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Casey’s Custom Wedding Invites

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Two months from today, I will walk down the aisle to marry my best friend! I can hardly believe it…October 11th is drawing near and soon I’ll officially be Mrs. Finn.

Luckily, the wedding planning process has been smooth sailing so far. We’re both pretty organized people, and we’ve got lots of spreadsheets and excel files tracking everything for the wedding #nerdalert. Because we’ve been engaged for such a long time (20 months!), we’ve had the opportunity to slowly check off the big items on our wedding to-do list. That way we’re not completely overwhelmed, and we can try to enjoy the whole planning process. So when it came to picking a wedding invitation, we were in no rush to just go with any ol’ invite. Nope, we wanted to enjoy the process and choose something that really fit our theme and budget.

Enter, Sydney from Studio255. We met this creative genius back in November of last year, when she shared some tips to add extra glam to your holiday snail mail. Both Bridget & I ended up sending out holiday cards from her shop, and we instantly fell in love with her adorable designs.

I then used Sydney yet again when it came time to jazz up our Save The Date postcards. She designed a custom stamp for us, and I’ve been stamping away ever since.

So, when it came to choosing a wedding invitation vendor…there was no competition, it was Studio255 all the way. I emailed Sydney, and we scheduled a time to chat over the phone. I told her our budget, theme, and vision for the invites…and right away she understood what we wanted to accomplish. She emailed us about 10 personalized options, and we all worked together to tweak the designs until we settled on the right look for us.

Wedding-Invitations-EnvelopesHere are the final invitations, aren’t they gorgeous? I’m not gonna lie, this was Finn’s big project for the wedding. For some reason he was really into the invitations, so I let him make the big decisions. He wanted something that was easy to read, easy to understand, and invites that weren’t over the top formal. I think he nailed it. Stacked-Gray-Wedding-InvitesWe initially tried out a few color options for the invitations, but nothing ever felt right to us. (In fact, at one point we added purple to the design and Finn said “This looks a little too much like Lent.” Ohhhhh boy.) Our bridesmaids are wearing varying shades of gray and silver, so we decided that this color option would work best for the invitations. Nice and simple.

Love-Story
Vows-Written-on-backWe added a few personal touches to the wording, like when we call out our “love story”. Because our wedding has a subtle theme of “love letters”, we definitely wanted this to be incorporated into the invite, so we also added some script to the back of the invitation. (Fun fact: The subtle, cursive words are actually our vows!)

Cursive-HeartAnother detail Sydney incorporated into the design, is this cursive heart. It was on our wedding stamp, so she carried the same look through and added it to the border of the invitation.

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Finally, to keep all of the papers neatly together we added some silvery baker’s twine to the mix. It reminds me of tying up a stack of love letters with string, and I thought it fit the look of the wedding, while adding some texture.

Invitation-Tied-UpMy lovely mother offered to put them all together, and bless her heart she did a fantastic job. I’m one lucky bride to have her on my wedding staff.

Casey-loves-MichaelI could go on and on about our wedding invites, but I don’t want to bore you with details. I’m just thrilled with how they turned out, and I can’t say enough good things about working with Sydney from Studio255. She was organized, efficient, and she dealt with our endless tweaks and modifications to her designs. Hall of Fame Graphics Queen in my playbook. If you’re looking for custom invites (or even just a cute address stamp!)…go to her. Seriously, you won’t regret it.

Gray-Wedding-InvitesBut the very best part about our wedding invites…

They were light enough to only need 1 stamp to ship! Woo woo! It’s the little thing in life isn’t it?

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Alysia you should totally get one! We have one that has our address on it too (I think Bridget has one as well). Such a good idea and really “classes up” any letters or cards we send! Studio 255 on Etsy..she is awesome to work with and I think the stamps are relatively inexpensive.

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      Alysia you should totally get one! We have one that has our address on it too (I think Bridget has one as well). Such a good idea and really “classes up” any letters or cards we send! Studio 255 on Etsy..she is awesome to work with and I think the stamps are relatively inexpensive.

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PaperStreetPress Wedding Thanks You’s

