Finding The Perfect Wedding Invitations

When it comes to finding the perfect wedding invitations and stationery, many brides-to-be find it a daunting task. There are many important choices to make, after all…this is the guests’ first insight into the wedding. All brides want to make a great first impression, and beautiful invitations are the perfect way to do so.

The first choice you must make is whether you want unique invitations or you want to choose from a book or template with a design that has already been used, and will be used again, countless times. The answer, I think, is pretty obvious. Custom invitations can be specifically designed to reflect your style and theme, and these invites will be designed just for you. No one else will have the same invitations – they will be as unique as you are. So once you choose to go custom over generic, how do you make sure you get the perfect invitations? Below you will find 5 simple steps that can help you to ensure that you get nothing but the best when it comes to your wedding invitations and wedding day stationery.

1. Research – Spend some time doing your homework on custom wedding invite designers in your area. Feel free to ask your friends and family for recommendations, or simply do an internet search. When you do find a few in your area take the time to look at their samples, review their process, and read the reviews of past customers. Meet with the designer in person and make sure you and the designer actually click. Does the designer understand what you need and want? Is the designer easy to work with? Of course you want the designer to have the skills and talent but you also want to make sure that you mesh well. Take your time when choosing a designer and go with your gut on this one. Set realistic time lines with your designer.

2. Choose the right style – Are you a ‘traditional’ bride? Or are you a more ‘modern/contemporary’ bride with trendy ideas? Maybe you don’t actually KNOW which type you are? Your invitation designer should be able to show you a variety of previous samples, in various styles, that can help put you on the right path. Traditional invitations are usually done in beautiful scripts, centered layout, and possibly a simple motif or monogram on top. If you prefer invitations with clean lines, creative colors, possibly all lowercase text and more on the artistic side – you may like more of the modern style invitations. Spend some time going over the different samples and see what fits for you and your wedding. This is your special day, make it all you want it be. This is the beauty of going with custom designed invitations – the sky really is the limit.

3. Choosing from custom options – When you have your initial consultation, you will be presented with many unique options. First you will choose what TYPE of invitation you would like (i.e. flat card, pocket fold, a ‘Couture’ silk box invitation, etc.). Next, you will be able to choose the types and colors of paper you would like for the invitations. Then you can choose from custom embellishments (i.e. ribbon, rhinestones, etc.). And finally, the ideas for fonts and design are discussed. After all these steps are completed, you end up with a beautiful, one-of-a-kind invitation – unique to only you!

4. Budget – Plan your budget ahead of time. Set a realistic budget, and discuss it with your designer on first meeting. Be upfront with your designer and expect the same from them.

5. Consider additional wedding day stationery – When choosing your wedding invites try and think about the big picture of all your wedding day stationery needs. Do you want all your wedding day stationery to be of the same style as your invitations? Wedding day stationery includes menus, programs, escort cards, table numbers, favors, etc. Also, think about thank you cards that are also cohesive with your whole stationery look. Talk with your designer and let them know the plans of the big picture and consider designing wedding day stationery on that initial consultations as well. You can always place the order for the wedding day stationery closer to the wedding, but at least you will have an idea of style and budget all at once.

Having your wedding day invites done by a custom designer should be a fun and exciting experience. Of course, there may be moments when it is stressful but if you have a designer that understands those wedding day stresses, you will be able to rest assured that your wedding day invites will be perfect. Be unique, be creative and choose to go custom for all your wedding day invitation and stationery.

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"The Glam Fairy", Alexa Prisco of ‘Jerseylicious’ is having a baby!!

Recently, I had the pleasure of helping during the design for a very special baby shower…for “The Glam Fairy” herself, Alexa Prisco – of ‘Jerseylicious’ fame.  It was such an honor and pleasure to work with such a fine and fun group of women during the design – to name a few…Kim Myl of Lulu’s Event Design who planned the entire gorgeous event; Trish of ‘Karma Flowers’ who provided the amazingly beautiful florals & candle decor; and Kenia of ‘I Love Cake Pops’, who provided her delicious cake pops that always go over SO well!  The event was as chic and glamorous as one would expect for “The Glam Fairy”.  Needless to say, doing the stationery and the custom candy buffet was such a treat for me.

Alexa Prisco had hopes of having a true one of a kind bash that was nothing but glamorous and stylish.  Kim from Lulu’s Event Design helped to turn these dreams into a reality for The Glam Fairy, and I am so honored to have been part of this celebration.

‘RSVP to me’ created the adorable “It’s a Girl” tags for the OPI nail polish favors – SUCH a cute idea for favors, right?!  They definitely went along with the whole “glamorous” theme!  The custom word find puzzles were also fun to create for Alexa’s guests. Finally, the idea of a candy buffet table was thrown into the mix and it seemed to be the hit of the party. Alexa stated in her blog the following: “One of my favorite parts of the party was the Candy Bar by RSVP to me!  This was such a hit with all my family members who have just as much as a sweet tooth as I do.  An incredible interactive way for guests to have fun and embrace their inner child!  I loved the oversized vintage candy jars with customized labels and fun black damask bags for guests to fill that said “Alexa’s Baby Shower!” (see the whole blog at http://www.theglamfairy.com/blog/?p%3D647).

So, I just wanted to take a minute and thank Alexa Prisco, “The Glam Fairy” herself, AND Kim of Lulu’s Event Design for allowing me to be a part of this fabulous celebration! We wish Alexa and Danny all the happiness in the world, especially when they welcome their sweet baby girl!!

* All photos courtesy of JargaPix*