The question I get asked most often by couples is, how much do wedding invitations cost? My answer is always, that depends on a lot of factors.

  • How many invitations do you need?
  • What pieces do you need?
  • Are we ordering from an album or are you looking for a custom-designed invitation?img_0746
  • What print method do you prefer?
  • What type of paper are you choosing?
  • Are you looking for embellishments?

Number of Invitations: A good rule in estimating the number of invitations you need is to divide the number of guests you are inviting by 2 and add 15%. If you are inviting 250 people, that would
be 144 invitations.

What pieces do you need?: This is part personal preference and part etiquette.

Church Wedding – Traditionally, the items needed are the invitation, invitation envelope, reception card, response card and response card envelope.

Reception Wedding – If the ceremony is taking place at the reception site, you can eliminate the reception card and note “reception immediately following” at the bottom of the invitation.

Destination Wedding – Destination weddings tend to include more pieces because they usually entail more than the wedding. When people are traveling and making a long weekend of the wedding, typically the couple will plan other activities and will then include some sort of itinerary for the weekend events. Also, additional information for travel plans is appropriate.

Album Order vs. Custom OrderWhen ordering from an album, the prices are set. It’s simple to price things out and at times, the companies that provide the albums will sometimes offer promotions. This doesn’t happen very often, but is a great help when you can take advantage of a good deal. Custom orders require more time to estimate, some times they may require more time to print & assemble and, of course, you have to add in the time it takes to design a custom invitation. Custom invitations can be competitive with invitations from albums, but more often, they are slightly higher priced. You should also allow for more time in placing your order. If you plan to order custom designed invitations, 6 months before your wedding is a good time to meet with your stationer or designer. If you wait too long, rush charges may apply.

What type of print do you prefer?: The print method you choose can make a huge difference in the price of your invitations. I’ll go more into depth in a separate blog post on these shortly, but for now, this is the breakdown in regards to pricing:

Letterpress, Foil, Engraving, Embossing – $$$  These print methods are all absolutely gorgeous and add a lot of texture to your invitaitons.

Thermography, Offset Printing  – $$  Thermography is a raised print (similar to engraving). Offset printin is flat printing. This is the middle of the road on price.

Digital Printing – $  Digital printing is done by computer (similar to home printers, but on a much larger scale). This is the lowest price point for printing invitations.

fullsizerender-3What type of paper are you choosing?There is a huge variety of paper options. If you have ever been to my studio, you have seen the crazy amount of paper swatch books I have to choose from. There are smooth papers, papers with a “tooth”, metallic or pearl papers, glitter paper, paper that is lightly embossed to look like tree bark, sheer papers, iridescent papers, and almost every color paper you can imagine. Paper also comes in many different weights or thickness. Some paper is better for different types of printing than others. This is where it is good to work with a professional so they can recommend the best paper for your particular job. As far as pricing goes – the more simple the paper, the less expensive it tends to be.

Are you looking for embellishments? Embellishments can be pocketfolders, bandwraps, ribbon, jewels, labels, wax seals, lace, twine, etc. There are so many options for personalizing invitations with embellishments! This is also where you can spend a lot of money or save. I usually give my clients the option to DIY the embellishments. That allows them to dress up their invitations without paying for someone else to glue jewels or tie bows. You can use embellishments to make a very simple invitation a little more special.

It’s tough to answer that question, “How much do wedding invitations cost?”  But there are many ways to accomplish a goal. I invite clients to come to the studio with a budget in mind, choose the ultimate invitation and we’ll take it from there. A couple might love a letterpress invitation in a pocketfolder, but the budget only allows for a digitally printed invitation with a bandwrap holding all of the pieces together. The wedding guests never saw the pocketfolder, so it is still the perfect invitation!

