When Should I Buy My Wedding Invitations

Lately I’ve had a lot of confused brides asking, “When should I buy my wedding invitations?” or  “When should I send my wedding invitations?” With all the conflicting information and misguided advice out there, it can be hard to know exactly when you should get buy your wedding invitations or when you should get your wedding invitations in the mail, but I’d like to share a timeline with you that will help you answer this question.

Wedding Invitation Suite. When Should I Buy My Wedding Invitations?

Save the Date cards are very popular these days and for good reason. More people are moving far from family and friends, yet they obviously want their family and friends to be there for their special wedding day, so sending Save the Date cards is a great idea that give guests a heads up that your wedding is going to be a spectacular event that you want them to be present for. This gives them the opportunity to start planning well in advance. They may need to save up some money for plane tickets, ensure they have adequate vacation time, or maybe even get in shape for the big day!

With save the dates going out for nearly all weddings these days, it changes up the invitation timeline a bit. Typically speaking you’ll want to send out your wedding invitations 6-8 weeks before your big day. People already know you are getting married by now, so they really just need the details (and the formality of being invited). For best case scenario, let’s go with 8 weeks.

Something a lot of brides overlook until the last minutes is that all of these invitations need to be addressed. Sure, you could print out some labels on your computer and stick them on really quick, but a hand-addressed wedding invitation is not only traditional, but it’s almost expected. Hand-addressing can take forever, especially if your hand-writing looks more like bubbly cheerleader writing on a pep-rally sign than gorgeous calligraphy. It’s a good idea to allow yourself 1 month to address your wedding invitations. The good news is that you don’t have to spend a whole month addressing wedding invitations in between dress fittings, gym sessions, and cake tasting. There are actually people in this lovely world that you can hire to do it for you! Yup, you can even hire me! Although most of these people will only take a week or two, it’s still a good practice to allow 1 month for addressing wedding invitation envelopes.

Now, if you are working with a stationer (somebody that designs stationary) for custom wedding invitations, you’ll want to allow at least eight weeks of working with them to get the perfect invitation. This can change depending on the stationer, but eight weeks is generally a good rule of thumb. When you start working with the stationer, it’s important that you know what you are looking for and have some good ideas. This will help so that you don’t waste your time or theirs. It’s also important because many times the more refinements or corrections you make, the more they could charge you. Knowing what you want from the start will help keep your costs under control. If you are simply planning to order invitations that are already designed, you can usually allow four to six weeks instead of the full eight, but remember:

It’s always a good idea to give your self more time than you might need in case of any unexpected surprises.

Lastly, you’ll want to add an additional month to two months. During this time period you will want to begin collecting ideas if you have not already done so. Make use of all different resources. It’s great to have magazine clippings, other invitations that you have loved in the past, and even a Pinterest board if you are a fan. Collect not only things and ideas that you like, but also collect things and ideas that you don’t like. This way, you can show your stationer examples of both so they can stay clear of the things that don’t speak to you while they design an invitation that is exactly what you hoped for.

Depending upon the time of year your wedding will be celebrated and the popularity of your stationer, it could be important to book them as early as possible. Many stationers will ask for a small deposit, but in exchange for that, they will book you into their calendars which ensures that they will have plenty of time to devote to your invitations.

Some advice I like to give to brides is that once you are engaged there are 4 wedding vendors you should book as soon as possible: Your photographer, your venue, your baker/caterer, and your stationer. This is solid advice because these are the 4 wedding vendors that book up the quickest. Just get it done so that you don’t have to stress over it later!

Alright, so let’s recap:Wedding Invitation Suite Timeline

I hope this helps to clear up any misconceptions or any confusion. I currently have two rush slots available for any January weddings and several 2015 slots are open, so get in touch and let’s get you on my calendar!

Big Hugs!
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Mondays are Magical : Stationary Collections & New Wedding Sationary Designs

As I work hard to develop a brand that catches the eye of newly engaged women, I’ve been brainstorming ideas that would step up my game. I recently had a gorgeous lady get in touch with me about a custom wedding invitation suite, and I’m really excited to work on these invitations for her. As we finished the conversation she briefly made mention that she would also like me to help design her bridal shower invitations and decorations. I could barely contain my high pitched squeals until I got off the phone!

Ladies and Gentlemen, she wants pink and gold!

All of a sudden it occurred to me that this would be the perfect start to a new ambition: Pretty Much collections! Yup, it’s happening. Each collection will be named after an amazing woman in my life and be designed with her in mind. I have two collections in the works right now that I am so very very excited about. Each collection will include stationary, decorations, t-shirts/sweatshirts, tote bags, and other wedding day awesomeness. Once everything is created, I’ll be doing photo-shoots and putting it all up on both the website and in the etsy shop.  I. CAN. NOT. WAIT!

In the meantime, I’ve developed a few adorable stationary suites. I wanted to share some of these with you all. They are up in my shop, so if you are interested, head over and swoop them up…

Oh Deer! Whimsical Bridal Shower Invitation Customizable with your wedding colors!

