🎙️ This week on #aisleseatpodcast we’re talking the art of the invitation with Jenna Wiegand owner and executive director of The Polka Dot Paper Shop @polkadotpapershop !
The invitation sets the tone your party and should be considered a first look at what guests can expect from your wedding event. Jenna is one of the most creative designers in the luxury stationary space. Jenna has the most incredible, fun, and joyful energy which she brings to her design aesthetic—what she creates out of paper is quite simply magic 🪄
On this episode, Alison and Jenna chat the importance of stationary in the wedding planning process, some of the innovative and incredible projects she’s produced, how she’s setting new trends with her designs, invitation etiquette and more.
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And now for something completely different!
Fun little collab last February with our favourite girl gang vendor team! 🤗
We wanted to try a completely alternative style with neutral, modern elements. What do you think?
Let's talk about putting QR codes on your RSVP cards. Even though QR codes have been around for what, a decade? This is really the first year we've seen a huge push for clients wanting QR codes for their guests to RSVP through.
If you are taking this DIY on yourself, though - LISTEN UP. I have some really important things you don't want to miss!
Some QR generators have a maximum number of scans allowed, and they may expire after a short period of time. Remember, some people will scan the code multiple times leading up to your event. 150 scans is not enough for 150 people. Always leave room for each guest to scan the code at LEAST 5 times. Even better, find one that allows for unlimited scans. You likely have to pay extra for this service - but it will be worth it.
Some will also expire after a period of time. This has been seen with Canva accounts and other "cheap and easy" design programs. If you don't upgrade or pay extra for a QR without expiry - you run the risk of having that QR code expire before your guests even get the chance to RSVP. This means when they go to RSVP, the QR code will not work or it'll take them to a page that says "This QR code has expired." Brutal, right?
Now, we (as professionals) pay the subscriptions and pay the dues to create QR codes that do not expire, do not advertise to your guests and do not have a max number of scans. However - even still, I will ALWAYS include the actual link to the website on the card. This is simply because hey, maybe your guest doesn't know what a QR code is. Or, for whatever reason, it didn't work for them! Technology can go wrong and I like to cover all my bases.
Will you be using a QR code for your guest to RSVP?
This incredible shoot pictured here has this incredible team behind it. As featured in the latest print issue of Today's Bride Magazine ❤️
If you’re looking for a cookie-cutter wedding, keep scrolling! The thing that often surprises me the most in this industry is when clients come in to an office like mine, willing to drop the big money to get something incredible… and then ask to do EXACTLY what someone else has already done. Even though it’s more work for me to suggest we do something new, you know what? I still want to do something new. You have no IDEA how many concepts and creative projects I have bouncing around in my head, just waiting for the right client to come along and let them out. I know, it’s easy and so much safer to choose something you’ve already seen. But what if first, before you choose something that’s already been done, you try seeing what your vendor suggests, first? We didn’t get to have this successful business without having ample creativity and artistic skill. Maybe they’ll come up with something even BETTER than you’ve ever seen before! Maybe once your photos come out, it’ll be YOUR invitations or YOUR florals that people will be adding to their Pinterest boards and aspiring to achieve. I say, let’s recreate the wheel. Forget safe! Let’s create something epic.
Like these soon-to-be menus. Just wait to see what we do with them!
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Let's talk about table top signage. These are signs that are usually 8x10 or smaller and help guests know what they are being served or what they are supposed to do with that table. They're one of those details that elevate the guest experience and make everything feel more well thought-out. The small signs you might consider for your wedding are:
- Bar menu
- Signature cocktails
- Sign our guest book
- Bathroom basket
- Memorial table
- Cards & gifts
- Donation announcement
Rarely does anyone need ALL of these, don't worry. But you will likely want a few of them!
Small signage comes in 3 different materials:
- Foam core
Cardstock CAN be tented, if needed so it'll stand on it's own. But most people prefer to frame a cardstock sign for a more luxe look. While it is the cheapest option, if you don't happen to have frames already and don't feel like shopping - you might want to get the foam core option. Foam core comes with a little kickstand on the back so it stands alone, no frame needed. It's more expensive than cardstock, but less expensive than acrylic. It's a great middle of the road option!
Acrylic is the most luxe of the group and will stand the test of time. For the most part, when our clients are asking me for my recommendations - I suggest doing all of your signage in the lower cost options, with the exception of the bar sign. I ALWAYS recommend doing the bar sign in acrylic because it's splash-proof, durable and makes for a great keepsake after the wedding. While acrylic is amazing for all of the signs - if you need to decide where to save and where to splurge, this is my recommendation every single time.
Photographer: @bsimkova and @simkovastudios
Couple: @_allynewton and @joeyrothstein
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