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Host the Ultimate Invitation Assembly Party

Sometimes “getting there” is almost as fun as the destination itself and that sentiment certainly holds true in wedding planning. Just take this Minneapolis couple who took the “chore” out of invitation assembly by making it a full-blown party. Along with industry pros, Jill Elaine Designs, Rosann KoniecznyMaven and more, they rounded up drinks, donuts, and good friends to turn a tedious task into an evening to remember. See all the fun in the gallery captured by Lucas Botz and snag tips to host your own Invite Assembly Party from Park Place Planning & Events.

Make Sure You Have Adequate Space: A large table to spread out on is key so you have enough room for all of your suite pieces and space for assembly.

Set the Tone: Have some fun beverages and lite bites but keep them away from your pretty stationery. Upbeat music to keep the group going is key!

Have a Plan: Assemble a suite ahead of time so you know and can show your guests the proper steps and order of assembly. Consider setting up a cute diagram or list to help direct your friends.

Pick Up Your Stamps Ahead of Time: Just remember to get your suite weighed ahead of time at the post office you plan to mail from so you know exactly how much postage your suite requires.

HAVE FUN! This should be a fun part of your wedding planning experience!

From the Planner… As a wedding planner I want my couples to enjoy every minute of the process– from finding the perfect location to the last dance and everything in between; I want the whole experience to be memorable and as stress-free as possible. It’s easy to underestimate the amount of work required to assemble a wedding suite so when it came time to plan my sister’s wedding, I partnered with the talented Jill Elaine to surprise her with an assembly party. Putting the invitation together… together was not only more efficient, it was the perfect excuse to gather family and friends to celebrate another step in this beautiful journey. We spent the morning indulging in donuts and coffee and catching up on each other’s lives outside of wedding planning. We also succeeded in folding, stamping, stuffing, and sealing 80 invitations. I love being able to look back and see my sister and her fiancé’s smiles. I was honored to create and share this moment with them.

From the Bride… I know I shock no one when I say that weddings are a lot of work (even weddings where your maid of honor is a professional planner), so I was thrilled when I learned that Ty and I would have help putting together our beautifully designed but rather elaborately constructed invitations. I was even more excited when I learned that the day would also involve drinks and donuts as well as my family and friends. I highly recommend turning menial planning tasks into parties whenever possible; not only does it save you work, it allows you to spend quality time with those closest to you before things really get crazy.

From the Designer… As a custom stationery designer, I try to take the “chore” out of assembling the wedding invitation suite. It should be a fun part of the planning process– a time to get together with family and friends to celebrate your upcoming nuptials and check an item off your to-do list at the same time. I adore packaging, so many times my clients and I will dream up a beautiful way to present the wedding invitation suite to their guests. Unfortunately, assembling a beautifully packaged invitation usually involves a number of time-consuming steps. This was certainly the case with Anna and Ty. The invitation was packaged with a translucent vellum paper, tied with a gold string, and affixed with a wax seal. To simplify the process, we put together an assembly to-do list: seven steps that hung on the wall to serve as a how-to as well as an art piece. I’m very lucky to be studio neighbors with LAB Minneapolis, a light-filled, beautiful open space with large tables perfect for invitation assembly. But you could easily host an assembly party at your home, an artist’s studio, or a private room at your favorite restaurant or coffee shop. Turn the process into a get-together with food, cocktails, and good company, and celebrate sending out your first invitation together as a couple.

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Photography: Lucas Botz Photography | Floral Design: Maven | Bakery: A Baker's Wife | Stationery: Jill Elaine Designs | Hair: River Jade | Attire: Hazel & Rose | Calligraphy + Silk Ribbon: Shasta Bell Calligraphy | Chair Rentals: The Seatery | Invitation Calligraphy: Rosann Konieczny Calligrapher | Invitation Illustration: Carrie DeBacker | Planning: Park Place Planning & Events | Rental Space: LAB MPLS | Rentals + Styling: Collected Rentals | Ring Box: The Mrs Box

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A Brunch Wedding We Can Get Behind

Brunch is an invention that I got on board with a long time ago. Brunch + a gorgeous wedding that came together in a way that is not only absurdly lovely but that managed to pull a coffee and donut bar together with tulle and miles of gorgeous garland in one sweet breath? Um, I’ll take two please. Emily Steffen, you are my hero for capturing it all on camera and you have proven yet again that not only are you kind of amazing, you also keep pretty great company. Click here to see all of the fun details!

