It's All So Real...

There are many moments during the wedding planning process where couples experience a flutter in their stomach knowing that they are coming up to one of the biggest days of their lives: picking out what they'll wear on their wedding day; partying the night away at their bachelor or bachelorette party; or even that moment when they set the date. But for many couples, nothing makes it all so real more than when they pick up their wedding invitation suite to mail to their guests.

Pocketful wedding invitation suite designed by Francesca. Photo by BG Productions

At Trilogy Event Design, our Creative Director and Graphic Designer Francesca Staffieri, has worked with over 50 couples since she began designing wedding stationery in late 2011. After an initial consultation, Francesca has worked with our couples to bring their vision to life whether it be an elegant wedding invitation suite for a wedding at The Ritz Carlton...

Midnight garden wedding invitation suite printed on metallic paper with purple backing. Photo by Jennifer Woodruff 

... or a letterpress invitation suite featuring the facade of your wedding venue ...

2-color letterpress invitation suite featuring Aldie Mansion facade designed by Francesca. Photo by Nancy Paravano.

... or a wedding invitation suite that features the facade of Yankees Stadium, the couples' favorite sports team!

 Pocketfold wedding invitation suite featuring Yankees Stadium facade by Francesc

Pocketfold wedding invitation suite featuring Yankees Stadium facade by Francesc

We recommend that a wedding invitation suite be sent to your guests 8-12 weeks prior to the wedding depending upon the answers to a few questions... Did you mail out a save the date? Are you having a destination wedding? Are you marrying on or over a holiday weekend? Do you have guests coming in from another country? Francesca will help guide you to the right date that makes sense for your wedding guests and gives you ample time to receive those RSVPs and provide your guest count to your venue.

2-color letterpress wedding invitation suite designed by Francesca. Photo by Nancy Paravano.

At Trilogy Event Design, we work with a variety of different papers including 100% cotton double-thick card stock; 100% PCW card stock; metallic and matte card stock; and much more! During your meeting, Francesca can help guide you to the printing method that makes sense for not only your budget but also the design you want.

Foil-stamp printed wedding invitation suite designed by Francesca for a Halloween-themed wedding.

If you're after a full-color custom-illustration of yourselves on your invitation, digital printing is the best option...

Custom-illustrated wedding invitation suite for Please Touch Museum Wedding. Photo by Full Circle Photography.

While if you have to have a letterpress invitation suite, you would want to stick with one or two colors max, with an extra pop of color using edge painting...

1-color letterpress wedding invitation with edge-painting for Kim and Melissa. Photo by Nina Price Photography.

With so many styles of paper and printing methods available, it can become overwhelming, which is why working with a graphic designer will ensure a fun, creative, and collaborative experience. We normally start working with couples anywhere from 6-18 months before their wedding to plan out their wedding stationery timeline. 

In upcoming blogs, we will be reviewing a stationery timeline from when you should be sending out your save the dates to when you should be picking up your day-of stationery. We'll also be looking at other ways you can personalize your wedding through design.

 Library card style seating cards. Photo by Nina Price Photography.

Library card style seating cards. Photo by Nina Price Photography.

If you have any stationery questions that you would like to see answered in an upcoming blog, please feel free to leave them  in the comments section below, and we will feature them in the next two to three weeks.

In the meantime, you can schedule a free one-hour consultation with Francesca by emailing us at, using our online scheduler, or calling us at 800-941-2770. Francesca looks forward to meeting with you real soon!