I have to admit, one of the places I was too hasty in acting was with our save the dates, I had them ordered and arrived before FI and I had even been engaged a month! ( I guess that's what you call hitting the ground running) Unfortunately, it was a hasty decision, and I don't particularly like our save the dates. Now don't get me wrong they are nice enough, but they don't fit in with our theme, style, FEEL of the wedding. Thankfully they were relatively cheap, cheap enough that I would rather do it right...and if I do it that way then I'm not risking a financial loss. Personally I feel that the Save the Dates are the first thing our guests are going to be receiving that reflect our wedding, I feel it gives a "preview" of what to expect, and now that I'm a wedding "pro" I know I want all of our stationary to have a common theme. I LOVE Letterpress, love love it, but since it is very expensive I was thinking of just having our invitations letterpressed, our place cards, escort cards, menus, programs and save the dates can use thermography or engraving. I would like to add that FI was baffled that we needed menus, his response was "they don't get to choose what they are ordering" ahh men, they are cute :) With that in mind, my sister-in-law and brother are throwing FI and I an engagement party Dec 22nd in upstate New York. They are having our invitations designed by Bella Carta-Studio . Just because I'm a curious lil bride, I decided to check out there website, and I love them! Mama Alexandria and I are meeting with her on the Friday after thanksgiving ( after getting up Insanely early, as is tradition for black Friday). Here are some examples of her work, I know she is located in Upstate NY, but she has been featured on the Knot!
^ I love the elegance of the design, everything fits together, it's very classic.
^ This design I think is unique--also what is interesting about this design is the story behind it--here is an excerpt from the website explaining it "This bride had a special request to match the exact color green of her bridesmaids' dresses. After much searching, we found a beautiful textured paper from India, had it sent to Envelopments, and they made it into these 4x9 pocket folds. The colors of the wedding, green and fuchsia, were brought together with the gorgeous fuchsiadouble-faced satin ribbon from Midori, and a metallic fuchsia card stock backing and return envelope. This bride was thrilled with the results"
I will have a better report once I meet with her on Friday! Hope that everyone is having a safe/fun holiday week!