Since the coronavirus took hold of our world, more and more 2020 weddings are turning into 2020 elopements. Couples are opting for private wedding ceremonies at memorable and romantic locations. This means you can avoid the traditional paper goods like save the dates, invitations, rsvps, seating charts, etc. So what kinds of stationery and signage should be on your elopement checklist? I have some ideas below…
1. ELOPEMENT SIGN
A small “we eloped!” sign is a great item to have for elopement pictures. It can be a simple poster print mounted on foam core with your names, wedding date, and location. This makes for the perfect image to post all over social media. My pick is the “just married”sign. Go old-school and have a fabric sign made to hang on the back of your getaway car. Then you can enjoy all of the congratulatory honks on the highway after you say, “I do”!
2. VOW BOOKS
These are the absolute best keepsakes from your wedding! Visit a local stationery store to inquire about handmade notebooks for you and your partner to write your vows in. Maybe ask a calligrapher to inscribe your vows on a scroll, handkerchief, or an antique mirror; or hire a graphic artist to design and print booklets that reflect your elopement day theme.
3. ELOPEMENT ANNOUNCEMENTS
Share your beautiful wedding day with the friends and family who couldn’t be there to celebrate with you. Hire an invitation designer to create custom elopement announcements for you. This ensures your own personality and style will be included into the overall design. You could show off an image or drawing of your elopement site on the card or write a little story about the special day.
4. THANK YOU CARDS
Even though you didn’t have a big fancy wedding with tons of guests, you may still receive gifts when everyone finds out you eloped. Have a handful of thank you cards created with your favorite wedding day pic on the front. Leave the back of the cards blank so you can write personalized messages.
Interested in creating some fun paper goods or signage for your elopement?
During this crazy time some wedding invitation formalities and traditions will have to bend a bit to simplify the process. I hope these invitation tips will help ease your mind and the minds of your guests.
You've postponed your wedding, but the save the dates/invitations have already been mailed...
Here are some verbiage ideas:
You’ve decided to elope...
You’re having this wedding no matter what...
Please reach out if you have questions or need any assistance with your wedding stationery. You do not have to be my client—I'm happy to help!
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What are the different printing techniques?
Save the dates and wedding invitations are one of the first things your guests will see - and their design is what will set the tone for your wedding. Here are the 7 main printing techniques used by Designs by Sarah.
Digital Printing is the most common, cost-effective and easiest printing technique currently available. Digital printing uses digital files (i.e. PDFs) that are sent directly to the printer. Electrostatic rollers called “drums” apply toner onto the paper. A wide range of colors and tones can be produced, with the exception of metallic colors like gold, silver, and rose gold.
Offset Printing uses etched metal plates (one plate for each color being printed is created) that apply ink onto a sheet of paper. The metal plates are secured to rollers that transfer the ink onto the paper. Color matching is more precise compared to digital printing because flat and metallic ink colors are custom formulated.
Letterpress is one of the oldest forms of printing and has become one of the most popular printing techniques used for wedding invitations. The ink is pressed into the surface of the paper so you can see and feel the indentation of the text or image. Each piece is individually pressed, which helps to create a timeless look and feel for your wedding day.
Foil Stamping is a similar printing process to letterpress, but where metallic colors or foils are applied to the surface using heat. The heat causes the foil to adhere onto the paper, creating a decorative finish. The most commonly used colors used in this technique are gold and silver.
Embossing is the opposite of letterpress - instead of the text or image being indented into the paper, the design is raised. This look is achieved by stamping the paper onto an etching that makes the impression on the paper.
Die-Cutting is the process where paper is cut using a metal die or blade. Traditional die-cutting works like a stamp or cookie cutter, creating cutaways into the desired shape.
Laser Cutting is known as the modern version of die-cutting, which utilizes a laser to cut the materials. Whether you’re looking for a simple or elaborate invitations, you’ll be sure to impress any guest with the intricate details of this printing method. Traditionally, paper or heavy card stock is used for this technique.
Not sure on which technique is best for your wedding theme? Get a free consultation with Sarah today!
Here’s what to expect working with Sarah in her 7 Step Process for wedding invitations:
Meet and greet to review wedding plans, ideas, etc. This is the time to discuss your vision and design ideas. Sarah will talk about budget, expectations, goals and timeline.
2. Proposal & Deposit
After meeting Sarah, she will send over a proposal that includes itemized estimates for the design and printing production costs. Once the proposal is signed, a 50% design deposit is due before any design work begins.
3. Timeline & Paper Goods Info
Sarah will send over a design and production timeline.
4. Design Concepts & Collaboration
The fun part! This is where creativity and collaboration begins! During this phase, Sarah will present two design options with samples and physical mockups for your design review meeting (either in person or over the phone). For each design, detailed print estimates are provided and you’ll share any input on the design of your choice.
After the design is selected, there are an additional three rounds of revisions to ensure everything is perfect (if necessary).
6. Final Approval & Payment
Once the final design is approved, the remainder of design and printing fees are collected before the files are sent to the printer.
7. Production & Delivery
All print production and quality of the product is coordinated and handled by Sarah. If applicable, shipping costs and delivery fees are selected and paid in advance.
Sarah is accepting clients for the 2020 wedding season -- space is very limited! Contact her today!