Summer is almost over, but that doesn’t mean that orange invitations are going out of style! Orange hues are great for fall and can even add a bit of spice to a winter wedding invitation as well. Here are a few from our WeddingInviteLove vendors:

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Stelie Designs

 

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Marit Hanson

 

Hip Ink
Hip Ink

 


Akimbo

 

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Design the Date

 

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Ijorere The Invitation, Inc.

 

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Elizabeth Andres

 

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Kid Icarus

 

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Five Sparrows Design Studio

 

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Lambert Letterpress

 

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Mperfect Press

I had the honor to be invited to Flywheel Press‘s opening party this last weekend — wow, what a store! Amber has curated an amazing collection of cards, stamps, pins, and other stationery goods — not to mention her custom invitation work. If you’re ever in San Mateo (San Francisco peninsula area), I’d highly recommend stopping in the store to check it out! Not to mention she throws a rockin’ party… check these pictures out:

So delicious. The catering at the party was amazing.

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Today’s featured invitation blends the sophistication of letterpress and calligraphy with clean design and beautiful details. Brooke of Curious & Co. Creative tells us more about their wedding invitation line, the Claremont Collection:

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Hello, readers! My name is Brooke Forry and I co-own Curious & Co. Creative with the wonderfully talented Terry Baker and Maggie Moore. Day in and day out, we create websites, logos, brochures and the like for clients, but we also love to dream up wedding invitations and paper goods for couples everywhere. We created Claremont Collection, a line of customizable letterpress wedding invitations, for the design-minded couples out there looking for something fabulous to set the tone for their big day.

With twelve designs to choose from, customizable with 30+ ink colors and a slew of paper and envelope colors, there is something for everyone in Claremont Collection. One of our newest designs that may appeal to a couple hosting a very formal or black tie wedding is the lovely Isabella.

For the girl who has everything — Isabella is classic, understated elegance at its best. A diagonally striped border paired with sophisticated and formal typography set the stage for a simply beautiful affair. We love it when our customers add an envelope liner for a pop of color; making this one-color design into a two-color piece would also give it a whole new feel.

Thanks Brooke! For more about the Claremont Collection, take a look at their profile on Wedding Invite Love or head straight to their website!

Photos by Trevor Dixon – http://www.dixonphotography.com/

The WeddingLovely Blog is getting some extra help! I love posting every day, but I’m going to be taking a small step back from the blog so I can fully concentrate in building all the awesome features for WeddingInviteLove, launch WeddingPlannerLove, and finish up and launch the WeddingInviteLove lookbook!

Lindsay Goldner has been a friend of mine for awhile (we met at BlogHer last year!), a kickbutt designer, and a great blogger. She’s coming in to continue (and perhaps expand) our daily posts and the weekly newsletter.

Please welcome Lindsay onto the WeddingLovely team! In the comments, is there anything new that you’d like to see here?

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I had the pleasure of meeting the wonderful Sunny from Puddle Jumpin’ Cards last week in Portland. She took time out of her day to give me a tour of the Portland Wedding Lounge (more about the visit later in the week) right before the Portland stationery meetup (more about that later as well!) So as thanks for the tour and for being a fantastic wedding invitation vendor, Puddle Jumpin’ Cards is WeddingInviteLove featured vendor for the week!

See more beautiful wedding invitation design on Puddle Jumpin’ Card’s profile on WeddingInviteLove, or head straight to her website!

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I miss my cat. Is that okay to admit? I’m heading home from Portland today and I can’t wait to see my cat (named Westley, after everyone’s favorite dread pirate.) Also, that’s a queen bed — my cat is gigantic.

Speaking of Portland — What. An. Amazing. City. I was up here to speak at DjangoCon (about how I started WeddingLovely and inspiring others to start their own projects), and it went wonderfully. My first time speaking at a conference solo! And THEN there was the Portland stationery meetup which was oh so much fun. Thank you to all the wonderful Portland lovelies who came out to chat — pictures coming soon!

Notable links from the week:

Newest WeddingInviteLove vendors:

Have a great weekend, everyone!

The wonderful Amanda from baci designer stationery + events is guest posting today about the importance of beautiful, custom, and thoughtful invitations. Thank you Amanda!

Each time I hear, “I don’t want to waste a lot of money on invitations because people just throw them away,” I cringe. Not only are invitations a large part of my life — after all, I am the owner and lead designer for baci designer stationery + events — they’re just plain wrong!

I agree, people will toss crappy invitations that glaringly show there was no thought or effort put into them. No one expects a guest to keep something even the bride and the groom don’t care about. Invitations are one of the most essential parts of planning a wedding because they set the tone of what guests are to expect on the wedding day while at the same time helping them prepare for your event. In turn it will keep them out of the trash and in the memory books! Below are a few reasons why invitations are so important and the information you should include on them in an effort to make your guests more comfortable and prepared for your big day!

Setting the Tone

Have you ever received an invitation in the mail and been able to envision the wedding day? Well, if your answer is no then you’ve probably never received an invitation that properly set the tone. If your answer is yes, that bride and groom did it right! The invitation to anything, especially a wedding, should exude the theme of the event to come.  A full-on extravagant bash complete with a fireworks send-off should have an equally extravagant invitation — imagine receiving an engraved invitation suite on Crane’s finest stock placed in a silk box, hand-tied with satin ribbon and adorned with a rhinestone brooch. You would know to dress in your finest attire and expect nothing but the best at the event, which means the invitation is setting the tone perfectly.

