8 Creative Ideas for a Wedding Invitation Suite

8 Creative Ideas for a Wedding Invitation Suite

Some people believe that their wedding invitation is just going to be thrown away so they do not put much time and effort into designing their stationery. This notion breaks my heart! I treasure paper pretties and your wedding invitation suite is the first impression that your guests get to experience of your upcoming wedding day. I love when the invitation matches the style and design of the wedding decor so that it serves as a sneak peek for your wedding that starts to get your guests excited to see more. You should treasure your wedding stationery as a part of your wedding design and as a representation of your best day ever.

Wedding Invitation Suite Ideas

When working with Alison of One + Only Paper on the design for my own wedding invitation suite, it was really important for her to incorporate marble, watercolor florals, metallic copper, and geometric details as all of those elements were a part of my wedding design. We sat down and discussed the vision and she came back to me with this amazing collection that I truly cherish.

I’m going to break down several ideas inspired by my wedding invitation suite in hopes that it will inspire you to intentionally design your own with personal touches and handmade details that best represent you and your partner and your wedding vision. You’ll find that the stationery even serves somewhat as “branding” for the wedding and that the details can be used throughout your wedding day as well.

My suite took a lot of prep and assembly so I treated some friends to pizza and had several hands help me put it all together!

photo of wedding invitation suite
Design by One + Only Paper, All photos by Mikkel Paige

#1. DIY Hand Painted Elements

hand painted envelope liner
asymmetric card

We used a metallic copper paint and hand painted the envelope liner as well as a paint stroke on The Details card. The paint stroke reminds me of Simba in the Lion King! Now you can’t unsee it, right?

Hand painting is such a precious touch because it makes it so that no two invitations are the same.

#2. Include Asymmetric Cut Outs

For The Details card, we also cut off one of the corners to play into the geometric elements in a creative way. This asymmetric feature added a simple, impactful detail!

#3. Wrap the Suite in a Translucent Vellum Jacket

translucent marble vellum jacket

Adding translucent or transparent details makes a wedding suite feel modern. I loved the addition of this translucent marble vellum jacket to hold the pieces of the invitation layered together.

ceremony flower petals

I also used the leftover vellum to create cones to hold the flower petals that guests threw at the end of the ceremony. It was really easy! I just rolled them into a cone shape and used double sided tape to secure them.

#4. Create a Wedding Logo

wedding program
white wax seal
wedding cocktail napkins

I adore when people create a wedding logo or monogram for their wedding. You can use it throughout your wedding in several ways. For ours, we used our wedding logo on our programs, on our wax seal, and on our cocktail napkins.

Who doesn’t love a wax seal? When choosing a wax color, I loved that we went with white! It was so crisp, modern, and clean and really brought the entire suite together.

#5. Use Thread as a Belly Band

Rather than a traditional paper belly band, we used copper metallic thread. We wrapped the thread around the suite several times and secured it with the wax seal.

#6. Print White Text on a Dark Card

wedding invitation

Traditionally, wedding invitations are white so I loved that ours were dark gray with white text, especially since my favorite color is also gray!

#7. Include your Rehearsal Dinner Invitation in your Wedding Suite

rehearsal dinner invitation

It was really important to me that the Rehearsal Dinner Invitation was also designed along with the wedding invitation suite. It was sent together to those who were invited rather than sent separately.

#8. Use a RSVP Postcard

Rather than sending a small envelope with an RSVP card, our RSVP cards were postcards. I loved how this turned out! This meant that we did not have to purchase additional envelopes and could use postcard stamps, an easy design that also saved money.

wedding RSVP postcard

There you have it! Your wedding invitation suite is a keepsake that you will always have to remember your wedding day. You can keep it in a scrapbook or arrange it in a unique way to display. I ended up arranging a copy of mine in a frame to hang on the wall of my office.

