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I absolutely adore photographing stationery. “Lay flat” photos, as they’re called, is one of my specialties. One of the reasons I love it so much is because I appreciate the artistry that goes into making these products. Talented artists work to create little works of graphic design art, down to chosen fonts, hand lettering or calligraphy, floral motifs and the like. Another reason I love them is because they’re really the first glimpse into your wedding a guest may get. What’s the look and feel of the wedding? What vibe will it have? Will it be a whimsical affair with cocktail attire or a winter wedding with a more formal setting and black tie dress code? For couples desiring a slew of options online for modern wedding invitations solutions we have a great one for you to consider: Paperless Post.
I’ve photographed all sorts of stationery suites. Some have run the full breadth of what a wedding paper suite can bring, including matching table numbers and escort cards. Others are simply an invitation and reply card. Once I photographed a computer screen because the couple got married on the beach and did a Facebook event invite, only!
Sometimes people want to do something a little more economical in terms of budget and eco-friendliness! Don’t get me wrong – I don’t think paperless is going to replace printed invitations. But if you’re looking for another options for stationery for your day, no matter your taste or budget, Paperless Post is a GREAT option. I’ve used it many times for a variety of events, from cocktail parties, to holidays I’ve hosted.
Here’s some benefits of using Paperless Post:
One of the sweetest couples I’ve had the pleasure of working with were both from other countries. The bride, Diana, was from Russia and the groom, Jie, from China. Their summer wedding at Crabtree’s Kittle House was perfection and her peach wedding dress made me smile from ear to ear. The way they invited their international guests to their wedding venue in Chappaqua, New York was with a Paperless Post invitation. As their photographer, I saw an opportunity for me to photograph a digital item in print form, somehow. Thus I printed it out for a photoshoot!
I did something similar for the 30th birthday of one of my close friends, Anna. Her milestone summer fȇte needed an invitation as bright and bubbly as the birthday girl. The party planner, Michelle from Magnolia and Grace Events, picked the perfect Paperless Post invitation for the party. I printed it out and backed it on several pieces of cardstock that matched it. I stitched it together with gold thread on my sewing machine for a photo; I love the result.
Paperless Post also has designers you’re familiar with and already adore, including Kate Spade, Rifle Paper Co., Jonathan Adler, Mr. Boddington’s Studio, Anthropologie, Crane & Co., Create & Barrel, Marimekko, Paper + Cup, Vera Wang and more.
Two more perks? You can upload a photo to their online designs! And you can even get them printed as a result of Paperless Post’s partnership with Paper Source.
They’re not just for the main event for a wedding either. Let’s say you want to stick to more traditional paper invitations you mail. Well there’s a slew of other wedding events you’ll want to consider Paperless Post invitations for. Events you want to keep classy or on-trend but still want really nice invitations for. Here’s other wedding events they offer invitations for (and damn good designs too!):
It’s really easy to manage your event online in your Paperless Post account.
Here’s the simple steps to creating your invitations:
Paperless Post is at the top of its class in online invitations. There’s a reason for it: they’ve built a sustainable business model. As such, they do need to make money! Thus, some cards and features cost money and other cards and invitations are free. You’ll know the difference as you start designing. A card will either say “Free” or something like “Starting at: 2 coins”. The variables for how many coins an invitation cost are what you add to the invitation, or how many customizations from envelope liners to page backgrounds, you add.
Coins are very affordable. Here’s some price examples:
If you order an engagement party invitation that costs 4 coins, for example, including the invitation and envelope, and you send out 50 invitations, the cost is ONLY $30.00. For FIFTY invitations! That’s incredible.
I’ve used it for so many things like Super Bowl parties, an Oscar Awards night party, and even a TV show viewing party for my sister when she was on an episode of a reality show!
Want to know a secret? I also use Paperless Post to send love notes to my husband. It’s a simple, excuse-free, no fuss way to say I love him and I’m thinking about him at any given moment. Start small, like I did, with a free card. And if you like it consider buying coins for premium designs and features, like those super cute stamps.
Happy partying and Paperless Posting!