Notable Happenings in February

Love is in the Air!

We think Edmonton deserves some excitement instead of all this cold! Read on to see what we have in store for you this month…
Valentine’s Day is just a few short days away – (reminder – this coming Friday!!) and we have lots of wonderful cards and gift ideas. All things “heart” from Thomas Sabo are 40% off till February 14. Who wouldn’t love a little bling?
A little chocolate is a very important food group in most women’s food guide and we have some yummy, Canadian made, chocolate hearts for your sweetie. The best selection of cards in town? Where else?

Keep Warm – Think Spring

Who doesn’t love a party? A fun way to keep warm is to think spring and start planning for a spring party!  We have some lovely spring invitations, both fill-ins and ones that you can print yourself in stock  – AND – they are all marked half price! A little peek.

Winter Travel

Lug Kids! How cute is this? The new Lug  (lots more than just for kids) has just walked in the door and the kids stuff is adorable – Peekaboo Bag Tags, Hokey Pokey Backpack and the Choo Choo Lunch Tote. For adults, there is a delicious new color – cranberry.

We don’t blame you if you are planning a few weeks away from home. We’d love to get away from this cold too. Before you do, be sure to stockup on all of your traveling essentials! Lug passport holders and flatiron cases are just a few items that we never leave on a trip without.Bon voyage with a journal to document your winter getaway. With choices from Moleskine and Leuchtturm notebooks to Phasha leather bound journals, any of our stylish notebooks will be great for your thoughts, memories and stories along the way. And don’t forget a wonderful pen for all of that jotting!

Family Day Hours: We will be closed, Sunday, February 16 and Monday, February 17 to let our staff enjoy some family time.

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Summer is slowly passing which means for a lot of couples, so has your proposal. So, what comes next? Well, you’ve had the summer to enjoy being each others fiance’s, and announcing your exciting news to friends and family. Now it’s time to get planning! Edmonton’s annual Bridal Expo is the perfect place to start. On Sunday, September 30 from 10am – 4pm at the Shaw Conference Centre, get ready for two New York-inspired fashion shows, live entertainment, plenty of local vendors and over $20,000 in prizes and giveaways! It’s such a great way to get your bridesmaids together and check out all things wedding. You can go to the Bridal Expo website for a list of vendors and much more information about purchasing tickets and timelines for the day. Our creative team has been working endlessly on new invitation suites and we’re so excited to debut them at the show! Here’s a little sneak peak to see what we’ve been up to.

If you’re looking to see the newest in invitation trends, be sure to check out our booth. We can’t wait to see you there!

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With Bridal Expo upon us, I wanted to talk all things trends! One of the biggest things that I have been seeing a lot lately is the rubber stamp. This is something that can be used on a large scale or a smaller scale to incorporate into your wedding invitation. The creative possibilities are endless ~ let me go into more detail! {This is for the crafty bride who wants little to no colour used on her wedding stationery.}

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As shown above, you can make your entire invitation into a rubber stamp {larger scale} cutting your paper to the size needed, designing your invitation just as you want it and converting it into a rubber stamp. The great thing about using a rubber stamp, is that you can stamp it onto much more than just paper; leather, wood veneer, linen, burlap, luncheon napkins, the list goes on!

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Similar to the idea before this one, this example shows that you can incorporate a rubber stamp to all ‘printed’ pieces for your wedding stationery. Why stop at the invitation? Any and all inserts can be stamped onto the stock or fabric you choose to use.

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I think this is a great piece to have! A rubber stamp of your return address is a handy thing to have. Not only can you use it for your reply envelopes and your outer envelopes, but you will have future use for it when you send out your thank you cards and any other pieces of mail from the newlyweds. Receiving something in the mail with a beautiful custom stamp on it, will be sure to be the first thing opened.

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Create a custom monogram and use it on all your accessories – even napkins! With a small monogram with your initials on it, you can transfer it to pretty much anything and personalize your entire day. Use this on your wedding programs, favour tags, welcome bags, table numbers, menus, place cards, signage, etc.

So, how do you do this? {I’m also a mind reader!} It would be the exact same process as custom designing your invitation in store, we would just out source the rubber stamp part instead of printing them in house. And that goes for any part of it – just the invitation, or return address, or a monogram! I did mention earlier that this would be for someone who wanted minimal colour, but in theory you could purchase different coloured ink pads instead of using the standard black option. There is so much to be done with having the writing of your invitation in the palm of your hand. If you would like to sit down and throw some ideas around with Anne or myself, you can click here to book an appointment online or you can call the store to speak to one of us.


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Wedding Wednesday: Smock

Source: Smock Paper

We are so happy to announce that we now carry Smock paper products! This upstate New York company is just what we have been looking for and I think you have too! They do custom letterpress wedding invitations, edge painting on their bamboo paper stock, and fun shapes and sizes {all which have been huge demands from brides lately}. I have been going ga-ga looking through their books of invitations, and the possibilities don’t even end there. Book an appointment with a Consultant today to view their beautiful collection!


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I am going to veer away from the timeline this week and share with you a wedding we had a lot of fun being a part of. Meet Lindy and Mike, two outdoors loving people. Their winter themed wedding was a rustic winter wonderland in Banff, incorporating a beautiful colour palette of silver, brown and shimmery bright white. Their magical day was captured perfectly by Kirstie Tweed of Orange Girl. See what Lindy has to say below, about the inspiration behind her big day and her experience working with a Consultant on her wedding stationery.

