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Event Planner Spotlight: Lauren Wells Events | New England

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Lauren Wells Events

We are thrilled to introduce New England Based (and Beyond) event planner Lauren Wells, of Lauren Wells Events. We were lucky to meet Lauren a few years ago while we worked with her on her own wedding stationery. Lauren is not only a joy to work with but is full of energy and creative ideas. From photo shoots to event designs to weddings, any lucky person or couple who works with Lauren and her team will be in awe as they help bring your details to life.

Find out more from this wonderful event planner in our Q&A with her and enjoy getting to know a little more about Lauren Wells Events!

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Rustic Wedding

How did you get your start in wedding planning?

While planning our own wedding in 2012, I fell in love with the entire process. Having 6 years of experience in client management/media planning in the ad agency world, much of my professional experience still proved useful, with the addition of an amazing creative outlet.

What types of locations or settings are very popular now?

In New England, there is definitely a trend towards the more rustic, barn and camp type venues, although the beach will never go out of style here. Boston has great potential for really neat, brick and beam industrial spaces, and I would love to see a push towards more of those!

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What are your favorite color combos?

On a personal level, I am drawn to neutrals and soft grays. Clean, with lots of light. On an event level, I love playing with color, and really can't pick a favorite combo!

What are some wedding details you “insist” couples include or try to avoid in their wedding?

I insist on meaningful details - I try to understand which details will truly highlight the couple and bring smiles to each of their guests, and really mean something. In terms of details I try to avoid, that is a trick question! There can never be too much attention to detail.

Is there a wedding favor you’ve seen that’s been your favorite?

I am going to sound incredibly biased, but I would have to say the favors my husband created for his groomsmen. He handmade survival kits out of cedar, with a hatchet, matches and engraved lighter inside.

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What is one detail you cherish at a wedding?

The moment the ceremony starts, the excitement is silent and palpable, and the bride begins to walk towards her groom - my heart literally melts, and I cry every time.

What is the most important thing you tell brides?

Relax, and have fun. Remember what it is all about: you and the love of your life, celebrating this incredible relationship you have built with one another. The second you lose sight of that, and begin to focus more on Pinterest than the person sitting beside you, you are in it for all the wrong reasons.

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When someone is looking for a planner, what are some good questions to ask at the meeting?

I think it is important to ask personal questions, to see if you connect with the planner. You don't have to be best friends with whomever you hire, but you do want to like that person enough that you are excited to spend the biggest weekend of your life with them. I would definitely ask to see past client reviews, as well as past events. I would also ask for an understanding of the entire process, and how things generally work. More than anything, I would recommend you ask whatever questions you may have - that is what we are here for!

Your Top tips for brides and grooms planning their wedding?

Focus in on what is most important to you, in order, and prioritize those wants. Budgets are real, and they matter, so having a list of what means the most to you will make it easier to stick within that budget and still have the perfect day.

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Lauren Wells Events Team

Photography by: Cambria Grace Photography | Our Labor of Love

Printable Easter Candy Bag

It's hard to believe, but Easter is just around the corner! This printable template will help you put together a great candy bag for friends and family. Whether you put them in Easter baskets, pass them out at an egg-hunt, or use them as Easter dinner decorations, this printable Candy Bag Top is a fun addition to any springtime celebration.

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Candy Bag Printable for Easter

Wedding Stationery Checklist

Preparing for your wedding day can be an exciting, yet overwhelming process. However, don’t let all the options of wedding stationery worry you because we are here to help! If you’re not sure what stationery to include, we have created a stationery checklist of the common (and optional) pieces to order before, during and after the big day. We will also cover the details you will need for each piece to make your wedding stationery experience a breeze!

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This Wedding Stationery Checklist can be downloaded for free on our Printables page.

Before the Wedding

Once you have found a venue for your ceremony, get started on your save the dates, and wedding invitations. The sooner the better in giving your guests more time and advanced notice about your wedding day.

Engagement Invitations

Engagement Parties are held to announce and celebrate the couple’s recent engagement with friends and family.

  • Have the engagement party no later than 3 months after the engagement.
  • Information to include: the names of the couple getting married as well as the date and address. Also be sure to add the name of the host and when to RSVP by.

