Yearly Archives: 2020


Why custom design rules …

Just like custom shoes, and custom suites, our custom wedding invitations are made just for you and made to reflect your personality and your wedding style and design.
Like snowflakes, not one of you is the same and you should not yield to choosing run of the mill invitations from the mass commercial producers.

That’s why we offer fully custom options in many styles, designs, and colors. You can choose some of our designs as your inspiration or create something fully custom. Our Design Experts are trained to work directly with you and guide you toward developing your unique design.

We love to work individually with every one of you via our digital design studio. No appointments are necessary. Browse our website, get inspired, and shoot us an email to start the creative process. Our design services are always complimentary with the purchase of your invitations.

Be creative, be bold, be custom!

Why custom design rules …2020-10-02T19:37:25+00:00

All in the details

Weddings typically are a first occasion to combine your and your partners’ aesthetics, tastes, and preferences into one place. The trick is to combine these and still make your wedding look cohesive and tasteful. Best weddings we have helped to design were the ones where both partners’ tastes were taken into consideration and that “yin and yang” of aesthetics created an amazing visual outcome. So don’t worry about staying in a certain color hue or following a certain design path. Just have fun with it and think outside of the box.

All in the details2020-10-02T18:31:53+00:00

Stop and smell the roses

After choosing your perfect wedding venue it’s time to discuss your style, colors, and what type of wedding decor would suit you and your partner. A good starting point is discussing your favorite flowers and colors and building from there. The second factor would be your floral budget. As a general rule using flowers that are local and in season will bring your cost down. Also opting for low centerpieces vs. tall centerpieces will be more budget-friendly. You can also alternate tall and low centerpieces to create a more dimensional look.
Another way to lower your overall floral cost is to have larger tables and sit your guests 12 per table instead of a typical 10, the lower the number of tables, the lower the number of centerpieces.
When it comes to a bridal bouquet, I suggest that my clients not skimp here and choose something personal and meaningful. If you want exotic flowers, this is the place to use them.
For bridesmaids bouquets, you can simply pick a few types of flowers that you used in your bouquet and create either a mini version of your bouquet (minus the extravagant flowers) or make a monochromatic version of your bridal bouquet.
Have fun and don’t forget to stop and smell the roses!

Stop and smell the roses2020-06-28T17:47:55+00:00

Wedding planner?

I have done wedding planning professionally for the past decade. From a quaint 40 person wedding to over 350 guests extravaganza. What do these two had in common? No matter how many guests attended, every wedding had the same amount of moving pieces that needed to be coordinated. From the venue and seating charts to the DJ or band, florals, and your photography timeline, no matter how big or small your wedding is, your wedding day logistics are still quite complicated. So I guess the question shouldn’t be “do I need to hire a wedding planner,” but rather, “how do I hire the right wedding planner?”

I have done wedding planning professionally for the past decade. From a quaint 40 person wedding to over 350 guests extravaganza. What do these two had in common? No matter how many guests attended, every wedding had the same amount of moving pieces that needed to be coordinated. From the venue and seating charts to the DJ or band, florals, and your photography timeline, no matter how big or small your wedding is, your wedding day logistics are still quite complicated. So I guess the question shouldn’t be “do I need to hire a wedding planner,” but rather, “how do I hire the right wedding planner?”

Day of or full service?

That depends on how involved you can or are willing to be in your wedding planning because it truly is a full-time job. If you have time and love planning, I suggest hiring a day of the wedding planner. Even though those services are called “day of” I highly suggest meeting with your planner a few weeks out and conveying your message of how you envision your wedding day.

Hiring your “best friend”

Think of it that way, your planner will be your eyes and ears when you are enjoying yourself, s(he) will be the person that every vendor will approach with problems, changes or issues that arise during the wedding. And with so many moving parts, you can bet on things popping up for sure.
So the more s(he) knows the better s(he) can do the job, so you have the most ideal wedding day.

I liked to ask my clients for the priority list: what is the most important thing to them on their wedding day, what is the second and so on. This way I knew how to prioritize things when problems came up.

When choosing your planner it is important to find someone that you get along with well. This person will be with you practically 24/7 during one of the most important moments, while you are emotional, sensitive, agitated. You want someone that calms you down and makes you smile. I know that you can’t hire your best friend, but if you can get as close to that as possible you will be golden.

