Wedding Planning 101: Finding the Perfect Invitation Suite

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Image Source: Minted Weddings

Picking your invitation suite can be a bit overwhelming, there are so many options out there! All the different styles, packages, and price points can be difficult to navigate. That’s why we’re going to break it all down for you today and share some of our favorite resources for purchasing your suite! Keep in mind, you can go as crazy or simple as you want. Your save the date cards do not have to match your formal invitations. Your invitations can be simple or comprehensive -- including components like song requests, hotel information, RSVP cards, registry information, and more.

Mode of Purchase

In our day and age of advanced technology, your method of creating your paper goods is somewhat limitless. You can pick a pre-designed photocard, a pre-designed photo-less card, or you can have something designed custom-made just for you. You can order cards and have them printed and shipped to you, or you can order a template and print your cards yourself. If you’re looking for the most cost-effective method, we suggest doing your research to compare what costs end up being if you do select a template. You’ll still want high quality printing, so most likely not done at home. Check out the cost to make prints at places like Staples or CVS, and also remember you’ll have to purchase envelopes on top of it compared to if you order pre-designed cards from somewhere like Shutterfly, where envelopes will be included.

Image Source: Basic Invite

Image Source: Basic Invite

Places to Check Out

There is such a wide variety of options for places to look! If you’re looking for something more unique and personalized, check out Etsy. Lots of shops offer templates or even personalized suites. While they’re usually still pre-designed, not as many people think to go somewhere small like individual stops on Etsy. That being said, there are so many options of templates for pre-designed suites on sites like Shutterfly, Mint, Basic Invite, Vista Print, and Simply to Impress are just a few of our favorite options. There’s room for upgrades like foiling or even clear invitations. You can get matching sets or opt to mix and match. Price will often vary upon the amount ordered. That being said, you really can create some beautiful suites. Most of these sites have so many color options within each design. You can create regular paper invites, magnet save the date cards, postcards, etc.

Image Source: Simply to Impress

Image Source: Simply to Impress

We’re big believers in starting the hunt early! Create a spreadsheet with all the details for your favorite options: where they’re from, the cost, and a direct link. Often times you can order free or inexpensive samples to make sure you’re going with your favorite option. Starting the hunt early also means that you can watch for any sales or coupon codes coming down the pipeline. Regardless of what you choose, your invitation suite should be a reflection of you and your partner’s style, so have fun with it and choose what suits you best!

Create A Bright and Beautiful Summer Wedding

Summer weddings are magical with the glorious sunshine and beautiful weather. Incorporating touches of color with flowers and fruit adds even more vibrancy to your wedding! We put together an inspiration board to help give you some new ideas on how to add some more flare to your special day. It’s filled with some of our favorite bouquets, decorations, cakes and more for this summer season. We love the look of starting off with neutral base colors and then adding a splash of bright color on top to create a beautiful contrast. By having neutral colors in addition to the bright ones, the pieces aren’t too distracting and come together to make the perfect summer wedding!  

How to Choose Your Invitation Suite with Basic Invite

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Recently engaged or planning on hitting that milestone soon? We're so excited to share with you a step-by-step timeline and guide to selecting your wedding invitation suite with Basic Invite! Learn more about what sets their company apart from the rest, and what they see as up-and-coming trends for the 2018 season!

Who is Basic Invite?

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PI: How was Basic Invite started?

BI: Basic Invite was started after the owner was shopping for wedding invitations for his own wedding. It was during this process that he realized the options were very limited and were available as is - meaning no customization options. So, he decided he wanted to change that and began the online stationery design company now known as Basic Invite.

...we strive for perfection and always stay ahead of the trend curve. We are consistently adding new designs and updating our system to work as effectively and user-friendly as possible.

PI: What sets Basic Invite apart from the competition?

BI: We have quite a few features that set us about from our competition. Our range of color choices is one of our biggest draws. We offer 180 custom colors on every single design! Other companies allows color customization, but only offer certain colors on certain designs and just a handful of options per card. So, we pride ourselves on that.

