Rustic Glam Wedding Inspiration

Rustic Glam Wedding Inspiration

I'm really loving the rustic glam look lately.  There is something about pairing a natural rustic look with touches of glam.  This is the perfect way to dress up a rustic wedding.  Sometimes a bride might be leaning towards a rustic wedding, but is afraid it might come off as too casual - but not in this case.  This has the perfect amount of glam to make this wedding absolutely gorgeous!  Set the stage for a wedding your guests will never forget.

Invitation Suite by  Charming Tree Design

Invitation Suite by Charming Tree Design

Complete this look with our rustic glam wedding invitation suite. The natural branches along with the plum and gold metallic touches set the stage for a beautiful rustic glam wedding your guests won't want to miss.

CREDITS:  
DRESS// Mariee Bridal  CAKE// Designer: Frosted Flour, Photographer: K. Stone Photography  VENUE// Magnolia Weddings INVITATIONS// Charming Tree Design  BRIDESMAIDS// MNC Photography

Bridesmaid Gifts for Your Girls!

Gifts Your Bridesmaids Will Love

I searched Pinterest to find the best gifts I could find.  I would LOVE to receive any and all of these gifts from the bride… When it comes to bridesmaid gifts, you want something memorable, pretty and fun, and I think I found that in each and every one of these gifts!  

"Hello Lovely" Tote Bag

What girl doesn’t like a tote bag?  Especially one as pretty as this!  Give your bridesmaids a gift that they can use over and over again...

You can find out more about this product by clicking here!

Tote Bag by All Parris Chic Boutique

Tote Bag by All Parris Chic Boutique

Bridesmaid Giftbox

This is a perfect way to ask your girls to be a bridesmaid...or to simply thank them for being part of your special day.

You can find out more about this product by clicking here!

The Bridesmaids Gift Box by Foxblossom Co.

The Bridesmaids Gift Box by Foxblossom Co.

Personalized Stemless Flutes

I love the hand lettering on these, so beautiful!  Gifts with personalization are so special, and these are no exception!

You can find out more about this product by clicking here!

Personalized Stemless Flutes by Foxblossom Co.

Personalized Stemless Flutes by Foxblossom Co.


Pink Floral Posy Robes

Give your bridesmaids a memorable gift, and something they can use again and again… Do I have to mention these are absolutely gorgeous?!

You can find out more about this product by clicking here!

Robes by Silkandmore

Robes by Silkandmore


Personalized Hangers

What a wonderful keepsake gift!  I absolutely love the look of these… so beautiful.

You can find out more about this product by clicking here!

Personalized Hangers by Foxblossom Co.

Personalized Hangers by Foxblossom Co.


Earrings

What girl doesn’t love jewelry?  These gold halo post earrings will look stunning on your bridesmaids!

You can find out more about this product by clicking here!

Earrings by For the Maids

Earrings by For the Maids


I hope this gives you some ideas of what you can get your bridesmaids.  Even if these specific things aren't what you had in mind, there are so many other great gifts on the websites that are linked within this post.  Be sure to check them all out!

Blushing Neutral Wedding Inspiration

Inspiration for your romantic wedding!  Blush + Ivory + Taupe

I'm in love with this blushing neutral color palette!  From the perfectly picked flowers to the "love" cake topper, this dreamy wedding is at the top of my list.

I love the pops of blush that compliment the ivory and taupe.  It creates such a romantic setting that your guests will be sure to love.

Invitation Suite by  Charming Tree Design

Invitation Suite by Charming Tree Design

Complete this look with our ever so romantic wedding invitation suite. The soft colors used throughout along with the beautiful calligraphy will set the stage for an ultra romantic wedding that your guests won't want to miss.

CREDITS:  
DRESS// Naomi Neoh  CAKE// Designer: BoCakes, Photographer: William Innes Photography  VENUE// Cedar Creek Barn, Photographer: Heather Roth Fine Art Photography  INVITATIONS// Charming Tree Design  FLOWERS// Scarlett and Violet, Photographer: Marianne Taylor Photography

Honeymoon Planning Tips to Make the Process Easier

Honeymoon Planning Tips to Make the Process Easier

Today I have a special guest on the blog.  Michele Botnick is a certified destination wedding & honeymoon planning specialist.  Here are her tips to make planning your honeymoon easier!  

