Tips + Tricks

7 Stationery Photos that are Instagram Gold

7 Stationery Photos that are Instagram Gold

We’re all trying to get more likes on Insta, right? Well, there are a lot of beneficial stats you should be aiming for for different reasons - likes, engagement, comments, website clicks, etc. We’ve got a whole post on why likes aren’t the only thing that matter over here, so check that out first! But if you’re trying to improve all of your overall stats, there are a few photos that will pretty much always do the trick, so that’s what we’re sharing today!

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Your Instagram Likes Don’t Matter

In Australia, Instagram recently did away with being able to see how many people had liked photos on your feed. You could go in and tell how many had liked your photo still, but anyone scrolling by wouldn’t be able to tell if you had 3 likes or 3 million. People freaked! 

The algorithm is constantly changing, and just about once a week I see someone complaining that their like count has gone down, and I secretly laugh because here’s the truth: your likes don’t matter. You can forget about them - I sure have. 

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Investing in Your Business | Calculating Your ROI

Investing in Your Business | Calculating Your ROI

As you may know by this point, I started out my career in business to business sales, so I’m really passionate about a good ROI calculation. I’m also very passionate about investing in your business, and frankly, investing in general. Click here for our free Retirement Guide for Creatives if you want some proof on that front. 

The most important thing about investing in your business is seeing a good ROI - or return on investment. There’s no point in spending money if you’re not going to make some money back, but there’s no way to make money if you don’t spend money in the first place. Think about it - does Jeff Bezos (billionaire CEO of Amazon) bat an eyelid at a $300 expense? A $3,000 expense? Those things probably don’t even get anywhere near his desk. So if you want to think like a billionaire, you have to be willing to invest like a billionaire, and not be scared of spending money!

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How to be More Efficient

How to be More Efficient

There’s one super skill that I have over other business owners. I don’t think I’m the best at marketing, the best at planning, the best artist, painter, salesperson, or time manager. So how have I been able to grow my business so successfully and so quickly? How do I encourage staying power, and maintain upward growth over time? Everyone has that one thing they do well, and mine is this: I am able to be incredibly efficient. 

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HP LaserJet M452DW Review | My New White Ink Invitation Printer

HP LaserJet M452DW Review | My New White Ink Invitation Printer

Are you jumping with excitement? I basically can’t stop staring at my new baby - the HP LaserJet M452DW ! It’s my first ever LASER printer, and is already WOW-ing me on the daily (as well as confusing me on the hourly). I have promised y’all some more information, and you know I love to share about new tools for stationery designers, so buckle up, there’s a lot of info coming at ya!

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When to Mail Wedding Invitations

When to Mail Wedding Invitations

There’s a lot of information out there about when you should mail your wedding invitations, Save the Dates, rehearsal dinner invites, etc. so we’re here to set everything straight. As we always say, we’ll give you “rules” but things are always up to you and your specific situation. There’s only one rule you shouldn’t break - don’t do anything only because you’re “supposed to” or your mom tells you to. Do it because it makes sense for you and your fiancé and with your personal situation!

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Wedding Day Stationery Dos and Don'ts

Wedding Day Stationery Dos and Don'ts

Ever been to a wedding and not been able to figure out where to go? Not been able to read the menu? Waited a liiiittle too long on the bride to get down the aisle? These are all problems that your wedding day stationery can actually help solve - if you know how to use it the right way. I’m obviously a little biased, but there are some practical ways to use the stationery so that it’s not only beautiful, but also functional. And with everything - there are some definite no-nos you’ll want to avoid.

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Using Stock Art, and Why it's Awesome

Using Stock Art, and Why it's Awesome

A few months ago, I went on a little Instagram rant about using stock art in your invitation designs. Turns out, a lot of you had questions or thoughts on the topic, so I wanted to delve into this a little further. There’s a whole section on this in our Invitation Design Guide, of course, but here are the basics of why I absolutely LOVE stock art, and am not ashamed to admit it!

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Why a Seating Chart is Helpful on Your Wedding Day

Why a Seating Chart is Helpful on Your Wedding Day

Seating charts, escort cards, place cards, all the different terminology can get really confusing! Sometimes it feels like you’d be better off just doing an open seating wedding - what can go wrong, right? We’re all family here! Well…in fact, a lot of things can go wrong! The politics of wedding seating have become the typical gag in movies and sitcoms everywhere, but for good reason - those relationships are always complicated. Having a seating chart can help you navigate the icy waters between Aunt Cindy and Cousin John, and well…..it can help you in a lot of other ways too….

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5 Reasons to Get Married Outside the US

5 Reasons to Get Married Outside the US

It’s no secret that we’re traveling way more than out parents ever did - over 60% of millennial families say they’ve been on an international trip in the last year. The same trend rings true in the wedding industry, with many sources showing that international destination weddings are on the rise. Destination wedding are all great, but we have a particular love for international weddings outside of the US - if you’re considering hosting an international wedding, we say get those passports ready! Here’s everything we love about weddings outside of the United States…

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Wax Seals | Everything you Need to Know about Invitation Seals

Wax Seals | Everything you Need to Know about Invitation Seals

Wax seals are basically icing on top of a gorgeous wedding invitation cake. I mean, if that icing is shiny and perfect, and somehow modern chic and organic vintage all at the same time. They’re our most requested Suite upgrade, by far,, and the piece that every one of my Holiday Card recipients gushes over (so that’s gotta mean something, right?). Today, we’ll walk you through the world of wax seals, how to create them, where to find them, and how to make the most of them on your stationery.

