Free Holiday Download

It's that time of the year again! Jazz up your present wrapping with our festive and FREE holiday graphics! We like to print them out on cardstock and use them as gift tags, or, print them out on label paper and stick on presents and envelopes! Happy wrapping! 

2016 Custom Holiday Card Collection

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DIY Halloween Stamp Treat Bags

Materials:

  • Rubber Stamp (I get mine from RubberStamps.net)
  • Ink Pad (from your local craft store)
  • Muslin Bags (I ordered 3 x 4" bags from Amazon)
  • Computer & Scanner (optional)

Step 1:

Draw your fun Halloween image on a piece of paper using a black marker, or click the button below to download our Trick or Treat graphic!

Step 2:

Scan as a high-resolution JPG in black and white. If you don't have access to a scanner, take a clear, well-lit photo of your artwork on a white background.

Step 3:

Choose your stamp size and upload to www.RubberStamps.net. I used the 3" x 3" stamp for my 3x4" Muslin Bags. Don't forget to click whether you would like the stamp handle included!

 

Step 4:

Choose your stamp pad color and stamp away! You can also use on cards, envelopes, paper treat bags and more!

Happy Halloween!

xo,
Emily

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Calligraphy Workshop: Bel Air, Maryland

Sunday, October 16, 2016 from 11 am – 2 pm
White Glove Rentals

Our beginner’s workshop in modern pointed-pen calligraphy will teach you about the tools of calligraphy, basics in practice strokes and technique, as well as cover a full alphabet. If you are just starting out or are looking for hands-on tips and techniques to improve your beginner’s hand, these workshops are for you! 

Workshop includes all supplies and materials as well as sips & sweets.

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Anatomy of an Invitation

Don't be intimidated by invitation wording etiquette — the rules are actually much simpler and straightforward than you think. And in most cases, there's more than one way to do it, so feel free to riff off these wording rules to create your own. To help guide you, we're breaking down what each line means and what it typically includes. Download our Wedding Invitation Wording PDF to use as a guide.

Section 1: Host Line

Optional. The first lines of the invitation are traditionally reserved for whoever is hosting (ie, paying) for the event. This can be the bride's parents, groom's parents, all parents, or something more communal like "together with out families", if everybody is contributing. Read more about divorced parents, deceased parents, blended families, etc in our Invitation Wording Guide. If you're finding that the host line is tricky or sensitive you can leave the host line out all together.

Section 2: The Request Line

This is where you actually invite your guests to your event. There are a lot of ways to word this, but a very traditional line is "request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of...".

Section 3: Bride and Groom Lines

The name of the bride always precedes the groom's name. If the host line includes the parents of the couple, you would not repeat last names for the bride and groom, but would instead have just the first and middle names. If the parents of the bride are in the host line, but the groom's parents are not included, you would have the first and middle name of the bride, followed by the groom's full name (first, middle, last). If the couple is hosting by themselves, their titles are optional.

Section 4: Date and Time Lines

For formal weddings, everything is written out in full (no numerals). For casual weddings, numerals are fine.

Writing the time

  • Always spell out the numbers; such as "four" instead of "4".
  • It's always "half after four" and never "four thirty".
  • Include "o'clock" when writing the time. For example, it would be "half after four o'clock", or "four o'clock". Note, I think it's OK sometimes to drop the "o'clock" for half hours.
  • It's always "half after" and never "half past".
  • It's "morning" up until 12noon, "afternoon" from 12noon-5pm, and "evening" any time from five and afterwards. Some people say that 6pm is when "evening" starts, but I personally tend to go with 5. You could really do either, though. The proper way to write it would be "eleven o'clock in the morning", "half after four o'clock in the afternoon", and "seven o'clock in the evening".
  • Since you write out the numbers, and include "morning, afternoon, or evening", you never include "am" or "pm".
  • Time is never capitalized.

Writing the date

  • Always write out the day of the week, number of the month, and full month. For example "Saturday, the tenth of May".
  • Compound numbers, such as May 28th, have a hyphen and are written as "Saturday, the TWENTY-EIGHTH of May"
  • While it's a little less traditional, you can write "Saturday, May twenty-eighth".
  • The number of the month does not get capitalizes, but the day of the week and the month itself does.

