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Wedding Wednesday: New Arrivals!

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Have you seen all of our new wedding accessories? Our on line store http://bit.ly/19SUtxA has all of the latest accessories and favors in all of the latest trends – Pinterest on steroids!

A few teasers:1237-50_personalized-directional-signage-with-chalkboard-print-design57a22d3dafbfd9b23cd2782e8fc07c6cPersonalized Directional Sign with Chalkboard Print Design

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It’s such an exciting time of year for us here. The holidays are just around the corner and the engagement season is about to start! With that said, I thought this would be the perfect time to discuss what pieces you need to include with your invitation and what you don’t!

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Do you envision your invitation set looking something like the photo above? Chances are if you are having a local wedding, you might not need that many inserts. The basics are your wedding invitation with your names, date, venue and reception information on it accompanied by a mail back reply card (or postcard) and an outer envelope addressed with your guest’s names. If you are wondering what you should do if your entire guest list is living in the digital age, you might want to go with an insert that simply asks them to reply to an email/website instead. Include a phone number too, just in case a relative or two don’t have access to a computer.

Wedding ceremonies taking place out at a remote location with no Google Maps or even a different city – the address may leave your guests confused.  Having a map insert is extremely handy. We make this really easy for our couples, because all we require is for you to supply us with your routes from point A to point B. Then we illustrate it digitally and customize it based on your wedding suite. Simple as that!

A great addition to having a map insert is also information regarding accommodations. If half or more of your guests are travelling, you may have arranged a group rate at a nearby hotel that you would like to extend to your out of town guests. A smaller card with this information can be nicely tucked in with the rest of your inserts whether you would like to have them tied together with twine, or organized into a pocket.

One insert that we never encourage though, is including any registry information. I think I’ve brought this topic up before, but I will talk about it again because it’s an important one to us. Tradition and Emily Post say that there should be no mention of money anywhere on your invitation. This also includes the term ”toonie bar”. We strongly suggest having your family and wedding party let everyone know where you are registered and share the information that way instead. You won’t want to look back at your invitations and see that you asked your friends and family to go to Crate & Barrel to outfit your home.

Another insert you may want to include is for the couple who are planning on having a weekend long party, is to do an itinerary. This can be a fun little add on that plays up your theme!

As always, you’re always welcome to come in and speak with one of our consultants to discuss your wedding invitation suite! Call to book your appointment or click here.

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Winter Wedding Accessories

The recent snowfall was just in time for today’s blog post.  What  better way to lead into winter wonderland weddings than the first snowy day? There is something so magical about snow and weddings and how well they go together. I have gathered a few wedding accessories that you may need for your wintery themed special day. These are all from our very own online wedding store. Take a look below:

Miniature Winter Snowglobes

These Miniature Snowglobes with Mr. and Mrs. Snowman are just the sweetest favour for your guests.

Wintery Finery Ring Pillow

A ring pillow with snowflakes ~ so wintery and magical looking!

Winter Finery Snowflake Printed Napkins

Customize these cocktail napkins to suit your wintery themed wedding.

Laser Carved Glass Snowflake Tea Light Holders

Snowflake candleholders are just what will set the mood for your reception.

Laser Cut Snowflake Tags

Laser cut the first letter of your new last name on this snowflake favour tag.

And just a reminder for all the brides that our annual pen and jewelry event is happening tomorrow night! A perfect opportunity for you to deck your ‘maids out in Story or get your groom that fine pen he’s always wanted at 15% off!