Michele recently released an e-book all about planning your wedding - I highly encourage you to download it.  I am happy to be a contributor in the invitation section!  You can download it here.

Planning a honeymoon can be confusing with all of the options available. Are you finding it difficult to put together a travel package that is the right one for you? Trying to piece together a package? Waiting on hold to speak to someone so you can ask questions? There is a much easier way to go about the process. Here are my top 3 honeymoon planning tips for you.

Plan ahead. The best time frame to start the planning process is 5-6 months before your honeymoon travel dates. Planning ahead will make sure that your romance travel specialist or honeymoon planner will be able to help you select the best destination and resort for you, and will get you the best price possible.

Set a realistic budget. Dreaming of an all inclusive 4 star resort in the Caribbean with an ocean view room on the beach? You will not be able to book a honeymoon package like this for $2,000. The average daily cost of a honeymoon at an all inclusive resort is $300 – $450 per person (price varies based on time of year, property amenities offered, and level of accommodations selected). This price does not include airfare, and the further you have to travel to your honeymoon destination the greater the airfare cost. You can get significant cost savings when booking a honeymoon package the includes your accommodations and airfare together; work with your honeymoon travel specialist to get the best price possible.

Be flexible. There are ways you can save, and plan the honeymoon you always dreamed about to that tropical and romantic destination. It requires you to be flexible, and to be willing to give up some of your ‘must haves’. Make a list of the things that you want included in your honeymoon package (ocean front room, private plunge pool, candlelight dinner on the beach, 7 night stay, special activities, etc.), then consider which of those you would be willing to give up to book your honeymoon. Your honeymoon travel specialist will work hard to get you the best package possible that includes as many of your ‘wants’, and will make specific recommendations to help you.

Lucky n Love Travel is a full service travel specialist that works with clever couples to plan a romantic customized honeymoon package or the destination wedding of their dreams. Michele Botnick is the owner, and a certified destination wedding & honeymoon planning specialist. Her mission is simple; to help couples just starting their life together create a lifetime of beautiful memories through travel.

Printing Options For Your Wedding Invitations

The Pros and cons of the most popular printing Techniques for your wedding invitations and stationery

With so many printing options available, it may be hard to know which technique is best for your wedding invitations and stationery.  After working in the print and design industry for over 15 years, I’ve become pretty familiar with the different options available.  I’ve put together this guide to help you understand some of my favorite printing techniques.  If you want to read all about each process and get to know the pros and cons of each technique, keep reading!

Digital Printing

Digital printing is the latest technology in the print world.  With this type of printing, you’ll get a quick turnaround along with the best print quality for graphics, text and photographs at the most competitive prices.  No plates are required and there is hardly any set up.  The digital file is sent, and is then printed by depositing toner onto a wide variety of substrates including paper, metal, glass, canvas and other materials.

Pros:

  • great quality
  • can print multiple colors at once
  • cost effective for small runs
  • it’s fast - works good for tight-deadlines

Cons:

  • unable to match Pantone colors
  • not as cost effective for high quantity runs

Flat Offset Printing

Offset Printing is a commonly used printing technique in which the inked image is transferred (or “offset”) from a plate to a rubber blanket, then to the printing surface.  One of the biggest disadvantages to this method is the time and cost associated with producing plates and printing press setup.  Although it’s more expensive, matching exact colors is possible, and the quality is very good.

Pros:

  • prints colors exactly how they should appear
  • cost effective for high runs
  • better image quality

Cons:  

  • expensive
  • more time is required than it is for digital printing
  • setup is time consuming
  • not as cost effective for small runs

Letterpress

This is such a lovely way to print invitations, greeting cards and stationery.  Letterpress is the oldest traditional printing technique.  First, the digital design is output to a film as a negative, and then exposed to a polymer plate using UV light.  Then the ink is mixed by hand, often trying to match a Pantone color.  Pantone is a color matching system printers use to get an accurate match of a certain color.  When it’s time to print, the carefully chosen paper is fed one at a time into the press.  A slight debossing effect is left where the ink has been laid.  Blind debossing is where no ink is used, and is purely used for it’s debossing effect.

