Want the best wedding invitations in Santa Clarita? Here are 7 steps to the most personalized invites — straight from the pros.
By Kirsten Quinn-Smith
When you get engaged, invitations are one of the first items on your to-do list. Today, couples want to have fun with their announcements, and more importantly, they want their wedding invitations to be a personalized expression of who they are as a couple — as a way of showing their friends and family what their love looks like.
1. Establishing Your Vision
Many couples like to start their wedding planning process with invitations because it helps them figure out the look, colors, vibe and theme of their wedding. The decisions you make in your invitations can be carried out through the entire planning process — from menus and escort cards to napkin rings and glasses.
2. Vintage vs. Modern
Now, establishing a vision for the colors and theme of your wedding can be more overwhelming than it sounds. Myra Harbour, owner of Celebrate, and Kate Clancey, owner of By Invitation Only suggest starting with a simple decision that helps you narrow down a look quickly: vintage or modern?
3. Logos, Monograms & Coats of Arms
Once you decide whether you want a vintage or modern look, the next big decision is your personal logo or monogram. Many couples are creating customized symbols of their new union by designing a unique logo, monogram or even a coat of arms. For a more modern look, try a computer-generated logo, and for a more vintage look, opt for something hand-drawn.
4. Custom Artwork
Once you’ve figured out your personal logo, the next step is to think about some custom artwork to match. “Many couples are working with professional invitation companies to come up with their own artwork. It allows them to create something deeply personal that matches their vision exactly,” Kate said.
Once you have your look figured out, it’s time to think textures. Couples are getting adventurous and expressive with their textures, and the result is a creative, original masterpiece. “A lot of couples are really thinking outside the box and choosing to incorporate materials they love — not just the standard, traditional white envelope,” said Myra. “We’ve worked with couples to incorporate acrylic, velvet, foil, embroidery thread, twine, ribbon and more.”
6. Accents & Embellishments
Once all the main pieces of your vision are in place, it’s time to have fun with the accents and embellishments that can turn something great into something masterful. Here are just a few details that can really rock your invitation: wax seals, fabric ties, letterpress, foil press, wood burning, hand calligraphy, colored ink, and more.
7. Envelopes & Packaging
You’ve almost finished designing your perfect invitation! Last but certainly not least, the right envelope or packaging can really take your invitations to the next level — and showcase who you are a as a couple. Some couples have asked for fabric-wrapped tubes with wax seals, while others opt for boxes with foil or lace inside. Add a twine-tied tag with your personalized logo, top it with your own stamp, and you’re on your way to the best wedding invitations in Santa Clarita and beyond!
About By Invitation Only, For Wedding Invitations In Santa Clarita
By Invitation Only began in 1990, when owner Kate Clancey created unique announcements following the birth of her son. Always accomplished in crafts and design, Kate has grown the business from a home studio to a retail store, opening the second quarter of 2013 in the up and coming shopping district of Old Town Newhall.
We offer a complete line of custom designed paper goods to complement your wedding, from save-the-dates to your thank-you cards. Invitations, RSVPs, maps, registry cards, addressed envelopes, table cards, place cards, menus, and elegant event signage. We do it all.
We will work closely with you to incorporate your style and color palette to enhance your once in a lifetime event. Let us create something spectacular for you.
Contact Kate Clancey at 661-388-5699 to setup an appointment, or visit www.finesocialpaper.com for more information. By Invitation Only is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
About Celebrate, For Wedding Invitations In Santa Clarita
Celebrate – Planning for an Event to Remember was established in 1991. The store is located in midtown Valencia, on Bouquet Canyon Road. We welcome you to come in and see our vast array of trendy and unique invitations. Our design studio has an extensive selection of custom and ready-made invitations that will satisfy even the most exquisite tastes.
Whether you are a do-it-yourself bride or would like us to create the wedding of your dreams, we look forward to working with you on your special day.
For more information, or to set up an appointment, please call 661-259-8611 or visit www.flowersandinvitations.com.
About Santa Clarita Wedding & Event Professionals
Your vision is our passion. The Santa Clarita Wedding Professionals is a united group of the most accomplished and sought-after wedding vendors in Southern California. Together, we form a unique network providing access to a wide variety of services in every stage of planning.
Our goal is to provide prospective brides in the Santa Clarita and Los Angeles areas with a comprehensive list of qualified wedding vendors, including wedding florists, wedding and event DJs/MCs, wedding photographers, wedding videographers, wedding hair and makeup artists, wedding invitation makers, and wedding planners. Look no further for the most trusted wedding vendors in Santa Clarita and beyond.
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