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SEMI-CUSTOM COLOR INSPIRATION
semi-custom color inspiration

One of the drawbacks from going semi-custom is not having the professional input to make sure your paper goods will coordinate nicely while still reflecting your wedding style. Our way of remedying this issue is by creating 10 popular color palettes (from our research of the current wedding industry trends) and using this inspiration to create beautiful color combinations with the paper & ink colors we offer. Our goal is that these color combinations inspire and guide you to pick the perfect combination for you!


POPULAR COLOR PALETTES


Aside from these options, we're always available to help you pinpoint the perfect colors for your wedding, so don't be afraid to reach out.

We're one week away from launch day!

Xo,
C+A

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WHEN YOU SHOULD GO WITH SEMI-CUSTOM PAPER GOODS
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If you haven't already heard, we'll be launching our semi-custom shop on September 27th. We decided to create semi-custom suites for brides with certain circumstances who want beautiful paper goods for their special day. We're going to outline three good reasons why semi-custom might be right for you!

WHAT ARE SEMI-CUSTOM SUITES?

Semi-custom suites vary from stationer to stationer, as well as the options that come with them. Our suites are all 5-pieces (invite, rsvp, rsvp envelope, detail card, & outer envelope), with the ability to add embellishments & day-of goods. Each piece is customizable to your names, information, wording style, as well as printing process, ink color, calligraphy style, paper color, and envelope color.

BUDGET

We've said it before, but we were recently brides, and we understand the stress of budgeting for a wedding. The initial concept for a semi-custom line popped into our heads when we realized what other brides were going through, and we wanted to have a solution. We'll be the first to admit that we have expensive taste. But why shouldn't you have your dreamy wedding?

When it comes to budget, semi-custom suites allow you to get the biggest bang for your buck. You still get a beautiful design, but for a lower price than custom work. These suites require you to save on design time, due to the fact that the suite is pre-designed, all that needs to happen is editing the information and colors that you choose. Semi-custom can save you up to $500, which in wedding world, is a whole cake!

Maybe you have a decent budget for wedding stationery, but you really want a lot of paper goods incorporated into your day? This is where that extra ~$500 can get you some menus or place cards.

TIMING

We often get requests from couples that are either running a bit behind on their wedding stationery and don't have time to design something custom, or they have a short engagement and they desire a unique and organic aesthetic.

As a general rule of thumb, we recommend our clients reach out 3-6 months prior to their wedding. Once you've reached the 8 week mark, we recommend that you choose a semi-custom suite, or if you still desire a completely custom design, there's usually a rush fee that goes along with that. This fee varies based on your stationer, but generally hovers around 20% of your total.

SIMPLICITY

Maybe you're just a busy gal and you don't have time to go through the process of designing custom wedding paper goods. We get it, planning is not a walk in the park, and coordinating with another vendor could put your inbox over the edge. Our shop will be simple and easy to go through, and you could be checked out within 15 minutes. On top of that, we handle everything behind the scenes, so all you have to do is click purchase, approve, and wait for the arrival of your beautiful paper goods.


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SOFIA

FLOURISH

Adore

Here's a sneak peek of what you will find in our shop!


This all being said, semi-custom is not for everyone. If you're looking for something personalized to you, your venue, or your wedding theme, we do not recommend that you settle for anything less than custom. The impact that comes with custom paper goods is worth every penny, as well as the memories that your heirloom suite brings back for years to come.

Along with custom design, comes a lifelong friendship from yours truly. We aspire for our custom clients to feel like more than just a client, but like family.

So which is the perfect route for you?

Xo,
C+A

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A GUIDE TO HANDMADE PAPER
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One of the many reasons we love wedding paper design is because of the textural elements we can infuse into a design to create a tactile experience for the beholder. We've made it our mission to find the perfect raw materials to add to our designs, including handmade papers. Their beautiful raw edges and individuality are characterized by the hands by which they were made. Each blemish and imperfection reflects the inevitable flaws of human nature, and in our opinion, there's nothing more incredible. See our list of our favorite handmade paper vendors, as well as a comparison of each of their papers below!


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OUR FAVORITES

silk & willow

Silk & Willow's handmade papers are the most textured and durable of the bunch. Their durability comes from the strength of the 100% recycled cotton rag fibers from t-shirt cuttings (how cool is that?). None of their papers are bleached or dyed and carry their own unique qualities as most handmade papers do. We have not personally tried this on an inkjet printer, but due to the thickness and texture, we don't believe it would be a good candidate. Silk & Willow paper is ethically made in India.

