Jourdan + Logan: Harbour Island Destination Wedding Weekend

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Although they began their relationship in Dallas and got engaged in Charleston, there was only one location in the world Jourdan and Logan could imagine getting married: Harbour Island in the Bahamas, where Jourdan’s family had been boating for over 30 years!

photos: Karlisch Studio, Stephen Karlisch

“Many years now we’ve been coming to this special island and we’ve made a lot of friends that feel like family. There’s a little pink church on the island, and every time we used to pass it in the golf cart Jourdan would say, ‘One of these days that’s where I’d like to get married,'” shares Ed Pratt, father of the bride. “That’s how the family came to choose Harbour Island for the wedding, and Jourdan and Logan did indeed end up getting married in that little pink church!”

A color scheme of navy and rose gold was selected as a reference to Harbour Island’s iconic pink sand beaches and beautiful blue water, and was incorporated in details ranging from the invitation suite to the navy welcome tent on the dock where guests arrived by water taxi from nearby Eleuthera. Upon arrival guests were given branded welcome bags that included a golf cart key chain with a matching valet sticker—Jourdan and Logan’s wedding logo was on one side, while the other side featured a unique color and number combination to help guests find their golf cart throughout the weekend!

Pre-wedding events included a Thursday night welcome party at Romora Bay with an appearance by a traditional Bahamian Junkanoo band, a lovely beachside brunch for the bridal party, and a toast-filled rehearsal dinner at Coral Sands Hotel.

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Up next? A lovely wedding ceremony that took place in St. John’s Anglican Church, Jourdan’s dream chapel!

After exchanging vows, the newlyweds joined their guests for a tented beach reception at the Ocean View Club. As a personal touch, the couple’s logo was again featured on details ranging from a navy and rose gold menu to luxe custom throw pillows. Inspired by the family’s love for the Bahamian crest, the logo was designed by the mother of the bride and featured Jourdan and Logan’s initials along with three iconic Harbour Island motifs: conch shells, a rooster, and a palm tree. Jourdan, who is an interior designer, also custom-designed stunning orb chandeliers for the reception tent that were paired with flowers and candles. We love that the couple plans to hang them in their backyard when hosting parties!

From the vibrant welcome party to the couple’s one-of-a-kind send-off, we loved every minute of planning this destination wedding weekend in the Bahamas! For even more “I do” details, be sure to take a look at the couple’s Inside Weddings feature! 

Vendors:

Hair and Makeup: Maitee Miles
Bride’s Gown: Carolina Herrera
Catering: Ocean View Club
Entertainment: The Project
Floral, Lighting, and Event Design: Little Island Design for the Ocean View Club
Invitations: Melanie Frazier for DFW Events
Photography: Karlisch Studio, Stephen Karlisch
Welcome Party: Romora Bay Resort and Marina
Rehearsal Dinner: Coral Sands Hotel
Ceremony: St. John’s Anglican Church
Reception: Ocean View Club
Videography: Joe Simon
Wedding Planning: Mary-Frances Hurt and Hannah Kohler for DFW Events

No Place Like Home: Fort Worth Wedding with Tented Reception at a Private Residence

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They say that home is where the heart is, but in the case of this Fort Worth wedding, it just so happened to be where the reception was located! Exploding with interior design influences and unique personal touches, Molly and Pete’s fall “I do” was a highlight of 2016 for our team. It also makes a serious case for incorporating the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year, Greenery, into your own wedding day!

photos: Karlisch Studio

Molly and Pete exchanged vows in a meaningful, traditional ceremony at Broadway Baptist Church in Fort Worth, where Molly’s parents were also married. A tented reception was hosted afterward at the home of the bride’s family—the perfect venue choice for our bride, who is passionate about houses and interior design.

In keeping with the reception location, personal details were incorporated at every turn. A dining room table, which was presented to the bride’s parents by their grandparents as a wedding gift, was transformed into an entry table and accented by vintage frames, family photographs, and heirloom silver and crystal.

