DIY yarn + felt wreath

I was inspired to create my own wreath after seeing this super cute one on the Jones Design Company blog. I ended up going with a yarn and felt one, similar to this one.

I have no DIY photos but it’s so easy you can do without!

My yarn and felt wreath! #DIY

Items you need

- foam wreath shape (or anything shaped like a wreath – it gets entirely covered up anyway.)
- 1 skein of yarn
- 2 felt squares
- wide ribbon
- hot glue or fabric glue
- scissors

Wrap the wreath form

To begin, tie the yarn around the wreath, and then start wrapping the wreath with the yarn. This took me about 45 minutes–it’s tedious but time goes by fast if you use this trick: sit on the couch, and put the wreath form through one of your legs and hold the wreath up with your thigh on the couch (I hope you can envision this). This way the form is standing up on its own, and you can use both hands to wrap. To hold the wreath with one hand and wrap the yarn with the other is slow and difficult.

Continue until the entire form is covered. You don’t have to be too neat about it, but make sure to check that the yarn is not too loose once in a while. When you’re all wrapped up, tie the end of the yarn to the beginning of the yarn, and make sure it’s facing the back.

Add the leaves

I cut about 40-50 leaves on the felt freehand. Then I glued them in a laurel style, leaving a space between the two sides of the leaves, which is where the ribbon went.

Hang and enjoy!

If you’re going to do the laurel style like me, you’ll need to use a ribbon to cover the gap between the leaves, and not a metal wreath hanger. Just loop the ribbon, cut it to the desired length, and seal the ends horizontally with a safety pin. You could staple or glue the ends too. If you plan to hang the wreath over a door, you can leave the ends open, and use a flat thumbtack to pin it into the top of a door (not the top of the front of the door, but the actual top). Make sure they are flatheads, or your door won’t close!

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Mint + Gold styled shoot featured on Style Me Pretty

I connected with Agata of Take a Seat Events a few months ago and was immediately on board with her ideas for an outdoor Michigan wedding inspiration shoot. I’m a huge fan of anything gold and mint, so I was pumped to be designing the stationery for it!

The greatest part of being a part of a photo shoot is to discover all the other talented folks you get to work with. I think you’ll agree with me that all the details of this setting are to die for (the cake! the chalkboard calligraphy! that floral crown!). And when amazing photographer Amanda Dumouchelle captured everything so beautifully, it just makes the icing on that gold cake so much sweeter.

We designed and printed all the paper goods: wedding invitations, menus, place cards and favour tags. The suite will be available in our Etsy store soon!

The inspiration was featured on Style Me Pretty‘s Little Black Book blog last week, which is always a great honour. Read it here: Pinckney, Michigan Wedding from Amanda Dumouchelle + Take a Seat

Menus by Papertalk Press
Gold and mint wedding cakeGold and mint macaron favors with tags
Elegant mint and gold wedding invitations by Papertalk Press
Floral crown wedding ideasMint bowtie
Mint and gold outdoor wedding ideasMint and gold placecard by Papertalk Press
Mint and gold outdoor wedding inspiration and ideas
Mr. and Mrs. chalkboard seating signs

Amanda Dumouchelle Photography
Event Design & Styling: Take A Seat Events
Linen & Napkins: La Tavola
Invitations & Paper goods: Papertalk Press
Vintage Rentals: Serradella Vintage
Chalkboard Signs: Lily & Val
Cake & Macaron Favors: Paris Bakery
Chiavari Chairs: Take A Seat Events
Event Location: Private residence in Pinckney, MI
Glitter Cocktail Flags: Gnome’s Whimsy
Sparkler Tags: Marrygrams
Shoes: Lulu Townsend
Dress: Oleg Cassini

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Exotic Adventure – Wedluxe Magazine feature

Today is a wonderful day – it’s my third wedding anniversary, and I get to share my favourite editorial shoot of all time! When Beth & Ty in Love contacted me to be a part of a Wedluxe magazine editorial shoot last year, I jumped at the chance. I love working with these two!

Styled by Lynzie Kent of Love by Lynzie, this editorial shoot is like a dream straight out of Africa. Safari-inspired details are found throughout our wedding invitation suite, seating chart and signage. Vintage hand illustrated maps, gold accents and treasures give the stationery pieces old world charm.

