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Daniele & Derek's Michigan Castle Farms Wedding

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I am so fortunate to work with some of the best clients! Daniele and Derek took the Elegant Blush Floral Suite to the next level by incorporating a playful script and gold foil throughout their wedding invitation suite. The blush florals and sage greenery tied in perfectly with their Michigan Castle Farms wedding.

They maintained a cohesive look with matching day-of stationery. We did menus, seating assignment cards, bar signs and a few other signs around the reception hall. I just love how the details tied together!

Browsing through their pictures brought tears to my eyes (no surprise there!) and I’m sure you will love exploring them too!

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Vendors:

Invitations:  Just Jurf Designs
Venue: Castle Farms
Photography:  E.C. Campbell Photography
Wedding Coordinator:  Sarah Rhodes Boyce
Catering/Bartenders: Grey Gables
DJ: Rusch Entertainment
Flowers: BLOOM Floral Design
Officiant: Pastor Jonathan David Mays
Cake: Bella e Dolce
Hair/Make-up: Blushed Beauty
Bridal Gown:  Nordstrom Oakbrook / Matthew Christopher
Bridesmaid Dresses: Weddington Way
Groom Suits:  Men's Warehouse

Eucalyptus Minimalist V2 Wedding Invitation

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Today, I’m excited to release the new Eucalyptus Minimalist V2 Wedding Invitation Suite. This design is an iteration from the original design, this time incorporating an elegant envelope liner and a simple invitation design.

The invitation design features an informal wedding invitation wording with touches of script to add elegance to the design.

The RSVP and details cards carry over the same simple typography with playful touches of script throughout.

The Eucalyptus Minimalist V2 envelope liner features watercolor eucalyptus leaves to create an elegant envelope liner for this invitation suite.

Top off the suite with matching envelope printing for your invitation and RSVP envelopes.

The simplicity of this suite really lends itself to several accessories to tie your suite together. My personal favorite is the vellum belly bands!

Learn more about the different paper and print options from this post or contact us to request a complimentary sample kit today so you can see and feel all of our paper options before placing your order.

The Eucalyptus Minimalist V2 Invitation Suite has all matching day-of stationery for your wedding from save the dates, menus, place cards, thank you cards and anything else you may need to create a cohesive look for your wedding day.

Other designs you may also like …

Greenery Minimalist Wedding Invitation
Elegant Greenery Wedding Invitation
Botanical Garden Wedding Invitation
Simple Geometric Floral Wedding Invitation

How to Properly Write the Date and Time on Wedding Invitations

Tips & TricksJenn JurfComment

Wedding invitation etiquette can be a little tricky sometimes and that’s why we’re here to help! Today, we’re sharing some guidelines to help your properly write out the date and time on your wedding invitations.

  1. Only the date of the week and month are capitalized, unless the design has a unique format (i.e. all capitalized or all lowercase text).

  2. The year is all lowercase. Wedding invitations traditionally do not include “and.” For example, “two thousand eighteen” is preferred over “two thousand and eighteen,” though both are grammatically correct.

  3. The line regarding time is all lowercase. If your ceremony is being held at 4:30, use the phrase “half-past” rather than “four-thirty.”

  4. The time of the day varies based on your ceremony time:
    … in the morning - up until 11:50am
    … in the afternoon - from 12:00pm - 4:59pm
    … in the evening - anything after 5:00pm
     

I hope this information is helpful when creating the wording for your wedding invitations. Feel free to also check out our wedding invitation etiquette guide for more suggestions. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me or leave a comment below.

 

Minimalist Floral Wedding Invitation Suite

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This design made me fall in love with minimalist design. I originally created this invitation over a year ago as the Delicate Minimalist Wedding Invitation. Today, I’m combining it with one of my favorite envelope liners, the Neutral Floral Envelope Liner, to create the Minimalist Floral Wedding Invitation Suite.

The invitation design features a script font for the couples names complimented with a serif font for the wedding details.

The RSVP and details cards carry over the same simple typography with playful touches of script throughout.

The Neutral Floral envelope liner features watercolor florals and green foliage.

