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It’s all about finding THE wedding invitation suite that fits your personality: one that allows your guests to see who you are ~ and of course, one that you think is absolutely marvelous!  

Our stationery stylists have had the pleasure to work with countless couples to create gorgeous wedding stationery. And, we will be honored to be part of YOUR day, too! 

    Let's Get Started!

    We invite you to our studio to begin working on your pretty paper. We also offer phone consultations for clients who are not local.

    Why Should I Work With a Local Stationer like Cute Buttons? 

    We are proud to be paper experts (we opened our doors in 2008) who know wording, invitation & envelope addressing etiquette and can personally guide you through every step of the process including your stationery timeline and wedding day paper. We have a curated selection of paper styles from the finest vendors to set the tone and create a paper trousseau to wow your guests. 
    We pride ourselves on the personal touch. We also create a fun, stress-free environment, and you won't have trouble hearing from us throughout the process. 
    And oh, did we say we are always grateful for the LOCAL LOVE? 

    When Do I Order My Wedding Invitations?

    We encourage you to order your wedding invitation suite 6 months before your wedding. You are more than welcome to order sooner if you are ready. This will give you plenty of time to go through the proofing process with no rush fees and account for vendor and/or shipping delays. Also, it will allow your calligrapher - if you have one - time to address your envelopes.

    Invitation suites can take anywhere from 12 business days to 3 months to be completed (after all proofs are approved in writing), so be sure to allocate enough time to get them done properly. This is important to note that specialty printing options like engraving, thermography, foil and letterpress take more time. We want you to find a suite that is perfect for you - not one where you had to order due to time constraints.

    What Happens During Our Appointment? 

    We will meet in our North Raleigh, NC studio (or via phone if you are not local) where we will chat about what's paramount to YOU and your wedding, the different printing processes and budget options to make sure we are aligned in what's important to you. We'll also talk about ALL of your wedding paper needs.
    • Can we help you with save the dates?
    • How about programs, rehearsal dinner, welcome party & shower invitations, menu cards, table numbers, signage seating charts/escort cards, and cocktail napkins?
    • Cute welcome bag letters and tags or stickers?
    • And don’t forget thank you notes to show how grateful you are for thoughtful gifts.
    How Does One Choose? 

    We know that when it comes to selecting wedding invitations, social media and wedding blogs can be your best friend and overwhelming at the same time. Just come in with an open mind, but share your vision.

    • Do you want to incorporate your wedding colors or a design, or do you want a clean look with bold or elegant typography only?
    • What type of ceremony and reception are you having?
    • What are the paper elements that you need?
    • Are you feeling foil or letterpress?
    • Are layers or pockets eye-catching for you?
    • Do you love wax seals and vellum?
    We have many wedding invitation samples from past sweet clients to show you and love the opportunity to work on something new. 

    I'm Ready to Order. Now What? 
    First of all thank you for trusting us with your business. 

    We'll work on your wording, design elements and etiquette together. Once you receive your digital proof, we'll make sure to capture your edits and keep proofing until you are happy with your product. We will not begin the production process until we receive your approval in writing. When your order arrives, be ready to pick up your pretty package from our studio (we do offer drop ship options so please be sure to discuss them with us).
    When Do I Mail My Save the Dates? 

    We recommend mailing save the dates 6 to 9 months in advance of your Big Day. Nine months to a year is especially ideal for destination and international weddings.
    When Do I Mail My Wedding Invitations?

    Your guests are getting as excited as you are. They will appreciate receiving an invitation 2 to 3 months before the wedding if you sent save the dates. If you don't  plan to order save the dates, we recommend adding another month or two to your mailing timeline.

    How Many Wedding Invitations Should I Order?

    Remember, every guest does not need an invitation. Think of how many mailboxes these pretty paper pieces will be gracing. And always order extras. For you to save. For family, friends and coworkers you inadvertently left off the initial list. And, for your photographer to have a few sets to take pretty pictures. A good rule of thumb is to order a 10 percent buffer.

    What Should Our RSVP Date Be?

    We advise our couples to put an RSVP date on their response card of 4 to 6 weeks prior to their wedding date. 

    How Much Does It Cost to Mail Wedding Invitations?

    Don’t assume your suite will just need a basic postage stamp. Before you purchase the pretty wedding stamps, take a completely assembled suite to your local post office to be weighed. 
    Another note: square invitations, extra embellishments like wax seals pockets and oversized invitation sets will require a surcharge from the post office. And, any item that weighs more than one ounce typically calls for extra postage. If you can, ask the USPS to hand cancel your invitation sets. 

    Thank You Notes

    We love paper (obviously), so we encourage all of our couples to order their social stationery. Thank your guests for their gifts by sending them a Handwritten Note. You can tackle a few at a time so it’s not so overwhelming. Remember: it’s not polite to accept a wedding gift without thanking the giver properly.

    When Do I Order Other Wedding Stationery?

    Two to three months before your wedding is a good time to start thinking about your wedding day paper or items like rehearsal dinner, welcome party and bridal shower + engagement party invitations.

    Think ceremony programs, menu cards, table numbers, signage, seating charts, cocktail napkins, place cards, welcome signs, welcome bag tags and letters, etc.  

    Ready to Take the Next Step?