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Pretty Invitation Postage from the Post Office

Lepenn Designs Postage Tips

I’m going to go against “the norm” a little bit with this post, so i’ll just come right out and say that “wedding cake/flower stamps” from the Post Office are cheesy!  Yes, I understand that they’re a decent alternative when you can’t go with custom stamps but I don’t think they add much character to your invitations unless your wedding will be very simple, traditional and understated.

In a perfect world everyone can budget for custom stamps that coordinate perfectly with their invitations, but when you can’t try to make the best of what the Post Office has to offer.  For simple invitations that are a flat panel card, insert and envelope you’ll probably be okay with .49 cent first class stamps.  Or if your invitation is over an ounce, square or non-machinable then you’ll be at .71 cents and up.  Depending on your postage you may have to pair together a first class stamp with a .20 cent stamp, but that will just mess up the flow of what you’re trying to create with pretty stamps!  So, if you just double up the first class stamps you might spend an extra $20 but it’s so much more worth it in my opinion.

I did some searching through stamps listed on the US Post Office website and have curated some options that would work beautifully with various wedding and invitation styles.  My rational behind each of these selected stamps is not based on literally what the stamp was designed for, but more so the colors and graphic design of the stamp.  Okay, let’s explore some options…

Floral Inspired Weddings:

Botanical ArtGifts of Friendship

Luxe Rich in Color Weddings:

Lunar New Year       Year of the Ram

Whimiscal & Fun Weddings:

Quilled Paper Heart

Natural & Botanical Inspired Weddings:

Summer Harvest     Ferns

Rustic Weddings:

Hudson River

Romantic Garden Same Sex Styled Shoot at Villa Montalvo

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This styled shoot feature today is a bit of a throwback that I can’t believe I never featured!  I teamed up with some awesome vendors in California to create a beautiful and romantic styled shoot involving two gorgeous brides.  The Hey Wedding Lady Blog did a great write up on the shoot and you can see more images there.  For the shoot I created the invitation suite, menu cards, place cards, cake table sign and other signage.

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From Hey Wedding Lady:

This romantic garden shoot by Christine Glebov Photography could not be a more perfect example! Sophia and Natalie were not only the lovely brides for this shoot, but drew on the emotion and joy of their own recent wedding at City Hall. They were asked to be a part of a same sex shoot by Bay Area Coordinator and Designer, Chanda Eddens of A Monique Affair. This lovely team envisioned a sweetheart table and wedding cake suited to the enchanting grounds of Villa Montalvo, an arts center and event venue modeled on an Italian Villa, nestled into the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

The color palette and design were chosen specifically to complement the luxurious surroundings, with white and gold accented with sweet, vintage pink. The talented floral team of McCallum Designs paired elegant pink roses and draping ferns with vintage place settings from Le Vintage Milk Glass Rentals and beaded linens from Napa Valley Linens. Stunning gowns by Kinsley James Couture Bridal afforded our lovely brides with glamorous wedding day looks!

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Styled Shoot Vendor Credits: Photography by Christine Glebov Photography | Coordination and Design by  A Monique Affair | Shot on Location at Villa Montalvo | Florals by McCallum Designs | Linens by  Napa Valley Linens | Wedding Gown Design by Kinsley James Couture Bridal | Cake Design by Cakes Made By M.E. | Equipment Rentals by Miranda St John Party Rentals | Vintage Tableware provided by  Le Vintage Milk Glass Rentals | Vintage Nightstand & Cake Plate provided by by Chloe’s Closet (A Monique Affair) | Stationery Design & Calligraphy by Lepenn Designs | Hairstyling by Stella Stevens Hair Designs| Makeup by Kristen Calderaro

Katie & Stephen | Real Wedding at The Meadowbrook Country Club

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Katie and Stephen had a beautiful wedding that took place at the First Presbyterian Church of Northville followed by their reception at Meadowbrook Country Club.  I had the pleasure of working with Katie and her mom to create classic and romantic wedding invitations, wedding day stationery and thank you cards.  Other vendors from their wedding included Uniquely Yours  who did the stunning flowers, Patisserie Parmentier did the outstanding cake, The Dan Rafferty Band made sure that everyone had a blast, and Lee Thomas Films was also their to capture their wedding video. Kristen Taylor & Co beautifully captured their spring wedding day and i’m excited to show you all of the lovely photos.  Enjoy!

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Designer Dalmatian Themed Baby Shower Invitations

Adorable Dalmatian themed baby shower invitations were designed for one of my fav repeat clients, Sheree, as her and her family celebrated the arrival of Baby Boy #2. She is one of my bling loving clients so we had to find a way to glam up these invitations a bit, while still keeping them boy friendly. We added a custom printed envelope liner to beautiful royal blue envelopes, and a single swarovski crystal embellishment to the custom drawn dog collar on the invitation. An additional insert card was also included in this set!

Blush and Silver Lace Pocket Fold Invitations

Lace makes everything that much more dreamy and romantic right?! This was definitely the case for these custom pocket fold style wedding invitations I designed for Candice and Jameel. The blush pocket folds were embellished with silver lace and a silver satin ribbon bow. A multi-layer invitation was adhered inside and used a beautiful gold toned ivory metallic card stock that was also used for the insert cards. The silver mailing envelopes also featured digital calligraphy…no labels, ever!

For the wedding day I also designed these coordinating folded card style ceremony programs using the same gold toned ivory metallic card stock.

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