Some of you readers are just beginning your Vegas wedding planning escapade. If so: welcome! If you are new to the world of weddings, you’ve probably already heard and used the “B” word: “budget.” It can dominate most wedding conversations you have, especially in the early days, and rightfully so. Staying on budget is important to your wallet and relationship’s health!
One of the best spots to save a little bit of time and money is by choosing your wedding stationery carefully. Little Vegas Wedding partner Ann’s Bridal Bargains offers a great selection of discount wedding invitations that allow you to express who you are as a couple, but not go overboard with the expense. Is it possible to stay on budget and plan a wedding that’s uniquely you? Yes! And Ann’s is dedicated to helping you make that happen.
Ann’s Bridal Bargains invitations offer a wide selection of styles and designs, but one of my favorites are the Separate and Send wedding invites. These affordable invitations have a clever, perforated design that prints all three pieces of your wedding stationery ensemble at once, saving you big bucks…and time! No DIY cutting of pieces, either.
These invitation bundles include the invitation as well as the detachable response card and reception card on one convenient sheet. Everything is coordinated, and can be customized to your wedding colors, theme or personal style and interests as a couple. You can choose your color and can create your own unique wording online, and even add photos to several designs!
Here are some of my favorite designs from the Separate and Send collection:
Perfect for a poolside wedding is the palm tree embellished “Heartwarming” suite.
Love fonts and typefaces? Check out the “Presenting” suite!
Guests will get excited about your destination wedding with these airplane themed “Destination Romance” invites.
Simple and modern, “Love Spell” reflects the purple theme of Aria’s wedding chapel!
You can see the full selection of affordable Separate and Send invites. Orders can be made for as few as 25 invites, perfect for smaller Vegas weddings.
The most important thing you need to know about Ann’s Bridal Bargains selection of “cheap” wedding invitations is that there is nothing cheap about them. Even the most impressive wedding invitation design becomes dull and disappointing if not beautifully printed and presented on the right kind of paper. If you’re not convinced, they even offer free samples so you can see before you purchase!
Ann’s Bridal Bargains has crafted a special offer for Little Vegas Wedding readers, valid through the end of the summer. Get an extra 15% off your wedding invitation order with code Vegas15. This offer is valid through 8/31/2014.
Brooke and Michael Coxen are celebrating the opening of Paper and Home. Photo: Adam Frazier
Thursday was the night Paper & Home held their grand opening – a night that was a distinctly wintery and rainy in Las Vegas. The rain did not dampen spirits, however, and the event was a success.
As I pulled up to the new store space, bistro lights twinkled in the rain and the bright space inside Paper & Home packed with well wishers beckoned me in. Spicy hors d’oeuvres from nearby DW Bistro accompanied cider and sparkling wine to warm us up on the particularly chilly evening.
Funky music from DJ Daniel Martinez played as people pored over the luxe invitation samples, gorgeous gifts and assorted paper goods, exploring the space. The artful arrangements and outdoor furniture supplied by Naakiti Floral accented the pretty paper perfectly.
In addition to a large storefront, in the back there is a private conference room for clients to discuss their invitation and stationery needs. Inspiration can be found all around the shop, in books, on walls and on shelves.
The shop has a comfortable yet stylish feel featuring warm woods and natural light, perfect for highlighting the beautiful array of products available. My personal favorite items were the modern wrapping papers and brightly coordinated notepads and envelopes.
However the shop is not just limited to custom and ready to order wedding stationery, they also offer business clients corporate branding and website design and development. The space has changed, but the service remains the same – something you can read more about here - Tour Las Vegas’s Exceptional Stationery Studio, Paper & Home
Congratulations, Paper & Home!
Paper & Home | http://www.paperandhome.com
4555 South Fort Apache Road, Suite 138
Las Vegas, Nevada
Open: Tuesday through Friday 10:30 – 6:30, Saturday 10:30 – 5:30, Mondays by appointment
Are you ready for a steal of a deal? I hope so – Wedding Paper Divas is holding what will be their sale of the year for 24 hours only.
Unique, affordable and with dozens of customizable options, Wedding Paper Divas is one my favorite spots to look at wedding stationery trends.
I’ve gathered a few of my favorites below, but you should know there are over 600 designs, all with customizable colors, typefaces, corners and paper and you can get a matching design for wedding programs, menus and even websites. How pro is that?
And the sale? Not only is the entire site 25% off, there is also free shipping in the U.S. If you’ve been waiting to order from their site, today is the day!
Just use code HOLIDAY25FS at check out. Remember the sale ends at tonight at 11:59pm Pacific Time.
Viva Las Vegas
Of course, I have to lead off with some of the Las Vegas destination designs Wedding Paper Divas does!
Editor’s Note:As of November 2013 Paper & Home now has a shop located at 4555 South Fort Apache Road, Suite 138.
One of the things I love about wedding blogging is that every single day I get up, I’m inspired. By a photograph I see, a wedding submission, a wedding on another blog, a typeface on a piece of stationery – the list goes on! One of the things I find most inspiring however, are the amazing Las Vegas wedding industry professionals.
So, the last time I visited Las Vegas in March, I set up a studio visit with the inspiring Brooke and Michael Coxen at Paper and Home. I’ve been a fan for some time, seeing their invitations and design work in the submissions I’ve received. And I’m a big fan of their Twitter feed and Pins.
They were incredibly gracious and let me into their home studio in west Las Vegas so that I could learn a bit more about their work, their business and them!
