they’re hitched

I Just realized I didn’t share with you the final print items for the Navy By The Sea wedding I worked on this Summer. Good thing it is Wedding Wednesday.

The last update was in June, just after the invites were sent in the mail. Since then, the wedding happened and a few more items were printed for the event.


The menu – It was a cocktail reception:


The Program – Front and back:


And Haskap Jam for favours:


To see the whole love story, click herehereherehereherehere, herehere, here and here!

Oh and here is the shower invite I made as well:


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sealed with a kiss

The Navy By The Sea Wedding invites have been sent out and hopefully the RSVPs are trickling in. Christmas card season has nothing on this brief but exciting time in a couple’s engagement.

After a few rounds of layouts, here is the final invitation and RSVP postcard*:



Plus a break down of the design elements. I am excited to share more as the event quickly approaches. M&E-Elements

Check out the other Navy by the Sea posts here, hereherehereherehere, herehere, here and here

*Details edited for confidentiality

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label this

Sending mail is great and receiving mail is awesome… unless it is a bill but they’re mostly paperless these days.

However, the worst part about sending out holiday cards is addressing all of the envelopes. With this in mind, I thought I’d share my quick trick that you can do too. And BONUS, I am including templates so you can make your own (in Word or whatever program you are comfortable using).

Recently, I worked on labels for a friend’s wedding invites and documented the step-by-step process. You will need the following to make your own:

IMG_0374IMG_0363 Step 1: Lightly score the middle line by aligning your ruler to the dash-marks at the top and bottom of your page. (Do not cut all of the way through!) The scoring creates an even fold.IMG_0365 Step 2: Cut the lines in the following order but do NOT cut to the edge.IMG_0366 IMG_0369 IMG_0370 Step 3: Pull out each label carefullyIMG_0371 IMG_0372You should end up with a scrap piece of paper looking like thisIMG_0373Step 4: Fold the label at the spot you made your light scoreIMG_0375 Step 5: Peel off the backing and carefully place your label on the envelopeIMG_0376 Be sure to position your label so it does not get covered by the back flap when the envelope is sealed.IMG_0377 Step 6: Stamp and mail it!IMG_0378

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Word Template Address Labels
PDF Template labels-8up



save the date!

When I was in the thick of wedding planning … 8 years ago … Save the Dates were not very popular. But this was well before scrapbooking, scrapbooking stores and Pinterest. If you were getting married you’d send an invite. Done. Now with Facebook and its likes, everyone and their grandmother knows you are getting married as soon as you’re engaged. This is by no means a bad thing but it questions whether a Save the Date is a necessary expense in the already expensive big day.

I’m a print girl and a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to weddings. I strongly believe in mail-back RSVPs and fully support Canada Post when it comes to inviting people to such an important event, however with this being said, these days I’ve been suggesting an email Save the Date for the following reasons.

  1. Time. Once your Save the Date is designed and your contact list is ready you can send them all out in one click.
  2. Expense. You can have the same look but save on stamps, envelopes and printing.
  3. Formality. If you are going to skimp on something, I’d suggest the Save the Date as it are not required and it really doesn’t say much more than the obvious ‘Save the Date’. With the overload of banners, photo booth props, signs, table numbers, the program, an information card, the invite, a rsvp card, a guest book, favours and flags, you will have plenty of opportunities to present your theme.

But… do you really need one (print or email)? That is totally up to you. I’d say a definite YES if you are having a destination wedding or inviting a lot of out of town guests. It gives people plenty of time to book hotels and make travel arrangements. Although a Save the Date can be a great way to introduce your theme, it does not have to match your invite set. A Save the Date is a perfect opportunity to have fun and be casual. Here are some things to consider before you make your final YAY/NAY decision.

  1. Timing. Are you ready? It is six months before your wedding. At this point you should have your venue booked so it is safe to say you can send out a Save the Date but if there is only four months until your wedding, you should probably hold off and allow your invite to be responsible for getting your guests to the event.
  2. Expense. Regardless of the format (print or email), you still have to get it designed. Depending on your arrangement, it is an added cost.
  3. And in the end, if you are a NAY on a print or email Save the Date, please be a NAY on a Facebook Wedding Group Event!

I did make a Save the Date (magnet) and it was mailed out but as I said at the beginning, I am a print girl. I cut costs in other areas and had the resources to do the design and printing myself. I think every bride needs to take the time to decide what they want, and not what everyone else is doing online. Budgeting is crucial when planning and can easily be overlooked so before any decisions are made, write a list all all the items you need / want / would like / don’t really need and start from there.

Enough chitchat already… lets see some Save the Date ideas!

  • You hired a photographer and the package includes engagement shots, why not use one for your Save the Date? I recently made this Save the Date for a couple who already had lovely photographs to work from:

Save The Date_1


  • Think out of the box … or better yet, make a box. Catherine, designer extraordinaire, made this for our friends Jessica and Matt (and it still sits on my shelf … hence its condition).

photo 2

And here are some fun ideas found online:

It's a date

A. Tie it / B. Consider Yourself Booked bookmark / C. Hang tag with heart thumbprints / D. Sticker / E. DIY Matchbox / F. TYPE / G. WOAH / H. Photo booth Magnet / I. They Met Card / J. Bad Dancing Guaranteed

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