2018 Midwest Wedding Vendors

There are so many things that I would do differently if I were getting married again (to my Superman, of course).  Not only knowing more about the industry than a fresh-out-of-college graphic design student would, but knowing specific vendors who I would want to work with.

So I have decided to have list (updated annually) of my preferred vendors—who would I want to work with for my big day—people who create quality work in a style that I find relevant to today's wedding trends (just say "no" to the pom-pom style wedding bouquets), and people who I know that I can trust.

 
Find the Top Midwest Wedding Vendors for 2018.  A complete list by wedding professional, Katrina Crouch, the artist behind Blushed Design: Wedding Invitations and Fine Art Portraits
 

WEDDING PLANNER:

Rhiannon Bosse | Full service; Day of Coordinating; Florals
I love her sense of style and the way she runs the show.  I recently listened to a podcast style Instagram-live and I loved what I heard/learned.  She is organized and thinks ahead, which is exactly what you want in a wedding planner.
Ines & Marie | Full service; Day of Coordinating; Styling
Romantic and elegant.  They run a full show and can offer help with florals, paper goods, styling and renting furniture

PHOTOGRAPHER:

Samantha James Photography
A recent discovery for me, but I was instantly hooked!  One thing I can definitely say that I regret from our wedding day was not taking the time to look for a quality photographer.  You have that with Samantha, and she's a sweetheart to boot!
Kristen Cloyd Photography
I love this girl!  Based in Chicago, I love her light and airy style as well as her personable and genuine heart.  A newer photographer to the field, she is quickly making a name for herself

Honorable Mention:
If she had not moved down south, than I would probably call Alison Chang for our photographer.  I've worked with her in the past and absolutely loved the finished results and how she was able to help everyone relax and feel comfortable.

FLORIST:

A Day Design | Florals; Event Planning
If I chose one of the planners above, I would likely use their floral services, but I do often find myself crusting over Shelby's work.  I haven't worked with her myself, but she has a great reputation.
Curtsy and Bow | Florals; Planning
I have had the pleasure of working with Robin on a styled shoot this past year.  She is a doll, very personable and down to earth, and her bouquets were stunning.  Definitely my favorite part of the entire shoot.

VENUE:

The Detroit Institute of Arts | Walter B. Ford Great Hall
The hubby and I are both artists and I can't believe that I didn't think of this venue when we were married a few years ago!  I love the idea of celebrating in this beautiful environment with the white marble and the elegant pillars... I would definitely consider having our ceremony and pictures taken here!
Greenfield Village; The Henry Ford
I am a history lover, and one of my favorite places in the world is Greenfield Village.  For an outdoor ceremony, I would probably choose Pennsylvania Courtyard or the Coltswold Cottage.  The Lovett Hall Ballroom would be a beautiful reception location—and I love the idea of pictures in the Prechter Promenade.

WEDDING INVITATIONS:

Blushed Design| Custom Wedding Invitations and Fine Art Portraits
Of course, I would design my own wedding invitations!  I did originally, but there is a lot that I would change if we were getting married again.  Can you say "handmade paper"? haha
If you are interested in starting your custom wedding stationery design process, I would love to hear more about your story and the dreams you have for your big day! 

SOMETHING UNEXPECTED:

Unlike Juliet | Wedding Magazines
Betsy is a gem and we have been instagram buddies for a few years now.  Her wedding magazines are brilliant and I am hoping to snag one of her business versions in the near future!

The Bride's Guide to Wedding Stationery : Paper Types

At Blushed, we primarily work with 3 to 4 different paper options.  I strongly believe that, just as the atmosphere can dictate the overall mood of a romantic evening, your paper choice will dictate the mood of your stationery and the wedding itself.  The type of paper that you choose will also dictate what printing methods that you can use and the cost of your suite as a whole.  The wonderful thing about having a custom design is that you can mix and match your papers to create the perfect suite just for you.

Wedding Invitations Paper Types.  Smooth paper, perfect for foil printing, watercolor wedding invitations, letterpress wedding invitations and beyond.  Blue Watercolor version by Blushed Design, Wedding Invitations & Fine Art Portraits

120lb - Smooth Finish

This lovely paper (shown above as the "details" card) has crisp edges and a smooth surface—perfect to show off small details in artwork and/or watercolor.  It allows the beauty of the artwork itself to shine rather than a more prominent tactile experience.
This first option is the most budget friendly offered at Blushed.

The recommended forms of printing for this paper finish includes:

  • Flat printing

  • Foil, though I generally recommend the other options for this

 

240lb - Smooth Finish

This option (shown above as the foil invitation) is similar to the first option discussed above, except that it is twice as thick.  The added weight of this second option gives the invitation suite a more luxurious feel and opens up more printing options than the lighter version.  The same benefits apply here too: a smooth surface and crisp edges allow for the artwork in the suite to shine—details are crisp and shown off beautifully.

The recommended forms of printing for this paper finish includes:

  • Flat printing

  • Foil

  • Letter Press

 

Italian wedding paper with a soft deckled edge gives just the right amount of romance to your wedding without sacrificing design!  Learn more about the other wedding paper options and which printing methods work best for each at blusheddesign.com  |  Blushed Design, Wedding Invitations and Fine Art Portraits

Italian - Textured & Deckled

If you are a detail lover, this is for you!  This beautiful Italian paper gives your invitations that unique, handmade look and (literal) feel that you have probably been drooling over on Pinterest.  The gentle texture on the surface of the paper is similar to watercolor paper, and instead of a crisp edge, this paper is has an uneven edge that naturally occurs when the paper is created (known as a "deckle").  The texture gives this beautiful paper a delicate feel before the artwork is even added to it!  Spoiler alert—this is a personal favorite of mine at the moment!
The recommended forms of printing for this paper includes:

  • Flat printing

  • Foil

 

Handmade paper for wedding invitations.  What kind of paper to use for your wedding, the pros and cons of each and the printing methods that are recommended in this handy little guide.  Blushed Design, Wedding Invitations & Fine Art Portraits

Handmade Cotton Rag - Textured & Deckled

The final paper option has the lovely surface texture and the most delicate deckled edges!  Literally made by hand, this beautiful paper option is a great way to showcase stunning calligraphy and simple illustrations—allow the paper itself to shine!  If you have never seen or explored the idea of handmade paper before, some of my favorites are Fabulous Fancy Pants and Pressed Paper.
As you might have already guessed, this paper option is the most expensive of those listed.

The recommended forms of printing for this paper includes:

  • Foil

  • Letter Press

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A simple guide to wedding invitation papers for the fine art bride.  Learn about handmade paper, what can be printed on it and how it effects your bottom line in this handy little blog post by Blushed Design: Wedding Invitations and Fine Art Portraits
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A simple guide to wedding invitation papers for the fine art bride.  Learn about handmade paper, what can be printed on it and how it effects your bottom line in this handy little blog post by Blushed Design: Wedding Invitations and Fine Art Portraits
 

I hope seeing pictures of all of these paper options was helpful as you start to dream up your future wedding invitations!

If you are interested in starting your custom wedding stationery design process, I would love to hear more about your story and the dreams you have for your big day!  Simply fill out this questionnaire and I will contact you soon with a custom price proposal.  I can hardly wait to meet you and get started on your one of a kind heirloom