FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I'm engaged and excited about pretty paper things, now what?
When should I send out my wedding invitations?
Most wedding invitations should be sent out 8-12 weeks (2-3 months) before your wedding day. For destination weddings where a Save the Dates have not been previously sent, we recommend sending invitations 16-20 weeks (4-5 months) before your wedding day.
When should I contact you?
We recommend you get in touch a minimum of 6 months before your wedding day for our semi-custom stationery lines (launching soon), and 8-12 months prior to your wedding day. This gives us enough time to collaborate with you to create something just perfect for your wedding day.
What do you mean by wedding invitation suite?
A wedding invitation suite typically includes at the minimum a wedding invitation, reply card, and coordinating envelopes for both. However most couples opt to include additional enclosure cards such as a direction or map card, accommodations, reception or other detail cards. For more formal occasions (or just those that want to make an impression) the invitation utilizes an inner envelope which is often lined with a contrasting colour or unique design, and an outer envelope, which is addressed and stamped.
What will my stationery cost?
We offer a range of stationery suites from semi-custom options based on pre-existing designs to fully custom suites. Most Beetle & Quill couples spend between $1800 and $3200 on their wedding invitation suite and some day of stationery goods.
Bespoke wedding stationery clients typically spend $2500+ for a fully custom luxury stationery suite and day of paper goods.
We currently have a minimum order amount of $800 CAD.
What if I don't need very many invitations?
We love intimate weddings too. That being said, the same amount of time is invested in designing an order of 20 invitations versus an order of 150 invitations, which is why our design minimum is a $1500 investment for custom wedding stationery, and $800 for collection stationery suites.
Do you offer day of stationery goods or other kinds of invitations?
We do! We're happy to design one cohesive, stylish and personal stationery suite to infuse your wedding day with your personality. We offer wedding menus, programs, seating charts, escort cards, place cards, favor tags, signage and more!
Once in awhile, we dip our toes in other types of stationery as well. Feel free to get in touch with us about other occasions right over here.
Do you offer samples before we purchase?
We're currently working on developing a sample kit for purchase. This will be available alongside the launch of our collections later this winter (so join our email list to get the big news!)
How do you print your invitations?
While some of our specialty processes (such as handmade paper and vellum wraps) are printed in house, we've partnered with local trusted trade printers to produce our digitally printed, letterpress and foil stamping print options.
What does postage cost these days?
Most wedding stationery suites will require one standard postage rate stamp for your reply card ($0.90) and will require between $1.90 (for a simple invitation, reply and envelopes) and $3.15 per suite to mail. For couples seeking vintage postage, you can expect to pay 1.5x- 3x the value of each stamp depending on how rare it is.
Do you offer mailing services?
We are pleased to offer complementary mailing services to all of our clients, where this would save you money (by not requiring any further postage). Mailing services are subject to signing of our standard mailing agreement and require you to either purchase postage with your suite, or provide it to us if you have sourced it yourself.
Your keepsake suite will be securely shipped to you to keep for your wedding memories alongside your wedding album and prints.
Will my invitations arrive assembled?
In cases where our clients choose not to take advantage of mailing services, your invitations will be securely packed and arrived fully assembled with your envelopes packaged separately to allow you to affix necessary postage and/or address your invitations with the calligrapher of your choice (we're happy to recommend a few). This also assures that the adhesive on your envelopes does not become prematurely moistened during shipping (due to weather conditions) and that your invitations will arrive to your guests as beautifully as they arrived to you.
Where do you ship too? / Do you offer delivery or local pick up?
We will gladly ship your custom stationery around the world. Whether you're an hour away from our Barrie, Ontario or requesting we ship your day-of stationery goods straight to your wedding venue in Tuscany, we're happy to accommodate your shipping requests. Please inform us at the beginning of your order so we can arrange a quote for you, and plan appropriate timelines.
For couples local to the Barrie, Ontario area, we offer delivery services for a nominal fee. At this time, we do not offer local pick up from our studio.