Be My Bridesmaid Cards (optional)

  • Sending this card to the ladies who you want to be a part of your journey is a special gesture.
     Be sure to check out our DIY printable Bridesmaids Cards for your special group of ladies.

Save the Date

A Save the Date is sent to everyone who will be invited to the wedding so they can “Save the Date.” Aim to have these sent out at least 6 months before the wedding or up to 12 months out for a destination wedding.

  • Types of Save the Dates: Magnet, Photo card, Postcards and E-mail.
  • Information to include: the couple’s names, wedding date and the city and state of where the ceremony will be held.
  • If you have a wedding website, add this information to provide your guests with all of the details to prepare for the big day. (optional)

Wedding Invitation Suite

Begin shopping for your Wedding Invitation stationery roughly 8 months out from the wedding day.

Wedding Invitations

This is the key piece to the suite and is a detailed and formal announcement of your wedding day information.

  • Information to include: the names of the couple, wedding day, date and time as well as the venue name and address. Need help with wording? Visit our Stationery Etiquette page
  • Mail your wedding invitations 8 - 10 weeks prior to the wedding date for local weddings and about 12 weeks in advance for destination weddings.

Response cards

A response card is used for your guest to RSVP to your wedding, as well as helps organize your headcount for the reception. The response date should be set about 4 weeks prior to the wedding date.

  • RSVPs can be sent electronically, as a postcard reply or with an envelope for guests to send back to you. TIP: Have your envelopes for the response card pre-addressed and stamped for a quick reply.
  • Information to include: a space for your guests to write their names, accept/decline line, entrée selection with a list of entrees for your guests to choose from.

Enclosure cards

An enclosure card is a separate card from the wedding invitation that provides your guests with specific details for the wedding day. Examples of uses for an enclosure card would be:

Reception card - A reception card is included when the wedding ceremony and reception are going to be held in two different locations.

  • Information to include: time, date, venue name and address
  • Attire information

Directions card - A card that includes concise directions as well as any provided transportation service.

  • Information to include: the address for the ceremony and reception and the driving directions to the venues. You can even include a map.
  • If you plan on providing transportation for your guests, be sure to include information such as the pick up/drop off times, location and how transportation will be arriving.

Accommodations card - An accommodation card provides helpful details for out of town guest.

  • Information to include: a list of nearby hotels with the name, address and phone number.
  • For group room blocks, provide the name or code of the discount guests to reference when placing their reservations.

Wedding events card - If you plan on having other activities during your wedding weekend for your guest to attend, an event card should be added to your invitation set.

  • Information to include: a schedule of events with the times, dates and locations.

Belly Bands

Including a belly band is a great way to tie your invitation set together. Belly bands hold together all the components of your wedding invitation suite by completing the look and providing a beautiful presentation!

Wedding day Stationery

Begin to order these components once you have mailed out your invitations. Some of the stationery may have to wait until closer to the wedding to order because they may depend on the amount of guest attending.

Programs

A wedding program is a detail of information of what is taking place during the wedding. Start working on the details for your program about 1 month prior to the big day.

  • Information to include: Your names and wedding date, the names and titles of the wedding party, order of events, songs/hymns, welcome message, readings, memorials of loved ones.
  • Optional: Include a brief description for those guests who are not familiar with the ceremony rites.
  • Programs can be placed at the guest’s seat or laid out decoratively for guests to take.

Place Card/ Table Numbers

Place cards are printed cards that inform guests where to sit at the reception and are placed at the table in front of their seat. A table number is a printed card that designates each table with a number.

  • Be sure to set out the cards early and visible from the entrance of the reception.
  • Include the name of your guest on the place card.
  • Include the table number or name for table numbers.

Menu

A menu card is placed at each table for the reception dinner to let guest know what will be served.

  • Include the list of the courses and meals being provided.

Wedding Stationery for After the Wedding

You’ve said your I do’s and finally got hitched, but the last thing to do is to send out your thank you cards to express your gratitude to your guests and vendors.

Thank you cards

Thank you cards are sent to your guests who attending your wedding, vendors who you worked with, and to those who sent gifts.

  • Send thank you notes within 2 weeks after receiving a gift, if it is given before the wedding.
  • Wedding thank you cards can be sent out up to 3 months after the wedding.
  • Be sure to hand write your thank you cards as this makes it personal.