To see more of this shoot, grab a copy of Wedluxe Winter/Spring 2013, available on newsstands right now, or visit their blog for the post: Exotic Adventure on Wedluxe’s Style File

Exotic Adventure wedding editorial
Safari inspired luxury wedding invitation suite by Papertalk Press

Safari inspired seating chart and maps by Papertalk Press

Safari inspired favor tags by Papertalk Press

Photography: Beth & Ty In Love
Creative Director & Stylist: Lynzie Kent, Love by Lynzie Weddings and Events
Floral: Paulina Vanderkuip, My Bouquet
Decor: Angelica Sala, Simply Beautiful 
Stationery: Michelle Lee, Papertalk Press
Cake Design: Lori Hutchinson, The Caketress
Locations: Hacienda Sarria and African Lion Safari
Hair: Kathleen Sou 
Makeup: Sarah Smith MUA 
Vintage Rentals: Liz Hawley, The Warehouse 
Gowns and accessories: Pearl Bridal House
Shoes: Christian Louboutin from Davids
Tufted Seat Pillow: Bombay and Co.,
Table: Hacienda Sarria

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Planning the Paper: A Wedding Invitation guide

Papertalk Press: Planning the Paper, a stationery guide

You’ve set aside a budget, neatly entered your guest list in an Excel spreadsheet, and even uploaded a cute Save the Date video to YouTube for your guests. It’s finally time to tackle the biggest wedding stationery project of all: your wedding invitations.

This can be the most exciting part of wedding planning for some (it certainly was for me, for obvious reasons), but we’ve also encountered couples that come to us feeling completely lost and overwhelmed. They have no idea what they want, what they need, or what is even out there. If this is you, don’t worry! We can take some of that stress away.

Choosing your wedding stationery vendor

There are some obvious factors you should consider when choosing the stationers you want to approach:

  1. Are they reputable (recommended by others, reviews online)?
  2. Can they produce what you need (printing capabilities, paper offerings, meeting your timelines)?

If a stationer meets that criteria, then be prepared with answers to these questions before making an appointment to visit said stationer:

  1. What is the theme or style that I am looking for?
  2. Is my wedding traditional, modern, or somewhere in between?
  3. From a scale of 1 to 5, how formal is my wedding? 1 = casual backyard barbecue and 5 = black tie

Having these nailed down will help you decide on the invitation companies you want to consult, and it will greatly help them, too. It’s important that the stationer has the capability of seeing and producing your vision. An invitation designer that prides itself on modern, minimalistic styles, for example, is probably not going to fulfill your expectations of highly embellished invites that come in a silk box.

The anatomy of a wedding invitation suite

Wedding invitation suites come in many, many different shapes and sizes. Let’s take a look at the most standard information pieces of a wedding invitation suite, and how they are used.

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Anatomy of a wedding invitation suite

This should help you understand which core items you need for your invitations.

Do I just throw it all in an envelope?

You could! Depending on the number of cards you have. We suggest having no more than 3 loose pieces in an envelope. If you had all four items from our graphic above (plus the RSVP envelope), imagine how sloppy it would be when your guests open the invite.

Talk to your stationer about other ways they can put the entire set together. Papertalk Press offers flat pockets, folded pockets and belly bands. All the items fit neatly together in a little package.

Speaking of envelopes…

You may not know this, but invitation sizes highly depend on envelopes sizes. An invitation can be designed to be any dimension, but if it didn’t fit any standard envelope sizes, how could it ever be mailed out?

We work with announcement envelope sizes (plus a few others), because we find that the most envelope options in terms of colours and papers are available in these sizes. These include A7, A2, and either A1 or 4 Baronial envelopes.

Our invitations fit A7 envelopes  (5.25″ x 7.25″) or #10 envelopes (4.125″ x 9.5″)
Our RSVP cards fit A2 envelopes (4.375″ x 5.75″) or A1/4 Baronial envelopes (5.125″ x 3.625″)
Our save the date and thank you cards fit A7 envelopes  (5.25″ x 7.25″) or A2 envelopes (4.375″ x 5.75″)

If you are unsure of sizing, or if you’re looking for a special colour for your envelopes, be sure to talk to your stationer at the same time as you are making decisions on the invitations.