As a surprise to Pete, Molly also worked with our team to create a one-of-a-kind putting green and scotch bar. The wood-paneled backdrop of the scotch bar put the client’s collection of decanters on display, and guests of “Pete’s Patio” were also provided with customized golf balls, score cards, and koozies embellished with the groom’s initials.

For the primary reception tent our design-minded bride selected a grey palette with the goal of creating a comfortable, warm atmosphere that truly felt like an extension of the home. Lighting designed by BEYOND was used strategically to emphasize trees in the yard, the vibrant yellow floral arrangements created by Jackson Durham, and the anemone-covered bride’s cake.

An existing Crepe Myrtle tree, which the tent was constructed around, also became a focal point thanks to lighting—throughout the evening guests gathered in a lounge area under the tree to rest and enjoy the scene, or enjoyed dancing beneath the twinkle-lit branches!

It was an honor for our team to coordinate this lovely wedding day and to be trusted with the task of bringing so many thoughtful, intentional design details to life on behalf of this sweet couple. Cheers to a beautiful beginning, Molly and Pete!

Vendors:

Church: Broadway Baptist Church
Reception: Private Residence
Tent: Sandone Productions
Caterer: F2M Hospitality
Officant: Bryan Dunagan
Photographer: Stephen Karlisch, Karlisch Studio
Videographer: Elle Films
Floral/Décor: Jackson Durham Events
Tent Finish-Out/Custom Décor: Stage Works USA
Rentals: Posh Couture Rentals
Band: Jordan Kahn Music Company
Lighting: BEYOND
Bride’s Cake: Crème de la Crème
Photo Booth: My Event is the Bomb
Coordination: Laura Arredondo for DFW Events

Stephanie + John Paul: Pretty in Pink Wedding at HPUMC and The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas

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Flowers are being purchased, chocolates are being gift wrapped, and last-minute reservations are being made. Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, and we couldn’t think of a more appropriate occasion to share Stephanie and John Paul’s fuchsia-infused wedding day at Highland Park United Methodist Church and The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas!

photos: Sarah Kate, Photographer

“Anyone who knows my mother or me knows that we love color, especially pink. We wanted to transform the Ritz ballroom into our own space and make it bright and colorful since that makes us happy,” Stephanie says. Junior Villanueva and the team at Garden Gate brought Stephanie’s vision to life at both the ceremony and reception through the creation of vibrant floral arrangements in shades of pink ranging from blush to magenta. For the reception, “The two elements that transformed the room the most were the wall of flowers behind the wedding cake and the floral halo and chandelier above the ballroom floor,” says the bride.

In addition to selecting a pink color palette to represent Stephanie’s taste and style, the couple incorporated a fun detail that spoke specifically to JP’s background. “John Paul is from Malibu and grew up surfing, so one of the personal touches for him was his surfboard groom’s cake with his favorite sports teams on top,” says Stephanie of the unique design, which was created by the Ritz’s pastry chef out of graham crackers and chocolate.

Also on the wedding day menu: a salad accented by Texas peaches and whipped burrata, filet with black truffle risotto, sea bass with parmesan gnocchi, and a delicious bride’s cake created by Panini Bakery. “John Paul and I really wanted our guests to feel treated with a sit-down dinner,” Stephanie says. “At every step, the Ritz provided impeccable service and was incredibly accommodating.”

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As for Stephanie’s most special wedding day memory? “I will never forget the mix of happiness, nerves, and excitement I felt walking down the aisle with my dad, looking up at JP. Then hopping on the bus to the reception after the ceremony, listening to ‘Can’t Hurry Love’, sipping on champagne, and realizing we were married—surrounded by all of our closest friends—ready to go celebrate. That was an incredible feeling!” she says.

It was such a privilege for us to coordinate this “pretty in pink” wedding day for Stephanie and JP. Wishing you two all the happiness in the world…no rose-colored glasses required!

