Wedding Vendor Spotlight: House of Catherine



Having seen her work at The Big Fake Philadelphia, a bridal show alternative complete with an emotional vow renewal ceremony, light bites and a dance-party reception, where the talented vendors created a wedding out of Edwardian England (think Downtown Abbey) we had to reach out to the talented wedding invitation designer House of Catherine. Based out of South Jersey, House of Catherine offers a full-range of wedding stationery. 

Tell us about House of Catherine: 

Fast forward through tons of art classes, Art College and other education, I had just gotten engaged over Christmas in 2012 and started my wedding planning. When I realized I disliked everything about the mass produced invitation websites, I decided to create my own. That was my calling and purpose, I truly believe it. From there, it was all word of mouth and truly took off. I have been creating stationery for weddings, birthdays, announcements, and anything else. I rebranded my company about a year ago and it has been an amazing roller coaster ever since.

What services do you provide?

We provide all stationery needs, truly. I have created for countless weddings, baptisms, birthdays, Bar Mitzvah’s, parties, and corporate needs. Wedding invitations, logos, day-of wedding paper (menus, programs, table numbers, and wedding signage) I receive the most requests and can get more creative. Weddings I love designing and do the most for!

Where do you and couples draw inspiration from?

The first thing I ask my couples when I meet them is to tell me their story. It allows me to get to know them and lets me see them interact with each other telling a story. I ask them what they like and what do they do for a living. All of these things can tell a lot about a person’s style, besides them just telling me about their wedding colors. I also ask them for their wedding song, it’s a fun thing that i like to do. I incorporate that some how in to all of my couples’ wedding invitations, they absolutely love it.




How do you develop a relationship with your couples?

I always end up getting close with my couples, especially the brides. It’s such an involved process from start to finish, it’s almost inevitable. I’ve even ended up getting invited to a few weddings! I try to give my experience and my advice from what I have gone through in the design process, and also just by working with so many brides. I’ve been married for almost 5 years, so I’m able to give them some marriage humor too!

How does the process work? How far in advance should couples start designing?

The time frame is what works for you personally and how much detail you would like. I start with consultation, my couples give me their dates, and the design process starts from there. I keep the couple extremely involved in the process. If you are starting your invitation process 5 months before your wedding date, then Save the Dates probably wouldn’t be necessary. The Save the Date design process should start 10-12 months prior to date and go out between 6-12months before your wedding date, all depending on what type of wedding you are having. All wedding invitation designing should start 5-6 months prior to your wedding date and they should go out 6-8 weeks prior to wedding date, sometimes more depending on the type of wedding as well.

Why go with custom wedding invitations? What sets you apart?

I feel custom invitations sets a standard for yourself and your event. Everyone feels special with anything custom made! This is your creation and no one else will have it. Minted is a wonderful company and I admire so many of their designs and marketing strategies. However, to have a truly unique design and piece of art to show everyone, you always have to go custom. Your vision is limitless and anything is possible when you start from scratch. For House of Catherine, I really love to incorporate unconventional items into invitations (such as buttons, clips, torn fabric), meaningful items that make people think (quotes, music lyrics), and have a unique appearance. I want people to talk about my couples invitations for months, even years.




I created this company for the everyday woman, just like myself. I wanted to truly create a wedding invitation and not spend a fortune. However, we can also create some pretty costly items, so there is no minimum or max! My couples’ budgets range very largely and I love designing for everyone! Everyone can find my pricing guide on our website, and anyone can have a consultation with me. What I have been seeing lately are invitation suites (save the dates, invites and thank you cards) ranging from $10-$15 a suite, and that’s actually very doable for a lot of brides. That type of pricing especially works with our timeline we give and payment breakdown. You can get something absolutely luxurious and break the payment up over a couple of months.

Favorite wedding invitation trend?

I love SO many different styles and trends, it’s so hard for me to commit to just one. I think that’s why I work well with so many different types of couples! Right now, I am really loving the industrial-chic. It’s very minimal and lots of negative space, incredibly unique and you can do so many personal details with them. I am also loving handmade paper looks, very Edwardian and Victorian. Adding wax seals and vintage handwriting (calligraphy) to the paper adds a certain level of luxury. Again, I love so many things, but those are my favorite right now!

Non stationery advice for brides?

Enjoy your wedding process and go with your gut. Don’t let anyone make you second guess your decorative choices! Most importantly, have fun with your future spouse! This is such a special time and it goes so fast, I wish I could relive our wedding day a thousand times over.


Photo credit: MLE Pictures



Real Weddings: A Rustic Farm Bucks County Wedding at the Historic Stonebrook Farm



Jesi and Alex’s wedding at the Historic Stonebrook Farm in Perkasie, Pennsylvania is the epitome of a rustic and farm inspired wedding.  The Historic Stonebrook Farm in Bucks County was the perfect venue with its historic field-stone barn that was built in 1837.  (It used to be a dairy farm.) It made such a gorgeous background for the ceremony and photos. (Did you catch the violin player during the ceremony? Swoon!) We are loving the photo of the bride and groom on the vintage bicycle-so cute! 












