This is the first installment of many in our blog series outlining my own personal wedding planning process. I’m super excited for you to come with us on this journey and hope you gain some insight and inspiration for your own nuptials.
I thought I would start by sharing my experience ordering custom save-the-dates from Smitten on Paper. Let me tell you, I have never been so giddy to receive something in the mail.
A lot of brides are hesitant to order invitations from an online boutique versus a brick and mortar store. But they shouldn’t be; there are a plethora of online stationary companies to choose from, all which do wonderful work. I chose Smitten on Paper because their stationary suites are swoon-worthy and their Design Boutique offers a number of different packages from selecting a pre-designed invite and making a few tweaks, to creating a completely custom stationary suite, all at very affordable prices. If you haven’t checked them out, it is a must! They can be found at www.smittenonpaper.com or follow them on instagram at smittenonpaper. I should also mention if you are lucky enough to live in California they recently opened a shop so you can gush over their stationary and accessories in person.
I went with the “I Have a Pretty Good Idea of What I Want” package and worked with the lovely and talented Terri to create my dream save-the-date. It was extremely important to me to have an invitation suite that not only reflects our wedding vision and theme, but our personalities, so I decided to go the custom route. I did a great deal of research on Pinterest and on various wedding blogs to find some invitations that I could use as inspiration. After finding some samples of work that I loved, I created a mock suite in Word to show Terri what I had in mind. She was able to take my basic designs and translate them into something beautiful and totally us! Without giving away too much, here is a sneak peak of our save-the-date:
When it comes time for you to dive into the stationary phase and you start gushing over invites, keep in mind your wedding vision and colour scheme. Your save-the-dates and/or invitations set the stage for your guests. You want them to be able to gauge what they are in for just by looking at your save-the-date or invitation.
Save-the-dates are not always necessary, but if you are having a wedding in the summer, on a long weekend, or have a lot of out of town guests, we highly recommend sending one. You want to give guests as much notice as possible if your wedding falls into one of these categories. Also, the goal of a save-the-date is to announce the date and location of your wedding, but if you are having a destination or out of town wedding you may also want to include the hotel accommodations so that guests can plan ahead and secure a room.
Stay tuned for details on our invitation, RSVP cards, and enclosure cards. I will be sharing the suite in its entirety after my wedding