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Currently, we are the only online stationery company that offers clear wedding invitations and save the dates. Our clear collection is new and wildly popular with brides. These are made from clear vinyl card stock and printed with bright white ink. We offer this line in both clear and frosted.

In addition to that, we strive for perfection and always stay ahead of the trend curve. We are consistently adding new designs and updating our system to work as effectively and user-friendly as possible.

PI: You offer so many different styles and designs, where does your creative team draw its inspiration from?

BI: We partner with freelance designers from all over the globe. So, we are always adding new design trends that may not even be trending in the US. Our designers are great at trend spotting and often use design trends happening in other creative areas as inspiration for their designs.

Some of our most unique and popular looks are our watercolor washes, geode and agate, and of course our plethora of floral designs.

Our most popular product is definitely our wedding invitations. That’s what Basic Invite is built on and what we are best known for.
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PI: Do you have any tips or suggestions on the etiquette a couple should follow in terms of wording on their invitations?

BI: Of course! In fact, we have an entire page dedicated to etiquette. To learn more click here. Etiquette has definitely taken a turn toward the less formal approach. With modern families and a vast variety of situations, proper etiquette isn’t as vital as it used to be. With that said, being clear with your information and correct in who you are addressing to is most important.

PI: What do you suggest as a timeline for sending Save the Date cards and the formal wedding invitation suite?

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BI: At 6+ months, order your save the dates. Send them out 4+ months prior to the big day. For wedding invitations, we suggest starting to shop for designs and order samples at about 8+ months. Finally, placing your order at 4+ months and sending them at about 3+ months. That’s based on a one-year engagement, so if you’re planning a quicker walk down the aisle we would suggest getting right down to business and sending save the dates no longer than three months prior and invites shortly thereafter.

PI: What is your most popular or favorite product?

BI: Our most popular product is definitely our wedding invitations. That’s what Basic Invite is built on and what we are best known for. Personally, I love our personal and business stationery. It’s completely customizable just like our other products and it’s just too cute! Foil is always essential too!

The Selection Process

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When a couple gets engaged, a long list of to do’s automatically comes along with it. Guest lists, venues, menus… the list goes on eventually making its way to wedding invitations. That’s where Basic Invite comes into play. Being an online stationery design company, couples often start “window shopping” for inspiration and inquiring about the process before they are actually ready to order. With that said, they do have an average timeline laid out for couples to help them stay on track with the process and help ensure their wedding invitations are perfection.

Brides-to-be tend to start looking for their save the dates right away. More so out of excitement than necessity as a date isn’t always set immediately. And that’s something Basic Invite encourages because the sooner you get started with design ideas and the better couples familiarize themselves with the website, the smoother the process will go.

Now, to break it down! Based on a one-year timeline, below is a checklist of what the experts at Basic Invite have found works best.

8+ months: Choose your colors and order a custom sample

  • Basic Invite offers 180 colors and all of their designs are completely customizable, so picking your colors is a great place to start! That way you aren’t overwhelmed when the time comes to place your order.
  • Order a custom sample. This way couples have a chance to experience the entire ordering process from start to finish. And seeing the product first hand will help ensure that the couple knows that the products are as high-quality as they imagine them to be. Also, who doesn’t love a good sample?!

6+ months: Order your save the dates.

  • This will leave plenty of time to design, order, and receive your save the dates and enough time to get them into their envelopes, addressed, and sent out without feeling rushed.

4+ months: Send your save the dates and order your wedding invitations

  • By this time you have your save the dates ready to go and it's time to move on to the main course. Here is a couple’s chance to really choose the wedding suite of their dreams. Sticking with the same design as your save the date is a common theme, but with over 800 wedding invitation designs, choosing a fresh look is never a bad idea! Try channeling your wedding day aesthetic to give your guests a peek into your wedding style and start the excitement early!

