Basic Invite: Your Colors, Your Style, Instantly

At Perfect Wedding Guide, we are all about local. We love to promote our local professionals and hook them up with brides and grooms to-be. Every once in a while, however, we come across a hidden gem that we can’t help but share with all of you! Located in Saint George, Utah, we are so excited to show some love to our Four Corners neighbors at Basic Invite.

Basic Invite offers a wide range of invitation and stationery options, unlike any other online invitation or stationery store. Basic Invite is truly a professional, high-quality and, of course, trendy online stationery boutique. And best of all, you can have custom invitations delivered right to your door!

Seriously! I perused through their wedding stationery and they offer everything from cool save the dates, invites and programs to menus and table place cards — you name it, they have it! And if your maid of honor is planning your bridal shower, they also carry cheap bridal shower invitations.

Not to mention, they also carry Pinterest worthy invitation styles including gold, rose gold and silver foil, real wood (yes, I said real wood) and their newest addition, clear! With countless customization options, you can be certain your invitation will truly be as unique as you! Take a look at some of their darling designs and custom options.

Almost Unlimited Colors

Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card with over 180 mix and match color options. You can make sure your card is exactly how you want it — down to the smallest detail.

Instant Preview & Custom Samples

Basic Invite also allows customers the ability to instantly preview and order a printed sample of their actual invitation so they can see exactly how their unique design will look before they ever place their order. Once you receive your sample, you can make any changes to order exactly what you want.

Modern + Fine Script Fonts

Basic Invite has developed new technology to preview complex script fonts with all of the swirls and swashes you love. They offer high-quality fonts like those we see all over Pinterest (for a fraction of the price). And you can preview the text on your invite in any font instantly.

Over 40 Different Colors of Envelopes

Basic Invite is just as colorful with their envelopes as they are with their invitations. Customers can choose from over 40 different colors so that they can make their invites stand out before they are ever opened. All envelopes are peel and seal so your envelopes can be quickly and easily secured.

Over 200 Wedding Invitation Sets

For your convenience, each of their wedding invitations are part of a set. You can find everything from save the dates to wedding invitations and enclosure cards, wedding menus, wedding programs and even matching thank you cards! You can easily design a cohesive look throughout your entire wedding stationery.

Free Address Collection Service

What’s worse than ordering beautiful invitations, only to have the presentation ruined by placing your recipients names and addresses on the envelopes with ugly labels or sloppy handwriting? Thankfully, Basic Invite offers free address collection service with just three simple steps: share a link, collect addresses and get free envelope printing!

Keepsake Guest Books

Perfectly personalized wedding guest books are the perfect addition to your wedding day stationery. Don’t settle for a mass-produced guest book from your local craft store. With a sophisticated cover and well-designed pages, it’s the perfect opportunity for your guests to leave sweet words and well-wishes with style in a custom wedding guest book.

Start designing your custom wedding invitations at Basic Invite today. You can quickly and easily create a beautiful, one-of-a-kind invitation at your convenience and from the comfort of your own home.

Did I mention? Basic Invite also has lots of freebies! Under printables, you can find gift tags, place cards and so much more. All for FREE!

For all your wedding stationery needs, be sure to visit Basic Invite!

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Haute Downtown Engagement: Brooke + Mitch

Growing up in the Duke City it’s no surprise that Brooke would want to announce her engagement with photos from the heart of her city. Although our bustling metro is quite popular for engagement photos, no two shoots are ever alike — especially, with the different styles and personalities of every couple. As you can see, Brooke and Mitch are no exception!

And with a photographer like Maura Jane Photography, you can’t expect nothing less than photos that make you feel like you were a part of the crew. At the sight of these captivating images, the sound of traffic zooming by, the chatter of passerby as they look on in wonder and the shuttering of the camera beneath the orchestra of city life burst from every photo.

Starting out on the street of gold — Gold Avenue, that is — Maura snapped stunning photos of the pair against the pearly-white columns of the oh-so popular Occidental Life Building. As they explored the area hand in hand, Maura captured candid moments of the couple at the foreground of a cityscape rich with culture, making sure to stop at buildings strewed with street art and local favorites like Deep Space Coffee.

