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Scottish Castle Styled Shoot

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I had the great pleasure of working with Casie from Thistle Wynd Productions to help bring her stationery vision to life for this STUNNING styled shoot that took place at Wardhill Castle in Scotland! I’m in love with all the fall colors and the deep jewel tones Casie chose for the palette. Every detail was perfectly captured by Liana of Liana Mitrea Wedding Stories.


We used deckled (hand torn) paper and I included an illustration of the castle on the invitation. Beautiful calligraphy provided by the uber talented Catrina of Camel and Birdie.

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Scottish inspired boutonniere
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DON’T YALL WANT TO GET MARRIED IN SCOTLAND AT A CASTLE NOW?! I’m seriously considering it for vow renewals!

Vendor Love:

Event Planning + Design: @thistlewyndproductions + @tayloredplans 

Photographer: @liana.mitrea.weddings 

Videographer: @airborne_productions 

Venue: @wardhillcastle 

Bride: @katebza

Groom: @fofferdk

Best Man: @horaciobza

Bridesmaid: @poppy_diamond 

Ring Bearer: @casieafischer

Flower Girl: @bigbirdabz

Florist: @hayesflowers

Cake: @thelittle.cakery

Cheese Stack: @thekiltedfrogdelicatessen 

Makeup: @samanthabanks_mua

Hair: @spoil_me_hair

Illustrations: @aimiillustrates 

Graphic Designer: @ninezeroninecreative

Calligraphy: @camelandbirdie 

Jewelry: @sinclairsjewellers 

Bridal Gown + Flower Girl Dress: @midnight_elegance 

Kilts + Getaway Clothing: @gibbsmenswear 

Bartender: @dutchcouragebarhire 

Featured Gin: @the_teasmith

Embroidered Handkerchiefs: @stitchcraftdaviot  

Embroidered Denim Shirt: @lolifeshop


Gift Box: @native_sister

Smoke Bombs: @fireworx_scotland 

Bagpiper: #thistlepiping 

Linens: @houseofhough

Ola Honey: #inveruriegreengrocer 

How to assemble wedding invitations | video tutorial

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You know how when you’ve done something a thousand times you think EVERYONE knows how to do it? Yup, that’s how I felt about wedding invitation assembly until I was chatting with a wedding planner friend of mine who mentioned it would be super helpful to know the proper way to assemble them. So VOILA! I made a video tutorial about it! With a few other tidbits about envelope liners and belly bands thrown in. I hope y’all find it helpful - let me know if there is anything I’ve missed!

Save the Dates | Wedding Stationery 101

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So, you got engaged - HOORAY! Now all.the.planning. One of the first things you will probably do is pick your date and venue. After that you’ll probably book your photographer and take engagement photos. THEN COMES THE REALLY FUN PART - wedding paper! Save the dates have become pretty common but there is a wide variety of choices and so I thought I would break them down for you a little!

Printed vs. Digital

There are definitely advantages to both. Y’all aren’t surprised to hear that I lean towards the snail mail Save the Date ;) but I also know that in this day and age people are way more apt to send invitations electronically.

Ways to send digitally

There are several great web sites that you allow you to upload custom designs and track responses from guests. My personal favorites are Greenenvelope and Paperless Post. Of course you can also upload a .jpg in a regular email server and BCC all of your guests too.

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Printed Formats Available


This is a popular option because then clients don’t have to pay extra for envelopes and the postage is slightly less as well.

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I love this choice because then guests can just stick them up on their fridge. I will say - these were much more popular about 5-7 years ago but I still get requests for them like the couple's save the date below.

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Traditional card

These can range from flat printing to foiled (like the example below) and vary in size although the most popular are typically 4x6 or 5x7.

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Engagement photos a must?

Definitely not! While it is very common right now to see couples engagement photos on their save the date, its not a must have. In fact, there are some gorgeous non-photo save the dates options like the one below.

So, don’t feel pressured to take engagement photos JUST for the save the date!

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When to Send?

There are several schools of thought on this - but traditional etiquette dictates sending the save the date about 6 months prior to the wedding. It can go up to about 8 to 9 months if you are having a destination wedding or if you have a ton of out-of-town guests that will need to make travel arrangements or if your wedding falls on a holiday weekend.

