Wedding Invitations – When to send them out???

Happy Wedding Wednesday!

Have I got an exciting topic for you today!!!

Stationery timelines!

You may be saying “huh?” Right about now, but I promise that I will explain it all to you! (And if you have any questions, shoot me an e-mail at hello@uptowndesigns.ca)

I know, I know, maybe this topic isn’t something that is terribly exciting to you, but it really is necessary information when you are planning your wedding!

Over the years that I have been in business, THE most popular question is:

“When should I send out my invitations?”

So, I decided to put a handy little chart together for all of you lovely couples who have this burning question!

This chart will give you an overall idea of the timing for ordering and sending stationery related to your wedding.

There are some other little suggestions however that I am going to point out.

1 – If you are planning a destination wedding, sending out a Save The Date to your guests is essential! Your guests will have to plan for this expense so providing as much time as possible to them is in very good taste.

2 – You’ll notice that the general rule is to send your invitations around 6-8 weeks before your wedding. There are however situations where you should provide a little extra time for your guests to plan to attend. For example, if you are hosting a local wedding and have not sent out a Save The Date, you should give your guests a little extra time so I would suggest sending your invitations out 8-10 weeks before the big day.
Also, if you choose to host your wedding on a long weekend when people may plan to go away, you should definitely send your invites out 10-12 weeks prior.

I hope this little chart has been helpful! If there are any other scenarios that you would like to know about, please send me a message!

As always, have a fabulous day!

xo Danika

No kiddies please – Part Two

Well, apparently this is one hot topic so we are going to get just a little more in depth with this one!

As a bride or groom, communicating your wishes for your special day can be a little bit challenging…there will always be one person (perhaps more) who disagree with how you choose to do things.

This can cause unnecessary stress during what is one of the most important times in your life.

The thing is, how you approach the situation can definitely cut off any push back from your guests before it even happens.

In our last post we talked about different ways that you can communicate to your guests that children aren’t invited. Maybe because you want to avoid a scenario like this one ->

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Today we are go to talk a little bit about some things that you should consider when you are making this decision.

Is your wedding local to most of your guests?

If it is, this will make it much easier for your guests to make babysitting arrangements so they are able attend. Let’s face it, some parents aren’t terribly fond of spending a night away from their little ones (I was definitely guilty of that one when they were younger!!!)

If you are hosting an out of town or destination wedding, some of your guests may graciously bow out if they aren’t comfortable leaving their little ones behind!

The other BIG thing we didn’t talk about was the fact that sometimes exceptions may need to be made.

A few examples of these would be when you have guests with a newborn or a baby who is breast feeding, your flower girls, your ring bearers, does anyone in your bridal party have children?

Any “exception” can be a touchy subject and ultimately it is up to the bride and groom. If you decide no children, you can definitely stick to your guns to ensure none of your guests have hurt feelings. You will also have to understand that some of your guests may choose not to come if their young children are not invited.

I do think every wedding is different and every couples wishes are going to be different.

If you decide to make an exception for any of the above reasons, that is completely up to you. My only advice on this subject would be that if you DO make any exceptions, make sure you are prepared to tactfully respond to any guests who may not necessarily agree with your wishes. <- THIS IS OK! It is YOUR wedding and the more heartfelt your response is to them, the more understanding they will be!

From a personal stand point as a parent – I would prefer to have my kids at home enjoying themselves! (They are not babies anymore and I may have felt differently when they were teeny tiny). Alas, they are both in school so a night out kid free is rare event and very much appreciated!

PLUS – I don't know about you, but I don't know many children who can sit still for 10 minutes let alone an hour or more for all of the speeches!! 😉

Well, I hope that helps answer any additional questions that my last post created!

If there are more or any other topics that you would like to hear about, e-mail me at hello@uptowndesigns.ca and I will do my best to post about it!

Have a wonderful night!

xo Danika

The Low Down on DIY – Part 3

Happy Monday to everyone!!!

We’re finally back with a doozy of a post to wrap up our DIY

If you haven’ read the first two parts in this series, you can start with Part 1 here -> https://uptowndesigns.wordpress.com/2014/08/06/the-low-down-on-diy-part-1/

Now it’ stone to get down to the nitty gritty!

The REAL work comes next!

And by real work, I mean the designing, the printing, and the CUTTING! I you’re doing pocketfolds, or anything that requires layers of paper, we can’t forget about the glueing!

Designing – if you aren’t confident with the design aspect, you can buy a design that is ready to print.

Here is a sample of one that we currently offer in our Etsy shop – https://www.etsy.com/listing/193723003/monogram-invitation-customized-digital

Stationery designed by: www.uptowndesigns.ca Photography by: www.hrkvc.com

Stationery designed by: http://www.uptowndesigns.ca
Photography by: http://www.hrkvc.com

More of those are coming as well!

Now for the time…..have you put much thought into this? No? Well, let me break it down for you.

Did you book a minimum of 20 hours of your time to invest in this? You may think I am joking about this amount of time, but putting your invitations will take time and most likely more time than what you are thinking. My suggestion would be to guess how much time it will take you and then double it! The last thing you want to do is stress about how little time you have to get them done.