3+ months: Send out your invitations and order your wedding day stationery

  • Basic Invite always suggests utilizing their address printing services. This way you don’t have to hand address hundreds of envelopes yourself and also will make for a clean crisp look right off the bat.
  • Wedding day stationery includes programs, menus, wedding guestbooks, and thank you notes.

A couple of extra tips:

  • A rule of thumb is to send out thank you notes about two weeks post-wedding. That way your memories are fresh in your mind and will make your thank you's that much more personal. Wedding guests will expect appreciation and will love receiving custom thank you cards.
  • If a couple is planning a shorter engagement, adjust the timeline accordingly. Skipping save the dates and going straight to the wedding invitations is one suggestion. Or including your save the dates within a wedding suite is another.

2018 Trends

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Before any of you newly engaged couples head over to Basic Invite, let’s talk 2018 wedding invite trends!

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Watercolor Washes

In the 2017 season we saw watercolor washes flood the design gates and so far we aren’t anticipating any changes there. Watercolor wedding invitations are such a sweet and romantic choice and you can make them work for almost any wedding style and definitely during any season of the year.

 
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Rose Gold Foil

Of course the classic gold and silver foil options are timeless trends, but we are seeing a rise in rose gold foil for the upcoming wedding season. Rose gold is trending in general and brides are going to go crazy over this come the new year. Foil is available in flat or raised and adds a chic touch to any invitation.

 
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Geode and Agate

Modern and artsy. Think art deco, rich gemstone color schemes, and marble patterns. One of Basic Invite's personal favorite upcoming trends! This is a great choice for the modern bride or a couple who likes an edgier yet dreamy look.

 
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All Inclusive

Wedding suites are great when you house them in one of Basic Invite's pocket envelopes because it keeps each piece stacked nicely in place and makes for a clean and organized look for your guests. But next year, Basic Invite is predicting that all inclusive seal-and-send wedding invitations will be the new pocket envelopes. These will be so nice because of their all-in-one convenience. Guests will love having to only keep track of a single wedding invitation with all of the vital details enclosed rather than holding onto multiple pieces that may get lost along the way. Stay tuned for more!

 

This post was sponsored by Basic Invite. Interested in your own sponsored post? Email us at editorial@parsimonyvintage.com for more information.

Winter Wedding Inspiration Board

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There are endless ways to capture winter and the holidays on your big day. To help you get inspired for your winter wedding, we’ve come up with a variety of winter themed wedding details! This season is all about greenery, dark red accents, and whimsical decor. So, if your wedding is Christmas themed, play up the green and red color palette. If it’s a winter wonderland theme, add more lights and faux snow elements! There is no shortage of winter elements to brighten your special day!



The Jewel Tone Story

When thinking about this concept, we were inspired to mix the old with the new. The gardens and architecture of this late 1800s historical home nestled in the heart of Amherst, Massachusetts, created a simple but elegant backdrop to allow our deep beautiful jewel tones to take center stage.

Our vision for this beautiful shoot was to showcase a deep modern jewel tone palette and embrace a balance of the classic surroundings and the rich modern romance. We created a bold design with hues of pinks, purples, greens and blues, a palette that we accented with the mixture of vintage details and modern touches.

From the modern invitation suite with its geometric shapes and bold colors to the ombre guest seating we were inspired by this beautiful balance of classic and modern.

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Winter Gathering

When creating this Winter Gathering concept, Parsimony Inspired's vision was to embrace the color palette of winter but balance the look with soft feminine accents. We created a design with hues of creams, greys and greens, a palette that we softened with flowing fabrics, gold accents and mixed textures.

Tucked in the mountains of the Berkshires, Bloom Meadows was the perfect backdrop for this romantic winter shoot. A space with beautiful lines, natural elements and neutral colors, our designs felt rooted in the space and allowed our soft color palette to pop against the beautiful white walls. We loved the venue's design so much we had our invitation designer Kim Small of With Wild and Grace draw the venue and add it to the elegant invitation suite's design. One of our favorite ways to add a custom detail. 

