Post No. 3 : The Mother and the Bride – “Where do you start?”

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I’m engaged! It’s crazy to me still. My fiancé proposed to me in what can only be described as something out of a movie. He’s still proud of himself. Above is me, my gorgeous ring with O’ Brien’s Tower off in the distance. The castle like tower where he asked me to be his wife, at the start of sunset, overlooking the magnificent Cliffs of Moher in Ireland.

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We wanted to wait to start planing our wedding, because we were blessed with our daughter and I wanted to not be pregnant when I got married. You dream about your wedding day, and I didn’t want to rush through it. So we waited. I’m still happy about that choice.

I started actually thinking about the wedding and starting the process of planing just over a year before our chosen date (which is this September, labor day weekend). Even though, I am in the wedding industry and I create invitations for such events, and have friends in the industry…I still wasn’t completely sure where to start. I can only suggest now that I am 8 months away from our wedding date things I wish I would have known up front to think about and how to organize it all.

Here is my sort of starting checklist of what you should try to do as soon as you know your date. If you don’t know your date, then that should most definitely be the first thing you figure out! So get a calendar and start picking!

Picking your Date – 

Sit down with your fiancé and go over a few things to figure out what is going to be the best date for you.

1. Are you going to have an indoor or outdoor wedding? This will help you determine the weather of that time of year and what month(s) you should consider.

2. Are you planing on having out of town guests from other states? If yes, you’ll want to be considerate of the money and time it might take them to travel, if you really expect and want them to be able to attend. Also consider if they have children or a partner to make it. (This might not seem like an initial priority, but it helps when it comes to writing your guest list down the road as well.)

3. Day of the week. FACT: Wedding not on a Saturday are typically less expensive for your venue. Most couples get married on Saturday’s, and with only 52 Saturdays in 2015, over 2 million weddings per year in the United States alone, you can see how that date can be in  high demand. So my tip is…if you can pick a weekday, holiday weekend where you’re able to choose a Sunday or Monday you’ll save on costs there. Summer weddings are also most popular, so a non-Saturday wedding in the Fall or Winter, you’ll save on the venue expenses for sure!

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After you’ve determined the date….you’ll want to make sure you have the answers to these questions before moving forward…because every venue and vendor is going to want to know these answers, especially to give you an accurate quote.

To be best prepared, you should know the answers to these questions:

1. What is your date?
2. How many guests? (this can be a range or rounded up number, it doesn’t have to be a final number but better to round up because you’ll know your highest cost and there will be less chance of a ticket shock at the end.)
3. What is your budget? This was definitely a hard question to figure out. Especially when you are either dealing with someone else’s money like parent’s or a mix of contributors. So now is the time to ask your family members, bring up the question and know. Then look at your finance’s and determine what is a COMFORTABLE amount for you and your fiancé to be spending on your wedding.
4. Are you having an Indoor/Outdoor wedding? If you picked your date with my suggestions above, then this answer should already be made.
5. What is the theme or style of your wedding? Don’t think of “theme” as like a costume party or something, but think of the look, the feel. As a graphic designer, the best way I can think of this, is to consider that you are “branding” you and your fiancé with your wedding. It should be a representation of you both, and feel like an extension of who you guys are and what you love.


There are more questions for sure that will be coming up. But if you know the answers to at least these 5, you can feel better prepared when you have vendor consultations and you’ll get the most out of your meetings.

If you need help figuring out the budget I’ll be posting a blog about that one next, because that subject is worth it’s own blog. But if you need suggestions there are a few great resources online specifically meant to help you keep track and figure out your budget.

Here are a couple helpful Budgeting Resources:

Track Spending :
This is an awesome tool, and provides you with estimated costs. The hardest part is knowing a reference point.

Wedding Budget Checklist :
The Wedding Budgeter is completely interactive and customizable to help effortlessly guide you through your wedding payments and purchases.

$119 Wedding Planner Pro App from iTunes :
I’m not sure that you or anyone needs to spend $119. But the app seem’s pretty detailed to help you keep organized. Not sure if it’s worth the cost, and it has no reviews.

Hope you enjoyed this post! If you have questions just ask me below or e-mail me at!


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What are average prices for Wedding Invitations?

I found this blog that sort of helps to break down the costs, and how you can manage to find better solutions for your budget. This kind of helps explain too why I can offer such competitive prices as an online seller, and as a buyer brides can save money with me to get very customized pieces that they would probably pay thousands for at a local print shop.


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The wedding invitations are the couple’s way to communicate the upcoming celebration. The cards do not only invite guests but also give them an idea on what your wedding will be. Say for example a formal invitation. It tells not only the details of the wedding but also passes the note that the celebration will be an elegant black tie affair.

Depending on your choice, wedding invitations can be cheap or expensive. This article will discuss how much wedding invitations cost.

The Cost of Wedding Invitations

The Bridal Association of America says that the average cost of wedding invitations is $659. This refers to invitations that have printed envelopes, reply cards, and printer reply card envelopes. However, some brides and grooms spend more while others less depending on the type of invitation they choose and the number of invitations they need.

