03/03/16 How To , Inspiration Vibes , Stationery 101 , Trends # , , , , , , , , ,

Your Wedding Invitations | After the wedding

Invitations are not just paper – it’s the first thing your guests will see about your wedding story, whether they attend or not. But what happens to your invitation after the big day?

I’ve always looked at invitations as something to preserve – it’s a memory and a marking of your wedding day that beautifully illustrates you as a couple joining together; making it the perfect keepsake.

So how should you preserve your invitation?bb9de85c-92ba-4a9c-9916-af18acefc7d8

  1. Frame it. It’s the simplest way for some chic artwork that is actually quite significant to you. It not only looks fabulous, it’s a conversation piece that could very well stick around for generations to come.
  2. Canvas it. We love art canvases so why not take a piece of your invitations and flip it into one? It’s custom artwork that plays two roles in your life.
  3. Plexi-glass it. I’ve done this a few times for several couples, especially those who create fashion illustrations as the cover of their invitation. Like Canvas it’s custom art for your new home but the cool thing with plexiglass is that it’s lightweight and clear, so it enhances your design and it looks super cool when it’s backlit!
  4. Decoupage it. Decoupage will use your invitation and envelope lining to create a plate that is truly personalized on any piece of furniture or material – it’s a fabulous gift for your parents and in-laws!
  5.  Add a Silver touch. For the brides and grooms who came under budget and are looking for a little bit of a splurge investment you can have your invitation engraved on in silver – perhaps a nice tray that becomes a family heirloom!

Any other ideas? Comment below and tell us how you made your invitation into a special keepsake piece!

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24/09/15 Blog , How To , Stationery 101 , Wedding Vibes # , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Creating a seating plan

The hardest thing you will ever do as a couple in your wedding planning process is create a seating chart. I’ve heard this from almost every client I’ve had in the past; but to be honest I never realized how hard it was until I had to make one myself.

Two families coming together for a big fat wedding is always fun, but the bigger the crowd the bigger the drama. There is so much to consider and rethink. I swear it took us about 8 hours. Thankfully it was a beautiful day – and we took (LOTS of) breaks to find music or practice our first dance. Why not?!

Anyways – we had a few different versions and some last min changes before print but we survived! 😉

So if you’re about to create a seating plan for your wedding here are my tips.

  1. Date night anyone? Remember to take breaks, have fun, listen to music – and dress up for the occasion (casual of course), looking at how gorgeous your future hubby/wifey could help relieve some stress! Who doesn’t like a little eye candy?!
  2. Less is more! Do not I repeat, DO NOT invite other people into this process! It’s stressful, you’re going to want to be blunt, honest and not deal with trying be the perfect daughter/son-in-law. So sorry MILs, SILs, BILs, FILs and any other “ILs” you cannot be invited to this party. I do advise for you to speak to your parents/siblings prior so you get their input.
  3. Set a deadline. Set your seating plan date, two weeks after your RSVP date, and CALL everyone that hasn’t RSVPed. Honestly in today’s world everyone SHOULD understand the importance of RSVPs. It’s not rude to call someone if they haven’t responded to you it is however rude to not RSVP and then show up with extended family. Thankfully this didn’t happen at our wedding but oh have I heard stories.
  4. Get the big wigs done first. There are certain people that you know play a more significant role in your life – so give them the best view in the house (this may not be right beside the stage which is sometimes the worst view).
  5. Use sticky notes. The first thing we did was draw a layout of the room on a large sheet of paper. We stuck families/couples/friends on one sticky note; this way they stayed together and it allowed us to easily move people around and see how many empty seats we had left. It is visual aid before the excel sheet list.
  6. Take a picture of your rough chart – trust me the sticky notes will fall and it will unnamedbe a perfect reference point in the palm of your hand.
  7. Use pencil – you will be erasing and adding info all the time.
  8. Have a few extra seats – you never know! There are always a few people that didn’t RSVP but come. Surprise! It’s always nice to have accommodations so that you’re not setting up last minute tables. Our seating chart clearly stated to check with the wedding planner if you couldn’t find your seat. Any empty seats were then filled with these guest. They may not have the choice to sit together but that’s what happens when you don’t RSVP!
  9. Load each name into a Google Doc Spreadsheet. Names in one column and the table number in the next. Google docs are also amazing – you can share the seating chart with everyone and see any updates they make as you go.
  10. ALWAYS stick to alphabetical order. Ok so this is something I know as a designer but this is a VERY common mistake that many couples make. Never, ever, ever, ever set your seating chart by table number. I could go on for AGES about this, but simply put; no one will know their table number walking into your wedding but they will (hopefully) know their name!
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29/04/15 Design Vibes , How To , Stationery 101 , Trends # , , , , , , , , ,

Must-Haves | Wedding Ceremonies

What do a vendor, a couple gearing up for their big day or a girl planning her sister’s baby shower, all have in common?