For more helpful guidelines on when to send your Save the Dates, to wording ideas for invitations, guest lists, planning the wedding and more, visit our Wedding Stationery Tips. As your wedding stationer we have the information you’re looking for. If you have any questions, contact us, we are always happy to help!

Rain Blessed Wedding

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mountain view

Today’s real wedding features Jenn and Paolo, who were married on the beautiful island of Oahu, Hawaii. Having each moment captured by their photographers, One Love Photo, this couple showed us what the day is truly about, even when some unexpected moments arise. Read more from the Bride about the vision for their special day and experience their moments in a tropical paradise filled with splendor, family and fun.

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Jenn tells us about their choice in venue: "We had a few hiccups with our location. Originally, we were planning on a church wedding with the reception somewhere else (that's actually what is printed on our invitations) but we made some last minute changes (thank goodness for RSVP websites) and ended up having the ceremony and the reception at the Dillingham Ranch. It's a beautiful venue that has a lot of charm and it was perfect for us because we didn't have to do anything to make it gorgeous. We left the property do all of the wooing and it worked!"

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before seeing each other
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first look
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happy

Our ceremony was really special to the both of us. It was full of so much love, a few surprises and lots of happy tears. Our best friend officiated the ceremony for us, my uncle opened up with a prayer and a blessing, my dad surprised us with an amazing song that he performed with people from both of our families and we wrote our own vows. It was really important for us to be authentic to ourselves as individuals but to also honor and respect the love we have for one another and for our family and friends.

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married

What advice can you offer to couples who are currently in the planning stage of their wedding? "Do what works best for the both of you. It's hard to really strip things down and try to figure out what you want, when everyone has an opinion, but honestly do what works best for the both of you. I got caught up in things (menus, seating charts, signs, straws, etc) and at the end of the day none of that was actually important to us but it was still hard to let go of the idea of what I thought I wanted for the wedding. Stay true to your love and do what makes you happy."

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The biggest highlight of the day for the couple was their first dance in the rain. They tell us, "We pushed back and held our own about not renting a tent for the day and I know that it gave a lot of people anxiety but it was hands down the best decision we made about rentals because it resulted in the most magical moment, ever."

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The Minimalist Invitation

Photography by: Heather & Jon Almeda / One Love Photo / OneLovePhoto.com | Wedding Venue: Dillingham Ranch, Hawaii | Wedding Invitation: The Minimalist | Floral Design: Marie Blooms | Wedding Dress: Dress Theory, Seattle | Catering: Island Lu’au | Rentals: Hawaii Tents & Events |DJ: Mobile DJ Services | Lawn Games: Ever After Events

How to assemble your Wedding Invitations

Congratulations, you’ve completed designing your wedding invitations! Now it’s time to get to work at assembling and addressing envelopes. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time as the invitations should be mailed out 6-8 weeks prior to your wedding date. With all the details you may need to provide your guests, there may be a few inserts that you have included in the set. To ensure that you present your invitations to family and friends properly, we’ve outlined the traditional rule of thumb to help you in assembling your wedding invitations.

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Assembled Invitation components

1. The wedding invitation should be placed at the bottom, facing right side up when pulled out of the envelope.

2. On top of the invitation should be your wedding invitation components, also facing right side up, and placed from largest to smallest. These cards can be placed on top of the Invitation as follows:

  • Reception/Details Enclosure Card
  • Accommodations Enclosure Card
  • Maps/Directions Enclosure Card
  • Response Card: place the response card underneath the flap of the return envelope. Note that the envelope should already have a stamped and be pre-addressed with the mailing address of whomever will be receiving these cards.

3. Once all pieces are gathered, complete the look by wrapping a belly band around your stationery. Our belly bands can be easily secured with the use of double-sided tape.

4. Lastly, insert your wedding stationery into the envelope, facing you right side up so this is the first thing your guests see when opening the envelope.

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completed invitation

Additional helpful tips:

  • Before purchasing postage, prepare one completed invitation and bring to your local postage to ensure the correct postage for the envelope.
  • Mark your response cards with a number and match the number to your guest list. This will help keep you organized when you receive the cards, as some guests forget to put their names on the card. Review our blog on How to get your guests to RSVP for helpful tips on how to organize your guest response cards.
  • The envelopes should be hand addressed, printed or written in calligraphy. These are to be addressed using proper titles, nicknames and abbreviations are not recommended. Visit our blog on how to address your wedding invitations for more.

