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Our core beliefs:

  • We believe in hard work; in life, in relationships, in family.
  • We believe in customer service; we LOVE helping couples navigate {what can be} a stressful time, and turning it into (what should be} a fun experience.
  • We believe in QUALITY.
  • We believe in small businesses, and the fearless people who run them.
  • We believe in history; of people, of buildings, of heirlooms.
  • We believe in Buffalo.
  • We believe in love for ALL - Love is love is love is love.
  • We believe in exclamation points, and use them way too much.
 
 
 
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Where we come from:

Alyson and Nick were both born and raised in WNY. Alyson moved to NYC for college where she got her degree in illustration. She fell in love with pen and ink drawings during a study abroad course in Italy, and the rest is history. They moved back to Buffalo (as everyone does) and Alyson worked in agencies, designing weddings on the side until going out on her own full time in 2012.

After moving back from NYC, Nick cut his teeth in small business as a general manager, until he decided to become a letterpress printer. His background in logistics and management, coupled with his meticulous eye for detail, made him the perfect business partner for Rust Belt Love. In 2015 Nick went full time with Alyson to open the brick and mortar store on Main Street in Downtown Buffalo. When he's not home on the presses, you'll know the days Nick is at the shop by the heavy metal music streaming out the door.

After starting a full gut-renovation of their 100 year old home in the Elmwood Village, Alyson and Nick realized that their different skill sets worked {mostly} seamlessly together. Alyson often says, "if you can renovate a house together, you can do ANYTHING together."

 

 

 
 
 
 

Come visit us
in Downtown Buffalo.

Historic Market Arcade Building
617 Main Street
Buffalo, New York 14203

 
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

 
 
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How does this work?

 

 

 

 

 

We love meeting with couples in person to discuss what we can do for them. In the event we cannot meet in person, we usually recommend either a video or phone consultation, so we can chat about your style, your vision, and just learn as much as possible about YOU. Once we talk about options; colors, stocks, etc., we put together a proposal tailored to your exact needs. We include all the bells and whistles at your disposal so that you can see all your options and their prices in one place. If you decide you'd like to move forward, you sign a contract and place your deposit, and we move onto a style proof based on our initial consultation. Our extensive proofing process ensures that your invitations look exactly the way you want them to before moving to printing.

We offer hardcopy proof options, to see your invitation in real life before printing the final versions. We also offer addressing services and mailing services to cut down on the stress of getting your invitations in the mail and in the hands of your guests. We are here for you.


Why custom (or semi-custom)?

Our one on one service is something you won't find anywhere else. We walk you through each aspect of your stationery, and the best way to make it feel totally like YOU. Our goal is for your guests to open your invitations and know exactly who it's from before they even see the names. In our 7+ years in business, we have experienced just about ever variation of formal to casual events, traditional, nontraditional, and complicated family groups and relationships, and we can recommend all the best ways to have your wording reflect your specific situation.


How much does all this cost?

Because everything we do is so customized, its difficult for us to give exact quotes without discussing details. That being said, our digitally printed suites start at $4.50 each for layered or double-thick invitation, RSVP postcard, and blank outer envelope. With add-ons, most invitation suites end up somewhere between $800 - $2,500 for 75-125 invitations.  Letterpress and metallic foil suites are more, and usually average somewhere between $1,500 - $3,000 for 75-125 invitations. Each additional item is line priced in our proposal, so you can pick and choose which items to keep and which to lose to best fit your style AND budget.

We also do invitations for showers, engagements, party invitations and Save the Dates. Our digitally printed event invitations and Save the Dates usually range from $2.50 - $4.50ea. Letterpress and/or foil event invitations (without RSVP cards) and Save the Dates usually range from $1,000 - $2,000.


Do we need to make an appointment?

We always recommend a meeting in person, when possible, or at least a video or phone chat. Our small business superpower is getting a feel for your personality and style, and bringing that out in your event stationery. The best thing about custom (or semi-custom) design is that you get complete control, and being able to communicate exactly what you are about in person is the first step to getting it exactly right.


How far in advance should we book?

We recommend setting up your appointment as soon as you feel comfortable. We only take a limited number of weddings per weekend (to give each of our couples our undivided attention) so booking far enough in advance is important. We do, however, advise waiting until one year in advance to start hard design, only because sometimes colors change, ideas change, and you don't want to get too far into a design in the event that we have to take it in a different direction.