One of the things that I love most about exhibiting at bridal expos is the opportunity to actually meet newly engaged couples starting out on their wedding planning journey.
I mentioned in my wrap up of the Vintage Bride Expo (you can read that here), that there were two very prominent questions that so many couples asked. The first being “Where on earth do we start?!” (Or some variation of that – honestly, swear jar ladies!)
So, where do you start?
1. Know your theme or the style you want for your big day.
When choosing your design, think about the overall theme, feel or look you want to have for your day. If you are having a rustic themed wedding in a gorgeous barn, make sure your guests receive something along that theme. If your wedding is on the beach in Bali, don’t send a super formal invite – casual it up and opt for something beautiful, relaxed and stylish. You will want to carry this ‘theme/feeling’ throughout your wedding, and that includes your stationery. Your guests take so much information from your invite – it gives them clues about what to expect, how formal your wedding will be, and for the ladies, whether they should avoid wearing a certain colour so they don’t look like part of the bridal party!)
2. Create a mood board with Pinterest, Instagram and Google image searches.
Spend some time looking for images of designs that you like and pin them to your mood board, or keep them handy in your phone. There may be elements of designs that you like - maybe it’s the luxurious big bow, the laser cut design, the colour combination, the layout, the fonts. Don’t just look for invitations that are already in your chosen colour scheme. If you do, you’ll be missing out getting THE perfect wedding invitation. A great designer will happily mock up your favourite design for you in your chosen colour scheme. So, don’t disregard those pretty ivory invites just because they aren’t already in navy. Keeping images of designs you like will ensure you and your stationery designer are on the same page. It is way more helpful than you can imagine!
3. Work out what you like, and what you don’t like.
This may seem like the hardest part, but it’s not once you break it down. If I showed you five different invitations I bet, you would be able to point out all the parts of them that you didn’t like. This is a good thing! Knowing what you DON’T like, leads to figuring out what you DO like. Don’t ever worry about offending a stationery designer by telling them the aspects of their work that you don’t like. Your taste and preference is all that matters. Knowing what you don’t like, means we know what not to show you or include in a design, which leads to a more positive experience designing your stationery – for both you and me.
4. Be realistic about budget.
Ok this is a little bit of Pinterest’s and Instagram’s fault. Those pretty pictures can be very misleading! It can be really upsetting when you realise that the invite of your dreams is out of your budget. When looking at designs take note of pricing – what’s included and what’s not. We all wish we could have the 2 carat princess cut diamond on a zirconia budget, but it’s not realistic. Set yourself up to succeed by being realistic and understanding the costs of the designs you like. Pockets with lots of insert cards, laser cut pouches and specialty printing like foil stamping and letterpress can dramatically increase the price of a design. And before you scream at me that sometimes it’s hard to know how much a design costs because businesses don’t advertise their prices – I understand. Trust me, I thought long and hard about this before I put my pricing on my website. It’s very risky for a stationery provider to advertise their price, because we’ve all been burned by clients who have sent a picture of one of our design to a competitor to have them undercut us by 5c. It sucks, but I truly believe in the goodness and honesty of my clients, and I think it reflects in my trust to advertise pricing. Here’s a BIG TIP: When you do request a quote, keep an eye out for hidden costs – like set up costs, or charging for printing guest names or addressing envelopes (or even providing an envelope!!). Suddenly that $5 invite gets very expensive when you add on the extras.
And most importantly….
5. Keep an open mind and don’t worry about what everyone else is doing.
(This should be your mantra for your entire wedding). It doesn’t matter that your colleague’s sister’s friend had a pocket invitation that came wrapped in a box with a bottle of French champagne – this is YOUR big day. (Although, personally I quite like the idea of a free bottle of champagne). When you look back at your pictures in 20 years, you won’t cringe or feel regretful if you’ve done what you wanted. Everyone has different tastes and oh my gosh, everyone has an opinion.
It’s only your taste and opinion that matters.
Still got more questions about where to start? Comment below and I would love to answer them for you!
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On a steamy Melbourne day (who would have thought?) a group of Melbourne’s most talented Vintage Wedding suppliers filled Brighton Town Hall with jaw dropping dresses, stylish décor, funky hair and makeup, sparkling jewellery and impressive photography and videography.
There was a steady stream of couples who impressively chose the lure of spending their Sunday at a bridal expo rather having a snag at Bunnings.
I love expos. I love designing my little display (it’s real hard to cull the invites though!) and yesterday’s booth was certainly the girlish one I’ve ever put together! However, I was stoked with how pretty it was! Anyway, back to the important parts.