Top off the suite with matching envelope printing for your invitation and RSVP envelopes.

The simplicity of this suite really lends itself to several accessories to tie your suite together. My personal favorite is the vellum belly bands!

Learn more about the different paper and print options from this post or contact us for a complimentary sample kit today so you can see and feel all of our paper options before placing your order.

The Minimalist Floral Invitation Suite has all matching day-of stationery for your wedding from save the dates, menus, place cards, thank you cards and anything else you may need to create a cohesive look for your wedding day.

Other designs you may also like …

Delicate Minimalist Wedding Invitation
Elegant Calligraphy Wedding Invitation
Magnolia Romance Wedding Invitation
Elegant Blush Floral Wedding Invitation

Alyssa & Ryan's New Bern Wedding

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Here in California, we don’t have many brick buildings covered in ivy like on the East Coast, so when I saw Alyssa and Ryan’s wedding venue, I was immediately stunned by its beauty.

The venue creates a simple, romantic vibe and Alyssa and Ryan brought this out in their invitation suite.  They chose a mix between the Elegant Blush Floral design and the Elegant Calligraphy design to create what is now known as the Blush Floral Calligraphy design (cough, just released!). The colors and florals really were the perfect introduction to their wedding day.

Vendors:
Ceremony Venue - Isaac Taylor Gardens
Reception Venue - Stanly Hall Ballroom
Portrait Venue - The Jarvis B&B
Wedding Coordinator - Geneva Kolb Of Party Perfection
Photographer - Christina Forbes Photography
Invitation - Just Jurf Designs
Florist - Avalon Floral
Decor - Charming & Quaint Event Rentals
Chair & Linen Rentals - Guestbook Event Services
Cake - Bakers Kitchen
Catering - Strange & Sons Catering Services
DJ - Ck Entertainment
Photobooth - Cwdj Entertainment
Groom & Groomsmen Wear - The Black Tux
Bride’s Gown - Mikaella Bridal At Maggi Bridal Of Raleigh
Bridesmaids Gowns - David’s Bridal
Hair & Makeup - Magnolia Jane Salon

Olive Branch V2 Wedding Invitation

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Olive branches are one of those wedding trends that I hope never goes away. I love the simplicity of olive branches and how the addition of one small branch can make a big difference in your overall wedding style.

Today, we’re releasing the new and improved version of our Olive Branch Invitation Suite.

This version incorporates one of my favorite script fonts with a simple sans serif to compliment the simplicity of the design.

The RSVP and Details cards carry over the same simple typography with playful touches of script throughout.

The new and improved Olive Branch envelope liner is one delicate branch with watercolor leaves and different shades of greenery.

Top off the suite with matching envelope printing for your invitation and RSVP envelopes.

The simplicity of this suite really lends itself to several accessories to tie your suite together. My personal favorite is the vellum belly bands!

Learn more about the different paper and print options from this post or contact us to receive a sample kit so you can see and feel all of our paper options before placing your order.

The Olive Branch V2 Invitation Suite has all matching day-of stationery for your wedding from save the dates, menus, place cards, thank you cards and anything else you may need to create a cohesive look for your wedding day.

Other designs you may also like …

Simple Script Wedding Invitation
Burgundy Poppy Wedding Invitation
Navy, Gold and Greenery Wedding Invitation
Botanical Greenery Wedding Invitation

Kaitlyn & Brian's Separk Mansion Wedding

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This venue. This couple. This wedding. My goodness, how gorgeous! Kaitlyn and I worked together to design her letterpress wedding invitations using the Dusty Blue Elegance design. The letterpress impression mixed with dusty blue envelopes created the perfect introduction to their big day.

I loved flipping through their wedding album. Kaitlyn and Brian’s smiles are just infectious! Their wedding looks like a dream come true!