Kimberly and Ross | Houston Wedding Invitation Suite

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Kimberly and Ross had the most dreamy Houston wedding with their ceremony taking place at the beautiful St. John Vianney Catholic Church and reception at the Four Seasons Hotel Houston. I loved working with Mallory from Two be Wed to make Kim's vision come to life for all of her wedding paper! I designed a custom monogram that was foil stamped on the wedding invitation and wedding program. Some of my other favorite details are displayed below from the ever talented Dana Fernandez Photography. That welcome sign?! All the heart eyes y'all! 

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Vendor Love

Wedding Planner: Mallory Ferreira with Two Be Wed

Photographer: Dana Fernandez Photography

Florals: Maxit Flower Design

Hair and Makeup Artist: Misty Rockwell Makeup

Cake: Who Made the Cake

Wedding Gown: Galia Lahav from Ivory Bridal Atelier

Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid


Top 8 Font Pairings for Wedding Invitations

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Just as wedding invitations set the tone for your big day, so do the fonts you select for your wedding invitation suite! There are SO many fonts to choose from - how do you possibly narrow it down? By asking the following questions!

  1. Is your wedding formal? (see font pairing 1 below)
  2. Is your wedding rustic?
  3. Is your wedding traditional? (see font pairing 5 below)
  4. Is your wedding eclectic and unique? (maybe font pairing 6 or 7!)

I hope this got you thinking about how fonts can really change up the feel of an invitation! See below for a sampling of some of my fave font pairings! 

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Still here?! Awesome! Here are some blog posts that feature a few of these font pairings!

Wedding Stationery 101 | Invitation Designer vs. Big Box Sites

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I will be the first to say that planning a wedding is INCREDIBLY overwhelming. There are so many decisions to be made that it can feel never ending. I'm hoping this blog post will help you decide what the right path is when selecting wedding invitations. 

The very first question you need to ask is: what kind of experience is important to you in working with a stationer? Do you want the personalized experience of working with an independent designer or a less personalized experience with a big-box store? There are advantages of each option.

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The Pros: Big Box

If having a custom wedding invitation that is designed especially for you isn't a high priority, you might consider a big-box store or site. One of the main advantages of choosing a bigger company is that you’ll be able to see your invitation the exact way it will be printed and sometimes the cost is less to have foiling because the store uses the same die (the plate that is used for foiling and letterpress) over and over again and so they will not have to charge you for a custom die.

The Cons: Big Box

However, there might be fewer options to customize your design, such as changing the colors and switching out fonts. For example, with companies like Minted, you can pick from a ton of design options, and it’s cheaper, but you may have to format the invitation yourself. The other potential downside is the lack of one-on-one personal attention like providing a sample of your invitation to your photographer to be sure its photographed on your wedding day. 

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The Pros: Independent Stationer

With an independent stationer, you’re going to get much more of a personalized experience.

  • You’ll have consistent contact with one person throughout the whole process to address any questions or concerns that arise. 
  • You can feel the paper and explore the different print options.
  • The stationer will also work through what to order and when, design your wedding stationery, work with you on design edits and handle the printing of everything.
  • This kind of individualized experience creates a personal connection with how your wedding suite is going to be made.

Also, with a small company, you’ll have more options for customization, but—and here’s the potential downside—it may come with a slightly bigger price tag. That said, you might want an independent stationer even if you’re not creating a custom design just because you really want that personal experience in which you interact with a person and help a small business grow!

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Stick around and check out some of my recent custom work below!

Wedding Stationery 101 | Foil stamping wedding invitations

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I thought y'all might be interested in what goes on behind the scenes of one of the fine print methods used for wedding invitations that's so popular right now, foiling. I currently offer a wide range of foil options: gold, silver, champagne, white, rose gold and holographic. 

Incorporating foil really takes invitations to the next level as it sets the tone for a luxe, intentional event. Foil is a great option if you'd like to use a dark paper, like navy or black, because the foil is completely opaque and no actual ink is used. Foiling provides a metallic shine that letterpress and engraving really can't deliver. 

I used champagne foil to complement the gorgeous lettering on this wedding invitation. 

I used champagne foil to complement the gorgeous lettering on this wedding invitation. 

I used holographic foil on this fun 30th birthday invitation.