ARPA

Arpa's papers are the most readily-available papers we've found. They're also the most keen to printing at home, due to their subtle texture and deckling. These papers come in a variety of colors, including grey, ivory, lavender, pale blue, pale pink, sage, and salmon, as well as a variety of European sizing (which is slightly unusual). Arpa's pulp mixture includes pure cotton and linen fibers that create such a soft, subtle texture and slight deckling. These papers are our go-to for larger quantities!

FABULOUS FANCY PANTS

Fabulous Fancy Pants handmade paper was one of the first we ever bought, and we've been in love ever since. Their paper is made of 100% cotton rag using cotton textile remnants. Each piece is handmade on an individual screen and carries the natural color and qualities that comes with the hand making process, including varying speckles from the fibers. Their paper carries a slight linen-like texture that is a design element in itself. We have been able to inkjet print on these papers, but only a few at a time before you have to clean the heads again. These are ideal for letterpress and calligraphy. Fabulous Fancy Pants does not offer dyed handmade papers.

OWL POST CALLIGRAPHY

When we first got our hands on Owl Post Calligraphy's handmade paper, we were in love. The deckled edging is to die for. Along with that, she creates a selection of beautiful colors that creates a uniqueness in itself. Owl Post's papers are also made of 100% cotton rag, and the texture is perfectly-subtle. We also must note that her envelopes come in a straight flap, which is unique from most other handmade envelopes. Owl Post will forever be one of our favorite vendors for beautiful colors, however stock is usually limited, so you have to be quick to purchase!

IDYLL PAPER

When we heard Tara Spencer would be creating her own line of handmade papers, we almost fell out of our chairs. We've followed Tara for quite some time and we've always been mesmerized by not only her designs, but her custom paper, and now it's available to the public! Each piece is so perfectly incredible with the delicate and wild deckled edges and a super soft and smooth texture. The best of all, her papers work well in almost any situation. Right now she carries mostly neutral colors, including off-white, sand, and black, and limited sizing options. Idyll Paper is handmade in Canada.

 

ON OUR RADAR

FARMETTE PRESS

Farmette Press has been taking the fine art stationery world by storm since she announced her launch this past summer and she's sparked quite the conversation about her beautiful papers and letterpress services. Their wide variety of naturally dyed and perfectly imperfect papers look sooo dreamy! We haven't yet had the chance to get our hands on her papers, but we're looking for any good reason to!

SHARE STUDIOS

We've been following Share Studios for quite some time, and we must say, her Instagram Stories are mesmerizing as she shows certain parts of the paper-making process, along with cute snaps of her two puppies! Stephanie creates many different kinds of papers with different fibers and dyes, and she even incorporates different elements such as gold leaf and feathers to make her paper even more beautiful and unique! We can't wait for the chance to order some of her gorgeous papers!


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We hope this helps any of you in search of the perfect handmade paper for your project. If you'd like to know more about handmade paper, or any other wedding stationery related topic, feel free to reach out!

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!

HOW TO ADDRESS WEDDING INVITATIONS + A FREE TEMPLATE
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We're continuing our stationery etiquette series, giving you all of the details you'll need to conquer your wedding invitations without confusion. This post is covering the etiquette behind addressing your guests correctly, without offending anyone.

 

Married Couple

Mr. and Mrs. Jack and Anna Walton
or
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Walton

 

married couple with different last names

Mr. Jack Walton and Mrs. Anna Hamilton

 

unmarried couple living together

Mr. Jack Walton
Ms. Anna Hamilton
On separate lines

 

SAME-SEX COUPLE

Ms. Penelope Green and Ms. Amanda Holt
or
Penelope Green and Amanda Holt
Alphabetical order, or whomever is the closest acquaintance.

 

FAMILIES

Include parents' names and "and Family" afterwards
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Walton and Family
If there is only one child, include "and Miss Claire," or "and Maxwell" after the parents' names.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Walton and Miss Claire
Girls under 18, use Miss, boys under 18, do not use a title.

 

CHILDREN 18 & older

If children 18 and older do not live with their parents, they should receive their own invitations.
Ms. Claire Walton
or
Mr. Maxwell Walton

 

Married doctors

Doctors Anna and Jack Walton
or
Dr. Anna and Mr. Jack Walton
or
Dr. Jack and Mrs. Anna Walton

 

DISTINGUISHED MILITARY TITLES

Both captains in the military: Captains Anna and Jack Walton, US Navy
or
Different titles: Captain Jack Walton and Lieutenant Anna Walton, US Navy

 

We hope this information will help you navigate the task of addressing your guests. We have tried to include the most common circumstances that we're faced with, but please be sure to reach out if you have any additional questions. To help you even a little bit more, we've created an Excel document that will assist you in organizing your guest addresses. Download the free template here!

