Start With the Paper

I get the question all the time - how do I design my wedding?  How do we choose colors?  Themes?  Do I need a theme?  How and where do I use this theme or color scheme?  My advice - start with the paper!

Truthfully, the save the date card is often the first your guests hear of your wedding plans.  It's the first element that arrives in the mail, teasing them as to what's to come.  You might as well make it interesting...

Start with that and weave those same design elements into your invitations, your ceremony program, your dinner menu, your escort and/or place cards, your table name signs, your thank you notes and so forth.  How cool to see a seamless design throughout.  It's just classy and elegant.  And I'm a big fan of green weddings, so even if you skip the ceremony program and the menu, you can still have a cohesive design theme.

Start with the paper.  And please make it recycled and preferably FSC certified.

For a number of my clients who have wanted custom design work, I've collaborated with a local graphic designer whose work I adore and whose work ethic and values I greatly respect and admire.  We are big fans of one another and I assisted with her wedding to her adorable groom Ben last summer.  Early this year, we agreed to collaborate on custom-designed stationery for couples, so this week I opened up a Stationery Design section of my website.

Please check it out if you are looking to give your wedding personality from the very second your guests open the envelope or see that postcard arrive in the mail.

If you've had especially interesting wedding stationery, I'd love to see your examples of how your personality came through - show them off to me!

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