Brooke and Michael’s passion for paper stems from successful careers and their meeting (and courtship) in New York City. Originally from southern California, Brooke worked for some time with a luxury, high-end wedding invitation and stationery studio in New York City and learned the ins and outs of the trade, while honing her design talents.
Born and raised in New York, Michael was a marketing guru who specialized in music and media at the time. (The couple met at a music gig!) Drawn together by their love of music, food and great design, they made it official and were wed!
After creating this relationship with dash of creative spirit and business know-how, the Coxens relocated to Las Vegas in 2010 and are in every sense a team operation. Brooke heads up design and Michael takes care of branding. And yet they both wear many hats, and are both extremely knowledgeable about their products and industry.
An indication of what lies within…
I rolled up to their home and was met by a beautiful sign. (Shocking, I know!)
Stepping into their tidy, modern studio I couldn’t help but instantly fawn over the invitation samples out on display once my eyes were drawn to them, and wanted to immediately look through every sample book on their impressive shelves! It’s a bright and comfortable space, and full of creative energy, inspiration and ideas to draw from.
What sets Brooke and Michael apart from other stationers in the area are the premium and exclusive lines of stationery available to them. They’ve handpicked products and vendors that they know, love, and stand behind. Just some of the design houses they are able to offer exclusively to Las Vegas are: Dauphine Press, Smock, Alee & Press, Spark Letterpress and Smudge Ink.
But what is print unless it has some great paper to back it up? Paper & Home offer a luxe line of beautiful paper styles. Of special interest to me were the ecologically and environmentally-minded options such as seed woven papers, recycled papers and sustainable materials being used in yet others, such as bamboo and cotton.
How lovely would it be for your wedding invitation recipients to plant their invite after receiving it?
An example of the Bloomin’ brand seed-laden papers Paper & Home offers
Looking beyond design and paper, they work with vendors they have formed strong relationships with to create unique graphic designs and provide beautiful services such as calligraphy, foil printing, letterpress and illustrations.
I was blown away by the custom watercolor illustrations done for this wedding invitation, below:
Rock climbing, camping and their dogs – how perfect is this bespoke invitation with watercolor illustrations?
As we bonded over our love of visiting the post office, mail and the written word, I knew that they were very passionate about what they have chosen to do. And that’s what I find inspiring. They apply their personal touch and standard to everything they work on – as if it were their own!
Brooke uses her critical eye cultivated through years of working at a demanding high end stationer to apply that to your invitation suite – be it for 10 people, or 1,000. As they showed me some of their work that typified their varied design sense and abilities, I grew incredibly jealous of the personal touches, quality and colors in the suites I saw.
You see, I designed my invites via a stationer on Etsy, and did yet other parts of my invitation and day-of stationery myself. I look back fondly now, but I cannot tell you how much I regretted my decision one particular night at my friend’s house after I broke her printer for the fifth time and we both got toner all over us like something out of an I Love Lucy skit. If I could do it again…
Paper & Home are extremely service orientated and will take care of you from start to finish – initial design to licking the envelope, essentially. Working with you, they want to take your ideas and turn them into reality to create your couture invitations.
They aspire to have a couple’s proofs back within a week (you can read about their entire design process here) and offer unlimited edits to your pieces. They really want you to be happy with what you are getting and for you to get an unforgettable piece that is one-of-a-kind.
The Coxens also strive to work within your budget, no matter what it might be. In light of that, they are very transparent in their pricing and billing breaking costs down line by line, and offer a la carte services.
Keep in mind they do not just work on wedding invitation suites, either! While in their studio I saw phenomenal birthday, announcement and card designs for all occasions. I love a good electronic card as much as the rest of you, but let’s bring the paper back folks!
Thank you, Brooke and Michael for taking some time out of your busy day and allowing me to step into your studio and world. I can’t wait to see what exciting plans Paper & Home has for 2014!
I encourage you to view more of their designs below, online or to set up a complimentary appointment with Brooke and Michael. They love to talk paper and design and are very welcoming!
A cinema-themed invitation (the couple even requested RSVPs by video!)
Indian weddings are multi-faceted with many different parts and traditions, so it makes sense that the invitations were multi-layered as well!
I was in love with the foil detailing and – can you see it? The little jewel between the E and the T!
Custom map? Yup, they can do that too!
PS: In case you were wondering… the “home” part of Paper & Home? That stems from the other part of their business, home organization. Brooke is a qualified personal organizer. You don’t need to look any further than their immaculate studio to see they practice what they preach.
In my opinion, there are few places in Las Vegas as beautiful as the Springs Preserve in the spring. The budding trees and plants are gorgeous and very inspiring. So it’s a great setting for today’s wedding inspiration photo shoot, which is a total treat for your eyes and full of wonderful ideas if you are going for a rustic desert look.
Photographer Megan Vaughan took part in a wedding inspiration/styled shoot that happened at the Springs Preserve in March. This exquisite event, conceptualized by Chelsea LaVere of Orchestrated Shoots and coordinated by Angelica McDonnell of Green Orchid Events had a “Feather and Stone” desert theme, with faded aquamarine and dusty pink tones, strong graphic lines and shapes alongside genuine turquoise stones with feather details for a softer feel. I love the “turquoise” on the cake by Peridot Sweets!
Adding to the depth of this shoot was fabulous vintage tablewear and furniture from Dirty Dishes and The Wooden Trunk. For a complete list of fantastic vendors who took part in this shoot, please see below.
More photos of this fantastic spring shoot over here!