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San Jose, CA

Specializing in event stationery (but not limited to), my goal is to give you the opportunity to express your personality and style through design that exemplifies you. With over 10+ years in the design world and loving every second of it, coupled with my innate nature to help others, and being the planner at heart that I am, allow me to provide a one-of-kind design experience. Simply stated, Rita Alexis Design is smitten with all things design.

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Rita Alexis Design blog's mission is to share knowledge for design + paper through super informative and beautifully curated posts. I hope to share my love for wedding stationery and design theory with anyone and everyone interested in the world of design!

Introducing the Ravenna Suite [RAD Minivite Launch]

Rita Garcia

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We're half way through RAD Minivite Wedding Collection introductions! Next up is The Ravenna! A little behind the scenes inspiration:

Ravenna is a city my heart longs for as it is known for its beautiful and colorful mosaics that adorn awe-inspiring churches and architecture. Check out all the cute details on the site today! 

What Brides Had to Say about Working with Me [RAD MINIVITE LAUNCH]

Rita Garcia

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You may be on the fence when it comes to anything wedding-related, which I totally understand. Not only is it your big day, it's major moola you're shelling out! So here's what I have for you. As a designer by trade and a wedding stationery designer by heart, here's what some of the wonderful people had to say about working alongside me:

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“As a wedding planner, I always am sourcing vendors, so when it came to my own wedding, I knew I needed to hire someone that could make me vision come to life. Working with Rita was one of the best planning aspects of my wedding - she offered me multiple options, ideas, and together, we collaborated to make my dream invitation suite. She is now my go-to designer for any client because she listens, offers input, and is able to create ideas you never even knew possible. Her work is beautiful and really captures the essence of the client. I am so lucky to have found Rita and look forward to our growing professional relationship!"

– KELSEY MCMANAMY, K2 EVENT PRODUCTION

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“Planning the details of a wedding is so much more difficult than most could imagine. But, luckily for my wife and myself, we worked with the best. Rita has an uncompromising professionalism, and spot on approach to design. The aesthetics she chose really captured the spirit and atmosphere we wanted with our special day. Along every step of the way, we felt so comfortable knowing she was truly on our team. She's almost as much a wedding planner as she is a designer. Her experience shows through in spades, she really knows what she's doing and never let us feel otherwise. Thanks again Rita, we honestly couldn't have done it without you!“

– ADAM + ROSA BONSEY, INVITATION SUITE AND DAY-OF DECOR

Now, Kelsey nor Rosa+Adam wouldn't lie! If you have any other hesitations, please forward them my way! Now on to the giveaways!

RAD LAUNCH RAFFLE

Today, I'm adding a Personalized Envelope Liners to go along with your invite suite. Yay! Based on your suite choice, I'll design the liner to match! Keep in mind, these are FREE for one winner per one giveaway, but only if you purchase during the Launch! You'll have until April 27th at 10pm Pacific Time to be eligible for the launch. If this sounds like something you're on board with, then go ahead and send me an email OR grab your RAD suite before the launch giveaways end!

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And don't forget all of the other raffle goodies that you become eligible to win once you purchase your RAD Minvite during the launch!

Custom Geo SnapChat Filter•  Personalized Address Labels*  •  Personalized Sticker*  •  Envelope Liners *

*Digital print of 100 quantity.

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Introducing the Positano Suite [RAD Minivite Launch]

Rita Garcia

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*Drumroll* Introducing the Positano of the RAD Minivite Wedding Collection! A little behind the scenes inspiration:
 

Positano is a cliffside village on southern Italy's Amalfi Coast. You’ve seen those scenic photos of quaint homes a cliff bordering the ocean–this is one of those adorable cities. It’s like a whole different world when you’re on the Amalfi Coast–simply breathtaking. I wanted to capture the way the homes, hillside floral motifs kissed the sparkling ocean. Check out all the cute details on the site today! 

Hesitations, Sweet Bride? [RAD MINIVITE LAUNCH]

Rita Garcia

So you're overwhelmed with ALL THE CHOICES. Even if we're narrowing it down to only your invitation suite, there are custom designers (which requires a bit more moolah), online vendors (hello to looking like everyone else), and even your best friend's boyfriend's sister who is a design major (no comment). So let me break down some of your objections to being a RAD bride.   

So you're overwhelmed with ALL THE CHOICES. Even if we're narrowing it down to only your invitation suite, there are custom designers (which requires a bit more moolah), online vendors (HELLO to looking like everyone else), and even your best friend's boyfriend's sister who is a design major (no comment). So let me break down some of your objections to being a RAD bride.


