OUR PROCESS & TIMELINE

To ensure the highest quality stationery and eliminate errors, we adhere to the following process:

  1. Client questionnaire completed (Can be conducted in-person for local clients)
  2. Estimate sent to client
  3. Initial deposit of 50% + content (wording and specifics) sent to SPG
  4. Design process begins
  5. First round of digital proofs sent to client
  6. Final round of digital proofs + final invoice of remaining 50% sent to client
  7. Production completed*
  8. Assembly, if included within project scope, completed
  9. All stationery delivered to client

*Production begins once the final invoice is paid and the client has given final approval via email that every detail is correct—including spelling, grammar, and punctuation. After production begins, Society Paper Goods is not liable for any future changes or mistakes.

  • Save the dates: Save the dates are typically mailed 6-12 months before the date of wedding. Please allow 5-8 weeks for design and production.
  • Wedding invitations: Wedding invitations are typically mailed 6-8 weeks before the date of wedding. Please allow 7-10 weeks for design and production.
  • Wedding weekend event invitations: If being mailed separately, wedding weekend event (rehearsal dinner, brunch, welcome dinner, etc.) invitations are typically mailed 1 month before the event. Please allow 5-8 weeks for design and production. 
  • Day-of stationery: We often finalize the design details of day-of stationery (programs, menus, escort cards, etc.) months prior to the date of wedding, but wait to print until attendance is more firm. However, we recommend having each of these items in-hand 2 weeks prior to wedding day. Please allow 5-8 weeks for design and production.

For non-wedding custom projects, please contact us to learn more about our standard times for design and production.

Note: When planning a timeline for wedding stationery, we recommend saving time for addressing or calligraphy. Calligraphers typically require 2-6 weeks for their service and often need 10-20% more envelopes. If our clients let us know what their calligrapher requires, we can incorporate this into our estimate.


DEFINITIONS

Flat printing: This print method is much different than foil stamping or letterpress. Instead of using printing plates to transfer the design from computer to paper, the design is printed directly onto paper from the digital design. It is perfect for a more modest budget because it is less labor- and process-intensive. While the final result is flat, with no impression or texture, flat printing is still a great option to achieve a beautiful final stationery product. Flat printing allows for more paper and color options—unlike foil and letterpress which require certain types of paper and increase in cost per color. Any pieces that feature variable information, such as printed escort cards or digital envelope printing, are printed using flat printing.

Flat printing is ideal for more complex, multi-color designs; darker paper; designs with more ink coverage; and variable printing.

Foil stamping: This print method uses printing plates to transfer the digital design to paper. Foil stamping, which can mean metallics as well as matte colors, uses colored sheets instead of ink to apply the design to the paper. Because the foil sheets are applied with heat and pressure, the design is actually imprinted into the paper leaving a slight impression or texture. Foil is opaque and does not change based on the color of paper on which the design is printed. The result is very clean, bold, and modern. And remember: Because each foil color is applied individually, the cost of foil stamping increases as the number of foil colors used increases. 

Foil stamping is ideal for mixing with other print methods; more simple (but still impactful) layouts; light and dark paper; and designs with less ink coverage. 

Letterpress: This centuries-old print method uses printing plates, applied with hand-mixed ink, to imprint a design into paper. It is a more labor-intensive print method because each ink color is printed individually and each sheet of paper is hand-fed into the printing press. Letterpress ink isn’t opaque and occasionally needs a second “pass” for more vibrant coverage. The result, however, is beautifully handmade and feels sophisticated and highly-custom. Keep in mind: The cost of letterpress printing reflects the labor and process, as well as the 100% cotton paper (which is more expensive than more conventional paper stock), required to achieve an exceptional product. 

Letterpress is ideal for more simple (but still impactful) layouts; light paper; and designs with less ink coverage.

Edge painting: Edge painting is the process of coloring the edges of cards, invitations, etc. Edge painting can be done with solid colors as well as metallics and even foils.

Belly band: A belly band is a paper wrap, which can be designed in a variety of widths and using many different papers, that wraps around an invitation. It can be left plain or printed on using any of our print methods.

Die cutting: Die cutting is the process of using a designed die to cut paper into a non-standard shape. The resulting stationery can be round, oval, or heart-shaped or have scalloped edges, rounded corners, or windows cut into the design. 

Ribbon belts: Similar to a belly band, ribbon belts wrap around an invitation to produce a polished look. We can use many types of ribbons—the choice is based upon the desired look and feel of the stationery suite.

Hang tag: A hang tag is a piece of paper, which can be designed in a variety of sizes and shapes, that is tied on a ribbon and wrapped around a stationery suite. Hang tags typically display an icon, monogram, or date and are printed using any of our print methods.

Envelope liner: An envelope liner is paper, either patterned or printed specifically for a stationery suite, trimmed and adhered to the inside of an envelope. We can create envelope liners for both the primary, outer envelope as well as envelopes included inside the stationery suite.


FAQS

When do I need to order my wedding stationery? Timing recommendations can be found in the section called "Our Process & Timeline" listed above. 

When do I need to order my event stationery? For non-wedding custom projects, please contact us to learn more about our standard times for design and production.

Can I order an exact design from your website? Since all of our stationery is designed and produced for each individual client, we do not reproduce past designs. However, we will soon offer a semi-custom line of wedding stationery that will give clients the ability to “order” a design they see on our website.

Do you offer assembly and mail services? We do, in fact, offer assembly and mail services but at an extra cost. If this is something a client is interested in, we can provide pricing as well as details about the specific services.

How can I pay the 50% deposit and the final invoice? At this time, we only accept payment by check.

How much does custom stationery cost? Check out our Investment page to learn more about the cost of custom stationery. 

Do you offer samples of your work? We can provide samples of each print method if necessary. Samples of entire stationery suites can be viewed when meeting with us in person.

How many extras should I order? We recommend between 15-20 extra of each item in the custom stationery project. This accommodates for returned mail, mistakes, changes to an event’s guest list, and keepsakes. When estimating wedding stationery, keep in mind that one invitation typically invites a couple or even a family—so plan for a stationery quantity that equals half of the total guest list (plus extras of course!). 

What can I expect when working with Society Paper Goods? Respectfully, we will serve as a stationery expert—offering advice on paper quality, typefaces, color palettes, and more, but understand that these special events are not ours. We will always prioritize our clients’ individual tastes, needs, and time above our own while maintaining our mission to create beautiful, high-quality custom stationery that will be treasured for years to come.