The White Welcome Bag Edit

There are many approaches to building your welcome bags. Often brides and grooms will include one of each of their favorite snacks or local treats, but another way to design welcome bags is by color! I put together a collection of my favorite white goodies for welcome bags to help you build your wedding gift bags. I focused on quality treats, small portions and of course pretty packaging! (Affiliate links are included in this post.)


Behind the Scenes: The Studio

When the studio location moved from Lincoln Park to Wilmette, I did not have an interior design plan and just repurposed furniture I had from the previous location. Over the past couple of years, I have slowly worked on the interior design, displays and decor to best showcase the stationery designs. For those of you who have not visited the studio, here is a tour of the space and some of my favorite elements.

IMG_5313 copy.jpg

I kept the color palette simple and clean to create a nice bright canvas to let the design work be the main focus. I chose a soft grey wall color, white furniture with organic accents; butcher block countertop, jute baskets and table runner. Also, there are some frames and other accent pieces in brushed gold, white and black, keeping with the simple classic style.


I love high ceilings with the oversized windows and all the natural light they provide while I am painting. My favorite part of my studio is the chandelier that displays some my invitation samples. It was inspired the famous Zettel'z 6 Chandelier by Ingo Maurer, that I have loved for years. I felt like it was a fun and creative way to show my samples!

I recently added the watercolor wall of examples of custom watercolors I have painted for clients. I framed my work in classic white matted “Irvine” frames from Framebridge in an array. (Affiliate links included)


Shop this post

(Affiliate links included in this post.)

How to get the perfect photos of your wedding invitation

There are so many details to plan for your wedding day, so to get the perfect photos of your wedding invitations and other paper goods I put together some advice for brides.

Carly and John’s wedding photography by  Patricia Lyons , styling by wedding planner  Anne Book , invitation design by  Charm Studio  and calligraphy by  Stacey Shapiro .

Carly and John’s wedding photography by Patricia Lyons, styling by wedding planner Anne Book, invitation design by Charm Studio and calligraphy by Stacey Shapiro.

Choose a photographer

When selecting your photographer notice their photos of paper goods and make sure you like how they style and shoot them. Discuss what you are looking for before hiring them.

Plan in advance, starting with the save the dates

As you begin to design your paper goods, order an extra specifically for photos.

Order an extra for photography

When ordering save the dates and invitations include an extra with envelope and address to be used only for photography. For the address, you might want it to include your maiden name and current address as a nice keepsake for your wedding album. Also, make sure to include all cards and elements!

Make a “Photography box”

Start a “photography box” to have one place where you keep all samples for the photographer. Add the samples in it as you design each paper good so they all stay pristine and ready to be photographed.

Don’t forget the welcome Bags and Day of Elements

Make sure to include a sample of your welcome bags for your photographer too! Make a shot list of other day of details you want included too; menus, signature drink signage, cups, napkins, and more!

Photo Styling

Talk to your photographer ahead of time about shooting the paper goods. Discuss styling elements, backgrounds, florals, trays, jewelry and other accessories to be included in the photos. Collect your styling elements and have them in the photography box ready to hand off to the photographer on your wedding day.

Carly and John’s wedding is a perfect example of beautiful invitation and paper good photographs (below).

Photography by Patricia Lyons, styling by wedding planner Anne Book, invitation design by Charm Studio and calligraphy by Stacey Shapiro. For more photos from Carly and John’s wedding view their gallery.

I hope this helps you prepare your picture perfect photos!


Wedding Reception Essentials

It’s all about the details!

Putting the finishing touches on your reception paper goods makes all the difference for a polished overall look. I have collected some of my favorite examples from weddings I have helped design with tips on how to archive this look for your wedding.

Table Number Holders:

Pretty table numbers are actually really hard to find. I have put together a collection of classic simple and pretty holders and where you can find them.

Abbey and Jeff 2.png
Screen Shot 2016-12-01 at 9.58.17 AM.png


Chargers make the perfect backdrop for your menus, I especially love how it looks with a round menu.

Screen Shot 2016-09-20 at 9.56.24 AM.png
Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 11.09.10 AM.png


A simple acrylic, silver or white frames help subtly give your table numbers, menus and other signage a finished look. I suggest the simpler the better and let the signage and other decor like florals take center stage.

Screen Shot 2017-04-18 at 4.45.43 PM.png

Shop This Post

(Affiliate links included) Acrylic Frames (multiple sizes available, 5x7 shown) | Classic White Frames (multiple sizes available, 5x7 shown) | Silver Harp Holder | Classic Round Silver Holders (also available in rose gold) | Simple “Harp” Style Holders (multiple colors available) | Classic White Frames (multiple sizes available, 8x10 shown) | Oversized Classic White Frame

All photos above are my work from real weddings. To see more photos from these weddings please see the Charm Studio gallery.

How to Send Your Wedding Invitations

The 4 S’s of sending your invitations (stuffing, stamping, sealing and sending) simplified and my list of essential supplies to get the job done right.


  • Place the cards from smallest on top to largest on bottom so that all cards will be seen when your guest removes it from the envelope.

  • Remember to include a stamp on the response card envelope. Most response card envelopes will need a forever stamp, but if your response card has anything 3-D (ribbon, wax seal, etc) or is a square it will need more postage than a forever stamp. More on stamps below…




  • Double check all postage required with the post office you plan to send from!

  • You can ask for “Hand Canceling” so that they won’t go thru the machine, but honestly I think they all go thru the machine anyway now. That is what I have been told and found to be true, unfortunately!

the list of essential supplies For mailing invitations: