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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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My Wedding Invitations are Semi-Custom

Kelly Henry

Uppercase Designs Invitations

Your wedding invitations establish the overall aesthetic of your wedding and give guests an introduction of what’s to come. Uppercase Designs works closely with couples to create custom or semi-custom invitations and paper goods to fit the style and personality of your event. With so many wedding invitation options available, it can be overwhelming. You are not alone if you don’t know where to start.

Semi-Custom Invitations

My Wedding Collection Semi-Custom Invitations are ideal for couples that desire simplicity and beautiful designs. Let me guide you through an effortless selection process to find the perfect invitation and matching wedding stationery that will carry you through each step and event leading up to and including your wedding day. When you order from me, you can expect the finest designs, superior quality, and one-on-one personalized service from an expert invitation designer.

My artfully curated semi-custom invitations are designed to make the process of choosing your wedding invitations simple. Semi-custom invitations are perfect for couples who are mindful of their invitation budget, but may wish to make some minor customizations. Many online sites offering semi-custom invitations may restrict the ability to make changes to the design (often limited to names, date, time and location). Wording templates may also be restricted due to layout and spacing. I, however, offers clients the option to alter invitation colors and fonts in addition to changing wording templates, names, dates, times and location. You will also be given the opportunity to select the paper stock that best suits your taste and style. Depending on how far out you are from your wedding, semi-custom invitations could be a great choice due to the simplified design process and shorter timeline.

Custom Invitations

For the unique wedding couple with custom taste and an eye for design, I’m pleased to offer custom invitations. I offer custom designed save-the-dates, invitations, programs, and additional wedding stationery that will reflect your personal style. Digital, thermography, and foil print stationery are currently offered with the Custom Collection. Commemorate this most special occasion with an exclusive and singular design. With custom wedding invitations, the sky’s the limit!

As the process for designing custom invitation designs requires additional time, the design process should begin at least 6-7 months out. Your wedding invitations should be ordered 3-4 months in advance to allow time for assembly and addressing. To help assist in the process, I do offer assembly and addressing services. Custom Design pricing is unique to each client and based on a number of various factors. A quote will be prepared based on your design and color preferences, print type, quantity, and additional touches. The custom designed invitation suite includes a $300 design fee. The design fee is a one-time charge for your wedding invitations and day-of stationery.

There are many factors that will determine whether semi-custom or custom invitations are the right choice for your wedding. Keep your timeline, desired budget, and design style in mind when weighing your options. If you’re not sure which route to choose, contact me and tell us about your wedding day! I can review all your options and help you find the perfect invitations for your special day.


Your First Wedding Stationery Meeting & What to Bring

Kelly Henry

You decided to hire a professional wedding stationery designer for your wedding invitations. Great choice! Your first meeting is scheduled with the designer - not sure what to bring with you, what questions will be asked, or what details you might forget during the meeting? Here are a few helpful tips to get you prepared for your first design consult.

Have a set wedding date and time.

I would suggest meeting with your stationery designer 6-7 months out from your wedding date. 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.
Tip -  Will you be hosting a cocktail hour before the reception? You’ll want to note those details on the reception card.

Wedding venue secured.

The location for the ceremony and reception will help set the tone for your wedding. There are traditional request lines, one indicates the ceremony will be in a house of worship, the other that it will not.

Is your wedding formal or casual?

You don’t want your guests to show up at your wedding underdressed or overdressed for the event. Your invitation needs to reflect the formality of the event.

Wedding colors.

Please bring your wedding color swatch samples. This will help the designer determine the correct Pantone color match and coordinate paper samples.

The budget!

Often when I meet with brides they have no idea on a budget for their wedding invitations. This is so important, the last thing I want to do is show you print styles that are no where near your budget. I often present a good, better, best approach when my brides are not sure. This way the couple and parents can see and review the invitation costs. Most couples allocate 4-8% of their budget to paper details. Working with me, I will be able to guide your choices to help you stick to your budget.
Tip - Please don’t forget to include postage in your budget!

Quantity to order.

I often have couples tell me they are going to need 250 invitations when in reality they are inviting 250 guests. Make sure you understand the question and answer appropriately, this will affect your cost per invitation. My number one recommendation, order 5 - 10% extra invitations, if you have to put in for a reorder these will often cost you more due to the small reorder quantity.

Your wedding suite.

You will need to determine the appropriate pieces to include in your invitation suite. Possible stationery pieces include the invitation, a reception card if held at a different venue from the ceremony, a response card and accommodations card.

Envelopes.

Will you be sending inner and outer envelopes to your guest? (The inner envelope includes all guest names invited to the wedding, this is often omitted.) Do you prefer to have response cards returned in an envelope or would you like postcard style response cards? These are a few details to consider.

Addressing Envelopes.

Will you be hand addressing your envelopes? Some stationery designers do offer envelope printing. It is important to check on the preferred file formatting for this option with the stationer. Would you like to use a calligrapher for these services? Ask your stationery designer if they can refer a calligrapher.

What other stationery details do you need?

Wedding details always look so much more amazing if they are cohesive, using the same fonts, colors and paper. Check out It’s not just invitations blog for additional stationery ideas for your wedding day.

Your wedding stationery designer will walk you through all of the above points. Know your wedding style – using 3 to 4 words to describe your style. Share your favorite stationery pins from Pinterest at your meeting. This will help inspire the designer and have a better understanding of the look and style you are trying to achieve.

A stationery designer can help this process run more smoothly and make sure you stay on target with your timeline. This person will become an important part of your wedding professional team and can coordinate details with other professionals. After leaving your consult you will feel confident with the information shared and know if this designer is the right fit for your wedding.

 

Savory Suite Style Shoot

Kelly Henry

There is no better honor than to have your work recognized by other amazing wedding professionals. I had the pleasure to be a part of a recent style shoot coordinated by Lia Colapietro from Lia Colapietro Floral Design including these wonderful wedding professionals - Mary Wyar Photography, Savory Suite, Yvonne Trevino of Max & Molly, and Earth to Oven Bakery.

The style shoot was held at the Savory Suite in Perrysburg, Ohio. The mood - an eclectic mix of vintage and new, featuring colors in smoke, celadon and shades of white. The invitation suite was printed on a slightly textured card stock to coordinate a vintage print feel. The use of soft whites, celadon, and grays with a simplistic diamond shape was carried throughout the stationery suite. 

Creative Live and Selling Digital Products

Kelly Henry

I was introduced to Creative Live this past year and man is this the place to go for amazing classes on photography, art, design, and better living. And I am excited to be registered for April Bowles-Olin’s upcoming class on Create Digital Products that Sell While You Sleep. Here’s a blurb about her class:

Are you ready to make your creative work more lucrative, stable, and sustainable in the long-term? Join April Bowles-Olin for an introduction to digital products and how they can enhance your creative business. This course will show you how to produce and position viable products for generating multiple revenue streams and passive income. RSVP right here to watch it live and get access to the workbook for FREE. This post is part of the Create Digital Products blog tour.

Why am I excited about this class? Well first who doesn’t love to make money while they sleep - and trust me I love my sleep. I often take a pre-nap before bedtime! I know I can benefit highly from selling a digital product, but where do I start? What product line would get the most attention and appeal the most to my target audience?

I love my custom stationery product line and often my products are for larger events. But I think I would like to focus on small business marketing templates for customers. April what do you think about this idea and what would be the pros and cons of this target product?

I hope you take a moment to check out CreativeLive and register for April’s upcoming class.

I'm supposed to write a blog?

Kelly Henry

OK, I guess the answer is Yes, but why? 

So you can get to know me better?
So you can see what I like?
So you can see how I work?

Well my guess is the answer to all those questions is Yes.

Here it goes.

I’m Kelly and have lived in Ohio my entire life. I currently reside in Toledo, Ohio, with my boyfriend of six years and his fourteen year old son. I spent 13 years working in retail for a great company, attending school along the way studying graphic design and business marketing. It took me awhile to find my way and passion for design, but I finally made it. I am currently working as a full-time graphic designer for a locally family owned business and running my own graphic design/stationery business, UpperCase Designs.

Twenty things you need to know about me.

  1. I love simplicity and clarity.

  2. My passion is page layout design.

  3. I need to do lists to get through my day, new best friend {TeuxDeux}.

  4. Addiction = Chocolate

  5. I don’t mind making a mistake, as long as I learn something from it.

  6. I don’t like to be wrong, so I have learned to keep my mouth shut when not sure.

  7. My closet is mostly made up of black, gray, and blues.

  8. I love carbs - potatoes and breads are a weakness.

  9. My boyfriend and I have been together for 6 years. He is the first person I ever dated that was a complete stranger.

  10. I once saw his profile on a dating site and did not contact him because he was a full-time Dad; I guess it was meant to be.

  11. I wanted to be a pilot as a kid.

  12. Smith’s Rocky Road ice cream is my favorite (that specific brand only!).

  13. I am one of the most honest people you will ever meet.

  14. I love when clients turn into friends.

  15. Best pizza toppings - pepperoni and mushrooms!

  16. I’m allergic to cats.

  17. I love wearing sweatshirts, I have a lot of them.

  18. My grandma keeps a picture of me taped up in her kitchen cabinet. I am about 3 years old sitting on the toilet holding my nose.

  19. I wrote my senior term paper about serial killers.

  20. I am always cold. (see #17)

I hope you will follow my blog and stay connect to see what inspires me as a designer. See some of my latest projects and learn new skills that helps make me a better designer.

Feel free to email me at kelly@uppercasedesigns.com
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p.s. >> I have to send out a huge Thank You to Noelle of Noelle Ann Photography for the amazing photos she took of me. Check her out! And make-up artist Jenelle Ahmad for making me look beautiful.