Congrats to Kate & TJ, married May 7th 2016 at the University Club of San Francisco! I designed their full stationery suite from the save the dates to invites, and finally reception cards. I’m so thrilled that they sent me a few gorgeous photos from their big day to showcase!
After their save the dates were sent out [see below], Kate & TJ wanted to customize my SF city skyline wedding invitation suite. We changed the paper colors and fonts, and moved the skyline to the top of the 5×7 invite card.
We also carried on this design style & paper color combo for their reception stationery; table signs, large format program, and 2-layer escort tent cards!
Congrats to Michelle & Raphael, married on August 22, 2015 in Santa Monica, California! Uyen, from Sassy Girl Weddings, first asked me to design their Save the Date postcards incorporating blush & gold colors. For the reception at Casa Del Mar, we needed glamorous stationery to complement the venue and the couple’s romantic theme. Below are just a few stunning photos [by Sun & Sparrow] showcasing not only the escort, table & menu cards printed on soft blush metallic finish paper with dark gold ink accents, but some incredible inspiration of Uyen’s wedding planning expertise!
The Oscars may be this coming weekend, but we’re already celebrating our own award: this year’s bride in The Knot Dream Wedding, Asha Joyce, chose Papercake Designs to create her darling football-themed save the dates (she’s marrying NFL player Devon Still).
Read about Asha’s design on The Knot blog, then head to Etsy to create your own sports ticket save the date or invite — Papercake has two options for custom designed tickets, printed for you (with envelopes) and digital DIY (you can print at home or local printer).
When I met with Michelle, I was so excited to utilize her fun color palette when designing her custom invitations into a unique, art deco styled suite. I also created a ‘Great Gatsby’ themed monogram to use throughout their stationery (see matchbook & cuff links too!). Everything really came together beautifully by combining the stunning bouquets [by Fantasy Flowers] with the wedding day coordination [A Savvy Event]. I had to find time to showcase just a few of my favorite photos for your planning inspiration!😉
It’s that time of year again! If you’re starting to think about family portraits for your holiday cards and you’re located in the San Francisco Bay Area, check out Buena Lane Photography. Eileen has two dates available for HOLIDAY MINI SESSIONS! (these sessions are short and sweet! They’ll be over before your little one can say, “are we done, yet?” ;)
Saturday, November 7 at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco
or Sunday, November 15 at Rancho San Antonio in Los Altos
MINI SESSIONS INCLUDE:
• 20 minutes of shooting time
• 10 high resolution images for you to print and share
• An online gallery for friends and family to view
• Cost is $125
Does one of your wedding worries include the fact that you might do something totally rude along the way (even if by accident)? Besides being the center of attention, one thing that can be scary about getting married is all the pomp and circumstance. The very fundamentals of the event — invites, reply cards, receiving lines, toasts, first dances, cake cutting, gifts, the list goes on and on — have so many rules around them. It can be intimidating! But wedding etiquette should actually help you feel less worried about your big day, not more so.
That’s why we’re loving the on point advice for handling sticky situations from Lizzie Post and Daniel Post Senning — great-great-grandchildren of the original etiquette expert Emily Post — on their weekly podcast, Awesome Etiquette. They talk about how to behave everywhere from weddings to work and even take questions by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wondering how to handle single guests asking for plus-ones at your event, even though you’re sure that only spouses are in your budget? Throwing some unique traditions (breakfast burritos, anyone?) into your big day and getting grief from the fam? These two cover all this and more. Think etiquette is stuffy? Not to worry. These two are young, and their tips are modern, taking into account current technology and our changing world. They’re also honest and tell it like it is (or should be). Why not give it a listen and feel your wedding day know-how rise?
> If you’re not into podcasts, or just have a specific question and can’t wait, check out the 6th Edition of their Wedding Etiquette book.
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 / 5×7 or 6×6.]
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.
What else can you do with your custom designed digital monogram once it’s created? Make notebooks, of course. Really cute notebooks. Maybe for all the members of your wedding party, or everyone who survived your bachelorette?
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 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?