Did you purchase extra supplies just in case you make a mistake? I do this for a living and I STILL make mistakes. I usually recommend to purchase a minimum of 15% extra supplies when you’re putting them together. If you end up having some leftover, you can always use it for signage at your reception!

The tools are one part that people don’t even consider and you really should as this can add a considerable dollar amount to your budget!

Do you have all of the tools that you may need?

Depending on your design, you will definitely need something to cut with.

You can definitely use a fiskars trimmer, which is most likely the most cost effective option. Keep in mind that you will need to purchase additional blades, which will add to your overall costs!  Depending on the tool, blades can be as much as $14.99 for a TWO pack and you will go through at least two packs for 100 invitations.

Adhesives – this is one thing that I am a bit particular about. 😉 you see, I love DIY, and I love receiving DIY invitations. My big pet peeve is when I receive a DIY invitation and it falls apart within 3 days of receiving it!

Yes, this has happened.

Please, please, please use something that will not come apart when your guests decides to pick up your gorgeous invite the day before the wedding and it falls apart in their hands. I use a paper glue that is available at most scrapbooking stores and it is practically like crazy glue for paper! I have invitations that I put together 5 years ago and I guarantee that they won’t fall apart!

With every aspect of the DIY project I think the first step is always –
Do your research! Make sure you take your time on this step. The last thing you want is to make costly mistakes that end up increasing your budget greater than having someone else do them for you!

I think with any project, the MOST important thing to remember is that DIY projects are supposed to be fun!

Give yourself extra time and BE PREPARED and you will be successful!

If there are any DIY topics that you are curious about, shoot me a message and I would be happy to write something about it!

Have a fabulous day!!!

xo Danika

 

We are now offering customized printable invitations!

YAY!!!  Big news, right????

Yes, we are now offering a brand new service to attempt to accommodate all of you wonderful (and handy) DIY’ers!

 

I’m a DIY’er at heart, and sometimes projects that I undertake require a bit of an experts touch….this is where our new stationery line comes into play.

Our first design that we are offering this service on is this gorgeous monogram invitation set!  You can use this for engagement invitations, save the dates, anniversary parties, weddings, birthdays…and old reason to have a party with your loved one!

 

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Designed by : http://www.uptowndesigns.ca Photography by : http://www.hrkvc.com

 

If DIY floats your boat and you love this design as much as we do, you can also stop by our Etsy shop to purchase!  We’ll customize the wording and send you the print ready files!  It’s as simple as that!  (well…almost!)  And if you need fabulous high quality supplies, we can help you out there too!

 

Stay tuned for more print ready designs coming next week!

 

As always, have a fabulous day!

 

xo Danika

 

Etiquette – No kiddies please!

Helllllloooooo Tuesday!

It sure has been a while since I’ve posted on here. Our last series was all about the adventures of DIY invitations! If you missed that one, You can check out Part 1 here – DIY Part 1

As a stationery designer, I get a lot of questions about proper etiquette when it comes to wedding invitations….everything from wording to how to properly address your invitations so I have decided to put together a brand new series all about etiquette!

The first topic that we are going to address is how to communicate that your wedding is adults only. This decision could be for one of many reasons…you are having an evening wedding, black tie affair, or you would really just prefer to avoid screaming children distracting your guests from the main event like this one – >

 

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Calm down folks! This is MY son at MY wedding. 😉 He stayed for the ceremony and about an hour of our wedding and I have to admit that we were much more relaxed once we knew that he was home and HAPPY!

The fact is that you have spent many many months planning your wedding and you want it to be perfect! (Or at least as close to perfection as possible!)

Let’s get back to the important stuff!

You’ve made the decision and now you need to communicate your wishes to your guests. Here are a few ways to do go about doing this:

1 – Address the envelopes properly! According to tradition, if the child is invited, their name should be included on the envelope below their parents names. We’ll elaborate on this hot topic in a later post all about addressing envelopes properly! (I know, exciting, right?!)

2 – You can indicate the number of guests on the RSVP card by wording it something like this :
“We have reserved ___ seats in your honour”. Before sending out your invitations, simply write the let number of guests that you are inviting on that line.

3 – You can call your guests individually. Some people may not understand your decision and your guests will most likely appreciate the extra gesture of speaking to you personally. This way you can also explain to them why this is important to you on your special day.

 

If you have something in particular that you are struggling with when it comes to etiquette regarding your stationery, drop me a line at hello@uptowndesigns.ca and I will do my best to write a blog post just for you!

 

xo Danika

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The Low-Down on DIY part 2

Good Morning!

First things first…I had a little glitch on Wednesday and you may have received a tiny little teaser of today’s post!

Good news! Today it’s the real thing!!! 😉

So, hopefully you’ve read our first little blog on this topic because we are raring to go with some tips and some realities of DIY!

The first place to start is to figure out what style of invitations you would like. Simple, one layer of paper? Something with a backing? Pocketfold?

Are you looking for something with an elaborate design? Or would understated elegance be closer to your vision?

Once you figure out those basics, it’s time to get down to business.

Are you going to design your invitation or will you hire someone to design your invitation for you?