There are more choices on the other sites:

Very true. There are a ton of other options. If one speaks to your heart on those other sites, by all means, answer your heart's desire. However, I'm only selling these for a limited time. So, only the brides who purchase them this year will have them for their 2017/2018 wedding.

I want to change a lot--and it's a template, so I can't:

Oh sweet bride, I have you covered, my dear! With each suite, you are allowed to change the copy (duh) and colors. If you're interested in customizing any further, it's only an additional fee per change. Please check out the FAQ sheet here for more details. Trust me when I say I want to create the suite that represents only you and your love!

But I don't want a template design:

That's well and dandy. Guess what? I design custom suites! You can take a look here at the custom suites I've designed so far. And if you're interested in that route, please look here on the Custom Suite Page for more details.

I love the suites and as cute as the mini size is, I'd like a more traditional size. Is that even possible?

Totally. There will be an additional fee for new sizes (paper and printing cost more!) and a minimal design fee for resizing, but yes, we can totally make this happen.

I want it done and done. Are you quick like the online vendors?

To be honest, I'm a one woman show. You won't be dealing with a computer program, you'll be dealing one on one with me. If you have ANY questions, I'm here to answer them. Essentially, I'm your design secret weapon during this wedding planning season!

Have I answered all your hesitations? If I haven't and you have more, please email me at hello@ritaalexisdesign.com and let me know! I'd be glad to answer any of your questions! Now on to the fun stuff...

RAD LAUNCH RAFFLE

Today, I'm adding a Personalized Sticker to seal your invites or add onto any of your wedding day-of stationery (favors?) or even your thank you cards. Keep in mind, these are FREE for one winner per one giveaway, but only if you purchase during the Launch! You'll have until April 27th at 10pm Pacific Time to be eligible for the launch. If this sounds like something you're on board with, then go ahead and send me an email OR grab your RAD suite before the launch giveaways end!

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And don't forget about all the other goodies in the raffle, as well.

Custom Geo SnapChat Filter•  Personalized Address Labels*  •  Personalized Sticker*

*Digital print of 100 quantity.

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Introducing The Firenze Suite [RAD MINIVITE LAUNCH]

Rita Garcia

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Over the next couple of days, I will be introducing you to the whole gang. Today, I'd like you to feast your lucky eyes on this sweet little thang... The Firenze! First on the RAD Minivite Wedding Collection, I'd like to take you on a a little behind the scenes inspiration:

As I've mentioned before, Italy is my dream country. I was fortunate enough to spend two whole weeks in Italy with my lovebug hubsicle. After visiting a slew of cities, Florence (or Firenze, as the Italians call it) was by far my favorite.

Firenze is the city I fell in love with in Italy. I mean, every city you want to just move right into, but something about the small size of Firenze, the beautiful Tuscan vineyards right out of the city, and all that this small city has to offer. There city of Firenze itself is pretty small, walking distance for sure, although walking all day in sandals, not the brightest idea (rita!). But with churches like the Duomo, views from PIazzala Michelangelo, gorgeous leather bags, tasty Bistecca Florentina (yummy steak according to the hubs), and so much delicious wine, who wouldn't want to set up camp and call it home!

The suite was a myriad of inspiration, but think of it as a nice bike stroll in the hills of Tuscany!

Wedding Planning is Tough Stuff [RAD MINIVITE LAUNCH]

Rita Garcia

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Rewind to December of 2014. Amongst being a newbie at my job, starting a massive project at said job, planning every detail of my wedding, designing every detail of my wedding, starting to even plan my own bachelorette (i know, but planning is in my DNA!)... I had to design my OWN wedding stationery. It was overwhelming--and I'm a designer! Don't get me wrong, I was super excited! However, when your mind is on a million moving parts, it becomes a bit of a challenge.

So, my brides-to-be, I understand where you're coming from. I would have loved a clone of me to do #allthethings. However, here's where RAD comes in. You can hire professionals, like this gal (aka me), to take care of your invitation suite, at an affordable rate, in a mini size, and even enter to win a raffle of some AWESOME giveaways! But these giveaways are only for eligible for RAD brides who enter by purchasing during the launch period. So take a look for yourself!

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So far, I'm raffling off a custom geo SnapChat filter, and today I'm raffling off Custom Address Labels. You see, I'm only trying to make your life easier so you can enjoy your wedding planning process, have beautifully designed stationery, and do it within your budget. You'll have until April 27th at 10pm Pacific Time to be eligible for the launch. If this sounds like something you're on board with, then go ahead and send me an email OR grab your RAD suite before the launch giveaways end!