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Vendors:

Photographer: Julie Staley from Old South
Venue: Separk Mansion
Wedding Invitations: Just Jurf Designs
Hair and Makeup: Be Pretty Charlotte
DJ: Split Second Sound
Catering: Roots Catering
Videographer: Drew Carlisle Videography
Cake: Sky’s the Limit Bridal Sweets
Flowers: Pink Petunia Designs

Modern Peach Watercolor Floral Wedding Invitation

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Summertime has that bright and energetic feeling each year. That’s why today, I’m super excited to add the Modern Peach Watercolor Floral Wedding Invitation to the collection. This suite pairs perfectly with floral bouquets in season during the spring and summer time.

The script is a modern, yet elegant design with touches of sans serif and italics to add depth to the design. You’re welcome to customize your invitation suite with any font from our customization guide.

The RSVP and Details cards carry over the same simple typography with playful touches of script throughout.

The new and improved Peach Watercolor Floral envelope liner consists of soft peach and blush florals with touches of greenery.

Top off the suite with matching envelope printing for your invitation and RSVP envelopes.

The simplicity of this suite really lends itself to several accessories to tie your suite together. My personal favorite is the vellum belly bands but I think a neutral colored satin ribbon would look great with this suite!

Learn more about the different paper and print options from this post or contact us to receive a sample kit so you can see and feel all of our paper options before placing your order.

The Modern Peach Watercolor Floral Invitation Suite has all matching day-of stationery for your wedding from save the dates, menus, place cards, thank you cards and anything else you may need to create a cohesive look for your wedding day.

Other designs you may also like …

Lavender Floral Wedding Invitation
Simple Script Wedding Invitation
Simple Modern Script Wedding Invitation
Pink Watercolor Floral Wedding Invitation

3 Ways to Manage Guest Count

Tips & TricksJenn JurfComment

One of the biggest concerns I hear from clients is how to make it clear that only specific members of a family are invited or that single guests simply can’t bring a plus one. It’s nothing personal but your venue has restrictions so let’s make it easy to manage expectations and make it clear on your invitation who is and is not invited.

 
 

1 | Address Your Invitations Correctly

Whether your opting for a more formal or semi-formal addressing format, the name(s) written on the envelope are the only guest(s) that are invited to your wedding.

For example, if you write:

Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Doe
1234 North Main Street
Walnut Creek, California 94597

Then this is implied that only Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Doe are invited. Any other family members not mentioned on the envelope are not invited.

If you are intending to invite the entire family, then you can either address the envelope as:

Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Doe and Family
or
The Doe Family
or
Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Doe
Elizabeth, Jackson and Michael Doe

To include the names of the other family members.

This same rule applies to plus ones. If two individuals are in a committed relationship though not married, it’s appropriate to address both individuals by full name on the invitation.

If you address the envelope as “Mr. Jonathan Doe and Guest” and the couple breaks up before your wedding, then Jonathan Doe can bring another guest, one who you may not have intended to invite to your wedding.

It’s best to be as specific as possible when addressing your envelopes.

2 | Add This to Your RSVP Card

By simply adding the line:

We have reserved ___ seats in your honor

to your RSVP card, you can clearly state how many seats have been reserved for your invited party.

3 | Go Bold

I strongly recommend adhering to my first two suggestions before writing on the card that your event is adults only. However, if you’re still concerned, about it being clear that children are not invited, you can add the following line to a details card:

While we love your children, this is an adults-only celebration.
or
Although we love to watch your children run and play, this is an adults only kind of day.

I must emphasize again to only use this if you’re concerned the other two recommendations would simply not work for your invited guests.


As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or leave a comment below!

Blush Floral Calligraphy Wedding Invitation

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There’s always a soft spot in our hearts for blush weddings. It’s such a sweet color and so versatile between wedding themes and seasons of the year.

The Blush Floral Calligraphy Wedding Invitation joins the collection today. This suite is a combination between two of our most popular designs: Elegant Blush Floral and Elegant Calligraphy.

The script used throughout this invitation suite is the perfect balance between playful, modern and elegant. We paired this script with a simple serif for the main text with alternating layouts to create a contrast from all caps to lowercase information.

The RSVP and Details cards carry over the same simple typography with playful touches of script throughout.

This simple and classic design pairs well with our Subtle Soft Neutral envelope liner to create a wedding invitation suite perfect for any time of the year. You may also switch out the envelope liner for another design from our collection.

