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Behind the Scenes – with Invitation Designer Anna Griffin

29 Apr

april-anna-001april-anna-003We’re continuing our Behind the Scenes features today with a focus on Invitations by Anna Griffin.   Her beautifully styled invitations and announcements are designed with luxurious patterns and florals which add elegance to any celebration.

Growing up in a family of artists, Anna Griffin’s inclination toward graphic design is no surprise. Gaining experience working with talents like Vera Wang, combined with her love of antiques, textiles and prints, inspired her company’s success and remarkable growth.

What is unique about Anna Griffin invitations? The intricate die cut designs, foil-stamped details, ribbon and embellishment found on these invitations will make your guests feel like they’ve received a gift when they open them. They are meant to make your occasion that much more special!april-anna-002

When it comes to her creative process, it’s interesting when she explains, “I have always been attracted to texture, layers and bows — whether it be for paper or for decorating. When I graduated from college, my first resume was printed on vellum. At that time vellum and the handmade floral inclusions papers were all the rage. I designed invitations with these elements as if I were designing them for myself.”

Griffin further expands that “the foundation for so many of my designs come from a vast archive of antique engravings that we reinterpret for today. We are so inspired by beautiful old-world art, and love making it new again! Trend and color research are another huge part of our creative process. We’re always on top of what’s happening in fashion and interior design, and those palettes and pattern trends come through on our invitations.”

As a result, her designs are a really amazing fusion of trendy and timeless. They are invitations that are fashion forward, but you could look back at your wedding invitation 20 years from now and feel like it was current.

The special presentation even goes into the shipping of the final package as all orders are wrapped in gorgeous tissue paper and shipped in beautiful gold boxes. Everything you receive from Anna Griffin is sure to be “beautiful in the making.”

Indeed we agree you will love announcing your new little one – or inviting guests to your next special event, whether it’s a  birthday party, Christmas party, Rehearsal Dinner or Anniversary party, with a gorgeous Anna Griffin invitation.

Target May Not Have Lilly Pulitzer but We Do!

20 Apr

Lilly PulitzerHave you heard about the frenzy created during the collaboration between Target and designer Lilly Pulitzer’s home and fashion goods?  Many were disappointed that both the stores and the website sold out fast, really fast, upsetting many.

Are you a fan of the brand?  Well you can have your own set of personalized Lilly to use and enjoy anytime you would like, even if your address is not in Palm Beach!  We offer a beautiful selection.  And what’s better than Lilly?  Personalized Lilly, of course!

Our personalized Lilly Pulitzer boutique brings together the fashion sense of Lilly in paper goods including invitations, gift stickers, recipe cards, home goods and stationery.  Even if you missed purchasing items at Target, you can enjoy the designer’s cheerful floral designs now.april-lp-002

If you are planning a party, it’s a perfect time to try your own Lilly creations.  Our most popular Lilly invitation, the Beach Rose Invitation, combines flowers in shades of pink with lime green accents creating a cheerful invite ideal for baby showers, birthday celebrations or bridal showers.  Lilly’s exclusive and colorful patterns are feminine, preppy and chic.

For an easy party all pulled together, start with the your favorite invitation and pull from the featured colors and designs for your party theme.  If you are using the Beach Rose invitations, add in some hot pink and lime disposible plastic plates and custom napkins which can be personalized and coordinated with a floral Place Card.  Set small pretty vases filled with flowers in pink tones all around to dress your table covered in pink and lime cloths and add in some pretty pink floral cupcakes for dessert.

For your favors, easily wrap in cellophane anything pretty you like, a gorgeous box of tea bags, a pretty hot pink candle, a special little box of candy ~ and finish it off with a personalized Lilly Putlizer Sticker.  And remember to send personalized notes for gifts received, perhaps on one of Lilly Pulitzer’s stationery designs!

Lilly Pulitzer, a brand coveted by both the elite and preppy, is still available with must-have personalization from TheStationeryStudio.com.

 

 

When to Mail an Invitation

19 Feb

feb2015-invite-1When if the best time to send out an invitation?  Well, that depends a lot on the type of party you are hosting and what time of year the party will take place!

Generally speaking, invitations for important larger events such as weddings, fundraisers or bar/bat mitzvahs should be mailed at least 10 weeks prior to the occasion with an RSVP about 2 weeks before the event.  You will want to give plenty of notice for such an important occasion, especially if you have many out of town guests who will need to plan their travel arrangements if they want to attend. Related invitations for events such as an engagement party, bridal shower and rehearsal dinner can be sent out 4-6 weeks prior to the occasion.

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If you are planning a smaller yet equally important occasion such as a first communion, baby shower, graduation party, anniversary party or a holiday party (holiday weekends book up early for people!) consider sending those type of invitations out 6-8 weeks prior to the event, less if it’s a small local group of guests, and more if it’s a bit larger guest list with many guests who are out of town or you feel have many obligations, to allow enough time for planning.

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For adult birthday parties, kid’s birthday parties, sweet 16 parties, housewarming parties and backyard bbq’s, you will want to send those sort of invitations out about 3-5 weeks prior which should be sufficient.

Remember, if you are planning any sort of large important event like a wedding on a “busy weekend” such as 4th of July weekend, Labor Day weekend or Thanksgiving weekend – or during the busy holiday season, you might want to consider sending out a Save the Date announcement about 9-12 months prior.  Many people plan family trips and have other commitments during those time periods.  If you want your guests to be able to plan their schedules to attend your event, you will want to send out a notice of the date to give ample time for planning.

In terms of planning your schedule, first know how many weeks prior to the event you will want to send out your invitation.  Then add the time to produce and ship your invitation.  And finally add in the time to address your invitation.  The more formal the invitation the more lead time you will need.

Production for complex invitations with many layers can take many weeks.  At The Stationery Studio, most of our invitations are printed within one week.  Then allow about one week for delivery, depending on what is ordered and where it needs to ship.  Plus, allow time to address the envelopes. The more elegant the party, the fancier you might want the addressing to be.  Many skilled calligraphers offer an elegant option for addressing envelopes. Their styles will all be very different so ask to see samples and don’t be shy about asking for pricing.  Some calligraphers even offer more than one style. For instance, they may offer an elegant wedding style and also a more casual style.

feb2015-invite-5Other options include computer calligraphy and of course simply addressing the envelopes yourself if you have pretty hand writing or by someone you know.  We strongly feel that using stickers to address the envelopes should never be used as it’s very impersonal and destroys the beautiful look of an invitation.  However, given that, the style you finally select really depends on your budget and your preference. Certainly hand calligraphy for a wedding invitation is our preference if possible as it will lend the overall presentation of the invitation to be beautiful and romantic. Depending on the manner in which you address your envelopes, and the size of your guest list, the time for addressing can be anywhere from a few days to 1-2 weeks. Many calligraphers will ask for 2 weeks or more as they are usually working on a number of events at any given time.

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Also, if your invitation is for a very special occasion, bring one stuffed envelope to the post office to be weighed and then select a beautiful stamp to use that matches the feel of the occasion.  Once all your envelopes are ready to go, return to the post office to ask them to hand cancel the invitations so they don’t go through the post-office machinery which will provide a nice clean look to your beautiful envelopes.

Selecting the invitation that will create the look and feel of your special event is one of the most important first steps to planning your party.  And ordering early enough to accommodate production, delivery, addressing and mailing in time is equally as important.

Best wishes,

Renee