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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 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.

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! 

gold confetti wedding invitation

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.