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(Disclaimer: We have partnered with the Etsy Shop, Paper Street Press, to bring you this post. However, all opinions expressed are our own and are not influenced by Paper Street Press.)
Our wedding thank you notes were recently sent out and the moment we dropped those puppies in the mailbox, we were officially DONE with our wedding to-do list. As much as the wedding season was absolutely incredible, I am thrilled to officially pass the bridal torch to my fellow rookie and BFF bride. Go Casey, go!!
But before I do that, let me give you the 411 on our personalized thank you notes from this ah-mazing Etsy Shop.
I am obsessed with the work that Paper Street Press does & these personalized thank you notes did not let me down. I sent this image where Matt and I are sitting in front of an old school chalkboard, and Nicci from Paper Street Press worked her magic and came up with this fitting design in less than 24 hours.
I think by the time I sent the design over, gave her a little insight as to what I was looking for, and daydreamed about what the cards would look like, I had the proof waiting in my inbox. My kind of business!
On the back of the note cards, Matt and I (and yes, I mean both of us) wrote personal messages to the wonderful people in our lives.
Rookie Tip: A helpful groom is essential in getting this done in a timely manner =) #luckygirl
A few hours later, we had written, addressed, & stamped a whole stack of thank you’s, and we were d.o.n.e. with all things wedding!! Oh, and we also snuck photos of our guests from our DIY photo booth into the envelopes too.
And just like that, all things Matt and Bridget’s wedding are fading out…except for our wedding pics, of course. We still have to share those once we get the digital copies, who knew it takes so long to get your wedding pics?!
If you’re just tuning in, here’s a few wedding season highlights:
Our wedding pictures (coming soon)
PS. Paper Street Press isn’t just for brides. This talented shop also has some pretty amazing baby announcements, save-the-dates and invitations! Not only are they made completely personal using your  photos, they are available in print OR as a printable file for those who are trying to cut party costs.  Love them!!
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    “Rookie Tip: A helpful groom is essential in getting this done in a timely manner =) #luckygirl”

    ha! This made me laugh out loud because I wrote every one of our thank you cards! haha! I didn’t mind, though, and my husband was there to remind me who gave us what and which family members went together. It was a team effort, but my right hand got all the cramps 😉

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    “Rookie Tip: A helpful groom is essential in getting this done in a timely manner =) #luckygirl”

    ha! This made me laugh out loud because I wrote every one of our thank you cards! haha! I didn’t mind, though, and my husband was there to remind me who gave us what and which family members went together. It was a team effort, but my right hand got all the cramps 😉

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Vintage Wedding Programs wrapped in Lace

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(Disclaimer: We have partnered with Em Ruth Etsy Shop to bring you this post. As always, the opinions & ideas expressed are 100% our own. Now back to your regularly scheduled post)
Breaking news: Bridget is off the market!!
Yup, the rumors are true… Matt & I officially tied the knot this past weekend (check out our Instagram to see the Rookies all dressed up), and we can’t wait to share all of the photos, stories, and the DIY projects that were a part of our big day!
In the meantime, here’s the scoop on our wedding programs and reception booklets. Thanks to this amazing etsy shop, this wedding paper definitely captures the “vintage” & “classic” feel that we were striving for….
classy wedding paper
Matt and I used this ring & bow-tie combo as the ‘trademark’ on ALL of our wedding paper. It was all designed and created by the amazing Emily from Em Ruth on Etsy.com. When I say amazing, I mean one-of-a-kind, professional, creative, timely, over-the-top AMAZING! I would HIGHLY recommend teaming up with Emily to create programs (or any paper products) for your next event- you won’t be disappointed.
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For the ladies at the ceremony, I wrapped each of the ceremony programs in lace and finished them off with a cream bow.
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Here’s a closer look at these stunners. The gentlemen at the ceremony were given a plain booklet with no lace. I thought this was a fun way to add a little old-fashioned “his” vs “hers” to the mix. (Plus, I didn’t think the gentlemen in the crowd would appreciate the lace nearly as much as the fabulous ladies would).
I loved the stunning detail that this lace added to the very simple wedding programs.
typewriter and pearls
The old fashioned typewriter helped kick-off the reception in old fashioned style. This typewriter held pearls and a note that said, “take a booklet and enjoy your night”. The reception booklet was also created by the amazing Emily and was a “guide” to the evening. I wanted to create (or at least help create) something that was unique and original. So instead of picking up place cards to find a seat as guests arrived at the reception, each guest picked up a booklet to browse through the evening’s festivities while also identifying what lucky table they were sitting at. The books helped give the guests something to browse and chat about throughout cocktail hour and was the perfect personal touch.
The front cover read,
“The wedding celebration of Matthew & Bridget Matkovich, December 28th 2013”
WEdding programs
When the guests opened the book, they saw our favorite “love” quote, a list of the night’s festivities, and our signature ring/bow-tie combo. The quote read, “Life’s a happy song when there’s someone by your side to sing along” -The Muppets.
The book then went on to give each guest a peek into the night’s events. The list of events included the a reminder about the DIY photo booth that doubled as our guestbook (more on that soon!) and included the important songs we danced to throughout the evening. It also gave a sneak peek into dessert (my favorite part of every meal) and the dancing (my favorite part of every wedding).
what his side should know about her
One of my favorite parts of the booklet was the pages that read, “what HIS side should know about HER” and “what HER side should know about HIM”. We each listed a few “fun facts” about us as individuals, which gave all of the guests a little extra something to giggle about while also giving each of our “new families” some insider information about the other. Everyone really seemed to enjoy these entertaining and unique snippets of info.
After that page, we inserted an alphabetical list of everyone’s seating assignments and titled it, “Mr. & Mrs. Matkovich’s Seating Chart” — only because we’re both teachers, so it seemed fitting and a fun little play on words. (I didn’t picture this page because I didn’t want to compromise anyone’s name that maybe didn’t want to appear on the blog).
I thought this seating chart was a different way to communicate the seats, keep the overwhelming rush of people to the place-card table to a minimum, and a chance to remind guests of another guest’s name that they may have forgotten over the years. It was almost like a directory of guests for that evening. I think it definitely worked well!
reception booklet
And last but very not least, the last two pages explained the menu details and shared a thank you note to all of our amazing friends and family. To us, this thank you note was so, so important. We definitely wanted to do everything we could to communicate to our guests how amazing each and every one of them IS and how truly blessed we are to have them in our lives.
Overall, the wedding paper was far more fabulous than I ever expected thanks to this Etsy Shop. The design, the paper choice, the print and every detail in between was all compliments of Emily and her crazy creativity! She definitely helped make our special day one that we will never forget!   
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Etsy Shop Hall of Fame: Studio 255