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All About Wraps | Bows, Belly Bands, Seals, oh my!

All About Wraps | Bows, Belly Bands, Seals, oh my!

We’re concluding our All About series by chatting about the piece that ties everything together - literally. One upgrade that we love to finish off a wedding invitation suite is some type of wrap. This helps add that finishing touch that makes your guests feel like they're opening a present (because they are!). There are so many options here, we’ll structure the post a little differently and talk about the most common ones. Read on to find out the best wrap for you!

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All About Envelope Liners

All About Envelope Liners

Happy New Year everyone! Have you enjoyed seeing all the baby announcements and engagements on your news feed this week? I have been SO EXCITED - this year is all about the babies for my friends and colleagues it seems, and what a fun time that is! If you’re part of that newly-engaged crew, then we hope you check out the entire All About Series starting with All About Wedding Invites. These will tell you all you need to know about each piece of a wedding invitation suite, and today we’re going to chat about a favorite upgrade of mine - envelope liners.

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Modern Wedding Giveaway

We’ve got a treat for you today to briefly interrupt the All About Series - don’t worry, it’ll resume tomorrow with All About Envelope Liners! Today, though, it’s giveaway time!!!

Artisan Books sent me a copy of their new book, Modern Wedding: Creating a Celebration That Looks + Feels Like You by Kelsey McKinnon, and they sent me one to give away to you all as well!

modern wedding planner

Did any of you know that I started out in wedding planning before stationery? I thought that was what I wanted to do with my life, but once I started doing stationery I had to make a choice. Running 2 separate businesses was not good for my mental health or my schedule! Now that it’s not for money, I absolutely love chatting wedding planning tips + tricks whenever I can, so this book was a breath of fresh air.

Of course, I turned to the stationery section first thing - and was pleasantly surprised to find that it was section Number 1!!! Starting with creating your guest list, Modern Wedding has tons of the same tips and tricks I offer to my clients every day.

The photos are incredible, from some of my favorite designers, including Stephanie Fishwick, Kaela Rawson, and Happy Menocal on the stationery side. The other vendors included are all A-list, from Mindy Rice to Bloom and Plume, and so many talented people in this industry - seriously, if you want to be inspired by anyone, this is the collection of artists to choose.

…and my favorite part of the entire book? It doesn’t mention pricing AT ALL. There's not one number, percentage, dollar amount that I could find. Because the emphasis here isn’t on your budget or how much you’re spending. The emphasis is on creating a wedding that feels like you. If you haven’t checked out our Home Page recently, that same sentiment is all over it, because that’s what matters to us too!

Other highlights for me included the Color Story section (this yellow inspiration, of course!), this handy description of traditional cultural wedding customs, and this stunning dress! This would be an amazing gift for your recently-engaged friends, and you get a cake knife and server set as well in the giveaway.

Alright, so how do you win?

If you came here it’s probably because you already saw our post on Instagram about winning your copy! You can get an additional entry if you comment below, and tell us what you’re most excited about for planning your wedding (or helping your friend plan theirs).

From setting your timeline to tasting your cake, be prepared for it all! One (1) winner receives:

 Giveaway open to US addresses only.

Prizing and samples provided by Artisan Books.

From the Publisher: “The book unpacks every element of a wedding—stationery, attire, seating plans, flowers and tablescapes, food and drink, gifts—with examples that will appeal to couples who care about how things are made but are not overly influenced by trends. The emphasis is on natural surroundings, seasonal flowers and food, modern dresses, minimalist ceremony structures, and naked cakes. Photographs of real weddings—“case studies” like a destination fete in Tuscany, a house party in Brooklyn, and a New Agey revel in Kauai—show how all the pieces can come together into a unique and expressive whole. Extensive practical information and resources give readers access to all the help they need for their own unique celebration.”

All About Custom Wedding Map Inserts

All About Custom Wedding Map Inserts

So far, we’ve covered most of the “required” aspects of the invitation process, but there are a million other things you can do with your invite suite to help your guests and add some extra fun! One of the most common ways to do this is with an insert, details, or accommodations card - but we often see couples being confused about the right information to include in these pieces. Keep reading for all the info about how to create the perfect details card for your wedding invitation suite!

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All About Wedding Details Cards + Wedding Insert Cards

All About Wedding Details Cards + Wedding Insert Cards

So far, we’ve covered most of the “required” aspects of the invitation process, but there are a million other things you can do with your invite suite to help your guests and add some extra fun! One of the most common ways to do this is with an insert, details, or accommodations card - but we often see couples being confused about the right information to include in these pieces. Keep reading for all the info about how to create the perfect details card for your wedding invitation suite!

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All About Reply Cards

All About Reply Cards

We sent out over 1,200 reply cards in 2018, and are hoping to do more in 2019. The reply card is an often-overlooked piece of the invitation suite - we tend to stick with the typical wording and design and move on to more “exciting” parts. The truth is, however, that the reply card is the only conversational portion of the suite - the only piece that sends information to your guests and also receives information from your guest - so don’t discount the value of the RSVP card! It can save you loads of headache as well as help with your budget if you use it properly!

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All About Wedding Invites

All About Wedding Invites

Part 2 of our All About series is here! You probably think we talk a lot about wedding invitations, so why do we need a blog about it? But often when we say “wedding invitations” we’re referring to the whole suite, so today we’re actually just focusing on the Invitation itself. In the next few weeks, we’ll cover all the other pieces so you can put all this knowledge together for one full suite - but today, it’s just the Star of the Show!!!

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