Addressing your invitations

Ah, another scary part to the whole invitation process. Not only was it difficult to gather all your guests’ addresses (and I’ll bet you still have a few outstanding), now you have to worry about addressing 150 envelopes.

Envelope printing
Printed addresses by Papertalk Press

Envelope printing is one of our most popular options with couples, because it’s modern, clean and simple. You supply us with a template of all your guest addresses and off we go!

Address labelsWraparound labels by Papertalk Press

We’re not talking about your average Avery labels from Staples (which you certainly can do for your invitations… but we like to keep things consistent and pretty). It’s becoming more popular to use these fun wraparound labels for your invitation and RSVP envelopes. We print your guest names and addresses, and your return address, too. Not to mention that the label design matches your invitation set. Then all you have to do is peel off the backing and apply the sticker to your envelopes. Easy peasy!

Calligraphy & HandwritingCalligraphy by
Calligraphy by

Traditionally, handwritten addresses were the way to go. To be honest, you can never go wrong with handwriting your addresses – as long as your writing is legible. If you’re feeling fancy, and have the budget for it, you can contact a professional calligrapher who will pen every single one of your envelopes by hand. Calligraphy is an excellent option for those with dark envelopes and want to address in white ink, since you can’t print white on a dark envelope with conventional methods.

Let us know if you have any questions regarding wedding invitation decision-making.  Don’t forget to review our timeline to see when you should order and send out everything. Good luck!

We’ll be talking about modern wedding invitation etiquette next week. Not your standard Emily Post etiquette that you can read about all over the internet, but questions that real-life brides from TODAY are asking.

Planning the Paper part 1: The wedding paper timeline
Planning the Paper part 2: Budgeting for stationery
Planning the Paper part 3: Save the Dates
Planning the Paper part 4: Destination Weddings

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Planning the Paper: Destination Weddings

Destination weddings are becoming a popular choice for many couples. In 2012, over 24% of weddings in the USA were considered Destination Weddings. Are you considering saying “I do” abroad?

The pros and cons of destination weddings

Are they really a better option than one close to home? I think for every pro there is a con to counter the decision, so in the end it’s important to consider both your own desires, and that of your loved ones.

1.  Keeps the wedding intimate with close friends and family;
2.  Save money with less guests and cheaper venue fees;
3.  You can get married when the weather is bad back home (like during the cold winter months);
4.  Pick any dream location;
5.  Treated like a holiday for everyone!

1.  Less control over wedding planning because it’s out of town;
2.  Not always easy to visit venue beforehand (sometimes you’ll have to trust reviews and photos only);
3.  Your guests will have to book time off and spend money getting there;
4.  Not all guests will be able to join in the celebration.

Wedding stationery for destination weddings

Being a destination wedding, there are some special considerations regarding the wedding stationery. Timelines also differ from having a local wedding.

Things you may want to include in your invitation suite

  1. Booking Information, discounts, rates
  2. Hotel and arrival information (e.g. if it’s adults only, hotel website, etc.)
  3. Resort meal packages your guests can choose from
  4. Dress code – for the ceremony and reception
  5. Things to pack that your guests normally wouldn’t (e.g. hiking shoes, snorkel set, etc.)
  6. Visa/passport requirements
  7. Itinerary of events that you have planned for guests
  8. Things to do near the resort/hotel
  9. Wedding website link, if you have one, with more info on the trip

Destination wedding stationery timelines

It’s ideal to allot a bit more time when sending out save the dates and invitations than you would if your wedding was local.

8–12 months before the wedding: send out save the dates
6–8 months before the wedding: browse and order wedding invitations
4–6 months before the wedding: send out your wedding invitations
4–6 weeks before the wedding: RSVP deadline for your guests

Although most destination venues require the final headcount anywhere from a few days to 2 weeks before the wedding, you should give yourself an extra few weeks to receive the responses from your guests. You don’t want to be worrying about little details at the last minute when you should be packing or on a plane!

