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What do your holiday order deadlines mean?

The order deadlines shown on our website are for Ground Shipping within the contiguous United States.  Expedited shipping MAY be available for an extra just depends on the vendor's policies, backlog, etc.  Please contact us at to inquire about ordering after the stated deadlines. 

What are your Embroidery Styles?

We carry monogrammed gifts from a variety of vendors.  However, we do monogram many of the bags on our website.  The embroidery styles for the bags that we embroider in house can be seen at

How do you enter initials for monograms?

On all of our products, we ask that you enter the first name initial, middle name initial, last name initial.  We will rearrange the initials for monograms where the last name initial is larger in the center.  For example, Susan Elizabeth Williams would be entered as SEW on all of our products, regardless of the monogram style that is selected.  Here is some helpful information for monograms and initials:

  • Traditional Monogram - First initial; last initial in the middle (larger); middle initial
  •  Couple's Monogram - Her first initial; their last initial (larger); his first initial
  •  Masculine Monogram - First initial, middle initial, last initial (all same size)

* If you're unsure of one of the initials, try using just the first or last initial.

What is your Return Policy?

Personalized items may not be returned.   If Invite Cottage or the vendor/manufacturer has made a mistake in the personalization of an item, we will gladly replace it for the correct item. Non-personalized items must be returned within 7 days of receipt of the item with approval from Invite Cottage.  Return shipping charge and original shipping charge to the customer will be the responsibility of the customer on approved returns..

What is your typical turnaround time?

Many of our items are produced by our vendors and drop shipped to you, the customer. The vendor turnaround times vary, but are typically within two weeks, unless otherwise noted. In house monogrammed items usually ship within 1 week except during the busy holiday season.  Invitation orders printed in house will ship within 3 business days after proof approval.

How can I contact you?

We are in the office Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm EST.  Please email us at or utilize the Contact Us page on our website for the quickest response.  You may also call us at (919) 781-7616, leave a voicemail and we will call you back ASAP.  We prefer that personalized orders be submitted online.

What are your turnaround times for shipping?

We normally turn non-personalized and non-printed orders around within 2 business days. If you request overnight shipping, please understand that this applies to the actual shipping time, rather than the turnaround time in house. If the item is personalized, please allow for the normal 10 business days (unless otherwise noted) prior to overnight shipping. If the item is non-personalized, we need 2 days in house turnaround prior to shipping by Overnight shipment to you.

What does it mean when my Order Status says "Drop Shipped from Vendor"?

We order many of our products from a wide range of vendors who have a wide range of turnaround times...from as little as the same day to as much as 3-4 months.  Most items ship from the vendor within 2 weeks of order submission.  Anything over 2 weeks will be noted in the product description.  So, the order status "Drop Shipped from Vendor" simply means that we have forwarded your order to the vendor.  Once the vendors have the order, production times will vary, but will be within 2 weeks unless otherwise noted.

Do you provide a proof for custom printed invitations?

Yes, we do provide complimentary email proofs within 2 business days! You may make changes to your original order up to three times after submission. After each revision, a proof will be emailed to you. The proof will be for copy, layout, spelling, etc. and will be shown on white paper, not on your invitation.

I cannot see the styles image for the product that I want to order...what's wrong?

Changes are that your popup blocker has prevented the image from coming up OR the image came up behind the browser screen in which you are viewing our website.  Try minimizing the screen and see if the image is behind it.  If not, then check the pop up blocker settings for your browser.  You may just need to allow pop ups from

How do I pay for my order?

We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express & Paypal and Personal Check payments. You may enter in the information on our secure payment page, or if you prefer, you may call us with the information. If you pay by check, please mail it to us, and your order will be processed upon receipt. Payments are processed upon placing your order. When entering your credit card information, please be sure to include the billing address that is associated with your credit card. Also, if paying by credit card, please be sure that the "Credit Card" choice is selected.

Is my credit card payment secure?

Your credit card information is secure on!  We use for our secure payment processing.  You should see the lock symbol in the URL area of your browser.  Your credit card information is never seen or stored by anyone.  Any payment information given to us will not be sold or released to any third party establishments.  Please contact us at with any questions regarding the security of your online credit card payment.

Do you have cards & gifts that are not shown on the website?

YES!!! We have a store full of merchandise. Only a portion of the inventory is shown on our website. So, if there is a particular item that you are looking for that you do not see, please email or call us. We will also special order anything for orders over 100 pieces.

How long have you been in business?

We were establised in 1990. Since then, we have grown to service many of Raleigh, NC's invitation customers. Since we have outgrown our space, we felt that our best move would be to the internet!

Shipping Information

Most  orders are shipped by USPS Priority Mail, which arrive within 2-3 days within the Continental U.S. Larger items such as giftware are typically shipped by FedEx Ground. Many of our items are drop shipped directly from the manufacturer. Their shipping methods vary depending on the item.

If I change my mind about my order, how long do I have to cancel it?

We hope that you do not feel the need to cancel your order, but if you do, we ask that you notify us within 1 hour of placing your order to receive a full refund. Most of our items are custom produced, therefore, after 1 hour, the order will be in production and cannot be cancelled.

Do the Invitations all include envelopes?

YES...all invitations include envelopes.

What is the weight of the invitation papers?

Unless otherwise specified, all invitations are made of 80# card stock for a nice quality, heavy invitation. These will all print nicely in either an inkjet or laser printer.

What is your turnaround time on custom printed invitation orders?

We print most invitations in house. For those, we will provide an email proof to you within 2 business days of receiving your order. Once the proof is approved, we will print and ship the invitations to you within 3 business days. If we are tying ribbons for you, production time can be as much as one week after proof approval. If you are in a rush for your order, please call us to check on current production times, as they fluctuate due to the number of orders that we have in house at any given time.

Why do I need to create an account to place an order?

Due to the personalized nature of our products, we may need to contact you with questions about your order. We often need to try reaching a customer by email &/or phone to expedite the order as much as possible. We will use your email address for future communication regarding sales, new products, etc. All promotional emails include an easy to use Unsubscribe button.

I'm having trouble viewing choices...what do I do?

Most likely, your internet program Popup Blocker is preventing the screen from being viewed.  Try disabling your Popup Blocker, and it should work.  Also, sometimes a popup will come up behind the screen that you are viewing, so try minimizing your page, and the popup might be there.  If all else fails, call us a (919) 781-7616.