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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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Kate and Brent | Philadelphia Wedding Invitation Designer

Good morning, ladies and gents!

Today I wanted to share some images from a wedding I worked on earlier this summer. The bride, Kate, and I connected on Etsy and formed a quick friendship. Kate had a beautiful vision for her wedding to Brent and I am so thrilled to have been able to help make it happen. Kate chose the Peach Floral invitations, but added her own, custom spin by adding a striped backing piece to the main invitation. And, she used vintage stamps. Be still. My heart. Don’t even get me started on how much I love a bride with this kind of attention to detail.

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Love Me Do Photography
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Love Me Do Photography

And she didn’t stop there! The reception took place at the Urban Outfitters Headquarters in Philadelphia’s Navy Yard. The florals and hand lettering of the design were a perfect juxtaposition against the exposed brick and raw beauty of the space at URBN. She used the design as a starting point for all of the reception signage, programs, a fabulous belly band menu, and escort cards (addressed by yours truly.) Each table was named after a place that had special meaning to Kate and Brent. (Don’t you love that?)

Love Me Do Photography
Love Me Do Photography
Love Me Do Photography
Love Me Do Photography
Love Me Do Photography
Love Me Do Photography
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Carina and Amanda of Love Me Do Photography captured the entire event beautifully. You’ve GOT to pop over and see more of this stunning bride and her sweet day (here.) A few of my favorite details? The dress. The flowers. (Oh. Em. Gee, the flowers.) The beautiful city of Philly serving as an unofficial member of the wedding party. Absolute perfection.

Thank you, Kate, for being a gem to work with. Wishing you and Brent a lifetime of blessings!

Fabulous vendors:
Photography- Love Me Do Photography
Event Design and Florals- Table Art
Cake (Y’all. The cake.)- Whipped Bakeshop

If you’re interested in the original Peach Floral invitation, head over to Etsy to have a look. I’d be delighted to send you a sample!

**And congratulations to @kaitbthomas and @erinac1122 for winning the new Ledford notecards! Email me your deets at morgan@misswyolene.com to claim your prize! Woohoo!**

Love,

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