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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.


The seating cards were displayed on a lovely round table with delicate white orchids. The table was accented with white candles and beautifully draped linens. This display complemented the soft blush and cream colored cards to provide an elegant look.

Escort Cards are beautifully displayed on a round table; photo credit: Brian Leahy Photography


The guests were able to see what was being served because of the menu cards carefully tucked into the folded napkins at each table setting. Menu cards add a finishing touch to any table setting and can be designed to match your invitation or event decorations.

Menu Cards are carefully tucked into folded napkins at each seat to complete the table setting; photo credit: Brian Leahy Photography


Help guests find their seats with matching table numbers prominently displayed at each table. For long tables, use two sets of table numbers, and be sure the numbers are printed on both the front and back of the cards so that they can be seen from any direction.

Table numbers that match the invitations, seating cards and other wedding stationery are prominently displayed to help guests find their seats; photo credit: Brian Leahy Photography

Here’s another view that shows the table numbers and how they complement the overall decor.

Table numbers are displayed at both ends of a long table, ensuring that guests are properly directed where to find their seats; photo credit: Brian Leahy Photography


Not only does Invitation Maven create beautiful printed work, but our graphic designs can be used in a variety of other ways to add pop to a room. Here, the logo we designed for the front of the invitation was projected onto the dance floor.

Graphic elements are projected onto the dance floor and add pop to the room. photo credit: Brian Leahy Photograpy


Photo credit: Brian Leahy Photograhy


If you like what you see, feel free to contact the other vendors who provided services for this classy, elegant wedding.

Event Planning: Ilana Ashley Events @IlanaAshley
Photography: Brian Leahy Photography @BrianLeahyPhoto
Venue: Montage Beverly Hills @MonatageBH
Flowers: Butterfly Floral @ButterflyFloral
Event Production: Amber Event Productions @AmberEventProd
Event Design: Revelry Event Design @RevelryEventDesign @RevelryMatias
Entertainment: @Chuck_Wansley
Wedding Film: Vantage Point Custom Films @VPCustomFilms
Invitations and Event Stationery: @InvitationMaven
Rentals: @SigPartyRentals

Publication: Inside Weddings @InsideWeddings




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!


Here are some more photos from the shoot so you can see the details of the invitation suite a bit better:

Making Sure Your Guests Know Who the Party is For

Who Is This Bride and Why Am I Invited to Her Shower?

I had a client a few weeks ago who shared an interesting situation with me. She received an invitation to a wedding shower but did not know who the bride was, nor did she recognize the names of any of the hostesses. Her husband has a rather large family so she assumed the bridal shower was for the fiancé of a nephew, but she wasn’t sure. Given how uncomfortable this made her feel, now that she is creating a bridal shower invitation for the daughter of one of her closest friends, she wants to make sure this doesn’t happen to her. Here is some advice I gave my client to help her avoid the same issue.

Include Pertinent Details on the Invitation

The best way to ensure that each guest knows who the party is for is to include as much information as possible on the shower invitation. This is especially important if the guest list includes extended friends and family (as opposed to close friends and family), or people the bride has never met. Include the bride’s last name, as well as the full names of each host/hostess. You can even include the groom’s full name for added clarity. That way, each guest knows exactly who the honoree is and who is planning the party.

Limit the Guest List

A wedding shower should be more intimate and casual than the wedding and really should include just the bride’s closest friends and relatives. So while it’s true that all shower guests should be invited to the wedding, that doesn’t mean everyone who is invited to the wedding has to be invited to the bridal shower. Unless the bride has a truly close relationship with someone, she shouldn’t feel obligated to invite her to her wedding shower, so if the bride or one of the hostesses doesn’t personally know someone on the guest list, perhaps that person doesn’t need to be included.  This especially goes for the significant others of the groomsmen, friends of the bride’s or groom’s siblings, and extended relatives and their spouses.

Making Sure Guests Feel Welcome

Since bridal showers are typically more intimate affairs, guests who don’t know the bride well, or who don’t know any of the other guests may feel uncomfortable attending a bridal shower. Perhaps it’s best not to include them.

Don’t Invite People Just for the Gifts

If a guest is not particularly close to the bride or groom, or if they’ve never met, it may feel like she’s being invited just for the gift. That’s never a good feeling, so perhaps that guest does not need to be included on the shower guest list. This goes back to just including people who are close to the bride and groom.

The bottom line is a wedding shower should be a time when the guests can spend quality time with the bride before her big day. A smaller guest list will result in a more intimate event, and in the end will be more memorable not only for the bride, but for her guests as well.


Addressing the Invitations: Formal or Casual format?

One of the things my clients struggle with is how to address the invitations we’ve so painstakingly created together. I provide an easy-to-use spreadsheet to assist in the process, but as you enter the names in whatever program you use, think about how you want the envelopes addressed. The primary question you need to answer is: Is your event formal or casual? The answer to this question will determine how you should address the invitations.

Here are some examples: Read more

Bat Mitzvah Invitation: Traditional vs. Contemporary Challenge

I just had my first meeting with Leslie and her daughter Paige to start designing Paige’s bat mitzvah invitation. Most of my clients are either observant and want a traditional bat mitzvah invitation, or are more secular and want the invitation to reflect the theme of the party. Well Leslie and Paige want both. This is an interesting challenge, and is one that I relish.

When guests open their envelopes, the invitation that’s inside sets the tone for the entire event. That’s why it’s important to design an invitation that will not only make the guest want to attend that bat mitzvah, but excites my client as well. I love pulling in traditional elements of Judaism into the bar and bat mitzvah invitations I design, but it’s also fun to reflect my client’s personal style.