If we check the cost of wedding invitations per piece, the usual price range is $1 to $10. So a wedding that needs 100 pieces of invitations can cost $100 to $1,000 for wedding invitations. Here are some of the most common wedding invitation types and how much they usually cost for 100 pieces:

  • $135 for a simple one-panel wedding invitation card.
  • $220 for an ornate wedding invitation that uses average-quality paper and designed with a wrap-style fold.
  • $274 for a higher quality invitation card that is inserted into a pocket frame.
  • $500 to $1,200 for a textured wedding invitation card.
  • $1,700 for thermographic wedding cards.
  • $2,700 for thermographic cards that are engraved.

What Affects the Price of Wedding Invitations?

Several factors affect the overall price of wedding invitations. They are as follows:

  • Type. Based on the price detailed above, the type of wedding invitation you choose will affect the cost of the cards. The simpler the materials are, the cheaper the invitations will be. The higher quality materials you choose and the more ornate the cards are, the higher the cost will become.
  • Design. Custom made wedding invitations tend to be more expensive than simple cards. Following a given template can mean a cheaper invitation while requesting for a different kind of design and shape can mean a more expensive card. In fact, even colored texts on the wedding invitations can already affect the prices. The same is true if you want to add photos and other images.
  • Quantity. How many wedding invitations do you need? The quantity will usually affect the cost of the overall expenses on the invitations. More often than not, print shops price the invitations lower the more number of invitations you order from them.
  • Printer. The printer can greatly affect the cost of your wedding invitation. For instance, engraved-style printers usually charge more than thermographic and offset printers. The cheapest of all is doing the invitations yourself. Printing the cards from a home inkjet or laser printer costs a lot less. Other people who really want to save on the cost of wedding invitations decide to write their cards. However, this is usually not a common practice these days anymore.
  • Accessories. Getting accessories for your wedding invitations can add up to the cost of your cards. This includes bows, jackets, and other kinds of embellishments. Getting materials like this can cost more. Plus, assembly fees may be necessary.

Where to Get Your Wedding Invitations?

There are a lot of places where you can get your wedding invitations made. Your choice will basically be guided depending on your wedding budget.

  • Large stationery stores. Most large stationers work with major printers and so their prices are usually more competitive. Plus, there are a lot of variations of invitations and samples that you can choose from.
  • Independent stationer or printer. Small print shops can offer you fewer choices but they usually offer better customization services.
  • Department store. Wedding-stationery services of most department stores offer wedding invitations, only that all of them are ready-made designs.
  • Online stationers. A lot of websites offering wedding invitations are widely available in the Internet these days. The best websites even have hundreds of selections of styles, papers, and even high quality printing at very competitive prices. Plus, they are open 24/7 so you have no time limitations when shopping for your cards.
  • Mail-order catalogs. You can choose from their wide selection of wedding invitation styles and order them to the printing company directly. Getting your cards from them can mean convenience and quick turnover, not to mention yet unbeatable prices.
  • Graphic designer. If you are looking for a highly customized design for less the price, seeking the help of a graphic designer is the best bet. Once the design is ready, you can already bring it to a printer.

Shopping for Wedding Invitations

When shopping for wedding invitations, remember these things:

  • Determine your budget as early as possible as well as the number of invitations you need. Knowing both these details will help you plan your budget in terms of what design, material, and kind of printing you need for the invitations. Once this is established, that’s the only time you can go looking for supplies or for printers who can do the invitations for you.
  • Shop depending on your budget. If you have a limited budget, you do not want to go to specialized stores. If you plan to print the cards at home, shop online for your wedding stationery and supplies. On the other hand, you can look from one invitation supplier to another to find the best deals for your allotted budget.
  • Match the style of your wedding invitations with the kind of wedding you are holding. You can choose from formal, semi-formal, romantic, or funky depending on the wedding you are envisioning. Moreover, the colors and design of the invitations must also reflect the theme and colors of your wedding.
  • Always order extra invitations to cover last minute guests or people you have forgotten to invite in the first place.

Save Money on Wedding Invitations

If you want to save on the wedding invitations, consider the following tips:

  • Make the invitations yourself. There is nothing wrong designing your own invitations especially if you know your way with computers. Then, print the invitations on a good quality paper using your home printer.
  • Address the envelopes using your handwriting. Printed envelopes can add up to the cost of your wedding invitations. So if you have a legible handwriting, consider writing on the envelopes. Or, you can ask a friend to do this favor for you.
  • Most online printers price their invitations cheaper, especially for smaller orders. Order your invitations from reliable online printers. Most of the time, basic invitations from them are priced around a dollar per piece only.
  • Look for discount packages. A lot of companies offer discounts on bulk and complete packages as compared to choosing every detail of your invitation separately.

Wedding invitations may not be as costly as other wedding essentials like clothes and reception. However, they still require careful planning and budgeting. Decide on your budget now and start shopping for your invitations. Best wishes!

