Wow, this is a doozy of a topic. I'm sure you've read TONS on this subject already, or have asked yourself this question a million times during your invitation search. What's different about this post is that I am going to break it down into actual prices that I paid for each aspect of the invitations, so you can see exactly how much is markup, how much is profit, how much is expense, etc. Warning: this post is long (I say that before I've even written it), so if you're ready to take this journey with me, I am sure it will be eye-opening.Read More
Okay, WHAT NOW?! You're giving away free wedding invitations? Are you crazy?! Well, yep, duh. You should all know that by now. Plus after the next blog post, you'll all know exactly how much that costs me *nervous face*. But I'm so excited about the Semi-Custom Collection launching and out of nowhere reached that elusive 10k followers on Instagram on the same day as the collection launched - that's a clear sign, right? So here I am, jumping into 2018 with a free invitation suite giveaway!
If you've already seen the post elsewhere, this will outline the rules, regulations, specifications, guidelines, directives, statutes, requirements, and all other official mumbo jumbo as well as giving you about 629 more ways to enter the giveaway. Sorry to make it a little boring, but I know you'll all have questions, so this is the easiest way to answer them all.Read More
Hello hello! If you got engaged over the holidays or anytime soon, then this post is definitely for you. As the winter weather is coming in and the scenery is blanketed in snow, it’s a perfect time to consider the lovely artists that are there to capture your special moment any day of the year - especially on your Big Day. If you are new to this wedding game (and most of us are, don’t worry), then you probably have no idea where to start with a lot of your vendors. We want to help, so today we compiled 5 questions that you must ask before hiring a wedding photographer (as well as the answers we hope they’ll give)!Read More
Did you read the previous post about setting the right goals for 2018? No? Oh okay, I'll wait.......
Phew, good thing you're a speed reader. Now that you've completed this week's homework, it's time for me to share my homework with you from the last couple of months - the Design by Laney 2018 Goals!Read More
Setting the right resolutions can help you track your progress no matter where you are on the way to living your best life. Whether you are another entrepreneur, someone starting out the wedding planning process, or just want to reach some new milestones in 2018, it is key to set the right goals from the beginning.
To help, some of the best goal-setting tips and tricks are below so that you aren't like Phoebe Buffay, when asked if she has a plan, who responds "Plan? I don't even have a pla!" (plus, there's a little bonus in it for you if you make it to the end!)Read More
WHOO-HOO, the long-awaited Business Beginnings Blog Series has begun! I love me some alliteration, and I also love chatting about business. One of the first questions I had for myself when starting out was: When does this hobby become a business? There are SO many different beginnings you have when you start a business, so this was an important distinction for me to make, and also one that I get questions on a lot.Read More
Hello everyone! It’s been a long time, hasn’t it? I don’t like to make excuses, but you can be confident that this absence has not been one of idleness. I have been working like mad to put a lot of things into place that I’ve been dreaming of for a long time. As things fall into place, it has brought me a level of calm and happiness that reminds me of the feeling I had making the decision to follow Design by Laney full time last year, so I know I can trust that things are moving in the right direction. Sometimes, you just know, ya know?Read More
Wedding Invitation Paper
Cotton, Eggshell, Deckled, Duplexed, what the what? If you have started looking into your wedding stationery, you are probably getting a lot of new terms thrown at you. Turns out, a seemingly-simple paper wedding invitation is not actually all that simple. And definitely no two are the same! One of the trickiest parts to figuring out your wedding invitations is understanding the differences between paper types. With the increase in ordering invitations (and well, really everything) online over the last several years, many people are not getting the chance to physically touch, feel and see the different paper options before they order. So, if you (like me) previously thought all whites were the same, or that Eggshell was just a color, then you are in for an eye-opening post if you keep reading! I have put together a comprehensive guide to wedding invitation paper terms – complete with self-snapped photographs (so please forgive me for not being a photographer) – that will help you wade through the jargon and choose the right paper for your wedding invites!Read More
Most Common Pitfalls in Ordering Wedding Invitations and How to Avoid Them
Okay, back to business after last week’s personal post (check it out if you want to meet this corny dad-joke lover on a more personal level). As a designer, I get asked the same questions every single day, get the same Pinterest inspiration photos at least once a month, and most frustratingly, I see brides make the same mistakes over and over again on every order. So if you are starting out in the stationery or wedding planning process, take a look at our list of the most common pitfalls or mistakes brides and grooms make when ordering stationery and invitations! Along with these wedding invitation mistakes, we have provided some helpful tips about how to avoid them. Keep on reading if you want to create your wedding invitations with extreme confidence!Read More