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My Bullet Journal

I have been bullet journaling for nearly a year now. (If you’re a planner addict like I am – you seriously need to check this out!) I started compiling lists of monthly favorites last month. Here’s my list from December 2016:

Favorite Restaurant:   Edge Restaurant  Edge is in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. We went for a late birthday dinner with some great friends. The food here was SO. GOOD. From beginning to end. Every dish. And we had a lot of them. But the dark chocolate, salted caramel tart – holy guacamole! It was a shortbread crust filled with salted caramel, topped with chocolate ganache. On the side was this insanely good rosemary whipped cream and some crystallized ginger. I have been dreaming about this all month. Guess where the Hammonds will be spending their Valentine’s dinner this year? Disclaimer: if you know me, at home – I hate going out for Valentine’s Day! But our Valentine’s dinner on another night will be at Edge!

Favorite Computer Expert: Matt Hofmann at FusionMac    If you read my last post, you’ll know I had a rough spell with Quickbooks last year (again, completely my fault). Matt has always come through for me. He recommends computers, repairs computers (whether he recommended them or not). Seriously, Matt is so patient and reassuring (even when someone calls him in a panic, tearing their hair out that they’ve deleted 6 years of their financial history). If you need someone to take care of your computer issues and mishaps, Matt is your man! You can reach Matt at matt@fusionmac.com. Make sure you tell him that I sent you!

Favorite Book:  The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod   I actually read this book in November, but it made the most impact on my life in December. If you can get past the need for some better editing, the content is life changing. Seriously. I have made some serious changes in my life since reading this book. I love a good self-help book! A little inspiration goes a long way for me. But this book actually encouraged me to make daily changes. And I made them; little by little. As I am writing this, I am getting ready to get back to my routine with the kids’ school and our regular schedule kicking back into full gear tomorrow after the holiday break. And I am looking forward to it. Really! Feeling like something needs to give in your life? It might be you. Read this book.

Favorite App: Routinist, available for Apple and Android products. I love this app, because I can enter my own personal list of things I want to get done for the morning and evening; with timers. I know, there are a lot of people who just do what they need to do daily without any prompts. I am not one of those people. This app serves as a reminder of all of the things I would like to complete on a daily basis. It helps me a lot. If I didn’t have these reminders, I might be inclined to read or watch TV all night and hit snooze all morning.

Lesson Learned: Hard lesson learned, back up your computer regularly! And not to a folder that you might delete when your computer seems a little slow. Back it up to an external hard drive and make sure that it actually goes there. Trust me.

2016 was a roller coaster of a year for Stone Hill Paperie. Website issues affected my wedding season greatly and a Quickbooks fail (completely my fault) led to some hard lessons learned. I never felt like throwing in the towel as much as I did this past year. But the fact is I just can’t give it up. I’m hooked bad. I love this business too much.

Each year I have had the opportunity to learn more and to have clients that trust me to find a way to get the job done & done well. I love the challenges, the people, and their stories that ultimately lead them to the designs I have the pleasure to work on.

On top of all of this, I have met the most amazing group of women. We have a small business group called “Roots”. They are talented, inspiring and uplifting women/entrepeneurs/disciples/mothers/leaders and have brought SO much to my business and my life. roots-copy

With all of this amazingness, how could I possibly quit this? No towel throwing here. In fact, I’m ready 2o17. Bring it on! This will be my best year yet. Are you with me?

My family rescued a dog named Otis in August.  He is a 2 year old black pug mix – we think maybe a black puggle.  He is a character, to say the least, and the family has fallen in love with him.

People get a little crazy about their dogs – and we are among the crazies.  I have been admiring some really cute dog stationery and office products on the market.  Every year at the National Stationery Show in New York there are at least 2 or 3 booths solely dedicated to dog stationery products and gifts.

I even had a couple toy with the idea of having a silhouette of their dog on their wedding invitations once.  They didn’t go through with it.