Destination wedding invitation designs

Since destination weddings are becoming more and more popular, we’ve designed invitation suites that are especially for your getaway. There’s lots of space for all of the necessary information, and your guests will be able to see immediately that they’re going to be traveling for your wedding!

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Some tips for planning your destination wedding

If you decide that getting married away is the thing for you, then consider these tips while planning your dream destination wedding:

Check the weather before booking. Caribbean countries, for example, have a rainy season that you probably want to avoid.

Figure out what the local marriage requirements/laws are. Some countries cannot legally marry you if you’re not a local, which means you’ll need to legally get married back home.

Go the extra mile to take care of your guests. Welcome packages, arranged events and a welcome bbq or get together are nice touches that’ll make your guests feel more comfortable and excited for the big day.

Give suggestions regarding dress code for your guests. These can be included in the invitation or website. You want to be clear that just because your wedding is at a tropical resort, it doesn’t necessarily mean swimsuits are appropriate for the ceremony!

Visit the venue and local area before actually booking and getting married. It may not be possible in all situations, but do thorough research to make sure there are no surprises!

Ask for discounts for air travel, hotels, restaurants, excursions, and services on behalf of your guests and yourself. If there are a lot of people attending, you’re likely to score some discounts.

Check noise policies at resorts. That way you can plan the times of your ceremony and reception to ensure there are no issues.

Ask the venue how many weddings they book for a single day. If you want setup time, or don’t want to feel like you’re in a queue, its better to find out the details earlier rather than later.

Send out a save the date! You want to give fair warning to your guests to ensure as many as possible can attend. Read our Save the Date post here.

Sources: The Knot: 2012 Destination Wedding Study

Up next is the post you don’t want to miss: everything you need to know about Wedding Invitations. See you then!

Planning the Paper part 1: The wedding paper timeline
Planning the Paper part 2: Budgeting for stationery
Planning the Paper part 3: Save the Dates

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Planning the Paper: Save the Dates

There are always questions surrounding save the date cards, whether they’re necessary and who they should be sent to. Here, we’ve answered your questions to help you understand this stationery piece a little better so you can decide if they’re right for you.

What is a save the date card?

A save the date card is a pre-invitation mailing to officially announce your wedding to your friends and family. It lets guests know that they will, in fact, be invited to the wedding before they receive a formal wedding invitation. It allows them time to make arrangements and keep the date free.

Why should we send out save the dates?

In many cases, save the date cards are not crucial, but there are also scenarios where some form of save the date is helpful. If you’re having a destination wedding, or if over 25% of your guest list is out of town, it’s a good idea to send one out. This ensures that your guests have the opportunity to take time off work and make travel arrangements.

Other scenarios where a save the date will be handy is if your wedding date falls during a special event or peak season in your location. Your guests may be competing for hotel rooms with other travellers, so the earlier they can make arrangements, the better. If you plan on getting married on a weekday or around a holiday like Labor Day, you may also consider sending out save-the-dates to ensure your guests don’t make plans in advance.

What information goes on the save the date?

A save the date is not an invitation, so it is a very simple card. You should include your names, the wedding date and the wedding location (so you’ll need to have at least part of the venue booking done, or narrowed down). If you’re having a destination wedding, consider including hotel information as well. If you have one, it is also a great idea to include your wedding website, so guests can stay updated online.

What kinds of things should not be included?

Never include information that isn’t 100% confirmed. For example, if your wedding venue isn’t booked, don’t include it. Just name the city or town where you will be married. There’s nothing more stressful than having to get word to all of your confused guests that the details have changed.

Since a formal invitation will follow, don’t include any RSVP information. Guests may choose to let you know if they can make it early on, but this step should always be included with the formal invitation. Also, there’s no need to mention your gift registry. If someone is eager to send you a gift early, they can easily make a few phone calls or check your wedding site to get that information.

When should we send our save the dates?

The cards should be sent out around 6–8 months before the wedding, depending on the number of out of town guests, and how far they’ll need to travel. For a destination wedding, they can be sent out up to a year in advance. This gives guests plenty of time to make travel arrangements, book off work and save money for the trip.