They are all looking for something unique.

Call me bias but nothing is more unique than couture stationery. By hiring a couture stationery designer, you’re creating artwork that’s personable and fit to your event. No two people are alike and the same should go for stationery!

Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be featuring the Must-Haves –a list of items that will give all your events that extra oomph.

Today we start with the top 3 must-haves for any wedding ceremony.WelcomeSign Deep&Sonya

  1. Ceremony Welcome Sign. The welcome sign is growing popular quick. It’s beautiful, fun and can show a lot of personality (there are no rules to this item and it doesn’t JUST have to say “Welcome”). Not only are you setting the tone for your guests, you’re and making them feel special but also reminding them to brace themselves – this is just the beginning.
    Side note: these are also perfect for pre-wedding events like sangeets or engagement parties and non-wedding events! 
  2. Ceremony Programs. This is a staple. Not only does it add to your décor and design but it’s a way for guests to follow along with the ceremony. The best part – you can get a bit playful with the art and the structure of these. For example, if you are hosting an outdoor event, why not make your program into a fan!
  3. Food Station or Food Labels. Menus can sometimes be a bit formal, so opt for some nicely framed food station signs. Your guests will love it! They will know exactly what they are getting and it helps those guests who are new to any style of cuisine being served.
    Food labels are important, but instead of using those boring black and white ones, add your design to it. Attention to detail will tie your whole event together!
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25/02/15 Blog , How To # , , , , , ,

Sending, Sending, Sent!

One of the most popular questions I get asked by everyone (and I mean everyone – even people no where near getting married or planning an event) is when to send out [insert: Save the Date/Wedding Invitation/Thank You cards]?

Simply put – the earlier the better. However life is never simple, no matter how organized you may be. In which case, you should follow the rules of etiquette listed below.

Save The Dates

Getting married locally?
You’re good to send these out six to eight months prior to your wedding date. I personally think a year in advance is always best. This allows your guests to book off any time they may need and ensures they keep the date on hold while waiting to get your beautiful invitation.mailout

Got that travel bug?
If you’re taking the destination route, I highly recommend sending out a save the date as soon as you get your bling! Your guests are not only going to need to take time off but some may also need to budget and start saving! At minimum I would say nine to twelve months in advance.

Wedding Invitations

Two – three months is your minimum especially in more popular seasons (Spring/Summer). There comes a time in everyone’s lives where it seems like everyone is getting married – take that into consideration. Letting your guests know two to three months in advance gives them enough time to pencil you in and ensure travel arrangements if they need to attend two events in one night – I’ve never had to do this but I know a few troopers who have.

If you’ve sent out a save the date, then 6 weeks (PUSHING IT) to two months in advance is also considered proper traditional etiquette.

So basically, fair game is two months for your formal invitation.

If you’re planning a destination wedding, you want to send this out as soon as possible. Anywhere between three to six months prior to is considered good etiquette! This gives everyone enough time to book their tickets!

Thank You Cards

The rulebook says that you should send out thank you cards two to three months after your wedding. Here’s where I don’t mind encouraging breaking the rules a tiny bit. Post wedding, most couples go on their honeymoon and then it’s back to the grind. Sometimes you just need time to relax and take in that you just got married! I say, within six months is nice, hey if you can pull it off in three go for it, but if you take a tiny bit longer, it’s all good.

The reason I’m a bit more laid back with this is simple; no one has to book time off. You’re doing it out of love and I strongly believe each note should be personable. So take time and thank everyone who came from near and far to celebrate your big day and do it with love, even if it takes a couple of extra days. Just don’t go over the six-month mark, because then it almost becomes old and you really don’t want to be close to your anniversary date!

Proper etiquette revolves around many things. If you’re looking for more than what this post covers, leave us a comment and we’ll be happy to answer, or might even write a post on it!

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