Greenery + Berries in a Nebraska Winter Wedding

I honestly can’t believe it’s taken me this long to put together a blog on this fabulous couple. Not only because I feel their wedding was so long ago (yes, like 10 months ago), but more because Jocie and I have talked, emailed and texted so many times since their wedding day that it’s unlike any other bride I’ve worked with.

But first, their wedding invitations.

When I met with Jocie I could tell right off the bat she was one of those brides who knew what she wanted, she just needed someone to put her ideas into motion. And those are my favorite brides. Greenery was #1 on her list. Lots of greenery. But the one element she always had to make sure I put on everything is berries. The berries that would pop throughout the greenery on her wedding day were small, but very important. I wonder how many times she had to email me, “don’t forget to put berries on it.”

We came up with these amazing invitations that showcased the greenery that was at their wedding. And berries. Of course the berries. We wrapped the invites with a light grey belly band with their monogram front and center on top of that. We kept it classic with an off-white envelope as well.

And the wedding day items…I love when I get to help with these fun pieces. We did a bar sign, bathroom signs, no cell phone sign, gift bag tags and my favorite…custom cards for her bridesmaids and her new groom who loves to mow. I mean, this man really loves to mow.

The icing on top of the cake for this amazing couple’s wedding is that they were featured on the cover of Wedding Essentials magazine. One would have thought I was on the cover when I saw it and squealed in joy. Check out WE’s magazine online.

Like I mentioned, Jocie and I have shared a few texts since January. One being the news that they are expecting! And no kidding, I think I was the third person to know as she needed some custom cards to surprise her family with the news. I’m looking forward to meeting Baby Kobes soon!

Jocie + Owen
January 20, 2018

Ceremony: St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church

Reception: Founders One Nine

Dress: Ready or Knot

Suits: Tip Top Tux

Photographer: Brett Brooner

Videographer: Tyler Johnson

Floral: Creating Atmosphere

Cake: Cake Creations

Transportation: Nebraska Party Bus

Wedding Coordinator: Creating Atmosphere & Pop, Fizz, Clink Events

3 Things to Consider Before Starting Your Guest List

It’s the most painful part of wedding planning: the guest list.  I mean, where do you start?  How many people can we invite? Where do you draw the line?

Before you even open that Google doc to type in your uncle’s address, consider these 3 things before your start.

1. How many people can your venue hold?

Seems easy enough, right?  But many times people over invite thinking some of their guests won’t show up and you’ll fill the venue perfectly. But what if that cousin in Ohio decides they want a little vacation for her family of 8 and your wedding is a great getaway? Things happen.

Find out the max capacity of your venue and stick with that number at first.  If your list grows past that, consider the 80/20 rule.  80% of your guest list will come; 20% will decline. 

2. Who’s wedding is this?

What do you mean, it’s ours, right? Yes, kinda.  There are some people who raised you (*cough cough* your parents) and they may have a list of their own.  Keep in mind, if you have parents that are contributing financially to your wedding, it’s best if they can invite people they want to invite.  Even if they’re not, be considerate of your parents and their own lists.

3. Openly communicate with your fiancé on who you’re inviting

If you want to invite your second cousin who you haven’t seen in 10 years, be ready for your fiance to want to invite his second cousin who he hasn’t seen in 15 years.  Have an open discussion with your significant other on who you want at your wedding.  Is this going to be the biggest party the city has ever seen?  Or do you want something more intimate with family and close friends? Understand the vibe you want before deciding who to invite.

Wedding Guest List, guest list, Dana Osborne Design, wedding invitations, custom wedding invitation, invitation designer
3 Things to Consider Before Starting Your Guest List, Wedding Guest List, Dana Osborne Design
3 Things to Consider Before Starting Your Guest List, Wedding Guest List

Bright & Beautiful: Omaha Spring Wedding at CityLight Church

Pocket Wedding Invitations were a perfect match for this spring wedding.

We’re in a neutral world. The color tones I often see for weddings in the past two years have centered on neutral colors…ivory, white, blush, gold. I’ve designed for those weddings and I still honestly love that color palate.

But when a couple embraces their own thing, my heart jumps for joy. Mainly because I can work outside of the norm and know that this couple is down for it.

Enter in Jessica & Trent. They wanted an elegant and formal look to their wedding but they wanted to embrace that they were getting married in early spring. Their bright turquoise and raspberry colors tones worked so well as the blossoms were in rare form on the budding trees in early May. It’s kinda like they knew spring was going to come a bit late this year and they’d coordinate well with Mother Nature.

We designed pocket invitations for Jessica and Trent with pops of their raspberry accent throughout.   I love the timeline we created on their ceremony programs as well. He asked her to marry her the same way he asked her to prom….for real, people. Is that a dream or what? And the Thank You notes are perfect with one of their beautiful wedding photos from Daniel Dunlap Photography.

In fact, check out all these images from Daniel Dunlap. I don’t think he could have captured this beautiful spring day with this beautiful spring wedding any better.