Our bride was styled in a stunning chiffon A-line Lilian West gown. The illusion V-neck and the detail of the lace appliqués also brought a feminine touch to the bridal look, while the long sleeves and chapel length train were the perfect look for a winter wedding. The hair style framed our bride's face with greenery touches while soft makeup with a smokey eye gave a bit of drama to the final look. To add a little sparkle to our bride's style, she wore a stunning engagement ring and wedding band set designed by Megan Thorne and stunning hand crafted moonstone earrings designed by Pamela Froman.

When it came to working with floral designer Stacey Radcliffe of The Tangled Grapevine, we knew that we wanted the flowers to be filled with different types of greenery, our favorite trend for 2017. We incorporated greenery in every aspect of the design from the aerial floral installation above our reception table to greenery in our bride's hair. Stacey created a lush presentation bouquet filled with white Anemone, silver Brunia, white Lisianthus, peach Spray Roses, white Tulips, seeded Eucalyptus, Ruscus, Asparagus Fern and Gooseneck Loosestrifes.

From the serene Berkshire winter setting, the soft and romantic invitation suite with it's perfect vellum wax seal to the amazing marbled cakedesigned by the talented Pete of Pete's Sweets, we balanced winter's neutral palette and elements of nature with soft fabrics, feminine touches and meaningful details that would make you want to spend a winter's eve snuggled up with the one you love.

Photography: Brooke Ellen Photography & Alison Marie Photography | Planning & Design: Parsimony Inspired | Flowers: The Tangled Grapevine | Invitations & Stationery: With Wild and Grace | Cake: Pete’s Sweets | Dress: Lillian West from In White | Makeup: KiSSandMaKeUp | Jewellery: Don Muller Gallery | Videography: Embark Films | Venue: Bloom Meadows

The Minimalist Story

We were inspired by the gardens and architecture of this late 1800's historical home nestled next to the Emily Dickinson homestead in the heart of Amherst, Massachusetts. The house and surrounding grounds helped us create a space where we could incorporate the unique elements of softness, texture and romance.

Our vision for this seasonal shoot was to embrace a balance of nature's elegance and feminine romance. We created a soft design with hues of creams, greys and blues, a palette that softened our base of earth textures; wood, succulents and ivy.

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While touring the grounds we decided to set our table beneath the canopy of a gorgeous old tree, whose low hanging branches created a stunning backdrop. Our table was a mix of wood, bark and succulents softened by accents of gold and sweeping fabric. It was the type of setting would make any guest linger in their seat to absorb the surroundings and details.

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Our bride was styled in a beautiful lace BHLDN gown and elegant accessories. Her hair was simply done and her soft makeup with a hint of pink lip was all this bride needed to allow her stunning lace dress to take center stage.

The setting was dreamy, and perfect for a lush, cascading bouquet filled with Dogwood, roses, peonies, the first sight of dahlias and on-site greenery designed by Flowers by Justine.

From the elegant invitation with its perfect velvet envelope, the earth inspired cake with its handmade details of succulents and grapevine, to the beautiful balance of nature and romance, the new Minimalist Bride is defined.

Event Design: Parsimony Vintage | Photography: Melanie Zacek | Fine Art Photography | Model: Maya Simone | Succulent Favors: AudandEl | Table Number: Everlaser | Floral Design: Flowers By Justine | Hair and Makeup: Michelle Anne Hair Design | Wedding Veil and Hairpeice: Bridal Heirlooms | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Rentals: Jerome's Party Plus | Cake: Pete's Sweets  | Jewelry : DMG Gallery  | Ring Box: OaknShield | Invitations: With Wild and Grace | Wedding Venue: Amherst Women's Club

What's Your Invitation Style

 

Wedding venue and date booked? It's time to pick out your invitations! There is a lot to consider when making the decision about your wedding invitation suite, find out everything you need to know to get them ordered, sealed and delivered. 


