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Styled Stock Photos for Stationers, Calligraphers, and Designers

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Y'ALL!!! I am SO excited because the collection of my dreams (through the collaboration of my dreams) officially launched yesterday! Yep, that's right - the SC Stockshop and MaeMae & Co. collaboration of styled stock photos for stationers, calligraphers, and designers is now available. And it's sellin' like hot cakes!

Styled Stock Photos for Stationers, Calligraphers, and Designers | A collaboration with SC Stockshop and MaeMae & Co | Review by Simply Jessica Marie

photo by the SC Stockshop

And friends, this collection is all a stationer could ever dream of in a stock photo collection. Y'all know I looove me some SC Stockshop desktop images, and I've previously been using them in a variety of ways in my business. The primary way I've done so is to showcase client proofs to my sweet brides!

While the desktop images are beautiful, many of them (understandably so) have props like office supplies, which aren't quite as fitting for wedding designs as they are for showcasing other products.

This new collection has been shot with the mindset of props you would find on a wedding day - gorgeous Mrs. Boxes with the most stunning wedding rings, plentiful stems of fluffy flowers, the softest silk ribbon, and the sweetest vintage stamps. Almost too good to be true!

I also love that they decided to go with a monochromatic color palette, with a handful of different color ways - including a French blue which has been the most popular!

BEFORE (USING STYLED DESKTOP STOCK PHOTO)

Styled Stock Photos for Stationers, Calligraphers, and Designers | A collaboration with SC Stockshop and MaeMae & Co | Review by Simply Jessica Marie | Watercolor Magnolia Wedding Invitations for a Classic Charleston Wedding | Gold Foil and Watercolor Wedding Invitations

AFTER (USING STYLED STATIONERY STOCK PHOTO!)

Styled Stock Photos for Stationers, Calligraphers, and Designers | A collaboration with SC Stockshop and MaeMae & Co | Review by Simply Jessica Marie | Watercolor Magnolia Wedding Invitations for a Classic Charleston Wedding | Gold Foil and Watercolor Wedding Invitations

photo by the SC Stockshop

I wanted to show y'all a before and after of how my custom client wedding invitation suite proofs look - so you can truly see the difference!

The top photo shows the invitation suite on one of Shay's white and gold desktop images - which I cropped to just show the tray with the flowers. While the white and gold is a beautiful neutral, the stapler didn't quite fit in with the aesthetic of the image.

The second photo shows the same invitation suite on one of the new blush styled stock stationery photos - and it is such a better fit! The props in the photo pair much more cohesively with the invitations, and that soft blush background really helps to make the white paper pop! (pro tip: I decreased the opacity of the paper pieces to 90% so they wouldn't be so starkly contrasted - I might do a video tutorial of that soon!)

Styled Stock Photos for Stationers, Calligraphers, and Designers | A collaboration with SC Stockshop and MaeMae & Co | Review by Simply Jessica Marie | Watercolor Floral Wedding Invitations for a Savannah Wedding | Peach and Dusty Blue Watercolor Wedding Invitations

photo by the SC Stockshop

These photos are also so great for showing off your favorite portions of an invitation suite - like this darling watercolor wedding map of Savannah! Shay included vertical images in her collection, and her horizontal images can also be cropped into verticals or square images too, to highlight exactly what you desire!

One of the coolest parts of the collection is that Shay offers each image with the option to have paper styled in (and the paper elements are smart objects - so you can easily overlay your designs in Photoshop!!) and with blank space if you want to add your stationery in as you please. I personally prefer to create my own layouts, since each client has a different type of suite - but when I polled my fellow stationer friends - all of them said they wanted the smart objects! So I'd highly recommend grabbing those types of images, since you get one of each type anyway! Win-win, right? Right.

There's SO MUCH more I could say to brag on my amazingly talented friends Shay and Megan - but I think I've already chatted enough for one blog post ;) I'm sure I'll share more soon! But for now - make sure to head over to the SC Stockshop website via the button above and grab the perfect styled stock stationer photos for your business! There are only 10 of each image available, and they're selling fast! I grabbed the peachy pink ones - but as I mentioned earlier, the French blue has been a fan favorite, and there are only a few of those left!

Which styled stock images are your favorites? How do you plan on using them? I'll be sharing another post soon about my favorite uses for styled stock, and would love to include your ideas in that post, too!


Please note: This blog post contains affiliate links for the SC Stockshop. I absolutely adore using Shay's amazing styled stock images to enhance my brand aesthetic, and would 100% still do so without affiliate links!

Assembly Day Gold Foil Mugs | New in the Shop!

