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Don't see what you need in our online shop?
We love creating custom designs! Click here to get started on your custom artwork for party essentials. Please keep in mind custom designs will take us a few days longer due to the design time.


Custom Art Commissions
Simple custom designs are included in our custom design products. If you would like to commission more intricate custom art, such as a pet portrait or house illustration, please see more additional information here.


Will I get a proof?
Any items ordered from our online shop have the option to add a digital proof for $5 - just check the box when adding the item to your cart. Custom designs will require a proof. The estimated ship date you see online reflects a same-day approval. Therefore, if you request revisions, this will delay your ship date. If you request a proof, we will not begin printing without your approval. If you have not received a proof within 4 business days, please reach out! 


What if I need my order sooner than the estimated ship date online? 
These are the dates we feel comfortable guaranteeing. If your event date is within standard production and you'd still like to proceed, please be sure we know the event date. Although we are unable to make any guarantees, we'll do everything we can to meet your requested date.

Due to the custom nature of our products, delays can occur. We will always reach out to you immediately upon realization of any delays.


Do you offer discounts for bulk orders?
Our price structure has a bulk-discount already built in! The cost per item will decrease as the quantity increases. All pricing is per design. Please reach out to us for pricing of quantities over 1,000.


Wedding or special event?
We would love to help create a design concept to carry through all aspects of your special event, or wedding. Please click here for more info! 


Invitations, Birth Announcements, Holiday Cards
We are very excited to announce a launch coming soon for semi-custom invitations! Please check back in the coming months to shop. 

We offer our semi-custom birth announcements in both flat printing and letterpress. Click here to shop! 

We take a limited number of custom invitation and paper projects each month. Please click here to get started, and see current turnaround time.


Additional products?
We like to say we can print anything! There are many items we do not offer online (for example, corporate gifts). Please reach out by sending us an email to Hello@theessentialmkt.com.


Single-sided, double-sided, wrap - explain! 
There is no additional charge to print double-sided, or have your design wrap around the cup! 

If you do not specify, we will print as shown in the sample online. By default, we typically print as follows:
Styrofoam cups: double-sided, or wrapped 
Shatterproof cups: single-sided
Stadium cups: double-sided, or wrapped
Koozies: double-sided
Napkins: dictated by the design.


What is the difference between one-ink color, two-ink colors, and full color?
Most of our printing is screen printing, meaning each color is printed one at a time. This is why it is an additional cost to print a second ink color. We also take this into consideration when designing, as we do not want ink colors too close, to allow for shift among color runs, or overlapping as this will result in an undesirable color. 

We have the ability to print "full color" or digital printing, on some items including shatterproof cups, napkins, and stadium cups. Digital printing allows us to print multiple colors all at once (think, a watercolor design or more than 2 ink colors). 


Do you offer more ink colors than shown online? 
Absolutely! Letterpress items can be printed in any Pantone ink color for + $75. Party items (cups, napkins, koozies, etc.) can be printed in any Pantone ink color for no additional cost. Just include the exact PMS # in your order notes.

How long will my order take?
In order to offer all of the possible sizes, color(s), and personalization options we do not keep any products "in-stock." Everything is printed as a custom order for you, and we always print/ship as quickly as we can! 

Click here to view turnaround times


Please read our Shop Policies here for additional information on colors, turnaround times and proofing. Thank you!