Calligraphy Supplies and more | Must-Haves

While craft stores are everywhere, the calligraphy supplies I use are often a little more specific than what’s available at Michael’s, JoAnn Fabrics, or Hobby Lobby. The good news is that there are lots of online options for purchasing these specialty tools!

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Stevie and Scott | Intimate wedding at home, as featured in Martha Stewart Weddings

Portrait of bride and groom - Intimate wedding at home in Ann Arbor, Michigan - Leah E. Moss Designs - Photo by Blaine Siesser

Stevie and Scott hosted their intimate wedding at home in 2020. I was honored that Cassy Rose Events brought me onto this sweet couple’s vendor team to design their custom stationery. They had fewer than 30 guests on the grounds of the bride’s parents’ home for their ceremony and reception dinner. Their outdoor tented cocktail reception kept the after-party going a little while longer into the evening. No stone was left unturned with this event, proving an intimate wedding at home can be as elegant and luxurious as it is heartfelt and meaningful.

This event was featured on Martha Stewart Weddings!

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My new brand to help with scheduling for entrepreneurs: Sachs Strategy

Confetti toss - Scheduling for entrepreneurs with Sachs Strategy - new sister brand to Leah E. Moss Designs

Pop a bottle and toss some confetti… Sachs Strategy is officially here! Scheduling for entrepreneurs doesn’t have to be so hard. I decided to start this brand to help service-based entrepreneurs (ahem, you) get clarity about your client workload, while keeping the flexibility that entrepreneurship affords you. It’s been a long time coming, but the wait is over! It’s time to stop playing catch-up and start feeling in control of your schedule.

For many years before starting this business, I worked at a venture capital firm, as the CEO’s executive assistant. I scheduled another (very busy) person’s entire life, down to the minute. His days were fast-paced, jam-packed with responsibility, and different every day. Turns out, it’s much the same with scheduling for entrepreneurs.

After so many years working with a high profile calendar, and many more since then with my own project calendar, scheduling feels like a second skin to me. I’m so excited to help with scheduling for entrepreneurs in two ways!

sticky notes - Scheduling for entrepreneurs with Sachs Strategy - new sister brand to Leah E. Moss Designs

Digital Download

23 pages outlining my tried-and-true Stick To It calendar system, so you can tell right away if you’re available/booked, keep track of all your admin work, and maintain flexibility within your daily routine.

Download the workbook

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1-on-1 session with me

With a 1-on-1 scheduling session, I’ll explain my Stick To It system with personalized suggestions, so you can implement it with a tailor-made approach for your business and start benefiting from it right away.

Schedule a 1-on-1

Sachs Strategy is a sister brand to Leah E. Moss Designs. I’m not going anywhere, but this is a culmination of lots of different experiences. I’m excited to share that knowledge with you!

PS: If you know someone who is struggling with scheduling for entrepreneurs, please share this news with him/her. I’d be so honored!

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Recommended Books

Recently, I asked on Instagram if anyone in my community had some recommended books for me to to read… and I got so many responses!

I’ve included some books I’ve read and loved recently (that I can vouch for), along with a crowdsourced list of recommended books. They aren’t in much of an order, but if this list grows to the point that they need to be categorized, I’ll do that. For now, it’s a hodgepodge!

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How to assemble wedding invitations

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Years ago, a sweet client of mine called me in a panic, wondering if I had ever heard of the “steamer” trick or the “freezer” trick to get sealed envelopes to pop open. In my calmest possible tone, I asked why she needed to get her envelopes open (with sweaty palms and a nervous inner monologue). She had chosen the most gorgeous, ultra traditional wedding invitations, and I had hand-calligraphed her envelopes. I started to panic alongside her, wondering what had happened, and if she didn’t know how to assemble wedding invitations.

“Well, I bought enough postage for my outer envelopes and response envelopes. I got to the end, sealed everything up, stamped the envelopes and couldn’t figure out why I had so many stamps left over. Then, it hit me — I hadn’t stamped the response envelopes inside!”

OH SH*T.

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“How late can I order invitations?” and other questions I’m answering lately

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Lately, my email inbox has felt like the Wild West. Every hour seems to present a different type of question, ranging from “we’d like to book you last minute” to “how do I know what to order” to “we’d like to learn about your postponement policy.” The most common question I’ve been getting has been “how late can I order invitations?”. It’s all over the place! And I get it — it’s for good reason. There’s a lot of uncertainty right now still for couples planning in the midst of COVID, vaccination rollouts, and inconsistent state-by-state protocols for events. I get that waiting as long as possible to decide about your wedding taking place as planned makes sense! So, in this blog I’ll be answering some of the common questions I’m fielding lately, so you’re ready to go with stationery, no matter what your event protocol looks like.

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4 considerations for intimate wedding invitations

Dark grey Semi custom wedding invitation with traditional monogram - considerations for intimate wedding invitations - Leah E. Moss Designs

This summer, I worked with one of my clients on her postponement announcements after she and her fiancé decided to move their August 2020 wedding to a 2021 date. Fast forward a bit, and I got another call from the same bride. She told me they would be getting married privately in November 2020, with a small group of family, outdoors in her parents’ garden, in advance of their 2021 celebration. She’d need intimate wedding invitations, noting that just because it was small, didn’t mean it wasn’t the real deal. She wanted to ensure they were special and got her loved ones excited to celebrate with them.

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Online wedding invitations aren’t created equal: differences between shopping with me and Minted

Burgundy semi-custom wedding invitation with modern calligraphy, dusty rose belly band, gold wax seal

One of the questions I often receive is “How is your semi-custom line different from Minted?” And I get it — it’s also a collection of online wedding invitations, with some of the options that are pre-determined and lots of elements personalized to you. But my line (and any other indie stationer’s line) costs more than Minted, and the big box option has quite frankly done a nice job with papers and print methods, in terms of quality. So your question is totally valid. Why spend more if you don’t have to? That’s just being a savvy shopper, and when you’re planning a wedding, you need to factor in every cost to get the most bang for your buck.

In this blog, I’ll go through the reasons why my semi-custom collection is different from shopping with Minted, so you can make an informed decision about what’s right for you as part of your big day!

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