Check out some of the great designs I’ve seen:

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1. Pointer Dog Stationery

2. Crane Scotty Dog Notes

3. Boatman Geller Lab Memo set

4. Donovan Designs Chien Notes

I’ll get around to designing my Otis notecards soon. When I do, I’ll post a picture!  For now, here I am with our little dude on his favorite perch…

dog love - Otis

I have been a little obsessed with getting a bar cart for over a year now.  I’m not really sure where this began. Maybe it was a scene from Madmen that became lodged in my brain one of those nights that I fell asleep watching.  I remember my Grandmother had a wicker bar cart when I was in my mid 20’s that she would wheel into the living room when my husband (then boyfriend) and I would visit. She mixed a potent cocktail!

Make Your Own Mini Bar with a Bar Cart

Better Decorating Bible

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Burlap & Crystal

Coldwell Banker

Lily Lemon Tree

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Even Target has bar carts!

Bar carts – not just for drinks. They work for stationery too!

I have been searching for some new ways to decorate for fall in my home. I’m a little behind this year – so I went in search of some cute, relatively simple and inexpensive decorating ideas. Here are my favorites:

 

 

 

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How did you & Patrick meet? 

We met at Lock Haven University in the fall of 2005.

A little about the proposal…

After almost six years of dating, Patrick felt the time was right. Patrick spent Christmas Eve in Lock Haven with his family and drove to my parents’ Christmas morning.  My parents were already at my Nana’s for Christmas dinner and I was waiting to drive over separately with my boyfriend/soon-to-be-fiancee.  Upon arrival Patrick walked into the living room, found a spot next to the Christmas tree, and got down on one knee.

I was completely surprised and my answer was “Are you serious…YES, of course!” We celebrated with my family Christmas day and everyone was very excited.  We flew to Orlando for four days and then drove to Charleston, SC to meet his family for a five-day cruise to the Bahamas. It was a perfect proposal and it was great to spend quality time with family after the proposal.

What surprised you most about planning your wedding?

We were both very surprised about how many options there were for the many elements that make up a wedding. We had originally planned to rent a space and bring in our vendors, but once we found Normandy Farm, we loved the idea of having everything at our fingertips.

What (or who) did you find was your best resource for planning your wedding?

When Patrick and I were together we utilized several magazines and websites that were very helpful in the planning process.  However, I would definitely have to say that my mom was the person that gave us (especially me) the best advice. I still think about how much fun she and I had throughout our wedding journey and those memories are forever.

What was your inspiration for your wedding day details?

I think we would both say that our inspiration was wedding chic. We wanted something playful and fun but classic at the same time. Once we chose Normandy Farm and saw how intimate and romantic a setting it is; everything just fell into place.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

Finally marrying my best friend and having our family and friends present to celebrate our special day.

Best part of the wedding planning?

Actually seeing the entire day come together.  At first there are so many options and it was really special to make decisions and watch the wedding unfold.

What advice will you give your friends getting married?

Don’t forget about the big picture.  All the details are important, but at the end of the day it is about family and friends coming together to celebrate the joining of two people.

Carol & Patrick’s Vendors…

Ceremony Location: Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Reception Location: Normandy Farm Photographer: Mike Landis Videographer: Brock Pemberton Florist: Willow & Thistle Band, Musicians and/or DJ: Billy Hatalski and Co. Invitations and programs: Stone Hill Paperie Uplighting: Synergetic Sounds Photobooth: Shutterbooth | Dress: Van Cleve Wedding Pavilion | Transportation: Philadelphia Trolley Works

 

 

trello wedding planTrello: Wedding Timeline

Engaged Couples: I found this wedding timeline on Trello today that could be helpful.  Copy in menu and then you can personalize it for yourselves!

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Galen photos for blog
I recently had the pleasure of working with Galen Sarvey.  She had a clear vision of her wedding that included sunflowers and lace.  I had such fun creating these custom invitations at Stone Hill Paperie for Galen.  I am thrilled to have Galen as Stone Hill Paperie’s first “Real Bride” blog post!  Read below about Galen & Nick’s wedding and some great advice!
How did you & Nick meet?
Nick and I met while working at a Pub in Collegeville. We were both working busing tables. I was 16 and Nick was 18. I couldn’t drive yet so Nick would give me a ride home from work from time to time.
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