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Wedding Stationery 101 | Invitation Designer vs. Big Box Sites

stationery 101, weddingRyann JarrardComment

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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Custom holiday card round up 2016

holiday, holiday cardsRyann JarrardComment

I know this is a tad late but I figured better late than never, right?! I hope your holiday season was wonderful! I wanted to take a second and share some of the custom holiday cards I created for my sweet clients this year! I still can't believe the holidays are all over - can y'all? I'm pretty sure we had 2 cold days total in Houston - the rest of the time we were in shorts and t-shirts!  

I know that it is probably so easy to go on Tiny Prints, Minted or Shutterfly and order holiday cards - but I'm so thankful for my clients that want a little more personal experience when ordering.. Not only are they supporting this dream of mine, but they also get to tweak every detail of their card. I don't know about y'all, but I keep every.single Christmas card we receive every year! If anyone has a good suggestion on how to organize these - I'm all ears! 

So without further ado - below is a snapshot of some of my favorite custom Christmas cards that I designed this year!

I've worked on a few projects for this sweet family and was so thrilled when Kate asked me to design their Christmas card. The photos were taken by a long time friend of both of ours,  Meredith Flaherty Photography . 

I've worked on a few projects for this sweet family and was so thrilled when Kate asked me to design their Christmas card. The photos were taken by a long time friend of both of ours, Meredith Flaherty Photography

Lyndsay and I were sorority sisters at Texas Tech - isn't her daughter Parker Ann the sweetest?! And those beach photos - they definitely made designing so easy!

Lyndsay and I were sorority sisters at Texas Tech - isn't her daughter Parker Ann the sweetest?! And those beach photos - they definitely made designing so easy!

Norhill Realty is one of my favorite clients because I always get to design fun, cocktail themed holiday party invitations! This year's watercolor Christmas martini might be my favorite!

Norhill Realty is one of my favorite clients because I always get to design fun, cocktail themed holiday party invitations! This year's watercolor Christmas martini might be my favorite!

These sweet kids are like my second set of children. Its always such an honor to design for dear friends!

These sweet kids are like my second set of children. Its always such an honor to design for dear friends!

Jen, the momma of those adorable boys, knew exactly what she wanted the design of her holiday card to look like - clean and festive. We were both so pleased with the final result!

Jen, the momma of those adorable boys, knew exactly what she wanted the design of her holiday card to look like - clean and festive. We were both so pleased with the final result!

I loved getting to design this holiday card + adoption announcement for darling Joyce and her sweet dads! 

I loved getting to design this holiday card + adoption announcement for darling Joyce and her sweet dads! 

Ashley always has the best ideas for her holiday cards and this year was no different! I love the unique color palette we chose and the fun wording!

Ashley always has the best ideas for her holiday cards and this year was no different! I love the unique color palette we chose and the fun wording!

I've known this sweet family since before they were even a couple! I loved getting to design not only their Christmas card but also precious Ellie's birth announcement that was on the back! 

I've known this sweet family since before they were even a couple! I loved getting to design not only their Christmas card but also precious Ellie's birth announcement that was on the back! 

Staci had a BUNCH of photos she wanted to share of her sweet boys so I made sure to create a format that allowed for four photos on the front and five on the back! 

Staci had a BUNCH of photos she wanted to share of her sweet boys so I made sure to create a format that allowed for four photos on the front and five on the back!