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Specializing in customized stationery from occasional invites to business cards, UpperCase Designs is where sleek and sophistication meet. Whether it’s a wedding or a thank you, special dates to everyday, let me make every moment count with customized invitations, note cards, announcements, photocards, and professional stationery fit to your specific needs.

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Dress up Your Wedding Invitations

Kelly Henry

Dress Up Your Wedding Invitations // Uppercase Designs

From the gown to the flowers and cake, so much goes into wedding planning. Don’t overlook the opportunity your invitations offer to further reflect and represent your unique and personalized wedding style. For those looking to enhance your invites, we have gathered our favorite assortment of affordable and distinct ways to dress up your wedding invitations.

1. Envelope Liner

Want to add the wow factor? Look no further than envelope liners. Guests will literally get their first glimpse of your wedding aesthetic when they carefully open your invitation envelope and take a peek inside at your pretty liner. Envelope liners are a fun way to add pattern, texture, color, or your monogram to your invitations.

2. Calligraphy

Whether handwritten or digitized, wedding invitations featuring calligraphy are endlessly chic. If your wedding is formal or even less traditional, calligraphy is the perfect way to add soft graceful flourishes to your invitations and envelope addressing. Not to mention your place cards, escort cards and day-of signage. If you want the elegant look and feel of calligraphy without the cost associated with this time-consuming and high specialized task, consider calligraphy in the form of printed typography. It’s just like the real thing for a fraction of the cost.

3. Wax Seals

Inspired by old-world elegance, wax seals are one of our favorite wedding invitation adornments. Wax seals are effortlessly romantic and available in an array of colors so you can select one that perfectly complements your invitation suite. The wax stamp can feature your first name initials, last name initials, or a personalized symbol that is special to you.

4. Silk Ribbon

Wedding invitations delicately wrapped with hand-tied silk ribbons offer a soft organic touch. Add this simple yet rich embellishment to your invitations for added depth and texture. Beautiful silk ribbons and bows are a unique finishing touch your guests are sure to notice.

5. Postage

Take your wedding stationery up a notch with individualized wedding invitation postage. Personalized postage offers complete originality with custom designs created to reflect your wedding invitation style. You can opt for a specialized motif or monogram featured in your desired color or font. These one-of-a-kind stamps are a special touch that will tie your entire wedding invitation suite together.

There are countless ways to embellish and individualize your wedding invitations so they stand out to your guests and reflect the style of your wedding. Even the smallest details surrounding your big day should be announced in impressive style, complete with unique adornments that reflect your personality as a new couple.


WEDDING STATIONERY TIMELINE

Kelly Henry

Most couples are often puzzled on deciding when is the right time to order and send out their wedding stationery. These items include your save the date cards, wedding invitations and thank you cards. I have included a wedding stationery timeline to help guide you through the process for when to order and mail your wedding stationery.

SAVE THE DATE CARDS

So the question has been popped and you said yes and the first big decision is when and where. Once you have set your wedding date and venue you can begin working on your save the date cards. It is recommended to order your save the date cards 7-8 months before your wedding. You will need to begin putting together your mailing list and address your envelopes (I do offer addressing services to help assist in the process). Save the dates should be sent out 6-7 months before your wedding date. Destination weddings should be sent out 9-12 months prior to the wedding to allow guests time to plan their accommodations and travel arrangements.

WEDDING INVITATIONS

Your wedding invitation is the first look into your wedding. It’s important to take the time to to find the perfect wedding invitation and if you are planning on a custom invitation design this process requires additional time. If you will be ordering custom design invitations the design process should begin 6-7 months out. Once you have all the important details including the time, venue, and reception information, you can order your wedding invitations. Your wedding invitations should be ordered 3-4 months in advance to allow time for assembly and addressing (I do offer assembly and addressing services to help assist in the process). Your wedding invitations should be mailed out 2 months prior to your wedding to allow adequate time for response cards to be returned.

WEDDING INVITATION TIMELINE

9 months before wedding

  • Begin to compile your guest list and addresses.

  • Book your ceremony and reception venue.

7 - 8 months before wedding

  • Finalize save the date details and mailing list.

  • Order your save the date cards.

6-7 months before wedding

  • Mail your save the date cards.

  • Gather all of the important details that you will need to include in your wedding invitations including location, time, reception location, rsvp by date, and return address for replies.

  • I recommend you set your rsvp date out 3-4 weeks prior to wedding date, this will allow time to make necessary phone calls to invited guests who have delayed in responding. Please confirm with your reception venue on their final guest count deadline date prior to the wedding.

  • Custom design wedding invitation process should begin with stationery designer.

4 - 5 months before wedding

  • Select your wedding invitation design.

  • Finalize the wording for your invitation. Please visit wedding invitation wording to help assist you.

  • Place your wedding invitation order.

3 - 4 months before wedding

  • Confirm your guest’s addresses are up-to-date.

  • Address envelopes and include return address.

  • Assemble all of your wedding invitation components (invitation, reception card,  rsvp card and return envelope with pre-postage, enclosure card) and place them into addressed envelopes.

2 months before wedding

  • Purchase postage stamps (have postal service weigh a complete assembled invitation to confirm postage amount)

  • Add stamps to invitations and mail them from the post office (mail all invitations together from one location)

  • Ask your local post office to hand cancel your wedding invitations. Hand canceling prevents the envelopes from being placed in the automatic sorters and look much prettier. I always tell my clients to bring in a little treat for the staff to make it harder for them to say no.

Wedding Thank You Cards

Please DO NOT forget the thank you card! It is important to show your appreciation to those who could and could not make your special day. Trust me, if you "forget" or chose not to send out thank you cards your guests will remember that last detail from your event. Saying thank you to your wedding guests, friends and family, bridal party, and even those special wedding professionals who made your day an important day. Your hand-written thank you notes should be sent within one month following your wedding. Take the time to send thank you notes along the way as gift are received from guests unable to attend. Helpful tip - Use your wedding guest list to record gifts received.

Download a copy of the Wedding Stationery Timeline for your planning.