Staying on track with your wedding Stationery




Bridal Show season is here…it is the time for staying on track with your wedding Stationery. Our custom book markers are a great way to keep the “stationery” ball rolling- We have given our clients tips on what to do and when to do it. Where are you on the “stationery” timeline? (based on a perfect world of a 12 month engagement)

12-9 months: Congrats you are Engaged!

SAVE the DATES can be sent

Start getting that guest list together. Make sure you check with all the important people, so you don’t forget anyone on the list.

6-8 months: Lets talk INVITES…Custom Invites can take a bit longer, so we want to begin the dreaming, creating, and designing stage with you. We love to make a great FIRST IMPRESSION with our invitations!

What about the envelopes? Do you have nice handwriting?…Calligrapher? Digital addressing? Just NO WHITE LABELS please-…sorry just NO

Other items to think about and ponder….Will you be my Bridesmaids cards, Thank You Notes, Rehearsal Invites, Day After Brunch, Custom Guest Bag Maps

Lets get those INVITATIONS ordered…time is a-wastin’ your guest are excited when they arrive in their mailboxes.

6-8 weeks: Time to mail the invites. (10-12 for destination)

POSTAGE TIP: Don’t get too excited to run off and buy your postage…Please wait until you have a completed invitation suite and make sure you have the whole piece weighed. Hand Cancel is the best way to go with your paper investment.

It is during this time we can chat about Menus, Table Numbers, Favor Tags and any Food Signage that might be needed. FOOD TIP: Make sure to have labeled food tags for passed trays or buffet stations. Guests will not have to ask what is in everything if they have dietary restrictions.

3-4 Weeks: You got Mail! woo-hoo…it is so exciting to get mail that is not a BILL! Don’t stop now-

2-3 Weeks: We are back in your life looking for the names to set up your ESCORT CARDS and Seating CHARTS

Phew, this has been a long and meaningful relationship that we have built over our timeline…we love to see the pictures so please share when you have a moment!

Best of Luck on a long and happy marriage…remember us when you hear a friend has gotten engaged, we LOVE referrals!

Happy Paper!





CURRENT thoughts: Pondering a bit of what was said at the #TossTheBouquet workshop on Monday about branding and staying true to it. My BRAND is COLOR, my days don’t pass without using COLOR. Watercolors, acrylics, papers, inks… COLOR. I dug up this old post and am sticking to it! While a lot of tweaks have been done on my blog and website, my PASSION of how I design and why, has not changed. I LLLLLOVVVVE color and creating! When you choose Carol Woldhuis Designs, we don’t start the “painting” until you start the “talking”…With a BLANK “canvas”, we listen carefully and feel your emotions all the while “reading” YOUR visions. We want your invitations to be YOU- Not Beth, not Susan, not even Carol…YOU!  So the “THUMBPRINT” I use on my business cards is the very “STORY” behind who we are and the blending of our clients visions mixed and stirred up with our creative comprehension. Side NOTE: The mixing of three primary colors (red, yellow and blue) can get you ANY COLOR on the color wheel.  As humans, our vision is derived from three cone cells (called trichromats) The combination of those three cone cells, let’s us see in FULL color. So can we take that rose and make it peach, or yellow..or David’s Bridal Sangria… YES! We can customize our artwork for your color theme and vision. FUN FACT: The answer to the question – “Are black and white colors?”  – is one of the most debated issues about color. Ask a scientist and you’ll get a reply based on physics: “Black is not a color, white is a color.” Ask an ARTIST or a child with crayons and you’ll get another: “Black is a color, white is not a color.” (Maybe!) . I like to use both…so to me they are in my “paint-box”. custom artwork carol woldhuis designs REPOST: Recently I have taken sometime to tweak our “brand”.  I am so excited about our new business cards! Using the thumbprint swirl on the front has always been my logo of choice. To me the swirl is  “the STORY” …where ART meets Stationery. When a client comes to us, we start with a blank canvas, mix all their ideas and visions together to get just the right color palette and end result. Our designers then collaborate to create the perfect invitation suite possible. The back of the business card shows 8 different sketched images, (that part might have been for me)…so I don’t get bored with the artwork (haha). Branding our business has been a great challenge at times, my most important point I always try to feature is we are truly “CUSTOM”. The sky is the limit when it comes to your dream invitation. Our PASSION for our art and designs in embedded into YOUR stationery, you are getting more than just an invitation when you choose Carol Woldhuis Designs. Lets chat soon, we would be proud to work with you on your event! –Carol

Birds of Paradise Wedding Invitations

Catching up on posting a few of your past jobs. Today we are featuring the vivid Birds of Paradise wedding invitations that we created for Stephanie and Rich who planned a very quaint ceremony back in March in Kona, Hawaii and now are planning a fun and tropical reception slash after party. When they came to Carol Woldhuis Designs back in October, Stephanie had already tried to put together some invitations, but just wasn’t what her “dream” was.

The original wedding was to all take place in Hawaii but later the couple changed a few details and we made some shifts ourselves. The idea of the boarding pass fit perfect for a tropical, destination celebration and we all felt it would serve as a great invitation still when planning the celebration. After talking more with the couple in the design stages, (like most consultations)…a relationship is built. We discuss all sorts of things, and listening to Stephanie talk about her son and how they will be a family of three. I found it fitting to use the birds of paradise flower.

Birds of Paradise: Strelitzia /strɛˈlɪtsiə/ is a genus of five species of perennial plants, native to South Africa, also known as the crane flower. Most often the bright orange spokes that pop out come in a grouping of three…two usually pop first and then the last. What a great concept for blending a family of three. At least that is how my “artist mind” thinks sometimes.

We had fun with the wording, keeping the etiquette proper but making the wording about the couple’s personality.

perforated Reply card

Vibrant hand painted Birds of Paradise Wedding Invitation
Using the rich gold shimmer tones on the boarding pass cover gave a balance to the vibrant watercolor image. Not stopping there, the design team added the extra “shimmer” to the flower which gave it that finishing touch! The clients were great to work with and were overjoyed with the end result.

Birds of Paradise Wedding Invitations
As we say at Carol Woldhuis Designs…where ART meets Stationery. Interested in creating that special one of a kind invitation for your next event? Let’s Chat and dream up a perfect one-

Stephanie and Rich found us in Wedding Guide Chicago magazine, check out our featured watercolor Chicago Guest Map in the latest issue!


Stamps ….can add to your invites!

As an artist, I am not one for the “flags”…not that I am not patriotic. I just feel that we have been blessed with “FUN” stamps to use. (Otherwise, all we would have to choose from was flags…Post Office people, please don’t ever do that) I know it might take a bit longer at the Post Office to figure out which of the many designs to choose, and no one really cares…BUT people do! …and artists like myself designed them for people to use. When you send out your mail try using one of the “FUN” stamps, it is bound to make you smile!…Plus it looks like you cared, from the outside of your invite to the inside-