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HOW TO DECIDE YOUR WEDDING STATIONERY STYLE

Hey darling! After our last post, we've decided to continue to give ourselves to you through regular posts that will hopefully inform and inspire you throughout the wedding planning or business building process (we will try to keep it even). We know that both of those stages in life can be stressful and overwhelming, and we only hope that by sharing our advice, we will be able to serve you as a friend and fellow woman.

Today we were thinking about how difficult it can be to decide what you'd like your wedding stationery to look like. It's easy to get caught up in a sea of beautiful invitations on Pinterest and just choose something that looks pretty, but we believe there's more to an invitation than beauty. Our focus is on intentionality when it comes to wedding invitations. We want your stationery to give your guests a preview of your wedding day in subtle and original ways.

First, think of every invitation you've ever gotten in the mail. Did you throw it away? Hang it on your fridge? Did you tear it open, or treat it like a piece of art? Our goal is for each of your guests to fall so in love with your invitation suite that they want to call you immediately with their excitement over it. Once you're on board with creating something beautiful, we find the little things that make you who you are and gracefully weave that into our designs.

Some ways to include personality and the wedding "preview" into your stationery is by choosing an accent color, possibly reflecting your wedding colors. If your wedding is going to be very cozy and intimate, maybe include a heartfelt note to each of your guests. If you're hosting your wedding in an art gallery and you and your future hubby are art fanatics, maybe choose a vellum overlay on top of a beautiful, abstract painting or drawing.

There are so many ways to infuse yourself and your wedding style into your invitations, you sometimes just have to get off of Pinterest, ask yourself a few simple questions, and leave the creating up to the professionals.

See our list of 7 questions to ask yourself to decide your invitation style below, and please don't be afraid to reach out for any suggestions or advice!


7 QUESTIONS TO TO DECIDE YOUR STATIONERY STYLE

1/ Do you like calligraphy or simple typefaces?

2/ Do you like color or subtle neutrals?

3/ Illustrations or keep it simple? (i.e. venue, crest, nature)

4/ Extremely detailed & informative or pare it down & put the rest on the website?

5/ Clean & modern or vintage & organic?

6/ List 3 hobbies, personality traits, or unique things about you as a couple.

7/ Use 3 words to describe your wedding style.


Xo,
C+A

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12 PIECES OF ADVICE FROM A RECENT BRIDE

As a recent bride I've had the opportunity to experience first hand what to do and what not to do to create the best wedding experience for yourself as well as your guests! If you are a bride, you know a bride, or you're just collecting information for that day that your knight in shining armor gets down on one knee, see my list of wedding advice below!


1. Make it personal

Andrew & I had our Maid of Honor individually ask us questions about each other and our relationship and videotape our answers. We compiled this, as well as some images of us growing up and growing together throughout our relationship, into a video that played right at the beginning of our ceremony. Since all of our guests were from all over the United States and weren't able to be around us on a regular basis, this was a fun way to let our guests get to know us on a more personal level before they witnessed one of the most personal things in a relationship, marriage. We definitely recommend adding in personal touches like this!

2. Write your own vows

First off, neither of us are writers. You don't have to be, all you have to be is in love with that other person in order to be able to say something meaningful. This is something I will strive to encourage everyone to do! We'll be calligraphing them and hanging them above our bed in the near future.

3. Create a website

Our guests thoroughly enjoyed our "Explore" page on our website! Many of them actually came a day or two early to specifically visit some of the places we recommended! Plus, as I mentioned before in a recent post, there's no better place to put the nitty gritty details that don't fit on your invitation suite or detail card.

4. choose Reusable decor

Buy decor that you can reuse! We decided instead of decorating with flowers, we were going to create vintage looking pots full of plants paired with vintage brass candlesticks as our decor, with plans to use them throughout our new home! We also used a glass keepsake box as our card holder, and it now contains many small wedding items as memories from our wedding (i.e. invites, vow books, dried florals, bridal accessories, etc). Instead of a guest book, we had our guests engrave their names in a silver platter that now adorns our walls. A linen banner that I calligraphed our first dance lyrics onto was made into a canvas and is now a show-stopper piece in our living room. Needless to say, these items are now a constant reminder of our special day, as well as a great investment that lasts longer than a day! (see this post for a look into my wedding/home decor)

5. have an Unplugged Ceremony

Kindly ask your guests to power off their devices during your ceremony. There's something special about walking down the aisle and seeing everyones smiling faces instead of a camera or cell phone. In addition to that, I hired a professional to photograph our wedding and I knew I didn't want to see the distraction of cell phones or cameras in those images.