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Photographers have editing day. Chip Gaines has demo day. Stationers & calligraphers? We have assembly day!

Assembly Day Gold Foil Mug by Simply Jessica Marie | Callie Lindsey Photography

photo by Callie Lindsey

Let this shiny gold mug help you get just as excited to line your envelopes, tie your silk ribbon, and calligraph those guest addresses as Chip is to knock down some walls in his newest fixer upper! 

What's that on the mug? Why yes - it is a mini illustrated invitation suite! Decked out to the works if I do say so myself. Striped envelope liners, calligraphed return addresses, silk ribbon spools, vintage stamps, and even the tiniest little monogrammed wax seal! I think this mug is my ideal client. 

Assembly Day Gold Foil Mug by Simply Jessica Marie | Callie Lindsey Photography
Assembly Day Gold Foil Mug by Simply Jessica Marie | Callie Lindsey Photography

photo by Callie Lindsey

PS - not only does coffee taste extra sweet out of the mug during the morning, but rinse it out and pour yourself a glass of white wine when the clock strikes 5 o'clock! All that late night assembly deserves a treat, friend! No judgment here, I'll be sipping my wine right alongside ya ;) 

Assembly Day Gold Foil Mug by Simply Jessica Marie | Callie Lindsey Photography
Assembly Day Gold Foil Mug by Simply Jessica Marie | Callie Lindsey Photography

photo by Callie Lindsey

This mug is truly the perfect little sidekick to help get you through busy invitation season! I know I've used mine at least 2-3 times each week this month, and it gives me that extra little kick to power through!

Looking to get this mug as a gift for a stationer or calligrapher friend? They come perfectly gift wrapped in a cellophane wrap tied with a white bow, packaged with white and gold crinkle paper and in a white box with a darling sticker on top. Need a gift note? Send me an email to simplyjessicamarie@gmail.com with your order number and I'll add it in for ya, free of charge!

Happy wedding season girl, you've got this!

Classic Hemingway Daiquiri Cocktail Recipe

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A Hemingway Daiquiri cocktail is one of my favorites to drink if I'm in the mood to feel extra classy or worldly. There's something about it that makes me feel like I'm in an old-timey speakeasy chatting with really educated folk about our favorite literature. At least that's what inspired this illustration ;)

Classic Hemingway Daiquiri cocktail recipe | Hemingway Daiquiri watercolor art print by Simply Jessica Marie | SC Stockshop

photo by the SC Stockshop

CLASSIC HEMINGWAY DAIQUIRI COCKTAIL RECIPE

serves 1

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 ounces light rum
  • 1/2 ounce maraschino liqueur
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
  • Lime for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine rum, maraschino liqueur, lime juice, and grapefruit juice in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add ice, and shake vigorously for about 10 seconds.
  3. Strain the concoction into a chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with your lime wheel, and serve immediately. Enjoy!
Classic Hemingway Daiquiri cocktail recipe | Hemingway Daiquiri watercolor art print by Simply Jessica Marie | SC Stockshop

photo by the SC Stockshop

If you love making the ordinary days a bit more extraordinary like I do, why not bring a little bit of it into your home decor?

Each month, I am releasing an art print from the 2017 Cocktail, featuring the cocktail coordinating with that month from the calendar! The art prints will debut during the first week of each month, making it the perfect way to toast to the start of the month!

This Hemingway Daiquiri watercolor cocktail art print would be the perfect addition to your kitchen or bar cart, darling! It will be right at home next to your colorful glassware and collection of gold foil coasters. These art prints are available in 8x10 and 11x14 sizes, perfect for apartments and homes alike.


Please note: This blog post contains affiliate links for the SC Stockshop. I absolutely adore using Shay's amazing styled stock images to enhance my brand aesthetic, and would 100% still do so without affiliate links!

Wording Options for Wedding Invitations

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Now that we've chatted about the recipe for a wedding invitation suite, I thought it would be fun to talk about the various wording options for your wedding invitations! There are so many different ways you can word your invitations and response cards, but I wanted to share my favorite choices for formal wording in a church, formal wording in a non-church venue, and some fun casual wording options, too!

