GET WHAT YOU WANT
First and foremost, ask for exactly what you want. Even if it is sky-blue-pink with a yellow border, because chances are it can be done!
Send as much info as possible when you drop me a line. The more info I have (think images, colour, finishing), the easier and quicker it will be to get you a quote - and let's face it, that's the most important thing!
Use save the dates as a breeeezy way to ask a guest to 'save the evening' instead of sending them save the dates AND invites. It also avoids any awkward convos.
ONE AT A TIME
Get the save the dates out first and then worry about the rest. Any good stationery supplier won't force you to design and pay for ALL stationery at the same time, that would be crazy talk.
You will also be able to run any design through it all, so take one thing at a time so you can focus on budget and changes in circumstances.
COMMS + TRANSPARENCY
Communication is key! Boring but true. I will keep you up to date with work in progress snaps and involve you at all stages.
If something can't be done within budget or to a high enough standard, I will be the first to let you know and I will work with you to recommend alternatives.
Above all, this is the exciting bit and should be fun! Whomever you choose, it's their job to know what weight a paper should be and whether you need matte or satin, so take their advice and let them do the hard work! :)