The invitation suite you choose is such an important element of your entire wedding picture.  As with choosing a theme/style, your invitations should be a reflection of you as a couple and the type of celebration you have planned for your guests – whether it be an intimate gathering, a whimsical fête or an elegant ball, your beautifully designed suite will let your guests know what to expect and of course, provide all the important details for your big day.

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Colour, texture, font choices, whimsical or elegant, letter press, gold foil….the choices are endless!  But if you have a theme in mind, let that be your guide…or do things in reverse, pick a beautiful design that you love and use your invitation suite as the inspiration for all other wedding elements.   Have fun with the process!

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Places like Minted and Wedding Paper Divas are great for inspiration and they offer a wide selection and pricing for every budget, as well as quick turnaround times and lots of customization options.  Minted even offers matching designed envelopes and saves you time with their free guest addressing service.  I know for a fact that every bride and groom out there can use some extra time, am I right?!  Both Minted and Wedding Paper Divas will also mail you a free sample kit that includes a beautifully curated selection of flat, foil-press and die-cut invitations plus colour and premium paper swatches, so you can experience the quality and feel for yourself before placing an order.

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I also LOVE Etsy for unique, independent and super talented designers that create some truly one-of-a-kind invitation suites and stationery for all other wedding-related celebrations.

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Remember, invitations should be sent out six to eight weeks before the wedding. Set requested RSVP time for three weeks prior to the wedding date at the very LATEST (if some of your guests have not replied within this time period, give them a call to confirm).

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Looking to save a little money on your stationery?  Remember that “Save-the-Date” cards are not a must for local weddings (unless you’re having your wedding on a holiday-weekend or a weekday) therefore, you could skip them if necessary.  “Thank You” cards however, are a must and should ideally be sent out within three months of the wedding day.  And if you are looking for a little guidance on how to best word your invitations, check out this great etiquette guide from Bella Figura for lots of helpful tips!

Have a great week and happy shopping!! xo

Photo Credits: Images 1, 2, 3 (envelope liner – Flora Pattern #7), 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

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Happiest Monday friends!  I hope that December is treating you well and that despite the busyness that comes with this month, you are taking some time to breathe and enjoy the sweetness of it.

One of my favorite December activities is to sit down and write some sweet little Christmas cards for my favorite people.  Isn’t it the best to receive a pretty and thoughtful message in the mail?  I love taking the time to select Christmas cards that are reflective of my personality and my wishes for those I love.  Today, I am sharing with you my top picks from Minted’s Holiday card collection.

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One of the main reasons I love Minted is that they work with such talented and varied independent artists from all over this little world of ours.  It is such a pleasure to discover amazing creative talent that we would not normally have access to through big chain, traditional retailers.  When you buy a Minted card, you are not just buying a paper good, you are also supporting independent artists who are working away at building their small business.  Win / win, right?!  So, without further ado, a curated list of my favorite holiday cards.  I have included the direct links under each one.  Enjoy!

I absolutely adore these little illustration cards.  Perfect for your cute and quirky friends.

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I am SO smitten with rose gold, it is just so subtle and delicate.  So I particularly love these two designs.

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For something a little different, I love these keepsake ornament cards.  Perfect for out-of-town relatives or friends, so that you can be a part of their Christmas joy!  Each ornament card comes with pre-cut luxe linen ribbon and  you can add a custom backer to include your personalized message.

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And for something a little fancy…you just can’t go wrong with gold and black, right?  I love the idea of sending a “Happy New Year” card to loved ones, what a great way to kick off 2016!  These designs are so chic in their simplicity, but they sure do make a strong statement.  And how elegant is the envelope addressing?!

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Offering such a beautiful selection of paper goods, Minted allows you to truly personalize your cards.  You can choose the shape, a variety of paper stock (pearlescent, double thick, 100% recycled or Minted’s signature luxurious paper with a creamy cotton texture), and an fun array of backing options for additional text and/or photos.  And for a limited time, you can take advantage of free recipient addressing and matching envelope designs to ensure your little holiday packages to loved ones are cohesive and perfect!  Order today to receive a 15% discount (+ free shipping US orders)!  Use code MERRY on check out.  Expires December 7, 2015.  Happy Shopping!! xo

All product images via Minted

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