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Introducing our personal shopper service

We have over 500 designs in our shop, and all of them are completely customizable, so we have plenty more options than what you find on our website.  Interested in seeing more before making an appointment with us?  Tell us all about you, your style, your event, and anything else you want to share.  We'll put our heads together and email you with some designs and customization ideas we think you'll like.

Fill out our personal shopper survey by clicking here!

(Photo via Bella Figura)

(Photo via Bella Figura)



Don't miss our custom map workshop with calligrapher Sarah Hanna!

244de160-8bed-4cb4-86b4-eb7ae072595e 1b8a3bbb-0088-49c2-b95f-4c9c9e383bdb Bella Figura calligrapher Sarah Hanna will be holding a custom map workshop at The Windmill Paper Boutique on Sunday, June 14!

Attendees will enjoy 4 hours of instruction in an intimate setting, lunch & beverages, gift bags compliments of Smock, and an art supply ‘petting zoo’ at the end of the class, where you’ll get the chance to review Sarah’s supply recommendations.

Click here to learn more and sign up today — hurry, space is limited! 





Everything you need to know about save the dates!

With all the winter and spring weddings coming up, we’ve been asked a lot of questions about save the dates.  Well, friends, we are here to help! save-the-date-1

When should I start thinking about save the dates?

You’ll want to send them out as soon as you reserve your venue and date.  Typically, this is done 6-8 months before the event, but can be up to a year beforehand if you’re inviting many out-of-town guests.

How many save the dates should I order?

When deciding how many save the dates to order, the first step is getting your guest list together.  Remember that you’ll just send one save the date to each couple or family, not to each individual, so typically you’ll need about 60% of the total number of guests you’re inviting.  We recommend ordering 10-20 extra for those last-minute guest list additions, and so you’ll have a few left over as keepsakes.


What should I include on my save the dates?

The must-haves for a save the date are name(s), event type, date, and city.  Many opt to include accommodations information as well, so out-of-town guests can make their travel arrangements early.  And if you have a website for your event, be sure to include it on the save the date as well - that way, your guests can keep up with new information as it becomes available.


Do I have to think about invitations now, too?

That is totally up to you.  Many save the dates are sent before the event theme and colors are picked out, so we often recommend that you choose a save the date design that you like and not worry about it fitting the rest of your event.  However, if you’d prefer for the save the date to be a glimpse of what’s to come, then you may want to start by picking out your invitation design first and then choose a coordinating save the date.


Still have questions?  Call, email, or simply stop in - we are happy to help!



Why letterpress? An introduction to our specialty

Why do we love letterpress?  So glad you asked! Letterpress is, in our opinion, the most luxurious artisanal printing method, offering a textural and extremely sophisticated look.  It is a relief printing method, where the raised surface of a metal or polymer plate is inked and then hand-pressed - not onto, but into - a thick sheet of cotton or bamboo paper, leaving rich color and a deep impression. Letterpress cards will make a serious impression (ha!) on anyone you send them to.  Check. This. Out.



While letterpress is the oldest type of printing, dating back to the 15th century where letters were set in place by hand, modern innovations have made the possibilities with the printing method almost endless.  At The Windmill, we specialize in letterpress printing.  We carry six of the top custom letterpress stationery lines in the country, and most of our preprinted products are letterpress as well.



All of these designs are available to customize at The Windmill.  Letterpress printing still not your thing?  We also offer digital, offset, engraving, foil-stamping, embossing, and more.

Call, email, make an appointment, or just stop in when we're open to discuss your next project.  You dream it, we'll create it!