DIY Ranch Wedding on Style Me Pretty

We are excited to share this Real Wedding of Brittany & Aaron, a lovely couple whom we were happy to work with on their wedding day stationery. They were recently featured on Style Me Pretty, which highlights their beautiful wedding day photos and video. Visit Style Me Pretty for more photos taken by our friends Studio Castillero.


Brittany and Aaron choose our Just My Type Wedding Invitation & Response Card for their wedding stationery.

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Heart in Hand Romantic Wedding

We are excited to share some wedding day photos of a couple we were lucky to work with. As Hannah and John's wedding day stationer, it was great to see how the couples Heart and Hand Wedding Invitation tied in perfectly to their special day. Photos taken by our friends, Studio Castillero, captured how intimate and whimsical the day was for the couple's beautiful union. To read more on Hannah and John’s inspiration for their wedding day check out their story on Green Wedding Shoes.

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the bride
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heart in hand invitation

New wedding invites to invite your wedding guests in style!

Invite your family and friends in style with our latest wedding invitation suites. All design suites come in many matching stationery items, such as save the date cards, response cards and enclosure cards. Hope you like them! :)

Unique wedding invites
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Unique wedding invites 
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See our latest wedding invitation designs here

What to include in your wedding invitations

Your wedding stationery is the first impression of your marriage celebration. Finding the perfect stationery that fits your theme and style will set the tone for your special day. There are many key components that are included into your wedding invitations so as to provide your guests with all the wedding day details. Below we have broken down the components of what should be included in your wedding invitation suite.

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Invitation components

Outer Envelope
Enclosed in the outer envelope are the optional inner envelope, the main wedding invitation, response card, and any enclosure cards you may have. Written on the outside of this envelope is the formal name and address of your invited guests and the mailing stamp is placed on the upper right hand corner. The return address can be included on the back flap of the envelope.

Belly Band
Belly Bands are a great way to complete the look of your wedding package by tying in your wedding stationery together and can be used in place of the Inner Envelope. The use of a Belly Band will help secure your inserts together presenting the suite nicely to your guests upon receiving your invitations.

Invitation
The main part of the wedding stationery, which provides the general information of who is hosting, who is getting married, the date, time and location of the ceremony.

Response Card
In order to know how many guests will be coming, a response card allows your friends and family to reply back with their attendance of the wedding. Whether you choose to send a card or postcard, be sure to have the envelope or postcard already stamped and addressed to whomever is in charge of the RSVPs, before placing them into the invitation set.

Enclosure Cards
There are many types of enclosure cards that you may provide your guest to give additional wedding day details. Other details may also be included on this card such as specific attire, alternate location and website information as well. Listed below are some popular uses for an enclosure card.

Reception card: If you plan on having your wedding ceremony and reception at two different locations, adding a reception enclosure card will help direct your guests after the ceremony with the venue name and address.

Accommodation Card: It is thoughtful to include an accommodations card with affordable nearby hotels for your out of town guests. Many couples may even have a specific hotel where they are holding a group rate. Be sure to include the name of the hotel, address, phone number, website and the established a rate code for your guests.

Directions and Transportation Card: This enclosure card can include a map and/or written directions to the ceremony and reception. If local transportation is available you can provide this information such as parking, public transit lines, and airlines.

Additional Wedding Events Card: If you plan on having other weekend activities for your guests to enjoy, including a weekend events enclosure card is the perfect way to provide these details. This card can provide guests with a schedule of events such as the arrival welcome dinner/reception, golfing with the groom or even the post-wedding brunch.

Be sure to browse through our variety of Wedding Invitations, Response cards, and Enclosure cards. If your not sure on how to word any of components of your wedding package, check out our wedding stationery etiquette guide and as always contact us, if you have any questions, we are happy to help!

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Have you ordered your FREE samples yet for wedding invitations and save the dates? For a limited time, enjoy our sample package absolutely FREE!

To order a free sample package, visit our sample package order page. Enter code SAMPLES at check out.

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