Wedding planner?2020-06-14T19:02:53+00:00

Choosing your photographer

Choosing your photographer is one of the most important decisions in your wedding planning process. Months of work that you spent on planning and coming up with the vision for your wedding will be captured on “film” by this person, so you want to be sure that they understand your vision and document it the way that works for you.

The first step is to find local photographers that shoot in the style that appeals to you. The best places to start your search are local wedding magazines, websites, and blogs. Creative wedding magazines and websites like to publish beautiful wedding imagery and always credit the photographer. From there you can visit the photographer’s website and look at his/her other wedding images. The next step would be to reach out and see if they have your wedding date available and find out the cost of their services.

You might be tempted to hire an artsy, free-spirited photographer that has not ever shot weddings. Word of caution from the wedding planner’s perspective. Weddings are quite complicated events requiring heavy planning and timely execution on the day of, so hiring a photographer that understands that and has experience working under these conditions is pretty crucial.

The best wedding photographer is one that can be artsy and spontaneous but can also organize a large family shoot and get everyone smiling at the same time. Trust me, it’s not easy!

The next step is to meet with the photographer that you like in person.
This photographer will be with you on the day of your wedding, the day filled with emotions, occasional aggravation, some of your most intimate moments (seeing your parents when you just slipped into your wedding gown or a first look with your sweetheart) and you want to hire someone that you would feel comfortable with at any of these moments.

Choosing your photographer2020-05-30T21:16:52+00:00

DJ or Band?

When wedding guests talk about any wedding they attended they usually comment on three things: how lovely the bride looked, how good the food was and how great the music was.

The first decision you will have to make is to decide if you want a live band or a DJ. There are pros and cons to both.
Live Band:
A great band will bring any crowd up on their feet and to the dance floor and make your wedding unforgettable.

Look for bands with equally talented male and female lead vocals. You will want that variety because the music you will want at your wedding is meant to satisfy many varied tastes. The same goes for the number of musicians and instruments, more pieces in the band-the better the musical outcome.
However, you will need to budget significantly more money for a live band than a DJ, and not only for their services but also for tips and the cost of meals for the band.

Keep in mind, that each band has its own style and it will perform certain songs in that style. So if you want lots of Adele and want it sounding exactly like Adele, don’t expect the band to pull it off flawlessly (there is only one Adele).

If you are more of a music purist and want to hear music true to the original, then a great DJ is your best bet.
DJs charge less money (it’s typically 1-2 ppl team vs. 6-8 for the band).
Some DJs offer enhancements in the form of a live sax player or a drummer, to enliven the original tracks they are playing.

When it comes down to the choice between a band or a DJ it is truly a personal preference. Most of my clients knew right away which music entertainment they wanted. But whichever one you decide on make sure you get to see them performing live before booking. It is truly the best way to judge their performance and seeing if you and the performers have that chemistry.

DJ or Band?2020-05-24T19:24:49+00:00

How to start your wedding planning NOW

I know that times are uncertain at the moment, but being an eternal optimist I choose to focus on the positive and look ahead to the smell of sweet summer air, never-ending sunsets, and ice-cream truck songs.

If your wedding was postponed or you just starting to plan for your wedding in the future, read on for real-life tips for a fully online (aka quarantine) wedding planning. Yes, some of the wedding planning steps can be taken virtually. Today’s post is on budgeting and choosing a venue.

First things first

Budget right and choose your dream venue.

Talk to your partner and decide if his/her family will contribute and what percentage, then come up with a $ amount that you can and are willing to spend and also a buffer $ amount in case you want to upgrade certain things or services along the way (trust me it happens!)

Once you have that number, divide it in half, that’s the money that you will spend on the wedding venue (food and drinks, the cake is usually included as well, but if you want something unique and custom you will need to use some of that buffer money here.) Once you have your $ number for the wedding venue, divide that number by the number of guests you will be inviting. That’s your per person price. Now comes the fun part, start looking online for your perfect wedding venue, look for real customer reviews, real wedding videos, and photos, cost per guest (although these are rarely accurate when posted online they can give you an idea if the venue you are looking at is in your budget range). You can also use the app 360 Site Visit to tour some venues virtually.