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Rita Alexis Design Minivite Wedding Collection is LIVE! (+ Raffle Inside!)

Rita Garcia

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This has been a long time coming. I wanted to launch this at the beginning of the year, then on Valentine's Day, and then late March, and now finally, on my sweet husband's birthday! I'd like to introduce you to...

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The Rita Alexis Design (RAD) Wedding Minivite Collection

This collection is here to help those brides who want to have that unique look, but not necessarily have to pay the full custom fee nor spend the months creating that perfect suite (although, she’d love to!) And it's in a cute-as-a-button mini size! Take a look for yourself!

And stay tuned! Throughout the launch period, I will be raffling off 6 additional pieces to those RAD brides who purchase during the launch period. You'll have until April 27th at 10pm Pacific Time to be eligible for the launch. I'll announce on a pretty awesome day (aka my birthday) April 28th!

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RAD LAUNCH RAFFLE

Today, the raffle giveaway is a custom Geo SnapChat filter for your wedding! Yay! Purchase your RAD Wedding Minivite today for your chance at your own personally designed Geo SnapChat filter!

What to Include in your Wedding Invitation Suite (A free cheatsheet!)

Rita Garcia

Brides-to-be, if you're overwhelmed with the wedding planning process and need a little guidance, I have the ticket for you! If you're anything like me, you love yourself a good checklist. In case you ever wanted to dot your "i"s and cross your "t"s on your invitation suite, here's the quick cheatsheet.

Download your free checklist below!

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RAD Wedding Planning Ideation Brainstorm Cheatsheet Freebie

Rita Garcia

You're engaged. Yay! If you've been engaged for a year, or a week, I bet your wheels have been turning on how to make your wedding the best day (and it will be!) Well, if you need a little guidance on how to make your day one that represents ONLY YOUR LOVE, download the Wedding Planning Ideation Brainstorm Sheet below.

After you've gathered intel with this cheatsheet, you can see at-a-glance where you can take your wedding aesthetic. Perhaps he's a big gamer, but you are totally traditional. How about table names that are traditionally designed, but with his favorite games as the table names? A nice compromise.
 

RAD Wedding Stationery Basics Guide (Freebie!)

Rita Garcia

Brides-to-be, when you see a beautifully designed stationery suite and you think, "I WANT THAT," you usually just pin it and move forward, right? Well, with your budget (and heart) on the line, it's worth knowing what's what in the stationery world... and more importantly... how much "what" cost.

Lucky for you, I've broken down what paper types there are and printing techniques in this little stationery guide. Now you'll know if what you want is within your budget. Download your free guide below!

RAD Wedding Stationery Timeline

Rita Garcia

When it comes to #allthethings of wedding planning, it can be utterly overwhelming. I know.

I'm a designer and lover-of-planning, and I was STILL overwhelmed. Luckily for you, as an planner freak AND a designer, I've put together a wedding stationery checklist and timeline for your planning needs. Download your free stationery timeline below!

RAD Wedding Stationery Checklist Free Download

Rita Garcia

With #allthethings to plan for the wedding, thinking of every detail can be a little daunting.

Have you thought about your wedding day-of stationery? Menus? Escort cards vs place cards? Programs? I have a quick little wedding stationery checklist cheat sheet for you to check off as you go! Download it below!
 

RAD Bride Wallpaper

Rita Garcia

Brides-to-be, I have something for you! To commemorate this period of transitioning between Ms. to Mrs., I've designed this adorable wallpaper for you! In between colors, venues, food choices, family "helping you out," and all that in between, you can simply glance at your phone and smile knowing you're going to be a Mrs. very soon!

Download your free wallpaper below!

RAD DIY St. Patrick's Day Mini Party Hats

Rita Garcia

Happy (almost) St. Patrick's Day! While everyone wears green, you'll bring the bright and colorfulness to the party by wearing this fun Mini Party Hat! I know, I know... this isn't exactly wedding stationery... but I love a good paper DIY!

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Alrighty, so here's what you'll need:
 

  • RAD Mini Party Hat Printable
  • Cardstock paper for the crown (or gold cardstock)
  • Colorful Pom Poms
  • Tissue paper or crepe paper
  • Glue gun
  • Double sided tape
  • scissors
  • hole puncher (although, unnecessary)
  • ribbon/string


INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Print out the RAD Mini Party Hat Printable here on cardstock paper (gold for extra oomph)
  2. Cut out the the printable and trim out the holes on the sides (Hole puncher or mini hole puncher works)
  3. String the ribbon/string into the sides of the crown, and either glue-gun, tape, or tie a knot.
  4. Cut about 2 inches high and 8 inches long of crepe paper/tissue paper. Fold the paper vertically in half so now your paper is 1 inch by 8 inches.
  5. Now you're going to either grab your fringe scissors or regular scissors and cut across (not all the way!)
  6. Tape or glue-gun the fringe paper inside the cap.
  7. Now put your hat together and tape or glue-gun it together.
  8. Grab your colorful pom poms and decorate as you please!
  9. Wear it with colorful pride!

