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

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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

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. 
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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

 

Monograms, baseball fans, Victorian elegance, and Spanish Charm

Happy Friday folks!

Right now I am most likely in Toronto hanging out with my son and nephews (that means 3 boys 4 and under)!

I’ve been SO busy recently that I’ve barely had time to think about this blog!

Today I’m pretty excited to share some of my recent work!

This set was designed for a bride getting married in Ontario. She had a vision of clean lines, and a classy, modern feel.

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I love her envelope liners so much that I had to show you a picture of those separately!

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The next design was for a really fun couple who LOVE baseball!

Check out their invitation and day of stationery ->
Baseball ticket invitation with tear away RSVP

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And their day of stationery followed suit!

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The next set was designed for a good friend who was married last weekend.

She was married outside in a park in Kitchener Ontario. It was overcast most of the morning and it seemed as though the skies were going to pour down. It turned into the most beautiful day (temporarily). The sun was shining and the day was PERFECT for the ceremony.

Here is her day of stationery ->

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Of course I had to take a photo of my place card. Hahaha! It’s kind of fun seeing my work in action at the reception! 😉

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Last but certainly not least, we have an invitation inspired by Hacienda Sarria, which is the couples venue. It is one of the most beautiful ceremony/reception locations in the Kitchener/Waterloo area. If you haven’t heard of it or seen pictures, check out their website -> http://www.haciendasarria.com/
The bride wanted her invitation to reflect the feel of her venue. Here is her invitation ->

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Have a super fabulous Friday! I have lots more to share in the coming weeks so keep an eye out for another blog post!!!

xoxo Danika

Sisterhood of the Travelling Wedding Dress – Part two

I’m feeling a little giddy today!

A few weeks ago, I shared a story with all of you that was pretty special to me.

Long story short, my wedding dress has taken a trip to North Carolina and was worn by a beautiful bride named Kristine for her wedding on April 9th.  I was so excited to “pay it forward” if you will.

Kristine had contacted me only about two weeks before her wedding to see if I would rent my dress to her.  Her e-mail was so sweet…she went on about how much love she had for her now HUSBAND!  🙂  I decided to give it to her…  There were so many things that felt right about passing my dress along to her…she was marrying the love of her life on my son’s birthday for one!  The fact that she is in North Carolina was another reason.  I lived in Virginia Beach for years and my favourite vacation spot is in the Outer Banks in North Carolina.  Basically…everything felt right about her wearing it.  That was the coles notes.

If you’d like to read the original post on this story, you can check it out here -> http://wp.me/p1dljG-Dd

And now for the amazing bride who married her best friend on April 9th of this year.  I was so anxious that day!  I mean, I was celebrating my son’s birthday, but I was also hoping that Kristine’s day was absolutely perfect!  I’d like to think that I was there with them in spirit.  😉

Here are a few photos of Kristine and her husband from their wedding day.  ->

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Tears of joy obviously.  😉  Sharing your life with the person you love is such a beautiful thing!

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I LOVE this photo!  It made me laugh out loud!

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You looked absolutely stunning on your wedding day Kristine!

Congratulations to both of you, Kristine and Jeff!  I wish you both a lifetime of happiness!!!!!

Perhaps we’ll meet in North Carolina some day!

I’m hoping this dress makes it to another lovely bride…I will definitely keep you updated as it “travels”!  (If you’re a bride and interested, feel free to e-mail me!)

Have a fabulous day!

xox0  with much love

Danika

Forever Yours bridal Show

Happy Monday morning! At least it might be if you’ve already had a coffee! Hahaha!

Anyhoo, we had the pleasure of having a booth at the forever your bridal show this past weekend. The show was at Conestoga Place on manitou in Kitchener(if you’re looking for a venue, definitely check them out! the food is to die for!!!). As always, we had so much fun chatting with brides and vendors alike at the show.

We did have a couple of new invitations that we showcased at the show and now I’m sharing them with all of you lovely people! 😉

This one was originally designed for a bride and groom getting married at the Cambridge Mill this summer (fabulous location!!!). The bride and groom on the front is embossed and you may recognize it from another design, but it still looks good!

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The second is a wood grain pocketfold with a soft floral design inside. Rustic and romantic. This one was designed for a styles shoot in an outdoor amphitheatre!

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Of course I did have these stationery suites at the show.

The first one inspired by Snow White. (I love fairy tales!). Oh – and do you realize that if my husband’s last name had of been White, I would be Danika Snow-White?!?!?! How cool is that? Yup…I’m still a nerd. 🙂

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And the last one is totally funky and super fun! Graffiti inspired!

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I hope you enjoyed some of our new designs!

Have a fabulous Monday!!!

xo Danika

Fairy tales, graffiti and glittery gold….

Good Morning!!!!

Well, if you’re in my area maybe not a great morning.  The weather is not so nice, but I’m loving the fact that it’s a Snow Day today!  YAY!

You may be wondering what those things have in common. Well, not much at all actually.

If you’re in the area, you’ve most likely heard of The Creative Bride. A few months ago she asked if I would put together some invitations for a few booths she was decorating for local bridal shows.

There were a few different themes for a few amazing venues plus her seriously awesome and extremely original booth!

Check out some of the photos below!

The cream pocketfold and gold was one of my favourite designs and was put together for the Walper in Kitchener, Ontario.  It just had such a romantic feel.  The envelopes had sparkly liners in them with a subtle gold pattern of vintage flowers (LOVE LINERS!).

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This was an Enchanted Forest theme for the Black Forest Inn

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This graffiti theme was SO much fun and a little more challenging.  🙂  It isn’t often that I have a bride ask for graffiti themed stationery – well let’s say never!  Haha!  The place cards and table names were designed to look like a brick wall with paint splatters and graffiti writing on them.  The invitation, RSVP, and envelope wrap were designed to be a little more modern (note the heart on the envelope wrap with a tattoo vibe).

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Have a fabulous day and check out the amazing venues, decor/planner, photographer, and of course little old me (stationery) at the links below!

Most importantly….have a fabulous day!!!!!!

xo Danika

Stationery – Uptown Designs

Decor/Planning – The Creative Bride

Photography – One 2 One Photography

Gold Theme – Walper Hotel

Enchanted Forest Theme – The Black Forest Inn

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