Jan 06

Little Woman Design Named 2014 Top Pick Best of Weddings!!

Little Woman Design NAMED Top Pick IN THE KNOT BEST OF WEDDINGS 2014

Hatboro, PA (January 5, 2014) – Little Woman Design is pleased to announce they  have been selected as a 2014 ­­winner in The Knot Best of Weddings, a special section featured on TheKnot.com/BOW. TheKnot.com the number-one wedding destination, most trusted by brides.

This is the 2nd year Little Woman Design has been voted the Top Pick for The Knot Best of Weddings. 

The Knot Best of Weddings 2014 provides a “by brides, for brides” guide to the top wedding professionals across the country, and is a must-have when it comes to selecting the best-of-the-best wedding resources. Whether they’re trying to find the wedding dress salon with the best service in Philadelphia, the most creative wedding photographers in Los Angeles, New York’s top cake bakers or Miami’s hottest reception sites, engaged couples across the country want the inside scoop on the best from real brides.

“We are thrilled to have won this award for the second year in a row! We’ve only been eligible for this award for the past two years, so I’m proud of this remarkable achievement by Little Woman Design and the recognition of my wonderful wife’s work,” said Michael Magro Jr, General Manager of Little Woman Design and its parent company Trilogy Event Design.

“Thanks to all of our couples who took the time to write such lovely words about my work,” said Francesca Staffieri, Principal Designer of Little Woman Design and its parent company Trilogy Event Design. “I’m looking forward to working with more fantastic couples in 2014. Cheers!”

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About XO Group Inc. XO Group Inc. (NYSE: XOXO), is a global media and technology leader devoted to weddings, pregnancy and everything in between, providing young women with the trusted information, products and advice they need to guide them through the most transformative events of their lives. Our family of premium brands began with the #1 wedding brand, The Knot, and has grown to include WeddingChannel.com, The Nest, The Bump, TheBlush.com and Ijie.com. XO Group is recognized by the industry for being innovative in all media – from the web to social media and mobile, magazines and books, and video – and our groundbreaking social platforms have ignited passionate communities across the world. XO Group has leveraged its customer loyalty into successful businesses in online sponsorship and advertising, registry services, ecommerce and publishing. The company is publicly listed on the New York Stock Exchange (XOXO) and is headquartered in New York City. Follow XO Group on Twitter @xogroupinc.

For more information, please contact weddingreviews@theknot.com.

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Aug 01

Sarah and Michael's Please Touch Museum Wedding

We had a great time working with Sarah and Michael and their families on their wedding invitation suite and day of stationery for their wedding at the Please Touch Museum! Located in Philadelphia, PA, the Please Touch Museum is quite a unique venue offering couples a fun yet fancy site to host their wedding. Think Alice in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter, and the Statue of Liberty (what?!). When Sarah and her mother met with us, they took immediately to Francesca's unique style and knew that it would be a perfect fit for Sarah and Michael's wedding invitation suite. 

They asked Francesca to custom illustrate Sarah and Michael's wedding day avatars on riding on a carousel. This design formed the centerpiece of the invitation which was printed on metallic white paper and mounted into a yellow pocketfold.

The front of the pocketfold featured a monogram card, while the rehearsal dinner invitation, brunch invitation, and RSVP card all carried the Please Touch Museum theme throughout the stationery.

For their day-of stationery, they requested seating cards and a floor plan chart for guests to reference. The focal point of the reception room was the arm of the Statue of Liberty holding the torch. Because they were naming each of their tables after a candy bar, Sarah and Michael wanted guests to have the chart to reference where their table would be.

We had a blast working with Sarah and Michael on their wedding stationery, and we wish them all the best on their new life together! 

If you would like to set up a free consultation with Francesca, email us at francesca@littlewomandesign.com or call 267-481-4093.

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Sep 10

Introducing… Little Woman Design!

Little Woman Design Video from Little Woman Design on Vimeo.

