Lately, I've been trying to squeeze out a new design or idea in between everything that I have going on for my paying clients. This new handmade wedding invitation set, pictured here, is actually a wedding gift for my dear friends. The couple is tying the knot in October here in Connecticut, at the Spa at Norwich Inn. They got engaged in December and things are moving rather quickly.
They went for a shimmery gold pocket fold, with navy ink and a metallic navy accent border. The pocket holds three enclosures--Response Card, Directions Card and Accommodations Card. They chose a stylish belly band printed on translucent vellum to close the pocket. The entire suite will be mailed to guests in double Euro-Flap envelopes printed with a little detail from the invitation design. The bride even ordered custom stamps to coordinate the ensemble.
A note on postage, while we're on the subject--this invitation suite, and similar pocketfold styles are typically a minimum of three ounces so you'll need extra postage. Stamps.com is a great option because you can customize the stamp in the amount you need, rather than having to use multiple stamps that may or may not match. Most post offices will recommend hand cancelling an envelope of this thickness--usually about 3/16".
I mentioned a brief business evaluation--I didn't dig in too deep this morning, but I quickly compared my book keeping spreadsheets from 2008 to current. I'm very proud and excited to have surpassed my total number of weddings from last year, by the mid-way point of this year! Things are just going along swimmingly if I can say that without sounding boastful. I'm seeing lots of repeat clients--brides who are coming back for their wedding details like placecards, programs and menus--as well as referrals from my loyal past clients. This is the greatest feeling!
At one point in my life I would have been afraid of "jinxing" a good streak. But after reading and practicing the Law of Attraction I have learned how to usher good things into my life with a sense of tremendous gratitude, not entitlement. Gratitude helps me remember how hard I have to work to be successful without living in fear of the bottom falling out any minute. This type of fear or insecurity blocks good energy from coming to me, so I try to only focus on the positives on a moment to moment basis. Every day of doing this work is a great day for me, lucky girl that I am!