I’m on a budget. Can I still work with Fat Cat?
It’s funny that we hear this question all the time, and our answer is always “everybody has a budget”, the better question is “what is your budget?”. We’ve worked with couples who have had a $10,000 budget, and worked with those with a $1,000 budget, so the word budget is relative. However we recommend that you have a least a $1000 invitation budget if you want to work with us. This is based on 100 invitation suites, which includes the invitation, reply set and outer envelope with your return address. It may be helpful to know that our clients generally spend somewhere between $1600–$3600 with us on their invitations.
How far in advance of my wedding date should I come in?
We recommend 6-8 months before and 3 months at the very least. Although, we’ve been known to turn invitations around in 24 hours when an emergency arises.
Do I need to make an appointment, or can I just stop by?
We do require an appointment be made. In order to deliver the service that we would like to give, we want to be sure that we have time reserved just for you. Since we have a busy graphic design business, it is difficult to accommodate walk-ins, and we want to be sure we have the time and attention to devote to you.
How long is an appointment?
Your first appointment: We reserve a one-hour time slot for your consultation, to meet with one of our invitation specialists. If you are coming for the first time with the intent to place an order, plan on staying an additional hour.
What can I expect during my first appointment?
During your appointment we discuss the vision of your wedding (colors, themes, ambiance, etc.) We will briefly educate you on the various printing methods (thermography, letterpress, engraving, foil stamping, flat printing). We show you as many samples of invitation designs as you’d like to help you find your style. We’ll also help you figure out ways to personalize your invitation to make it look and feel like your event. We’ll discuss typestyles, ink colors, paper options, motifs & monograms, pocket folds and envelope liners.
Some clients fall in love with an invitation and place their order during their first visit. Others want to look at many options, narrow their choices and come back for a second appointment to finalize their design. Either way it’s perfectly fine with us.
After the first appointment we can work together remotely, via email, phone or mail. We’ve worked with clients as far as Europe, so working and shipping remotely are not an issue.
How long does it take for the invitations to be ready once I place my order?
Typically it takes 4-6 weeks, but some printing techniques and custom design may take longer.
Do you offer envelope addressing services? And what does it cost?
In house we offer digital calligraphy. For clients who have purchased their invitations from us, digital calligraphy starts at $2.50 per envelope and we waive the set-up fee. For invitations not ordered from Fat Cat, we have a set-up fee starting at $25. We also work with several calligraphers who do handwritten calligraphy. This typically starts at $6 per envelope.
How does payment work?
We accept all major credit cards, personal checks and cash. At the time you are ready to place your order a 50% deposit is due. The balance is due at the time of pick up or shipping.
Is it possible for me to place an order if I cannot physically be at your shop?
Yes, this is absolutely possible. With the help of the internet and UPS, we’ve worked with brides across the states as well as Europe. Of course it’s ideal if we could have our first consultation face to face, but if that’s not possible, we can make it work.