Your First Wedding To-Dos Before You Say "I Do."
This time of year is magical. I love watching my family and friends (and Facebook friends) get engaged amidst the lights, trees, and holiday cheer. Having been through the wedding planning process myself, I know how incredibly exciting it is! But I also know how overwhelming it can be – the date, the cake, the dress! Where should you begin? So to get you off to a good start, here are my top five wedding planning must-dos for newly engaged couples.
Ahhh, a new year. I love turning over the calendar – it's like a fresh start. It's a chance to refocus my priorities both personally and professionally. I'm still adjusting to mompreneur life and the constant juggling act of being a new mom and business owner. As I sit down to reflect on 2016 and plan for 2017, I'm more excited than ever to start tackling new goals that will make me a better mom and business owner.
Growing My Business
I create a ton of custom work for my clients. I love taking their visions and turning them into stationery packages that reflect their unique styles. However, I also offer a handful of pre-designed wedding invitations available for quick and easy ordering at a lower price point. In 2017 I'm committed to expanding my selection of pre-designed options so that I can provide selections for all types of brides – rustic, boho, classic, glamorous and more!
One of my biggest passions is giving back. In 2017 I'm committed to give back more through my business. I've been blessed with this amazing talent, and I'd like to use it to support organizations with missions near and dear to my heart. I want to work with organizations that are:
In order to give as much as possible to my clients, I need to take care of my biggest business asset... ME! My family is what fuels me, so in 2017 I'm looking forward to:
What are your goals for the new year?
Never underestimate the importance of printing methods when designing stationery. There are countless options in creating a finished product unique to you and your style. I'm often asked what is the difference between two of the more popular printing methods – letterpress and flat printing. I have to say, you can't go wrong with either choice. When done well, both choices produce a beautiful end product. But which one is right for your stationery? Use this infographic to compare letterpress and flat printing to help you decide!
Well, it’s that time of year when you'll undoubtedly be invited to a variety of holiday soirees. What's the right way to express your gratitude? Hosting a holiday get-together takes a lot of time, energy and effort. Bringing the hostess a gift that appeals to the person's personality or interests is a thoughtful gesture of appreciation. Keep in mind, it’s all about a personal touch, not the price. Great ideas include:
You'll want to include a handwritten note with your gift, so be sure to keep personal stationery on hand.
Freebird Paperie was honored to be a part of the $12,000 grand prize package offered to the winner of the 2016 Business Pitch Competition by Sunbury's Revitalization Inc. and the Bucknell SBDC in November! The winners were Eclipse Craft Brewing Company, who have been brewing for over a decade already. They plan to open up a brewery in downtown Sunbury very soon. We are looking forward to helping them with design work in the near future!
Read more here!
Ah, the holidays. What better time of year to express your affection and gratitude to loved ones? But between decorating, parties, buying gifts, and making sure you don't lose your mind, the thought of writing a sincere note can seem daunting. Don't fret... I've compiled 20 ideas for holiday tidings, whether you want to say seasons greetings to a friend, co-worker, or your dear aunt Martha.
Once you've found the perfect message, order your custom card to bring it to life. I'll take your idea and turn it into a truly one-of-a-kind card that will delight your family and friends.
I get it; life is busy. Since having my son, I barely have enough time to sleep and drink coffee while it's still hot. Seriously, what's sleep?
That's why now, more than ever, I want to help make your life as easy as possible. While email may seem like a quick and easy alternative, snail mail cards are more personal than electronic holiday greetings. With this no-fuss method, life will never be too busy to send warm holiday cheer.
Picking out the perfect holiday card can be overwhelming with so many options and shopping sites. Choosing a vendor that you know – and knows you – will cut out the time you spend searching for that right design. As a mom, I know your time is valuable. Wouldn’t you rather spend your free minutes playing with your little ones? Invest in someone who allows you to enjoy more precious moments.
Let me take care of stuffing, adding postage, printing the return and mailing addresses on the envelopes, and mailing your holiday cards.
Remember: you'll want to order by the first week in December so the cards are ready to mail before Christmas!
The holidays are busy enough. Place your trust in me to ease the stress of sending holiday cards, while you enjoy a tasty latte, a good book, or your kiddos!
Six years ago when I started Freebird Paperie, I thought there was nothing I could love as much as creating high-quality products for all of you.
Then 3 months ago, my husband Zach and I welcomed the cutest baby boy, William James Stotter. It's a constant juggling act – balancing being a new mom, wife, and business owner. At the same time, this little guy fuels the drive for my business. I've found renewed purpose in providing the best future for him. I need to show him anything is possible if he sets his mind to it.
So during November, a month centered around thankfulness, I want to take this time to sincerely thank each and every one of my clients. Without you, I wouldn't be able to pursue this journey – this life – as a mompreneur. Thank you, from all of us.
Congratulations to Ashley and Aaron on their wedding day! Wishing you both many blessings!
Ashley and Aaron were an absolute blast to work with. From the moment she told me she was having her casual wedding dress custom made (a short sleeve, scoop neck dress with tulle, lace, and a lavender underlay), arranging her own flowers picked up from a dahlia farmer in State College (one of my favorite flowers), and she MADE her own ceramic centerpieces in a pottery class, glazing them all in different shades of purple, I was 100% hooked. Here are the photos she sent me for inspiration:
Seriously... how do I attract such awesome clients?!
I then approached Ashley with a rough concept for her custom invitations: "How would you feel about some fun play on casual, yet pretty fonts with some whimsical and vintage-y looking flowers in colors of dusty blue, light purple, deep purple, greens, and light & dark grey?"
And so we began! The final results can be seen here...
Almost nothing makes me happier than happy clients. Here is some of what Ashley had to say upon picking up her invitations!
"We did the whole thing via email - I was amazed when I saw our first proof because Emily basically nailed it on the first try after all I gave here were some ideas about our colors and the overall feel of our wedding! Would highly recommend Freebird Paperie to anyone... knowing that my invites were in good hands was a huge relief!"
Get 'em while they're hot from the Freebird Paperie Etsy shop: Father's Day cards for the awesome dad in your life!
Buy 5 or more seasonal greeting cards now through June 30th (graduation, Mother's, and Father's Day cards all count!) for a 20% discount! Use code: FPCARD16
About the blog
My name is Emily, and I'm a graphic designer. Jesus is my main man, and life is beautiful and amazing. This blog is going to be mini get-away throughout the week, my personal diary--filled with things I like, things I feel, things that are pretty, inspire me, or give me hope. If ya don't like it, that's really ok! If ya do, welcome!!
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