Personalizing your wedding is all about peppering the day with little details that speak to you as a couple. Favorite foods, colors, flowers and even inside jokes can be incorporated into the wedding to make it a truly memorable experience. Though your third cousin twice-removed, John, might not know your relationship intimately enough to appreciate the cocktail napkins with trivia about how you met, the family and friends who are close to you certainly will. For this reason (as well as budgetary reasons!), I always recommend limiting the guests to those you really know well and love. Even trying to spend quality time with over 100 people can be incredibly overwhelming on your wedding day, let along 250+… but I digress.
A unique way to personalize your wedding is to choose a particular font and carry it throughout the day with small touches – signs, labels, favors, menus, even the wedding invitations, save the dates and thank you notes. Finding a great font to represent your day takes a bit of time, but it can also be free. Though many sites require payment for font downloads, visit sites like fonts101.com and dafont.com for free downloads on a plethora of fantastic fonts.
For the ultimate in personalization, Amanda at Fonts for Peas can even turn your own handwriting into a font. This would be a great way to make hang tags on favors look handwritten and personalized; perfect for a personalized, charming wedding. You can even use the font for placecards, to create printed menus, and for signs directing guests to a sign-in book, a photobooth or a dessert table. Be creative with your fonts, and incorporate them in many different ways throughout the day to create a pulled-together, cohesive look.
As for some of my personal favorites, I love Fonts for Peas’ Milk and Cereal font for casual events, Chopin Script for elegant occasions, and Porcelain for a cool vintage look with a touch of Gothic romance. My favorite font of all, of course, is the Feel Script font – which is The Stylish Soiree’s signature font. 🙂
What are some of your favorite fonts?
For brides who are just starting out in their wedding planning process, keeping an inspiration journal is one of the best ways to build your dream wedding. Though flipping through wedding magazines and websites definitely helps inspire, unless you tear out (or print out) what inspires you and organize it in one central place, it can easily disappear forever. I can’t recall how many times someone has said that they saw the most gorgeous idea…. and they can’t remember where they found it.
For this reason, I am a huge advocate of a planning journal / inspiration book / sketchbook. Photo cutouts, printouts and color inspirations can be quickly easily pasted into the inspiration journal for safekeeping. This way you have something on hand to show to vendors that can communicate your idea far clearer and easier than trying to describe what you saw. It’s true that a picture is worth a thousand words, so save your breath and use the perfect image instead.
Wiley Valentine is one of my favorite stationers – we even bought our wedding invitations from them. So when I spotted their drool-worthy letterpress journals on Weddingbee Pro this morning, I knew I had to share. My eye is on the pretty “Imagine” journal, perfect for jotting down creative, imaginative ideas for clients’ weddings. At only $9 per pop, they’re as affordable as they are lovely.
Being an event and wedding planner, I’ve developed a serious love affair for letterpress paper. The thick white paper, the care and craftsmanship involved in creating the deep indentations, and the overall effect of a letterpress card or invitation is simply stunning. So when it came time to order business cards, I was dead-set on finding a way to afford beautiful letterpress.
With much searching through Etsy, local paper stores and presses across the country, I weighed my options and inquired about the cost. My estimates ranged everywhere from $165 for 350 business cards to $400 for 100 (!), and I finally settled on working with Kristin from Twin Ravens Press. Having heard good reviews about her work on Wedding Bee as well, I have to chime in and say that working with her was an absolute pleasure. Not only was she one of the most reasonably priced letterpress providers, she had an incredibly quick turnaround time and went above and beyond the call of duty. My new business cards are on their way as I type this, and I am giddy with excitement to see them in person. For now I have the lovely picture above to drool over.
For any brides who have their heart set on beautiful letterpress at a great price, contact Kristin through her Etsy page (tell her I sent ya!). She also does custom designs for those of you who want something personal for your fab fete. You just might be pleasantly surprised to find that letterpress invitations are within your budget after all.