Vendors:

Ceremony: Highland Park United Methodist Church
Reception: The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
Musicians: Highland Music
Photographer: Sarah Kate, Photographer
Videographer: Elle Films
Band: Jordan Kahn Orchestra
Calligraphy: Scribbles and Swirls
Florist: Garden Gate
Lighting: Absolute Entertainment
Bride’s Cake: Panini Bakery 
Groom’s Cake: The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
Linens: BBJ
Carpet: Sandone Productions
Rentals: Posh Couture Rentals
Band/Barfront: Perch Decor
Draping: Quest Drape
Dance Floor: DFW Dance Floors
Photo Booth: Flock Together
Hair/Makeup: Maitee Miles
Transportation: Premier of Dallas
Coordination: Laura Arredondo for DFW Events

An ESPN Engagement: Mackenzie Moore + Dan Skipper’s Proposal Story

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We LOVE a good love story around here, so when we heard about the way DFW Events bride Mackenzie Moore’s beau proposed, we knew we had to share it on the blog!

photos: Justin Palmer Weddings

Mackenzie Moore and Dan Skipper met at The University of Arkansas through a mutual friend, and right from the beginning sports played a role in their love story. Although it took three attempts to schedule a date following their first meeting at a sports bar on campus, finally Mackenzie said “yes” to the Arkansas offensive lineman’s invitation to spend time together one-on-one.

Fast forward to August 26, 2016. After a long day at work, Mackenzie was looking forward to exchanging her work attire for pajamas and going straight to bed. Dan, however, had other ideas in mind. “As I was laying there I got a call from Dan being very persistent that we go to dinner somewhere fun. When I told him I was in my pajamas I am pretty sure I could hear his heart drop,” says Mackenzie. Finally, she gave in to the idea of going out for a “fun dinner” and changed into a casual ensemble…momentarily, at least. “As I was walking out of my bedroom I had this crazy feeling that I was getting engaged, so I ran back into my room and threw on some jeans and a cuter shirt,” Mackenzie shares.

Her instinct proved to be right on target. Dan arrived at her home clean-shaven and dressed to impress—no Arkansas football sweats in sight. “I knew right then and there that it was happening,” says Mackenzie, who had been anticipating a pre football season proposal. “We got in the car and we drove to the football stadium, where we had our first date. We went to the very top of the stadium and were walking around looking down at the football field on one side and the beautiful Fayetteville landscape on the other.” As they were standing there and taking in the scenery, Dan grabbed Mackenzie’s hand, got down on one knee, and shared sweet sentiments that Mackenzie admittedly doesn’t fully remember due to the excitement of the moment. What she does remember clearly, however? “It all ended with ‘Will you marry me?’, and of course I said yes…at least I think I did!” she shares.

Press features soon followed as news of Mackenzie and Dan’s engagement spread. “Our story was first featured on air during the game at TCU. I was actually trying on wedding dresses when I got the call from Dan telling me that they were going to talk about our engagement on TV that night,” says Mackenzie. “Little did I know that it was going to be right after he blocked a field goal to force the game to overtime, in a game the Razorbacks eventually won.” Watch the video below to see Dan’s game-changing play and hear more details about his proposal!

video footage courtesy of ESPN

The next feature on ESPN came as a surprise during a home game against Texas State. “It was such an honor that they talked about such a special time in our lives on ESPN, even if Dan did look like a 43-year-old lumberjack,” Mackenzie jokes. Click below to watch the clip!

As you can probably tell, this couple is SO fun-loving and their wedding day is going to be completely reflective of that. While dancing and delicious food will be staples of the event, Mackenzie and Dan are also looking forward to customizing their day with details and surprises that speak to their “fun and crazy” personalities. Needless to say, we are counting down the days until these two say “I do” in March!

Wedding Details Inspired by Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year

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Happy New Year, friends! Tis the season for fresh starts and new beginnings, two ideas perfectly encompassed by Pantone’s 2017 color of the year: Greenery!

Wedding Details Inspired by Pantone Greenery

Here’s what Pantone has to say about the symbolism behind the selection: “Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.”

The perfect prescription for couples counting down the days until they say “I do,” don’t you agree? Pantone goes on to describe the verdant hue as “nature’s neutral,” and we love that this particular shade of green can be paired with everything from metallics, to bright pops of coral and turquoise, to 2016’s gorgeous color of the year combo, Rose Quartz and Serenity.

