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The Great Wedding Stationery Debate: Semi-Custom vs Bespoke Designs

Updated: May 2, 2023

If you're reading this, chances are you're in the market for some wedding stationery, and we couldn't be more excited to help you out. But first things first - let's talk about the great wedding stationery debate: semi-custom vs bespoke designs?

Venue illustration wedding invitation in navy blue

Semi-custom designs are like the best of both worlds - they're like that happy medium between going full-on DIY and hiring a designer for the full package. With semi-custom designs, you can choose from a range of templates that have already been designed, and then customise the details like the colors, fonts, and wording to make it all your own.

Semi Custom


  • Quick and easy (perfect for indecisive couples!).

  • More affordable compared to bespoke designs.

  • You still get some level of personalisation.

  • Can be a good compromise if you and your partner have different design preferences.

  • Often include matching sets of invitations, save the dates, and other stationery items for a cohesive look.

  • Many semi-custom designs are created by professional designers, so the quality of the design is typically high.


  • Limited options for customisation compared to bespoke designs.

  • May not completely fulfill your specific vision.

  • While you can customise certain elements, the overall design may not be unique to you.

  • Semi-custom designs may not always be available in the exact colors, fonts, or styles you have in mind.

example of a bespoke die cut design

Bespoke Designs

Bespoke designs, on the other hand, are like a custom-made suit - completely tailored to your individual needs and preferences. If you're looking for something totally unique, this is the way to go. From the color scheme to the layout to the wording, everything is customised to your heart's content.


  • A bespoke design is truly one-of-a-kind, and can capture your unique style and vision.

  • Endless possibilities for customisation.

  • The perfect option for those who have a specific vision in mind.

  • The design process is collaborative, allowing you to have input and control over every detail.

  • You have the ability to incorporate personal touches or meaningful elements into the design.


  • Requires more time and involvement from the couple.

  • A bespoke design can be a larger investment of time and money.

  • With endless design options, the process can become overwhelming or cause indecisiveness.

  • The final product may not be exactly what you imagined, despite the collaborative process.

Ultimately, the most important thing is to choose what works best for you and your partner. If you're feeling decisive and want something quick and easy, the semi-custom option is perfect! If you want to go all out and have a unique vision that you want to bring to life, bespoke is the way to go.

Ready to bring your wildest wedding stationery dreams to life? We're here to help! While bespoke designs can be pricier than semi-custom options, here at Elinor Rose we offer competitive pricing and work with you every step of the way to make sure you're getting exactly what you want. So why settle for anything less than perfect? Contact us today to learn more about our semi-custom and bespoke design options so we can help make your wedding stationery dreams a reality!


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