What Happens During Our Appointment?
When Do I Send Out My Save the Dates?
When you set up an appointment with us, we will meet in our North Raleigh, NC studio where we will get a chance to hear from you about what you want in your paper. Yes, we do accept evening and weekend appointments. We'll educate you on the different printing processes and budget options to make sure we are aligned in what's important to you. During our meeting, 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 your guests how grateful you are for their thoughtful gifts.
I'm Ready to Order. Now What?
First of all thank you for trusting us with your business. We will help you with your wording, details and all of the pertinent information necessary to get a proof started. 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 you let us know 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)!
Why Should I Work With a Local Stationer like Cute Buttons?
We know there are endless options of online choices. Let's get this out of the way now: no we aren't the cheapest option available. We are proud to be paper experts who can guide you through every step of the process. We'll make sure you are staying within your budget while choosing a suite that you will be proud of years to come. We have a curated selection of quality wedding paper from the finest vendors, and you won't have trouble hearing from us. We are able to talk via phone, email or in person to answer any questions you may have along the way. And oh, did we say we are always grateful for the local love!
How Can You Help Me Navigate What I Want?
We know that social media, wedding blogs and Pinterest can be your best friend and overwhelming at the same time. We’re here to help.
Just come in with an open mind, but share with us your vision and wedding stationery budget for your Big Day. Do you want to incorporate your wedding colors in your suite, or do you want your paper look clean and with lots of typography? What type of ceremony and reception are you having? What are you looking for in your paper suite? Ask yourself, are you into ribbons? Are bold graphics your thing? Are you feeling foil or letterpress? Are layers and pockets eye-catching for you? Do you love wax seals and vellum? We have many samples from past sweet clients to show you in our shop and love the opportunity to work on something new.
We recommend mailing save the dates six to nine months in advance of your Big Day. Nine months to a year is especially ideal for destination and international weddings. Your save the dates can be fancy, fun, funky, formal ~ it’s your choice what style to choose. So make it yours!
When Do I Order My Wedding Invitations?
We encourage you to order your wedding invitation suite six months before your wedding. 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.
During our appointment, we also happily help you with wording, invitation & envelope addressing etiquette, calligraphy recommendations, your stationery timeline, and wedding day paper.
Invitation suites can take anywhere from 10 business days to up to 8 weeks to be completed (after proof approval) so be sure to allocate enough time to get them done properly. We want you to find a suite that is perfect for you - not one where you had to order due to time constraints.
When Do I Mail My Invitations?
Your guests are getting as excited as you are so they will appreciate receiving an invitation two to three months before the wedding if they received a save the date from you. If you don't have plans to order save the dates, we recommend adding another month or two to your mailing timeline.
Remember, every guest does not need an invitation. Think of how many mailboxes these pretty paper pieces will be gracing. And always order extras. 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 four to six weeks prior to their wedding date.
How Much Does It Cost to Mail Wedding Paper?
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 personalized thank you notes. It’s also the first time to show off the newlyweds in writing! Thank your guests for their gifts by sending them a Handwritten Note. You can tackle a few every evening so it’s not so overwhelming for you and your new spouse. Remember: it’s not polite to accept a wedding gift without thanking the giver properly.