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

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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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

 

Wedding Invitation Wording

Now here’s a topic that I’m sure everyone is REALLY excited about! Wording!!!

Mr and Mrs Smith request the honour of your presence….
Or should you request the pleasure of their company?
Perhaps you’d rather just tell your guests that you’re getting hitched and having a backyard party?

When it comes to wording, you’ll have to think about the style of event you are hosting. Will it be a formal affair with gowns and tuxedos? Are you having a casual backyard wedding where sundresses and khakis are more appropriate?

So much to think about right? Why yes, yes it is. Even though an invitation is “just a piece of paper” – please note to NEVER say this to your invitation designer 😉
An invitation communicates so much to your guests!

For example – if you’re having a casual backyard wedding, you probably wouldn’t send out something like this
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You can’t read the wording, but this one is extremely formal. What do I mean by that?

Well, the wording goes a little something like this:

Mr and Mrs Edward Cavanaugh
request the honour of your presence at the marriage of their daughter
Katherine Marie
to
Johnathan Marcus
son of Mr and Mrs Christopher Grayson

Saturday the twenty fourth of November
two thousand and twelve
Half past Three in the afternoon
Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church
Waterloo, Ontario

Dinner reception to follow
six o’clock in the evening
The Tannery Event Centre
Kitchener Ontario

Formal, right?

You’d probably want to send something a little more low key and most importantly FUN!

Like this perhaps?

Cream and light brown panel invitation with flower bouquet

This one is less formal, a little fun and incorporates the personality of the bride and groom.

“Together with their family and friends

Jackie & Craig

joyfully invite you to share in their

celebration of love, friendship, laughter, and family

as they exchange vows at the cottage.

…To be followed by an evening of food, music,

dancing, and laughter!

Guests are encouraged to dress for an outdoor ceremony and reception.

High heels and uncomfortable formal wear are not recommended.”

It all comes down to you. Yes, that’s right you. Your wedding, your wording. 🙂

*don’t forget about etiquette though* There will be another post about this coming soon!!!!

I think the point is that the wording (and the overall style) must reflect the event you are hosting.

I have lots of tips on this subject so if you are stumped, shoot me an e-mail. I can try to help!

As always – have a fabulous day!!!!

xo Danika

What’s your wedding style?

A friend of mine recently shared this photo with me.

Gorgeous, isn’t it?  An intimate garden wedding….ahhhhhh…I think this is perfection.  Romantic, intimate, casual.

Image Source: Holly Mathis Interiors

Have you though about how you would like your guests to describe your wedding?

That’s a loaded question, isn’t it?

If you’re getting married, I’m guessing you’ve probably spent hours scouring the internet trying to find a style that fits your personality.  I know I did when I was getting married.

Once you figure out your wedding style, then comes the real work.  Usually the dress, venue, photographers, and invitations are on your mind first, right?  (If you’d like some recommendations, check out our website at http://www.uptowndesigns.ca for our trusted list of vendors!)

When you start thinking about your invitations , you should try to figure out what you want your invitation to convey to your guests.  From the invitation, they should get an idea of what style of wedding you are having, which will help them decide what they should wear!

The invitation below was designed for an intimate wedding that was being held at an Italian restaurant.

This was designed for a couple having an intimate wedding at an Italian restaurant.

This invitation would also work for a wedding in a barn like this one ->

Image Source Glitterandgoldblog.com

Kind of perfect, wouldn’t you say?
I thought so too!  🙂

Make sure your wedding style is yours though!  Your wedding day is probably going to be one of the most important AND memorable days of your life.  Make it you….
Have a fabulous Saturday!

xo Danika

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

I heart my brides!!!!!

Man oh man is 2012 a busy year so far…And I  am LOVING it!  🙂

It’s May and I feel so unbelievably lucky to have worked with and continue to work with so many amazing brides to be!!  Why do I love working on wedding invitations with brides?  Well…because each bride has their own vision for their wedding day.  I love being able to hear how they picture their wedding to be and then to transform what they’ve communicated into a wedding invitation (and other stationery) that truly fits their personality as a couple and their idea for their wedding.

I really love it when they push me to my limits creatively too.  🙂

I’ve had the opportunity to work with so many amazing people so far and I can’t wait to work with so many more!

Here are a few of my recent favourites!  {I really do love them all!}

These were designed for a friend from high school {SO HONOURED – and a tad nervous- TO DO THESE FOR HER!}. She was married in India this past December.

I am so drawn to softer colours right now and I love the pale green, purple, and white with the grey pocket.

Here is a view of the inside…..same idea.

This was designed for a wedding with a vintage/cottage feel. Love this brides colours!

This couple was too much fun to work with and I love the custom stamp they chose for their RSVP envelopes!

I really do love grey……….

I am such a fan of envelope liners! They just add that little extra to tie everything in!

Thank you to everyone I’ve worked with so far this year (and to the ones I’m currently working).  You are the reason I do what I do – and make it possible for me to do something that I am truly in love with.

Happy wedding planning – and happy Wednesday!

xo Danika

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