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Destination Wedding Inspiration

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We had such a great time meeting all of the newly engaged couples who came by our booth at Bridal Expo on Sunday! It gave us a chance to see what Edmonton is looking for in their wedding stationery, which helps us out a whole lot. With that said, let’s get talking about the first thing that should be sent out to your guests, a Save the Date card! Let’s discuss…

The number one question I get in consultations is, “what is a Save the Date?” or “do I really need to send out a Save the Date if it’s happening in town?” and all are great questions! A Save the Date card is just as it states, it’s a smaller notice sent out to your guests 9-12 months prior, informing them of your upcoming wedding day in the hopes that they will keep your wedding date in mind and book any holidays around it. It’s a great way to notify those near and far of your wedding date, the city and province that it will be happening in and that a formal invitation is to follow. My favourite way of doing a Save the Date card is incorporating one of your engagement photos, like this one below…

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Whether all of your guests are traveling because you and your main squeeze have moved halfway around the world or your wedding will be happening in the same church that you and your fiancé were baptized in or you plan to discover a hidden gem along the cobblestone streets of Barcelona and you want all of your closest loved ones to join you, a Save the Date works in all of the above scenarios! They tend to be most popular with destination weddings but even if you are planning to say your “I do’s” in your home town in the middle of summer vacation high season, sending out a Save the Date will have serve the same purpose and will be just as effective. You may be wondering why you couldn’t just send out your invitations extra early and then just save on the cost. An important reason why sending out your invitations prematurely is a bad idea, is many people plan and book their lives well in advance. If you send something out 5 months ahead of the event, chances of everyone remembering are slim and may involve more work for yourself following up for replies. Another reason is because you may have a date picked out ahead of time, but nothing else booked or nailed down yet. If you are worried about your guests not having enough time to get their finances in order to pack up for a tropical getaway, send out a passport style Save the Date with a little more information, including your travel agents’ contact info or anything else you feel your guests need to know about as shown in this one below…

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Any and all of your stationery questions can be answered right here, so don’t feel shy to ask us anything! Book your appointment today to get started on the design process {you can even share your wedding Pinterest board with us!}.

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Wedding Wednesday: Edmonton Bridal Expo

It’s that time again, brides! Edmonton’s most elegant and luxurious bridal show, Bridal Expo, is finally here on Sunday, October 6 from 10pm – 4pm. This show always falls on the same Sunday that the CIBC Run for the Cure takes place, and if you haven’t already heard, for every Run for the Cure shirt that walks through the doors, $5 will be donated to the cause! How great is that?!

We have been busy bees for the past month because we will be revealing a brand new booth design. This is almost equally exciting as the brand new samples we’ve been whipping up too! Here’s a sneak peak of some behind the scenes as we are setting up…

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If you have not yet purchased your tickets for the show, you can do so by clicking here.

Have any brides checked out some of the other shows this year? Do you enjoy going to them? Tell us your thoughts below!

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Vendors We Love: Cory Christopher

Every day I am inspired by other wedding professionals showcasing what they do best. My Facebook feed and list of blogs to follow are constantly blowing up with great local talent and I love it! Another reason why I enjoy doing this post, Vendors We Love, is because it gives us the chance to share the amazing work of these talented folks that we’re gushing over and have had great experiences with.

Cory Christopher is just one of many whose work I drool over. He started out at Dasee Floral Boutique curating all sorts of floral goodness. Dasse has now blossomed into his self named art, design and lifestyle brand and I recently had the chance to catch up with Cory!

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NS: Give us your best Tweetography so we can get a better idea of who you are and what you do! 

Cory Christopher embodies creativity. There is nothing that is impossible when bringing design concepts to life! No ceiling is too high, no idea out of reach!

NS: Why did you become a designer?

From a young age I have loved nature. Its beauty, its complexity and its ability to elicit an emotional response with a simple movement or engagement. I have always seen the world as a rich tapestry of architectural elements, combining together to create a symphony of visual splendor.
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NS: What do you love most about your job? 
CC: Connecting with people is incredibly enjoyable and fulfilling for me. The process of discovering and sharing the client’s personal stories, utilizing creativity and design elements is captivating and often provides opportunity for my own personal growth and discovery.
NS: What is the most challenging? 
CC: Balancing between logistics and creativity and recognizing when your instincts have selected the right one.
NS: What makes Cory Christopher different?
Cory Christopher offers a truly personalized experience with a fresh and inspiring take, where there is a tremendous love of wow! Our curated team of dedicated artists, designers and collaborators allows for a supportive environment where even the most impossible designs become reality.
NS: What are some of the upcoming trends that you are most excited about?
At Cory Christopher we are most excited about intimate weddings with personal touches and details. As much as we look to the trends and see where the industry is going, we pride ourselves on creating an authentic experience that is a timeless reflection of each individual.
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NS: What are your tips for brides and grooms when they are considering flowers for their wedding?
Don’t just think about the flowers, think about the vase, the accents, the continuity between floral design and the rest of your day. Be open to seasonal flowers. Remember it may only be one day, however it is an introduction to your new story. Let it represent you in every way possible.

