Introducing… JEN

‘RSVP to me’ is SO excited and happy to announce our new addition, Jen – another custom invitation designer.  We love having Jen work with us and here’s a little bit about her….
Q: What attracted you to the custom invitations design world and ‘RSVP to me’?
a: While working full time as a graphic designer in the advertising industry, there was a part of me that felt that all of my creative energy wasn’t being utilized the way I wanted it to be. I started designing logos and greeting cards in my spare time and fell in love with design all over again. I felt my true abilities as a designer shined the most when I was doing this. I realized there were so many other outlets for my creative skills. I started designing baby announcements, birthday invitations, and wedding invitations for friends. I loved how each design had its own personality and was so personal to the person I was designing for. At times, I had free range to design with hardly any limits. So fun to let the imagination run wild with colors, fonts and layouts.
Q: When did you realize your creativity for design?
a: My friends were all playing on softball and soccer teams when I was young. I, on the other hand, was taking art classes at Rockland Center for the Arts. Everything from japanese painting to pottery classes. In school, I was always taking art classes too, and was even chosen to paint a mural on a wall in my Junior High School. I think from that moment on was when I realized I found something that I really loved to do.
Q. What are the 3 most invaluable tools or skills you have to have when creating custom stationery for ‘RSVP to me’?
a. Knowing how to place alot of copy on an invitation without making the invitation feel crowded. The beauty should come across in the colors/fonts/and layout. You should just see the invitation as a complete design. Designing custom invitations is something very personal and special and this is something to think about when designing too. I always look at my designs before presenting to a client and ask myself if these are options I’d have a hard time choosing between. 
Q. What is your inspiration when designing custom stationery?
a. The internet is an amazing tool. When I am looking for inspiration, I am all about google searches. Design sites are great for font inspiration, color combinations and creative layouts. I also have many books on design that I love going through.
Q. I believes quotes are incredibly inspiring. Which is your favorite quotes, famous or not, that has inspired you at one time or a noter to create your designs.
a. “A good design can feel like something you have always been waiting for without knowing”

“Create something people want to share”

Q. What is/are your favorite font(s) right now?
a. Depends what I am designing for, but some that stand out are: Century Gothic, Raleway, Avant Garde, Will & Grace, Carolyna Pro Black, Bickham (love the ampersand)
Here are a couple of the FABULOUS proofs Jen has worked up for ‘RSVP to me’:

Keep an eye out for some more beautiful designs by Jen!! 

Five Things to Know Before Ordering your Wedding Invitations

If you’ve been invited to a wedding or special event, opening a beautifully addressed envelope to unveil a perfect invitation is an exciting part of the “wedding planning process”. As an invitee, you look forward to revealing the design, theme, and colors, as well as where the day’s events will take place. Invitations are one of the most important details of your wedding day as they not only set the tone for the event, but give your guests a glimpse of what to expect. Remember, this is your ONE and ONLY chance to make an everlasting first impression, so it’s important to make it count. To some couples, the thought of ordering invitations may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! Before you rush into choosing a mediocre style, or even overlook the necessity of sending invitations that get your guests just as excited to celebrate, we’re sharing FIVE tips that will help alleviate the stress and headaches of the wedding invitation process.

Modern nautical/chevron wedding invitation


1. Define and decide on your wedding style: Do you vision an elegant formal affair or do you see your wedding being a casual celebration that’s more laid back? Search through wedding inspirations to get your creativity flowing. You may just start to see a pattern of a distinct style. Don’t forget to keep themes in mind (i.e. beach chic, seasonal, or art deco).

2. Start early: As soon as you choose a wedding date and book your wedding facility, you can begin the invitation design process. Start early by making appointments with potential invitation designers you’re interested in. This is the time to review their work, read testimonials from past clients, and ask questions! It’s important to give yourself enough time to research all options and choose the invitation designer that you feel most comfortable working with!

Custom monogram wedding invitation
3. Select your color palette: Choose shades that you want to carry throughout the wedding from the invitations to the bridesmaid dresses, flowers and decor. Knowing your color palette early will help keep all of your wedding details tied together in a sophisticated style. 
4. Budget: As with all vendors, be upfront (and realistic) with your allocated budget. It will help your invitation designer steer you in the right direction and explain all of your options (including printing methods, card stocks, and embellishments) to help you achieve the style you’re looking for that’s in your comfort zone.
Custom engagement invitation in mint green and gray

5. Understand wording etiquette: As we’ve said in part one of our wedding invitation wording etiquette series, verbiage has come a long way over the years! It’s important to keep in mind who is inviting (bride’s parents, bride & groom’s parents, or the couple), while understanding proper etiquette to keep both sides of the family happy. ‘RSVP to me‘ now offers an extensive wedding invitation word guide for all of our couples who need assistance in this area.
Keep these five tips in mind and your wedding invitation design process should be a breeze.                                    Now that we helped you prepare before you order your wedding invitations, be sure to visit our website at www.RSVP-to-me.com for more wedding invitation inspirations.