Posted on September 3, 2019 by Cari
Categories: in WEDDINGS
We have had a blast designing all of our clients’ custom wedding invitations and “day of” wedding stationery! We’ve seen a few trends from previous years hold strong, and have also seen a few new trends pop up in the wedding world. Here’s a snippet of what we’re seeing in 2019!
Who doesn’t love a luxurious fabric like velvet? We are slowly seeing it take the place of silk in wedding trends. Velvet can be incorporated into so many aspects of wedding stationery. Velvet ribbon can bundle your stacked invitation pieces (as well as accent your bridal bouquet). You can incorporate a velvet envelope liner, for a pop of color and texture as guests open their invitations. You can even print directly on it – our favorite being gold foil printing, for the most luxurious look.
We’ve even laser engraved on velvet for table numbers, favor tags and place cards. The possibilities with this luxurious textile are pretty endless. We are welcoming this pretty trend with open arms!
I mean, talk about fashion forward! This textile is making a debut on the wedding scene this year and we couldn’t be more excited. It takes wedding invitations and stationery to a new level!
One of the ways we’ve used it this year is to bundle together wedding invitation suites. We’ve ditched the standard paper wrap-around band, and simply tied on a monogram tag with thin strips of leather.
What’s fun about leather is that it comes in so many hues – camel being our favorite, as it’s a lovely neutral to compliment almost any wedding color palette.
Another way we’ve used this trending material is in table numbers. One of our recent couples tied the knot at the beautiful White Willow Farms in Arcadia. Their style was modern “Southern Weddings” style farm wedding. We used a camel-colored leather and laser engraved the table number into it, for a branded look. The table numbers were to hang from the antlers they were incorporating into the centerpiece arrangements. So cool and unique, right?
We’re seeing the blush and ivory requests quickly fade, and are now seeing an uptick in custom design requests for invitations and wedding stationery in deeper boho-style hues. Think warm and rustic colors, mixed with moody hues such as burgundy, black, and navy. These color palettes are rich and romantic – we can see why brides and wedding planners are so drawn to them this wedding season.
The most popular metallic used to be Gold, but Rose Gold is nudging its way to the top this wedding season. It’s a popular request for wedding invitations, specifically when foil printing is the preferred print option. If we were to guess why it’s rising to popularity so quickly, we’ve venture to guess that it pairs well with all three new trends listed above!
** BONUS: We are now offering foil printing in house! The biggest perk is that it no longer requires a custom plate, like traditional gold foil stamping typically does. This allows us to print variable data – such as escort cards and guest addresses on invitation envelopes. Providing it in house (instead of outsourcing) also allows us to offer it at a more cost effective price point. (And yes, we have Rose Gold foil in stock and ready to print!)
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Posted on June 20, 2019 by Cari
Categories: in THE STUDIO

This day in age, it's so incredibly important that we're aware of your Earthly footprint. I often find myself asking, in what aspects of life are we wasteful that be can reduced or eliminated? What am I using frequently that is doing more harm than good? In what ways can I be more resourceful in my everyday life and work settings? What can I do to help ensure I leave behind a clean planet for future generations?

While I still have a long way to go and still have many aspects of life where I'd like to make adjustments, I've come up with a handful of ways that I can run a greener, more resourceful and more Earth-friendly business.


Eliminate plastic shopping bags

This is one practice I’ve pulled over from my everyday habits. I don’t go to the grocery store without my reusable bags, so I’m also in the habit of taking them with me to the craft store, paper store, floral shop, and print shop whenever I need to pickup supplies or invitation orders from the print shop. This is an easy one, and something everyone could (and should) get onboard with!

Side Bar: Did you see that Kroger is eliminating the use of all disposable plastic shopping bags by 2025? While I wish it would be implemented much sooner (thus motivating the masses to start using reusable bags), this still makes my heart so happy! Fingers crossed that more big box stores and other retailers jump onboard.


Reuse Packing Material

This is another easy way that small businesses can cut back on waste. As an added bonus, it also cuts back on your packing material costs. It’s a win-win!

You may be thinking that this seems a little generic, and takes away the special style your current packaging conveys. There are still many ways you can carry your brand into the recycled packing! Consider packing tape with your pre-printed logo and/or brand-related verbiage, a lovely colored ribbon tied around the packaged items inside the box, and a personal hand-written note for the client inside (written on branded stationery, of course). There are so many ways to be resourceful in this recycling method AND stay on brand!

I also include a cute little notecard explaining our use of recycled materials, so clients know their wedding stationery packaging is also helping save the world. Talk about wedding invitations with an impact!

To get started: The items we often reuse are cardboard boxes (of course!), bubble wrap, air packs, and kraft paper. We don’t receive many items with packing peanuts anymore, but when we do, we also reuse them! We also reuse cardboard inserts, which often come in our custom wedding paper sheets. They make great backers for laser cut items, as well as for keeping mailers rigid when mailing samples and smaller wedding stationery orders.


Online Invoicing and Bookkeeping

This one seems so obvious. Yet, I still have many suppliers that I work with who still send mailed invoices. A few of them are well known, so you know they are mailing out hundreds a month! Stay green, cut back on paper, and keep your invoicing and bookkeeping to a digital database. Not only does it save some paper, it’s a much easier method of staying organized.

Another way to save paper in this category is to have your store receipts emailed to you, instead of printed at the store. Many stores, such as Office Depot and Michaels, offer this convenient feature.


How do you keep your business running green and environmentally friendly? We’d love to hear your suggestions!




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Posted on June 16, 2019 by Cari
Categories: in WEDDINGS

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:


Your Wedding Color Palette


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.


Your Style


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! =)


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Photo Credit: Kaylee Creighton Photography

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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