You’re engaged and in the beginnings of the wedding planning process – Hooray! This is such an exciting time for you and your fiancé. While there are so many incredible details and fun elements to plan out for your wedding celebration, it can also be a little overwhelming at times. We know, we’ve been in your shoes!
We’re here to help guide you through the stationery selection process, and help you decide what will give your wedding a true branded style. Meaning, your wedding day will be a true reflection of you as a couple, along with infusing it with elements that are most important to you both.
When you start looking for wedding invitations, there are so many elements to think about. Before starting our search, it’s important to iron out these details:
Once you’ve decided on your color palette for the wedding, it will give you a starting point for selecting your wedding invitations. You’ll want to tie in your wedding colors in many aspects of your invitation – from your paper and envelope selections, to your envelope liner, to your invitation embellishments (wax seals and silk ribbon, for example). You’ll also want to select an ink color for your wedding invitation printing that best coordinates with your wedding color scheme.
There are so many wedding styles out there, so it's important to narrow this down from the get-go. The most popular wedding styles are modern, rustic, traditional, simplistic, elegant, and luxury. Or perhaps you are planning a hybrid of styles! This day belongs to you, so be sure to reflect that.
It’s so important that your wedding style is reflected in your wedding invitation suite. It will set the tone for your big day and relay to guests what’s in store for your big day. Are you having a contemporary wedding at a big city, high-rise venue? Or perhaps an elegant barn wedding? Or maybe you’re planning an intimate affair at a private family estate. Whatever style your wedding day conveys will be factor into guests’ attire, transportation and travel arrangements, childcare, and even weekend plans surrounding the wedding day.
If you’re working with a custom designer for your wedding invitations, they will be a huge help in guiding you through this part of the invitation selection process. They will have many suggestions as to what design elements and embellishments will best convey your wedding style through your wedding invitation suite.
Number of Guest Households
In order to properly provide an accurate pricing estimate for your wedding invitations, your invitation designer will need to know the quantity of invitations you’ll need. It’s important to remember you’ll need one invitation per household, not one per guest! Don’t make the common mistake of ordering twice as many wedding invitations as you’ll actually need.
Create an Excel spreadsheet of your guests – this will allow you to populate their addresses as you obtain them, and keep a running tally of the household count. Once you feel your guest list is complete (or close to complete), you can move forward with the wedding invitation ordering process.
For the final ordering quantity, we recommend adding 10-15 extra to your final household count. This will give you enough extras to keep on-hand in the event of returned/damaged/lost invitations, last minute guest list additions, and keepsakes. Also, don’t forget to provide your photographer with 1-2 invitation suites! They will want to snap some pretty flat lay photos of your wedding invitation suite, alongside your wedding day details and florals.
Projected Wedding Invitation Investment (Budget)
It’s incredibly important to have a budget planned out for your wedding invitations, before proceeding with the invitation design and ordering process. This will help your custom designer determine what invitation types and elements will be the best fit for you and your desired wedding invitation investment.
As a wedding invitation designer, that last thing we want to do is to show you lots of options that are ultimately outside your wedding invitation budget. We want to help you find that perfect wedding invitation balance of beautiful AND affordable! =)
Photo Credit: Kaylee Creighton Photography
If you are considering a wedding color palette of Blush Pink, Ivory and Gold, you absolutely cannot go wrong. It’s a gorgeous wedding color scheme! This soft blend of wedding colors is incredibly romantic and perfect for a big city wedding.
Today we’re sharing a few recaps of Sarah & Eric’s wedding day, one of our 2018 couples. Their wedding took place on a sunny Fall day in Indianapolis. The wedding day began with a beautiful full mass Catholic ceremony at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, followed by a cocktail hour and dinner reception at The Conrad in downtown Indianapolis.
This captivating and special day was pulled together seamlessly by our favorite Indianapolis / Carmel wedding planner team at Boldly Chic Events. Their impeccable style and wedding planning experience is unmatched in the Indianapolis area.
As you scroll through the photos, we also have to give big props to one of our favorite Indianapolis florists – Isibeal Studio! Isn’t Autumn at Isibeal Studio so talented?? Sarah’s bouquet, the sweet little boutonnieres, and the wedding reception table centerpieces are all incredible works of floral art!
For the bride and groom’s nuptials, we designed a folded ceremony program booklet in shimmery blush pink cardstock, in addition to gold foil ink printing on the cover. Inside, the program included four pages of text, allowing the couple to communicate to guests all of the details involved in their full mass wedding ceremony. This also allowed for many other details, including the wedding party names, reception details, and a note from the newlyweds. To finish off the ceremony booklet’s elegant look, a lush ivory satin ribbon held the folded booklet card together.
