Virginia Merrit from Indie Olive answers some of your wedding stationary and invitation questions.

Q: What are the perks to working with a local stationer as opposed to an online invitation dealer? When would be the best time for them to do that?

A: There are several benefits to hiring a local stationery press verses working online. Sometimes it’s good to just sit down and talk through your wedding details with someone who can suggest coordinating paper pieces. If you have personalized details, a good designer can help pull those ideas together to create a personalized suite that really sets the tone of your wedding for the guests. You get to put your hands on the papers and different printing styles that are available versus looking at something on a screen.

Many elements are often interchangeable and you’re not limited like you are online. You’re able to pick and choose which elements of your suite you actually needed instead of a pre-determined package. You can often coordinate your day-of items (programs, place cards, seating charts, signage) with your invitations to have your wedding aesthetic cohesive from the first glimpse they have to various details on your big day. You also don’t run the risk of getting something in the mail you’re unhappy with days before they need to go in the mail. When working with a local stationery, you’re in constant communication with the same person and throughout the process you have a better idea of your final product. Our stationery press shop has several gift items and other paper products that might be helpful to planning your big day such as planners, wedding specific greeting cards, and bridal party gifts.

Q: What percentage of my wedding budget should be used for stationery?

A: Typically, I say 5% but this percentage can vary. One thing to keep in mind is that stationery can involve many items, including: save-the-dates, invitations, programs, place cards, menus and signage. The list can go on and on.  Save-the-dates and invitations are the first look for your wedding guests. You want to make it something special and personal that gets them excited for your big day.

Q: I’m completely overwhelmed. I don’t know the etiquette or what style would be suitable for my wedding. What should I do?

A: Hire a stationer. Sit down for a consult, let them pick your brain and guide you through the process.

Q: What is the process for a wedding invitation order?

A: We offer two different processes at Indie Olive; both

starting with a consult either in person or online. We use this opportunity to look through examples we have in house, including items we’ve custom designed before and specially curated invitation albums from some of the top stationer’s in the country. If you select an example from one of our albums, we’ll take some notes on any change requests (i.e.: colors, fonts.) and then proceed with your order by sending a proof. Your invitations would be completed shortly after approval.

If you select a custom designed invitation suite, we’ll take   several notes at our meeting and send a custom quote. Once the quote has been approved, and the deposit has been placed, we’ll complete your design proof in 1-2 weeks and stay in touch through the proofing processes. Once you’re proofs are approved, we’ll go to print and your invitations will be available to ship or pick up shortly after. You’ll work with the same stationer through the entire process and get the individual service every bride deserves.

Q: How long does the invitation process take?

A: Traditionaly, it is ideal to send invitations out 6-8 weeks prior to your event and save the dates 6-8 months before. You should safely allow yourself 1-2 weeks for addressing your envelopes and 6-8 weeks for design and production of your custom invites. Ideally you should start contacting invitation dealers 5-6 months before your wedding to insure plenty of time on your custom design. If you are going with a pre-selected design you can save a little time as they take approximately 3 weeks from beginning to end. It’s always a good idea to start the process early, even if you don’t have all of the details nailed down yet.

To work more closely with Indie Olive on your wedding, feel free to visit, call, or email Virginia at:
706 Main Street Eudora, KS