How to use Greenery Pantone 2017 in your Wedding Palette

Each year design enthusiasts around the world excitedly await the new Pantone of the year. Color trends are established based upon the upcoming year’s seasonal fashions, interiors, furniture lines; even wedding themes! I have found that with custom wedding invitation design, color trends can especially inspire ...

Anatomy of your Wedding Invitations

Like so many aspects of planning your wedding, writing the text that will appear on your wedding invitation is all about figuring out the proper rules. There is also an etiquette and certain ideas built on traditions that can make things even more confusing. If you are planning a same-sex wedding, the wedding invitation format will be different. 

Should I use Escort cards or Place cards for my wedding?

I get many questions on custom wedding invitations but often the harder questions posed are ones such as, “what should I do for the day of wedding paper products?” There are so many options to choose from which will determine what best suits you and the needs of your guests. Good questions frequently asked are  “what is the difference between escort cards and place cards? Which are better?”   The answers begin with, “It all depends…”

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Decode your Wedding Color Palette

I love color and one of my favorite things to do is sort through my swatches and papers when I start a new custom invitation design for a couple. You might see I have a few instagram pics of swatches that I’ve snapped with a specific wedding in mind. Honestly I could play with my paint sets, paper swatches and pantone chips forever and never tire of it. While in art school we had a class called “color theory”, and as you would expect it was a lot of backstory on how we see color and what effect colors have on our mood and how they impact our daily lives.

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A guide to your Save the Date announcements

You’re ready to get the ball rolling for your “Save the Date” but you’re not sure where to start. There are plenty of things you have to determine now that you are engaged and planning your wedding day. Below are a few helpful hints to organize yourself for sending your Save the Dates to help all the details just fall into place.

Behind the scenes at Lauren Rachel: The Re-brand

Why did you re-brand?

When I started Lauren Rachel Designs one year ago I had never worked in a professional capacity offering my services as a wedding invitation designer in the state of Maine. I took this safe step into the industry spending the last year really trying to figure out what my nitch in the industry would be. I wanted the business to reflect my experience, style, and the type of clientele I wished to attract.

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Beech Hill Barn : Styled Wedding Photo Shoot

It truly has been a whirlwind time heading into spring this year which included many collaborations on styled shoots with many talented wedding vendors from the State of Maine. In particular, I was thrilled to be invited by Fausto of Blue Elephant and Laurie of Laurie Andrews Design to participate in a gorgeous styled shoot and after party for the first open house at Beech Hill Barn!

Mastering the R.S.V.P (Reply cards)

I recently read an article in the New York Times about Queen Elizabeth’s Party Planner, Lady Elizabeth Anson.  For many years she has not only been the “right hand woman” to Queen Elizabeth’s elegant parties, but to many other celebrities both wild and proper. The article was truly interesting, down to the little details of handling the arrangements of a room to setting the tone with invitations.

 

Reflecting back on Beswoon 2016: Southwest Bohemian Inspired Room

Last summer when I first launched Lauren Rachel Design and decided to create custom wedding invitations, I had the pleasure of meeting Adrienne Horty, one of my first connections in the wedding industry. Before we met one day for coffee, I learned a little bit about Adrienne and her business, Refinery Events. I was especially curious about her annual wedding show Beswoon. After finding her website and investigating the cleverly named Beswoon event, I wanted to know everything I could about this unique wedding show. After meeting and speaking with Adrienne, I knew that I wanted to participate in the next Beswoon event in 2016.