Seating arrangements – seating chart template

A victory packet for the WORST wedding project you’ll ever have to do.

Ugh.

Lets face it, your down to the wire, and you’re trying to get a million other things done before your big day. Sitting down and figuring out who sits at what table is going to be so time-consuming and stressful… you just know it will be awful! You can already see it, your up at 2am, arranging seating on your living room floor using sticky notes and duct tape. There has to be a better way. Right!?

Creating seating arrangements can sometimes be the most challenging part of planning a wedding. As a stationery designer, I’ve seen what a struggle (and a stress inducer!) this project can become for my clients.

But don’t worry! I’m here to support you. I’ve created a FREE packet of tools that will ensure your success.

Whats included in the Victory Packet:

  • Template -A super easy-to-use excel sheet to track guests and seating arrangements.
  • 5-Step Checklist – so you can complete this project in a flash!
  • Style Guide – 1 page cheat-sheet with the proper Mr. Mrs. Ms. Miss format for any situation!
  • FAQ  – Your frequently asked questions – answered!

Are you ready to get this project knocked out of the park?!
Fill in your e-mail address below and I will instantly e-mail you the (FREE!) Victory Packet.

What others are saying:

“ Thank you SO MUCH! This was the support and direction and resources I needed!!! I feel so much better. ”  – Laura P. from  Massachusetts

Save money on your wedding stationary (without eliminating anything!) — Part 3

How To Save Money on your Weding Stationary (without eliminating Anything) Part 3

How To Save Money on your Weding Stationary (without eliminating Anything) Part 3

Another DIY misconception: Printing Double Sided verses Single Sided is cheaper
It seems logical using one card and printing on both sides it would be less expensive, right? Wrong! In many cases it’s actually more cost effective to print on two cards single sided rather than one card double sided.

Printing is often calculated as a per-side charge and more often than not, double sided printing fees outweigh the cost of another card.

When printing, consider how your items will be displayed and determine if they really need to be printed on both sides.  If your table number cards or place cards will be only seen from one side, why pay more to have them printed on both sides? Invitation cards often can be consolidated to single-sided prints that will save you extra $$! Discuss all your options with your stationary designer and/or printer; they are there to help you.

Save money on your wedding stationary (without eliminating anything!) — Part 2

How To Save on your Wedding Stationary Part 2

How to Save on Your Wedding Stationary – Part 2

Welcome to Part Two of this blog series! Tip #2 for saving money on your wedding stationary? Plan Ahead: Do Not Wait!

Order early and save yourself stress, time, and money!
By planning several months in advance, and purchasing your items well ahead of your wedding day, you will spare yourself stress, time, and money. You will have time to find the items which best fit for your budget, colors and theme.

The days and weeks before your wedding day will be extremely busy with last minute fittings, out of town guests, and appointments with your vendors and all kinds of unexpected stresses. The time you will have to work on proofing programs, or sorting out 100’s of guests for seating will be greatly diminished. Be sure to allow yourself plenty of time for this process.

You’ll be happier with the products you receive
Many items such as monograms, programs, invitations and place cards take several weeks to create and perfect and may require a few revisions to be sure they are just error free. By planning ahead, you will have time to make changes to be sure they are exactly what you envision for your wedding. Don’t settle for something you do not really love. There are too many wonderful choices available to not be thrilled with you stationary!

Save $$!
If you order your stationary early, you can avoid paying charges for overnight shipping and rush order fees. (Some vendors require 4-6 weeks for delivery) Wouldn’t you rather spend that $50+ on something fun?!

Spread out the costs
Order your monogram and invitations first, they set the tone for all your other stationary. By purchasing these items early on, you’ll be able to break out the cost of your stationary items over time. You can also avoid having all those pesky bills and payments to your vendors come due on the same day. Unless you get a big rush from procrastinating, plan and purchase well ahead of your wedding date! Your budget (and your sanity) will thank you!

Save money on your wedding stationary (without eliminating anything!) — Part 1

How to Save Money on Your Wedding Stationary a 7 part Blog

How to Save Money on Your Wedding Stationary a 7 part Blog

DIY is not always a time or money saver: helpful hints

If you use Pinterest you are probably familiar with those comical “nailed it” photos. Like this one:

DIY Fail

DIY Fail

Unfortunately weddings aren’t immune to DIY failure. There’s a hilarious example from the Project Wedding forum that illustrates just how horribly wrong a simple DIY Project can go!

