29 April 2012

Timeline for Ordering Wedding Invitations


Wedding invitations are oftentimes a smaller ticket item in the wedding budget, when compared to the cost of a couture gown, five-star food, and lavish flowers, and even more often it’s left until the last moment when options will become limited.  The invitation is the very first impression a guest will have of your wedding, long before they see the dress, flowers, venue or eat any food.  A professionally designed custom invitation can take months to design and produce to get it just right! Wedding stationery should be at or near the top of your list of things to do as soon as you get engaged, just after picking a date and the venue.

Here’s my timeline to assist in planning ahead for fabulous wedding invitations:

9-12 months before your wedding

Start browsing the internet for photos of wedding inspiration and invitations.  Keep a file of things that you like.  Once you've got a fair idea of your guest list, budget, date and location of the wedding, look for a stationery designer.  At Elizabeth Andrés, we provide our clients with a professional mood board, like the one below, to use as inspiration during the design process.  It is also a great tool to show other wedding vendors to give them a feel for your wedding vision.

























6-10 months before

Start creating your wedding website beginning with your proposal story, engagement photos, and any basic wedding information that will include on your Save-the-Dates.  Elizabeth Andrés recently started offering custom wedding websites that can be coordinated to match the invitations and other stationery.

Order your Save-the-Dates and send them to your guests about six months before the wedding.

























4-6 months before

If you didn't already order them with your Save-the-Dates, it's time to order your wedding invitations. Many stationery designers offer packages if you order all your stationery at one time, so be sure to discuss other stationery needs you have for your wedding, such as table numbers, menus, seating cards, and signs, when you first meet with your stationery designer.

6-8 weeks before

It’s time to send out your invitations.  If many guests are traveling internationally for the wedding, make sure they have their invitations at least eight weeks before the wedding so they have time to make travel arrangements.   Otherwise, six to eight weeks before is appropriate.  It's not recommended to send them out too early either (more than two months) because the guest may lose the invitation or forget about it.  In such cases, a Save-the-Date would be more appropriate to send about 6 months before to let people mark the date on their calendars.

























2 weeks before

All RSVP's should be received and numbers given to your caterer.   Make sure all your event-day stationery, such as table numbers, menus and place cards, are finished and delivered to your wedding planner.


1-3 months after

Send out your thank you notes.

12 April 2012

5 Steps to a Couture Invitation

When I think of a couture wedding invitation, I dont necessarily think of the most flashy or the most expensive invitation, but I do think that couture represents customization and personalization!  Couture is more about the special process and personal experience you will have as the bride and that I will share with you as the designer.  It is about me getting to know you.  It is about designing something so amazingly unique that it takes people’s breath away.  It’s about creating a piece of art where each detail is a personal reflection of your personal style as well as an artistic interpretation of your wedding vision.  For example, if you love nature and are having a vintage spring garden themed wedding where you are using birdcages, lanterns, rustic birds’ nests, and softly colored flowers in your decor, perhaps a custom made natural linen fabric pouch that has had your custom flower pattern and a monogram hand-stamped onto the fabric would be a unique reflection of the event style.  Read below for Elizabeth Andrés' five steps to a couture invitation!

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Consider the following five steps when planning a couture invitation for your wedding and you can be sure of making a great first impression!

1.       CONSULT AN EXPERT.  A stationery designer will be able to combine all your ideas and favorite design or fashion elements into one concept that looks good, reflects who you are, and carries out your wedding style or theme.  At Elizabeth Andrés we have one-on-one consultations with our brides (and grooms too!) to get to know you.  I usually ask that you bring some ideas to the consultation, such as photos, fabric swatches, and favorite colors for me to be inspired by. 

2.       THE RIGHT MATERIALS AND COLORS. Whether you are looking at papers, fabrics, ribbons, or lace be sure to choose something that is right for the wedding and the invitation.  It’s about setting the mood.   Texture and color can do this in the right combination.  Papers come in so many varieties and colors now…metallic, pearlescent, linen, cotton, and bamboo to name a few…, so it’s not always necessary to use textiles (i.e. silk, satin, etc.) to make an invitation stand out.  And as for textiles, the sky is the limit. If it’s out there, I can turn it into an invitation!  Consider lace, silk, satin, leather, linen, cotton, feathers, embroidered, brocades, batik prints, patterns, Indian saris, organic cotton…nothing is impossible.

3.       EMBELLISHMENTS.  With so many options out there, make sure the accessories and embellishments are right for your invitation. Consider Swarovski crystals, pearls, ribbons, brooches, buttons, antique keys, handmade Japanese or Indian papers, embroidery, dried flowers, and of course custom artwork and graphics to add a those special touches without adding weight to the invitation.

4.       PRINTING METHOD.  High-end printing is a must for a couture invitation.  Without it, it’s like wearing a Chanel dress and pairing it with shoes from Carrefour.  It’s just going to bring the whole outfit down, right?  In terms of printing, you can’t go wrong with the popular letterpress printing, which involves a plate that has been engraved with your invitation design and then inked and pressed deep into the paper to give it a blind embossed look, but crisper.  Other popular luxury printing methods include thermography, silver or gold foil stamping, and embossing for an extra wow-factor for your invitation.  Read more about printing options here.

5.       PRESENTATION & PACKAGING­.  For the ultimate couture invitation, there is nothing more magnificent than a box.  Whether you’re interested in a very luxurious silk or fabric covered box or a beautiful stationery invitation packaged inside a coordinating mailing box, the receiver will feel a rush of excitement as they open it and feel so special to receive a gift-like invitation from you.  While boxes definitely increase the luxury level of an invitation, it is not the only option.  Consider a custom designed folder or envelope to hold your stationery invitation, silk folder, or engraved Lucite glass invitation as well.

If you’re interested in a custom designed couture invitation for your wedding or next big event, please contact me at info@elizabethandres.com.  I can’t wait to hear from you! 

10 April 2012

Inspiration Board | Pink + Grey

Grey is always lovely when paired with any soft pastel color, but I especially love it with light pink. It's just so romantic.  It's versatility proves well for a variety of themes as well...modern or vintage, winter or summer, and ornate or simple style.  Here is a sneak peak of the Adriana invitation from our Signature Collection in this beautiful color palette!







09 April 2012

Components of the Invitation

When I got married last year it was so difficult to pick a wedding theme, because I wanted it all!  A vintage wedding, a modern-classic wedding, a beach destination wedding were all at the top of my list.  My love for creative wedding themes has led me to design an entire collection of ready-to-order invitations, known as the Elizabeth Andrés Signature Collection.  Each invitation set is created with all the passion and love as if it were for my own wedding!  Finally I got to have it all....in my stationery! You can view the Colección Signatura on my facebook page here.  Each invitation set has a variety of different pieces to suit the needs of different brides and can be ordered "a la carte" or, in other words, you don't have to order all the pieces, just pick and choose the pieces that work best for you.  Below you'll find a diagram of the different pieces and how they are all assembled.  Each set also has coordinating table numbers, seating cards, menus, gift tags, thank you cards and programs.


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