Weddings

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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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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Kelly and James | Burgundy and Blush Royal Park Hotel Wedding

Couple's first kiss in the conservatory - Royal Park Hotel wedding - Leah E. Moss Designs; photo by Brittany Emerson Photography

Kelly and James got married in August 2020. Their burgundy and blush Royal Park Hotel wedding was filled with love. Plus,  visually, it was a stunner! I’m forever grateful to Kelly, who was the first-ever client to purchase her invitations from my semi-custom collection. Her trust in me is something I’ll always carry with me!

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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

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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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How to use your wedding color palette for a different season

Lavender lace bridesmaid dress, purple wedding flowers - How to use your wedding color palette in a different season - Leah E. Moss Designs - photo: Chelsea Brown Photography

I was recently chatting with my friend Sarah, who’s a self-proclaimed “COVID bride.” She told me that so many of her fellow brides have asked in their group chats about how to repurpose their original wedding color palette for a new date, that falls in a different season from the original one.  If you’ve been planning a 2020 wedding that’s now at a different time of year in 2021 or 2022, this blog is for you! Sarah, I hope this is helpful for you and your fellow COVID couples… thanks so much for letting me know that this was such a hot topic!

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5 Wedding Stationery Tips for Engaged Couples

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Wedding planning can be overwhelming, even without a global pandemic happening. There are so many aspects, each with their own vendors, questions, and factors. So, in this week’s blog, I’m tackling some wedding stationery tips to help make things a smidge easier. Couldn’t we all use a bit of help? I’ve got five tips for you, so let’s jump in.

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How the custom stationery process works

Couple kisses during reception in black and white photo - Classic and Neutral Wedding at the Garden Theater in Detroit, Michigan - Recap by wedding invitations designer Leah E. Moss Designs with photos by Niki Marie Photography

People often think that having something custom-made for them is a really complicated process. If that’s you, that’s cool. I get where you’re coming from, but I’m here to try and change your mind! Just because something is special and an investment, doesn’t mean it has to be convoluted, off-limits, or beyond your reach. Let me explain how the custom stationery process works, from start to finish, for every couple that I get the privilege of welcoming into the Leah E. Moss Designs family.

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Hiring a custom wedding invitations designer is worth the money, but isn’t the right choice for everybody

Blue invitation with white text, all script wedding invitation with traditional monogram in calligraphy - Custom wedding invitations designer - Leah E. Moss Designs

In these uncertain times, it’s even more challenging than usual for engaged couples to decide which vendors they want to have for their special day. Considerations about every aspect come into play! Hiring a custom wedding invitations designer is worth the money, but it isn’t the right choice for everybody. I’ve always known this and would never try to convince a couple who may not be a good fit, but in today’s climate, I’m especially sensitive to this. With that in mind, I’m breaking down why having a custom wedding invitations designer is truly so valuable, as well as the reasons why it may not be the best fit for the two of you. Ultimately, I want you to be able to make an informed decision about what will be the smartest investment for your situation!

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