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!

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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WEDDING WEBSITES

While we're paper lovers ourselves, we've experienced first hand how difficult it is to include every little detail your guests should know within your invitation suite, while still maintaining an elegantly simple balance. We've found that the cure for this dilemma is to create an equally as elegant wedding website via Squarespace to include those not-so-adorable, but ever-so-important details, and avoid any day of calls and texts from your guests and insure pure bridal bliss on your big day. See below for a list of items to be sure to include!

Your Story

Your guests will LOVE getting to know you two as a couple prior to your big day! Give them the nitty-gritty details of how you met, your first date, and how he asked and your guests will arrive feeling even more emotionally connected than before!

Your Ceremony & Reception Venue Details

Addresses can be unnecessary and inconvenient to a bride & groom who likes the light and airy feel for their wedding invitations. Point them to your website for these unattractive details!

Accommodations

Include hotel information, as well as a link to make reservations for your guests convenience!

Attire

Make some clothing suggestions to your guests so that they don't have to wonder what the appropriate attire is for your shindig. It's also a good idea to point out if the ceremony will be on grass, and suggest ladies don't wear stilettos!

Registry

Something you should never include enclosed in your invitation is your registry information. Wedding etiquette says to only give out registry information on a bridal shower invitation, wedding website, or when asked directly from your guests. With the registry industry going more online nowadays, this is an easy way for your guests to shop and to avoid the awkward gift conversation.

Song Requests

This is a fun way to get your guests involved in the wedding planning process, as well as take some pressure off of picking the perfect playlist for the dance floor!

Explore Page

Invite your guests to explore your city by hand picking your favorite spots to grab coffee, drinks, or a bite to eat. Even include a little map, pointing out each of these spots in relation to your host hotel, venue, and local airport.

 

Overall, there are endless options on what you could include on your wedding website and we'd love to help you create this one of a kind paper & web experience for your guests prior to their arrival to your wedding.

Xo,
C+A

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IVY SUITE

Hey friend!

Today we're featuring our Ivy suite, created as a handmade paper study that we have fallen in love with. We hope you'll adore it too!

This suite is printed on handmade ivory paper from Fabulous Fancy Pants, and paired with a beautiful mauve handmade paper envelope from Owl Post Calligraphy. We kept the design minimal and delicate to let the texture of the paper shine through. Adorned with a hand debossed line on each piece, the tactile elements of this suite create an impactful experience for each guest who receives it.

We look forward to using these handmade paper vendors and continuing with this aesthetic for future projects!

Xo,
C+A

photography by Cassandra Monroe

HOW MUCH DO WEDDING INVITATIONS COST?

I was married in June of 2017 and despite my knowledge of the wedding industry, I was unaware of all of the costs that go into planning a wedding. Not to mention I had a vision in my mind of what I wanted, but quickly found out I couldn't afford it. There's nothing that can suck the fun out of wedding planning more than not having a big enough budget for your dream wedding. Now, I can't speak on behalf of my fellow wedding vendors, but I can give you some insight into the costs of wedding stationery so that you can approach it without being struck with sticker shock. (read: Words of Advice from Brides to Brides for my bff Amber & I's non-stationery related wedding planning advice)

I realize that this is probably your first time sourcing calligraphy or wedding stationery. Trying to figure out what wedding stationery should cost is a mystery to most brides because of the amount of details that go into it. Everything ranges in price from the printing process you use, to the quality of materials, to the experience of the designer. 

The main aspect to take into account when budgeting for your wedding stationery is the guest list. The more invitations, programs, menus, and place cards that you need, the more you need to budget. We suggest budgeting a minimum of $8 for every household that you invite and $5 - $12 for each individual guest that RSVP's.

HERE'S AN EXAMPLE:

You are inviting 200 guests but there are only 100 households. In this case you would only need 100 invitations. Here's how to calculate the cost of your invitations...

100 x $10 = $1,000

This includes your invitation, response card, detail card, outer envelope & response envelope. This is also based on digital printing and our standard paper. Please note that the quantity changes production costs, therefore higher quantities cost less per unit than if you were only needing 50 invitation suites.

Don't forget to budget for postage! You will need at least two stamps, one for the outer envelope and one for the RSVP. Forever stamps currently cost $.50 so budget $1 per invite!

It's a few weeks before your wedding and you've received your RSVP's back and 150 guests are planning on attending your wedding. Let’s say you need “the works” for wedding day paper, including programs, menus, escort cards, table numbers, and favor tags. Here's how to do the math...

