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6 Wedding Invitation Add-Ons That Make a Statement

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6 Wedding Invitation Add-Ons That Make a Statement

If you decide to work with a professional wedding invitation designer for your wedding, great!  That means you’re off to a great start.  If your budget allows, there are several enhancements that can really make an extra statement to your invitation suite.  Here are six of my favorites…

1. Calligraphy Addressing

Addressing your envelopes with amazing handwritten calligraphy adds a personal touch to your invitations that make your guests super excited to open the envelope.

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2. Vintage Stamp Curation // Custom Stamp Creation

Adding a carefully curated group of vintage stamps to match the theme and color scheme of your invitation suite adds an incredible touch that most people don’t think of doing.  Another great option, as an alternative to vintage stamps, is custom stamps.  Most of the East Avenue Creations wedding invitations include some sort of monogram or crest that is repeated on different pieces.  Custom stamps would be a great opportunity to use that monogram, or something similar.

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3. Envelope Liners

To elevate your envelopes one step further past calligraphy addressing is to include liners on the inside.  A beautiful print, pattern, or design or any sort always looks incredible when your guests pop that envelope open.

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4. Ribbon

Tying your invitations together with gorgeous hand-dyed silk, velvet, or classic stain is incredibly elegant and screams luxury.

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5. Wax Seals

Wax seals are an amazing add on to not only your wedding stationery but can be included other places as well.  Think programs, menus, welcome bag tags/notes, favor tags, and so much more.

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6. Vellum Wraps // Belly Bands

A way to keep your invitations secure through mailing, so they don’t move around within the envelope, is vellum wraps or belly bands.  Chose to either leave them blank or have them printed, they make the perfect addition to your set.

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So, what do ya think?!  Would you add any of these enhancements to your wedding invitation suite?  If you’re interested, let’s chat!

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When to Begin Working on Your Wedding Invitations

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When to Begin Working on Your Wedding Invitations

Alright, let’s talk timeline.  When to begin working on your wedding invitations?  That is the question of the day.

No shade, but I’ve seen some wedding timelines out there that…aren’t quite right.  As a professional makeup artist, I’ve run into this issue for years.  So many brides reach out to me three months prior to their wedding thinking it’s time to book makeup, because, that’s what the timeline on Pinterest (or so and so site) said.  When in reality, most brides book me for makeup a year, or even more, in advance.

Same goes for wedding invitations.  I’ve been receiving a lot of inquiries to begin thinking about/working on wedding stationery just a few months before the wedding date.  That is definitely not enough time, and I don’t want to turn anyone down!

Here’s a guideline from The Knot that I actually think is pretty accurate:

“Your save-the-dates should go out 8 to 10 months before the wedding.  It can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks—or longer, depending how fancy you go—to print them.  While your save-the-dates don’t have to match your invites, ordering everything from one stationer can save you money and make the invitation process easier on you.  So start scouting stationers 9 to 11 months before the wedding.  Aim to order your invitations about 4 to 5 months out so they’re ready to mail 8 to 10 weeks before the wedding.  If you’re having a destination wedding or marrying over the holidays, send out your invites even earlier (12 weeks before the wedding).”

One edit I would make to that above quote is that it definitely takes more than just a few days to print, so keep that in mind.  As I list on my “How It Works” page:

  • In order for your Save the Dates to arrive to guests 8 months in advance, it’s best to get started 10 months before your wedding.
  • In order for your Invitations to arrive to guests 8 weeks in advance, it’s best to get started 5 months before your wedding.

So there ya have it!  Hopefully, that clears up any confusion you might have had regarding when to begin working on your wedding invitations.  Let me know if you have any questions!  And of course, reach out if you would like to start a project together!

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5 Reasons to Hire a Designer for Your Wedding Invitations

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5 Reasons to Hire a Designer for Your Wedding Invitations

I recently read a statistic from brides.com that said over the past two years, the average wedding cost skyrocketed from $27,000 to $44,000.  That’s a 63% increase.  And that is crazy.

Having been in the wedding industry as a professional makeup artist since 2012, I am very acquaintanced with wedding pricing, from venues to photographers and everything in between.  That’s why I keep fair pricing in mind when it comes to my services, both professional makeup, and wedding stationery.  I pride myself on delivering my brides a more than an exceptional end result, but I also try to keep their wallets in mind.  Because again, a 63% increase in the cost of weddings in just two years is loco.

While society/social media does put a lot of pressure on having the perfect Pinterest-worthy dream wedding, I think that some things can be done on a budget/DIY/not needed.  However, some things, like makeup and invitations, should be left to a professional.

But Why?

Wedding invitations (and save the dates, and shower invites) are the first thing people see/receive that sets the tone of your wedding day.  You want to be sure to set the tone right.  Everyone has a different budget for their wedding – yours might be relatively small or maybe you don’t have a budget at all.  Whatever it is, your wedding stationery should account for approximately 7 – 10% of the budget.  So for example, if your wedding budget is $25,000 then the stationery portion of the budget should be $1,750 – $2,500.  This is just a rough guideline – obviously, do what is best for you!

Of course, I’m a bit biased because I’m obsessed with wedding stationery and am a graphic designer, but I truly believe you should look at your invitations as an investment.  You should also leave this part of your wedding to a professional.  Websites such as VistaPrint, Minted, etc. are fine for some things, but they simply do not offer the customization flexibility/endless creativity/high-quality production and process that you get from hiring a well-reputable designer.

Today, I’m breaking down the top five reasons why I think it is so necessary to hire a designer for your wedding invitations:

1. They know what they’re doing with colors, fonts, and graphics.

Hiring a professional graphic designer to be responsible for your wedding invitations is beneficial for so many reasons, but #1 has to be the fact that they simply know what they are doing.  When it comes to wedding stationery, there are so many pieces that make a suite good (or bad).  This includes, but is definitely not limited to, selecting the right colors, fonts, and graphics that go well with each other; creating custom artwork and calligraphy; putting together the right wording for each piece of your suite; using the correct design software (if you think you can do what you have envisioned in your head using a free online tool…you are wrong);

2. They know how to tie everything together.

Designers know how to make things flow.  Think: save the date to invitation to RSVP to details…and every piece in between.  A designer knows how to tie all of those pieces together cohesively and flawlessly.

3. They know how to create a brand image.

Are you wanting your wedding to be super romantic and whimsical?  How about sexy and moody?  Your invitations should set the tone for how you are planning your wedding day and night to be, and a professional designer knows how to do that.  When working with a pro, you have the ability to not only create an invitation but to create an actual brand image for your wedding.  This could mean a logo, coasters, napkins, monogram for the dance floor, velvet ribbon, wax seals, and everything in between that creates a certain look and feel.

4. They know what they’re doing with printing.

Oh man, this one is so important – I cannot stress it enough.  A graphic designer knows what they are doing when working with a printer or printing in-house.  The printing world is a big one and includes a lot of terminologies, options, and details that you are most likely not familiar with.  It can be extremely confusing and overwhelming, so your best bet is to leave it to a pro 🙂

5. They will save you time and headaches.

Last but not least, this goes without saying, but a professional designer will end up saving you SO much time instead of you trying to figure out wedding invitations on your own.  They know the right amount of invitations to order, how to stay on budget, how to stay within the correct timeline to ensure your invites are mailed out when they need to be, and so much more.  So save yourself those headaches and bottles of Advil, and get in touch with a pro wedding stationer today!

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