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Friday, May 30, 2008

Love Birds by Carlson Craft wins Louie Award!

Love Birds by Carlson Craft took home the Louie Award at this year's National Stationary Show in New York. This award recognizes the best greeting card and stationery products of the past year. Out of the more than 1,000 entries, a total of 193 made it to the final round of judging. The entries, in 63 different categories, were submitted from more than 150 publishing companies from all over the world.

Featuring the popular gate-fold design with shades of teal and brown, this invitation is sure to turn heads of anyone receiving this in their mailbox!

This design is from Carlon Craft's Something Different catalog, a collection of unique and one-of-a-kind invitations that truly escape the ordinary.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Inflorescence Invitation by Carlson Craft

Wow! I just can not believe how popular the Inflorescence Invitation by Carlson Craft has become this year! The inquiries and orders for it just keep coming. It really shouldn't be a surprise though....it is a beautiful invitation ensemble with 2 features that keep bringing people back....it is a Pocket style invite. This style has become the hottest trend in wedding invitations to hit the market in some time and I expect will continue to draw traditional as well as modern brides alike.

The second feature is the design.....cherry blossoms. Asian-themed designs are much sought-after for their beauty, simplicity and the wonderful life lessons they stand for.

Take a look for yourself and tell me if you don't want to just fall right into this invitation:

What are some of the other poplular styles are there? Do you have a favorite? Let me know, I'd love to post them here.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Stamps and Wedding Invitations

Well, the post office has done it again....raised the price of sending something via the USPS. And since their last raise, just over a year ago, things have really gotten complicated in terms of sending things thru the mail. Take your #10 envelope. Just plopped on a .42 cent stamp and you should be good to go....as long as it is 1 oz or less and is less than 1/4" thick. If any of those variables change....say your sending something bulky or multiple papers that make it thicker than normal, they charge additional postage for BOTH the weight increase AND the fact is a "non- machinable" envelope (basically someone has to hand cancel and code it).

So why bring this up? Well, I can't image a more complicated envelope to send thru the PO these days than wedding invitations . With bows, wraps, bling and other items affixed to modern invitations, trying to figure out and budget for the postage is quite the job! Since most people figure out their wedding budgets soon after they get engaged, buying an invitation some 6+ months later can completely throw your budget completely out of whack!

I just recently had a client come by to pick up their envelopes that I had addressed. She gave me some stamps to send some envelopes out that needed to be re-done and I commented on the .90-some cents it was costing her on each envelope. She said "We needed additional postage because the envelope was considered large AND non-machinable. On top of the response envelope stamp, it cost her OVER $1.40 per invitation to mail them. With 169 invitations to mail...well, I think you get the picture.

So, a word to the wise when creating your invitation budget....plan for the most amount of postage possible. Remember to keep in mind that square envelopes, over-sized envelopes (anything larger than 6.25" in height) and over 1/4" thick will trigger additional postage costs. If you end up going with the traditional invitation, at least your budget won't have suffered. But if you go with a fancier, less traditional style of invitation, your budget can allow for it and everyone will be happy!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

2nd Location open in Naperville, IL!

We are pleased to announce the addition of a 2nd office located in Naperville, IL. Jackie, my SIL and the one I originally started the business with has re-joined the team and will be working out of her office in Naperville. We are incredibly excited to have her back on board! LPD originally started in Naperville and was a HUGE success there, servicing the growing West and South suburban population. Having this new office location will allow us to once again provide computerized calligraphy, printing and invitation services to this large section of Chicago suburbia.

Our phone lines will remain the same, with the Fox River Grove office fielding all calls and inquiries. If you are interested in dropping off or shipping your envelopes to us, give us a call and we can set up the best location suited to your needs.

WELCOME BACK, Jackie! We are happy to have you here!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

McPhersons Invitations and Accessories now available!

We have added a new line of spectacular line of invitations from McPherson's.

McPhersons was established in Sunman, Indiana, in 1954 as a part-time mail order venture providing printing services for the medical and dental professions. In 1965, McPhersons expanded into the wholesale wedding invitation industry, and the Bride & Groom® line was introduced.

Since that time, they have added several wedding, social and holiday lines. Still located in southeastern Indiana, McPhersons is committed to providing quality printing and impeccable service.

In addition to their McPherson's own line of invitations, they also carry Paper Duvet, quality recycled products from Naturally Ever After, as well as plenty of Classic Favorites!

I offer a 30% discount on all McPherson's Invitations!

It has also been recently brought to my attention that Carlson Craft no longer allows discounts on Jean M., Royal Doulton, Eduardo, Disney, Precious Moments, Chloe B., Naturally Ever After and Paper Duvet products. While unfortunate, I am allowed to offer specials on those products. So, if you would like to purchase invitations or announcements in those lines, I will 25 invitations/announcements FREE if 75 or more are purchase thru Letter Perfect Designs. That means, if you buy 75, you pay for only 50, if you buy 150, you only pay for 125, etc. In addition, I am offering FREE GROUND SHIPPING in the 48 continental US for products purchased in these non-discounted lines only.

These special offers ONLY apply to the lines listed above. Orders can not contain any items from other lines and can not be combined with any other offers. When checking out, just list FREE SHIP/FREE INVITE in the Special Instructions. You will not see any of the the specials applied to your cart. I will manually adjust your invoice and send you a new total.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Thanks, and happy shopping!

Friday, May 2, 2008

Birchcraft Invitations Now Available!

We are now pleased to offer Birchcraft Wedding Invitations and Accessories!
Birchcraft Studios has been a trusted name in the wedding business for over 20 years, and has justly earned their reputation for attention to detail, accuracy, and speed.

We offer a 30% discount on Invitations and 10% off accessories as well as dedicated customer service to help you find just the right style for your event.

We are also working on adding McPherson's Invitations and Programs soon, so keep checking back!