319: Non-traditional Invitation Wording & Stationery Design

by Aleisha

Designer Kasey Kyprianou from Revelry and Heart joins me on the Bridechilla Podcast to talk about invitation etiquette and the design process- how stationery can tell your guests so much about your wedding (even before text is added). Kasey shares her valuable insights into working with a designer vs DIY your stationery, her top invitation etiquette, big no-nos and obvious things that are often forgotten.

Listen to episode 319 of Bridechilla

We also go through the most common mistakes that couples make with wording and ways to ditch the stuffiness and let your personalities shine.
Kasey is a passionate Bridechilla vendor and is always keen to share ways to make your wedding planning easier and stylish! In her last Bridechilla Blog 'Wedding invitation wording, the rules and how to break them' , Kasey gave us a bunch of suggestions on how to ditch traditional wording and copy/paste styles and instead create wedding stationery that is really YOU!

 To accompany this episode of The Bridechilla Podcast, Kasey has shared a post about how to not pick a wedding theme and avoiding getting caught up in a wedding magazine/pinterest spiral of design doubt. 

How NOT to pick a wedding theme

By Kasey Kyprianou

You know me, I’m a no b.s. Kinda girl. Blame the NYer in me, maybe it’s just because I have a lot of opinions. XD
You may also know by now that I hate the word “theme” because, well, it just seems kitschy and dated and not at all synonymous with a wedding.
Yet, I know this is what people use to describe the aesthetic of an event, and while I don’t agree with it completely, I’ll use it to boost my SEO, make it more understandable for any readers!
So you’re getting married! HOORAY!

You’ll be asked if you’ve set a date, how they asked, to see your ring, and then, something that has to do with the general look and feel of your wedding. How you choose this theme is important, you want something that’s comfortable (unless you dgaf), accessible, beautiful and romantic, amirite?
Okay great. So here’s what NOT to do.

  1. Go on the internet.
  2. Look at Bridal Magazines

I hear you now, Um, did I miss something? Isn’t this why these things exist?

Okay, okay, fine, but you need a strategy. You don’t want to start searching “top wedding trends of 2018” or “best wedding theme” or “best wedding planning tools”. You also don’t want to start on the homepage of Pinterest. Or visit the Knot. Or WeddingWire, or any of these websites that have anything to do with weddings.
But Kasey, these are like, wedding planning meccas. How am I supposed to find stuff?

If you’re aiming for an authentic experience, you don’t need this commercial bullshit. You need to look at your story and how you got to where you are, in this moment of your life

Did I just blow your mind? The secret to creating a wedding day that you’ll love for all time is to make it reflect you. You may think, “I’ve always loved rose gold.” False. The internet got to you, you didn’t even know what rose gold was until 2014.

Sit down and consider the following questions when thinking about the kind of personality you want your event to have. I always tell my couples to think of their wedding day as a person.

  • Where would they shop?
  • What do they wear?
  • What is their signature accessory?
  • What kind of accent do they have?
  • Where do they live?
  • Why do you call them, what do you love most about this person…er…wedding?

By framing your wedding this way, you cut out all the commercial bs and start to think about the core of your aesthetic (theme). You may want a Saks Fifth Avenue, pearls and diamonds, fur stole, English accent, Manhattanite wedding who just knows luxury, dahling. Or you may relate more to an Anthropologie, cardigan sweater, handmade crystal jewelry, a midwestern wholesome suburbanite who loves mashed potato bars and gives the best hugs.

Photo by rawpixel.com

Think about yourself- have you always loved animals? What is your favorite protagonist from a story; How would they plan a wedding? What’s your favorite place to unwind? Place to socialize? What’s your favorite season? Food? Restaurant?

I love to take these characteristics and help you wrap them into a signature package for your wedding aesthetic. While I have always done this in my custom wedding invitation design, I’ve just launched a new service, custom wedding aesthetic packages, where I’m beginning to work on custom design for those that crave personalized details, but still prefer to DIY their wedding details. 

I believe wholeheartedly in incorporating you into this special day of your life. You can find a billion luxury/fall/beach weddings, but none of them have personality without the personalized details.

If you value the emotion, personal touches and celebrating every beautiful ounce of you on your wedding day, I’d love to chat.

xo, Kasey

Kasey Kyprianou offers one-of-a-kind custom invitations, event branding and personal touches

Wedding invitations are personal to your budget, tastes and event experience. While I believe the first impression of your event should begin with the invitation, I understand not everyone feels the same way.

Typically, my clients invest between $1-2k on their luxury invitation suites.You can expect a very personal relationship with me if you decide to work together.

I often tell my clients that I am their personal designer as you would think of a wedding planner or personal assistant. I work diligently to craft something that you will treasure for your lifetime.

I provide all of my invitation clients outstanding customer service through private portals, personalized proposals and design proof communication, as well as a creative and insightful eye into your personal aesthetic.

Owner + founder Revelry + Heart
Email: hello@revelryandheart.com

Images by Amber Robinson | Raleigh Wedding Photographer | Beauty + Bordeaux

Header and Show Photo by Joanna Kosinska

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