Top off the suite with matching envelope printing for your invitation and RSVP envelopes.

The simplicity of this suite really lends itself to several accessories to tie your suite together. My personal favorite is the vellum belly bands but I think a neutral colored satin ribbon would look great with this suite!

Learn more about the different paper and print options from this post or request a sample kit today so you can see and feel all of our paper options before placing your order.

The Blush Floral Calligraphy Suite has all matching day-of stationery for your wedding from save the dates, menus, place cards, thank you cards and anything else you may need to create a cohesive look for your wedding day.

Other designs you may also like …

Elegant Calligraphy Wedding Invitation
Elegant Blush Floral Wedding Invitation
Botanical Minimalist V2 Wedding Invitation
Navy, Gold and Greenery Wedding Invitation

Hillary & Chris' Middleburg Barn Wedding

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Oh man is this an emotional post to write! First, let me start by saying how much I enjoyed working with Hillary on her and Chris’ wedding invitations. From the very beginning, she had me laughing out loud! In our initial emails and throughout our 7 months working together, I was always so excited to read her emails and bring her wedding stationery vision to life.

Hillary and Chris chose the Elegant Blush Floral design. They added a bit of color with taupe colored envelopes and matching custom stamps.

I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I always have a FOMO on my client’s wedding day as we stationery designers are one of the only vendors not there on the big day. I was teary eyed going through their wedding gallery and I know you will be too!

Vendors

Photography - Audrey Rose Photography
Ceremony venue - St John the Apostle
Reception venue - The Middleburg Barn
Invitations and paper goods - Just Jurf Designs
Bridal gown - Custom made by Cathy Ebrada
Bridesmaids dresses - Azazie
Groomsmen attire - The Black Tux
Florals - Rick’s Flowers
Getaway car - Camelot Classic Cars
DJ and photo booth - Bialek’s Music
Videographer - Well Spun Weddings
Cake - Connie’s Cake Creations
Catering - Smokin Willy BBQ


 

Botanical Minimalist V2 Wedding Invitation Design Launch

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You all know I’m a big fan of my floral envelope liners and this addition is no exception! The Botanical Minimalist V2 Wedding Invitation joins the collection today.

V2 you may ask? Well, as I release these designs into the wild, I try to be as open to receiving feedback from clients on what they like and don’t like about the specific design elements (fonts, colors, etc.). It’s all part of growing and implementing these small changes over time helps us (and my designs in this case) grow to reach their full potential. So you’ll begin to see a few V2 releases coming up as I’m taking your feedback from the years and implementing them into my new designs.

The Botanical Minimalist V2 Wedding Invitation Suite has the same simple typography, though I’ve adjusted to have more traditional wording - spelling out the date, address and giving more space in between each section of the invitation.

Another big change with this invitation suite is removing the lines that were at the top and bottom. Turns out, a single line at the top and bottom is used in funeral announcements in several countries. Once I learned that, I decided it wasn’t really appropriate to have on your wedding invitations.

The RSVP and Details cards carry over the same simple typography with playful touches of script throughout.

The new and improved envelope liner carries over the “Botanical” vibe with white flowers with touches of yellow and greenery.

Top off the suite with matching envelope printing for your invitation and RSVP envelopes.

The simplicity of this suite really lends itself to several accessories to tie your suite together. My personal favorite is the vellum belly bands but I think a neutral colored satin ribbon would look great with this suite!

The Botanical Minimalist V2 Suite has all matching day-of stationery for your wedding from save the dates, menus, place cards, thank you cards and anything else you may need to create a cohesive look for your wedding day.

Other designs you may also like …

Dusty Blue Elegance Wedding Invitation
Simple Modern Script Wedding Invitation
Simple Script Wedding Invitation
Pink Watercolor Floral Wedding Invitation

Word Your Invitations Like a Total Pro!

Tips & TricksJenn JurfComment

Ahh the day is finally here! Actually, it was here a few weeks ago but I can finally take a moment to draw your attention to the new and improved etiquette guide and I couldn’t be more excited about it!

