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Wedding Styled Shoots – Why You Want Your Vendors to Do Them

I’ve participated in a few wedding styled shoots lately. Being somewhat new to styled shoots, I find them quite educational and worthwhile. I’ve essentially spent hours and hours and hundreds of dollars preparing my designs completely on spec, with no guarantee of a return on my investment. So why do I do them? Because they’re … Read more

Top Three Reasons To Hire An Event Planner – Revisted

Event Planner

About a year ago, I wrote an article that outlined the top five reasons to hire a professional event planner. You can read it here. Well, my son just got married a few weeks ago, and I have a WHOLE NEW perspective on precisely why hiring a professional event planner is so important. Given my … Read more

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

Custom Invitations

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. 

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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. 

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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.com

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