I used holographic foil on this fun 30th birthday invitation.

Due to how labor intensive and custom this process is, foiling can get expensive. A custom die has to be made for every project I design - unlike the big box stores who can reuse a die over and over again because it doesn't have anything personal to the couple on it, like their names. Often, foiling is used in combination with flat printing which adds an extra step into the process. 

The custom crest, names and thistle were all foiled in this stunning suite. Photo by  Lindsey Larue Photography

The custom crest, names and thistle were all foiled in this stunning suite. Photo by Lindsey Larue Photography

My go-to foil stamper, Neal McEwan with McGraphics, shared this about the process of foil stamping. 

The basic concept behind foil stamping is simple. The process is achieved when a die is mounted on a plate and heated. Foil is then placed between the die and the material to be imprinted. When the die presses against the foil, the heat releases the coloring layer from the foil roll and binds it to the end product.

This video was created by Invitations by Ajalon. 

I'd love to visit with you about foiling your next big invitation! 

Katelyn and Sean | Houston Wedding Invitations

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Creating custom wedding invitations for a couple gives me the opportunity to bring their ideas to life. Also, invitations set the tone for guests and allow them a glimpse of what to expect on the big day. Nothing gives me greater joy than a bride who is excited about all things wedding paper! 

From the instant that Meredith with Cake and Confetti introduced us, I knew that Katelyn would be my ideal client. She had a definite vision and I knew we would want to give guests a preview of it with the wedding invitation suite. Both Katelyn and her husband Sean have strong Scottish heritage which they reflected in almost every detail of their wedding: tartan ties and ribbon, thistle in the bouquets, and Scottish traditions during the ceremony. 

We tied this into the invitations by creating a custom hand drawn crest on the invitation and incorporating a thistle on the response card. It was truly a classic design while still nodding to the wedding's theme. Katelyn chose beautiful luxe double thick paper and envelopes, gold foil printing and beautiful typography. She knew the invitation would set the tone for her whole wedding and she chose each element perfectly to reflect their vision.

I loved creating this invitation for Katelyn and Sean, but loved seeing how it tied into their actual day even more. I feel like we nailed it after looking through all the photos of their lovely wedding at The Astorian in the Houston Heights! 

Wedding photography: Haskell Photography

Styled paper photography: Lindsey LaRue

Wedding venue: The Astorian

Wedding coordination: Cake and Confetti 

Wedding Stationery 101 | A guide to invitation wording

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One of my favorite things about being a wedding invitation designer is how creative I get to be in all facets of the design. From choosing the right color palette, to the right font, to the right number of pieces for your suite, to the print method used. We get to create something that is inexplicably “you" and that is one of the major differences between working with a designer versus ordering from a big box store.

Something that my clients don’t always realize is that the actual words on the invitation can and should be customized as well. There are so many options available, and the wording can really set the tone for your wedding day so guests have an idea of what to expect when they arrive.

There are some basics that you will want to include no matter what: the location of the ceremony, the date and time of ceremony, and where the reception will be. But there are so many different ways to introduce these details.

A few questions to consider:

  • Who is hosting? One set of parents or both? Or maybe it’s you, the couple.
  • Do you want to use your full names, including your middle names or just keep it simple?
  • Is the location difficult to get to? Do you want to use an enclosure card to share a map and directions?
  • Do you have a wedding web site? A good place to include this is also on the enclosure card. 
  • Are there any special details or instructions guests should know about your venue or the wedding itself? For example, is it an adults only event? We can totally work that in too!

Traditional invitations typically stick closely to the rules of etiquette. In this situation, the bride's parents may host and we would use language like "Mr. and Mrs. Edward Hunt request your presence at the marriage of ..." This type of invitation typically has the date and time spelled out rather than using numerals and the language is a bit more formal. These are perfect for your wedding if you're hoping for something elegant and classic.

I've also created invitations for more laid-back affairs, where the bride and groom just invited their guests however felt right to them. Maybe, "Together with their families" or "Please join Krista and Sam as they begin a joyous new chapter in their lives". Sometimes this is an easier way to write an invitation because it can be straight from your voice as a couple.

We can make something as formal as a dinner at the White House or as casual as a picnic in your backyard. There is no right or wrong way to do word your wedding invitation and I'm here to help along the way! 