I’ve been working for months on iterating on the etiquette guide to cover more frequently asked questions about wording your wedding invitations!

My goal for this guide was to provide you the resources to word your invitations like a total pro!

Here’s a rundown of what this guide entails:

 
  • The anatomy of a wedding invitation suite - laying out all the cards and understanding what cards to include in your personalized invitations
     

  • The breakdown of the wedding invitation - an overview, line by line about what is mentioned on the wedding invitation itself (and what shouldn’t be included)
     

  • A more detailed explanation and examples of how to format your names, date, time, etc. on your wedding invitation
     

  • A break down of the corresponding RSVP cards, details cards and envelopes with wording and layout suggestions

I really hope this guide is helpful! I’m constantly iterating on the guide so if there is something I missed or you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me!

Simple Elegance Wedding Invitation

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The Simple Elegance Wedding Invitation joins the collection today! This design features a classic serif font throughout the invitation suite with touches of a playful script font. Each card is bordered with an elegant yet modern border design in a soft, taupe color.

This invitation suite is complimented with a matching pale grey envelope liner to accent the border throughout the design.

The Simple Elegance design, as well as all other invitation suites from our collection, can be customized with unique fonts from our customization guide.

We styled this invitation suite with vellum jackets and a blush satin ribbon to keep your invitation suite together in a simple wrap.

The Simple Elegance Wedding Invitation is also available in matching reception stationery. From menus to place cards to thank you cards, we have everything you need to create a cohesive look for your wedding stationery.

You may also like these designs…

Elegant Script Wedding Invitation
Simple Green Wedding Invitation
Classic Gold & Navy Wedding Invitation
Burgundy Poppy Wedding Invitation

Rachel and Ryan's Romantic Spanish Oaks Wedding

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I had the great pleasure of working with Rachel and Ryan to design their wedding save the dates, invitations and reception stationery.

Rachel really thought outside the box to take one of our invitations to the next level. The foundation for their wedding stationery came from the Anemone Floral Wedding Invitation. Take away all of the florals and add in a soft neutral color palette and you have a simple and romantic, yet modern invitation design. Their invitations were printed on cream card stock with pale grey envelope and blush ribbon so naturally, I was swooning over this combination for months!

My heart skipped a beat when I saw their wedding album. I know I’ve mentioned this before but I tear up everytime I see wedding pictures. You can’t fake that look in your eyes!

Vendors:

Invitations and Paper Goods - Just Jurf Designs
Venue - Spanish Oaks Ranch
Photography - Leana Myra Photography
Wedding Coordinator - Buonasera Events
Rentals - SLO Party Rentals
Catering - Taste
DJ - Muir Music
Flowers - Lori Beo Floral
Officiant - Avow Ceremony
Cake - Cakes by Judy
Hair/Makeup - Hanna Fisher & Brooklyn Truderung
Beer Koozies - Sip Hip Hooray
Bridal Gown - A Heart's Desires Bridal/Maggie Sottero

How to Address Your Wedding Invitation Envelopes

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Properly addressing wedding envelopes doesn’t need to be a complete nightmare. I often receive questions from couples about how to properly address envelopes, so I’ve put together this easy guide to help you!

Before we dive in, here are a few general rules about formatting:

  • Use formal titles and full names of your guests

  • Don’t use abbreviations in the address. Spell out words like Street, Apartment and the State.

Below are specific examples of how to formally address your guests:

Married Couple

With the same last name
“Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Doe”
Or
“Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan and Jane Doe”

With different last names
“Mr. Jonathan Doe and Mrs. Jane Dodson”
These names should both be on the same line however, space restriction may require the second name to be on the second line.

Unmarried couple living together

“Mr. Jonathan Doe and Ms. Jane Dodson”
These names should both be on the same line however, space restriction may require the second name to be on the second line.

Families

“Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Doe and Family”
or
“The Doe Family”
or
Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Doe
Jane, Michael and Stephanie

The latter example would be appropriate if you are opting for only 1 outer envelope rather than the inner and outer envelope combination. With this option, children should be on line 2 and space permitting, line 3.