Videography by BG Productions

As we approach our one year anniversary of opening Little Woman Design, we are constantly looking at ways to not only expand our products and services, but also promote ourselves as well! We have many things in the works for the next six months that we will be able to share soon enough, but what we are most excited to share with you today is a video properly introducing ourselves as well as showcasing some of our portfolio!​

When we opened our website, our About page was lacking photographs of ourselves! Sure there were biographies of Francesca and me, but we wanted people to be able to put a face to the names! Enter our good friends at BG Productions!​

Cathie and Al are the husband and wife team who own and run BG Productions – a fantastic photography/videography team! We met Cat and Al when we were shopping photographers and videographers for our own wedding. Sitting there in the Starbucks across from these amazingly talented professionals, we clicked immediately with their personalities and style and hired them on the spot for our wedding! And, from many of the photos that you have seen on our very site, you can see the art and craft that Cathie brings to her photographs, bringing our work to life on the screen.

​When it came time to have professional headshots done, we turned to Cathie and Al! In speaking with them about having headshots, we also began to talk about having a video produced. One that would properly introduce us to the guests who visit our website. One that would tell the story of Little Woman Design. And, one that would properly showcase my amazing wife's talents. 

On Thursday, July 19, 2012, Francesca and I nervously became the stars of our own video. It now adorns the home page of our website, and can also be seen at the top of this very blog! We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it! 

Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below!​

Special thanks to Genevieve Scoleri from Glamour Me Fabulous Make-up for providing Francesca's hair and make-up services, and Laura Eaton of Soiree Philadelphia for allowing us to film in the space. Most importantly, thank you to BG Productions! You guys rock, and we can't thank you enough:)​

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Jul 18

A Collaborative Relationship

We look at our relationship with our clients as a collaborative one. After all, it is their ideas and vision that form the foundation of the work we do! Our hope is to bring their ideas to life in a way that is consistent with their personality, taste, and needs.

Little Woman Design is taking this collaborative relationship to the next level by utilizing a project management software called Basecamp that gives our clients a dedicated digital workspace for their designs! Once our clients sign with Little Woman Design, they will be given access to the site in which they will be able to do any number of the following:

  • Upload photographs of images that inspire them
  • Upload the wording they would like on their stationery
  • View their proofs and leave comments
  • Ask questions and participate in discussions with our team about their designs
  • View their calendar of scheduled proofs, payments, etc
  • Stay up to date with all of our new products and services as they are announced

This workspace will enable us to keep all discussions, files, images, and other important documents all together in one place that both we and our clients can view!

Finally, Little Woman Design will also be using RightSignature, a service that will allow our clients to electronically sign their contracts. This will allow us to keep our contracts digitally, and reduce our carbon footprint even more! 

Both of these services we will be making available to our clients free of charge! We pride ourselves on making our relationships with our couples a fun and stress free one, and this is another way of helping us make that happen!

If you would like a free consultation with Little Woman Design, please contact us

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Feb 28

In Due Time …

Every couple approaches their wedding planning in different ways. Some couples prefer to let a wedding planner take the reigns and plan each aspect for them, while others must stay in control of even the most minute details. As there are differences in the how every couple plans their big day, there's also many variations on the when you should accomplish different tasks in the planning process. And, the timeline for planning begins with the day that you get engaged—not when you announce your engagement to your family and friends—and ends with the wedding day itself. While this all seems obvious, it's worth remembering because time moves quickly and your big day will come up before you know it! 

Timelines are important to us here at Little Woman Design, and we have made it part of our process to develop a timeline for each and every one of our clients who want customized stationery. With every wedding and wedding planning experience being unique, it's difficult coming up with a one-size-fits-all timeline. However, we thought it would be helpful to offer our advice on when different pieces of stationery should be designed and ready to go. After all, it's great to dream of having a wedding theme that carries through your wedding, from the save the dates to the seating cards, but you may not be able to realize the dream if you wait until the month before your wedding!

We have outlined one timeline with both a 12-month and 6-month starting time. We certainly do not want to discourage couples who have less than 6 months until their wedding day, but we want to offer a realistic approach to planning your custom designed wedding stationery! The timelines we have developed assume that you want save the dates, wedding invitations, thank you cards, and other miscellaneous customizations. 

