Are Custom Invitations right for you?

Happy Monday!!!!!!!

Who loves paper?  I do, I do!  That’s right, and this post is near and dear to my little heart.  It combines two things I love…paper and numbers.  Haha!  Yep, that’s right folks.  I’m a bit of a numbers nerd as well as a paper lover(AKA paper nerd)!

One of our recent designs here at Uptown Designs

Today we’re talking about budgets! Super exciting for me! Not so fun for many others, but just like every other detail, budgeting can be so important when it comes to your wedding.

Have you considered the options available? I’m thinking there are probably more than you think and today that is exactly what we’re talking about.  Most people underestimate the costs for good stationery – I mean it’s just paper, right?  Wrong.  And please, please don’t ever say something like this to a designer!  I feel a little stab in my heart every time I hear those words!  Stationery designers pour their heart and soul into every design to make you, the bride and groom, happy.

First you’ll have to figure out your stationery budget – when considering how much you want to spend, think about save the dates, invitations, table numbers, place cards, favour tags, donation cards, seating chart, and thank you cards.  While you don’t necessarily need all of those items,  you should think about what you can’t live without as well as some things that you would like to have. One thing to keep in mind is that some stationery designers will give a discount when you order day of stationery along with your invitations (we do this!).

Image Source : Taos Gifts

Once you figure out what your budget, the next step is to figure out what you would love to have in an invitation and see how to get everything that you would like.

Option 1 – Custom.  This of course is my favourite option because you will have such a fabulous piece of stationery that will incorporate your wedding vision and colours.  The best part?  Your guests will remember your invitations!!  If this is the route you are going, you would usually meet with a local designer to discuss the vision you have for your invitations.  Most stationers will also talk to you about your budget and can make suggestions so you can stay close to or within your budget while getting what you want out of your stationery.  They should definitely have samples from their portfolio (if not one of every invitation they’ve ever made) as well as all kinds of paper samples so you can see the fancy papers available for your invitations!
The designer would typically provide a quote within a few days and in most cases a deposit is required and then the designing begins! 

This bride and groom had a caricature drawn of the two of them, which was printed on the front of their invitation and the bride chose a patterned envelope liner to match her envelope!  (we can print the liners in almost any colour!)

Option 2 – Online shops.  There are a several different websites out there that have pre designed invitations for you to choose from.  Most of the time you can choose the colour of your ink, but the design would not be able to be changed. 

Option 3 – DIY.  If you are choosing this option because you love to DIY, then this may be right for you!  If you are going this route because you are trying to save money, you may want to consider everything that goes into an invitation.  Design time you will spend, paper – pretty paper isn’t cheap people!, printing, assembly time.  A little food for thought when it comes to DIY?  Most people need to purchase about 30% more supplies than expected and twice as much time as predicted.  Between the amount of time you will spend and the extra supplies you will need, your DIY venture will most likely be almost as much as the custom route!

Who knows – you might end up with an invitation like this one….

What do you think?

Have a fabulous day!!!

xo Danika

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DIY Infused Sugar

Yes, I said infused sugar!  I’ve used olive oil that was infused with sun-dried tomatoes (among other things), but I had never even heard of infused sugar until I came across this cute little idea last week.

Infused Sugar from Sugar and Charm

I’m not sure if I’ve conveyed how much I love DIY projects, but I L.O.V.E. DIY projects!  Think beaded wine charms, scented bath salts, homemade turtles…I’m sure you get the picture.

These are an easy DIY project and would be awesome little wedding favours for a rustic themed backyard wedding.  You can even choose the scent of the sugar to match your wedding colours.  These sugars can be used in coffee (think vanilla or hazelnut infused sugar) or you could use them in cookies and other baking to add a hint of flavour.  I’m thinking shortbread with lemon infused sugar would work!  These are useable favours and it doesn’t hurt that they look so darn pretty!

I’m already married, but I’m definitely adding this to my Christmas project list!  🙂

Lime, Lavender, and Lemon Infused Sugar

You can find the instructions on sugar infusing on the Sugar and Charm blog.

Warm your guests with a sweet treat at your reception

With the cooler fall and winter weather looming, why not plan to offer your guests a little something to warm them up a little at your reception.  These would be great to have on hand for your guests, or to take home as favours.
First up?  My favourite!  My mouth started watering when I came across this amazing little idea.  It’s hot chocolate on a stick and it comes in several options.  This one is my first pick…salted caramel.

Salted Caramel

They also come in Vanilla mint (shown below), three chili chocolate, Belgian milk chocolate, and French dark truffle from The Ticket Kitchen.

Vanilla Mint

And honestly…who doesn’t love donuts?

This idea would be great for a little treat ->

Donut + Hot chocolate = perfect combo

Or you can go all out and add a hot chocolate bar at your wedding with all the toppings you can dream up (including some Bailey’s!).  This picture is from a cookie exchange, but you get the idea.

Hot Chocolate Bar - Source http://simplystunningideas.blogspot.com

xo Danika

S’more Love

I am a huge fan of everything DIY and while this favour idea may not be new, I think these two ideas are some of the best!

This first Smore favour box includes everything from the fire to the marshmallows.  This one is packaged perfectly in a doily wrapped box, but you can wrap it to match your wedding colours.  Follow this link for the step by step instructions -> http://bit.ly/rnxf3q

Image from Valley & Co.

And really…who doesn’t love edible treats on a stick?

Image From Elizabeth Anne Designs

You can find the instructions and a link to the printable tags here -> http://bit.ly/qh2c9z

As always, thanks for reading!

xo Danika

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