Wording Options for Wedding Invitations | Formal and informal wording options for your wedding invitations and response cards | Simply Jessica Marie | SC Stockshop Photo

photo by the sc stockshop

INVITATION WORDING OPTIONS

 

FORMAL | IN A CHURCH

MR. AND MRS. CHARLES CLINCH
REQUEST THE HONOUR OF YOUR PRESENCE
AT THE MARRIAGE OF THEIR DAUGHTER

JESSICA MARIE
TO
ZACKARY PEDDICORD

SATURDAY, THE FOURTEENTH OF MAY
TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN
AT SIX O'CLOCK IN THE EVENING

HOLY GHOST CHURCH
KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE

AND AFTERWARD A RECEPTION
AT GETTYSVUE COUNTRY CLUB
 

SEMI-FORMAL | BOTH FAMILIES INVOLVED

MR. AND MRS. CHARLES CLINCH
AND MR. AND MRS. STEVE PEDDICORD
INVITE YOU TO SHARE IN THEIR JOY
AT THE WEDDING CELEBRATION OF THEIR CHILDREN

JESSICA MARIE
TO
ZACKARY PEDDICORD

SATURDAY, THE FOURTEENTH OF MAY
TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN
AT SIX O'CLOCK IN THE EVENING

GETTYSVUE COUNTRY CLUB
KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE

FORMAL | NON-CHURCH VENUE

MR. AND MRS. CHARLES CLINCH
REQUEST THE PLEASURE OF YOUR COMPANY
AT THE MARRIAGE OF THEIR DAUGHTER

JESSICA MARIE
TO
ZACKARY PEDDICORD

SATURDAY, THE FOURTEENTH OF MAY
TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN
AT SIX O'CLOCK IN THE EVENING

GETTYSVUE COUNTRY CLUB
KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE
 


 

CASUAL

TOGETHER WITH THEIR FAMILIES

JESSICA AND ZACKARY

INVITE YOU TO SHARE IN THEIR JOY
AT THE CELEBRATION OF THEIR WEDDING

SATURDAY, THE FOURTEENTH OF MAY
TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN
AT SIX O'CLOCK IN THE EVENING

GETTYSVUE COUNTRY CLUB
KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE

 

 

RESPONSE CARD WORDING OPTIONS

 

FORMAL | IN A CHURCH

THE FAVOUR OF A REPLY IS REQUESTED
BY APRIL 14, 2017

M ___________________________________
please list the names of all attending

___ ACCEPTS WITH PLEASURE
___ DECLINES WITH REGRET

 

CASUAL VERSION 1

M ___________________________________
please list the names of all attending

___ CAN'T WAIT TO SEE Y'ALL!
___ WISH I COULD MAKE IT, SENDING LOVE!

PLEASE RESPOND BY APRIL 14

FORMAL | NON-CHURCH VENUE

PLEASE RESPOND BY
THE FOURTEENTH OF APRIL

M ___________________________________
please list the names of all attending

___ ACCEPTS WITH PLEASURE
___ DECLINES WITH REGRET

 

CASUAL VERSION 2

M ___________________________________
please list the names of all attending

___ EXCITED TO DINE, DANCE & CELEBRATE!
___ WILL BE CELEBRATING FROM AFAR!

PLEASE RESPOND BY APRIL 14

Blush silk ribbon and gold scissors | Photo by SC Stockshop

photo by the sc stockshop

Those are four of my favorite wording options to suggest to my sweet SJM Brides! However, they are just a starting point. While I love respecting etiquette, I am of the mindset that we should be able to tweak your wording to fit your personalities as well as the preferences of your families! 

Have a doctor or doctors for parents (like I do!)? Make sure to note that in your formal invitation wording! Hosting a brunch wedding? Feel free to make your wording even more casual or playful to reflect that!

One of my faaaavorite things to recommend for brides who want to respect the wishes of their mamas but still have fun with their wording is to select one of the formal invitation wording options and pair it with a casual response card wording option! Some might call that an etiquette snafoo - but I think it is the perfect way to please all parties involved! Your invitation will always be a tad more formal, as it is the piece formally inviting your loved ones to your wedding. However, your response cards are tiny in size and will be returned to y'all - so I say why not have fun with those small cuties and pack them with as much personality as possible?

Vintage Postage Stamps | Photo by SC Stockshop

photo by the sc stockshop

There are a couple of other little details I want to make sure to point out about the wording options! 

You might think you spot a couple of typos in the formal in a church wording options - but they are actually correct! Traditionally, weddings held in churches use "honour" and "favour" rather than the modern "honor" and "favor" spellings. It is simply a nod to old English history!

Also, the reasoning why the bride's middle name is used rather than her last is because her maiden name is listed in the inviting line with "Mr. and Mrs. Charles Clinch" - so it is proper etiquette to use her middle name instead of repeating her last! But, that's 100% up to you!

I also always recommend that my couples include a line that reads "please list the names of all attending" below the line where their guests will fill in their names on the response cards. You could also add a third line underneath the response options that has "number attending" listed out for your guests to fill in, or a line that has "we have reserved ___ number of seats reserved in your honor." for you and your sweetie to fill in by hand for each guest/couple/family.

