At Cheree Berry Paper, our passion lies in helping couples create a personalized wedding stationery suite that feels like their own and stands out from the run-of-the-mill wedding invitations. These are our top five tips to figure out how to interject your personalities into your wedding paper and create a fun and unique set of wedding stationery.
5 Fun Ways to Incorporate your Style into your Wedding Stationery
1. Hidden details! We love incorporating unexpected and hidden details into the invitation suite. If you have a pattern on your invitation, it is always fun to hide your initials in the pattern! Do not use your married monogram yet - use your first name initials (it is etiquette-proof)! You’ll be surprised by how many of your guests will love and notice these small surprises.
2. Similar Interests? Do you and your fiancé share a mutual love of food, running or music?If so, let it show in your paper! One couple had golf clubs and golf balls hidden in the border of their wedding invitation. If you love food and wine consider backing your invitation in real cork! Or showcase your pet under the reply envelope flap…
3. Customize your postage stamps! Don’t forget that the first thing your guests will see when opening your save-the-date or invitation is the envelope. Create custom postage stamps that compliment the invitation design or use vintage stamps that represent you as a couple or your wedding location.
4. Use your venue/location as inspiration! Whether you are getting married in Vermont, Las Vegas, or on the beach in the Hamptons, use your location and its unique details to help inspire your wedding stationery. Check out the barn invitation for a Vermont wedding and the library reception card for a wedding at the Boston Public Library!
5. Embrace your favorite color! Many brides and grooms shy away from color in their invitation suite because it feels less “traditional.” However, you can most definitely incorporate pops of color even if you want your invitation set to feel formal and traditional. Incorporate your favorite color in more-subtle ways such as a colored reception card or hand painted edging on the invitation.
Do not be afraid to tell your stationer about you as a couple. The more info we know the more we can help create the perfect stationery suite for you!
The bridesmaid has a never-ending list of details and responsibilities to make the bride's wedding experience a dreamy one. Below are the essentials to stay on track.
- - Get wedding-day time line from the bride
- - Attend hair and makeup appointments, if applicable
- - Bring wedding toast, if applicable
- - Arrive at specified time, either already dressed or with dress and other necessities in hand
- - Help bride with any preparations
- - Smile and pose for photographs
- - Follow instructions for processional
- - Help greet guests
- - Check to see that bride is eating, etc.
- - Mingle with guests and dance with groomsmen
- - Assist bride and groom with departure
Whenever Merci New York plans an engagement session, the very first thing we do is learn about the couple. For example, who they are, what they like and what they dislike about the engagement sessions they see on blogs. This may sound obvious, but it's a very important step in making sure we create a shoot that speaks to the couple, their lives, and their love for each other.
When I met with Holly and Carlos to develop their e-session inspiration board, they shared that they love classic New York City spaces, Mad Men style (but don't want anything too vintage or inspired), dislike flowers (who would have known?!) and never find themselves in the subways, i.e. they don't want any of the "overdone" station or streetscape shots. Essentially, they wanted an engagement session that spoke to their chic, classic New York lifestyles. And so we delivered.
Rent the Runway was a perfect closet to pull looks from. Every bride to be wants to look amazing for the photos she will keep forever but there’s no need to spend lots of cash on getting the shot. For Holly's looks, I was drawn to the gold lurex accents in both the "day" and "night" outfits we crafted. Milly does an amazing job of injecting a bit of vintage, sixties style into their prints and silhouettes, so it was the perfect fit for Holly's love for the "Mad Men" look, as well as our need to keep the shoot current and not too costumed.
Day look: To keep Holly looking modern, we balanced the dainty lace on the Milly dress with Cara's Rocker Chain Necklace, another black chain for length, and AV Max's Glitzy Glamour cuff. Her look was finished with some very opaque tights and her own suede wedge booties.
We decided to work with a palette of black and gold for both of her looks, so that the engagement session had consistency (and looked fabulous when finally placed in an album). I think that's something brides often forget: Outfit changes are fantastic (the more the better), but it's really imperative to make sure your outfits sit well with each other. Complimentary colors and fabrics juxtaposed with varying silhouettes, hair, make-up and accessories = absolute perfection.
Here are some of my favorite shots from the engagement shoot. All the best to Holly and Carlos!
There are so many great options in wedding photography available now to couples, and it can be almost overwhelming to know how to find the best match. As a seasoned wedding photographer and studio owner, I’ve had a lot of experience working with couples to find a photographer and style that works best for them.
For the next couple of weeks, I will be sharing my best suggestions for booking your wedding photographer in Booking Your Wedding Photographer: Tips Series by Christian Oth. Following these tips will get you one step closer to getting great photographs that you’ll be able to cherish for years to come.
Week One Focus: Versatility
Is your photographer versatile? With weddings, one thing is for sure--things can change on the spot. Before each wedding, I try to pre-visualize many of the shots I will take that day. However, no matter how carefully planned they are, they tend to be dynamic and with certain unpredictable elements, so I try to get the images that I had planned but when situations change or I am inspired by a new idea, that then becomes the main focus. The best way to find out if your photographer is able to adapt to different situations is to look at several different wedding portfolios. Can they get good photographs in both bright sunlight and rainy weather? Can you recognize certain shots that are in-the-moment?
Have they photographed a wedding with similar elements as yours? If you are having a destination wedding on a beach, you will want to make sure that your photographer is experienced and comfortable shooting this type of wedding. Similarly, if you are having a winter wedding that takes place indoors, you should make sure that your photographer is skilled at capturing light in an interior venue.