Congratulations to Amber Harper-Camomile, March's Bride of the Month!

March 2013: Amber Harper-Camomile!

We are proud and excited to be featuring Amber Harper-Camomile and her amazing destination wedding paper suite. Amber shares some great advice to what to expect when planning a destination wedding. There is so much detail and organization that goes into making a wedding like this one a complete success! We loved working with Amber from start to finish and were thrilled to hear all about her wedding once she returned from her wedding in Cozumel, Mexico.

Our invitation consultant, Ruth Sorenson, sat down with Amber recently to talk about her wedding and her paper goods. We hope that you will love Amber’s “black and white” invitations as much as we do.

Ruth: So what was your initial idea of what you wanted when you first came to Ann Elizabeth for your wedding invitations?Amber: My wedding was a destination wedding and my guests already knew that they were going to Mexico. I wanted to do a fun, non-traditional type invite that read like a poem telling guests to meet us in Mexico with flip-flops.Ruth: When we took your ideas and put them in the proofing process how did that work for you?Amber: After looking at the first proofs I realized that I did want a more formal invitation stating this is the wedding of Amber and Cory and I wanted that for my parents too. So my ideas totally changed as we progressed and I feel like the proofing process helped me to see what I really wanted.
Ultimately the mailed invitation was just a hint of what was to come. I had much more in store for my guests with a detailed black and white itinerary. I also loved the oversized black and white letter that I gave with the welcome bags to my guests.Ruth: When we selectd papers for your itinerary packets there was a lot of discussion of how the paper would hold up over several days of use in Mexico. How did the paper live up to your expectations?Amber: The itinerary helped so much to organize and communicate all the things we had planned for the week. I don’t think I realized how difficult it would be to keep track of everyone through all of the excitement of being in Mexico. So having a detailed, quality paper itinerary was so useful for my guests because they really did haul those itineraries around with them everywhere.
There were so many things going on from the guys going deep-sea fishing to the girls having a spa day on the beach. The rest of the week was packed with events too so it was awesome to know that no matter where people wandered off to that everyone was still able to keep on schedule for the wedding stuff!
Detail of Amber's Invitations


Detail of Amber's Itinerary Pieces
Ruth: What feedback did you receive on your printed goods?Amber: Everyone loved everything about the invitations and itineraries. My Dad was especially pleased with them... in fact he said he would have paid triple for them after seeing the quality workmanship that went into them.Ruth: What advice would you give other brides that are planning a destination wedding?Amber: First, I’ll tell you that a destination wedding is a lot of work - I’ll tell you that! But I realized that all of the little things I thought were so important and I stressed over like, everyone wear linen, was actually not something I needed to worry about. Just remember that this is the most important day of your life because you’re with all of your family and loved ones.
Second, keep yourself organized and be patient. A lot of the wedding planning is done over email and it can get stressful at times.

Ruth: How was the ceremony? Everything we’ve heard about it sounds magical?Amber: I was adamant about Cory not seeing me before the wedding. So the night before the wedding the photographer suggested doing a reveal. If you don’t know what that is (I didn’t either!) it’s where you reveal yourself to one another before the ceremony. Then you can take the time to get all the pictures done and not take up time during the wedding when all you want to do is join your guests. I am so glad we did it because it turned out beautifully we had two hours to spend with one another taking pictures in a really relaxing way. Plus, right before the ceremony there was a huge down pour of rain so I was grateful I listened to her advice to get the pictures done first! Luckily, the rain did clear up for the ceremony and my brother performed our ceremony so it was very special to me.Ruth: How was your experience with us from start to finish?Amber: It was great from the time I came in with my ideas to me wanting to switch everything. You guys were so amazing to work with and help my vision come to life. I’ve had so many people ask me where I got my invitations and I love telling them Ann Elizabeth!Ruth: It’s been a pleasure working with you Amber and I’ve loved helping make your experience with us a good one!

A special thank you to Amber's amazing photographer, Pepper Nix for sharing Amber's wedding photographs with us!

If you're wondering where this gorgeous event took place, check out The Occidental Grand Resort in Cozumel, Mexico.


Congratulations to Brittany Scalabrin-McNamee, January's Bride of the Month!

January 2013: Brittany Scalabrin-McNamee!

This month we are excited to share Brittany’s invitations with you! Brittany came into Ann Elizabeth with a fairly detailed idea of what type of message and feeling she wanted her invitations to convey. As we met with Brittany she conveyed to use that she was after a style that was classy and elegant with an outdoorsy feel. Brittany knew she wanted to have a copper as one of her colors for the invitation because of the history of the copper mines in Butte, Montana near the location of their wedding. We paired the copper with a navy blue and toned it down to give it both a masculine and feminine element. Our invitation consultant Ruth Sorenson sat down with Brittany to get her take on the invitation process. Below are some of the highlights from Brittany’s recent interview.

The Interview:
Ruth: Is there anything about the proofing process that helped you to visualize your invitation and how it would ultimately come together?

Brittany: Definitely! All the options I was given at the beginning helped a lot... I liked being able to say I like this one, not that one and seeing the additional ideas you came up with it made it super easy to figure out what I wanted. Then we were able to go back to the design that I liked the best and make some minor tweaks. It just made it so easy.

Ruth: Are there any elements of the invitations you had positive feedback on?

Brittany: The whole thing! Everyone absolutely loved the colors and said it was different from anything they had seen before. It was unique, I wasn’t just your typical invitations and I love that the color combo was warm and inviting.

