Frequently Asked Questions
Noteworthy Paper & Press specializes in design and printing services for a wide range of projects. We have been letterpress printing in our studio in beautiful Missoula, Montana since 2008. We work with local clients, as well as clients from all over the country. When working with us, you have direct access to the team of people producing your project. You are in regular communication with our Custom Sales Manager, who will guide you through the stages of the design process from start to finish, as well as our Custom Designer, the artist and creative guru, that is collaboratively bringing your vision to life. We are as passionate and excited about the design process as we are the finished product. Below are some of the details and questions we often get asked about.
What services do you provide?
- Wedding & Event Invitations
- Event Day-Of Stationery
- Personal Stationery & Thank You Notes
- Business/Professional Stationery
- Business & Event Marketing Materials
- Art Prints/Broadsides/Posters
- Rubber Stamps
- Die Cutting
- Edge Painting
What printing methods do you offer?
While letterpress printing is our true love and many of our production services are completed in-house, we work with a trusted team of printing and supply partners that round out our list of offerings. Printing methods may be combined within any project. We love the versatility in composition and budget that varying printing types allow.
- Flat/Offset or Digital Printing
What is the general process for custom design projects?
- Consultation & Quoting
We start every project with a consultation, either in person, over the phone, or video call. We want to get to know you, your style, and your vision for your project. We will happily provide our expert guidance and design ideas to find the direction that works for you and your budget. Once we have the details, we will build an initial quote for your order. We suggest a follow-up conversation to make any adjustments to the details and to chat through any questions you might have about different options.
- Deposit & Contract
Once the quote is approved, we request a 50% non-refundable retainer on the order. For your convenience, you will be emailed a payment link along with a contract outlining the terms of our agreement, our process, and procedures. We are also happy to accommodate payment over the phone, by mail, or in the store.
- Design, Proofing & Production
Now the fun begins! Depending on the scope of your custom project and/or if there is additional information that we need to move forward, we will send you a Details Questionnaire, which provides us with the text necessary for your design.
Once complete, we will work up a Design Board* for your review which includes inspiration images, colorway, font suggestions, and initial sketches. This is your opportunity to make amendments to the visual direction of the suite. From here, we move into the initial proofing phase! There are 3 proofing rounds built into your custom order, and while proofing rounds beyond that accrue additional cost we rarely go beyond 3 proofs. After the design process is complete, and you’ve signed off on the final proof, we begin the production of your order! The timing for completion depends on the scope of the project and will be communicated along the way. (*some processes may vary for stationery or business clients)
- Delivery & Final Payment
When the order is complete, we will inform you of completion and either ship the order or package it for you to pick up in person. Final payment will be due prior to pick-up or shipping.
How do I schedule a consultation?
Complete our Custom Design Services form on the Meet with Us page or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also call the store at (406) 541-6683 and request to speak with our Custom Sales Manager regarding your custom project.
Can you send/show me samples?
We are happy to send samples or set up a time for you to come into the shop to look through the options.
What is your turnaround time?
Turnaround times vary depending on the scope of the project, fluid communication, printing method, and season. It is typical for clients to have their first round of proofs within 5-7 business days after placing the deposit. Projects that include custom maps, portraits, or venue illustrations typically take longer. For letterpress printing, we require 3 to 4 weeks for production after proof approval. Flat printed projects allow for a potentially quicker timeline – closer to 2 weeks, depending on the number of items being ordered and their required assembly. We will provide estimated timelines for your specific project once we iron out the design and production specifics!
When do I need to get started on my wedding invitations?
The sooner the better! Ideally, we suggest 2-4 months from your projected “in-the-mail” date for the design, revisions, and production of your wedding stationery. Your save the dates should be mailed 6-8 months prior to your wedding date, so that’s a great time to start thinking about the rest of your wedding stationery suite! We suggest mailing invitations 8 weeks prior to your wedding date, or 10 weeks for destination weddings.
What type of paper do you use?
