wedding tips

  • Paper Hearts on a Podcast!

    So You Said Yes – The Dos and Don’ts of Wedding Planning is a podcast by Brittany Anne‘s and it covers topics such as finding the perfect wedding dress, the appropriate venue and now it answers important questions about your wedding invitations! Brittany met with me in my studio where we chatted all things paper. Some hot topics discussed were the contents wedding invitation suite, how much postage you may need, plus my tips and tricks for staying within your stationery budget while still having a beautiful design!

    If you’re just beginning to plan your wedding and want more information about invitations, start by downloading my printable wedding stationery timeline and filling out this form to tell me all about your wedding.

    You can hear the whole episode by following the link below (it also includes helpful information from Haley of Studio Lane Calligraphy about watercolor designs) and don’t forget to subscribe to listen to all of Brittany’s Wedding Planning topics!

    Episode 6: Save the Dates, Invitations, & More!

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  • An Inside Look At My Top Five Favorite Materials

    All designers have their own creative style, their speciality, their niche. I like to consider myself as a clean white space dominate designer with soft and romantic details. Typography also plays a large part in my designs. I like to use clean serif and sans-serif fonts (those regular fonts), and carefully selected script fonts with glyphs (those swirly extras). Since starting my business in 2011, I’ve had the opportunity to use many many different materials to design and build my custom wedding suites. Here’s an inside look at my top five favorite materials to use.

    photo by Jessica Fike Photography

    1. Wedding White Card Stock
    This cardstock is my favorite and my go-to stock choice. It is a soft white, not a stark white, and is thick and sturdy for invitations and enclosure cards. If you have a soft or natural color palette I will more than likely chose this paper for your invitations.

     

    photo by Caitlin’s Living Photography

    2. Envelope Liners
    Envelope liners are a great way to add a pop of color or a pattern to your invitation. It’s another chance to use watercolor florals or place a wedding crest/monogram on the suite.

     

    Paper Hearts Invitations Envelope Printing Morgantown

    photo by Ashton Kelley Photography

    3. Watercolor Florals
    If you’ve been following my work or browsed my portfolio, you can see that I LOVE watercolor florals on my wedding invitation designs. The digital graphics come in many colors and designs to fit just about anyone’s wedding theme or colors. I have a few go-to websites to purchase my watercolor art from, including Creative Market and Etsy. I do not paint my own watercolor art, but I enjoy supporting other talented artists!

     

    photo by Caitlin’s Living Photography

    4. Belly Bands
    Like envelope liners, belly bands are another way to add a pop of color, pattern or material to your invitation suite. I also love their practical purpose; holding all of the cards together! When brides are deciding which add-ons to keep and which they can live without, I always suggest keeping the belly band for practical and astheic purposes.

     

    photo by Marcellaneous Photography

    5. Moody Hues
    Step aside blush pink, they moody hues are here! For a long time, like 5 years, shimmer blush pink was my go-to for envelope color. I loved how it matched just about every color scheme and my brides fell in love with the soft shimmer and elegance. Don’t get me wrong, it is still absolutely beautiful to use, but the wedding color trend is shifting to more moody colors like burgundy, navy, hunter green and black. I’m going to also throw it out there that dusty blues and dusty rose pinks are also becoming a trend. I consider these moody as well because they are an alternative to the traditional light blue and blush pink that we saw in weddings for many years. I’m loving a good dusty blue envelope.

    If you have any questions about how you can incorporate these top five elements into your wedding suite you can contact me to discuss your options. I’m always happy to help and chat about my love of paper!

    Allison Kotarsky

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