Paper stock is an important part of letterpress.  Typically heavyweight or richly textured paper is chosen to compliment the debossing effect.

Letterpress Wedding Invitation Suite  by Chatham and Caron
Letterpress Invitation Suite by Cocorico

Letterpress Invitation Suite by Cocorico

Pros:

  • luxurious feel and look
  • very elegant and beautiful
  • heavily textured and thick stock

Cons:

  • usually prints only 1 to 2 colors at most
  • expensive
  • not ideal for large solid color areas
  • 2 week turn-around - longer than most printing techniques

Foil Stamping  

This is the process of applying metallic or colored foil onto paper.  The process involves stamping a heated die to seal a thin layer of foil to the paper.  Foil stamping is somewhat similar to letterpress and engraving, in that the color is applied to paper with pressure.

Pros:

  • the only way to achieve a vibrant and opaque metallic effect
  • you can use a dark paper with lighter text
  • luxurious feel and look

Cons:

  • usually 1 color foil at most
  • expensive because it is a labor intensive process

Engraving:  

This is the most classic way to print your wedding invitations.  Engraving is very similar to letterpress, except the text is embossed to create a raised effect.  It is typically reserved for very formal events.

Engraved Wedding Invitation

Engraved Wedding Invitation

Pros:  

  • very beautiful
  • timeless
  • traditionally simple designs
  • works well with fine text
  • great option for white ink on colored paper

Cons:

  • expensive
  • long turnaround times
  • not ideal if the invitation has more than 2 colors

Thermography:

This is a less expensive option that achieves a similar effect as engraving.  The process uses a powder and special ink that creates a raised effect when it dries. This is an affordable option if you want fancy invitations with a quick turnaround.

Pros:

  • produces a similar effect to engraving but for a fraction of the cost

Cons:

  • not ideal if the invitation has more than 2 colors
  • the raised ink has a rubbery feel

I hope this gives you a better understanding of what printing techniques are available for your invitations.  Choosing a printing method really comes down to what your design looks like and what impression you hope to give your guests.  If you have any questions about what technique would be best for your own invitation, please get in touch!  I would be happy to discuss all of the options available and help you choose the best way to print your invitations.

The Bride's Ultimate Guide to Wedding Stationery

Your ultimate guide to choosing invitations - a break down of what you can and can't go without when it comes to stationery - some questions about etiquette - and accessories to consider.

I created this guide to walk you through the process of picking out your invitations, keep you on track with a timeline and give you some tips on etiquette.  The biggest thing I want for you, is to walk away feeling confident when you go to make your choices about your wedding stationery.  Ready to get started?  Let's go!

First things first!  When you first think of wedding stationery, what comes to mind?  Most likely it’s the invitations.  Obviously you know that these are definitely necessary, but what about the save the dates or the programs?  Take a look below to see what is necessary versus what is nice to have...

Wedding invitation suite

Can’t go without

  • Wedding Invitations
  • Wedding Thank You Notes
  • Bridal Shower Invitations
  • Bridal Shower Thank You Notes
  • Bachelorette/Bachelor Party Invitations
  • Table Numbers
  • Escort Cards or Seating Chart

Nice to have

  • Engagement Party Invitation
  • Save the Dates
  • Ceremony Program
  • Menu Cards
  • Calligraphy
  • Vintage Stamps

What’s your style? 

Think for a minute about what you want in an invitation.  The first step is to decide what style you’d like.  Is your wedding rustic, classic or vintage?  Your invitations are the first impression your guests will get of your wedding, so you want to make sure everything coordinates with the overall look and feel you are going for.

Will you go with semi-custom or custom invitations?  I’d take a look at the semi-custom invitations first to see what is available and to get an idea for what you like.  If you don’t see what you are looking for or if you want something very specific, working with a designer on a custom invitation will probably be your best bet.  Remember, when you are looking at invitations, it’s just as important to take note of what you don’t like.  If you decide to go the custom route, this will help your designer know what styles to stay away from.