I could not have brought this vision to life without Alison’s hard work and expertise! One + Only Paper no longer designs wedding invitation suites however, she is a painter, illustrator, and designer and has many lovely art collections and prints available for sale in her online shop. I recommend following her on Instagram @oneandonlypaper and signing up for her email list to be the first to know about her new artwork.

Which idea is your favorite? Comment and let me know!

6 Book Club Decor Ideas

6 Book Club Decor Ideas

When it was my turn to host my Book Club group, my apartment was too small to accommodate everyone so I held it at The Glass Box in Downtown Raleigh instead. The book was Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling and I decided to go all out with the style and decor inspired by the contents of the book and the book cover. Coming up with decor ideas is not always easy so I wanted to share 6 Book Club decor ideas.

photo of Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

It was October, so I challenged myself to create an unconventional fall look out of shades of blue, white, and gold details.

photo of Mollyann decorating
My outfit even matched the theme! All photos by Mikkel Paige

Here are my 6 Book Club Decor Ideas

photo of tablescape
Linens + Flatware: CE Rental | Floral Design: Eclectic Sage

Decor Idea #1: Use spray-painted books.

photo of book decor

I went to a used Book Store and filled several boxes full of 10 cent books. When buying books, I looked for books that were various shades of blue as well as some that could be any color as I planned to spray those books gold. Mixing the blue books with the gold spray painted books throughout the room added some dimension and cohesiveness.

Decor Idea #2: Make personalized bookmark place card favors.

photo of bookmark place card

Who doesn’t like something personalized with their name on it? I painted blank white book marks with watercolor and wrote everyone’s names in a modern gold font on each bookmark. It was functional as everyone had their own place at the table and at the end of the evening, I encouraged everyone to take their bookmarks home as a favor. It certainly beats using receipts/other random pieces of paper as a bookmark!

Decor Idea #3: Set up a DIY Mimosa Bar.

photo of mimosa bar

Who says that food and bev doesn’t count as decor? A DIY serve yourself mimosa bar is always a good idea to have at a gathering with a bunch of ladies! Here I paired the champagne with pink lemonade, orange juice, and cranberry juice.

The confetti flag banner and the ice bucket are both from Target.

Decor Idea #4: Serve “Book Worms”.

photo of book worms

At the mimosa bar, gummy worms were served as “book worms”. The ladies could add a book worm to their mimosas, drape them over the edge of their champagne flutes for a fun look, or just snack on them.

Here you can also see a closeup of one of the white pumpkins. Pumpkins always make for wonderful fall decor. I took a gold paint pen and painted the stems of the pumpkins gold.

Decor Idea #5: Display the actual book.

photo of book and food display

I always bring a copy of each month’s Book Club book with me to Book Club gatherings for an Instagrammable photo op. Here I added the book itself to the food display. For some fun food options, I created a DIY charcuterie board, fruit skewers, and salads in a jar.

Decor Idea #6: Don’t forget dessert!

photo of cake and cupcakes

For dessert, I enlisted the expertise of Sugar Euphoria to create a cake wrapped in sugar paper adorned with pages from the book itself (I had to since Mindy Kaling loves cake so much!) and The Cupcake Shoppe made complimentary cupcakes sprinkled with gold glitter.

photo of Mollyann with floral arrangement

There you have it! My 6 Book Club Decor Ideas. For more photos and dreamy details, visit The Perfect Palette’s blog post, A Spectacular Book Club with Mimosas and Mindy Kaling.

9 Tips on How to Make Every Email Market for You

9 Tips on How to Make Every Email Market for You

You may have heard of The Rising Tide Society. Empowered by the mantra, community over competition, The Rising Tide Society is a community that provides resources to creatives. Locally, they have Tuesdays Together meet ups which take place on the second Tuesday of every month. You can find chapter near you or join on Facebook. Each month is assigned a topic where the local groups can either bring in a speaker or discuss the topic as a group with prompted questions. Currently, the groups are meeting virtually so if you are a creative itching for a sense of community during your time at home, this may be just the answer for you!

