[wedding invitations] mailing tips

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Once production & assembly is completed on my wedding invitation orders, I like to remind my clients to add postage to their RSVP postcards /or response envelopes … but more importantly, to bring in a completed invitation suite to the post office to be weighed before buying all postage! Below are even more essential envelope & mailing tips:

  • Double Wedding Envelopes are Traditional. Pockets are Modern. Using double envelope sets is a wedding tradition that dates back hundreds of years. While they are still very commonly used, they tend to be reserved for invitations that are more traditional in style. However, a pocket folder IS the inner envelope.
  • Use Invitation Tissue. When all folded up, the panel with the pocket falls on top of the invitation card panel. During mailing the v-shaped pocket will rub against the printing causing smudges. You can prevent this by the addition of invitation tissue. Just place a single piece between the two panels to help prevent smudging. [5.5″ square tissue / A7 tissue packs].
  • Stamps & Postage: Make sure you bring a completed invitation to the post office and weigh it to calculate exactly how much postage you will need. (note: square envelopes will cost extra). See what stamps they have available and if none are to your liking you can have custom stamps made up online to match your theme.
  • Hand canceling: You can bring all your invitations to the post office and request that they be hand-canceled*. Machines print bar codes on the envelopes, but hand-canceling — just marking each stamp — keeps invitations neat and prevents damage that machines can cause.  For even more info on hand canceled envelopes, check out the post via borrowed & blue,  also 4 secrets the post office won’t tell you by Love Inc Magazine, and lastly, Read Before You mail!
    *call ahead to ensure that your post office location offers this service.
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image via Charleston Crafted

What else to do with your custom wedding logo

Make notebooks, of course. Really cute notebooks. Maybe for all the members of your wedding party, or everyone who survived your bachelorette?

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With a minimum order of 10, you’ll have enough of these darling custom journals from May Designs for at least those occasions. Or go big, and give them to the whole dang guest list (just budget accordingly, as they’re $10 each for 200). They’re totally custom, so you pick your pattern and inside pages, in addition to exploiting that excellent custom wedding logo from Papercake Designs… one more time! 

PS We also love their photo books, set up to connect right to Instagram to pull in everyone’s images from your special day. #ourwedding, anyone?

[invites] coming up roses

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Thanks Brides California for featuring Papercake’s eco-friendly, tear-off Rsvp invitation design in their “Coming Up Roses” article [June 2015 issue]. I’m so excited to see our simple, but unique, custom suite showcased along the other amazing stationery designs utilizing rose & gold details.

coming up roses / brides california / june 2015

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tear-off rsvp wedding invitation> this all-in-one invitation can be personalized by changing the paper & ink colors, fonts, or selecting a different floral illustration to match your theme. See the etsy listing for lots more info & how to get started. 

> the guest / return address label wrap shown above is optional

[Wedding favors] tea, a new classic

“Downton Abbey” may be done for this year, but that doesn’t mean anyone has stopped drinking tea (or forsaken it for Gin & Tonic with the debut of the final 7 episodes of”Mad Men”). Quite the contrary.

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Tea is an on-trend beverage, especially black tea, which has been shown in recent studies to be super good for you (or, at the very least, way better for you than a cocktail). Save the hair of the dog for the hotel minibar and give your guests a truly salubrious (ahem, healthy) morning-after option at your big event with one of these exclusive wedding favor tea blends from Stephen Smith Teamaker.

Stephen was the guy who brought Starbucks Tazo, and his redux company is now run by his wife and puts out exquisite teas of all types from its home base in Portland, Oregon. I like the string-tie boxes, which have a “handsome” handmade look and custom labels with your wedding date, names, and event location. Fill with 15 sachets of the classic black tie blend, sure to be strong enough to bring even your dance floor–hogging ex into consciousness in time for your post-wedding brunch. Oh wait, scratch that. Hopefully these custom wedding favors will go so fast there’s no way any will be left by the time he decides to stumble to his room.

[wedding cake] trends & ideas

© Danni Beach Photography
Photography: Ashley McCormick Photography

 

What’s your favorite Wedding Cake trend? Metallic, Ruffled, Naked, Hand-painted, Ombre, Cake Trios … It was extremely difficult to choose just a few of these stunning cakes to showcase!

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via Carly McCray Photography
via Maggie Austin Cake
via Danni Beach Photography
Buttercream Cakes Ombre Wedding Cake
Cake by Sheryl Brousseau | Photo by Rebecca Joy

You can find lots more info on wedding cake trends here.