Jessica + Trent
May 5, 2018

Ceremony: City Light Church
Reception: Hotel RL
Dress: Bridal Traditions
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Suits: Bridal Traditions
Photographer: Daniel Dunlap
Videographer: Foster Creative
Floral: Taylor’s Flowers
Cake: The Cake Gallery
Transportation: Nebraska Party Bus & Rockstar Party Bus
Rentals: AAA Rentals

Downloadable Wedding Guest List

The guest list could be the hardest part of wedding planning.

I provide my couples with a template to get them started. This template helps you stay organized and is exactly what I need if we’re printing on your envelopes.  I have a lot of tips included on this excel sheet, so make sure to check those out!

Enter in your info below and I’ll send you an email with your guest list template!

Downloadable Wedding Guest List Template, Free Guest List Template, Wedding Guest List, Excel Guest List, Dana Osborne Design

Download Wedding Guest List, Wedding Guest List Template, Dana Osborne Design

Sunflowers, Sunshine and Smiles: Rustic elegance at The Players Club Omaha

I met Chrissy at an All About Weddings Omaha Happy Hour.  Here, other vendors and I meet couples who are engaged, have drinks, eat cake and hopefully help plan their wedding.  This is when Chrissy confessed that she stalked me on Instagram and knows she wanted me to design her wedding invitations.

Ultimate compliment.  We became friends fast.

I met with her and her mom and got her wedding style down pat.  Sunflowers.  Bright, cheery…pretty much summed up this gorgeous bride’s personality as well.  Throw in some lilac purple and sage green and I knew what I wanted to design for this couple.

I definitely brought in a sunflower look with these invites and after looking at the photos from her wedding, I LOVED how everything coordinated perfectly.  Sunflowers: check.  Smiles: check.  But sunshine? 

wedding invitation sunflower omaha nebraska dana osborne designWell, it was a bit cloudy on wedding day.  But you can’t tell from the smiles on Chrissy & Collin’s faces.  I’m pretty sure they lit up the room everywhere they went.

Congrats to this fun couple!  Thank you for letting me design your wedding invitations and here is to a lifetime of sunshine, sunflowers and smiles!

Photographer: Kimberly Dovi Photography
Venue: Divine Sheperd Lutheran Church, Omaha
Reception Venue: The Players Club at Deer Creek
Wedding Planner: Lindsay Elizabeth Events
Videographer: Clark Young Videography
Florist: Fancy Plants
Cake: Cake Creations
Dress: Ellynne Bridal
Bridesmaid dresses: Ready or Knot
Guy’s Wear: Men’s Wearhouse
Makeup: Joe Bohac from Colour Artistry
Transportation: Ollie the Trolley
DJ: Pat Geho from Complete Weddings
Jewelry: Elisa Ilana

marriage wedding couple prayer omaha, nebraska wedding invitations omaha, nebraska

What to expect when you hire an invitation designer

You finally got the ring from the person you know as your best friend. You’re in 100% wedding planning mode.  You have booked the venues and have already thought about the day you try on wedding dresses (what am I kidding…you’ve thought about that day your entire life!).  You check back on your Wedding Pinterest board and realize you need to separate that into distinct planning sections (dress, cake, decor, etc).  And as you browse Pinterest almost daily, you realize…I need someone to help me with some of this stuff.

Does that sound like you?  If so, you’re the perfect bride to hire a designer like myself.  You know what you want.  You know your style.  You can make decisions once you see the amazing options in front of you.  That’s you.  And if that’s you, you’re the couple I want to work with.

I get so lucky to work with so many great brides and grooms over the 10 years I’ve been working with client and couples.  And there are a few traits of these couples that make things easy.  Our expectations align.  So I wanted to jot those down to my easy list of :


1. Trust me.  Easier said then done, right?  I mean, you have your binder and timeline and shouldn’t we be staring to design my invitations for my November wedding in April?  I mean, that’s what the timeline says!

Slow down.  I got ya.  And that’s trust.  I will make sure your invitations are in your hands before you need to put them in the mail (which is usually 2 months before your wedding day, unless we talked differently).  I would lie to you if I didn’t sweat some timelines myself.  But then that’s on me and I’ll rush ship or print things to get them into your hands in time.  I promise or I’ll make it right some other way.

2. Let me show you some new things. Pinterest has given us a world of beautiful things at our fingertips.  I get many photos shown to me for inspiration, which I love!  Here’s the thing…some designs aren’t meant for you.  I had a bride once who wanted a monogram like the one she showed me.  Wonderful!  I love monograms.  But her name started with a B, and her future husband’s name started with a J…and I don’t want their wedding invitations to have a monogram on them that also refers to anything that would make your grandma blush. 

So I was able to show her a few different things that would work and she ended up loving our creation even more.  So don’t be afraid to see something different. 

3. Communicate with me.  I say this in my Wedding Invitation Guide I send out to couples when they book with me: be honest with me.  I’m designing for YOU….YOU need to like what I do.  If you don’t like something, tell me.  You are not hurting my feelings. 

