Hello beautiful bride-to-be!
You said yes to the man of your dreams and now that you have told the world about your engagement and celebrated with your family and friends, is time to plan your dream wedding day!
Planning a wedding can be very stressful, but it really should be! The secret is to get informed and keep organized when it comes to create and execute the plan! And you don’t have to do it alone!!! Besides counting on your family and friends, there are so many wonderful wedding vendors available in our area that you can count on!
With that in mind, I am happy to bring to you what I am calling NoVendor!!! A series of blog posts published in November highlighting some of these amazing vendors that can definitely help you when it comes to planning your special day!
The first on the series is my dear friend and talented stationery designer Ashley Kendall, from RSVP Love. Ashley is so kind and has the brightest smile and the greatest hug out there! She is sharing with us today some great information to help you when it comes to create those beautiful invitations you will send your guests.
Here are her words of advise:
1. How far in advance should couples contact a stationery designer?
I recommend contacting a stationery designer after you have your date and venue chosen so they can walk you through the whole wedding stationery process. Just like using the same photographer for your engagement photos and your wedding photos, stationers help to keep consistency with all the wedding pieces, from your save the dates, to invites, to the day of print and beyond. Booking in advance guarantees you are in their work flow for the next year or so while you plan your details.
2. What type of services do you offer/include in your packages?
Along with a completely custom wedding invitation design, I do all the assembly, guest addressing and even put your postage on and take your invitations to the post office for you! Brides literally don’t have to lift a finger! I create a wedding timeline so couples don’t have to guess when things should go out and when things are due. I also offer hand lettering for signs and seating charts and more.
3. What are some important things to consider when meeting with a designer?
It’s important for couples to consider together what the overall feel they want their guests to have when they receive the invitation. The invitation sets the tone for the day and is the one time you have to get your guests all the information they need (and that you’ll need back from them). Keep a budget in mind and be sure to include postage, which I help guide you on.
4. How is the creation process and how involved are the couples in it?
The couples are very involved in the process! I want their personalities and style to come through in the design! The creation process starts with a complimentary consultation at our Denver Studio. This is where we go over paper choices, printing methods, sort through all the information you need your guests to have, wording options and narrow in on an overall design. All designs are sent via pdf and revisions can be made without additional appointments, saving couples time in the planning process. Once a final design is approved, production begins and couples and relax knowing their guests are receiving and invitation they’ll remember forever!
5. How far in advance should save the date and invitations be send out?
I recommend sending destination wedding save the dates 10-12 months in advance. Destination doesn’t necessarily mean a tropical location or another country. For some couples they may have family traveling from one side of the country and need extra time to plan and save. For local or non destination weddings I recommend 8-10 months. I create a timeline for each couple based on their needs for when their invitations should be mailed and when they should expect their rsvps back. My general rule for mailing invitations is 8 weeks before your vendors needs their final count f you haven’t sent a save the date, and 6 weeks before the final count if you have sent a save the date.
6. What tips could you give to newly engaged couples who are starting the wedding planning process?
My biggest tip would be to spend as much time (if not more) planning for your marriage, not just your wedding day! As someone who LOVES all the details of the day, planning for Forever needs just as much attention and care!
About Ashley and RSVP Love:
“RSVP Love was founded in 2008 after owner/designer Ashley Kendall was lost in her search for her own unique wedding stationery. After graduating from Antonelli Institute with a degree in Graphic Communications, she knew stationery was her passion. Ashley is wife to her high school sweet heart and mom to her amazing six year old daughter. In her free time she loves experimenting with new vegetarian dishes in the kitchen, surfing Netflix documentaries, coaching youth soccer and spending time with friends.”
Get in touch:
Website: http://rsvp-love.com/ |E-mail: email@example.com | Phone: 717.283.8041 | Instagram: @rsvp_love | Facebook: @rsvplove
- Contact Ashley to schedule your free consultation. Use the code: “Juliana Tomlinson Sent Me” to receive a special offer!!!
Hope this helps you to check one more item off of your to do list! Next week I’ll publish one more wedding planning tip, so come back for more!
Happy Wedding Planning,