Since the first option is the simplest, that is what I usually recommend! While some may argue that this is tacky or sometimes even offensive that your guests wouldn't know to include each name on the response card - trust me, it is pretty common to include this detail on response cards! You will feel much better knowing exactly how many guests will be coming from each household, rather than being surprised on your wedding day and not having enough seats and food for everyone! And if someone fills in more names on the card than you've allotted, you can simply decide if you're okay with that extra person attending, or sweetly call that person/couple/family and explain to them that you only have XYZ number of seats reserved for them.


So friends, which wording combination would you use? Zack and I personally used the casual invitation wording paired with "see you there!" and "celebrating from afar!" for our response card wording! 

If you are interested in beginning your custom wedding stationery design process with me, I would love to hear more about you, your sweetie, and your wedding! Please complete the Custom Design Questionnaire on this page, and I will be in touch shortly after reviewing your responses. I can't wait to get to know you two better soon, and create beautiful heirloom wedding stationery for y'all to cherish for years to come!

Please note: There are affiliate links in this blog post. However, I would still share this same post and recommend the SC Stockshop without being an affiliate - I truly believe in the business-changing power of her images!

The Recipe for a Wedding Invitation Suite

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I'm back this week with another Custom Wedding Stationery 101 blog post! It's been a little while since we chatted about this topic, so feel free to browse through these previous blog posts if you want to catch up!

This week, I want to chat about another basic before we delve further into the specifics of wedding invitations. You likely know that you'll need an invitation, response card, and envelopes for each. But, what are the other common details that are included in an invitation suite, and what are the fun additional pieces you can add on to customize your suite even further? Well love, let's chat details and determine what mixtures will best concoct your unique invitation suite!

The recipe for a wedding invitation suite. What makes up an invitation suite? What details do I include in my wedding invitations? By Simply Jessica Marie

APERITIVO: TO SEND BEFORE INVITATIONS

SAVE THE DATES

Your save the dates are your first official announcement to your friends and family that y'all are engaged, and are getting married! They should include your names, wedding date, wedding city, and often times your wedding website so guests can learn more about your wedding weekend. Also include a sweet and short line that says, "formal invitation to follow." You'd think most people would guess that you'll be sending an invitation, but it's proper etiquette to let them know anyway ;) 

SAVE THE DATE ENVELOPES

If you're not sending a save the date postcard, you'll need an envelope for your save the dates! Feel free to adorn these with any of the add-on options listed below (envelope liners and calligraphy are some of my favorite choices!). Many couples choose to keep their save the date envelopes a tad more simplistic, so they can let their invitation envelopes be the star of the show!

The recipe for a wedding invitation suite. What makes up an invitation suite? What details do I include in my wedding invitations? By Simply Jessica Marie

SIGNATURE COCKTAIL: INVITATION SUITE

INVITATIONS

Your invitation is like the top shelf liquor at your favorite swanky bar. It's the star of your entire suite. It is the piece that cordially invites your loved ones to your wedding day! While there are many wording options to consider, you'll include who is hosting your wedding (whether that is your parents or you as a couple), your wedding date, time, and location, your reception location if it is different than your ceremony location, and potentially your wedding attire if you are hosting a black tie wedding.

RESPONSE CARDS

These cards are the tiniest pieces in your suite, but in my opinion they're the most fun! They are the cards that will allow your guests to let you know whether or not they can make it to your wedding weekend. They also are the perfect spot for you to ask for meal choices if you are having a plated dinner.

Pro tip: Include a fun interactive detail on the back of your response cards (such as, "what is your favorite city, and where do you love to visit there?" or a fun cocktail recipe card). Your guests will love filling out these details, and you'll get to display them at your wedding! Much better than simply counting the responses and tossing them, right? Right!

INFO CARDS

While many could argue that all you need is your invitation and response card to complete a signature suite, I am going to be bold and say that you also need an information card. All of my brides have included them, and for good reason! Info cards can serve multiple purposes. They can be accommodations cards to list hotel information, can be map cards to include a beautiful custom watercolor map of your wedding city, can be a reception and/or directions card if your ceremony and reception venues are in two different places, can be wedding weekend cards if you are hosting multiple events during your weekend (like a welcome party on Friday or brunch on Sunday), or can be a simple website card to direct your guests to find more details about your weekend.

Pro tip: I love suggesting using both sides of this card as well! I've often combined a custom map on one side with either directions or accommodations on the other, and have also paired a website card on one side with any of the above, too! Not to get too earthy crunchy, but save trees when you can, right?

