If there was one thing I wish I would have known after I got engaged, it would be that decision making would be the most important skill I would need for the next two years. What I realized after spending endless hours on Pinterest, there are three major to-do’s that every bride should consider crossing off the list first:
1. Find a wedding planner
2. Find a venue
3. Set the date.
Once these three tasks are complete, step four would be to work on your invitations!
With the endless choices in the early stages of wedding planning, I found that The Wedding Shop by Shutterfly was a great resource and one-stop shop for all paper goods. The range of products, personalization and great value makes The Wedding Shop a no-brainer when searching for your complete wedding stationery suite. Here are four things you should keep in mind when thinking about your suite:
SAVE THE DATE SETS THE TONE
Your save the date sets the tone for your wedding. If you are thinking of having a black tie wedding, create a save the date that fits the theme. The Wedding Shop has endless options to fit any budget and style, like these with gold foil, which immediately jazzes up your wedding announcement. Another favorite style is the magnet. Our fridge is full of our beautiful friends and it is a constant reminder of the upcoming events! Plus, everyone can always use another magnet. My favorite thing about The Wedding Shop's selection of save the dates is the photo option. You can upload your favorite picture and view all of the cards with your favorite image. It makes the process so fun and easy!
CUSTOM IS KEY
Once you send out your save the dates, the next step is thinking about the rest of your invitation suite. The Wedding Shop by Shutterfly is your best resource for invitations, RSVP cards, enclosure cards, place cards and more. The pre-designed suites allow you to customize your colors to match your wedding theme without adding any additional cost. One of my favorite collections within The Wedding Shop is Wedding Paper Divas — the designs are beautiful and modern. My favorite part about the Sophisticated Glamour Wedding Suite was the custom watercolor design and my ability to customize the color and fonts. Also, the gold foil accent added an extra special touch. Another pro tip while customizing your invitations, change the fonts to match your aesthetic. Being able to choose from the endless list of fonts allows for one-of-a-kind invites, RSVP cards, and more.
STICK TO YOUR STYLE
The other design I found and fell in love with was the Tropical Herald. With greenery being such a hit this season, this invitation suite creates a streamlined wedding theme. Think: palm leaves, white peonies and modern fonts. This wedding suite is also a great option for a tropical destination wedding. Another bonus, you can customize the floral color to match your wedding flowers without any additional cost.
DON’T FORGET THE EXTRAS
A little piece of advice from a former bride-to-be, once you've created your invites, use Shutterfly's addressing system. When I ordered my save the dates, I decided I wanted to hand letter all 300 invites. After endless hand cramps and a few mistakes, let’s just say, I cannot recommend this simple service enough! Trust me, you can have your fairytale wedding and the invitations of your dream without going over your budget. The options in the The Wedding Shop by Shutterfly allow you to create your wedding suite without sacrificing style or quality.
This post was written in partnership by Ali Shilling for Shutterfly on Style Me Pretty.