Anything that can make our lives easier and our businesses run smoother is a no-brainer. I have five services my business can’t run without that are tried, true, and used every single day – even when I’m not working – and if you took one of these away from me, I’m pretty sure I would cry ugly, ugly sobs.
(Make sure you read through them all because there’s a little something in it for you, too!)
Burgundy was the go-to color last season. So much so that my stationery group would send out frequent SOS calls for any burgundy envelopes floating around. I was asked to design for a Sonoma Winery Wedding Styled Shoot and saw a great opportunity to not only use burgundy in the paper goods, but bring in some texture as well with the velvet paper
This is where it gets awkward.
I’m not a big “sharer” of my life and what’s going on in it. I’ve never really felt the urge to update my Facebook status every few hours (though I do still love a good check-in or cheeky conversation with my daughter) and I’m not the best as remembering to post to my IG stories during the day. And lessbehonest, I’m still in the dating phase with Snapchat, but I have some ideas that could have us spending even more time together.
This is why I’m really really bad at showing my face on social media. I make it weird and it feels a bit like a hot mess.
First, let me explain a small, but somewhat important detail. A wedding planner can be a wedding coordinator, but a wedding coordinator will not always be a wedding planner. A wedding planner is often hired early in the process, first or second to the venue in most cases. She takes a very hands-on approach to the planning and designing of the event. A wedding coordinator is sometimes referred to as a “day-of coordinator” and isn’t as hands-on in the creative process and their time to shine is about 6 weeks out from the wedding up until the week after your wedding, in some cases. Sometimes, a wedding coordinator can take on a few roles the wedding planner would take on, but those are usually add-on items, so be sure you have the discussion with her as to your needs/wants and expectations.
Hopefully that gives you a good idea between the two titles, so let’s jump into it.
As you comb through images while planning your wedding, you may run across blogs that list features as a “Styled Shoot” or an “Inspiration Shoot” and think, uhhh, wassat?
A Styled Shoot or an Inspiration Shoot is when I group of wedding vendors, and maybe a few non-wedding vendors, come together to get their creative juices flowing. Sometimes the vendors have worked together before and sometimes they haven’t, so to get familiar with their creative process, they’ll come together and create a wedding.
Some see them as an added cost – just a postcard or a card with some generic info – and some see an opportunity to break away from the formal mold. But really, the importance of Save the Dates is so much more. Not only do Save the Dates allow your guests to do just that – Save the Date on their calendars – but this is a great opportunity to pass along some great planning information. Save the Dates allow you to add travel details for your out-of-town guests, provide your wedding website (even if it’s not completely filled out), and mostly allow your guests to start planning for your wedding!
Ya’ll. Ish is about to get real. We’re talking about your Wedding Invitations. Go ahead. Grab some paper and a pen, maybe your planner… and maybe a few bottles.
Just kidding. One bottle will do.
Wedding stationery is the step in the planning process where not only does everything start to feel “real,” but a whole new overwhelm can hit. This is where the details all come together and all those decisions you’ve been making for the past million months (or at least it feels like) come together in one pretty package for your guests. Be prepared to be immersed in all things paper once you begin the process – it’s best to get as much decided upon early to make those last few months not seem so “just get it done.” You spent time choosing your place settings, so take a little time to choose the menus you would love to see at each guest’s seat. You spent time choosing the perfect venue, so take a little time and provide travel information and maybe a map to ensure your guests get to see the venue all prettied up.
You just handed over your invitations to the post office to hand-cancel and push out into the world to your guests – give yourself a few days to celebrate because that was a feat within itself, yeah? But don’t wait too long – you have your ceremony and a reception to think about next.
Remember back here in the write up about Save the Dates when we said to be ready to become immersed in all things paper when you start the process? You’re in the home stretch – don’t lose momentum now! Let’s start the conversation about your ceremony and reception stationery, mkay?