As they made their way to Route 66, their final stop was at the historic KiMo Theater, where Brooke and Mitch made arrangements to display their names overhead, announcing their engagement in style. If you can’t get enough of Brooke and Mitch, stay tuned for their stylish, haute pink wedding. Want a hint? The theme of their wedding: the fashion namesake of an iconic brand!

Brooke and Mitch met at the gym in Utah where they attend college. He proposed by cutting a diamond ring into a pumpkin to signify their second and most memorable date at a pumpkin patch. Brooke grew up in Albuquerque so she really wanted to display her love for her city and her hubby-to-be with a downtown engagement shoot.

While visiting her family for Christmas, Brooke and Mitch managed to squeeze their engagement session between wedding planning and the chaos of the holidays. We walked all around the bustling metro, exploring alleys and coffee shops and stopping in front of fun and unique buildings such as the KiMo Theater.

This sweet couple recently got married in Albuquerque at Noah’s Event Venue and we are so excited to share this gorgeous wedding with all of you!

— Maura, Maura Jane Photography

Photos by Maura Jane Photography

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Red Doc Farm Engagement {Manny + Melinda}

Located in Belen, New Mexico, about 35 miles south of Albuquerque, Red Doc Farm was the perfect location for Manny and Melinda’s picturesque engagement shoot. After all, this vast cattle ranch is where they first met. And as fellow kin of the farming and ranching community, announcing their engagement any other way would be downright unnatural.

Captured by Maura Jane Photography, with large green pastures and the famous sunset of the southwest landscape as their makeshift studio, their engagement shoot was picture perfect. And seeing how these two lovebirds look at each other, makes it obvious that they are head over heels. As you can see, these two are literally a match made in ranching heaven!

Manny and Melinda both grew up with the farm and ranching lifestyle and decided there was no better place to take their engagement pictures then at Red Doc Farm, where they met and fell in love. One special day Melinda’s dad asked Manny to go pick up some bales of hay he had left on the field at her grandparents farm. After some of the bales had been picked up Manny asked Melinda to check the tool box in the truck for some gloves. Upon opening the took box, Melinda found a bouquet of flowers inside. Confused, she asked everyone why her dad had flowers in the tool box. Manny took her hand and led her to the tailgate of the truck where he got down on one knee and asked her to be his wife. We are so excited to share their adorable engagement session! Congrats Manny and Melinda!

— Maura, Maura Jane Photography

Photos by Maura Jane Photography

Congratulations, Manny and Melinda! We can’t wait to see your wedding!

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It’s Finally Here! Bride’s Night Out 2017

One of our favorite events of the year is finally upon us! Ladies grab your BFF and head to Hotel Andaluz for Bride’s Night Out! — a boutique wedding show unlike any other. There will be lots of wedding professionals ready to show off their unique products and services to make your day one to remember.

This is going to be a fun-filled night with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment. Not to mention, the first 50 brides will receive a custom Bride’s Night Out tote filled with all kinds of goodies! Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to meet the best, local wedding professionals.

Snag a free ticket with code “FBEvent” when you pre-register HERE. Purchase additional tickets for $5 online or $7 at the door. And don’t forget to take advantage of the complimentary valet parking on Copper, courtesy of Hotel Andaluz. We can’t wait for you to experience the best wedding show in town!


Thursday, June 1, 2017 | 6-8PM

Hotel Andaluz, 125 2nd St NW

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Photos by Matt Blasing Photography

Check out this video from Bride’s Night Out 2016!

A special thanks to Matt Blasing Photography, Classic Event & Tent Rentals, Complete Weddings + Events, and 2U Films for being so generous with your products and services and making Bride’s Night Out 2016 a huge success! We couldn’t have done it without you!

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Share the Love: Pennysmiths Paper

Recently, I had the pleasure of stopping by Pennysmiths Paper to do a brief interview with the manager, Crissi — who, by the way, is an absolute delight. With all the recent engagements and wedding plans quietly coming to life in the minds of brides across the city, we wanted to let you in on the hidden gem that is, Pennysmiths. The colorful papel picado hanging across the ceiling and the fancy stationeries placed intricately throughout the shop makes this sweet boutique a paper lover’s dream!