Also, make sure there is enough time between your save the dates and invitations. If you send them only a month or two apart, the save the dates wouldn’t end up serving much of a purpose. If this is the case, you may as well send out the invitations a little earlier and forget about save the dates.

Who should we send the save the dates to?

Send out your save the dates to everyone who will be 100% invited to your wedding (make sure your guest list is complete and set in stone). Be clear as to who is invited to the wedding by including each invited guest’s name on the envelope. This will clear up any confusion of whether or not partners/children are invited.

Even if you’ve already received word-of-mouth confirmation from guests (your wedding party, parents, etc.), you should still send them a save the date. If you receive regrets from someone after sending a save the date, you should still send them an invitation.

We have some out of town guests; can we send save the dates to them only?

If you feel that only your out of town guests will benefit from a save the date, why not? You could also come up with a creative idea for your save the dates that allows you to share the great news with everyone on your list early! Try a digital save the date via email, or make a video to direct guests to your wedding site. Watch this cute one for some inspiration:

Do we have to choose our invitation set before we can make our save the dates?

The save the dates don’t necessarily need to match your invitation set. They should follow your theme, and give guests a glimpse of what they can expect at your wedding. For example, if you are having a casual wedding on a farm, don’t send a save the date that is super modern or elegant. A photo card, for example, is a cute save the date idea that will match any wedding and something friends and family will love to put up on their fridge or bulletin board. You can also make magnets, calendars, or stickers; something your guests can use, and constantly be reminded of the upcoming date.

Here are some cute save the date ideas that can easily match any wedding, and are sure to put a smile on your guests’ faces.

Top (L–R):  Save-the-Date Magnets by ruby + diva; Calendar Stickers via my own ideas; Tying-the-knot ties via Estate Weddings and Events
Bottom Row (L–R): Save the Date boxes by michiemay paperie; Pencil us in! by melangerienyc


Our next post discusses Destination Weddings. We hope you’re enjoying Planning the Paper!

Planning the Paper part 1: The wedding paper timeline
Planning the Paper part 2: Budgeting for stationery

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Planning the Paper: budgeting for stationery

The word “budget” sure gets thrown around a lot during wedding planning. Without a budget, it’s easy to get out of control and spend beyond your means. But when it comes to wedding stationery, most couples have no idea what budget to allot. There are so many options out there, it’s hard to tell how much you will be (or want to be) spending on your invitations.

Things to budget for

There are many items you can consider for your stationery – not all items play a role in every couples’ paper arsenal, but use the following list as a guide:

  • save the date cards
  • postage to send out the save the dates
  • wedding invitations (which can include addressing, calligraphy, etc.)
  • RSVP return postage
  • postage to send out wedding invitation
  • day-of stationery (such as menus, programs, place cards, favour tags)
  • thank you cards
  • postage to send out thank you cards

As you can see, there is much more to the stationery budget than just the invitations. There are all the stamps you’ll need in order to mail out everything, and also items you may need on the actual day of the wedding.

How much are wedding invitations?

This is a question that can never be answered directly. There are just too many different options to give a correct answer! Your friend may have spent $2.50 an invitation, whereas you may be interested in an invitation that is $8 a set. What gives?

There are 2 things that determine the pricing, which we ask you to consider when thinking about how much you want to spend on invitations: quality and quantity.

Quality encompasses anything that has to do with the standard of the invitations. Everything from the quality of the paper, the type of print, to the caliber of the designs and the level of customer service you receive. When you shop at Old Navy, you’re definitely not getting the same quality as you would get if you were shopping at Kate Spade, right? The same goes for wedding stationery.

Quantity also affects your cost, because as with most things in the commercial world, the more you order, the better your pricing gets! So if you are having a small wedding with only 40 guests, you can be sure to be paying much more per invitation set than someone who is having a wedding with 400 guests.

Our best advice is to shop around first, whether online or at a shop, and get an idea of the options out there. Be sure you are comparing apples to apples when deciding between different stationers.

Again… how much are wedding invitations?

Ok, we know you want to know real, hard costs. We can’t speak for other stationers, but we can give you average pricing for Papertalk Press, for orders of 100 sets:

  • The average flat printed invitation set is $4–$5 a set;
  • The average pocket invitation set is $8-12 a set;
  • The average 2-color letterpress printed invitation set is $10–$14 a set.