Book Cover Release: “Elements: Kingdom of Aqueous” by Kate Fuentes

I just finished my 2nd book cover design for YA author Kate Fuentes, which is the 3rd in her series “Elements”. I think it turned out pretty amazing! His veins definitely look like they are being emerged with the water he is in. And those abs! AMAZING! This was not a hard cover to have to work on with eye candy like that! hehe. This is a fun series, and like before, Kate is an amazing client to work with. And I am excited that in about a week I get to hang out with her and meet her in person in San Francisco! It’s going to be great!

Books are out and Covers Done!

I wanted to share the website and the images of the final book cover designs I did for author Raine Thomas. It was such a pleasure working with her, and Im so excited to share the final designs. Be sure to check out her link and read her blog about me here:

Book 1: Becoming

Book 2: Central

Book 3: Foretold

“The Pitch”: A game for creatives.

My friend came across this link on Kickstarter, and I wanted to share with you all this awesome idea, that I personally would LOVE to see out in print. First, if you aren’t aware, Kickstarter is a website that allows the public to help fun people’s creative projects by donating any amount they like to help people get an idea or business off the ground. I’ve had a couple successful friends use this program and it’s completely helped them move forward, so I am a big supporter of it, and recommend those with the funds to help out even $1, can go along way, you should definitely check out

So back to the idea. The Project: The Pitch. The Creator: Fatimah Kabba, a designer and recent graduate from SVA in NYC. The game looks completely fun for creatives in design and marketing. To visit Fatimah’s Kickstarter page for this game, CLICK HERE.  Check out her images below taken by Nick Bologna. Here is the game description from Fatimah’s website:


All great design begins with one thing: a great idea. This idea is the root of every well produced, beautiful, or savvy execution. Whether it’s the representation of a brand by understanding the audience, the consideration of a books content when creating a cover design, or the basis of apolitical campaign that goes on to influence millions. As designers we have the ability to influence a world that is more aware of and impacted by design than it realizes.


Communicate the premise of graphic design and make it accessible to everyone, especially non-creatives, and create a product that helps us form a community, collaborate, and invent, exactly what I believe design intends to do.


Create the game of graphic design. A game that allows everyone, not just designers or creatives, but your younger brother, your grandma who can’t click a computer mouse or your best friend who’s an economics major, to better understand and engage in the creative process.



Ohhh Android…

So I’ve been working in UI/UX (User Interaction/User Experience) design for the last several months, creating mock-ups for apps and re-designing apps. It’s been really enjoyable, and exciting. But the world of iPhone iOS vs. the Android device is completely different. For some reason finding resources for Android is super difficult. I am a Apple user (obviously, I name my Boston Terrier after the computer, Mac.), so I KNOW their product and OS (Operating System). So for me, designing for their iPad and iPhone devices is just natural to me. Besides the fact that Apple has very clearly written out the “UI Manual” that provides developers and designers with the basic knowledge they need to know when creating and design an app. MobileHIG is the name of the PDF (Click on the link to read it).

So Android…you have HOW many different devices out there, screen sizes, resolutions, etc. Consistency is the biggest problem. I’ve come across a few reads and I kinda just wanted to put them all here, hoping that I can help someone else maybe in the same spot with designing for Android devices. Here are my recommendations:


Android’s “Manual”

A decent PDF that actually is helpful : MM_Android_Design_Guidelines

I also have been reading a few blogs online, that are just beneficial in UI/UX design in general…no matter what platform you’re really working in…My favorite is Johnny Holland Magazine :

Procrastination…I like to consider it “Creative Research Analysis and Brainstorming”.

This video pretty much says it all:

This is sooooooooo me.

Officially Obsessed with UX Design

I have finally stumbled upon the secret hidden and hard to find world of UX Designers. I see books and read things here and there, but I finally came across a ton of websites, blogs, tv, radio and video of amazing UX Designers and information. Including relevant books. At work I’ve been moved towards working in this world, which is a bit of a transition from my traditional background of print and Pantone. But I’ve loved it so far, and am feeling like a sponge that is anticipating its first use of soaking up all the information it possibly can. I finally feel like I’ve gotten in on all those articles and tools I’ve been looking for. I will share these in time with reviews and such…but I first wanted to start off with these awesome I ❤ UX Design videos from lyle @

I luv UX Design Part I

I Luv UX Design Part II

Paper Record Player = Awesome Wedding Invitation!

I came across this completely awesome wedding invitation designed by Kelli Anderson for her musical friends wedding. A wedding invitation that needs a video to show the fantasicalness of this creation. She designed a manual paper record player. Her friends Karen and Mike (the wedding couple), wrote the lyrics and performed the music themselves. You can see more and learn more about her completely clever and fantastically designed invitation on her blog by clicking here.

Browsing through the rest of her awesomely designed website you can see some more of her work and other awesome invitations. She has a great collection of work and is definitely and amazing designer! I’m a fan. LIKE!