As a lifelong resident of the north valley, I have been a regular at Pennysmiths, which has been locally owned and operated for 38 years. Like my own family, Pennysmiths has been serving generations of families within the community and beyond. Crissi explained that it’s not unusual to have out of state guests drop by just to have their invitations and stationery created by Pennysmiths.

The moment you walk in, you will be greeted by the sweet team of fellow paper connoisseurs, eager to help you find the perfect gift for a loved one or start creating your invitations and wedding stationery from scratch. Specializing in creative invitations and fine stationery, including save the dates, place cards, programs, agendas and so much more!

For everyone looking to have custom invitations, Pennysmiths offers a free one hour consultation. Not only will you receive one-on-one attention, but you will have the freedom to choose quality paper from top paper companies along with in-house printing services. Whether you want five invitations or 500, they can deliver! Take a look at some of their amazing work:

Photos Via: Pennysmiths Paper

Before leaving, I made sure to ask Crissi if she had any advice for those of you in the market for wedding invitations. Of course, she had some awesome advice to share with us! Jot down these tips to get your plans started in the right direction:

  1. It is never too early to get started! Everything starts with the invitation. It sets the tone, so you want to create something that will reflect the event and give guests a glimpse into what they can expect.
  2. When planning your guest list, give a writing pad to both sets of parents to write down names of guests. As you compile your master list, you will be able to compare notes, ensuring you don’t forget ol’ aunt Betty!

At Perfect Wedding Guide, we love to build community one perfect wedding at a time! If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit Pennysmiths Paper, stop by today and start planning yours.

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Trending in 2017: Modern Stationery

Now that you’ve set a date and your wedding plans are underway, you’re probably antsy to get your save-the-dates in the mail! But one thing remains, you still need to figure out the style you want for your wedding stationery so you can get your invitations off the press and in the hands of your guests.

Before you settle on any old invite, however, we want to let you in on the stationery trends of 2017 and save you from making the much dreaded mistake of outdated design — and whatever you do, don’t go rustic on us! These days, it’s best to think outside the box with textural, watercolor, geometric and informal stationery designs.


When it comes to texture, don’t be afraid to rock the natural designs of agate, geodes and marble on your invitations. This new craze is everything but traditional and sending an invite like this is sure to leave an impression!

Photo By: Emily Katharine Photography
Photo By: Emily Katharine Photography


Watercolors are the perfect choice if you want to set a softer tone with a modern edge. A watercolor style stationery is the perfect balance between modern and whimsical if you’re designing a wedding with nature in mind.

Photo By: Bright Room Studio
Photo By: Bright Room Studio


With the craze for all things modern, geometrical style invitations are the way to go! Geometrical designs demonstrate the innovation of the millennial generation and our modern age, without skimping on beauty.

Photo By: Dahlia Press
Photo By: Dahlia Press


These days, millennials are more interested in spending their money on experiences than material possessions and their wedding is no exception! Not only do they want to have fun, but they want their guests to have fun as well! Informal invitations like these, definitely set the tone for a wedding that is sure to entertain.

Via:, By: Geekink Design

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Tanoan Country Club’s Spring Wedding Show

Spring is in the air! Along with the flowers blooming and birds chirping also comes the Tanoan Country Club’s Spring Wedding Show. Tanoan Country Club is one of the premier wedding venues in Albuquerque and their Spring Wedding Show this Sunday is all about you!

You will have one-on-one attention with your favorite wedding professionals and enjoy champagne and hors d’oeuvres as well as wedding cake samples from Simply Sweet by Darci. And as you mingle with other engaged couples, enjoy your favorite wedding hits by Dream Factory Productions.

Come and celebrate your engagement and the warm weather with us and start planning your wedding with the top wedding vendors in the city!

Tanoan Country Club’s Spring Wedding Show

Sunday, March 12, 2017 | 12:00 to 3:00 PM

Tanoan Country Club, 10801 Academy Rd NE

Tickets are complimentary for the bride/groom. 

All other guests are only $5 at the door!

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Be sure to mark your calendars and join us this weekend!

You don’t want to miss out on this amazing opportunity to meet local wedding vendors and get your wedding plans off the ground!

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