Don’t get me wrong, I love DIY and I did a ton of it for my own wedding. However, I can honestly say I paid more for my DIY projects in most cases than I would have if I had purchased from a professional.

I know this sounds counter-intuitive…but it’s true. DIY is not always a time or money saver. I can’t even tell you how many brides I’ve encountered on wedding forums and in my shop that were completely frustrated with DIY projects and never finished them. Not only did they spend money (and tons of time) on the DIY projects, they then paid a designer to create the same items for them. This duplication of effort can create budget busting costs!

Take into consideration, when planning your DIY projects: the time needed, and the cost of tools and supplies. I was stunned to see how much stuff I had to purchase using the trial and error approach and how much money I wasted on things that just did not work out.  I also wasted a lot of time on stuff I did not end up using.

Professionals are professionals because they already own all the tools and supplies and have already worked through the failures. Professionals have the experience and know-how to get the project done with little to no frustration for you!

So, the morale of the story is: Unless you are “crafty” and/or sentimental about creating your own items, skip the DIY frustrations and purchase the items you’ll really love.

Free Download: The Ultimate Wedding Checklist!

I’ve created a Free downloadable Ultimate Wedding Checklist!

Don’t freak out when you see how long this list is! Remember, this list is intended to walk through almost every possible part of planning a wedding. Some things may not apply to you or your wedding. Some things may turn up more than once. They will appear first to get you planning, second to book/reserve/create the item and finally near the end to be sure everything is finalized.

This checklist will help you establish the things you want, as well as those you don’t! If you see something you don’t need/want to do… just check it off the list and you’re already on your way!

Remember: your wedding day should be fun and enjoyable for everyone. If you start to freak out, take a break and come back to the planning a little later. Don’t hesitate to ask for help from others when you need it!

What Can I Do with My Wedding Monogram?

Now that you’ve ordered a gorgeous monogram, you might feel a bit bewildered about what projects to use your monogram on, or how to get your designs onto those special projects.

I’ve created a list of projects/items which you may wish to use your monogram.  In the coming weeks I’ll be posting DIY tips and featuring designers who can create gorgeous projects with your new design!

Wedding Invitations
Thank You Cards
Custom Postage Stamps
Favor Tags
Unity Candle
Monogrammed Aisle Runner
Custom Match Boxes
Coasters
Stickers
Votives
Wax Seals
Place Cards
Table Numbers
Menu Cards
Ceremony Programs
Water bottle labels
Custom Stickers
Address Labels
Stamps
Gobo light for reception
Guest Book
T-Shirts
Pillows
Signs
Place Mats

Out of Town Packages

and more!

DIY Wedding Project Print Tips

Buy your paper in 8.5×11 sheets (standard size for most paper).  We can lay out your designs so several pieces fit onto one page. 

Print it first, then cut to size.  If you try to work with pre-cut cards, they may be difficult to feed through your printer (or if you’re sending them to the printing press, it will cost you more to print in separate pieces!).

Buy Extras! Buy about 20% more than you’ll need. This will keep you covered for misprints & mistakes and save you lots of frustration!

Buy Online. I actually prefer online vendors for purchasing card stock, envelopes and other materials because they tend to offer much better products than local craft stores.

Buy Samples First. Order samples of your card stock and test print your items before you order in large quantity. You’ll be able to tell right away if everything is working together with your printer, ink and colors on the materials you chose. Save time, money and frustration!

Choose the Correct Weight
Paper is sold in different weights (based on lb measurements). The paper weight you choose should be compatible with the type of printing you choose.

Standard Paper Weights:
Standard printer Paper 24 – 38lb
Card Stock   64 – 110lb

Anything up to 110#  can usually be printed on a regular ink jet printer.Except for metallic paper, which does not print well on inkjet printers. (The ink will smear and not adhere to the paper correctly. Laser printers work best with metallic papers. Prior to printing any heavy card stock be sure to check online with the manufacturer of your printer to ensure you aren’t overloading your machine.

Card Stock over 110# should be printed on a press.

Highly textured or handmade paper may not turn out very well on regular printers. You’ll need to send your job to a letterpress printer.

For Perfect Colors use my color chart and print the chart on the printer and card stock you are using for your stationary to make sure the colors will come out perfectly