Q: WHEN SHOULD I ORDER MY INVITES?
A: As soon as possible! It’s never too early to think about the details. Once you have your date set, and some ideas for your wedding please contact me to start discussing your needs and timeline. Custom takes time, and the design process is taken seriously. The earlier you get in touch the better chance that you will get into the custom queue, as only a certain number of custom invitations can be worked on at one time. Invite suites generally take anywhere from 4-12 weeks based on complexity. However, they can be prepared and shipped within 4 weeks - this will incur a rush order fee of $250. Save the Dates can be generally be completed within 4-6 weeks. As with most things wedding, the more time the better!
Q: WHAT SHOULD I BUDGET FOR MY STATIONERY?
A: This is really up to you! Some planners say to take about 5-10% of your total budget and put it towards stationery, but of course that will differ from person to person. If you really want beautiful paper elements but also want truffle potatoes or flowers flowing from the ceiling, you may need to balance your budget. Whatever your budget is, Petite Paperie can help you design some very unique stationery pieces for your big day!
Q: WHAT PRINT AND PAPER SERVICES DO YOU OFFER?
A: Petitie Paperie is proud to offer many print methods, the basic being digital CMYK. Our 'house' stock is a 100lb white cardstock by Cougar. Upgrades include 130lb cardstock, Lettra 100% cotton in 110lb and 220lb as well as heavier letterpress stocks, coloured stocks, handmade papers and vellum. If you choose to go with the 'Luxe' option you open the possibilities of printing to: letterpress, digital white, silver or gold, , foil in many metallic colors, embossing and de-bossing. Whichever print method you choose, Petite Paperie guarantees your design will be created to produce beautiful prints!
Q: WHEN SHOULD I SEND MY INVITES?
A: Typically, a Save the Date should be sent out 8-12 months in advance of your wedding date. A full invite should be sent between 3-6 months prior to your wedding date. I like to suggest that the more detailed or elaborate your wedding weekend is, the further out from your date you should send an invite. 2021 will likely be a very busy wedding season and it is strongly recommended to send Save the Date's early to ensure your guests can commit to your special day!
Q: HOW MANY INVITES SHOULD I ORDER?
A: Wedding invitations should count households/couples instead of using standard head counts. I recommend ordering 5-10 extra invites to account for last minute additions as well as a keepsake for yourself & your photographer to use for flat lays (a must have photo!) Consider that it's very expensive to print in small batches and if you decided you need an extra invite or two, you will have to order the minimum of 10, and incur shipping costs.
Q: HOW DO I WORD MY INVITES? MY RSVP? IT'S ALL SO OVERWHELMING!
A: Wedding invitations should reflect your personality. If you are a fairly traditional bride, the more reserved and formal the tone of your invite wording should be. I suggest using full names, parents names and formal wording for this style of invite. If you are having a relaxed wedding or eloping, I suggest having a little more fun with your wording and adding some personality. I am more than happy to help you decide what information should be on the invite and how to word it. It's all part of the custom design process!
Q: WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW TO RECEIVE A QUOTE ON INVITES AND PAPER ELEMENTS.
A: When designing an invite suite or any paper element, there are many details to know! Please provide as much information as possible including your preferred budget (see options here) your preferred paper type, inclusions any add-ons and specific details. The information that needs to be included, exact wording and details are something we can discuss once we have signed a contract. Of course, the event information is critical – please include event date and location. Inspiration photos, Pinterest boards and any information on the event theme are great! Once we make contact I will send out a more specific questionnaire to make sure we don't miss anything.
Q: WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW TO RECEIVE A QUOTE ON SIGN PROJECTS?
A: When you contact us with your project as much information as possible up front will give us the best chance at an accurate quote. Size, materials, quantities, budget, wording and inspiration photos are the most important. Pinterest is a great resource for finding inspiration for stationery items. Please also include your event date and location, as well as any other timeline or important information.
Q: HOW LONG DOES A CUSTOM INVITATION JOB USUALLY TAKE?
A: Custom invitation design and assembly can take time. As mentioned above, it’s never too early to start discussing and ordering your stationery. However, most invite projects can be done within 4-10 weeks depending on complexity. This allots for time for the design process, printing, assembly and delivery. Specialty additions and large or complicated suites can take longer and timeline will be discussed before signing the contract. As noted above 4 weeks is a minimum timeline for custom invite suites and will incur a rush order fee of $150.
Q: HOW LONG DOES A CUSTOM SIGN OR DAY OF STATIONERY USUALLY TAKE?
A: Custom designs for things like menus and seating charts are time sensitive since most brides will not know their details until much closer to the wedding date. Timeline will be discussed before signing a contract and although the details are not always easy to confirm, the sooner you know the better. In general, a custom sign or day of item will take 6-8 week to complete. As noted above 4 weeks is a minimum timeline for custom signs and will incur a rush order fee of $100.
Q: DOES PETITE PAPERIE OFFER DESIGN AND WRITING ON PERSONALLY OWNER OR RENTED CHALKBOARDS/MIRRORS/ETC.
A: YES! Petite Paperie has a range of items available for rent such as large mirros, acrylic frames and more. The cost of a rental is above and beyond the cost of design and drawing, it will be part of your custom quote. If you prefer to rent a chalkboard or mirror from a styling company, or have your own surfaces - writing and design is available. These projects will be quoted similarly to others, depending on size, style, complexity of design only without material cost. However, the design process is similar and we will need plenty of time to get the design just right! Please make sure that you discuss rental durations and uses with your provider. The pieces will need to be dropped off for writing 48 hours prior to the date needed. Please note: some rental companies do not allow chalk 'markers' or paint pens to be used on their chalkboard, please be sure to check.
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