Happy May everyone! Can you believe it’s already May? Yikes! All of my blog posts so far have been all weddings, all business. I try to make my personal voice (and really bad jokes) shine through, but as I sat down to write this week about functional favors and how to choose the right paper for your invitations…well, I just couldn’t do it. So this week the blog is going to be a personal journey, a bit of an introduction, and hopefully help you get to know the girl #bossbitch behind the corny jokes a little bit.Read More
Last week we opened up one of my absolute favorite topics—how to use gold in your wedding stationery. We went over several different gold printing methods as well as a few different ways to use gold paint in your stationery and wedding day items. Per usual, things got a little lengthy, so I decided to cover some remaining techniques this week in a separate post. The best thing about Part 2 is that all of these options are more flexible cost-wise than the gold printing methods discussed in Part 1. So if foil stamping or gold edging aren’t quite in your budget, keep reading to find out more about how you can incorporate one of the hottest trends of 2017 into your wedding invitations and wedding day stationery!Read More
Gold, rose gold, antique gold, yellow gold, bright gold…I could go on for days and never get tired of every shade of gold there is! The gold craze has been popular for several years, and though there are many different versions of it, it’s not going away anytime soon. We all want to surround ourselves with beautiful gold accents, and your wedding day should be no different! One of the best ways to incorporate golds into your wedding is via your wedding invitations and wedding day stationery items. There are countless ways to bring more gold into your wedding paper goods, and we have put together a list of some our favorites—and of course there are gorgeous pictures to go with! Not a gold person? Don’t worry, all of these tips can apply to copper, silver, or any other metal finishes that you prefer!Read More
Wedding Day Stationery Timeline
You spend months planning every detail of your wedding, so you want it to come together perfectly. From the linens to the music, from the cake to the perfect shade of eyeshadow, every little piece is carefully curated for a cohesive overall look that is uniquely yours. Your wedding day stationery can be a big part of this overall feel, one that can help tie up all the loose ends of your décor, as well as help guide your guests through the entire day with ease. The tricky part of planning out your wedding day stationery is timing everything correctly between incoming RSVPs, table changes, and all the final details. We have created a handy guide to walk you through the timeline of planning your wedding day stationery, so you can make sure to get it right with no added stress!Read More
Creating your wedding invites can be a confusing process - what to send when and how to keep up the "proper" etiquette - it seems daunting at first. If you work with a custom invitation designer, your process will become somewhat easier, but you still have to decide on a few things with your wedding invite wording. We have created some examples below to show you common wedding invite wording, what's "proper," and how to break the rules correctly on your invitation suite!Read More
If you are planning to visit San Diego, I highly recommend a trip to the famous "Pink Lady," La Valencia Hotel. There is no other hotel or venue that speaks to the San Diego vibe more (in my not-expert-at-all opinion), and in the heart of beautiful La Jolla, you truly can't beat the views or the surroundings. I can't imagine a better place to be surprised with a marriage proposal!Read More
Good morning Mr. and Mrs. Reader! Or is it Ms. Reader? The Drs. Reader? Addressing envelopes can be tricky, confusing, and frankly, not a whole lot of fun (except for some of us crazy enough to do that for a living). Because snail mail has declined in popularity, and overall our correspondence has lost some formality over the years, wedding invitations are one of the only things that remain in which we actually refer to our guests in formal terms. And because many of us never practice this skill, it's tough to remember all the right ways to address your guests when it's time to send out your invitations. So, we have created a guide to wedding invite address etiquette that will make this a snap for you and your fiancé when the time comes!Read More
The most important thing about a wedding are the invites....just kidding! The most important thing is of course celebrating your love together with all of your favorite people! But in order to get them there, you have to send out invites (which kiiind of makes invites more important, right?). One of the most common questions we get asked by brides is "When on earth am I supposed to send these guys out?" The average couple spends 13-18 months planning a wedding, so the timing of the invites can get a little confusing somewhere in there. Luckily, we have put together some basic wedding invitation timelines to help you figure out when to start reaching out to invitation designers and planning out your designs! Take a look at the guide below to help get your invitation timeline moving along without an ounce of stress!Read More
Have any of you ever thought "I am exactly where I am supposed to be right now"? It can be surreal when your dream experience just kind of falls in your lap, but that is exactly what happened with this romantic shoot for Del Mar Lifestyle Magazine! I was having lunch with an amazing friend and colleague, Bree of I Love You More Events , when she mentioned an upcoming shoot for Del Mar Lifestyle Magazine, and that they could use some romantic wedding stationery. Of course I said YES immediately (okay fine, there may have also been some high-pitched squealing and a few excited hand gestures, but it was basically a YES), and starting working that afternoon!Read More