Once there ceremony finished, guests made their way to downtown Indianapolis, where the evening began with a cocktail hour at The Conrad. Guests enjoyed delicious cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and delectable cake pops from Vanilla Bean Bakery. The wedding cake pops also doubled as escort cards, as they each held a custom die cut tag, personalized with each guest’s name and table number assignment.
Guests then made their way into The Conrad’s ballroom for an evening of dinner and dancing. Upon entering The Conrad’s grand ballroom (a stunning event space in itself), Sarah and Eric’s wedding guests were wowed by the beautiful tablescape designs – a collaboration of Isibeal Studio and the Boldly Chic Events wedding planning team.
Guests then dined on a duet plate of stuffed chicken breast and bourbon maple braised short ribs, alongside garlic mashed potatoes, asparagus and carrots. The in-house catering at The Conrad is always on point!
When guests arrived at their assigned tables, each place setting had a custom die cut menu card tucked into their napkins. Each elegant menu card featured the couple’s custom monogram, thin border detail, and elegant fonts to coordinate with their other wedding stationery pieces – all printed on a thick and luxurious metallic Ivory cardstock.
Another fun detail that the couple incorporated into their wedding reception was their love for Jack’s Donuts! For an after-dinner snack, the couple created a donut bar, complete with a variety of iced and glazed donuts, floral accents by Isibeal Studio, a calligraphy sign created by Painted Letter Co, and small printed signs designed by Interprintations.
The wedding cake was also a lovely addition to the wedding reception décor itself, as this edible work of art mimicked the brides dress ruffles and the couple’s overall soft, romantic wedding style. The cake was designed and created by the talented baking team at Classic Cakes.
A giant “thank you” to Conforti Photography for sharing these gorgeous images from Sarah & Eric’s wedding day!
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One of our 2018 weddings incorporated a lovely color palette of White, gold and various green hues. Wedding greenery in itself is a lovely array of colors – when paired with a popular metallic and a classic white, the beauty it makes is breathtaking. Not to mention, the wedding décor options are endless.
In this particular event, the color palette fit the client’s style to a “T” – which was botanical boho!
Lindsay and Hunter tied the knot at The Indianapolis Zoo in downtown Indianapolis. The day was perfectly planned by our favorite wedding and event planning team, Boldly Chic Events (located in Carmel). As for the lovely wedding photography featured below, Sara Ackermann captured the day in all it’s glory!
The welcome sign greeted guests as they entered the wedding reception space. The sign was framed in a distressed wooden frame and featured custom watercolor artwork. The printed border pulled together the varying green hues and subtle gold metallic accents, along with geometric lines to add some fun and originality.
Upon entering the reception, guests were able to find their seats via geometric shaped seating cards. The custom seating cards featured a simple gold border and a calligraphy font to coordinate with the entryway welcome sign. The seating cards were placed under earthy, colorful pebbles of sea glass. Not only did this add texture and color to the escort card table, it proved to be function as well – they stayed in place easily and were unaffected by wind and other outdoor elements!
….and don’t these geometric lanterns add an elegant touch to the seating card table? So fun!
Now, let’s move onto another stunning design that made an appearance at the wedding. The cake! This beautiful confectionery creation was a great culmination of the wedding’s “botanical boho” style. Our favorite part? The succulents – hello, beautiful! And that gold flecking. What a great way to bring to life the greenery and gold color combo. Classic Cakes, you rocked this wedding cake design!
….and to ensure every guest satisfied their sweet tooth cravings, Classic Cakes also provided cupcakes in a variety of flavors. Sweets tables always provide a little sugary beauty to wedding reception décor. These pretty cake tiers, floral accents, and the vintage farm table are wedding eye candy at it’s finest.
When it came to the wedding reception table décor, the Boldly Chic Events team brought in their genius design skills to play. For starters, the wedding reception tables were marked with botanical monstera leaves, which were hand calligraphed with table numbers – with Painted Letter Co. providing their beautiful hand calligraphy lettering talents.
The florals were designed and provided by Meg Catherine Florals. Meg Catherine designed towering botanical beauties to adorn each reception table, as well as low laying greenery and blooms for the head table. Varying hurricane vases housed candlelight, adding in a romantic ambiance. Though, as somone who's a *tad* obsessed with all things vintage, it's safe to say my favorite addition to the wedding decor is the vintage green glassware. So pretty!
The Indianapolis Zoo makes for a gorgeous backdrop, and so unique, too! We love that Lindsay and Hunter were thinking outside the box when selecting their Indianapolis wedding event venue space. What a beautiful evening it turned out to be. Congrats to the newylweds!
P.S. Want to see more from Lindsay and Hunter's stunning wedding day at The Indianapolis Zoo? Check out this fun video recap, put together by Unique Heart Productions!
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