150 x $12 = $1,800

*Please note that this is all based on estimations and can vary based on client's needs.

HOW TO SAVE:

Now, don't let these numbers scare you. If you're on a tight budget, trust me, I know how that is! I'm willing to work with you to get the look that you're going for within your budget. Here are a few tips to save money when shopping for wedding stationery:

  • Choose a semi-custom option to save on design time, but keeping the aesthetic you're going for. Many designers nowadays (including myself) have a semi-custom shop for the more budget conscious brides. (read: When You Should Go With Semi-Custom Wedding Paper Goods)

  • Opt for a more simple design and then up the ante by including a piece in handmade paper or letterpress printing, or add a custom embosser, seal, stamp, or ribbon to accent your design. This can be a cost effective way to impress your guests without blowing your budget!

  • Skip the additional accommodations, map, & directions card. Instead include your wedding website on your save the date and detail card to encourage your guests to go there to find hotel options & additional information. You can save approximately $2 per invite by doing this! (read: Wedding Websites for a checklist & guide)

  • Wanting the handmade paper look, but can't afford an entire handmade paper suite? Try pairing a handmade paper invitation card with standard cotton paper to create the look for less! (read: A Guide to Handmade Paper)

  • Try to stick to standard sizes. Square invitations may look cool but the postal service is not fond of them! Avoid extra postal costs by using standard sizes.

  • Don't wait too long. Many designers charge a rush fee if you're late to the game. Plan ahead by booking your designer ahead of time! We recommend choosing your designer 4-6 months prior to your wedding day. See this blog post for additional timeline information.

It's important for you to know what to budget before meeting with your stationer, so I hope I've shed some light on the mystery of budgeting for wedding stationery!

Xo,
C

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A COMPREHENSIVE TIMELINE FOR WEDDING STATIONERY

Wedding stationery can be a bit overwhelming when you've never planned a wedding before, but that's what we're here for! We've noticed when a bride comes to us they have very little knowledge about what goes into their stationery suite. This isn't their fault, I mean, how are you expected to know about this stuff? It's our job to know the in's and out's of stationery and to communicate that to you while leaving you feeling like you've entrusted the right gals to take on this aspect of your big day! That being said, we've decided to give a crash course on wedding stationery, starting with the timeline!

Your wedding stationery timeline depends on a few things. First things first, we need to know your wedding date. When it comes to timelines we like to work backwards from the date you will say those special vows!

SAVE THE DATES

We generally recommend sending your save the dates 6-8 months in advance. Let the day and location of your big day decide when to send out your save the dates. Remember to take into account if your wedding requires advanced planning for your guests such as: a weekday, destination, or holiday wedding, or if it's during "peak" wedding season. 

INVITATIONS

Traditionally wedding invitations are mailed out approximately 2 months in advance. As mentioned above, base this off the date and location of your wedding. If you're planning a destination wedding make sure to send out your invitations well in advance to allow your guests to properly plan. When sending out the invitation you also need to consider when you would like your RSVP's back. We generally recommend 1 month in advance in order to give yourself and your vendors proper time to plan.

ADDITIONAL PIECES

If you are needing additional pieces such as programs, menus, place cards, signage, or favor packaging, make sure to place your order 4-8 weeks prior to your wedding day.

THANK YOUS

We recommend sending thank you's for the gifts you receive before your wedding no more than 2 weeks after you receive them. For gifts received on your wedding day, we recommend sending them out no more than 4 weeks after your wedding day. It is best to order your thank you's when you order your invitations so that you have them on hand when you receive those pre-wedding gifts! 

KEEP IN MIND

A few things to keep in mind when deciding on your wedding stationery timeline, other than your date:

  • YOUR STATIONER'S PROCESS: beautiful work that properly reflects you as a couple takes time and it is always best to give your stationer enough time to do their job well!
  • DESIGN STYLE: if you have a simple & clean style your suite may not take as long as if your vision is a bit more detailed and may require custom illustrations, calligraphy, or more intricate elements.
  • PRINTING METHOD: If you're looking to create a more custom look with unique printing processes such as: foil stamp, letterpress, thermography, emboss/deboss, and screenprint, expect a more lengthy production process and give ample time for completion.

Always make sure to order at least 10 extra invitations, envelopes, programs, menus, etc just in case and to be sure you have some to keep as mementos.

We hope you've benefitted from this quick overview of figuring out your stationery timeline & be sure to contact us if you have any further questions! Have a wonderful rest of your day!

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!