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Choosing your Wedding Stationery

Choosing your Wedding Stationery
June 2, 2015

The first impression your guests have of your wedding is formed by the wedding invitation they receive. First impressions last forever, and wedding invitations set the tone and theme for the entire event. Your invitations should reflect the personalities of the bride and groom and also the style and formality of your event. With so many choices in colors, shapes and sizes, choosing the perfect stationery can take some time. There are several considerations that can help you find the stationery for your 

wedding that will reflect your unique style and taste. Keeping these consideration in mind will help you find the stationery that will be beautiful, unique and a wonderful way to invite your loved one to share your special day. 


Many brides struggle with creating the perfect theme for their weddings. In my experience, brides begin with a theme in mind, but it goes out the window once they see invitation samples they love. Keep an open mind about invitations, especially if you have no locked-in theme or color scheme. Sometimes, actually viewing product samples is the difference between liking an invitation and ordering an invitation. My best advice  is to stick with a color theme, rather than stick to a design theme. Narrow design themes can eliminate choices before you’ve even considered them.


Invitations can get pricey. It also may be difficult to weigh a fair price against the level of quality and detail required. I recommend that brides shop around to compare the prices of several vendors on wedding e-marketplaces to ensure they’re receiving reasonable deals. Some vendors may offer free guest address printing on invitation envelopes, while some offer free shipping. It’s important to consider each aspect of a price to get the biggest bang for your buck.


Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. What one bride loves, another bride hates. For example, more modern brides may feel that a metallic pocket fold with a satin ribbon and rhinestone buckle perfectly sets the stage for an elaborate, flashy wedding. On the other hand, traditional brides may love classic invitations, featuring a white cotton cardstock with black, gold or silver lettering that appears simple and elegant. I have also found that bold-colored ribbons or colored rhinestone embellishments can have negative effects on wedding invitations. This look can make invites appear more like a  "Sweet 16 party," rather than a wedding. 


As both aa Carlson Craft ™  and Minted dealer, I can save my brides a lot of time and money and  eliminate stress. Both my Online Stores, Carlson Craft and Minted   offer a vast selection of wedding stationery and accessories that provide custom design stationery to fit each bride’s unique requirements. 

Save the Date Cards

I am often asked if Save the Date cards are necessary. While they are not necessary in all situations, they are a wonderful way to generate excitement and, most importantly, allow your loved ones plenty of time to make arrangements to share in your special day. Especially for family and friends who will be traveling to your wedding location, Save the Dates encourage travelers to take advantage of travel deals, book flights, and make any other necessary plans sooner than later. If your wedding date falls on or around any holidays, or if it’s taking place at a popular vacation or destination spot, you should consider sending out your Save the Dates at least five months in advance. In these situations, your guests will likely be thinking of your event as a vacation and will appreciate having the time and information to plan accordingly.

Final thoughts

My final recommendation when it comes to ordering wedding stationery is to always purchase a sample before placing a full order. This allows brides to physically see the quality of the invitation before placing a large order. Remember that actually viewing a product can make all the difference.Before contacting a vendor, do a little research. Know roughly what you want, but keep an open mind in order to get the best results. But above all . . . have fun with the process!!

Christina Mathews - 336-705-3239

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