Same Sex Couples

With the same last name
“Mr. and Mr. Jonathan Doe”
Or
“Mr. and Mr. Jonathan and Michael Doe”

Minimalist Leaf Wedding Invitation

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The Minimalist Leaf Wedding Invitation joins the collection today and I couldn’t be more excited about it! This design features a modern script accented by a small, simple leaf growing out of the letters.

I love the simplicity of this design and how versatile it is.

The Minimalist Leaf Wedding Invitation can be customized with different colors to make it unique to your wedding color palette. The envelope liner can also be switched out with any other design.

Introduce your guests to this unique invitation design with envelope addressing. Your return address will include the simple leaf design to carry it throughout your suite.

The Minimalist Leaf Wedding Invitation can also be customized in foil stamping or letterpress to add a lasting impression to your invitation suite.

The Minimalist Leaf Wedding Invitation is also available in matching reception stationery. From menus to place cards to thank you cards, we have everything you need to create a cohesive look for your wedding stationery.

You may also like these designs…

Dusty Blue Elegance Wedding Invitation
Delicate Minimalist Wedding Invitation
Dusty Blue Floral Wedding Invitation
Modern Floral Wedding Invitation

Kayla & Gabe's Wedding Album

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Finally checking this off my list of the 8,000 things I’ve been wanting to do with my business for years: sharing your pictures!! I don’t know about you but anytime I see wedding photos or videos, I start crying even if I don’t know the people!

I love connecting with my clients during their wedding planning journey and seeing the pictures of their big day as all of the details come together! As a stationery designer, I’m one of the only vendors that isn’t there on the actually wedding day so yeah, you can say I usually experience FOMO.

So starting today, you’ll see a lot more real weddings here on the blog as we feature our amazing clients on their wedding day!

Starting with the beautiful Kayla and Gabe! I worked with Kayla to design her letterpress wedding invitations. They chose the Eucalyptus Minimalist design with digital printing to capture the watercolor eucalyptus and letterpress to create that stunning impression! Their photographer, Sarah Botta, did an incredible job of capturing their wedding day and all of its beautiful moments!

Vendors:

Invitations: Just Jurf
Photography: Sarah Botta Photography
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Cake: Gateau Distinctive Cakes
Catering: Marriott Ranch
DJ: A2Z Music Factory
Florist: Samantha Greenfield
Groomsmen and Groom Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Makeup and Hair: Up Do’s for I Do’s
Officiant: Jim Burch

Why There is NOT a New Design Releasing Today

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If you’ve come across my work over the past year, you’ll know that I release a new design every single Friday… until today. This has been a long time coming and it feels so weird to publish this announcement.

Let’s go back in time before I started this journey. My business wasn’t getting off the ground like I had imagined and I knew I had a few flaws that were really holding me back: my design skills were beginner and I only had about 10 designs to choose from. I knew the best way to tackle these challenges was to release new designs as quickly as possible so I started releasing every week.

Fast forward to today, which would have been my 80th design (don’t worry, it will be here next week!) and man have things changed!

First, my design skills have developed a lot. Don’t get me wrong, there’s still a lot of learning that I plan to do but it’s crazy to see how much growth has occurred over the last year! See picture below of design #7, the Monstera Leaf Wedding Invitation.

Secondly, my business has completely taken off more than I ever could have imagined. Not only does it financially support myself and my family but I get to work with amazing clients all day long and guide them through their wedding stationery journey. It’s a very rewarding job and I wouldn’t change it for the world!

But don’t worry, the new designs are not going anywhere! They’re just slowing down a bit to every other Friday.

2 big reasons come into play when making this decision:

1 | I want to spend more time creating higher quality designs. Though there are endless possibilities to creating new designs, I want to focus on only releasing the best of my best for your special day.

2 | There are so many unique ways to use the invitations that are already part of my collection, so I want to show more examples of how a few changes (fonts, colors, envelope liners, etc.) can create a brand new and unique invitation suite.

So moving forward, every other Friday will be a completely new design from scratch. The other Fridays will feature a combination of designs from the current collection, but with a few changes to make one completely new invitation.

Cheers to growth and embracing change!