Writing the year

  • Always write out the number of the year, such as "two thousand sixteen."
  • There is no "and" in the year. Never write it as "two thousand and sixteen".
  • Nothing in the year needs to be capitalized.

Section 5: Ceremony Location Lines

The street address is not usually needed, unless omitting it would lead to confusion or your wedding is taking place at the host's home. The city and state are written out in full.

Section 6: Reception Lines

Optional if ceremony and reception are at same location, although most people do include a line that says "reception to follow" or "formal reception following ceremony". When the reception is elsewhere, the location goes on a different line. Include the time if not immediately following the ceremony. Very formal invitations include this information on a separate card.

Section 7: Attire

Optional. You can add a line letting guests know what the appropriate attire is. Common verbiage include "formal attire requested", "black tie", "black tie optional", or "casual attired" for a more casual event.


Please note: This post is based off of various blog posts originally written by Sincerely, Jackie. Her Stationery 101 series is a wonderful resource for future brides as well as fellow stationers. I highly recommend checking her out!


Intro to Calligraphy Workshop: Annapolis

Last weekends Intro to Calligraphy workshop took place at Historic London Town Gardens in Annapolis. With the large windows, bright natural light and beautiful water views, London Town was the perfect space to host our workshop! We teamed up with Adriana of Adriana Marie Events (brides check her out, she is amazing!) Adriana did an amazing job of organizing every last detail - from the beautiful floral arrangements to the yummy snacks from Main Ingredient. We were also lucky enough to have Victoria of Victoria Selman Photography join us and snap a few photos. We couldn't imagine a better way to spend our Saturday! Thank you to everyone involved in making this workshop a success!

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When To Order & Send Your Wedding Paper

With the date set and your plan in motion, it's time to choose and send your invitation suite! To ensure you have plenty of time, plan on booking your stationer about 6 months before your big day.

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Save The Dates

Save The Dates should be ordered and sent 6-8 months before the wedding. (5-7 months is suggested for weddings with few out of town guests; 7-10 months is suggested for weddings with lots of out-of-town-guests or destination weddings.)


Invitations

Wedding invitations should designed 6-8 months before the wedding and sent 6-8 weeks before the wedding. Please keep in mind the time it takes to stuff, stamp and address your envelopes!


Reply Cards

The reply date for your guests is usually one month before the wedding date, but this can be changed to accommodate the bride and groom’s needs.


Rehearsal Dinner Invitations

Rehearsal Dinner Invitations should either be included in the formal invitation or sent 1-2 weeks after.

Day-of Items

Day-of items should be ordered 2-3 months before the wedding and include escort cards, menus, napkins, cups, signage, favor tags and other party accessories.

Thank You Cards

Should be sent within 4 weeks for gifts received before the wedding. Should be sent within 2-3 months for gifts received at and after the wedding.

Stuffing Your Invitation Suite

Wedding invitations are assembled in size order similar to a wedding cake with the largest layer on the bottom and the smallest layer on top. When stuffing your invitation set, start with the invitation first as the bottom layer. Next, tuck the reply card underneath the flap of the reply envelope and set this on top of the invitation. If you have a reception card, this would then be place on top of the reply card and the set would be placed inside the envelope. If you have additional insert cards, assemble them according to size relative to the other inserts.

To ensure you have stuffed your invitation the proper way, remove the invitation from the envelope with your right hand. If the insert cards sit on top of the invitation and you can read the invitation without turning it, you know you have stuffed correctly.

 
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Maddie + Will Wedding Invitations

Maddie and Will celebrated their marriage this past weekend! Here are some kind words from the bride herself:

"I should start out by saying that my husband and I are a tough couple! Not only did we contact Anchor Point two months before our party but we have opposite tastes and styles. My husband is Mr. City and I'm very rustic/bohemian. Emily was quick and flexible with our date and captured our two styles (and relationship) perfectly. My friends and family wouldn't stop talking about what a great fit it was! I highly recommend them and would definitely work with Emily again for future events." - Maddie

Congrats Maddie & Will!