6. Your Guests Won't Notice

There are so many details that go into a wedding and each detail means so much to you, but if something goes wrong, your guests won't know. To keep your sanity, take a moment and say, "they won't know." Your guests have no idea if you didn't complete that extra project you were hoping to get done or if your grooms tie wasn't the right shade of blue. Don't focus on the details, just focus on the end result, you'll be married to your best friend at the end of the day and that's all that matters!

7. Make Memories Together

On your wedding day, you're going to get pulled in so many different directions. Everybody wants to say "congratulations" or take a picture with you, which is not a bad thing — if you do it together! Make a promise to stick by each others side throughout the night. There is nothing you will regret more than having memories on your wedding day without your other half.

8. The Big Three vendors

Choose wisely when deciding on your caterer, DJ, and photographer/videographer. You want your guests to love the food and dance a lot. But even more importantly, at the end of the day all you have left is the memories (and of course your husband), so be sure to choose a photographer that shares your style so that you will want to hang those photos up on your wall for years. And if you have the budget, spend the extra money on a videographer, you will not regret it! 

9. enjoy Bridal Bliss

You don't need to be bothered while getting ready for your wedding day. Print out schedules & details anyone might need ahead of time, make sure to include everything your guests may need to know on your website (i.e. addresses & times), give your personal attendant or Maid of Honor your phone, and enjoy your bridal bliss!

10. Thank your parents

Whether your parents helped with the expenses or not, more than likely they were the people you complained to, took your stress out on and maybe even yelled at a few times. More importantly though, they raised you and took care of you up until this moment when they hand you off to your new husband. Don't let all of their hard work go unnoticed. 

11. you can't have your cake & eat it too

For me this was a big challenge because we all want that special day with everything included. However, I figured out that you have to pick & choose. If you spend that extra money on the photographer, you may have to cut back on your decorations or something else. It is possible to have your perfect wedding day within your budget, just be strategic, and don't get caught up in having a "Pinterest perfect" wedding. There's nothing worse than being broke newlyweds or causing your parents to take out a second mortgage for one day of festivities. 

12. take a honeymoon

Just do it. After all of your wedding planning and then your special day there is nothing you don't deserve more than to go on that honeymoon you dreamed of with your hubby to relax and enjoy newly married life. If you budget for it ahead of time and start a small bank account where all your gift money goes to, your dream honeymoon can be achievable. Your honeymoon is the best excuse to splurge and go on a big adventure because who knows when the next chance will be. I went on a dream honeymoon to the Amalfi Coast in Italy and it was worth every penny!


I hope you find this advice helpful in your planning process and that you're enjoying this season of life with your fiancé. Don't hesitate to reach out for any bridal advice!

Xo,
C

p.s. For other tips or insight into wedding stationery & planning, click here and be sure to subscribe to the journal to receive updates straight to your inbox!

CASSIE + ANDREW'S LOVE STORY

HOW WE MET

When we look back at the very beginning of our story together it's hard not to think that one tiny decision could have kept us from each other. In 2011 Andrew was living in his home state of Connecticut ready to take a leap of faith and move to another state to finish out his schooling. Somehow Iowa State University made it on his list and soon later he headed for the hills (or lack thereof). One may ask why an East Coast college guy would move to small town Iowa... I like to believe he thought the girls were prettier here. Little did he know he would meet me a little over seven months later!

I was still finishing out my final semester in high school when my best friend at the time went on a date with this guy named "Andy." Lucky for me they both didn't feel a connection and my friend thought that he was more my type and proceeded to give "Andy" my phone number. I was fresh out of a relationship at the time and I had my mind set on beginning my college career at Iowa State as a single gal. However, "Andy" had other plans. After a month and a half of badgering me to go on a date with him I finally gave in under the agreement that it would be as friends only and that I could call him Andrew. This was just the beginning of Andrew and I's friendship...