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From Emily Steffen PhotographyEmily and Andrew planned a Sunday urban brunch wedding complete with Grandma’s homemade waffle recipe and a homemade wooden table, made by the groom with intentions of it transitioning as the couples first dining room table! No detail was left unattended to!

Lush greenery married with gold accents and an urban loft setting were the perfect combo for the best brunch wedding ever! Oh—and don’t forget the “Texas donut cake” that the couple cut…it was amongst an array of donuts for guests to keep their sweet tooth coming back for more!

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Photography: Emily Steffen Photography | Cinematography: Narrate Studios | Floral Design: Julia's Blooms | Wedding Dress: Leanne Marshall | Stationery: The Making 89 | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Nordstrom | Catering: The Deco Catering | Makeup: Julie Swenson | Creative Beaute Agency | Hair: Emily Weese | Venue: Aria | Donuts: Angel Food | Event Coordination + Planning: The Simply Elegant Group | Hair Accessories: Adrienne Vittadini | Paper Goods: The Making 89 | Pianist: David Kaap

This Breathtaking Warehouse Wedding is Giving Us All the Feels

Have big plans for this beautiful summer workday? Well, we’ve got you covered. Because this stunning film from Sky Focus Films is ALL you need to focus on.  From the heartwarming first moments with the handsome groom (read: you’ll love him) to the bride’s elated dance down the aisle (sooo cute), every.last.moment is absolute perfection, right down to that breathtaking Munster Rose bouquet. Do yourselves a favor and press play.

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From the Bride… Looking back to our wedding day, Carlos and I can safely say- it was PERFECT. When faced with the daunting, exciting, “I’ve waited my whole life for this” task of planning your wedding, there is a vision. Our vision was to create an occasion that was timeless, natural, family-oriented, and above all, a representation of us.

ARIA, in the Warehouse District of Minneapolis, created the perfect backdrop for our vision- old, beautiful and full of stories. I knew the moment I saw it that I wanted my story to happen there. Carlos and I worked to entwine the raw beauty of our venue into the rest of our decor- hanging numerous vintage chandeliers around the old warehouse, using farm tables to dine on, and keeping our floral as green and natural as possible.

My family also contributed, with my great aunt and uncle collecting moss from the same woods in Roseau, MN that I had played in as a child to fill antique frames that held my homemade place cards. Cousins baked and brought fruit breads to be served on wooden chargers that my uncle had cut and sanded for each dining table. Though the day was definitely made possible by wedding vendors, it had veins of hard work, home and love that made it so much more personal.

Our food also paid tribute to our individual heritage. Our caterer worked with us to create Ecuadorian-inspired appetizers including llapingachos and ceviche in homage to my husband’s background, as well as fried walleye for dinner, and baked Sweet Martha cookies for late night snacks – my chosen representation of my Minnesotan upbringing. We also brought in the owners of 5Watt Coffee to create and serve coffee and tea-based His and Hers drinks, as coffee has always been an important, enjoyable part of Carlos and my relationship.

The personalized details that our vendors, family, Carlos and I had worked so hard to bring to life for our wedding will always be remembered. What I am eternally grateful for is the documentation of us on our wedding day. The ability to relive our faces, emotions, words and looks over and over by pressing play on our wedding video. I still cry with joy every time I experience the detail, personalization and timeless art created by our videographer. My vision for my wedding day carried through into my wedding video. To any bride: hire a videographer- do yourself justice- to be able to encapsulate your time, work, and love will be the best moment of your wedding day.

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Photography: Mad Chicken Studios | Cinematography: Sky Focus Films | Floral Design: Munster Rose | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang Boston | Cake: Cocoa & Fig | Stationery: Old City Press | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Chowgirls Killer Catering | Hair + Makeup: emily j. hair + makeup | DJ: Instant Request | Band: Orange Whip | Groom's Attire: Tom Ford | Venue: Aria | Bridal Boutique: l'atelier couture bridal boutique | Day of Coordination: Kirsten Fischer Of FAB Event Design

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