Thank you to the amazing couples that stopped by. The best part about attending smaller expos is the chance to talk to you. (Thanks to those who had to do laps and wait – I really appreciate it!) There may have been a line up or two sometimes, but I really think there’s value in getting to speak individually with you all and hearing your story and finding out what you are getting struggling with. I heard some common themes and common questions, so I will answer them for you in upcoming blog articles. The most common questions were good ones - “Where do I start?” and 'How does it work?'
The other part of expos I love is the instant feedback. I really liked hearing your honest opinions on the designs and your great ideas for what you want to see! It’s always interesting how from expo to expo the mood and taste of the attendee changes. My absolute favourite quote of the day was hearing our invites described as 'a wedding dress on a card'. Haha brilliant!
So, drum roll please….
Top 5 invites that couples stopping in their tracks!
2. The Chrissie pocket invite
Yep, navy, blush and florals are very on trend and the couples were loving the contrast effect of the pocket inserts and the great price-point. The rustic Kraft version was also super popular. This one has been creating a quit the stir on Facebook as well.
For those of you who were unable to make it on the day, never fear, he’s some piccies so you can see what you missed out on. If you have any comments or curly questions, feel free to send them through.
The beauty of shimmery pebble paper...
Mmm chocolate bar bonbonniere! When your bonbonniere looks this good, you don't want to eat it! Up top is the Erica lasercut - another super popular design.
The super popular Christie watercolour invite hiding in the back!
The contrasting black and gold on the Camilla really had the brides talking! It's a sexy invite! :)
It's Tipsy Tuesday!
Welcome to Tipsy Tuesday. The day when I share with you some of best kept secrets and advice all related to wedding stationery! If you've got a burning question, leave it in the comments below. So who's ready for some kick-arse advice? Let's get started!
Today’s topic is colour, a favourite of mine. Why? Because colour evokes feeling and emotion and really moves your audience. Ever noticed how on Valentine's Day the colour red or pink is everywhere? Well, red and pink create a feeling of passion and sexiness and romance! What I'm going to talk about today is how you can embrace colour to create mood at your event and I'm going to give you some cool tools to help you create the Perfect Wedding Colour Scheme.
Every colour has been popular at some point over the years. There will always be the classic timeless combinations of black and white, and lately rose gold, blush and gold have gone crazy. Recently we've seen elegant rustic neutral colours but it wasn't too long ago was all bold pops of hot pink and orange! It's important to not be afraid of using colour. It can be subtle touches or it can be bold, however no matter what colour you choose, how you use it counts.
So how do you pick the perfect colour palette? As a couple think about your favourite colours, or the colours of your favourite footy team, or pick colours from your favuorite fashion brand. Tiffany blue for example has been hugely popular. You can the colours in a bold way (from bridesmaid dresses to flowers to table cloths to sashes and beyond) or you may like to use only subtle hints, like a simple ribbon or an accent flower in your centrepieces.
If you want your bridal party to wear the colour, make sure it flatters all their skin tones. Also, consider the groomsmen – will they feel comfortable wearing pink vests and purple ties?
If you love a colour that will date, think fuchsia pink, bright citrus colours or bold patterns, use accents. That way when you look back at your photos, it won't be overwhelming and you will still look at your day knowing you made a great decision. (And your poor groomsmen won’t be dressed head to toe in shades of hot pink and purple)! :)
Consider the availability of the chosen colour in fabric, flowers and for your stationery card and paper options. If you like an ‘on trend’ colour, think royal blue, rose gold, emerald green or lemon, keep in mind that often those colours are hard, if not impossible to obtain in card stock.
And most importantly... Listen to your suppliers – they understand colour tones and what colour palettes work. Let them guide you into a stunning colour palette.
So here's your Tuesday Tip: Keep it soft and subtle or bold and bright, but whatever you choose, embrace a little colour in your life!
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Follow the link to the great tool showing some awesome colour combinations.
Take for example this simple flat black and white layered invite. Elegant and understated, it is typical of what you find at many invitation suppliers these days. But by adding just a hint of glitter paper as a border, this invitation now pops! Pop it in a glitter lined envelope and baby, you've got an invitation that your guests are going to notice and rave about!
Or whatabout this gorgeous, yet simple pocketfold invite? There isn't any excessive bling and no over the top swirly fonts. It's simple Black pocket with white cards and elegant fonts is set off with a regal muted gold glitter belly band.
So what are you waiting for? Add a bit of sparkle to your big day!
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Welcome to this humble little blog!
As this the first post, I want to let you in on a little secret. This area is like the secret vault. Why? Because this is the area where I will share with you all the tips, tricks, wedding hacks and insider knowledge I have to help you create a better wedding, a better special event and a better kickarse corporate do.
I encourage you all to join in the discussions, and if you have a Q that you would like answered, drop a line.