The Recipe for Letterpress Success

If you've done any browsing of our past blog posts, chances are you've witnessed how huge of a nerd I become when I talk about letterpress.

Simply put, it's lovely.

I can't pinpoint just one thing I love about letterpress. It's everything... from the soft, pillowy paper to the dynamic levels the impressions create... I just love it. 100% elegant, 100% perfect!

So today, I'd like to share some tips on how to get the most out of your experience with letterpress... a perfect recipe for letterpress success. We'll break it down by elements of an invitation.

 

 

 

If you have any questions about letterpress, please leave a comment below or feel free to contact us! And don't forget to share this post with all of your letterpress-loving friends.

 


Food for Thought

Happy Tuesday! Today's post is a little different than usual.

It's good to change things up, right? We're just trying to keep you on your toes.

I stumbled on this quote the other day and I've been anxious to share it with you. It's by the wonderful wordsmith, Mark Twain:

I love this quote. And I especially love it it when applied to the design of your wedding invitation and your plans for your wedding in general. Here at Ann Elizabeth, we love it when brides dare to be original and come up with a concept that's out of the ordinary. We're all about working with our brides to create something as unique and beautiful as they are!

At the end of the day, just ask yourself, "Do I want to play it safe and have a cookie cutter invitation, or do I want it to be extraordinary?"  I DARE you to go for the latter. Your wedding day is such a special one, and your invitation is the first glimpse your guests get as to the tone of your perfect day. Make it count!

Hopefully this got some creative juices flowing for your invitation design. If you want to browse invitations you could take bits and pieces from to create your own unique look, head on over to our website! www.annelizabeth.com. Feel free to share, pin, tweet, digg, shout from atop a mountain, or however you see fit!


Your invitation could be this stunning...

I feel it would be doing you all a major injustice to NOT see these exquisite invitations.

Today, I am beyond excited to share with you one of my favorite invitation ensembles I've seen in a while. I have been itching to share this with all of you, but have been holding off as a courtesy to the bride - gotta have some element of surprise, right?

I'll let you choose for yourself, but I kid you not: if I could have a mulligan and relive my wedding invitations, they would look like this. So pretty! Kudos to Ann, owner and lead designer here at Ann Elizabeth.

We encourage you to pin this, tweet it, share it on facebook, whatever you like! Just make sure you link to it, right back here. We love seeing how others love what we do.

Until next time...


Timing is Everything: Your Guide to Sending Wedding Correspondence

Happy Tuesday! We're not wasting any time today. Let's jump right in!

Today's post answers the ever-burning question, "When should I send my save the dates, invitations, thank you's, etc?"

My first answer to that question is, "Well, it depends." I realize this probably isn't the answer you wanted to hear, but read on!

I say, "It depends," because every wedding is different. Some are formal (think black tie events), some are very laid back and casual (think backyard wedding with barbecue to follow). The coolest part about it is that your wedding can be a reflection of you. The nature of your wedding is really what dictates your wedding correspondence to begin with, along with the timing of sending it out. That being said, I'll give you the guidelines for what etiquette encourages, and then you can custom tailor your own timing around the nature of your event.

Save the Dates: 6-12 months

Here at Ann Elizabeth, we recommend sending your Save the Dates out six months to a year in advance.

This recommendation is with your out-of-state guests in mind; you want to give them as much notice as possible so they can plan travel and lodging.

If you still have questions, check out my in-depth post about Save the Dates and see if your questions aren't answered there. If not, you're welcome to email me at dana [at] annelizabeth dot com and I'd be happy to help you out.

Wedding Invitations: 6-8 weeks

It's best to mail your invitations around 6 weeks prior to your event, which would mean starting your wedding invitations 10-14 weeks before your big day. You may think this is a huge chunk of time, but believe you me: it will FLY by! It's important to make sure you give yourself enough time. Personally, I'd rather have more time than not enough.

If you are including an RSVP with your invitation, tack on 2 weeks to the "6 weeks prior" deadline I just mentioned and make it 8 weeks. You'll want to set the "RSVP by..." date a couple weeks prior to your wedding to give yourself some time to get everything organized and your numbers down solid.

Thank You Notes: ASAP

My Grandma always used to say, "Gratitude is the best attitude." And how right she is! Get those thank you notes into the hands of your beloved guests as soon as you can, but no later than your 2 month anniversary. They'll be happy and so will you.

I hope this helps you feel better about the timing of when your wedding correspondence should be sent. Until next time!

 

Featured photo credit: 2bsquaredesign