What Paige and Leslie want is an elegant traditional invitation, but with touches of their Academy Awards themed party. They have a strong sense of tradition, so we’ll pull in Paige’s hebrew name. But they also are full of life and excitement, so a combination of suede paper and metallic cardstock will address their sense of flair and elegance.

The colors of the party (red, black, and gold) are a wonderful combination because they will give the invitation a contemporary feeling and will tie the party in to the invitation without making the invitation solely about the party.

We’re using a rich red suede paper to reflect the Red Carpet excitement of the Academy Awards, and both metallic black and gold cardstocks to highlight the elegance and gold-star qualities of the bat mitzvah girl. This is going to be the perfect start to an Academy Awards night!

I can’t wait to sit down and design this invitation. I’ll keep you posted on how it turns out!

How to Survive (and enjoy) planning a Bar or Bat Mitzvah

I have a client who is planning her daughter’s bat mitzvah. She’s a lovely woman…she’s full of energy and she is very excited as this is her oldest child and wants things to be perfect. The bat mitzvah is six months away, but because her kids aren’t home right now (they attend sleep away camp), she told me she’s been “obsessing” about bat mitzvah stuff.

…like she was stressed.

Planning a bar or bat mitzvah is a lot of work. In addition to the invitations, there’s finding a venue, tasting the food, hiring a DJ, choosing a theme, buying party favors, arranging for other entertainment, dealing with out of town relatives, having to make Read more

How many invitations should I order?

I am often asked “how many invitations should I order?” Well, it depends, but you don’t want to order too many and have them left over. That’s expensive because you pay for every invitation and you shouldn’t order invitations you don’t need. You also don’t want to order too few and have to order more. That can be expensive, too, especially if the printer or designer has a set-up fee or minimum order requirement.

It is a good idea to spend some time before your place your invitation order to make sure you have an accurate number. It’s okay to have a few extra invitations in case you realize you forgot to include someone, but there’s no need to order more than 5 or 10 extras.

The most important thing you want to remember when determining how many invitations to order is that you need to order one invitation set per address, not one per person. This is a very common mistake that people make. For example, if you are having a party and 150 are on your list, you will need fewer invitations because some invitations will be addressed to couples or families who reside at the same address.

I had a client recently who told me she needed 150 invitations, but when she sent me her list, there were only 75 addresses on it. I counted the number of people and sure enough, there were close to 150 on the list. But she didn’t need to order an invitation for each guest.

I’m sure she loves the invitations. They are beautiful and are exactly what she wanted, but unfortunately, she has to pay for the extra invitations. She could have avoided this costly mistake by taking more time to go through her list before placing her order.

I’m giddy about my new invitation paper!

I just opened a box that was shipped to me today. It is full of paper for a few invitations I’m creating. And I am soooo happy! I LOVE getting boxes of paper in the mail. My husband isn’t so thrilled, since he usually picks the boxes up for me and they’re heavy and they aren’t for him, but I am just giddy!

And I’m giddy because it means I get to move to the next step in the process of creating the perfect invitation for my client!

The box I just opened is full of Plike cardstock. It’s called Plike because it’s “plastic-like.” It’s a great paper to work with because it’s very smooth (almost rubbery) and the colors are vibrant.

For one invitation, I ordered blue and red Plike. They are the perfect colors to match the Los Angeles Clippers team logo, which is the theme for my client’s son’s bar mitzvah. I also ordered black Plike because it feels somewhat like rubber, and matches the luxury car theme we’re incorporating into another design. On the black Plike, we’re planning to emboss a tire tread pattern into the paper; the rubbery feel of the paper will be a great compliment to the tread design.

I can’t wait to see the finished products! Want to see it when it’s done? I’ll post pictures soon!

Zazzle Invitation Nightmare Continues

A few days ago, I mentioned the invitation nightmare with Zazzle that a client of mine was having. Well, it turns out that there is more to the story.

Today, several days after my client sent out her invitations, I received a somewhat panicked email informing me that her nightmare continued. It seems that the glue on the backs of the outer envelopes opened up in the mail. My client knows this because she received several blank RSVP cards in the mail a few days after she mailed them. Then, a few of her friends informed her that the invitations they received had been taped shut. But she didn’t send them out that way. And a few other friends told her that the envelope was not sealed or that the flap was ripped off.

So while I do like Zazzle, and while Zazzle claims to stand by their products, my client’s experience just shouldn’t happen. She should not have had any issues ordering the invitations on the front end, and the product she received should have been manufactured better. My clients receive my attention to detail, my personal customer service and my quality guarantee.

Zazzle Invitation Nightmare

I love Zazzle and I use them from time to time to order small quantities of personalized gift items and custom postage stamps. But let me tell you about a nightmare a client of mine is having with the bat mitzvah invitations she recently ordered from Zazzle.

My client found an invitation her daughter loved on Zazzle and asked me to bling it up (by adding a rhinestone), to design and print some inserts, and to address the envelopes to her guests. I worked with my client to determine exactly how to spruce up the invitation and offered my expertise on how to organize everything for mailing.

However, the manufacturer of the invitations my client ordered through Zazzle kept getting the order wrong. First they sent the wrong quantity of inner envelopes, then the wrong quantity of outer envelopes. Then they sent some invitations and party inserts, but not the complete order. Zazzle promised to get it right only to fail to follow through as promised.

She never did receive all of her printed RSVP envelopes, and in the end, my client gave up and instead asked me to print some replacement RSVP envelopes for her…that she bought after already purchasing some from Zazzle. I was happy to assist her however I could and at least made one part of her invitation nightmare more bearable.