Convinced that Greenery should play a part in your color palette? Get inspired by these real weddings coordinated by our DFW Events planning team, each of which incorporates fresh tones to fabulous effect!

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photos: Jenny McCann Photography | floral: Park Cities Petals

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photos: Sarah Kate, Photographer | floral: Jackson Durham Events

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photos: Stephen Karlisch, Karlisch Studio | floral: Jackson Durham Events

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photos: Sarah Kate, Photographer | floral: Bella Flora of Dallas | see more on Style Me Pretty here

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photos: Sarah Kate, Photographer | floral: Jackson Durham Events | see more here and here

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photo: Cameron and Kelly Studio | floral: Floriography | see more on Wedding Chicks here

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photos: Sarah Kate, Photographer | floral: Jackson Durham Events

Colorful Winter Wedding Inspiration

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It’s true—we love a wedding wrapped in wintery whites. But we’re equally drawn to celebrations that evoke the excitement of the season via vibrant color palettes and festive design details. Who says a winter wonderland has to be covered in snow? As these holiday inspired weddings will prove, draping an “I do” in layers of color is every bit as magical.

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Jewel tones pair perfectly with a December wedding—think gowns for the bridesmaids in ruby or rich purple, with a red velvet coat and a sweet flower crown for your littlest attendant.

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photos: Sarah Kate, Photographer | see more from these weddings here and here

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In the Press: Nicole + David’s Luxe Wedding at The Adolphus

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After showcasing a few sneak peeks on Instagram over the last few months, we are delighted to finally share a closer look at Nicole and David’s luxe fall wedding at The Adolphus, which was recently featured by Inside Weddings! Between the ceremony’s custom chapel design, the reception’s opulent decorative details and rich color palette, and the wide variety of entertainment elements sprinkled throughout the evening, this wedding was a highlight of our 2015 fall wedding season.

While details including handcrafted cocktails from The Grand Bevy, lavish floral from Jackson Durham Events, and performances from tap dancers and mariachi musicians alike made this wedding a standout in our minds, the bride’s kind words following her wedding day take the cake! “I believe we put a truly personalized touch on absolutely everything, and I was able to do so with the help of my team at DFW Events,” says Nicole, who worked with our in-house designer, Melanie Frazier, to create paper products ranging from custom save the dates and rehearsal dinner invitations to gold-embellished menus that perfectly reflected the couple’s style. “We really don’t feel we would have gotten the vision of our perfect weekend with all the detail and elements we wanted without the relentless efforts of our fabulous DFW Events wedding planning team.”

Keep scrolling to see the beautiful photos captured by Edmonson Weddings, and be sure to stop by the Inside Weddings article for more of Nicole and David’s story!

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Megan + Keith’s Winter Wedding in Horseshoe Bay

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We have the most lovely December “I do” in store for you today! Megan and Keith’s Horseshoe Bay wedding featured spectacular decor—think luxe arrangements of fuchsia and purple blooms, gilded chairs, ruby-hued gowns, crystal chandeliers, and more than a few hints of holiday magic! Above and beyond the beautiful aesthetics, however, is the love these two share and the meaningful details they incorporated throughout their wedding day. Keep scrolling for their sweet story and wedding day images, perfectly captured by Sarah Kate!

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“Uniquely enough, Keith and I grew up together. Our mothers were in each other’s weddings and Keith is my older brother’s age,” shares Megan. Despite their long family history, it wasn’t until four years ago that Keith asked Megan out on a date following a hint from her now sister-in-law…and a little encouragement from above! “My sister-in-law told Keith I was single and he asked me out that following Monday. Our first date was at a Rangers game, and the rest is history. We also like to say that our ‘Team of Angels’ brought us together—my mother, his grandparents, and my grandfathers who have passed away.”