I suggest making a spreadsheet with venue name, address, phone number, and space for your notes and questions to the venue rep. Then start calling or emailing. Here is what you ask them about: 

a) What dates do you have available? (in the season and year that you are looking for)

b) What is your minimum guest count on those dates? Sometimes Friday and Sunday weddings have lower guest count requirements. Early afternoon weddings (12 pm to 5 pm) are also cheaper and have a lower guest count than evening weddings (usually 6 pm to 11 pm).

c) Can I add menu enhancements in lieu of the possibility of not meeting the minimum guest count?

d) What is the price per person ‘plus plus’? (which means that price includes service charge and taxes-that doesn’t mean tips, those will be added on later)

e) Are there any other fees that might be required? (ceremony fee etc.)

f) Are outside vendors allowed? (some venues only use their partner vendors, which in itself might not be bad, but you can’t price shop and you will be forced to spend what they are asking for)

Once you have your sheet completed with all the details, you will be able to make a preliminary decision on which venue would make your heart skip. Give your dream venue a call/send an email and ask what would the next step be. Since we are in a social distancing, they should have a plan in place to possibly take a small deposit until you are able to see the venue in person.

Photo credits in order of posting: Cody Raisig, Samantha Lauren, Joseph Delgado

How to start your wedding planning NOW2020-04-10T17:45:01+00:00

We got some lovin!

We are featured on Wedding Chicks blog!

Click on the above link for a super informative article about us 🙂

See excerpts below …

Chicks, how many times have we made your eyes roll talking about our obsession with pretty paper? We get it, there are tons more to-dos for your event beyond your invitations – but those won’t matter if you don’t have something absolutely alluring to announce said special day. Now, we won’t say that who you invite won’t show up if they get a wonky invitation in the mail, but we can say that if what they get in their mailbox gives them 😍😍😍, they’ll be even more pumped to celebrate alongside you! We caught up with custom invitation studio, Pumpkin Coach Invites, to learn more about their couture suites, their creative tailoring, and their convenience – and we can confidently say that designing with them will be one of the best parts of your wedding planning process.

Yup, that’s right – their invites will [figuratively] drive your guests to your big day, because they’re totally enchanting. Once again, Pumpkin Coach offers couture wedding invitations that can be customized directly on their website using an easy and visual invite builder. Couples can choose from their beautiful predesigned invites and fashion them with personalized monograms, motifs, and embellishments, like one-of-a-kind jackets, tulle mesh overlays, ribbons, and unique envelope liners. They also offer complimentary design services for any client that wants something fully custom.

Speaking as a Jersey girl who literally lives just a few minutes away from Pumpkin Coach headquarters in the Garden State ((my family regularly goes to shows at Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn is seriously the sweetest, most bespoke town around)), I can honestly say that the small shop charm is every bit legit.

That ‘easy and visual invite builder’ is just that. Easy and visual. I felt like a true graphic designer and invitation couturier, and believe me, I have zero know-how in that arena. The site allows you to start from a gorgeous preset template – which includes an invitation card, response card, info card, plus RSVP and mailing envelopes ((starting at $7.99)) – and then go to town on all the could-only-be-you tweaks. I fell in love with the Paper Rose Invitation Suite, and then prettied it up even further with ribbon and an on-point envelope liner (added costs, of course).

At the end of the day, we all lead suuuuper anxiety-filled lives and wedding planning on top of that? It’s just a lot. That’s why an option like this is not only stunning, it’s stress-relieving. Imagine just getting home at night after a long day at work, uncorking a blissful bottle of red, and then sitting down to create with your PIC. The effect of the experience is like that of an adult coloring book, it feels artsy and creative and it calms the nerves. But this time, your work will go up on someone else’srefrigerator in the form of your tailor-made wedding invite.

Pumpkin Coach Invites founder and chief designer, Agnieshka Burke, might be an even bigger stationery enthusiast than we are!! Can you believe it?! Yes! She actually founded National Wedding Invitation Day, July 16th, to fete the designers and printers who put their passion into creating one-of-a-kind invitations for your most special day. Her thoughts are, “If you have ever been to a wedding, you were there because of one thing: the wedding invitation. These pieces of paper are prepared with love, thought, and care.” And we couldn’t agree more #recognize.

We got some lovin!2020-04-10T17:29:55+00:00