Featured Design: Melanie and Jonathan’s Romantic Minimal Wedding Invitation

It’s not often that the words ‘minimal’ and ‘romantic’ are used together, but Melanie and Jonathan wanted just that: a soft and simple wedding invitation that was full of romance. Simplicity can still impress your wedding guests, and for this invitation the ‘wow’ factor was achieved with luxury paper.


Creating this look…

This couple opted for fewer pieces in their invitation suite to achieve the air of simplicity that they desired. With fewer pieces to design and print, there was room in the budget to splurge on a high quality paper. Choosing a high-quality paper with an eggshell or wove finish, rather than smooth, will give a little bit of texture to impress your guests as soon as they’ve got the wedding invitation in their hands.

For fonts, this invitation uses just two simple fonts that compliment each other nicely. First, there’s a modern script for names and headings, which is printed lighter to give some contrast to the design, and to create that soft, romantic look.

The second font was a serif, printed slightly darker, used for the date and location information. This ‘tone on tone’ print is a great way to add dimension without risking the invitation looking busy. When using this method, it’s a good idea to do a test print before printing all of your pieces. Colour on screen is very different than what comes out of a printer!  The colours have to be perfect in order to get the tone on tone look just right, so be prepared to test it until it’s right.

Another way to add a little bit of elegance is to round the corners – it’s a very inexpensive way to make the invitation look extra fancy!

Finish off this design with the right envelope for the feel you’d like to achieve. A baronial (pointed) flap will give a classic touch, while a square flap will finish the look off with modern flair.

Wedding Invitation How-To: Reply Cards

Not so long ago, reply cards (or RSVP cards) were a standard part of the wedding invitation process. Now that we’re in a world of Facebook events and sending party invitations via text message, the purpose of response cards has become a little foreign. What’s the purpose of a reply card? If I send them, will people even return them? I think we’ve all been guilty of forgetting to RSVP for a wedding, so it’s easy to see why so many couples are wondering whether or not to send them.

In reality, it’s very likely that you’ll have some people on your guest list who will be expecting a reply card to be included with the wedding invitation, and will know exactly what to do with it, while others wouldn’t notice if it was missing. However, it’s crucial to include RSVP information with your invitations, and reply cards are simply the easiest way to make sure you know who’s going to be at your wedding.

Glossie_Reply Card 2Traditionally, reply cards are included with a return envelope, postage included, and this is still a great idea, especially for couples who want a more formal invitation. They can also be used to keep your guest list under control: by writing the names of the invited guests on the card before sending them, you can ensure that no uninvited ‘plus one’s show up. This is also an easy way to make it clear if no children are invited! If you don’t choose to write names on each reply card, you run the risk of having blank RSVP cards returned to you – luckily, there’s a sneaky way to keep track of each card. If you number the back of each card to correspond to your guest list, you’ll be able to keep track of your RSVPs even if someone forgets to write their name on the card (or if their handwriting is just too messy to read).

If you do feel like having guests mail back their reply cards is a bit too formal, it’s okay to simply include an insert with the wedding invitation that lets guests know how to RSVP. Whether you choose to have them call, email, or even text, remind them to include their name, their guests names, and any dietary restrictions.

Glossie_Reply Card 1One benefit of this method is that your RSVP card can be any size that you’d like – you can even include your RSVP information on a larger insert with parking directions and registry info, too! There isn’t as much freedom with mailed reply cards, since they will need to either be a 4bar or A2 size to fit into the proper envelope.

If you’re not sure which option is best for you, you can always do both! Split the guest list into two groups: people who you think would prefer to mail in their reply card, and people who would be comfortable with (or appreciate the convenience of) a more casual RSVP method. Your grandparents probably like to receive mail and will be happy to mail back your card, while your peers would be happy to send a text or give you a call. That way, you’ll save money on envelopes and postage, while keeping both your older and younger guests happy.

Wedding Trends: Hand Lettering and Calligraphy

3cHand lettering is a trend that has truly swept the wedding industry over the past few years – you practically can’t scroll through Pinterest without spotting sweet hand-lettered swirls on a piece of wedding stationery. No longer limited to rigid, traditional calligraphy, couples can use hand lettering to fit any style of wedding design, whether it’s elegant and romantic or bold and playful. Although you can still find traditional calligraphy in some wedding designs, it’s more common to find a romantic style with plenty of flourishes or a modern and minimal look, created by shorter brush strokes.

