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….and then it was October

Dear Friends,

Yep. It’s been FEBRUARY since I last blogged. However, I refuse to apologize for that. A LOT of life has happened in the months since and some day soon, I will write about those things.

In the meantime, the holidays are fast approaching. (How?! HOW is this even possible? Where is my crying emoji? WHY can’t my baby girl’s thighs stay fat forever?! #allthetears).

To ease my own anxiety (and I assume yours, too), I do have a treat for you, dear reader. I’m running a holiday card promotion right now and it really is a sweet deal. You have access to Miss Wyolene’s hand-lettering on 50, full color cards with envelopes for $100! Ya’ll, that’s cheaper than those giant websites I probably can’t legally name here…just sayin’. I even made a spiffy little ad for the whole deal!

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If you’re interested in meaningful, unique designs that a bajillion other people won’t be using, look no further. Drop me a line or head to my shop to order! Just think: you can get way out in front of this whole thing and get back to what really matters this holiday season: Christmas Tree Cakes.

Love,

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P.S. I do fully realize that having to buy Christmas cards in October is absolutely a first world problem. I have some projects in the works that really get at the pieces that my whole heart desires to make. Stay tuned because those are headed your way very soon!

Custom Save the Date | Chicago Wedding Stationery Designer

I love a bride who is a planner.

Lauren approached me about a year ago and asked if I would design a custom Save the Date postcard for her wedding the following January, which, coincidentally, just took place this past weekend. Lauren asked me for an elegant postcard. I think we accomplished exactly what she wanted for an upscale Chicago affair.

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I am forever touting the benefits of postcards to my clients: both for Save the Dates and for RSVP inserts within the main invitation. They save money on printing, postage and envelopes. Those extra funds can be rolled into your main invitation budget or into fun details to use at the event itself.

Some might think a postcard is too informal for an elegant wedding. I love the above example in how the design is clean and content is kept to a minimum. Your guests don’t need to know everything about your wedding right away (because you are probably still working out the finer points anyway). The only details you really need to include are:

1. Who is getting married
2. The date
3. The city and state (Don’t worry if you don’t have a venue yet. That information can follow in the main invitation.)
4. Wedding Website (Not totally necessary, but a great resource for your guests to keep up with emerging details.)

These items are great for guests who must come from a distance, so they can begin making flight or other travel plans. The typical rule of thumb for sending a Save the Date is 6-8 months in advance. However, if you’re planning your wedding for a busy season (for instance, around a holiday or during the summer), a year out is not unheard of. I know I’d appreciate a heads up if you were getting married in Bora Bora. I’d need to start saving like, yesterday. (Anyone out there planning on getting married in Bora Bora and need an on-site stationery designer to make sure everything goes off according to the details outlined in the invite? I’m your girl.)

I see a lot of Save the Dates that are fun, but completely different from the vibe of the wedding and from the look of the invitation. I certainly don’t mean to step on any toes, but I am all about treating your wedding as a brand. Why not start with the Save the Date? Think of it as a teaser: give your guests a hint of what your day will be like by creating interest with the design elements that you use. Introduce images and details that can be recognized from the very beginning all the way through the reception. Like any good business has a logo that stands out from the crowd, branding your wedding is a fun way to create a cohesive event.

Obviously I am very much in favor of using Save the Dates. If you’re interested in having a custom, Miss Wyolene Save the Date that introduces your guests to your big day, just drop me a line.

Love,

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It’s Never Too Early • Holiday Card Promo • Custom Stationery Designer

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Yep, after being cooped up in the house with a sick bebe for the past day or so, I’m feeling generous and am ready to get my pens out for some early holiday happiness!

Here’s the deal:
• You grab your spot by emailing me (here) and paying the deposit invoice I will send you.
• I’ll also send you a few questions to answer (and you can send me any pictures you might want to use!)
• After a week or so, I will send you a comp along with envelope choices (there are three colors to choose from!)
• We’ll go through two rounds of edits to reach holiday card perfection.
• I’ll send you a sign off sheet and balance invoice.
• Once everything is paid, I will send off to the printer!
• Your one-and-only completely unique holiday card will be the envy of everyone else smiling from your loved ones’ fridges.

The fine print:
• The price above ($160) is good for one custom holiday design (50 prints + envelopes, 4 color digital printing) and cannot be applied to any other projects (baby announcements, save the dates, etc.)
• Client will be able to choose from three envelope colors. I won’t be able to provide a variety or mix and match these, so sorry!
• Additional quantities of 20 are available for $40, respectively.
• Hand lettering is used up to five total words. Print beyond those five words will employ to use of carefully selected fonts.
• This offer expires two weeks from tomorrow: September 19, 2013.
• I only have 10 spots available for this promo to hurry scurry!

PS– You can see two past custom designs here and here.

Love,

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Nicole and Tim • Custom Wedding Invitation Designer • New York

Hello, friends, and happy Tuesday to you!

Today I wanted to share a wedding invitation suite I worked on earlier this year for my sweet client Nicole. Nicole found me on Etsy when she ordered her bridesmaid cards. She asked me to design a custom Save the Date postcard as well as her invitation suite. As you can see, the rest is a lovely floral history.

My favorite detail of this suite is the envelope liner. Because, let’s be honest, it’s floral. And it’s gold. And it contrasted so nicely with the soft kraft of the envelope. What’s not to love? The liner was a list minute addition and I just think it’s the perfect touch, don’t you?

 

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I loved working with Nicole for so many reasons, but one of them is that the wedding took place right near Binghamton, New York, which is literally right next door to where my dad is from in upstate Pennsylvania. That little detail makes me happy! Thank you , Nicole, for entrusting me with such a special task. I wish nothing but the best for you and Tim as you begin your life together!

If you are interested in custom work for your own wedding, I am taking a limited number of spots for 2014. Feel free to get in touch! I’d be thrilled to chat with you!

Photographs above by A Darling Day.

Love,

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