I am obsessed with handwritten thank you notes. I believe there is power in snail mail for hundreds of reasons; but that will have to be for another blog post. (Because I would roll on and on and on and on and on and on about it.)
Because of my love of the good old USPS, it was a no brainer when Katie from Basic Invite reached out to me to ask if I would be interested in testing out their online card design system. Thousands of thank you notes at my fingertips? Absolutely.
Basic Invite, based out of Southern Utah (USA Based businesses for the win!), has gone above and beyond the “template” world of online ordering. They have hundreds of gorgeous designs that you can 100% completely totally customize to your liking. They have 180+ colors to chose from (and they’ll even mail you a handy printed color sheet!) and over 100 fonts which makes designing exactly what you want super easy.
So Basically, I have said goodbye to boring thank you notes. (“Basic”ally, see what I did there? 😉 )
And the best part for all of my brides out there, they have FULL wedding invitation suites! Save the dates, invitations, RSVP card, envelopes, accommodations, etc. So if you want a wedding invitation that is truly you, but don’t quite have it in the budget to splurge on an artist designed fully custom suite, Basic Invite is an amazing option! They’ll even mail you printed samples so you don’t have to guess from a computer screen how it will print!
I have already used every single one of my thank you cards (good thing I photographed them as soon as they arrived!) and can’t wait to order more. I am especially excited to try out their “Modern Clear” line which launched shortly after I placed my first order.
Basic Invite also sent custom notecards to all of the gals that went to Colorado with us. So obviously, I had to take a photo of my favorite one (because, coffee!) with the Colorado Red Rocks.
Katie was also sweet enough to share a discount code for all of you to receive 15% off your order! Just input 15FF51 at checkout!
Happy Snail Mail!
This line sounds a little bit like it should have come from Yoda, but it didn’t. These three words were coming from everyone possible in the photography/creative world. Blogging was the number one marketing strategy I heard over and over and over again when I first started this little photography business 3 years ago. Everyone who said it has slightly different advice, but the bottom line was always the same: blog everything you do, every shoot, every wedding, every meal you eat, and every thing you could possibly have to teach someone.
So I tried. We tried to post “at least twice a week” (and still didn’t feel adequate because we were continually told blogging every day is better). I also tried to take in every piece of blogging advice I could get, which, if you have ever gotten advice about anything in life, I am sure you can understand that every person has something contradictory to say from the previous advice-giver which makes finding GOOD advice incredibly difficult.
After spending way too much time (and energy) on a platform that was bringing more stress than clients, Ryan and I decided it was best to take a hiatus from blogging. We pulled the blog link down off our website, archived our “things you must blog” list, and threw up the big “Peace-Out” fingers to the anxiety it was bringing. And we haven’t once regretted it.
But now we’re back (from outer space… thanks for letting me drop those I Survive Lyrics).
We spent more than a year out of the blog-o-sphere and in that time we have learned a lot of things about ourselves, about our business, about what purpose a blog would serve us and our business no matter what anyone else said we or our blog should be doing.
So get excited. We certainly are. We can’t wait to start sharing our business and our lives with you again. But this go-round, we are doing it entirely on our own terms, and honestly, we think you’ll like it better this way.
And a final note, because we know how flippin’ cute it is and we know you want the scoop: that perfect watercolor notebook is from May Designs!