ENVELOPES

Every invitation suite will need at least two envelopes - your invitation envelope and your response card envelope. Your response card envelope should have your address (or the address of the person collecting your responses, like a parent or wedding planner) along with postage already on it for easy mailing for your guests. Your invitation envelope should have your return address printed on the back flap, with your guest addresses either printed or calligraphed on the front paired with the wedding postage of your choice!

Want to get ultra fancy? You can even include inner and outer envelopes. What are these? Outer envelopes include the household name and address, and the inner envelopes simply include the names of each guest invited. This is a really traditional and formal option - most of my modern brides choose to forego it however it is a beautiful time-honored choice!

POSTAGE

This should go without saying, but if you want to have the post office deliver your invitations (if ooonly we could hand deliver them all, right?), you'll need to add postage stamps to both your invitation and response card envelopes. Read this helpful post about how to determine the right amount of postage for your wedding invitations, and this post about my three favorite sources for wedding postage!

The recipe for a wedding invitation suite. What makes up an invitation suite? What details do I include in my wedding invitations? By Simply Jessica Marie

GARNISHES: OPTIONAL ADD-ONS

ENVELOPE LINERS

Envelope liners are some of my favorite ways to add a new complementary pattern to your invitation suite! While not necessary, they surely help to finish the look of your suite - and are really fun for save the dates, too. They also add an extra layer of protection for your invitations inside your envelope.

BELLY BANDS

Belly bands are 1.5" strips of card stock that are often printed with a pattern or a solid color and your wedding crest. They wrap around your invitation suite, and hold all of the pieces together. They are a great alternative to ribbon if you are designing a more modern invitation suite!

RIBBON

Ribbon (my favorite ribbon to use is soft silk ribbon!) is a more delicate, romantic way to hold together your invitation suite. Whether you use ribbon or belly bands, I always recommend adding these on to quite literally tie together the look of your suite and make it feel finished!

WAX SEALS

Oooh wax seals, how I love you so. Wax seals can be custom designed to include your monogram, wedding crest, florals, or unique motif. They come in a variety of matte and metallic color options, and we can even custom color them to perfectly match your suite. They are most commonly used on the outside of your invitation envelope at the base of the flap, but can also be used inside your suite on top of your ribbon or a vellum sleeve. I also love using the seals in day-of design details, too!

GUEST ADDRESS PRINTING OR CALLIGRAPHY

You can absolutely address your own invitation envelopes if you prefer, and many of my brides like to do so to have a hand in their design process! However, if you want to save yourself time or would like your envelopes to be cohesive with the calligraphy and/or fonts in your suite, I would recommend having your designer print or calligraph your guest addresses. If you opt for envelope printing, we can incorporate some of your fun design elements (like your florals in a fun line-art version, or your wedding crest!) in addition to your guest names and addresses. There are always fun ways to get creative!

The recipe for a wedding invitation suite. What makes up an invitation suite? What details do I include in my wedding invitations? By Simply Jessica Marie

DIGESTIVO: TO SEND AFTER INVITATIONS

REHEARSAL DINNER INVITATIONS

If you are having a formal rehearsal dinner, it is always fun for you to coordinate with the person/people hosting it to design and send rehearsal dinner invitations! Since rehearsal dinners often have aesthetics all of their own, feel free to use separate design styles than you use in your invitations. Or if you'd love to carry all of your designs throughout your wedding stationery, you can absolutely do that, too!

BRIDAL SHOWER INVITATIONS

Depending on when you have your shower, these invitations should be sent before or after your invitations. Coordinate with the person/people hosting your shower too to design this piece. Or, send them directly to your stationer if you want the theme to be a surprise. And since these will be likely sent just to your ladies - don't be afraid to go ultra-feminine or a bit cheeky with the design!

THANK YOU CARDS

Goodness gracious girlie, please by all means send thank you cards to your loved ones after both your shower and your wedding. Your friends and family will be so happy to hear how much you love your new cheese platter or silverware set!

Pro tip: Opt for a design that is personalized to the two of you, but doesn't necessarily say "thank you" if you want a design that you can continue to use for correspondence throughout your married life! However, traditional "thank you" cards are super fun as well - that's what Zack and I chose to use!


So darling, I hope seeing all of the options in this wedding stationery menu will help you craft your perfect wedding stationery cocktail! Feel free to pick and choose what best suits the two of you and your personal tastes!

If you are interested in beginning your custom wedding stationery design process with me, I would love to hear more about you, your sweetie, and your wedding! Please complete the Custom Design Questionnaire on this page, and I will be in touch shortly after reviewing your responses. I can't wait to get to know you two better soon, and create beautiful heirloom wedding stationery for y'all to cherish for years to come!