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For all you brides-to-be who like to be on top of things… you may want to hold off on buying the stamps for your wedding invitations! As of Sunday, April 17th, the rate of postage is going up.

So, here’s my advice…. If you’ve got your invitations ready to mail, go ahead and buy your stamps now. Just be sure to mail them out by this Saturday. If you’ve got a little while before your invites are ready to go out, HOLD OFF! No need to spend all that money on those pretty stamps only to find out that you’ve got to add a $.02 or $.01 stamp on to your envelope!

In case you were curious what new options are out there for you, here are some of the more common stamps that I buy for my brides…

The new standard postage for wedding invitations will be $.64.
Below are a couple options for you.

If you happen to be sending out a response postcard,
this is the only $.29 stamp that the Post Office offers.

If you happen to have an undersized or fairly light wedding invitation,
you can use one of these $.44 stamps.
I sometimes have brides that are not a fan of the
postcard postage who opt for these stamps as well.

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Oh my gosh…. If this wedding doesn’t: a) Make you yearn for summer, b) Want to head south pronto, or c) Plan your own destination wedding… well, then you might want to schedule a doctor’s appointment…because there may be something wrong with you! Seriously! Put me on a plane right now!

Found on Style Me Pretty
Location: Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya / Stylist: Summer Watkins of Grey Likes Weddings/ Honeymoon Destination Planner and Coordinator: Katie Frederick of Ever After Honeymoons/ Photography and Modeling: Troy and Aimee of Troy Grover Photographers / Paper goods: Megan of MaeMae Paperie / Wedding Dress: Jessica Iverson

As you’ve all come to realize at this point, I’m a huge fan of all things stationery! I suppose that was a no brainer! But let me tell you what one of my most favorite types of printing is…. Yep, you may have guessed it…Letterpress! For a long time I had longed to find a local vendor that not only used this technique, but did it beautifully…

Well, the search has ended! Let me introduce you to Event Crashers Letterpress! Jay Williamson is the talent behind the machine. In all honesty, I have not yet worked with him, but we’ve got a big job in the works for one of my September brides. Of course, his reputation precedes him! I’ve heard nothing but GREAT things about the work he produces. In fact, here are a couple samples for you to feast your eyes upon…

So, if you’re even considering letterpressed wedding invitations, you must contact Jay over at Event Crashers! You can email him at jay@eventcrashers.com!  I promise, you won’t regret it!

 

I’ve often had brides ask me, “What does it mean to brand your wedding?” Well, I’m here to tell you, it’s more than just slapping your monogram on a napkin! There are so many different and fun ways to brand your wedding. I found this festive wedding on the Style Me Pretty blog. It’s a perfect example of how to truly brand your wedding.

First, you start with your wedding invitations…
Then you carry the theme through
to the wedding and reception!

Wedding Photography and Photobooth: Cuppa Photography / Wedding Flowers: Celeste’s Flower Barn / Wedding Cupcakes: Michelle’s Pastries / Hair: 26th on Hanover / Wedding Ceremony Location: St. Joseph’s Cathedral / Wedding Reception Location: The French Building at The New Hampshire Institute of Art / Invitations: The Bride / Shoes: Converse / Dress: J. Crew

Go DAWGS!

So, I rarely do this, but I’m blogging about something non-wedding related!

Most of you know, I work at Butler University as one of their graphic designers. However, what you may not know is that I am the lucky individual who gets to work with Butler Athletics as well as Butler’s very own Blue II. It’s been a blast working with these two clients this year! For any of you that went to some of our regular season games at Hinkle, you may have picked up one of the poster/programs that I worked on.

Well, the men’s basketball team as well as Blue II have been in the lime light a lot these past few weeks. So my idea was to share my Butler pride with all of you.

I recently made some Blue II masks (since our furry mascot wasn’t allowed at any of the games) and had people print them off and sport them during the games. Each new game location gave us inspiration for the masks themselves. I also created several tournament posters throughout our journey to the Final Four…

Blue II in Space

Final Four Poster

I invite you all to visit Butler’s website and download the masks and posters for yourself. Show a little home town pride! And of course…LET’S GO DAWGS!!!

 

Found this vibrant spring wedding on Style Me Pretty. Set at her friends home, this backyard wedding is simply stunning! Enjoy!

Wedding Photography: Orange Turtle Photography / Wedding Florist: Marisa Tsikounas / Wedding Cake: Sugar, Butter, Flour / Catering: The Party Helpers

Just because you’re having a spring wedding doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to have bright wedding colors. This soft spring wedding (I found on Style Me Pretty) instantly caught my eye – so delicate and beautiful! Hope you love it as much as I do!

Photography: Jose Villa / Event Planner: Beth Helmstetter / Floral Designer & Rentals: Kathleen Deery / Linens: La Tavola / Venue: Carneros Inn / Cake: Perfect Endings / Stationery: Village Invites / Entertainment: Patrick Numair / Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music: Michael Udelson / Piano Rental:Santa Rosa Music Center / Calligraphy: Laura Hooper / Macarons: Paulette Macaron Dress: Oscar De La Renta