Ruth: Did you take any elements from the invitation into your wedding?

Brittany: Well actually I did the reverse and brought elements from my wedding into my invitations with the help of you guys! Mostly the colors, but also the branches and the leaves from the centerpieces I planned for the wedding - the nature elements all tied in together so well!
I’m also really glad that I had you guys do programs and wine bottle labels for me. It really tied things all together and the consistency on the wedding day wouldn’t have been the same without those details.

Detail of invitation and Save the Date
Detail of Programs and Wine Bottles Ruth: What advice would you give to other brides planning their invitations?Brittany: Most importantly I would say don’t limit yourself. When you find something that you really want it, go for it! That’s what I loved about you guys - you brought together elements I never thought could work and when I would suggest something that might have sounded crazy I never felt like you weren’t willing to try it out and let me see how it might look.
My second piece of advise would be to pay Ann Elizabeth to assemble and glue together the invitations. Ha! When I made the decision to do the assembly on my own I thought it would be easier, but by about invitation number 75 I was thinking “this may have been a bad idea!”Ruth: How was your experience with Ann Elizabeth?Brittany: AMAZING! It was fun and you guys just have the best personalities. I was fun to come into the studio and sit and just talk - even about non invitations, but just wedding stuff in general. I always looked forward to coming in because your enthusiasm and how excited you get definitely comes through in your work. That enthusiasm alone reassured me I was getting a quality product that would impress everyone!Thanks for taking time to talk with us Brittany! You were a pleasure to work with!

 


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!


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


How to Create a Gorgeous Wedding Invitation

"What's the big deal about designing wedding invitations? Can't I just do it myself?" This is a question we know many brides ask as they start planning their weddings-- especially if said bride is on a budget. This post was designed to outline the basics of all that wedding invitation design entails and help you answer that ever-burning question: "Can't I just do it myself?".

Keep in mind this is a very simple outline, and that with each of these steps come different issues and intricacies that make the job a bit more difficult than one might imagine. Headaches like this are why we (Ann Elizabeth) exist: to alleviate your stresses in wedding invitation design. We know how stressful wedding planning can be, so if there's any chance we can ease that for you we'll take it!

Hopefully that list hasn't scared you, but made you more aware of the different steps necessary for wedding invitation design and proper etiquette. Custom design is an excellent option if you aren't feeling too keen on tackling all of this yourself, and you've most definitely come to the right place for custom: Ann Elizabeth.

Did you find this post helpful? Leave us a comment! Share it with your besties... they'll love you forever.

 

Here are some handy links for you to check out:

Wedding invitation wording guide

Choosing a printing technique


How to Choose the PERFECT Color Palette

What if I told you that choosing the perfect color palette for your wedding was easy?

Yep. I said, "easy".

Some of you might throw your shoe at me for making such a claim-- for many brides, choosing a color palette is one of the hardest parts of wedding planning. But please put the shoe down for a second and hear me out.

Today, I'm going to show you a few sanity-saving tools that are just a mouse click away. Whether you're a color lover or what we like to call "color-phobic", you're going to love today's post!

Some of you may be surprised to learn that there are some killer websites out there to help you find or create the perfect color scheme for your wedding, and we've chosen three of our favorites to share with you. There's something for everyone... the bride who wants to get those creative juices flowing by making a custom color scheme, or the bride who wants to see color schemes others have created. And... the best part is: they're all FREE! That's something you don't hear much in the wedding planning process, so we're happy to share. It's important to note that Ann Elizabeth isn't affiliated with any of these companies. We simply think they rock and are worth bragging about.

Design Seeds

Design Seeds is a an awesome resource! It's a website that's in blog format (familiar to almost everyone these days), with oodles of fabulous color palettes to peruse. This is the most basic of the sites we'll cover today, since there's not a tool here for coming up with your own color palette. But- with all the options Design Seeds has here, there's not really a need! One thing we really like about Design Seeds is the option to search for palettes similar to your main color. So if you at least know you want a "dusty rose" as your main color, you can plug that into the search tool and it will pull up palettes that have that color or something similar.

Colour Lovers

Colour Lovers has so many great options for choosing colors, and is truly user-friendly. You can browse and rate other members' palettes, create your own, upload a photo that has colors you love and it will generate a palette from the photo, and lots more. You'll have to check out the other tools they have available. Colour Lovers has tools for the tech-savvy and the not so tech-savvy. So fun!

Adobe Kuler

Adobe Kuler (pronounced, "color") is a wonderful resource for color schemes-- a bit more complex than the others, so watch out. Once you register (it's free) you can use their extremely versatile tool for color schemes, upload a photo that Kuler will analyze and extract colors from, browse other members' palettes, and more. This is the most complex in terms of how to use the tools, but once you figure it out, it is golden!

 

So there you have it! Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed this post today. What color palette websites do you know about? Leave a comment- we'd love to hear from you!

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More Letterpress Magic

DANA’S PICK:

Ok. So I realize it’s been a while since I last posted, and I also realize my last post was about letterpress… But— what can I say? The obsession with letterpress lives strong, and frankly, I don’t see it leaving any time soon. Or ever.

So, without further ado, my friends, lay your eyes on letterpress perfection: Wisteria by Beth Ann Seal for Bella Figura. I feel like more words are unnecessary, besides KUDOS, Beth Ann. Just fabulous!