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!
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.
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.
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!
Stick around and check out some of my recent custom work below!
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.
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.
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.
I'd love to visit with you about foiling your next big invitation!
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!
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!