12-months/6 months: Interview and hire your Wedding Stationer/Graphic Designer. Your guests will need to know the details of your wedding: where is it, what are the menu options, how formal is it. Unless your planning on inviting your guests using Facebook or an Evite (but this is your once in a lifetime wedding, not a bar-b-que!), you are going to need to communicate these details to your guests! Some couples forget that it's just as important to meet and hire a stationer around the same time as your photographer, venue, or caterer. After all, it is your graphic designer who will carry your theme, color palette, etc. throughout the entire planning process and your wedding day. During your first meeting, you will also want to come up with a list of the printed items you need for your wedding day, so that your stationer can come up with a comprehensive proposal. 

6-12 months: Send out your save the date. There are several factors that go into when and if you should send a save the date. Most books and advice columns concentrate upon one—how many guests are you inviting from out of town? If you are inviting quite a large number of out-of-town guests who would need to make arrangements to get to your wedding, then you should send them out a year in advance. We are going to also advocate for another reason to send out your save the date early—when are you planning to get married? Are you marrying during the summer months when people normally plan their vacation time a year in advance? Are you marring on on a holiday or over a holiday weekend? In these instances, the sooner you send out your save the date the better! One final reason to decide upon sending out your save the date would be to do something fun and whimsical which you might not normally consider doing for your formal wedding invitation. 

6-9 months: Design your wedding invitation set. Would you like letterpress or digital printing? Embossed or engraved? 100% recycled or 100% cotton (also eco-friendly) paper? There are so many options to choose from, and it would be best to start early so that you get exactly what you want in a wedding invitation. As an engaged couple, you should be able to let your designer know what you'd like, and let them present to you the best way in keeping with your budget to accomplish it. 

4-5 months: Calligraphy. Yes, you can address your invitations yourself, but you're going to have enough to do in the months leading up to your wedding! Trust us, between addressing thank you cards and potentially save the dates, you will more than have your fill of writing out addresses. Nothing classes up an invitation set more than having calligraphy for at least your outer envelope. When your guests receive their invitation, they'll be wowed from the get go, and not likely to leave the invitation unopened on their hallway table. Outside of selecting different lettering styles, you can customize the color ink used as well. Imagine a black envelope with white calligraphy! Calligraphy takes time, so you should plan on getting your envelopes to your calligrapher around the 4 month mark to ensure that you have enough time. 

3 months: Send out invitations. Sure, you want to get your invitations out so that your guests can decide between the Surf and Turf or the Pan Roasted Wild Salmon. But the other reason you need to send out those invitations at the 3 month mark is so that you can have your RSVP deadline set to 6 weeks before your wedding. Why? You're going to need to know a total head count, and probably a count of the number of dishes as well to provide to your caterer or venue. But, it's not just meals that hinge on your final count! Table numbers, quantity of centerpieces, even the size of your wedding cake all rest on your final tally. And, no matter how much you will wish it is not the case, you will need to allot yourself enough time to track those stragglers down who haven't returned their RSVPs.

2 months: Thank you cards. While you may think you don't need your thank you cards until after the wedding, you will be surprised at how many wedding gifts you will receive before the wedding—even from guests who are planning to attend the big event! Getting your thank you cards early will mean that you can make a small dent in writing them out. One caveat: if a guest does plan on coming to your wedding and gives you a gift prior, it may still be a good idea to send the thank you out after the wedding so that you can include how appreciative you are of the fact that they attended your wedding.

3-8 weeks: Miscellaneous customizations. Whether you want a custom designed seating card, or one hand lettered, you won't be able to have them done until after you get your RSVPs as you will need to know both the names of the guests coming as well as the table number they are sitting at. Or, maybe you want tags for your wedding favors, a custom made footer for your photo booth picture, or your own personalized cocktail napkins. While the designs of these items should have been done weeks before this timeframe, you should be taking delivery of the majority of these items at least one or two weeks prior to the wedding day.

We hope these tips will help you with getting the wedding stationery of your dreams! While this may seem overwhelming, it is up to your wedding stationer/graphic designer to devise a timeline for you! It will help make this part of your wedding planning experience a fun and stress-free one!

Special thanks to Lynda Asprinio from Write Away for You for providing us with the calligraphy photograph used in this article, as well as being Little Woman Design's go-to person for our client's calligraphy needs!

Have a question about devising a timeline? Want to know how long it will take to have a custom illustrated save the date created? Post a comment below, or email us at francesca@littlewomandesign.comWe'd be happy to hear from you and answer any of your questions!

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