Melissa and Corey | Beach Wedding Invitations

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It's such an honor to get to be a part of my client's wedding day - but its even more special when I have a personal connection to the bride or groom. That was the case for Melissa and Corey - I have known Melissa since 2007 as her older sister, Amber, was my college roommate. (RMFL!) I was thrilled when Melissa contacted me to work on her wedding invitations. 

When we started to talk about design, Melissa asked if we could incorporate a hot air balloon because her super romantic fiancee had proposed on a hot air balloon ride! 

The watercolor background on the details card may be my favorite design element - I love how it makes it feel beach-y. 

Isn't this ceremony setting just dreamy?! The couple wed at Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort.

I love all the thought that Melissa put into the beautiful details of her big day - don't you??


Invitation photos taken by Stacy Anderson Photography.

Wedding day photos take by Arann Weatherman Photography.

5 tips to be an Organized Bride | Guest Post by Organized Life Design

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I'm so thrilled to welcome Meggie Mangione from Organized Life Design to the blog today! Meggie and I met through the Houston chapter of Rising Tide Society's TuesdaysTogether and I feel so lucky to call her a friend and colleague. Meggie is sharing 5 practical tips on how to stay organized as a bride and I think you'll find her advice most useful! 

When a four year old boy points to you and says “prin-thess” - I can promise you it will be the Best Day Ever. Oh yeah, and the new adoring hubby was totally icing on the cake. I would relive that day over and over and over again. The tears, the kisses, the laughter, the memories, the love. *sigh* 

Photo courtesy Meggie Mangione.  Ashley Bosnick Photography

Photo courtesy Meggie Mangione. Ashley Bosnick Photography

What part didn’t I love about marrying the best guy on the planet? The PLANNING a wedding part. Seriously, hard pass on that process ever again. 

Here are five tips to keeping your sanity (and your fiance’s) in check. 

1. Keep all of “yo stuff” in one place (and make it a big place) - binder/suitcase/storage bin - just keep it all together and as “organized” as your tolerance level can handle. This includes the venue brochures, Grandma’s wedding shoes, that cake topper, all of it. 

2. Follow a to-do list timeline - my favorite (and easiest) was the TheKnot checklist (WeddingWire has one too) These list every possible to do item on a bride’s list from 18 months out to the day before. If there’s way more tasks included than you need to care about, make a good ol’ fashioned spreadsheet.

3. BUDGET. I know this sounds “unromantic” but unless you are a Kardashian, budget matters. Make one BEFORE you buy everything. Then update as you hire vendors and track deposits, payments and final balances due. I would also encourage you to share this with any ‘financial backers’ i.e. mom and dad or Grandma Betty, especially if they are footing majority of bill.  

4. Delegate. Yes, I used that word, control freak. You cannot do it all on your own and you shouldn’t have to! Ask your fiancé/MOH/MIL to take on a task or two. I’m not saying they have to choose your wedding cake design, but I’m sure they can stamp envelopes or help find bridesmaid dress options in your color scheme. 

Meggie and Salvatore and their wedding planner, Christina of  Christina Leigh Events . Photo courtesy Meggie Mangione.   Ashley Bosnick Photography

Meggie and Salvatore and their wedding planner, Christina of Christina Leigh Events. Photo courtesy Meggie Mangione. Ashley Bosnick Photography

5. You must have Day Of Coordinator. Period. (If you can afford a Wedding Planner from the beginning, then yay!) You don’t want to be getting your makeup done and simultaneously worrying if the wedding cake was delivered yet or how to fit cousin Robbie’s uninvited “date” into the seating chart. Just trust me on this one. 

I can’t promise it won’t rain or that your Uncle Ned won’t get scotch drunk and do the worm. I can, however, promise if you do these five things you will not loose your mind during this process. 

My last piece of advice - on your wedding day, as often as you can, take a moment to pause and make a mental note of everything - the look on your spouse’s face as you walk down the aisle, the smell of your bouquet, the taste of your champagne and what you feel when you kiss for the first time as husband and wife. Soak it in so you can relive the Best Day Ever again and again. 

You can follow along with Meggie on Instagram and her web site - go say hello!

Wedding Stationery 101 | Envelope Sizing

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This is the second installment of Wedding Stationery 101 - the first was about the various invitation print methods.