Our in-house letterpress paper is 100% cotton stock, available in fluorescent white, pearl white, and ecru, with a standard 300gsm or double-thick 600gsm option. Additionally, we have established relationships with paper vendors from whom we can special order a wide variety of paper and envelopes in different colors, sizes, and weights–including handmade paper options, too.
I don’t know what the wording should be. Can you help me?
Absolutely! Upon commencement of your project, we will send you a Details Questionnaire, which requests the nuts-and-bolts details for each of the pieces in your suite. The questionnaire requests not only event information, but also suggests wording options for information like the Host Line and name formatting, so that we can help you figure out the wording that best fits your unique situation. We are experts in wording etiquette and tradition and will happily guide you along the way.
How many invitations should I order? And what if I need more invitations after my order is complete?
For event invitations, count the number of households, or addresses, you are mailing to, not the total number of guests. For example, if your total guest count is 150, your invite quantity will likely be closer to 75-85, since many of your guests are couples or family members living under the same roof. We suggest including an additional 10-20 invitation suites for any last minute additions, as well as for keepsakes. Depending on the printing and production process of your items, we can also place orders for supplementary pieces, but it’s always more expensive to do so and not recommended.
How much does it cost?
Pricing varies widely and depends on quantity, printing method, and customizations. We will happily provide quotes after our initial consultation. We work with a variety of budgets, but have found that the majority of our flat printed five-piece suites cost in a range from $1100 to $1800 for 100; with 100 five-piece letterpress and/or foil suites averaging in the range of $1400 to $3500. But the sky’s the limit with how much you include (or don't!) the suite is yours to be molded and we’re here to help! If our custom pricing doesn't fit your budget, we offer a beautiful selection of semi-custom designs.
What if I have no idea what I want?
We’re here to help! We have been in the stationery and wedding invitation business since 2008 and have the expertise to guide you to a suite that captures you and your event. That said, we love it when clients provide mood boards or photos that inspire them and the direction of their project. These images do not have to be directly related to paper or stationery, but can instead be compositional elements that inspire you like color palette, layouts, florals, aesthetic vibes, etc. Pinterest and Instagram are awesome places to find and catalog inspiration for your custom project!
I found a design I love on the Internet. Can you make it for me?
No. We admire and respect the work of other stationery designers and do not copy other artist’s work.
Can I supply my own designs?
Absolutely! We are happy to help produce original designs that you have created. After reviewing the print-ready status of your files, as well as any formatting work required, we will quote a setup and production fee for the project.
Can I add embellishments to my order, such as a wax seal or ribbon?
We love embellishments! Edge painting, envelope liners, belly bands, custom monograms, maps or venue illustration, ribbon, wax seals… There are so many options! These additional design details can be the perfect finishing touch to any order. If you know what you would like to incorporate ahead of time, that’s great! We will include those elements in our quote. We will also happily make suggestions during the proofing process and provide updated quotes along the way.
Can you send out my invitations for me?
Yes, we offer full assembly and shipping services.
Can I see the design before I put down a deposit?
The proofing process begins after we have been hired to produce your custom order. We do not do any design work prior to being contracted for your project.
Do you have a minimum quantity for orders?
Order minimums depend on printing method and product type.
How much postage will I need?
We recommend taking one complete invitation suite to the post office for weighing. USPS will tell you exactly how much postage is needed and how best they should be handled. Be sure to ask about international postage costs if needed. We always recommend having your suite weighed and dropped off at the same location to be sure you have the same results. It may be surprising, but you can get varying answers from different locations!
What if I’m not happy with the end product?
Your satisfaction is our number one priority! Our process has been developed and fine-tuned over the years to ensure that as your project develops you have a clear understanding of the final product and are happy with end results. If you’re unhappy with the production, or if anything arrives damaged, we will of course be happy to find a solution!
We’re obsessed! Texture, quality, beauty, uniqueness, tradition. Letterpress is a historic printing method done on antique printing presses, and each piece that we print is subtly unique. No two pieces are entirely identical. Letterpress printing is not an exact science, so subtle variations in inking, color, impression, and position are to be expected. It’s these small variations that make letterpress truly beautiful.