Polygon Colorful Confetti Wedding Invitation Suite

Floral Wreath Wedding Invitation Suite

Each of these are fully customizable with your wedding colors. The wording can be altered as well. If you are interested in any of these wedding stationary suites or in the bridal shower invitation, please head to my Etsy shop or get in touch through social media. These are available in printable versions as well as professionally printed versions.

I’m also available for completely custom designs. I’m able to print, letterpress, foil, emboss, or laser-cut any custom order for you.

So, what do you think? Are you as excited as I am to see these new collections? What do you think of these new wedding stationary designs? Do you love them?! Let me know in the comments section. Then come back tomorrow for some great information about the lovely April Bowles-Olin and her amazing upcoming course on Creative Live. This is another thing I just cannot wait to participate in!

Love you all!
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28 Days of Adding Happiness – The Best of Cakes and Cupcakes

Pretty Cakes from Dippidee bakery in Lehi UtahPlanning our wedding from the other side of the world was nearly the most stressful thing I’ve ever done. Two months before the big day, I arrived back in the US and literally started running around like a crazy woman trying to make the last minute arrangements, checking up on vendors, Letterpressing 125 wedding invitation suites (3 color, 6 pieces each) by hand, and designing and creating 8 million different decorations, paper goods, favors, and other items for our special day. It’s no wonder that it did not occur to me until 2 weeks before the big day that we had nothing planned for dessert! Oh my!

We were that crazy couple that showed up at a bakery two weeks before our wedding day and asked to try one of their cupcakes. Once we realized that they were the most incredible cupcakes either of us had ever tasted, we decided that without a doubt, this was the place that absolutely must bake our wedding cake. Luckily for us, the little shop and the amazing owner was more than happy to bake up tons of beautiful desserts for our special day despite the complete lack of notice. We ordered up just about everything they offered too. We had cupcakes, and cheesecakes, cake pops and brownies, cannolis and lemon bars, and of course, a two tier wedding cake! They did an amazing job!

Wedding Desserts by Dippidee

Image by WhiteNoyes Photography

Ever since the day we just happened to stop in to that little bakery, the Mr and I have been in love. Whenever we have a special occasion worth celebrating, we just have to stop in a grab up a cupcake. The Mr has also been known to stop in there on his own to surprise me when he feels I’ve done something worthy of a celebration such as my first etsy sale or the launch of my new website. It’s become a pretty special little place to us.

On our wedding day, we ran into a small little issue with our wedding venue completely disregarding the entire request to save all of our left-over desserts and especially the top tier of our wedding cake. Once we realized all of this, I wanted to cry. Not only did we not have yummy desserts to serve to our guests the next day at our farewell brunch, but we also couldn’t uphold the tradition of cutting into the top of our wedding cake on our first anniversary. That day, however, my hero of a husband made me a promise that no matter what, every year on our anniversary, we would get a Dippidee cake to celebrate! I’m pretty certain that if for no other reason than that, my husband is definitely a keeper!

Without fail, today we hopped in the car and took a little ride over to our favorite little bakery, Dippidee. We picked out a small vanilla cake (which in true Dippidee fashion was filled and topped with frosting) and a little cupcake for good measure. Tomorrow is our one year Anniversary and you better believe that we will be cutting our little cake, and celebrating a whole year of crazy, wild, awesome marriage!

Dippidee Bakery in Lehi UtahDippidee bakeryDippidee Bakery Swirled wedding cakeFlowers Gold and Striped wedding cake sample at Dippidee bakeryBird Cage cake is a beautiful sample of the wedding cakes available at Dippidee bakery in Lehi / American Fork UtahDippidee bakery cupcakes, menues, and beautiful displays The Cake Displays at Dippidee bakeryI strongly recommend that if you are a bride in the Lehi area Utah period, you absolutely must head over to Dippidee and get them booked for your big day. You will not regret it! If you are a mother, buy your child’s birthday cake here. If you are planning a bridal shower, a baby shower, a birthday, a New Year’s Eve party, St. Patrick’s Day party, Easter brunch, etc etc. etc… you must stop over to Dippidee for all your dessert needs. This place is just a little bit of Heaven on earth. This place is what happiness is all about. Dippidee is that only place to get your cakes, cupcakes, or other baked desserts. It’s delicious!

Raspberry_Coconut_Cupcake VanillaCakeWell, if these lovely desserts don’t make your mouth water, I don’t know what would! They sure add a little happiness to my life! If you want to know more about Dippidee, you can check out their website, like them on Facebook, or head over to the Dippidee blog. Do you have a favorite bakery in your town? I’d love to hear about it! Leave me a comment below. Make sure to head over to With Love Paper Goods tomorrow to catch Sarah’s new DIY post. Her projects are always the sweetest! and I’ll see you back here on Monday – Happy Labor Day! – for a super yummy recipe that would be perfect for your end of Summer picnics and barbeques!

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