SG: Was there a theme for your wedding that you wanted to bring out in your wedding stationery?

LS: I really love neutral colours and I knew that being a winter wedding, there had to be silver. I had fun picking the colours with Anne. We laid out several options across the table and found the best colour matches. As or the image, I wanted something that reflected our love for the mountains. Mike and I spend our weekends in the winter skiing and mountain biking in the summer. We love the mountains and incorporating the mountains graphic into our invitations made them fun yet elegant, a theme we were going for.

SG: What about your wedding were you most excited to see?

LS: I was excited to see everything! But if I have to pick a few, I was most excited to see the Save the Date cards and wedding invitations, as I had been waiting for this day since I was a little girl. The Save the Dates turned out so perfect that I could not wait to see the rest of the stationery for the wedding day. The other that I was most excited to see was the transformation of the Juniper Hotel. Mike and I stay there regularly and I couldn’t wait to see it all set up and decorated for our wedding.

LS: We wanted all of our guests to have a Favour Bag in their room upon their arrival. We put together bags containing items Mike and I both love from different places in surrounding areas. The bags contained pop from The Grizzley Paw Brewery in Canmore, chocolate bars from Le Chocolatier in Canmore, roasted nuts from Going Nuts in Calgary, a tin of mints from Beaucoup Wedding Favours (online), and hand and foot warmers from Costco.

LS: Having Notables create all of our stationery was wonderful. I had a great time working with Anne and the whole experience was fun, easy and not stressful at all. Anne was very flexible, as I live in Calgary, and her suggestions were fantastic. It was very calming knowing that I would not have to worry about my stationery. The invitations themselves got so many compliments, everyone commented that they were beautiful!

SG: What advice would you give to another bride that you wish you knew before starting the invitation process?

LS: Have an idea of the colours you wish to use and theme you are going for. I gave that information to Anne and she showed me invitation suites based on my interests. Otherwise, I think it would be very overwhelming and stressful.


Florist: Willow Haven Flower Shop, Canmore

Ceremony & Reception: The Juniper Hotel & Bistro, Banff

Wedding Planner: Cherry Tree Occasions, Canmore

Photographer: Orange Girl Photographs, Banff

Videographer: Silver Screen Wedding Films, Banff

Cake: Cake Creations, Canmore

Ceremony Music: Bel Canto String Trio, Calgary

Reception Music: Class Act DJ Service, Canmore

Fun Casino: Mountainscape Productions & Events, Banff

Photobooth: The Photobooth Co., Calgary

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You’re engaged to the man of your dreams and now your nights are spent pinning your ideal wedding on Pinterest and ripping out pages from Marthas Weddings for the perfect wedding dress. {I’m not even engaged and I spend my days doing the same thing.} Where do you start with the never ending list of to-do’s? To help you I have come up with a timeline of when you should start thinking about invitations. Let me go into more detail…

9 – 12 months before your wedding…

  • Make a guest list to determine the number of invitations you will need
  • Get a clear picture of what you would like your dream wedding to be {hint: incorporate both of your personal styles}
  • Decide if you would like to include a theme or a colour palette
  • Start to think of what type of Save the Date you would like to send out

6 – 9 months before your wedding…

  • Order and send out your Save the Date cards, especially if you are having a wedding during the summer, a holiday or are going away for a destination wedding
  • Have a rough idea of your budget for stationery
  • Book a consultation {here} to start looking at invitation options and determine the type and style of invitation would like
  • Determine the additional inserts you may need (reception cards, accommodation cards, map/directions, itinerary, etc.)
  • Give some thought to the day-of stationery you will require (menus, seating chart, programs, table numbers, thank you cards, etc.)

4 – 6 months before your wedding…

  • Finalize your guest list so you can figure out how many extra invitation you will need to order
  • Determine your invitation style, additional inserts, wording and place your invitation order
  • Carefully proofread when you receive your proofs

3 – 4 months before your wedding…

  • Begin addressing your envelopes if you are doing so by hand or sending them out for calligraphy
  • If you are doing your own assembly, begin that process now and stuff the invitations in the envelopes

8 – 12 weeks before your wedding…

  • Take one complete invitation to the post office to be weighed and purchase postage
  • Mail your invitations out!

3 – 4 weeks before your wedding…

  • Order all of the day-of stationery pieces you will need
  • Start an alphabetical list of your guests names and corresponding table numbers {if you are planning on doing a seating chart, having this information in spreadsheet format works best for us when merging files}
  • Mail any additional invitations in regards to your event (rehearsal dinner, day-after brunch, etc.)

2 – 3 weeks before your wedding…

  • Follow up with any guests who have not yet replied
  • Carefully proofread your day-of stationery pieces

1 – 2 days before your wedding…

  • Determine who will be taking care of handing out programs, who will be setting up place cards, etc.

1 – 3 months after your wedding…

  • Send out your personalized thank you cards to your guests

This is a lot of information to soak in, especially if that ring has only been taking up residence on that second little piggy for a few weeks, but I promise you it will make a lot more sense in a few months. You can also head over here and click on the three links that are provided for you for more tips! See, we’re just here to make it easier for you!

Notably Yours,



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