Hi loves! Thank you all for following along - this month we've been traveling up a storm for about half of the days, and working up a storm on all the days in between. I am so excited about all of our upcoming partner resources - we have recently partnered with a home décor company, a ceramicist, a couple of photographers, and a nutritionist, just to name a few, to bring you all the best resources in the wedding field. Our friends at Loyes Diamonds over in Ireland (WOW!) asked us to provide some feedback and information for a handy Wedding Invitation 101 Infographic, and we are just OBSESSED with the final product. It breaks down the process of wedding invitations to a simple, easy to follow steps, with some tips and tricks that will help you get the most out of the process. So check it out if you're an invitation newbie and make sure you browse the gorgeousness over at Loyes (the Lily and Monica styles are my two faves in the Antique Style section!).Read More
Everyone prepare yourselves for some dinner party amazingness! It turns out you don't have to be hosting a wedding to have a gorgeous tablescape - I am the girl who can't ever remember what side the spoon is supposed to go on, but as soon as I discovered Lindsay at Suite One Studio, I immediately started saving up to purchase some of her amazing dinnerware. Now I just need a giant house and a few more friends who can cook...but if you are lucky enough to have those things, then you don't want to miss out on today's DIY. We took our most saved photo on Pinterest and turned it into an easy step-by-step tutorial for you today (complete with beginner and advanced lettering tips so anyone can join in). So keep reading to learn how to make these amazing Gold-Dipped Magnolia Leaf Place Cards, and make sure you check out a wealth of other gorgeousness from Suite One Studio before your next dinner party (or you know, just a fancy Tuesday)!Read More
"Collaboration" can mean SO many different things in the creative world - sometimes it means co-writing a blog post, sometimes it means creating a piece with another creative who has different expertise, and sometimes, as we all know, it can mean "give me your time and energy for free". This last one has become all-too-prevalent for many artists, so our alarm bells go off as soon as we see the word "collaborate". However, I have been asked to collaborate and asked others to collaborate in efforts that have been mutually beneficial for all parties involved - this is actually how I landed a mention in People last year! I am a firm believer in the power of collaboration, so I wanted to share some common misconceptions about collaborating and what the truth really is. If you are planning a collaboration soon, then these are some vital tips to be aware of to make sure you get the most out of it (and don't set off any of those alarm bells with your fellow creatives!).Read More
The hills of Tuscany, the falls of Niagara, the mountains of Chile - it is no surprise that thousands of people plan destination weddings every year. The draw is definitely there for a wedding and honeymoon all in one, plus the added bonus of cutting some of those "work acquaintances" off of your guest list! But it takes a lot of behind the scenes planning to make those glamorous photos happen! Today, we have put together a list of the some of things you need to consider when planning your destination wedding, no matter where in the world you have planned for your Big Day.
Whenever you receive a “Save the Date” or invitation to a wedding, one of the first things you may do is look up the couple’s registry online. From engagement blogs, to Instagram feeds, to full-blown wedding websites, it is now easier than ever for soon-to-be spouses to share details of their nuptials with friends, family and followers. Whether you are recently engaged and looking for registry ideas, or attending a wedding and searching for a good gift to give, here are some ideas that are bound to be remembered, used and cherished for years to come.Read More
Hi folks! Since so many of you asked over the past couple weeks, I have decided to make my 100 workout tracker sheet a free download! Be warned - it has cheesy platitudes and encouragement all over it! It has helped me so much, though, because I absolutely love having something to cross off after every workout. Mine is a total mess right, because I also use the margins to keep track of specific workout goals (my particular ones are certain distances/times for my triathlon legs, increasing my squat weight, and decreasing my assisted pull up weight). I also write what I did each day in the square, with the date, so I can tell what my schedule has looked like over the past week or so. My goal was 100 workouts by the end of 2018, and I'll be meeting that this Saturday which is June 9 (my triathlon will be number 100 because I just love poetry like that!). I hope you enjoy, and would love to keep updated on your progress for the rest of the year - I'm definitely going to try and get another 100 in!
I get asked a lot of business questions, and the one that pops up the most is how I have so many followers on Instagram. I will be honest - this is the part of my business that I’m least humble about. I am proud of that K, and I danced when the “swipe up” feature got added, but what I’m most proud of is that those followers are the right followers for my business. This is the key to the entire social media game - not growing the number, but growing the number in the right way. So today, we’ll talk about how you can use #hashtags to do just that! If you prefer video format, check out our YouTube video on this same topic - the information is a little different.Read More
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night...though this isn’t the Post Office’s official motto (as you may have thought!), it sounds pretty serious. In truth, the Post Office is an amazing service that we have here in the United States. They process 493.4 million pieces of mail every single day. That’s over 5,700 piece every second. That’s insane - but also absolutely incredible, and I am constantly in awe of them.
You may not have a ton of contact with the post office outside of a few birthday cards once a year, but if you are planning a wedding, get ready to be extra friendly with your mailbox for a while. Most stationery designers have a love/hate relationship with the US Post Office, and I tend to err on the side of love (for evidence, see above. 493.4 million!!!). I currently have a postman who goes above and beyond the call of duty for me, and always has a great attitude - and some nice pats for my dog, which doesn’t hurt! However, you have probably started hearing horror stories about missing Save the Dates or invitations going rogue. Out of almost 500 million pieces every day, sometimes some pieces slip through the cracks, so we put together a list of the most common Post Office Woes and how to avoid them when mailing your wedding invitations!Read More
Today is the day - we say that a lot, don’t we? Yet another fun launch has been added to the chain of fun launches this year! Today is the first release of our YouTube Channel, The Doorbell. This first video explains all the love and thought that went into that name, so definitely take a look at it (HERE) to hear the full story - plus some other fun ones involving Kristen Bell, The Spice Girls, and a few more of the most inspirational women I know! I also provided 7 of my favorite quick and easy tips for improving your work life balance, so we are covering those here in case reading is more your jam! All of these tips can be put into place in a day, so you should be well on your way to better work/life balance by this time tomorrow.Read More
It’s Launch Day! Wait...weren’t we just hearing that in February? And also back in October? I will admit, there have been a lot of launches lately, and there are some new ones coming up too (YouTube Channel, anyone?!). Today marks one of the most fun ones, though - at least on our end. If you’ve been following along, you know that we love working with Wax Seals! Big, small, custom, simple, abstract, we love them all - especially if we get to add in unconventional materials. So when WaxSeals.com and Artisaire reached out to me about becoming a part of their Creative Community, I was over the moon excited! So without further ado….let me introduce you to our signature design, the Paper Crane wax seal!Read More
So, you’re engaged! What an awesome milestone in your relationship! *Insert, dancing and celebrating!* I am sure that you’ve already been imagining this day a million different ways, and one question that may have popped up is “How in the world do I narrow down my friends and family to select my Bride Tribe or Groom Gang?” I’ve worked with tons of brides who have way too many close friends or family, and they don’t even know where to start with picking their Top for their Bride Tribe. Let’s be honest, the grooms I’ve worked with aren’t nearly as obsessed with finding the perfect gang. They’re usually just about the food and, well...marrying their best friend! With that being said, we have compiled 5 things to consider when picking your wedding party!Read More
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