, a magazine. Any of these can be helpful in creating a design. Give Peggy a call at 413-624-3204, and from a conversation with you and any examples you provide, she will send you sketches, and with your further comments, a sketch will be refined to your satisfaction. Then she will create the final art, which work will be mailed or faxed to you for approval before being sent to the printer. The printer will ship the invitation or announcement sets directly to you.
Now you can begin this fascinating journey!
Peggy also provides an option if time is short and you aren't commissioning custom art for your invitation. Call for more information.
If you have any questions about what to order or how to place it, don't hesitate to call Peggy at 413-624-3204.