This is the second installment of Wedding Stationery 101 - the first was about the various invitation print methods. Before I started designing wedding stationery, the only envelopes I knew anything about were the ones with a "privacy liner" that my mom used to mail bills. Fast forward a few years and now I am well versed in all things envelopes - which is what I'm going to talk about today!

Lettering by my colleague and friend, Jenny of  A Fine Flourish

Lettering by my colleague and friend, Jenny of A Fine Flourish

These are the main sizes of envelopes used in wedding stationery:

  • 4Bar - there are two options for response card envelopes, this is the smaller option that fits a 3.5x5 card
  • A2 - this is the other response card envelope, slightly bigger that fits 4.25x5.5 
  • A6 - this is the envelope I use for thank you notes, it fits a 4.5x6.25 card
  • A7 - fits a standard 5x7 invitation and is typically used for outer envelope
  • A9 - fits an oversized invitation or a folded piece of 8.5x11 paper
  • Square - the most common size is 6x6 and it requires extra postage

There are also two main types of envelopes flap, pictured below.

Square flap

Square flap

Square flap

Pointed flap 

Pointed flap 

European (pointed) flap

One envelope tradition that has seemed to become less and less common is the use of an outer AND inner envelope for even a formal invitation. Frankly, I'm totally fine with it as I think it was a little excessive. I'd much rather spend the money on beautiful calligraphy for the addressing! 

5 Tips to Get Beautiful Detail Photos | Guest Post with Lindsey LaRue Photography

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Hello Lovelies! I am so excited to be collaborating on a guest post with Ryann from the amazing nine0nine creative! I am Lindsey of Lindsey LaRue Photography and I photograph weddings and anniversaries for heartfelt couples who want to be an authentic example of love to those around them. The average bride spends months and months planning out the intricate details of their wedding, and if you are anything like them, you want to remember these details in ten, twenty, and fifty years! After the wedding, you won’t keep most of the little details that went into your day, but the photos taken will always attest to the loveliness of every detail. Do you also want your details photographed flawlessly? Then grab a pen and paper because today I’m sharing my top 5 tips to make it happens!

1. Have Your Details Ready

As a photographer, I hate when I have to pester a bride for all of her bridal details when I first arrive! You’re getting your hair and makeup done, enjoying time with your girls, and the last thing I want you to do is run around finding all your various details for me. Instead, it is so much better to have ALL your details organized and in one place so that you can just hand me a basket when I arrive. In the days before the wedding put all your details into the same basket and then have them ready for me when I arrive. Your shoes, jewelry, ALL the wedding rings, veil/hair pieces, sashes or ribbons, invitation/paper suite, and dress hanger should all be in the basket by your dress when I arrive. Also, if you want any other details (like your perfume or garters) captured, tuck those in the basket, too! This not only saves you stress, but it saves time on the wedding day so that I can spend more capturing your beautiful bridal details.

2. Plenty of Natural Light

The key to beautiful images is good light. In the ideal situation, you and your maids will be getting ready in a clean room with neutral colored walls and multiple windows that let in copious natural light. More than one window is key- if you and your hair/makeup artist are set up in front of the only window in the room, that means I can’t set up there for detail images. If necessary I will take your details out of the room and find another location with ideal lighting, but if your room has plenty of the natural light I need, this allows me to stay close by in case I see something wonderful to capture between you and your girls (a win-win!).

3. Coordinate With Your Florist

Don’t forget to have your bouquets and boutonnieres delivered to your bridal suite at the same time that I arrive! Details shots that incorporate your bouquet and bouts are so beautiful and I love when I get to capture your florals at their freshest! An extra tip that will take your detail images to the next level- ask your florist to include some loose greenery and florals that I can use to style the detail images. Your florist will almost always have a couple leftover stems that didn’t make it into the bouquets and these are great for me to use in styling your invitations or other details.

4. Provide Your Wedding Paper Suite

This is especially important if you are interested in having your wedding published online or in print- publishers LOVE a beautifully photographed invitation suite! To ensure that your photographer can fully capture your suite, provide two full sets that are addressed with dummy addresses. Don’t forget to include any other paper goods from the day, too! Ceremony programs, menus, seating cards, escort cards, and table numbers all contribute to the paper story of your day!

