2-3 months in advance of when you wish to start any project is advised as design slots get booked in advance. (I usually have bookings anything up to 6 months ahead)
Anything from 12 months to 18 months before your wedding, everyone is different.
Traditionally invitations are sent 3-6 months before your wedding to guests. So allow at least 3 months before that for design time.
It varies from 3-8 weeks depending on detail and work involved.
I send all orders tracked and signed for unless small samples that are standard 1st class.
Hot foiling is when a metal plate is created with a bespoke design, pressed onto card with heat and foil leaving an indented shiny metalic effect.
Again this varies depending on budgets. On average an Aimee Willow Designs bride spends 7% of their wedding budget on all stationery & design.
I would recommend a gatefold or z fold invite – it’s one item that can still fit a fair amount of information on. Standard print only can keep costs minimal with no finishes such as foiling etc…
It can vary depending on the project. I ask for either the design fee or a 50% deposit to book your design time, then the remainder is due before final project handover or print.