For our couples who are looking for non-standard invitation sets, especially pocket invitations and letterpress/foil invitations, we always provide quotes that give an exact cost of all the components desired.

How many wedding invitations will I need?

This is a frequently asked question. Many couples make the mistake of estimating 1 invitation per guest (“I’m inviting 150 guests, so I’ll need 150 invitations!”). It’s very unlikely that you are inviting only individuals, and no families or couples. We’ve come up with a handy formula that we use to work out the number of invitations you should order:

Papertalk Press – how many invitations do I need to order?

Take the number of guests you have on your list, divide that number by two, and add 25% onto that number. This total should give you enough invitations to cover your guest list, unexpected guests, invitations that need to get re-sent in case any get lost in the mail, and a few for yourself as keepsakes.

 Don’t forget about postage

Postage is often overlooked by couples. In addition to mailing out invitations, you may want to include return postage on your RSVP cards. You’ll also need stamps to mail out your thank you cards, and save the date cards if you are sending those as well.

Before buying or ordering stamps for your invites, make sure to weigh (or have your stationer weigh) a complete invitation set so that you know if you are over or under the first price break. Our standard invitation sets – flat invitation, flat RSVP and 2 envelopes – are within the Canada Post standard weight (under 30g). When it comes to pocket invitations, letterpress sets and other custom items, you are likely looking at the next postage rate.

How to stay on budget

If you are a stationery fanatic like me, you’ll want the best of everything. All the Pinterest boards and wedding blogs out there are so inspiring, it makes you want to include every little detail you see.

Start out with an itemized list with all your wants, and from there select the must-haves. Your invitations are going to probably be the no. 1 must-have, so focus most of your budget there. Ask your stationer if they offer better pricing if you order everything with them (like Save the Dates, thank you cards and day-off stationery).

Your stationer should be able to give you advice and offer alternatives to replace some of the things on your dream list. You could ask for more cost effective paper alternatives, or maybe instead of printing a menu for every seat, print one large one for each table. Many couples are now doing email RSVP responses instead of snail mail RSVP’s – this saves them on envelopes and stamps. And of course, there are lots of things you can DIY!

Our next post discusses Save the Dates, advice, etiquette and design ideas, so come back for more of Planning the Paper!

Planning the Paper part 1: The wedding paper timeline

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Planning the Paper: a guide to your wedding stationery

Planning a wedding can get kind of scary. There are so many things to do, and it probably feels like there’s not enough time to get through them all. Instead of freaking out, having a nervous breakdown or becoming a bridezilla, why not try reading our new series, Planning the Paper? This 10 part series will give lots of tips and helpful advice when it comes to wedding paper. We’ll be covering topics that include budgeting, etiquette, preserving your paper after the wedding, and everything in between.

Today we’re starting with the Wedding Paper Timeline. This will give you an idea of what and when you should plan for your wedding stationery.

Part 1: The Wedding Paper Timeline

Get Engaged!
When: any time!
This could happen at any time – from 2 years before your wedding date, to 2 weeks for you impulsive and adventurous folks. Our timeline uses the average time frame of 1 year before the wedding. If your situation is different, don’t be afraid to ask us how you can plan out your invitations and stationery.

Create a guest list
When: As soon as you start planning your wedding
This involves coming up with a rough list, which eventually whittles down to the real list. It helps in budgeting, and estimating the number of invitations you will need to order. When you have the “real” list, collect all necessary information that you don’t yet have (names, addresses, kids’ names & ages, etc). Be sure to allow for extras (about 10-15%) – we almost always see unexpected guests get added to the original count.

When: As soon as you start planning your wedding
We find that a lot of couples skip this step, but it helps to have a pre-determined wedding stationery fund. It will help you in deciding exactly what items you need vs. what you can afford, and seeing which stationers fit into your budget.

Start visiting/browsing wedding invitation companies
When: anywhere from 5-12 months before the wedding
The reason why we have this step so early is mainly for the couples who want to order Save the Date cards from a stationer (which is the next step in the timeline). If you are not sending out printed Save the Dates, you can visit stationers closer to the 6–4 month mark.