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The Big Fake Wedding Baltimore

The Big Fake Wedding came to Baltimore and I had the honor of designing the invitation suite! Between the popsicle cart, living wall ceremony backdrop, and surprise vow renewal between a bridesmaid and groomsman, The Big Fake Wedding Baltimore, presented by BRIDES, was certainly one to remember. Take a look at a few highlights from this inaugural event below – enjoy!

PS - Read more on The Big Fake Wedding's Blog and check out our feature on Ruffled!

Vendor Credits: Band (HERO Band): EastCoast Entertainment | Bridesmaid Dresses: Dress Up | Catering: Sascha’s Catering | Ceremony Musician: Two Rivers Chamber Music | Custom Glassware: Eikoh Design Studio | Day-Of Coordination: Ivori Nicole Events | Deodorant: Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant | Favors: Dessert Beauty and Cosmetics | Floral + Event Design (Bouquets/Boutonnieres + Tables 1, 4, 7, 8): Arrica Lindsay Events | Floral + Event Design (Ceremony Backdrop + Tables 2 ,5): Ruie & Grace | Floral + Event Design (Head Table + Tables 3, 6): Celebrating Love by Marcie | Groomsmen Accessories (Bow Ties): xoelle | Hair + Makeup: Silver Immersion, LLC | Invitations + Seed Favors (Wildflower Seed Paper Suite): Tomahawk Design Co. | Invitations (Illustrated Floral Suite with Map): Anchor Point Paper Co. | Invitations (Painted Floral Suite): Mayla Studios, Invitations & Fine Paper Goods | Invitations (Blue + Green Watercolor Suite): Beloved Paper | Jewelry: J’Adorn Designs Handmade Jewelry | Linens, Tables + Rentals: Select Event Group | Oral Care: Colgate Optic White | Photo Booth: Baltimore Photo Social | Photography: Brandilynn Aines Photography | Photography: Kimberly Brooke Photography | Photography: Shannon Bishop Photography | Popsicles: Picnic Pops | Programs (Fuchsia + Orange Watercolor): Lauren Mattes Design | Specialty Cocktails: Deep Eddy Vodka | Venue: Gramercy Mansion | Videography: Gifted Films | Wedding Cake: SugarBakers Cakes | National Sparking Wine Sponsor: Ferrari Sparkling Wine | National Travel Vendor: Bliss by Luxury Concierge | Presenting Partner: BRIDES Magazine | Media Partners: BRIDES MagazineMyWedding.comTrendy BridePerfect Wedding GuideBlack Sheep Bride

Pottery Barn Scan & Plan Bridal Event

Thank you to everyone who came out for the Pottery Barn Scan & Plan Bridal Event on Sunday!

Event Planners: Lemon & Lime Event Design // Photography: Anna Reynal // Music: Mixing Maryland DJ's // Lip & Lash Bar: Behind the Veil // Rental Items: Party Plus Tents & Events // Macaroons & delicious treats: Sweet Hearts Patisserie // Venue: Pottery Barn Westfield Annapolis

Thank you Anna Reynal for the lovely photography! 

You can view more photos from the event here.

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Darla + Matt Wedding Invitations

This custom wedding suite included a portrait of Darla & Matt, reply cards and a custom map of Vancouver (which I'm now dying to visit!) 

Thanks Darla & Matt! 

Valentine's Wedding Styled Shoot

Every time I see an email from Joy in my inbox I know it's going to be something good! And this time, it was really good. Joy asked me to design the invitations for her Valentines Wedding Styled Shoot the day before I left for vacation and of course I said yes! I couldn't resist the opportunity, even though it meant I would only have one night to work on them from when I returned home to when she needed them for the shoot. I'm always so impressed with all of the beautiful work and effort put into each shoot by Joy and all of the vendors - I mean, look at those cakes!! 

Read more about the shoot on Style Me Pretty - right here!

Photography: Joy Michelle Photography | Planner: Rebekah Mangialardo | Wedding Gown: Serendipity Bridal And Events | Cakes: SugarBakers Cakes | Florals : Willow Oak Flower And Herb Farm | Makeup And Hair: Sara Elizabeth Artistry | Paper Goods & Calligraphy : Anchor Point Paper Co. | Ring Box: The Mrs. Box | Venue: Private Residence

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