He popped the question and you said yes. Now starts the wedding planning journey -- the beginning of your forever as a couple. Your wedding will be a unique expression of your love story, not to mention likely the biggest party you’ll ever plan. It’s time to think how you to express the visual and emotional representation of your partnership to friends and family on your wedding day and beyond. And PurpleTrail is here to help you along the way.
In addition to style and colors, it’s also nice to think of the graphical elements that can be carried throughout your wedding. It might be as simple as a monogram in a font that you love, or a small graphical element, such as an arrow or wreath. Whatever you prefer it can be used for not only invitations but also favor tags, stickers, signs and more. PurpleTrail design services can help you create these graphics or you can do it yourself with our in-store and online design tool. Once complete, it will help you stick to your style and make sure your wedding remains cohesive and true to your vision.
Now is also the perfect time to send an engagement announcement and get organized with a wedding planner or notebook. This can contain your budget, note your expenditures, provide a place for inspiration clippings and sketches as well as keep a contact list of vendor names and numbers and a timeline of all your deadlines to keep you on track. PurpleTrail personalized planners and notebooks can also be customized to your wedding style, with colors and monograms to match your ceremony. (Psst…they also make the perfect gift for the newly engaged bride-to-be.)
PurpleTrail also has a collection of journals for brides and brides-to-be to collect and archive her thoughts along the wedding-planning journey. Her memories and stories will be treasured for generations to come.
STATIONERY: PUTTING IT ON PAPER
Once you’ve established your style, venue and details you can order custom stationery and PurpleTrail is here to help. Typically, a save-the-date card is sent out six- to eight-months prior to the wedding (and as many as ten to 12 months for destination weddings) to ensure that friends and family add your big day to their calendar and are able to attend. Also consider making your save-the-date card a save the date magnet. This lets friends and family save it on a magnetic board or refrigerator and turns your investment into a memento.
Another idea is to include a calendar on the card to give a visual reinforcement of the date. The save-the-date card can match your invitation and enclosure cards – or you can do something completely out of the box.
Invitations should be sent out six- to eight-weeks before the big day (and the RSVP cutoff date is traditionally three weeks after the postmark date). It can be simple, modern, elegant or rustic, but the basic invite announces the hosts of the wedding and the place and time of the ceremony. It may also include an enclosure card with more details, a response card and an envelope.
It’s also a good idea to see samples of the the invitation you are ordering. PurpleTrail offers sample packs of different die cuts, paper options and sizes to help you decide the right invitation for you. Once designed, PurpleTrail invitations can also be ordered individually to make sure it’s just perfect before placing your order.
Now that you’ve established your look-and-feel in your invitations, think about matching escort cards, menu cards and programs. With PurpleTrail, you can add these items to your account and and simply add the details as they become available to save you time and effort as the day gets closer.
A busy bride-to-be and might not have time to stamp, stuff and send all the invitations. Consider using a mailing service to help out. The PurpleTrail mailing service is both reliable and affordable, starting a just .85.
THE PRE-WEDDING EVENTS
While an engagement party is typically thrown by the couple themselves and wedding shower is hosted by a friend, relative, bridesmaid or maid of honor. However, the bride is often consulted on her preferences for theme, location and more. PurpleTrail offers a wide selection of design ideas that can be customized for any shower theme. Lingerie parties for the bride are popular as are bridal teas and couples showers. Whichever theme is used, a customized party banner provides a finishing touch to the celebration.
Traditionally the groom’s parents host the rehearsal dinner or both sets of parents do the honor together. As the honored guests, you might have input into the overall direction of the event, such as whether the invitations will match those of the wedding itself. With PurpleTrail, you can choose to match the invitations exactly.
PurpleTrail also offers invitations for the last fling before the ring – the bachelor party and bachelorette party. From a crazy trip, to cocktails and evening out or a modest and refined affair, there is a theme right for every bride and groom. The themes and invitations are often inspired by the bride or groom’s personality, interests and hobbies.
To add a little fun to the evening (or weekend!), organizers can create personalized items such as a cute embroidered hat for the bride-to-be or custom buttons for the wedding party indicating their role in the festivities. Or custom printed t-shirts that feature a cute and clever message are a playful addition to the festivities.
Finding gifts for the bridal party can be challenging, but PurpleTrail offers some unique, personalized options. Consider presenting an embroidered a dressing robe for each to use when getting ready. Or a personalized makeup bag would also be a nice touch.
Out—of-town guests can receive canvas bags customized with your monogram and a few special items from the local area. Think about including samples of Boehm’s chocolates, souvenirs from the Space Needle or memorabilia from the Seahawks or Mariners. If you’re planning a destination wedding, invited guests can receive travel necessities such as flip-flops, sunscreen and luggage tags in a personalized tote.
PurpleTrail also has gift ideas for the bride and groom. A personalized throw pillow with their name and wedding date is a nice gift to adorn their new home together. A Mr. and Mrs. Personalized mug set is a nice touch to have waiting in their hotel room the morning following the big day – or when they return from the honeymoon.
PurpleTrail also offers gift cards that can be redeemed after honeymooning when photos are ready for personalized items such as canvases and photo books. A PurpleTrail gift card makes a perfect wedding gift for any bride and groom and lets the happy couple pick the gifts that are most meaningful to them. They are also a great option for wedding shower gifts!
After you return from your honeymoon you’ll want to keep in touch with your photographer. You’ve likely invested significantly in photos, so make sure you can enjoy them for the years to come. Photobooks are a great way to preserve the memories of a wedding and tell your wedding story. They also make a great thank you for parents of the bride and groom and important people involved in your wedding.
PurpleTrail’s lay-flat wedding photo books are a beautiful way to tell your wedding story with style and elegance. Choose from four sizes of books that can be displayed in your home with love and are made to last. The best part is we’ll do it for you. Just give our designers the photos you would like to feature and they’ll create a handcrafted heirloom. It’s that easy.
Another way to remember your wedding while decorating your new space together is with a custom canvas or metal print. Available in a wide variety of sizes, PurpleTrail handcrafts the canvases in their Seattle studio. They can be designed with text, including names, your wedding date, or verses from your song or scripture reading at your wedding. These also make heartfelt thank you gifts for parents of the bride and groom.
Located in Issaquah, PurpleTrail is a family-owned wedding stationery company with a distinct Puget Sound and Pacific Northwest aesthetic. Our designs range from modern to rustic and were created with weddings at Bear Creek Country Club in Woodinville, Pickering Barn in and Tibbits Farm in Issaquah, Storybook Farm in Redmond, Woodinville Lavender, The Plateau Club in Sammamish, Redhook Brewery in Woodinville, the Cedar River Watershed in North Bend and the Salish Lodge & Spa in Snoqualmie in mind.
We hope you enjoy your wedding planning journey and wish you wedded bliss. If you have any questions along the way, don’t hesitate to ask us!