5. Make Time For Your Details

This is the most important tip that I can give you! My brides have excellent taste and setting up their details to capture them the best way takes time. I work closely with my brides and their planners so that I can have at least one hour of uninterrupted time to capture just the details. If set up properly in the timeline, I should be emerging from shooting the details just as your hair and makeup are nearly complete to capture your “getting ready”. 

If you keep these 5 tips in mind you will be well on your way to capturing your wedding day details in the most beautiful way!

To connect with Lindsey you can find her website HERE, and to follow along with her daily you can find her Instagram HERE.

Disney World Wedding Inspiration | Styled Shoot

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When Heather, the very talented wedding planner of Heather Benge Events, approached me about creating wedding stationery for a styled shoot she had planned at Disney World, I jumped at the opportunity! I think my two favorite details from this suite have to be the letterpress envelope liner and the die cut Magic Kingdom belly band I created to go around the response card.

This shoot reminds me so much of Spring with the bright florals and table linens. I hope you enjoy!

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Jess and Cade | Texas Hill Country Wedding Invitations

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I'm thrilled to be writing the first blog post (of many I hope!) featuring a real wedding invitation suite I designed for a very cool couple that I met through Mallory, an event planner with Two be Wed! This  wedding was so special for several reasons - probably the biggest one being that it was a surprise to all of their guests! All of their guests were under the illusion that this was a big engagement party weekend in the hill country. Much to their surprise and delight - Jess and Cade were actually tying the knot! It was also a really fun weekend because it happened to be New Years Eve! 

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To tie in the New Years Eve theme, I incorporated gold twinkly lights in the design as well as a fun black and white stripe on the back of the invitations. White ink on flat printing really gives the invitations a luxe feel. I also love how the twinkly mimic the last photo of the couple in this post!

The couple married at Hideout on the Horseshoe in the rustic Texas Hill Country. The venue is located on Canyon Lake and a lot of their guests were able to stay on the property in cabins.

All photography (except the top image) from Sam Hugh Photography.

A guide to invitation printing

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A question I get asked a lot is what is the difference  between the various printing methods I use for invitation design. I thought I would take a minute and break it down for those of you who are curious! See below for the different methods with a quick description and photo of each. 

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FLAT PRINTING - this is sometimes referred to as "digital" printing as well. The name sort of gives away exactly what this is - flat! Typically this is what birthday and shower invitations are printed with. It is the least expensive of all the print methods and can still be VERY pretty and impactful with the right design {ahem, that would be my job}. 

This is a great example of flat printing on white card stock. There isn't any white ink used - it is simply the background from the paper. 

This is a great example of flat printing on white card stock. There isn't any white ink used - it is simply the background from the paper. 

THERMOGRAPHY PRINTING - this is "raised ink" printing and is sometimes called engraving. This is the beginning of the fine print methods I will explain, therefore the price goes up because it is a process to get such beautiful, expensive ink onto the page. A bonus of thermography printing is the ability to use white ink on a dark paper (black, navy, etc) - it truly is stunning.

Thermography is hard to really portray in a photograph but you can kind of see the think raised ink in this photo.

Thermography is hard to really portray in a photograph but you can kind of see the think raised ink in this photo.

FOIL PRINTING - this print method has become very popular is recent years and provides that extra wow factor when clients want to use a real metallic color in their design. Dies are required for this print method which not only adds to the price but also the turn around time. Just something to keep in mind. 

This one still takes my breath away!

This one still takes my breath away!

LETTERPRESS PRINTING - I consider this the most luxe of all the print methods. Letterpress is just so beautiful. It is imprinted into the paper so you can feel all of the design and because of this, the paper used is super thick. Letterpress is priced on the amount of colors used and also requires that a custom die is made. 

Obviously these are my business cards, which I get repeated compliments on. They were a splurge but so worth it. There is what is called blind embossing on the front underneath my logo to make that geometric pattern.

Obviously these are my business cards, which I get repeated compliments on. They were a splurge but so worth it. There is what is called blind embossing on the front underneath my logo to make that geometric pattern.

I'd love to hear from you about what YOUR favorite print method is and why! And if you have any questions about invitation printing, leave them below and I'm happy to answer!