Save the Dates
When: anywhere from 6-12 months before the wedding
This is an optional step that nowadays, many couples choose to include in their announcement process. If you are having a destination wedding, we consider this a must-have. It could be anything from a snail mail card to email to a video to word of mouth. Whether it’s a destination wedding or local, the city should be included in the Save the Date, which means you’ll need to either already have part of the venue booking done, or at least narrowed down.

Order the wedding invitation suite
When: 4-5 months before the big day
This is the biggest step in your wedding paper timeline, and will require the most time and effort. Initial visits to stationers should ideally happen 6–4 months before the wedding date. This gives your chosen stationer time to design/print/process your order. Some couples visit way earlier, even up to a year before the wedding. This is okay too, but make sure not to order too early; ceremony times and other wedding day details can change if you are still months and months away.

Keep in mind that your invitations may require extra time, so add in a bit of cushion here if you need to. Specialty printing/finishes like letterpress and embossing are more labour intensive than regular flat printing. Or maybe you want a paper or envelope that requires special ordering.

Send out wedding invitations
When: 2-3 months before the big day
Couples often think they have to send out invitations earlier than they need to. Typically, we suggest 2-3 months before the wedding; sometimes 3-4 months if your guests are overseas. Keep in mind, your overseas guests should already have received a Save the Date of some sort. For them, the invitation is almost just customary, so they don’t need all that extra time to send an RSVP back to you. 10 weeks is typically the perfect time.

Finalize all wedding day stationery details
When: 2-3 months up to a week before the big day
While you are working on floral and decor ideas, don’t forget any paper items you may need – place cards, menus, signage, seating chart; these should all be planned in advance so that you are ready to place an order with your stationer. Be sure to make a list of how items will be displayed, since you likely wont be the one setting up.

Order Thank you cards & day-of stationery
When: 1-2 months before the big day, or just after the wedding (for Thank You cards)
Couples often leave Thank You cards until after the wedding, but it’s very useful to print these beforehand. You can use them to pay (and thank) your vendors, for shower gifts and any other people you may need to thank other than your wedding day guests. On the other hand, some of you like to have a wedding photo on the card, in which case you would have to print them after the big day (and after you receive a photo from your photographer). Another option is to print a batch before the wedding using an engagement photo, and a batch after the wedding with your wedding photo.

For Papertalk Press, place cards and menus and other day-of stationery can be left until 7-10 days before the wedding (if you require shipping, add another week). Large seating charts, which we can do for our local couples, require 3-4 days for the design, and then another 4-5 business days to print.

Get Married!
When: the big day of course!
Today you will be the one receiving all the stationery! Enjoy your day, and think of a way to preserve all those wonderful cards that you’re going to receive from your loved ones.

Send out Thank you cards
When: as soon as you can after your wedding day
Your guests came to celebrate your big day, and likely contributed to your marriage generously in the form of a gift. It is only polite to thank them by sending a lovely thank you card. Couples, please try and do this as soon as you can – the longer you leave it, the more likely you are never going to send a card… ever. Your friends and family will appreciate the personal note you include with every card.

Stay tuned for part 2 of Planning the Paper. We’re going to talk about everyone’s favorite thing in the world: budgeting!

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Infographic: Something Old, Something New

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I hope you have a wonderful February 14th, with partners, friends, family, pets… all the people in your life that you love.

With the wedding season just around the corner, we created an infographic that highlights recent wedding statistics and some trends we think will be popular this year. From Pantone’s colors of the year to the most popular wedding desserts, see how you compare to the rest of the couples out there!

Click the image below to view the full size, or get it here.

Something Old, Something New – wedding infographic by Papertalk Press

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Merry Christmas from Papertalk Press!

Merry Christmas from Papertalk Press

2012 has come and (is almost) gone; sometimes we can’t believe how fast the time whizzes by. All of us at Papertalk Press want to wish you and your loved ones the most amazing holiday season. We also want to thank you for making 2012 another fabulous year – and we’ll see you soon-to-be newly engaged folks in 2013! New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, after all. ;-)

The cute little Christmas characters are from our DIY here.

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