Posted on November 9, 2016 by Cari
A lot of clients will ask me, "What's your opinion on save-the-dates? Are they really necessary?" I say absolutely!
Twenty years ago, weddings were typically nothing over the top. They pretty much consisted of a family-made buffet line, cake and punch in a local hall or church basement. Today, a standard wedding usually involves a caterer, florist, rented venue, formal wear, and much more - leading to months (if not a couple of years) of intense planning. So if you do them right, save-the-dates can be a key tool during that planning process. Here are a few things to consider...
Your out-of-town guests will be more likely to attend.
Even if it's a simple postcard, your guests will be so appreciative of the advance notice. Be sure to include a wedding website on your save-the-date - it serves as a great "go to" for wedding and travel info. If you are expecting a large amount of out-of-town guests, be sure to also arrange a hotel room block & have that information listed on your website.
You can answer a thousand questions at once.
While they mean well, all of the questions from friends & family about wedding details can be daunting. Instead of everyone asking you "Have you set a date?" or "Have you picked a venue?" every other day, get the word out quickly with a save-the-date.
Those engagement photos can be put to good use.
You know those gorgeous photos your amazing photographer just sent you? Show them off! Have your stationer put together a pretty photo save-the-date card to send to all of your guests. Can't decide on just one photo? Make it double-sided and use a few of your favorites!
It will force you to finalize your wedding colors and style.
That's one more thing you can check off your list! Not only that, but once this decision is made, all of the others tumble down like dominos. You can now start your idea board and make selections for flowers, bridesmaid dresses, table decor, and more.
Indianapolis Indiana save the date wedding invitation card by Interprintations
Another thing we stress to clients is this - while it's great to get creative with your save-the-dates, you also want to keep it stress-free & enjoy these earlier months of the wedding planning process. Don't stress yourself out by trying to keep everything "picture perfect." Try to save the most valued details on your "must have" list for the invitations and wedding day paperie. =)
Happy Planning,
Posted on October 26, 2016 by Cari
I've just delivered my last wedding stationery order for the 2016 wedding season and need a moment catch my breath.
It's been a long, hectic, unpredictable year, both in the studio & at home. I have SO much to share and update you on, which I promise to do so very soon. So much has happened and so much will be happening over the next few months.

But for now, I'll leave you with some pretty invitations to gaze upon.
Annie & Kevin tied the knot at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in downtown Indianapolis this past weekend. They had one of the loveliest, most elegant wedding styles we've seen in quite some time. How can you go wrong with the ever-popular Navy and Gold color combo?
For their pocketfold invitations, they opted to incorporate gorgeous gold foil elements, letterpress printing, and unique laser cut shapes. These invitations are absolutely perfection, in our book! They perfectly set the tone for their big day - I can't wait to share more details of their coordinating wedding day paperie with you!
Much Love,
Posted on December 11, 2014 by Cari
Categories: in WEDDINGS
Believe me, we know weddings aren’t cheap. We also notice that quality wedding paperie is always one of the first things to go, when couples are planning a wedding on a budget.
….but why?
When compared to the costs of florals, linens, rentals, and even attempts at “DIY” decor - custom-designed wedding paper is still one of the most cost-effective routes to go, when looking for a way to really personalize your ceremony & reception.
Need some suggestions on how to get more bang for your buck in the wedding stationery department? One of our top recommendations is a menu card at each place setting. While brides are often quick to mark these off their list when making budget cuts, consider this - make them work double-duty!
We recommend adding at least one of the following to each menu card...
  • A personal "thank you" note to your guests
  • An "In Lieu of Favors" note, if you are making a charitable donation instead
  • An "Order of Events" listing for the evening
  • Fun facts (or even a word search or crossword puzzle!) about the couple
  • A "Don't Drink & Drive" note, with transportation suggestions for guests
  • An invitation to join you for a "Grand Exit" (i.e. sparklers or confetti toss) at the end of the reception
These small additions will also provide topics of conversation to your guest tables, which is perfect for the tables where you've paired guests that may not know each other. These little extras added to your menus will also keep guests informed and really show you've put thought into each individual place setting.
We guarantee that the extra attention to detail will not go unnoticed or unappreciated by your guests!
Some of our other top tips for adding personalized touches with affordable wedding paperie are....
  • Custom Signage throughout reception, bar area, and other wedding spaces (i.e. guest book area, favor table, restrooms, late-night snack table, etc.)
  • Seating Chart - a great (and affordable) statement piece for your reception entryway!
  • Tented Table Numbers - we recommend listing your wedding #hashtag on the back, and inviting guests to share photos throughout the night!
Did you make good use of wedding paperie throughout your ceremony or reception? What are your top suggestions for brides & grooms out there who are struggling with a smaller wedding budget?
I’m a country girl, small business owner, wife, mother of three, and a proud alumna of Purdue University (Boiler Up!).
Wondering what life is like for a busy mom with a graphic design & laser cutting business? My days are filled with pretty paper, blissful brides, half-finished sketchbooks, half-eaten lunches, and lots of cuddling with my little ones. I look forward to sharing with you all of life's fun happenings (both in & out of the studio) here on the blog!
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