Wedding planning is hard. There are so many pieces to try and coordinate. Often you are asked “how many guests are you expecting?” Most people can answer that question pretty quickly. The guest list has been made and numbers calculated so you can get a venue the right size and order enough food for all your guests.
One of the first questions I ask clients is “how many invitations will you need?” I always follow up with “how many guests are you expecting?” More often than not they give me their guest count as an answer to both those questions. It is one of the only things that is NOT guest count you will encounter while planning your wedding so it can be confusing.
So how many invitations do you need? I always suggest counting addresses. You will send one invitation to each household. If there are multiple adults living in the same house you will want to send one to each family unit. So if mom lives with her adult son and his spouse, mom would get an invitation and son and spouse would get a separate one. Typically you will need about 60% of the guest count. So if you have 200 guests you will need about 120 invitations. I always suggest adding 5-10 more so you have a keepsake and in case there are last minute people that get added to the guest list.
So if I were to ask you “how many invitations do you need?” I hope you feel better prepared to answer the question.
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Styled shoots are so fun. It is always nice to meet up with friends and make new friends while being creative. With weddings being rare this year there has been a lot of opportunity for creatives to get together and created some fun shoots.
Krystle Allen with Krystle Clear Events is a wedding planner and designer extraordinaire. She put together a team of vendors to showcase the beauty that is the Eola Hills Legacy Estate Vineyard in Salem, Oregon. Just a couple miles once you cross over the bridge from downtown Salem to West Salem is this beautiful oasis with a view of the coast range.
Krystle created classy tables using a farm table and jewel tone items. Her eye for detail is #lifegoals. You can tell it is her passion and she has found her calling.
Alana with Flowers by Alana used orange and blue flowers along with greenery to accent the tables. The bouquet was stunning as well.
Nothing Bundt Cakes don't just have a catchy name.... they also make delicious desserts. These Bundtinis were red velvet and lemon. Not gonna lie... desserts made be my favorite part of styled shoots. ;)
Morgan Nichols did a wonderful job on Grace's makeup. Grace was a beautiful canvas and Morgan did a great job.
Grace and Taylor looked great in their outfits as well. It is always fun to work with models that are a couple in real life. You can't fake this chemistry.
Taylor was dashing in his tux from The Black Tux. Grace was adorned with a dress from Adorned in Grace (see what I did there? See.... I'm punny!).
This photo I shared on instagram shows how well the photographers and videographer worked together. Maybe I started on the wine a little early.... I cannot confirm or deny.... It was a vineyard after all!!!
It takes many hands to put these styled shoots together and this team was great. All are definitely professionals. Honored to be in the same space.
Here is the list of all the wonderful professionals who put all of this together:
Venue: Eola Hills Legacy Estate Vineyard | Instagram | Facebook |
Coordination/Styling: Krystle Clear Events | Instagram | Facebook |
Photography: Emily Skye Photography | Instagram | Facebook |
Photography: Ashley Masters Photography | Instagram | Facebook |
Photography: Alisha Hale Photography | Instagram | Facebook |
Videography: Valley Trademark Photography | Instagram | Facebook
Flowers: Flowers by Alana | Instagram | Facebook |
Rentals: For the Love of Pete Rentals | Instagram | Facebook |
Dessert: Nothing Bundt Cakes-Clackamas | Instagram | Facebook |
Models: Grace and Taylor | @grac_eelizabeth | grace.roth5 |
Makeup: Morgan Nichols | Instagram | Facebook |
Dress: Adorned in Grace | Instagram | Facebook |
Suit: The Black Tux | Instagram | Facebook |
Stationery: Blue Bonsai Printing | Instagram | Facebook |
Etsy is a wonderful marketplace. I sell on Etsy, so it is not that I have anything against Etsy. I also offer printing services for those that buy designs off Etsy for their save the dates and invitations. But as an Etsy seller and print shop there are some warnings I want to share.
1) Designs using copyrighted images- anything with a cartoon character or their likeness is illegal. I am sure you are thinking “but that stuff is all over Etsy!” Yes, it is but that doesn’t change the fact that it is illegal. Etsy is shutting down shops for posting illegal items. But what does this mean for you? If you buy a design that is illegal you will not be able to get it printed by a business. FedEx, UPS, Office Depot, Staples, Blue Bonsai, your local print shop- none of these places will print illegal designs because printing an illegal document is also illegal. No business will risk the repercussions of printing an illegal document. I have had so many people contact me asking if I would print a design with copyrighted material that they bought off Etsy. I hate to hear the frustration in their voice when they realize they have no options of getting them printed commercially.
2) Printables not set up for printing- if you buy a file on Etsy and the file is not set up properly it makes it hard or impossible to print, for you or a print shop. If a design is supposed to go all the way to the edge of the file will need to have a bleed on the design. If it doesn’t the design is not able to be printed to the edge. If the designer can’t define a “bleed” you should be wary. The other problem is resolution. A low-resolution file will look horrible when printed. If the file is set up low, you can’t do anything about it. The owner of the file (the Etsy seller) would need to fix it. They may not even know they care creating a low-resolution file which means they won’t be able to fix it.
3) Be wary of “editable” files- these are usually PDFs that have specific fields that you can change. But you have the fonts on your computer or it won’t work. You also can’t edit them on a mobile device typically. It is much easier for you to get a file that the designer changes for you and sends to you as a completed PDF so all you have to do is print.
If you choose to get a design off Etsy I hope I have given you some tips for saving yourself some headaches!!!
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