[real wedding] City + Island theme on Treasure Island in San Francisco

san francisco skyline invitation suite

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Congrats to Eilleen & Ron, married on September 20, 2014 at Casa de la Vista on Treasure Island [with the lovely San francisco skyline as their backdrop].

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I personalized my invitation suite to showcase the city skyline with bay bridge [as seen from their venue] along with their color theme which was champagne, fuchsia and accents of antique gold. When it was time to create the reception stationery, we easily picked up the design and metallic papers to match.   View More: http://umeusstudios.pass.us/eilleene-ron

I love all the wedding details they added to bring together their city / island theme… especially the wedding cake which incorporates both [orchids + skyscrapers].

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>> see more inspirational photography by U Me Us Studios

 

[event] the big fake wedding : san francisco

Have you heard about this new bridal show trend?

The Big Fake Wedding is a bridal show alternative complete with an emotional ceremony, a tasty dinner and a dance-party reception. “Wedding guests” are brides-and-grooms-to-be who get to truly experience the wedding vendors in action.

Well, I totally love the idea … and I’m super excited to announce that Papercake Designs is a 2015 featured vendor for the first San Francisco Big Fake Wedding (formerly known as The NotWedding).

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Check out the cities scheduled for the 2015 season… plus, find out more info on how you can get involved below:

> If you’re a bride [or groom]-to-be, RSVP asap! Tickets are $25.00 and include a light dinner, sparkling wine and a swag bag.  *ps: contact me directly if you live in the SF Bay area ;)

> If you’re a wedding vendor, apply now to join The Big Fake Wedding family!

> If you’re not engaged [yet!] or a wedding vendor or media partner, but REALLY LOVE weddings, apply to join their marketing team as a Brand Ambassador [apply here.]

2014 custom invitations & stationery

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Wow! this year is flying by!  I’ve been so busy with new invite & stationery orders for the 2014 wedding season that I haven’t been able to update my website or blog as much as I should. But luckily I remembered to capture a quick photo each time I created a new custom design. Thank goodness for social media ;) #papercakedesigns
>check out the links below to see more photos & inspiration:

pinterest  |  instagram   |  flickr

[wedding] invitation etiquette

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After your engagement photos are ready to go, it’s time to start thinking about what you want to do with save the dates! I teamed up with  Clane Gessel Photography to answer a few questions [below] regarding tips and ideas to help you start brainstorming ideas for wedding stationery design.

 

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Q: What timeline do you recommend for sending out save the dates and invitations?

A: Save-the-dates can go out six to eight MONTHS before the wedding … invitations can then go out anywhere from six to eight WEEKS beforehand!

Q: How can wedding stationery bring the bride and groom’s personality to life?
A: Couples should sit down and discuss what they both love together. One idea is maybe doing theme-based stationery on how they met. The best thing to do is to research and get ideas by browsing wedding-related searches! For example, if classic is more your style, type in ‘vintage film cinema wedding’ or for more alternative weddings, get creative ideas by typing in, ‘concert themed wedding’. Pinterest is another great resource I swear by.

Q: What trends are you seeing in wedding stationery right now that you recommend?
A: I, of course, love any trend that involves a unique & custom design, but gold, rose and peach colors are hot right now!  I’m doing more RSVP postcards than ever before [saves money on the postage stamp plus weight of final invitation package.] Which actually lead me to design an all-in-one tear-off/perforated rsvp postcard with details/map card attached, for guests to keep once they send the rsvp back.

Q: What should a bride consider when trying to choose between modern or traditional wording for invites?
A: Wording is an important part [along with the paper & colors chosen of course] to set the tone of the wedding, but more importantly to let the guests know who is hosting and how formal it will be. I often tell my clients to check out the wording options at theknot.com

Q: What is the most creative thing you have designed?
A:  The vintage film tickets I design are very popular along with my concert-and sporting-themed tickets. (Thank you to clients who originally requested these custom designs!) My San Francisco skyline illustration was created the same way, along with a few other city skylines after couples decided they want a modern ‘city themed’ stationery suite.

[wedding movie] elegant pink + white

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I’m so thrilled to see my customized [save the date] concert ticket pop up on Amy & Mike’s gorgeous wedding day video! Check it out below along with more pink + white inspiration at Style Me Pretty.
Event Planning by Ang Weddings and Events / Photography by Jen Huang Photography

Amy & Mike from Kiss The Bride Films on Vimeo.