Below is an invitation I created for clients, Casey and Josh. It’s the perfect example to express that you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on the perfect invitation for your big day. The couple wanted something sweet and simple for their $5,000 Valentine’s Day Wedding and I think the invitation suite exemplifies that perfectly! Their custom monogram, c&j, and their colors — brown, pink and red — were continued throughout the entire event.


Creating Excitement and Anticipation

Receiving the perfect invitation in the mail should make you ready for the wedding to arrive. If a bride and groom put thought into what their invitation looks and feels like, it is definitely conveyed to the guest. A fun-filled wedding with a circus theme should have an invitation that makes people chomp at the bit for the big day to arrive.

Below is an example of an invitation suite I designed for clients, Alexis and Sam. Their low-key and relaxed wedding was to take place in the Bahamas where they planned a weekend of fun activities for their guests to enjoy. Their invitation expressed that perfectly, not only giving guests the proper information to book travel and pack properly, but priming them for all of the fun that was to come!


Providing Pertinent Information

Obviously one of the most important reasons for having the perfect invitation is to include all of the proper information for your guests. They certainly won’t be tossing it in the trash if it is full of useful details! Below are some of the important things to include in your invitation suite:

Who?

This seems like a bit of a “duh” thing to add, but it is incredibly important to put who the invitation is coming from. Not only should you include the bride and the groom (obviously — lol!), but if the parents are helping host the event their information should be included. Generally, the bride’s parents are the hosts, but if the groom’s parents are helping out, their names should be included as well.

One other thing to think about is to make sure people know who the bride and groom are when they receive their invitation. Maybe the groom always goes by a nickname and no one would know who he was if it wasn’t included. Feel free to make it personal, proper etiquette doesn’t always apply to each and every situation.

When?

Once again, something you would assume would be second nature, but it’s important to do it properly. Always say when the event will start — not when the music will start. The time on your invitation should be the time your bridal party will begin to walk down the aisle. As a guest, you should always plan to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the time provided on the invitation. Also, don’t forget to include when your cocktail hour and reception will begin. You may also want to say when dinner will be served because the beginning of the reception is not always the beginning of dinner — you don’t want hungry guests!

Where?

When writing the ceremony location you should include the full street address and the city. If many guests are from out of state you can include the state as well. There is no need for the zip code, it’s not very appealing on the eyes to have an extra string of numbers on your formal invitation. You can follow the same rules for the reception information.

Feel free to include directions on a separate, but matching card, especially if guests are coming in from out of town or if the route is tricky or may be under construction. To be completely helpful, include directions from the hotel to the church and from the church to the reception. Everyone has GPS nowadays, but they don’t always provide what you would consider the best route.

Dress Code?

Do you expect your guests to arrive in suit and tie? Well then be sure to tell them! Also, the big one people miss in this department is telling guests your event will be held outdoors. Outdoor weddings require different attire, especially for the ladies, so be sure to let your guests know on the invitation so they can wear their flats so they don’t sink into the grass and bring a shawl to keep them warm if the day is chilly. Don’t forget to include your Plan B if the weather chooses not to cooperate.

Accommodation Information

It is common practice to reserve a block of rooms at a local hotel for your guests. A separate, but matching, card included in your invitation suite is the perfect place to provide that information. You can also include information on shuttles if the hotel is providing one to and from your event.

Wedding Website

Have a wedding website that’s full of all sorts of useful information about you, your bridal party and how the whole love affair got started? Feel free to share that with your guests, too! Be sure you’re not using the crazy long link on your invitation suite though —it makes it almost impossible for guests to properly type it into the browser. Use a site like bit.ly to shorten and customize your link.

Remember, the more personal and about you an invitation suite is, the more apparent it will be to the guests that you put your whole heart and soul into the event. Now that you’re armed with this great information on how to make your wedding invitation suite exciting and useful, go on out and create that beautiful invitation your guests will want to show off to their friends! Happy Planning!

Thank you so much Amanda! Such great and thorough information. For more about Amanda and baci stationery design + events, check out the WeddingInviteLove profile, or head straight to the baci website.

I am so inspired from this — Julie of Up Up Creative, an amazing wedding invitation designer, is doing something so unique and kind of scary. For the month of September only, you can name your own price on Up Up Creative‘s invitations (custom designed!). Watch the video, it’s beautiful.

Now, please don’t take advantage of Julie — think about the value you’re receiving. Think about the time and effort. Think about how you can make this experiment a success. Participate in something fun and exciting, but be fair!

Read more about the experiment on Julie’s blog and see the frequently asked questions about the topic… and if you’re sure about ordering, you can name your price today!

Best of luck to Julie — I’m looking forward to seeing how it works out!

Just FYI — we announced the WeddingLovely name change from WeddingType, and today, our Facebook page has officially switched over! Just like the blog, we’re going to continue to feature all the best in wedding invitations, but starting to add more information about wedding planning as we prep for the launch of WeddingPlannerLove.

“Like” WeddingLovely today if you haven’t — it’ll help you keep up to date on our features and announcements, and at the very least, it guarantees you entries into any contests we run! ;)

I’m prepping to go to the airport to fly to Portland and to speak (aaah!) at DjangoCon tomorrow! I’ll hopefully have a post up late tomorrow — US residents, enjoy the holiday, and everyone else, happy Monday!