This may sound extreme to some brides, but others may be 100% on board with this idea: a wedding brand. AKA, literally treating your wedding like a business would its brand. Let me elaborate.
1. create a wedding logo
If you have some design background, you may want to take this on yourself, but if not, ask your stationer or a graphic design friend (or heck, hire one) to create your wedding logo. This could be anything from a custom monogram, a simple icon or a combination of the two. Why would you ever need a wedding logo, you might be thinking...? Think of all the places you could put your mark on your wedding, and having an established logo would keep everything looking consistent and sharp. If your stationer creates a logo or monogram for your invitations, ask if you can have (or purchase) the logo file itself. Then you can use that logo for everything under the sun, including but not limited to:
2. develop a Style guide
Hooray! If you’re a planner, you are probably loving every bit of the wedding planning phase, and are probably right on track (if not a little ahead) with getting your wedding invitations planned out. Who you’re going to use, what style you’re going for, etc. Well, one thing I find brides being blindsided by quite often is how much postage ends up costing for their dream wedding invitations. Whether you have a simple invitation suite or something more elaborate, it’s best not to forget about the cost of postage to get those little pretties off to your excited guests. Here I’ll break down the different types of postage you’ll need, and things you might not think of that could throw a wrench into your plans later.
No matter how well you plan, things might be different than you think they are. I’ve done tons of research before and then when you get to the post office they are like, oh no, that’s not a first class large envelope because it’s rigid, it’s a different cost (fyi, WAY more). So word to the wise, work in an extra two weeks into your timeline so when you receive your invitations, you have time to take a full one to the post office, find out how much it will cost you to mail, and then order your postage.
Here are the basic postage rates, pulled straight from the USPS website (as of June 2019):
- Letter Stamps - standard-sized rectangular envelopes - from $0.55
- Letter Stamps - square, oversized, or unusual envelopes - from $0.70
- Postcard Stamps - standard-sized, rectangular postcards - from $0.35
- Global Forever (International) - standard-sized, rectangular envelopes - from $1.15
Notice they all say “from X amount”... that’s because additional ounces add to the cost, and like I mentioned before, if it’s rigid (think wood or acrylic invitations) the price changes completely. Something that might normally cost $0.85 might now cost $4.85. You can always try to estimate and buy your postage ahead of time, but I’d still advise taking a FULLY assembled invitation to let them tell you how much it will cost.
In all my spring and summer wedding projects, I’ve noticed a big trend continuing this year (and I LOVE it)... dusty blue. I love it because it’s traditional and feels like a classic wedding “something” blue but has a modern twist with its dusty gray hue. I also love that so many shades fall into this color category, making it easy to coordinate colors without feeling too matchy-matchy, if you know what I mean.
Even if you want a more neutral tones sort of wedding you can easily work in dusty blues to give touch of color, or you can use it in more places to make it a more dominant color. It can be used for romantic style weddings, modern, boho or minimal. So versatile and so beautiful and timeless.
Here are some beautiful ways to use dusty blue on your wedding day.
This may seem like a very obvious topic for some of you, and if you are a superstar planner, then you may have checked these off your list immediately. For many of you, however, you may try to put the cart before the horse and try to send save-the-dates before you should be. Remember, planning well now will save lots of time and screw ups (and redos and stressing out) later on. Here are a few things you need to do before even thinking about starting on your save-the-dates.
1. Set your date
This one is pretty obvious, but it also doesn't mean just pick a date out of the air willy-nilly. A lot of things may impact your dream wedding date (if that's actually a thing...?). Think important family members having exams, best friends already committed to being in another wedding that day, a sister being pregnant and due that week... Aim for a date range or month and work with the people on your must-have list to be sure the most important people to you will be able to make it. Also, see #2.
2. Book your venue
While you don't necessarily HAVE to do this one, it's highly recommended that you do so before letting people know you're getting married and they'll be on the list. You may not be able to grab a venue you really want (say, due to timing, budget, availability, etc.), and you don't want to let people know it's in a city that it actually ends up NOT being in, or a venue that you were hoping for but didn't quite make happen. In tandem with item #1, your date may be determined by the venue's availability, and the two highly depend on each other. We had set a date and even booked the venue but then realized some cottages we wanted to stay in along with close family and friends that were part of the venue were all booked up because of a sailing tournament, so we had to shift up a week. Things to completely nail down before sending save-the-dates...phew.