I have developed some very thick skin to criticism of my work over the years.  I do not take it to heart.  My heart would hurt more if we get everything printed and done and you tell me you didn’t really love it.  UGH!  Then tell me that before we’re done!  We’ll keep working on everything!

4. We can do anything together.  I’ve gotten this line lately: “So you’re like a one stop shop?”  Uh, yes.  But that sounds bad in marketing so I don’t ever say that.  But I can design anything for your wedding day and I’ll make sure we’re staying consistent on the look and style we created.   I love new ideas so if you have something crazy or unique or just want to know if I can help you with something, let me know!  I’d say 95% of the time I will say COUNT ME IN to your idea.


So those are just a few things to keep in mind when you hire an invitation designer.  Looking back at my points, those are also good points for your upcoming marriage too.  Kinda fun connection, huh?

 

What to Expect When Hiring an Invitation Designer, custom wedding invitations, wedding invitation design, Dana Osborne Design, wedding invitations
Wedding Invitation Designer, What to Expect, Dana Osborne Design, Custom Wedding Invitations, Save the Dates

Mint and Modern Rustic: Nick & Anna’s wedding at Noah’s Event Venue

Modern rustic.  Two crazy words together. But being in the wedding industry, I can have a couple say something like that and I know exactly where they’re headed.  Mainly, rustic but no burlap.  Bring in some classic elements and don’t be afraid to make it stylish, but fun.

Enter in Nick and Anna who came to me with that style with a fun mint green wedding color to play with. And what I loved about their wedding invitations, is that we weren’t afraid to use the mint at all.  Mint colored envelopes had to catch the eyes of their guests when they opened the mailboxes.  These were fun, classic and original for their wedding day.

The thing that I loved most about this couple was their wedding day items.  Of course, I always point out ceremony programs as something to have wedding day.  But for them, the list continued on and on and on.  I was blown away but super excited at the same time. 

I’m trying to think if I can even list these things off the top of my head.  Here it goes:

Ceremony programs
Napkins
Koozies
Table Numbers (with their baby photos!)
Custom Signs
Seating Charts
Engraved wood frames (for parent gifts)
Gift Bag Tags (the only one I did have to look up to remember)

These pieces made their wedding day even more personalized for the couple. And that’s the element of surprise that I love.

Noah’s Event Venue in Omaha was the perfect location for these two and the amazing Brett Brooner did an amazing job (as usual) capturing their wedding day.

Congrats, Anna & Nick.  Wishing you a lifetime of happiness!

Kira & Kyle – Rocky Mountain Bride Feature

When I see my invites in print or on a national blog, I get kinda gitty.  I got an email before Christmas that Kira and Kyle’s 2016 Montana destination wedding would be featured in Rocky Mountain Bride magazine.  Merry Christmas to me! 

I still constantly show off their invites to new couples.  This was one of the original invitations I designed with a water color floral look.  She was right on trend and I loved that I could create this beautiful design for her. 

Check out the feature here.  And thanks to RMB for featuring this beautiful wedding and beautiful couple!

New Name – Same Me

I’m so excited to announce the launch of my new brand, Dana Osborne Design.  This has been something that has been in my head for awhile but so afraid to push the button.  I mean, it’s been a lot of work.  And finding time to do something like this on top of invitations and graphic design work has been hard.  But it’s down a reality and I couldn’t be more happy.

dSy designs and dSy invitations started in 2008 when I designed my own wedding invitations and was moonlighting for businesses on the side.  I guess I didn’t know I’d be where I’m at today at that time.  dSy is a nod to my maiden name, Sayler.  D (for Dana), Sy (for Sayler – pronounced Syler).  When I thought of that, it was not suppose to be d-s-y designs.  It was one word…dee-sy.  But that never caught on and I got tired of correcting people, so I went with what people said.  dSy. 

As the years went on, I started designing more and more for couples for their wedding day.  I found a true passion here.  I love hearing the dreams about wedding day.  What the style will be.  The colors, the textures…you get the point.  I can about design the invitation in my head when I’m first talking to a couple. 

And I constantly get affirmation that I’m doing something great.  The reviews I get from couples are always gushing about me.  Yes, about the invitations…but mainly about me.  My “customer service” to put a business tone on it.  I will knock down a brick wall for my clients if I had to.  And trust me, there have been situations that about came to that point.

The words I get from clients who are over-the-moon happy with how everything went is what drove me to make this change.  “Dana was fantastic.” “She was the best decision we made for our wedding.”  I’m a humble person, so these words are even hard to type. But I had to listen to those words. I create relationships with the couples I work with. I insert myself into the most important day of their life and I work as if it were my own. I want everything perfect. They deserve that. Their love deserves that.⠀

Thus, Dana Osborne has turned from a girl with a dream of freelancing to an all-out brand.  There is more to come for this…my name, my brand.  Right now, I’m just taking it all in.