Enjoy!

RAD March Lucky Wallpaper

Rita Garcia

For all of my practicing Catholics out there who are doing away with a vice for the Lent season.. I wish you all the LUCK!! And to keep your mind preoccupied, download this adorable wallpaper below!
 

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RAD Gunns in Italia

Rita Garcia

Do you have a dream place? A place you've always fantasized about and have utterly been yearning to visit, but don't really know why since you've yet to experience it? Well, that's the love affair Italia and I have.

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I knew Italia would be the one place I HAD to visit and what better time than a one year anniversary? Mr. Gunderson (Gunn) and I had spent 1 whole year in blissful marriage (well, with a couple of fights here and there because we're normal) and we both wanted to celebrate that with a beautiful experience. 

Of course, I have over 1000 photos and I won't share ALL of those with you :) however, I have highlighted our journey in the images below. Join me as I reminisce about Roma, Firenze, and the Amalfi Coast! 

Roma:

Rome was intense! It has so much to offer and you really never have enough time to experience it all... oh but we tried! From the cobblestoned streets, to the delicious pasta, to the AMAZING architecture, and the friendly, but boisterous, culture we were engulfed, follow us as we take a trip through ROMA!

Firenze:

By far, hands down, my favorite city. It's in the heart of Tuscany and it's oh so precious. Words cannot describe all the fun and delight we experienced here, but I told my husband I want to retire there... so you can tell, I'm a bit enamored. BTW, how fun is it to say "Firenze!" (you have to use your hands when you say it, too!)

 

Amalfi Coast:

To be specific, we stayed in the beautiful Sorrento. Funny side story: My husband's grandparents owned a pizza restaurant in our hometown named "Casa Sorrento." It was fate. :) We opted to skip out on the northern part of Italy (as sad as it was to do) and end our trip with a relaxing time on the coast. We were still able to see the rest of the Amalfi Coast (Positano, Ravello, Praiano), view the Pompeii ruins (with Mount Vesuvius in the back!), and visit the beautiful island of Capri. 

I can't pinpoint any one memory (more like, I'll just tell you the whole trip again) that stood out as better than the rest. It was a trip I will never forget, but hope I get to do again! 

Best,
Rita

2016 RAD Wedding Suite Roundup!

Rita Garcia

Friends! Last year was a whirlwind of learning and creating for Rita Alexis Design (RAD) as it was my first year as a baby business (side hustle, at that!). Although I love learning (even if I wasn't too keen on it at the time) the ins-and-outs of business, like the bookkeeping, legals, sales funnels, etc, my absolute favorite is looking at all the stationery I designed with all my RAD brides! Such a wonderful experience to be a part of a couple's beginning <3

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Jemille and Wallace's Simple and Rustic Wedding Invite

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Lydia + Eli's Secret Garden Invite Suite

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Amber and Chris's Colorful and Comic-book Inspired Suite

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Kelsey and Adam's Whimsically Chic Suite

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Wedding Suite Giveaway Suite!

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RAD Valentine's Day Hangtag Freebie

Rita Garcia

I have to admit, I'm a sucker for love. And although Valentine's Day is deemed as a commercial holiday, I don't see any problem with showing the ones you love a little extra mushiness today. So, of course, I designed some adorable little hang tags for you to hang onto whatever gift you decide to spoil your loved ones with. Candies? Date Night? A bottle of wine? Whatever your loved ones like, these sweet little hang tags will hug them perfectly.

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TOOLS

  • Hang tag printable
  • Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Hole Punch (not necessary)
  • String/Ribbon


INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Print out your favorite hang tag.
  2. Trim with scissors and punch a hole at the top.
  3. Grab your favorite string (bakers twine or some lovely satin ribbon) and wrap accordingly.

Send a Card to a Friend Day! (Free Card)

Rita Garcia

When a text message, comment, or like doesn't satiate that quality friend time, sometimes some snail mail can do the trick! And one that brings the tropical feel to our gloomy winter days is the cheery on top! Print this mini friend card, trim, and send to your friend ASAP! Their little heart will fill up! #SendACardToAFriendDay

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