3bIf you’re thinking of including hand lettering on your wedding stationery, there are lots of ways to do so, including options for all budget sizes. Generally, hand lettering is priced per design. For those hoping to get the on-trend look of hand lettering while sticking to a smaller budget, you could have a custom monogram, quote or small design created and use that throughout your wedding stationery and signage. Those with a larger stationery budget will find that you can add hand-lettered touches almost anywhere on your wedding day, down to hand lettering the destination address on each wedding invitation’s envelope.

You might be reading this and getting excited at the prospect of learning a few techniques and trying your hand at calligraphy… either that, or you’re thinking that there’s no way you’d have the time or skill to create something you’re proud to include in your wedding. Don’t worry! There are so many talented artists available to create custom hand-lettered wedding designs, and they can be found online or right here in Edmonton. One amazing local artist that I love working with is Justine Ma. If you are interested in doing your own calligraphy there are online tutorials, or workshops you can take in person – Justine hosts workshops in Edmonton and Banff.

3aFor those of you who decide to jump in and hand letter your own wedding invitation envelopes, make sure you’re prepared with a few extras in case you make mistakes. It’s also a good idea to test your pen and ink on your envelope to make sure it adheres properly before starting. Lastly, have patience! Calligraphy is an art form, not a weekend project. Designers take years to hone their skills, so be prepared to put in some practise before you’re happy with the finished product.

A final note to those who are planning to use hand lettering: it certainly looks great on Pinterest, but Canada Post is not always a fan of the unique lettering style! Consider doing an inner envelope with hand lettering and an outer envelope with a simple mailing label. This ensures correct delivery and keeps your inner envelope safe and clean.

Local Love: Something Beautiful Weddings

www.lyndsaygreenwood.caI’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with Jenn from Something Beautiful Weddings on a couple of fun projects, and she is just as sweet as she is talented. I’m excited to share some of Jenn’s thoughts on current wedding trends, her best wedding tips, and life as a wedding planner.

Tell us what you do!

The short version of this answer is that I’m a wedding planner. But I don’t think that really gives a good grasp of what I do! My job is equal parts creative, organizational and relational. I love to create beautiful things. Whether it’s a unique centrepiece, a gorgeous ceremony backdrop or the most adorable guest favour you’ve ever seen, I love to bring beauty to a celebration through details and elements that evoke emotion and reflect the couple everyone is there to celebrate. DIY projects are my favourite, add some good music and a yummy cocktail and you’ve got one wild Friday night at my house!

While I would love to say that my days consist of nothing but reading wedding magazines and drinking lattes all day that’s just not the case. (But if anyone knows of a job that fits that description, please let me know!) When planning a wedding, there are so many logistics and moving parts to organize. That’s where I come in: I help the couple to get all those parts moving cohesively towards one goal. There are a lot of hours behind the scenes creating timelines, seating charts, budget spreadsheets and more, and while it isn’t always glamorous it’s definitely gratifying to see it come together in the end!

It’s easy to see the creative side of my job, and even the organizational side…but relational? How does that fit in? Well for starters, the bride and groom’s relationship is the reason that planners like myself even exist! How could we possibly work in this industry and not build connections with others? Building trust and relationships with my couples as well as other vendors is essential to creating a beautiful event that reflects the couples personality and vision.

What interests you about the wedding industry?

What can I say? I love a good party! I love when loved ones gather together for a celebration, and what better celebration than the commitment of two people? It’s a big deal and deserves a big celebration!

Are there any upcoming wedding trends that you’ve noticed or are particularly excited about?

Oh man, don’t even get me started! Food trucks have been gaining traction in the wedding scene for the past few years and I think they’re amazing! Who doesn’t love a taco or mini doughnuts for a midnight snack? I’m also starting to see brides step away from the neutral palettes that have dominated the industry for the past few years. While champagne, blush and nude are all still incredibly popular (and beautiful) colour choices, brides are now adding in pops of colour. A little purple, a little blue, maybe a mint shade here and there. I love colour so I’m thrilled to see that happening!

What’s your favourite type of wedding?

I think that the best type of wedding is one that is personal to the couple. If that means bucking tradition and doing something completely out of the box like wearing a blue dress and saying your “I do’s” on the edge of a cliff before jumping into the ocean hand in hand, great! But if you’ve been dreaming of a traditional church wedding with a white dress, five tiered wedding cake and a first dance to “The Way You Look Tonight” then I say absolutely go for it! If you love something, then incorporate it – don’t worry about it being trendy or not. Just have fun!

Can you share a few tips for a stress-free wedding day?

Like anything in life, I think that preparation is vital to a stress-free wedding day! By making sure that every detail is thought of and attended to before the big day, brides and grooms can relax and focus on each other and their celebration! (Hint hint, I may know someone who can help with all that preparation!)

Oh! And a good night’s sleep the night before never hurts!

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