Before I even met Hannah, I had the pleasure of connecting with her mom, Nancy. They both are such lovely women with fun senses of humor, tremendous kindness and impeccable style. Hannah wanted her and Bob’s Mackinac Island wedding to be colorful and elegant, in an homage to the island itself. Thanks to planning and coordination from Conradie Event Design, their day at the Grand Hotel was just that. Let’s relive this quintessentially Mackinac Island day, courtesy of Stephanie Baker‘s beautiful photos.
When Bess and I first chatted about the barn wedding she and Alex would be having, I was struck by her contagious joy. Aside from being a genuinely happy and excited bride, she was also an incredibly trusting one! She told me that their day would reflect them as a couple. In her words, “a little bit redneck, but still classy and elevated — and of course, full of love.” Thanks to their beautiful photos from Inly, let’s relive their barn wedding day!
From the first time I chatted with Annie Kate, I could tell how excited she was to marry Troy. I knew their Battello wedding in Jersey City, New Jersey was going to be meaningful, with lots of personal touches. Their day was beautiful — neutral and sophisticated, with plenty of food and appearances from their pups! Thanks to gorgeous photography from Nicole Wagner, let’s relive their day.
Seeing wedding invitation examples always helps bring a product to life! In today’s blog, I’m highlighting two couples who chose the exact same invitation from my semi-custom collection as their “base,” but ended up with wildly different results. Color palettes and varying bells and whistles transform the same starting point to vastly personalized end sets in these invitations — and it’s easy for you to do the same. Having versatility in an invitation that’s customizable is so important, so you can make sure it feels like your wedding!
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!”
Many years ago, my grandma gave me her copy of “Emily Post’s Etiquette,” from the 1950s, as a gift. She had inscribed the front cover with her maiden name, since she had clearly gotten the book as she worked through her own wedding invitation wording etiquette, and is the queen of manners and all things proper. The well-loved volume showed signs of wear and tear. I read it cover to cover, fully engrossed in it. It’s one of my most prized possessions and it sits on the top shelf of a bookcase at home, in a rightful place of honor. My friends know me as a sort of Miss Manners, or maybe the Grammar Police. Depends on the day. Nerd alert, but here we are.
As I’m writing this, I’m sitting poolside at the clubhouse in my dad’s Floridian condo community. This Michigan gal is soaking up some serious sunshine while working remotely. Don’t worry too much about me – I’m wearing sunscreen! Ahem, sorry, not sorry. While traveling, it’s reminded me of something I put a lot of thought into while developing The Collection. I believe in convenience and excellence, at a fair price, for every couple in love.Thanks to the power of the internet, anyone nationwide is able to customize a dream wedding invitation, choose all the bells and whistles, and interface with a real, expert person who cares about her clients. If you’re looking for custom wedding invitations online, this is a perfect fit!
When Adam and I were wedding planning, we knew our hotel block was going to be huge – and we wanted people to book rooms early, to ensure we’d be given enough as part of our reservation. This information was important enough to convey as part of the invitation, but we didn’t want it on the main card, since that’s what would end up front and center on our guests’ fridge. So, we had an added card with “more information,” including parking/shuttle, hotel, and our website. Problem solved, mischief managed. Cut to the weekend of our wedding and we had 63 rooms at our hotel (half the property), so it was basically a Leah-and-Adam’s-people reunion in the lobby the whole time.
I’m all for team “added card,” so this blog will outline four reasons why an added card is helpful, a suggestion for designing them, and one case where you don’t need one for your wedding.