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In the Press: Mary + Brad’s Wedding at White Oaks Ranch

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We are so excited to share Mary and Brad’s fall wedding at White Oaks Ranch today! We’ve been saving these images for quite some time as we awaited the debut of this Style Me Pretty post, sprinkling just a few teasers on Instagram every now and then. Keep scrolling for all of the lovely organic details, plus the couple’s sweet love story!

photos: Sarah Kate, Photographer

If we didn’t believe in “retail therapy” before, we certainly do now…or at least in retail romance! Mary and Brad met in April 2008 while he was working at Capital Grille in the Crescent Court and she was working at Stanley Korshak. “We bonded over our time living and traveling abroad throughout Southeast Asia,” says the bride. “After our first date, we were inseparable. Three moves, a new house, two puppies, and graduate school later, he proposed.”

Naturally, Brad’s proposal was just as connected to travel as the rest of the couple’s relationship had been. After surprising Mary with a stunning ring while visiting Japanese-style hot springs in Santa Fe, the duo set out to design a wedding day filled with whimsy and romance!

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From the outdoor ceremony under an oak tree, to the Spanish acoustic guitar music that played at the couple’s reception, to the flower crown by Bows and Arrows that the bride paired with her long-sleeved gown from Berta Bridal, each and every detail combined to create an intimate, romantic setting. Fun “exceptions” to the overall aesthetic included Brad’s punk-meets-polished attire (we loved how he paired patent leather tennis shoes with his Vera Wang attire!) and the couple’s unique getaway vehicle. “In the spirit of rustic chic, we drove away in a Mule, or open aired utility vehicle, with flower petals in the bed that flew away as we drove off,” says Mary.

Other unique touches incorporated throughout the ceremony and reception included the bride’s selection of “Clair de Lune” as her accompaniment down the aisle, a beautiful reading of a Pablo Neruda poem during the ceremony, and the couple’s mobile photo booth, The Photo Bus. “Brad is really into Volkswagen buses, and we were able to find a fantastic vintage VW bus that had been repurposed as a photo bus—it was a huge hit,” says the bride of their selection.

As for the couple’s favorite moment of the wedding day?

“After my husband and I finished photos, we got a few precious minutes of alone time, where we proceeded to the apartment above the reception pavilion,” shares Mary. “There we shared a toast, hors d’oeuvres, and got to look down over all of the family and friends who had gathered for our wedding. It was so wonderful to have a minute alone to reflect on the perfect day, and toast to our new marriage.”

That’s a sentiment we’ll say “cheers” to any day! Congratulations, Mary and Brad—it was such a privilege to help bring your vision to life!

CLICK BELOW TO WATCH MARY + BRAD’S WEDDING VIDEO!
video by Elle Films

Vendors:

Paper Products: Wild Almond Blue Stationery
Ceremony/Reception: White Oaks Ranch 
Officiate: Dr. Paul Seelman
Musicians: David Conger
Caterer: Kent Rathbun
Valet: Rent a Frog
Photographer: Sarah Kate, Photographer | Sarah Kate Barger
Videographer: Elle Films, Kelley Gill
Band: Party Machine
Florist: Bows and Arrows
Lighting/Power: BEYOND
Photo Booth: The Photo Bus
Cakes: Panini Bakery
Linens/Rentals: Posh Couture Rentals
Hair and Make-up: Maitee Miles
Bride’s Gown: Berta Bridal, purchased from Bridal Boutique in Lewisville
Transportation: Coordinated by DFW Events
Golf Carts: Metro Golf Cars
Coordination: Sarah Kane and Emily Wickman for DFW Events 

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Planner’s Perspective: Selecting, Stuffing, and Sending Your Wedding Invitations

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Are you in need of a crash course in Wedding Invitations 101? If so, look no further than today’s blog post! Bailey began her career at DFW Events as a Weekend Warrior, and went on to work her way up in the company from production assistant to lead planner. As a production assistant, Bailey learned (and frequently practiced!) the art of assembling and mailing invitations. She’s also extremely creative and has a strong eye for design, making her the perfect “coach” to guide you through the ins and outs of selecting, stuffing, and sending your wedding invitations! Read on for her top tips and suggestions, with a few etiquette and history notes included as an added bonus! 

