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Telegram Invitations

Telegram Invitations

Last January I had the pleasure of meeting Kelly Dalisa from Monte Verde Inn at the Cal Expo Bridal Showcase.  Since then we’ve done a couple of really fun projects together.  Also Kelly has been kind enough to list me as a preferred vendor at Monte Verde Inn.  Yay!  I love this place!

Here are some invitations that I recently made for them.

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Peacock Invitations:  Fall Wedding

Peacock Invitations: Fall Wedding

I designed these invitations for a wonderful couple…Marissa and Jeff Torres.  They were married in the fall.  Marissa encouraged me to post pictures on Facebook but I had a hard time capturing the shimmery paper in photographs.  Today the sun was shining perfectly into my office and I was able to get these shots!

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Modern peacock themed invitations.

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Metallic purple, grey and silver add punch to the colors of the peacock feather.

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5 Tips For Finding The Perfect Invitations

5 Tips For Finding The Perfect Invitations

#1  Hire A Custom Invitation Designer

Many people don’t know that they can have their invitations designed just for them.  Choose a Couture Invitation Designer to get invitations that are unique to your individual style and the style of your event.  The process is a lot of fun!

#2  Choose a Realistic Budget

You can expect to spend about 3% of your total wedding budget on invitations.  Choose a vendor who is conscious of your budget and will design around it.  Ask your invitation designer to help you establish a realistic budget that’s based on your needs.

#3  Start Early

Find your venue and then your invitation vendor.  When your invitations are designed uniquely for you that design can influence the look of your entire wedding.  You’ll want to carry over the style of your invitation to other paper items that you’ll be using the day of the event.  These items include favor tags, programs, menus, place cards and the seating chart.  Plan to work with your stationary vendor for about a year, beginning with Save The Dates.

#4  Avoid Being Too “Matchy Matchy”

This isn’t the prom folks!  Choose a color palette or use shades of 2 colors for a more elegant, less redundant look.  Try using metallic colors.  The use of bold colors is hot right now!  Or, for a vintage look, combine shades of pink, cream and tea stains.  Don’t be afraid to express yourself with the colors that you love!

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#5  Be Careful About Ordering Online

When you order invitations online you’ll want to consider the following:

A.  There’s no one on the other side making sure that you remembered everything that needs to be included in your invitation package (map, website, directions, etc.).  You won’t be getting a call if you misspelled something or left something out.

B.  When you’re looking at cost, online generic invitation vendors only show you the charge for the invitation.  As you get further into the order, you’ll see that there are additional charges for the reply card, other inserts, color printing, etc.

C.  The quality of the paper and printing may not be what you expected.  The way the invitation feels in hand is so important!   If you can, choose a custom stationary vendor who will let you see a proof before printing your invitation package.

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Kente Cloth Invitations

Kente Cloth Invitations

When I met with Sacramento bride, Lisa Long for our customized wedding invitation consultation she had such wonderful ideas of what she wanted her wedding day to look like. I have to admit that the way she described her vision for the event made me want to invite myself! Now this is not typically my personality.  I just wanted to see what came of this colorful picture that Lisa had painted in my head. I can’ t wait to see the pictures!

For her invitations, Lisa wanted to incorporate Kente cloth from her fiancé, Manny’s home in Ghana. She also wanted to incorporate orange shimmery pocket envelopes and, to maintain a look of elegance, she wanted to add crystal embellishments. I had never done fabric invitations before but was dying to try them. Other wedding invitation vendors had told Lisa that they weren’t willing to work with her cloth.  I thought I might be in over my head (yikes).  Throughout the project (to avoid giving myself a heart attack) I reminded myself that it’s always my goal to give the client something that is uniquely theirs.

Working with Lisa was a prime example of the collaborative experience I seek with my clients where they are just as much a part of the outcome as I am. This creative teamwork resulted in invitations that I could never get sick of looking at (even after making 200 of them). The vibrant colors of the Kente cloth that Manny brought back from his last trip home still make me SMILE.  Hopefully my photos have captured enough to give you a feel for the wonderful uniqueness of this project!

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Large strips of fabric were cut down into tiny squares to make the invitations

Here's a close up of the amazing colors in the Kente Cloth.

Part of the assembly process.

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The final invitation package!

The inside of the invitation package (pocket envelope).

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8 Ways To Save On Wedding Invitations

8 Ways To Save On Wedding Invitations

The Invitation

Choose a custom invitation vendor who will let you increase your order in quantities of 5’s and 10’s instead of 25’s.

Eliminate the added cost of special envelopes, engraving, embossing, ribbons and wraps. Rely on the unique design that a customized invitation vendor can provide on a single sheet of paper.

Stick to your budget. Choose an invitation designer who is conscious of your budget and designs around it. Expect to spend about 3% of your budget on invitations.

“Do It Yourself” doesn’t have to mean do it all yourself. Designing and Printing can be difficult if you aren’t experienced. Choose a custom invitation vendor who will design and print your invitations then allow you the option of assembling them yourself. Ask your invitation designer to teach you tricks for making the final product look professional.

R.S.V.P, Accommodation Card, Direction Card

Make your RSVP postcard style. Save on postage and eliminate the cost and waste of envelopes.

Combine your direction and accommodation card. You can provide accommodation information on one side of the card and directions on the other.

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Favors, Place cards, Menus, etc.

Need favors and place cards? Choose an item that does both jobs. Place candles, favor tins or boxes with your guest’s names on them at each place setting.

Order favors, programs, table numbers, matches, menus, place cards from the same vendor. Choose a designer who offers discounts when all items are ordered through them. Not only will you save money, you’ll have a unique style and design that carries from your invitations to your event. Angela Dal Bon offers table numbers at no extra cost when you order place cards.

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Photo courtesy JLH Photography

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