Last year, I was a Raleigh speaker for August’s topic of Email Marketing. Since we are not currently able to meet face to face, emails are more important than ever for fostering relationships to gain new business so I wanted to share some of my top tips with you. Heads up, some of these tips are Gmail specific.

Let’s start! What do you think of when you think of email marketing?

Sure, these are some good examples but every email sent to a potential or current customer could be considered email marketing.

Tip #1: Your emails should include a Call to Action.

Your emails should warrant a response or interaction. Want them to sign up for a meeting time? Want them to click a link to your website? Want them to join your group? You need to include a Call to Action to ask them outright.

Alan Berg also recommends ending your email with a question. Questions warrant a response!

Tip #2: Keep your emails short and sweet.

Attention spans are short and only growing shorter. Take out the fluff and say what you need to say.

Responding to someone? Try to match the length of their previous email with your response.

Tip #3: Set up an Email Signature.

Having your information easily accessible is key so including it in your email signature after every email is important. Having an email signature also adds to your credibility and professionalism.

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Must haves – Name, title, company name, phone number, website

Optional – headshot, social media links, awards, logo, email address, address

Bonus! If you have an upcoming event, virtual gathering, product launch, etc add a P.S. to your email signature or a button.

Example: P.S. – Join us for our Summer Open House on August 27th from 5-8pm! Register here.

This is a great place to add badges and other links that you would like to highlight as well. Just try not to make it TOO lengthy.

Tip #4: Follow up! Follow up! Follow up!

Ever had an email conversation going and then you started hearing crickets? Here’s what to do:

Follow up every 3 business days for 3 times total. People usually make their buying decisions within 2 weeks of beginning their search.

The trick here is to be sure you have 3 really great email templates—each one a bit different from the others—so you’re not saying the same things every time.

  • Template #1: Simply ask how they are progressing, if they have any questions, and include some of your best photos to remind them why they were interested in your business to start with.
  • Template #2: Highlight your “superpower”. What’s the #1 thing about your business that really makes you special? Emphasize that and, you guessed it, include another great photo. 
  • Template #3: It’s time to pull out the big gun: Add a “carrot” or incentive to book your business—and include a deadline. For example, “If you purchase/book/sign up by (insert date within 1 week) I can offer you a (insert discount amount or added perk.) This increases that sense of urgency. Bonus: include another really gorgeous image.

Customize as much as possible to underscore the services/product that they can expect from you.

Tip #5: Speaking of templates, use Canned Responses.

People want responses and they want them fast. Do you find yourself writing the same email over and over at certain stages in your process? Create a basic Canned Response and customize as needed per person. It will speed your communication right up!

Tip #6: Set up a personal Out of Office Message.

Your out of office message is another wonderful opportunity to have your emails market for you. Often, I will see messages encouraging people to follow along on a social media account that they may be active on while they are out of pocket for email or to a social media account where their work is displayed. Here is an example of an out of office message that I set one weekend while I was at a Bridal Show:

This example gave an option where they could connect with me in person and showed active community engagement. It was also important to share when they could expect a response from me.

Tip #7: Include your business name in your subject line.

Often people will tell you to come up with creative, captivating subject lines that encourage people to open the email. I believe that it is important to include your business name in the subject line so that if someone has forgotten your email address and is searching their inbox, the email is easy for them to find.

Tip #8: Do not just have a contact form on your website, also post your email address! Make it easy to find your email address on your website.

This one is a pet peeve of mine. Sometimes filling out a contact form is not ideal for someone who is trying to get in touch with you.

Having your email address also listed on your website is like having the “speak to a representative” option on an automated phone call.

Tip #9: If you use Gmail and have a contact form on your website, set up a Google Form to gather data for you. It’s free! One question you should ask is, “How did you hear about us?”

You need to know how people are hearing about you in order to make informed marketing decisions and to aid in determining your ROI. Gathering this information from a form on your website is an easy way to do this in your process.

Go ahead and freshen up those email interactions! These helpful tips provide easy ways to make every email market for you.