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We had so much fun this weekend at the Marriott River Cree participating in the Married Away Destination Expo. Aside from it being a wonderful afternoon filled with wedding professionals, the great thing about this show in particular was that it targeted destination weddings! Whether you plan to get married underwater in Cozumel or somewhere in our beautiful Rocky Mountains, destination weddings always involve a bit more planning and the help of industry professionals.

Emily Post’s wedding etiquette says that wedding invitations should go out 8 to 10 weeks ahead of the date. Granted, our lives have become so much busier, even extending it to 12 weeks would be acceptable.

But you are going further afield. Your guests may need to book vacation time as well as make flight and hotel reservations. Your guests need to know about your wedding further ahead. The best way to do that is…

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{Save the Date magnet adhered to a card}

A Save the Date! A Save the Date is an early courtesy extended to your guests. It can go out as early as 8 months before the wedding. It can be a fun piece that lets everyone know you are getting married in the Dominican, or it can be the first glimpse of the whole theme of your wedding. In a bow to technology, a Save the Date is also a great place to add your wedding website. A good website is particularly important for a destination wedding. It is the place to include all of your destination information, links to the travel agent who may be assisting in travel arrangements, things to do and so much more. A Save the Date goes to all of the guests that will receive an invitation.

Now, how do you want to invite your loved ones to share this special occasion with you?

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{Wedding invitation for Vineyard destination}

Your invitation sets the tone of your special day. It is a reflection of all the vision and hard work you are putting in to make this day special for you and your guests.

Picture this – you come home from a long day at work, open your mailbox and together with the usual flyers and odd bill, you find an interesting looking envelope beautifully addressed to you. Tell me you don’t get a little bit excited; turn it over to find out who it’s from! It’s without a doubt the first thing you open. That is the feeling you want to send out with your invitation – it’s a personal invitation to your guest.

With so much information to know, why wait any longer? Book your appointment today with one of our consultants to get started on your wedding stationery!

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Wedding Wednesday: Paper Timeline

Whether you are tomorrow’s bride, today’s bride or yesterday’s bride, I hope there’s no end to indulging on wedding blogs! I’m barely tomorrow’s bride and I’ve been stalking wedding blogs for the past four years. I guess I just feel like I have been focusing a lot on today’s bride that I think this calls for some posts geared towards newly engaged gals! Which is why I am going to discuss your stationery timeline {which will be different from your overall wedding timeline but should be worked in with it, of course} and tell you about some of my favourite wedding organizers.

9 – 12 months… Research invitation styles and order Save the Date cards

6 – 9 months… Send out Save the Date cards

6 months… Come in for a consultation to get a quote and design your invitation

4 – 6 months… Confirm your quote and order your invitations

8 – 12 weeks… Mail invitations and order day-of stationery

3 – 4 weeks… Response cards will start arriving

Post wedding… Send out personalized Thank You cards

Now that you have what your next year of wedding planning looks like, you will probably need a handy wedding planning binder or notebook to keep organized. Here are some of my top picks…

1. Russell & Hazel Wedding Organizer – They make staying organized very trendy!

2. Ecojot Wedding Journal – I love this very simple notebook, especially for the eco-friendly Bride!

3. Colin Cowie Wedding Planner & Keepsake Organizer – This organizer/keepsake bible is from the mastermind of wedding planning, Colin Cowie

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