Decorate with Candles for a STUNNING Effect

Invitation Maven was honored to provide décor for Pedram’s 40th Birthday Party on March 31st, 2018. His amazing girlfriend Denise wanted to plan a party he’d remember forever. She wanted to accentuate the stunning views of the venue with accents of white and lots of light. Here are photos of our finished work. I’d say it was truly stunning indeed!

The client had a vision and we helped bring it to life!

Guests were greeted when they arrived at the party by a beautiful candle and flower display in the entry.

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Ordering Custom Invitations – How Much Lead Time Do I Need?

I am often asked “How much lead time do you need to create a custom wedding invitation?” Well, the short answer is “It depends.” That may not sound very helpful, but every invitation design is unique, and because there is an almost endless choice of styles and printing techniques, the TYPE of invitation we’re creating largely dictates the amount of lead time we need.

However, here are some general guidelines to help you figure out your timeline for ordering custom invitations for your wedding or event. You’ll need to account for design and production time, as well as your mailing window. We’ll start with design and production.  Read more

I Have A Ring, Now I Need A Date – How to Pick a Wedding Date That’s Special, Meaningful and Unique to You

So, you recently got engaged. Congratulations! Now that you have the ring, you need a date for your wedding. But what date to pick? There are many things that can guide you in picking a date for your wedding. You may want to get married during a particular season or during a specific month. Perhaps you want your wedding to coincide with or avoid conflicts with other obligations or circumstances. You may (or may not) want to plan your wedding on a holiday weekend. Sometimes there may be religious constraints to consider.

We have some ideas for how you can pick dates that are meaningful for reasons that go beyond just “because it’s my wedding.” Picking a date that has meaning in and of itself is a way to add extra significance to one of the most important days of your life.  Read more

Use Custom Postage to Complete the Bat Mitzvah Invitation Design

One of my favorite aspects of invitation design is bringing the design “full circle.” What I mean by this is making sure that each element of the suite complements every other element in of the suite. As a designer, my favorite designs are the ones where the pieces aren’t all “matchy-matchy,” meaning where every piece is exactly the same design except for the details. Those are always nice, too, but what’s the most fun is when some of the pieces are a little different, and when put together into the full suite, all complement each other.

Not only is it important for the inside pieces to have cohesiveness, but it’s also important for the OUTSIDE of the invitation to reflect what’s inside the envelope. The best way to do that is with a custom postage stamp. I prefer Zazzle stamps over some of the other companies. Zazzle offers the widest variety of sizes, and their product is superior to others I’ve seen. They print their custom postage on glossy adhesive paper, which emphasizes any design and makes the printing *POP*.  Read more

Invitation Maven designs on www.AisleSociety.com!

Invitation Maven is proud to announce that a styled shoot we participated in and that was featured on Southern California Bride a few months back was reported on Aisle Society! Here’s a link to that feature:

https://www.aislesociety.com/post/elegant-spanish-styled-wedding?utm_source=southerncaliforniabride&utm_medium=email&utm_term=unclaimed-featured&utm_content=Rebecca+Theresa+Photography&utm_campaign=Elegant+Spanish+Styled+Wedding

And here’s a link to the original feature from Southern California Bride:

http://www.thesoutherncaliforniabride.com/2017/09/elegant-spanish-style-wedding.html

 

 

Glossary of Invitation Terms

Words you should know when designing your party invitations and event stationery

When I meet with clients to design their custom invitations, I use a variety of terms to describe the different elements of an invitation suite and other pieces of event stationery. There are also terms relating to different printing techniques and different types of paper. Some terms are self explanatory and most people understand what they mean. Sometimes, however, there are terms that are common in my industry that some clients don’t know. To help make sure you’re an informed consumer, I created this glossary of terms that you can use when designing or ordering your party invitations and event stationery. The terms are divided into the following categories:

  • Printing Techniques and Treatments
  • Invitation Design
  • Invitation Suite, Stationery and Event Signage
  • Typeface and Fonts
  • Paper
  • Presentation, Binding and Packaging

Use this glossary to help you understand what it is you’re getting before you place your invitation order. It’s also useful to help explain what the different elements of an invitation suite are, and whether or not you should add something to your invitation ensemble.

If you have any questions about any of the terms in this glossary, or if you want help designing and ordering custom invitations, event stationery and signage for your event, I invite you to contact me at Marlene@InvitationMaven.comRead more

Thinking of planning a mitzvah on your own? The top 5 reasons why you should hire a professional event planner instead

Many people don’t think a bar or bat mitzvah is as big a deal to plan as a wedding. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Often, bar and bat mitzvahs, even small ones, can have just as many (sometimes more) details to keep track of as weddings. And if you truly want to enjoy yourself at your party, hiring a good professional event planner is key.

Here are the top five reasons why hiring a professional event planner is a good idea:  Read more

A Classic, Romantic Celebration with Lush Florals in Beverly Hills

Invitation Maven created beautiful wedding invitations and wedding stationery for a lovely couple who were married at The Montage Beverly Hills a few years ago. The wedding was featured recently at Inside Weddings.

Here’s a link to the article:

A Classic, Romantic Celebration with Lush Florals in Beverly Hills

Some of our designs were featured in beautiful photos from the event, which you’ll see at the link as well as posted below.  Read more

Elegant Spanish Style Wedding Inspiration at Rancho Las Lomas

Invitation Maven was honored to participate in a styled shoot with an elegant Spanish-style wedding inspiration. The shoot took place at Rancho Las Lomas in Silverado, California, in Orange County and was published in Southern California Bride today!

Here’s a link to the article:

Elegant Spanish Style Wedding Inspiration at Rancho Las Palmas

Scroll through the photos to see the beautiful invitation suite I designed for this gorgeous and inspirational wedding location. And if you fall in love with any of the details you see, from the flowers to the attire to the make-up to the styling, all of the vendors who participated are listed at the bottom of the article. I am honored to be included among this very talented group!  Read more

What to Do When Beloved Friends and Family Can’t (or Won’t) Attend Your Special Event

Relatives won’t come to your party? Friends say they’re not interested? You’re not alone.

I just got off the phone with a client who confessed she is experiencing some unexpected drama as the responses for her twin’s b’nai mitzvah are coming in. A beloved aunt and cousin, who live out of state and who my client anticipated with great joy would come to her event, unfortunately declined her invitation. The reason why they aren’t coming isn’t because they are ill or can’t afford the trip, but because they just don’t want to. My client attended all four of the bar mitzvahs and bat mitzvahs for her cousins’ children, her aunt’s grandchildren, at great expense and effort by the way (they live on the other side of the country) so she is understandably feeling greatly hurt and disappointed that her aunt and cousin aren’t making a similar effort, even this once.

This same client has a so-called friend who also declined because, according to the friend, “I’ve been to too many bar mitzvahs already so I’m not going to come to yours.” Coming on the heels of hearing from her cousin and aunt only made this so-called friend’s callous response even more painful.  Read more