Photographer: Melanie Weitzenkorn Photography

Venue: Historic Stonebrook Farm in Perkasie, Pennsylvania

Real Weddings: A Late Winter Rustic Wedding at The Gables at Chadds Ford Part Two



Michael and Morgan’s rustic wedding at The Gables at Chadds Ford had so many details that any bride would love. For placecards, guests were given keys with a vintage inspired cameo tag that matched their wedding invites. Each table featured a poem with a famous love quote like this one from Sleepless in Seattle with the quote “it was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together… and I knew it.” The wedding guestbook featured wooden circles that guests signed before dropping down in the frame sort of like the game Plinko.  (Similar guestbooks can be found on Etsy by the store WeddingGuestbook.) The stunning wedding cake featured greenery and dusty pink roses to make it both romantic and rustic.  The make your own S’mores bar and coffee bar were perfect finishing touches for a late winter wedding, as was the sparkler send-off. Such a gorgeous wedding! 














Ceremony & Reception: The Gables at Chadds Ford in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania

Hair & Makeup: ONLO Beauty

Florist: Green Meadow Florist in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania

DJ: Silver Sound DJ – Marty Smith

Cake: Maggie Fry

Dress: Mon Cheri by David Tutera

Photography: Samantha Jay Photography




  • We are loving these nautical wedding invites from local vendor @Paperwelldesigns. Such a gorgeous color combo for a Jersey Shore wedding! #nauticalweddings #beachweddimgs #jerseyshoreweddings #oceancityweddings #capemayweddings
  • You know you’re from Philly or NJ if you looked at this cake and said “that’s a lot of jimmies!” We are loving this fun and whimsical wedding cake from The Bake Works in South Jersey! #southjerseyweddings #jerseyshoreweddings #jimmies #sprinkles #weddingcakes #weddingcakeinspo #oceancityweddings #capemayweddings
  • You know you’re from Philly or NJ if you looked at this cake and said “that’s a lot of jimmies!” We are loving this fun and whimsical wedding cake from The Bake Works in South Jersey! #southjerseyweddings #jerseyshoreweddings #jimmies #sprinkles #weddingcakes #weddingcakejnspo
  • We are loving these placecards from local NJ based vendor Salt and Hay Studio. We love wedding placecards being crisp fresh leaves with gold lettering instead of paper.  #cheesesteaksandsoftpretzels #cspweddings #phillyweddings #njcalligraphy #weddingplacecards
  • We are loving these nautical wedding invites from local vendor @Paperwelldesigns. Such a gorgeous color combo for a Jersey Shore wedding! #nauticalweddings #beachweddimgs #jerseyshoreweddings #oceancityweddings #capemayweddings
  • We are loving the beaded racerback details from Paloma Blanca in this dress! We just can’t get enough of stunning back details. For brides…
  • A great idea for your seating chart to handle those last-minute arrivals who swear they sent in the RSVPs! #weddingplacecards #funnyweddings #weddings
  • Perfect #weddingbouquets for a winter wedding with pinecones, greens, white roses, and succulents. Photo: @samanthaclarkphoto #winterweddings #bridalbouquet #succulents #succulentbouquet #pinecone #pineconebouquet #diy #diybride #realweddings #phillywedding #phillyweddings #cheesesteaksandsoftpretzels #cspweddings #realphillyweddings #phillybrides #jerseybride
  • This adorable red barn makes the perfect backdrop on a snowy, wintery day in Chester County, Pennsylvania! See the entire Real Wedding held at the Brandywine Manor House on the blog! #realwedding #chestercountyweddings #paweddings #phillyweddings #cheesesteaksandsoftpretzels
  • A semi-naked wedding cake adorned with pink peonies/roses for a #rusticwedding at a farm in #SouthJersey at Cecil Creek Farm #southjerseyweddings #njweddings #seminakedcakes #rusticweddingcakes #rusticweddings #farmweddings #farmweddingcakes
  • Engagement photos in an alley outside of the Painted Bride Art Center in Old City Philly-we love the mosaic walls! #engagementsession #engagementshoot #phillyengagement
  • The “Love First” sign outside of the Painted Bride Art Center is a perfect place for engagement photos in Old City Philadelphia. Photo by Nicole Lois Photography
  • This gorgeous blue door/wall is under the Ben Franklin Bridge in Philly and provides the perfect engagement shoot background!
  • A rustic woodland themed wedding cake that showed off the couple’s personality with a World of Warcraft cake topper #worldofwarcraft #workdofwarcraftcaketopper