If design isn’t one of your strengths, I have some good news for you! There are a lot of options for you!

Many designers (including little old me) offer print ready design only services.

You can also check sites like Etsy for customizable designs that you can purchase and print yourself! (We do this too!)

Check out our shop here ->
Uptown Designs on Etsy

They key is to do your research and figure out which option is best for you!

We have lots more advice on this subject so stay tuned for #3 of our DIY series coming next week!

As promised, here is my little invitation from my wedding!

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Have a fabulous weekend everyone!!!

xo Danika

Wedding Stationery – How much is there to REALLY think about?!?!?

So, you’re newly engaged and the first thing on your mind is THE DRESS!!!!

Does that sound right?  I know that was how I felt.  Once I had my dress, I figured everything else would be easy.  Haha.  Boy was I wrong.  The little details can sneak up on you…I was fortunate enough to have a fabulous friend who planned events so she gave me a handy little excel spreadsheet to track my budget and “the details”.  Within that spreadsheet was a pretty large section about stationery.  Before that day, I never really considered all of the things that truly fall under the category of “stationery”.

Of course there are the Save the Dates, which is the first step in the process and are typically done 12 months prior to your wedding date.  Some people choose not to send out save the dates, some people like sending them out.  If you’re getting married during the summer or over a holiday, this may be something for you to consider as it will give your guests as much notice as possible.

Then come the Wedding Invitations!   (This is one of my favourite designs from this year….)

This is a pocketfold invitation with envelope and liner designed for a bride having a summer wedding with a vintage feel. 
Image Source : http://www.uptowndesigns.ca

Sounds simple, right?  Maybe, maybe not.  I’m sure you’ve heard it many times before, but the invitation sets the tone for your wedding.  It will help your guests understand how to dress, what sort of gift to buy, and what to expect on the big day!  All of this is conveyed by the papers, style, and wording of your invitation.

If I were to do it again, I probably would go for letterpress invitations…I dream of letterpress invitations.  I kid you not.
Take this one for example –

This invitation is exquisite (in my humble opinion).  It is simple and elegant…and my favourite part?

The edge painting….aaaahhhh the edge painting.  I am a total paper nerd.  🙂

Combine all of that with a fabulous envelope liner and I would be a very happy bride.

Alas…I am no longer the bride.  You are.

Your stationer will certainly try to get a feel for the style of event you’re going for in order to incorporate your ideas into your invitation suite.  Your job?  Figure out the atmosphere you are going for at your event.  If you want an elegant affair, make sure your invitations emulate that.  The same goes if you’re having a backyard BBQ with an ice cream truck!  Either way, have fun with the process…

The other items to consider are seating chart, place cards, menus, favour tags/signs and table numbers.  Those are the most common things to think about.

More to come on that subject in a couple of weeks!

Have a wonderful Thursday!!!

xo Danika

The Low-Down on DIY – Part 1

So, we’ve talked a little bit about custom invitations…now it’s time to talk DIY!

I’ll start by saying that I LOOOOOVE crafty brides! I love how passionate DIY’ers are about putting their own personal stamp into such an important life event! 🙂

***Trust me on this!  I was a TOTAL DIY bride and I still love trying out new projects!

I did my own invitations – stay tuned tomorrow for that photo.  😉

Here’s a perfect example of a recent project –  gigantic flowers that a photographer friend (Little Orchid Photography) and I made for a local Easter event! I still can’t get over how amazing they turned out!

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Not bad, eh???

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We used the tutorial on the Design Sponge website and made a few minor tweaks!

First things first…why do YOU want to go the DIY route?

Usually this decision is made for one of two reasons…

The first reason that I’d like to talk about is budget. Yes, we realize that this can be a scary word when it comes to weddings!

When you are thinking of making your invitations on your own solely for the purpose of saving money, there are a few things to consider:

Do you have the time to invest in making your invitations?

Do you enjoy being crafty?

So….ponder these quick questions and we will be back tomorrow with a brand new post that will delve into these little (possibly GIGANTIC) questions that we just posed.

 

Happy Wedding Wednesday to all of you beautiful brides (AND GROOMS) out there!!!

 

Have a fabulous day!

 

xo Danika

 

Letterpress Love…

If you’ve read my blog before, you may already know that I am just a tad obsessed with letterpress.

There’s something about the ultra thick cotton paper and the care that it takes to make a perfect impression on each invitation that just makes me swoon.

Yes, I said swoon. I am in love. With letterpress (and my hubby of course!). I recently took the plunge and bought myself a machine.

I thought I was in love before. Ha! The first time I made a perfect quality thank you note with my wee machine, I jumped up and down in my office!!

Yep, I surely did. This is the beginning of a love affair. And here it is. My first yay me letterpress thank you card!

Stay tuned for more projects coming soon! I’m working on some birthday invites, wedding invites and business cards so stay tuned for some really exciting projects coming soon!!!

I am excited beyond words folks!!! It’s a happy dance kind of day for sure!!!

Have a fabulous day!

xo Danika

Kim Kardashian, Kanye West`s wedding invitation revealed – Zee News

What do you think of Kin and Kanye’s invitations?

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