photo: Jess Barfield Photography

Selecting Your Invitations

“Aesthetic and budget are the first two things every couple should consider when it’s time to select wedding invitations. A good rule of thumb is to allocate no more than 10 percent of your total wedding budget to purchasing your invitations and paper goods. If that percentage sounds high, keep in mind that this figure will cover the cost of your save the dates, menus, escort cards, and any additional branded items – such as custom cocktail napkins, cups, or bar signage – in addition to your formal invitations. To hone in on your aesthetic, take a look at paper samples, ask to see some of your friends’ former invitation suites, and browse Pinterest. Once both your aesthetic and your budget have been established, you’ll be ready to select your paper provider. Create a custom design, order a traditional suite from Crane and William Arthur, or browse the options listed by online retailers such as Minted and Wedding Paper Divas!

photo: Shaun Menary Photography

“If you’re going the custom route, your next step will be to decide if you would like to incorporate a motif or a monogram into your design. These personalized embellishments can be either hand-drawn or developed digitally. Select the option that best fits your style, and have fun carrying it through as many wedding details as possible!”

Assembly and Etiquette

“A few fun facts for you:

1. Tradition dictates that you should stuff an invitation as if the person pulling it out was right handed. (Sorry, left-handers!)

2. You may have noticed that tissue paper is sometimes included with an invitation – originally, this was to keep ink from smearing, although now the practice has become a tradition that accompanies very formal invitations.

3. Ever wondered why many wedding invitations include an inner and an outer envelope? This practice actually dates back to when mail was delivered by horseback! Since the outside envelope would inevitably get dirty in transit, a fresh envelope was always included inside to ensure a beautiful presentation upon arrival. Now, it’s just tradition!

4. Traditionally, a separate card denoting the reception venue should be included with your invitation if your reception will take place in a different location than your ceremony. However, etiquette has evolved to allow the option of including this information directly on your primary wedding invitation. If you would like to provide your guests with printed directions, the best place to include this information is on your program, or on a card that’s passed out at the end of your ceremony.

5. There is an art to addressing envelopes, and I’m not just talking about calligraphy! Utilize Crane’s Blue Wedding Book when compiling your guest list so that when you present it to your calligrapher, everything is already written per etiquette. This will ensure that each and every tricky situation (such as addressing an invitation to two doctors!) is handled with ease.”

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“Once you’ve received each printed piece of your invitation suite, stuff your envelopes and take them to the post office to be weighed. Be sure to ask if it’s parcel – in other words, unable to be fed through machines automatically – as this will incur an additional postage fee. After you’ve finished weighing your fully-stuffed envelopes, you will know exactly how much postage you need. Either buy stamps at the post office or design your own – and don’t forget to purchase Forever stamps for your reply card!”

Stamping and Sending

“After determining how much postage you need, you’ll be ready to design a custom stamp if you so desire. Our team typically recommends utilizing the motif or monogram featured on your invitation to create a cohesive through line – the custom design will help your suite stand out in your guests’ mail pile, too! Picture It Postage is a great resource to use when creating a custom stamp.”

photo via DFW Events on Instagram | invitation by DFW Events in-house designer Melanie Frazier based on our client’s logo design + rose gold and blue color palette

“When you’re ready to mail your invitations, place them in boxes and cover them with a printed sign that says, ‘Wedding Invitations – Please Hand Cancel.’ (Hand canceling will protect your calligraphy from smearing, and will also prevent those ugly markings that you’ve probably noticed on your bills from appearing on your envelopes!) Upon arrival at the post office, re-weigh your invitations. Ask once more if your invitations qualify as parcel to ensure that there are no delivery hiccups. After confirming, hand your invitations over for delivery and count down the days until your first RSVPs start rolling in!”

photo: Sarah Kate, Photographer 

PS: For any additional questions concerning etiquette, we highly recommend referring to Crane’s Wedding Blue Book. This classic book has been a must-have resource in our office for years, and is sure to be of assistance time and again throughout your planning process!