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Boston and New England wedding days and engagements, and wedding photo planning tips shared by photographer Lynne Reznick Photography.

Wedding Planning: Custom Stationery Tips From Lynn Graham Designs

Lynne Reznick

Wedding planning includes so many pieces leading up to your day and one of the biggest ones to happen before you say I do is designing your wedding stationery! So today, I'm excited to share some expert advice and tips from a pro!

Lynn Graham is the sole proprietress of her custom stationery company. She's an amazing artist and experienced professional who can help couples create a custom paper suite for their wedding that is unique to them and best represents the look and feel they are dreaming of for their wedding day. You can learn more about her and her services here.

After all, your wedding invitations are the first impression for your wedding - so you want them to stand out and be true to who you are as a couple. They'll set the tone for your wedding day months before the date arrives and you want them to be both beautiful and functional so guests are inspired and excited to attend your wedding and celebrate your love, but also get all of the details they need to actually be there with you that day!

Today I'm thrilled to have Lynn share some helpful knowledge, tips, and a few of her favorite things with you so you know exactly what custom stationery is all about, what the process is like, and why it may be just what you're looking for!

Lynn and I met a while back but haven't had the chance to work together yet. We have our first wedding coming up this weekend(!), but for now I'm sharing some of her designs captured by other photographers so you have a chance to see her work. All other photographers are credited with their photos.

 Nikki Cole Photography

Nikki Cole Photography

 

1) How is working with you or another custom stationer different than going to a store or designing an invitation suite online with a retail provider like Minted.com?

Working with a custom stationer ensures that your suite is custom to your wedding and no other couple will have the same invitations as you! Also, working with a custom stationer allows you to have cohesive stationery from start to finish. This way your save the dates, invitations and all your day of stationery will reflect your wedding “brand”, and nothing will look out of place or just haphazardly there. There’s a lot of information that goes into your wedding stationery, so having a personalized experience with an actual custom stationer will help make this process go more smoothly and is definitely more fun than trying to imagine colors and fonts on your own, on a website.

 

2) What are your favorite elements of a paper suite to design and why?

I love a great envelope liner in the invitation suite. It adds a pop of color and can be a little different than the invitation piece itself! I also love designing any day of stationery. I think couples tend to forget about day of stationery and it’s important to set aside part of your budget for it. When you put the time and investment into custom day of stationery pieces, you’re really personalizing the day with those thoughtful pieces. It makes guests feel special and that you put a lot of thought into catering to them. It’s always nice to see a menu at each place setting so you can anticipate what you’ll be served. A program at the ceremony is also nice because it will walk guests through the order of the service. A unique escort card display is also one of my favorites!

 

3) What advice can you give to couples in terms of a timeline for starting the invitation creation process, sending save the dates, sending invitations, and finalizing day-of items like place cards and menus?

If you’re looking into using a custom stationer, the process takes longer then purchasing something online, but it is well worth the time! I recommend booking me 4-5 months prior to the mail date. If you already have sent out a save the date, I recommend you booking me 3-4 months prior to the mail date. Invitations should be sent out 6-8 weeks before the wedding, so you’re looking at reserving my services 6-8 months out. We usually talk about day of stationery after the invitation is mailed out, so the process isn’t so overwhelming upfront. I like to approach the day-of stationery piece meal, so I usually present menu, escort card, table number and sign designs first. Then I give clients some time to gather program wording and design the program. Last, but not least, the table arrangements need to be submitted 2-3 weeks prior to the wedding. But I like to have everything else taken care of, so the last thing you’ll have to work on is the table arrangements. It really goes very smoothly and with me handling all of the printing and assembly, it’s a lot less stressful for everyone!

 Courtney Elizabeth Media (left) & Zev Fisher Photography (right)

Courtney Elizabeth Media (left) & Zev Fisher Photography (right)

 

And I truly love capturing my couple's wedding stationery because it does say so much about who they are as a couple and the special touches they have in store for their day! I ask my couples to bring a copy with them on their wedding day so that I can style and photograph it with the rest of their details. Below are a few photos I've taken of the pretty stationery my couples have chosen for their weddings.

JFK Library & Boston Harbor Engagement - Emily & Steve

Lynne Reznick

JFK Library and Boston Harbor engagement

Emily & Steve came up to Boston and we visited Boston Harbor by way of the JFK Museum for their engagement session. The Museum sits on the water and the Boston Harbor Walk passes right behind it so you get lots of great options for photos all in one spot, with the beautiful modern museum building, views of the city skyline in the distance, a dock, and the list goes on! 

This was an extra special session because Steve is my brother-in-law and Emily will soon be part of our family. It doesn't get more special than being able to photograph your loved ones and thats exactly what I got to do for their engagement session. They are funny and goofy together and Steve is pretty much constantly cracking jokes, so we spent much of the time laughing! I can't wait for your wedding next year and to welcome Emily to the crazy wonderful family that I've been a part of for 10 years now! XO

 

 

Boston Engagement Session On Rose Kennedy Greenway - Hayley & Andrew

Lynne Reznick

Boston Engagement Session Rose Kennedy Greenway

This Boston Engagement Session on the Rose Kennedy Greenway was so so sweet! Hayley and Andrew met in college and became good friends. They went on their first date by accident - Hayley invited their friends group to a movie and Andrew was the only one who ended up being able to go! After that, they went out for pizza and went rollerskating (how awesome!?) on a real, or at least intentional, first date and the rest is history! They love spending time together and being active together and they learned how to snowboard together when they first started dating. So it was only fitting that Andrew proposed on the mountain on their first snowboarding excursion last winter! He started the proposal on the chair lift on the way up the mountain and finished at the top of the mountain. Hayley said she was really excited but that it was so cold she needed to put her gloves back on right away and had to wait to wear the ring until after they were done snowboarding for the day! Andrew is in the Air Force and will spend the next few months deployed before returning to finish wedding planning for their fall wedding next year. And the sweetest part, they're getting married on the same mountain where they got engaged! 

These two are so so sweet and were naturals in front of the camera. They won the session, along with hair and makeup for Hayley through an Instagram giveaway I did with the talented ladies of Maricruz Hairstyles and Glamour Cosmetics and we all loved meeting them and working with them. Hayley wanted the photos to be green and reflect their love of nature, even in the city, so we stuck to the Rose Kennedy Greenway and it was the perfect green space! And we ended at Faneuil Hall for some photos with ice cream because, why not?! But really because they love ice cream and plan to have a sundae bar at their wedding and wanted to tie it into their engagement session too. Thee ice cream pics of them smiling and sharing and being a goofy are some of my favs!

Congratulations Hayley & Andrew - I loved photographing your love story and I couldn't have asked for a sweeter couple to win the session! XO