Next up, think about if you want simple or fancy.  Invitations can be as simple as the 3 main pieces - the invitation, RSVP card and envelopes.  If you’d like, you can also get all fancy with folders, backings, wax seals and ribbon.  The choice is completely yours.  Charming Tree offers the same suite in three different versions so you can pick and choose which one best fits your needs and budget.  I've carefully picked things that go well together so you don't have to worry about building the suite from scratch.  I do this to eliminate the bride from feeling overwhelmed at making a decision.

Options to Consider

Pocketfolders, Belly Bands, Monogram Squares, Wax Seals, Ribbons, Vintage Stamps, Calligraphy, Envelope Liners

Before you get overwhelmed, remember that just because there are many options, doesn’t mean you have to include them to create a great invitation.  Invitations can be as simple or complex as you’d like them to be.  If you’ve got an eye for design, you can pick everything out yourself or if you don’t want any part in the design process you can let a professional do all the work for you.  

I make this process as simple as possible for the brides I work with.  All you have to do is choose which design and package you want from my shop and then we can add on any extras at the end if you’d like.  You can change colors, fonts, and wording if you’d like, OR you can just keep it exactly the way it is.  For those who want something very specific or original, I offer custom invitations as well.  Here is a sample of what my packages include so you can get an idea of what things go well together.

Wedding Stationery Suite

//GOLD PACKAGE//
Invitation with matching envelopes
Response card with matching envelopes
Enclosure card (choose one: accommodations, details, reception card, etc.)

//PLATINUM PACKAGE//
Invitation with matching envelopes
Response card with matching envelopes
Enclosure card (choose one: accommodations, details, reception card, etc.)

Additional features included with the Platinum Package: 
Backing layer to go on invitation
Belly band with monogram square
Envelope liner for invitation envelopes

//DIAMOND PACKAGE//
Invitation with matching envelopes
Response card with matching envelopes
Enclosure Card (choose one: accommodations, details, reception card, etc.)
Belly band with monogram square
Envelope liner for invitation envelopes

Additional features included with the Diamond Package: 
Pocketfolder to mount your invitation and hold your inserts


charming tree welcome packet
 

Charming Tree Design Welcome Packet

I've put together a welcome packet to help guide you though ordering your invitations.  This gives you an overview of the process, my prices, a color chart for paper and ink options and more!  Click on the link to download the packet!


Let’s Talk Etiquette

Here are some common questions I get regarding wedding stationery.

Are save the dates necessary and when do I send them out?

While they are never necessary, they are very helpful for guests especially those who will have to travel for your wedding day.  I’d send out save the dates around 6 months before the wedding.

When do I need to send my invitations out?

Invitations are sent out at least 6-8 weeks before your wedding. 

When should the reply deadline be?  

It’s recommended that the RSVP deadline is 3-4 weeks before your wedding date.  This will allow plenty of time to get ahold of any people who didn’t respond, and also create your seating chart or escort cards.   

Is it ok to include registry information on my invitations or save the dates?  

Wedding invitations should not include the registry info as it will look like you are asking for gifts.  You can however add your wedding website to your save the dates and include your registry info on your website.

What information must I include on my invitation?

You’ll want to include who is getting married, the time and date, and where the wedding will take place.  Keep it short and sweet, as you can add the rest of the information to the insert cards.  You’ll also want to include the names of those hosting.  If your parents or others are paying for a portion of the wedding, it’s important that they are also on the invitation.

Should you put RSVP info on the invitation itself?  

I wouldn’t do it.  The purpose of a RSVP card is to make it convenient for your guests to reply.  When you provide a card for them to mail back, it makes it very easy to fill out and drop in the mail.  

Can I put the reception info on the bottom of the invitation?

If the reception is at the same location as the ceremony, I don’t see anything wrong with having a short sentence at the bottom such as “dinner and dancing to follow immediately”.  I have done many invitations where the reception info is at the bottom.  However, if there is a lot of information, I recommend a separate card for the reception info.

Next steps...

If you are ready to get started on your stationery, I'd love to set up a free consultation with you.  We can discuss all of your wedding stationery needs over the phone or email.  I'd love to be a part of your day!  Click below to set up a consultation today!