Looking for a new way to add a little extra glam to your holiday cards this year? Look no further!! We have recruited Sydney from the fabulous Etsy Shop, Studio 255, to give us the details on all things holiday mail. Where to find the best postage stamps, when to send out those beloved cards, or where to buy the best envelope dressings <– she’s got us covered! 

What is your etsy shop all about? 

My Etsy shop, Studio255, mostly features address stamps and holiday cards (usually for the Christmas season & Valentines Day).
How did you get involved in this business?
I’ve been designing custom wedding stationery for 3 years now, and in the midst of that, I myself got engaged. By the time our wedding rolled around, my now-husband and I decided that we’d spent enough money on the big day, so our wedding presents to each other should be something thoughtful under $30. I got him a carved wooden box for his cuff links, watches and rings – and he had two rubber stamps made for me, one of my company logo and the other of our wedding monogram. It wasn’t until that point that I thought to enter into the world of rubber stamps, and I expanded my stationery company to include an Etsy shop full of stamps.
We love glamorous snail mail, but don’t always know how to dress up an envelope on a budget. What tips would you offer our readers as they prepare to send out holiday cards and want to step up their game in the process?
If you have the time to cut out envelope liners, I think a fun and inexpensive route to take would be using wrapping paper that compliments your holiday card design. I like to stick liners in place with scrapbooking squares, though double sided tape works just as well. Other quick tips would be to coordinate the color ink that you use to address your envelopes with the color of ink pad that you stamp your address in, purchase holiday postage stamps, and a roll of gold washi tape or some holiday stickers are a great way to make sure your envelopes stay shut.
Where do you suggest we shop for our creative mailing needs? 
For ink pads my go-to is Paper Source, I LOVE the VersaMagic and Brilliance brand ink pads – I find that they leave the cleanest imprint. The wrapping paper that I used as an envelope liner (photographed) is from Paper Source as well. USPS.com has a large selection of postage stamps – way more than any single post office location has in stock – so that you can find the design that best compliments what you’re sending. See the difference in the below photo…
If you could only buy ONE item to step up your snail mail game, what would that ONE item be? 
Outside of suggesting that you purchase one of my gorgeous address stamps, I’d say the easiest and most cost effective ways to jazz up your envelope is through the postage stamp that you select – the fun designs on usps.com don’t cost any more than the regular flag stamps. I’ll probably be stocking up on their gingerbread design for my personal holiday cards this year.
Any general tips or ticks to keep in mind?
When do we send out holiday cards?
Ideally, I’d aim for the first two weeks of December – this way you’re way ahead of the USPS’s busiest mailing day of the year: December 20th. If you’re swamped with holiday preparations, consider sending out a more generic holiday card (like my Happy Everything cards) or a Happy New Year card, and send those out as you’re working on your Thank You notes in the days following Christmas.
TRENDSETTER: Favorite pattern this holiday season: This year I have been all about the gold, I find that it instantly dresses up anything from paper to outfits.
One word to describe your shop: Snail-mail (if I hyphenate it does it count as one word?)

We’ll count it!! Thanks for giving us the 411 on all things snail-mail. We are honored to induct Studio 255 into the Etsy Shop Hall of Fame here on the DIY Playbook because we adore all of the fabulous-ness that this shop has to offer. Seriously, go check it out for yourself here and if Sydney inspired you as much as she inspired us to start sending our snail mail… make sure you sign up for the Holi-D.I.Y Card Exchange here

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