As with most planning, it is best if you keep to a detailed timeline! It is so important to have your final guest count 2 weeks before the big day, so you can finalize all of your arrangements with your wedding vendors. 

 
 

 

Gone are the days where we consult Emily Post about etiquette. Modern brides and grooms approach the planning and style of their wedding by doing what feels right to them and speak to who they are as individuals and as a couple. When it comes to invitations though there are a few situations that you should rely on the proper wedding etiquette to address. Here are the top situations that our readers have talked to us about!

How do we let guests know our dress code?


Your invitation's style should indicate to your guests what type of affair you are planning to have.  For formal think calligraphy, letterpress and for causal style use playful colors and fonts. But since not everyone will pick up on these cues, you can also include your dress code in the lower right-hand corner of the invite.

 

 

 

 

 

Do we have to invite every guest with a date or a “plus-one?"

Wouldn't it be great if you could invite everyone you know and everyone they know to your wedding? Quite the party! But unfortunately (or maybe not!) most brides and grooms can't afford so large a wedding. If your guest isn't married or in a serious relationship, it's perfectly acceptable to invite them solo. You will indicate this to your guest by either addressing their invitation "and Guest" or listing out both guests' names on the envelope. There may be a guest or two that either respond with a plus one or call and ask if they can bring a guest, this does happen. Just explain to your guest that you don't have a spot available and that you are trying to keep the wedding intimate. 

 

Can we include our registry info on our invitations or save-the-dates?

It is considered impolite to include registry information on your save the dates and/or wedding invitations. We suggest that you include information like this on your wedding website. If you decide not to have a website, just let your close friends and family know and they will be able to let any guests know.


 


 

When your guests open up their mailbox and find your invitation, it's their first glimpse into your wedding style! 

So before you start invitation shopping, be sure you have a good idea what type of event you plan on throwing! Are you going classic, elegant, glam, modern or rustic? Pick a invitation style that speaks to your theme.

Also be sure to have your color palette finalized! The style of your wedding invitations goes beyond just the invitation itself. You can include paper elements from the suite into your overall day's design. Think table numbers, signature drink signs etc.

 

 

The Watercolor Story

In a day and age of rapidly improving technology and mass production, is it any wonder that couples are starting to embrace handmade and artistic wedding looks? Watercolor defines that to a T! Our favorite thing about watercolors is how fluid, organic and honest it is. Every color blends and every stroke is forever. We love how the entire palette pops! Pinks, purples, turquoise, greens and blues all blend together for a look that's full of personality and joie de vivre.

One of the greatest things about this look is that it doesn't need perfect lines and uniformity. You can mix and match colored glasses, and it still maintains that perfect feel (providing you stay in your color palette.) And, adding handmade elements like painted table assignments are a great way to connect with your guests in a personal manner.

Enjoy this colorful and lively photo shoot, and fall in love with this beautiful spring/summer look!

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CREATIVE CONCEPT AND DESIGN: PARSIMONY VINTAGE

FLORAL DESIGN: PAMELA MCCULLOUGH PARSIMONY VINTAGE

PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY: PHOTOGRAPHY BY CARLIN

BRIDAL GOWN: BRIDAL HEIRLOOMS

HAIR: JACLYN LOPES MORIN, BRUSH SALON

MAKEUP: ALY TERLIK

CAKES: PETE'S SWEETS

JEWELRY: DON MULLER GALLERY  

ART AND INVITE DESIGNS: DAVID BUSCEMI, ART DIRECTOR, PARSIMONY VINTAGE

RENTALS: JEROME'S PARTY PLUS

PURPLE GOBLETS: RUST & LUXE

LOCATION: THE GENTLEMEN'S FARM

MODEL: LEXI KIVARI

The Mustard Story


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Styling and Concept by Parsimony Vintage

Photography by Springfield Satellite Photo and Design

Rentals by Jerome's Party Plus