"JUST FRIENDS"

We quickly became best friends and texted non-stop. A few weeks later my family and neighbors were celebrating Easter and I felt bad that Andrew had no one to celebrate with since he was from out of state, so I invited him to join in our festivities. It took about thirty seconds for everyone to warm up to him and soon he was just another part of the family. Everyone was teasing us about being more than just friends but I held my ground.

Soon Spring semester was ending and Andrew was headed back to Connecticut. I stopped receiving texts from him and I began to think he finally gave up on trying to date me. It didn't take long for me to miss him and begin to realize maybe my feelings were deeper. Soon after, I received a text from him saying that he was in the hospital and his appendix had burst over two weeks prior, and he was recovering. I’ll be the first one to admit that I felt relieved that I didn’t miss my chance with him!

When he was back in good health and returned to Iowa he made it official and after a whopping six months of "just friends" he asked me to be his girlfriend.

FOUR YEARS LATER

After the most amazing four years with my best friend by my side Andrew planned a date to go to our favorite restaurant for an anniversary dinner. We often go to the same restaurant so this date was nothing out of the ordinary. At the time we were building our first home together just a few miles away so we decided to stop by after dinner to watch the sunset, which was not unusual either. It had rained earlier that day so the "yard" was more like a mud pit. We brought a blanket and a bottle of wine and cozied up on our pile of lumber that was soon to be our back deck. As always we discussed our plans for the house and the memories we hoped to make, and before I knew it Andrew was nervously balancing one knee on my sandal in the mud. Little did I know that would be our first big memory at our new home...

Now we are anxiously awaiting our wedding day to begin our married lives surrounded by friends and family!

 

FUN FACT: Although we grew up 1,200 miles apart, our moms grew up just down the road from each other.

 

ALL IMAGES BY IVORY + BLISS

THE PROCESS BEHIND YOUR WEDDING STATIONERY
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As fellow bride-to-be's we're very familiar with the confusing processes that go into working with each vendor. It's easy to get overwhelmed with multiple contracts, due dates, meetings, and planning details to take care of, but oh boy do we have news for you! We're here to ease your mind and explain how everything works around here so you don't have to worry a bit and you can enjoy your little love-bubble with your fiancé! As our third part of this Wedding Stationery Crash Course, we're going to dive in and tell you about our creative process so that you're never in the dark!

MEETING

First things first, we like to meet you! We usually meet in a coffee shop if you're local (our recent go-to is the newly established Horizon Line Coffee) or if you're located anywhere else in this big ole' world, we'd love to chat with you over Facetime! We're going to want to know all of the details from how you first met to engagement and all of the pretty wedding plans, but this is a very important part of our process! We need to get to know you and your love to the fullest extent to really understand what you're looking for and create beautiful, unique designs that reflect you! Of course we'll collect the fundamental details as well such as guest count, wedding & ceremony location, and your budget. (but we'll get to that later!)

ESTIMATE

After gathering all of these details about you we'll put together an estimate within a week's time of our meeting. We try our best to fit every budget and we always have tricks up our sleeves to save you money while not giving up quality or style!

GATHERING

Once we have received your written approval of our estimate and contract, as well as a 50% deposit we will begin work on gathering elements of your wedding style and putting them into a style board! This process can take up to two weeks. We will then send you this mood board to review and make sure we're on the same page.

DESIGNING

After the mood board is approved we'll officially begin designing your wedding suite! We will then send you up to 3 proofs where you will be asked to approve all designs and check over all wording, grammar, punctuation, and spelling. This entire process can take up to a month.

PRODUCTION

Before sending your suite to print we will ask for the remaining balance to be paid in full. The production process can take up to 3 weeks and depending on if we are hand-addressing or assembling any of your pieces, it could take longer. We will then hand-deliver or ship your wedding pieces to you and anxiously await your wedding day to see our handiwork in action!

Our goal is to be as helpful as possible in this stressful, yet exciting time in your life! If you have any further questions or if you're ready to schedule a meeting with us, shoot us an email at hello@gatheriecreative.com! We hope to help you create the wedding of your dreams!

Xo,

C+A

p.s. For other tips or insight into wedding stationery & planning, click here and be sure to subscribe to our journal to receive updates straight to your inbox!