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Wedding Invitations 101: Save Money and Stress

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There are so many pieces that go into a wedding. This can equal high stress and high cost, but it doesn’t have to be that way! There are tons of ways to cut corners when it comes to cost, but trying to lower costs on your wedding can sometimes be equally as stressful as just sacrificing your wallet. Fear not, take a breath, and try to focus on one thing at a time – like your wedding invitations for example. Wedding invitations can be intimidating all on their own. Where to get them, how to make them, what pieces are actually necessary… so many questions! Lucky for you, we’ve got … Continue reading Wedding Invitations 101: Save Money and Stress


4 Tips to Finding the Perfect Wedding Invitation

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The first impression of your wedding is the wedding invitation. Not only does the invite set the tone for the whole wedding, but it also gives guests a taste of what the big day is going to be like! It’s important that the invitation you choose expresses the mood, theme, and vibe you want to achieve. You will want to use an invitation that perfectly reflects the theme you have in mind and who you are as a bride and as a couple.  Here are a few things to keep in mind when looking for the perfect wedding invitation: Choose a Theme Picking a theme for your wedding should be … Continue reading 4 Tips to Finding the Perfect Wedding Invitation


10 Ways to Announce Your Engagement

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When you get engaged, the first thing you want to do is announce it to the world! Maybe your new fiance had a secret photographer set up with photos you can use for your Facebook announcement, but if not, you have the perfect opportunity to do more than the “here’s my ring” shot. Check out some of our favorite ideas from around the web before you hit “publish!” Image via She Finds Get help from a furry friend! If you or your fiance has a pet, enlist them to hold a sign spreading the good news. Image via Wedding Wire This is the classic ring shot, but in a unique, … Continue reading 10 Ways to Announce Your Engagement


U S Postal Service Issues Wedding Cake Stamp

New Postal Stamp Adds Beauty, Romance, to Wedding Invitations.January 20, 2012 – ALEXANDRIA, VA — Brides to be can get ready to mail their wedding invitations now that the Postal Service is issuing a 65-cent Wedding Cake stamp that goes on sale today. The stamp, issued in sheets of 20, is a perfect addition for mailing wedding invitations weighing up to 2 ounces or other First-Class Mail such as oversize cards or small gifts requiring extra postage.“Sure to add a touch of beauty and romance to wedding correspondence, the Wedding Cake stamp, first introduced in 2009, is a timeless addition to the U.S. Postal Service’s Weddings series,” said U.S. Postal … Continue reading U S Postal Service Issues Wedding Cake Stamp


Should You have an Engagement Party?

Now that you’re engaged, the best way to tell everyone is with a party!   Even though engagement parties are optional- it’s still a fun thing to do. If your relatives have not yet met your fiance an engagement party is a better place for them to meet than at the wedding itself. An engagement party is also a great way for either side of parents to show their support of your upcoming wedding, or it is a great way for you to pitch in to the wedding costs as a couple. Usually an engagement party will take place within two months after the actual engagement. Of course, if you’re … Continue reading Should You have an Engagement Party?


Wedding Favors and Decoration Ideas

Seasonal/Holiday Favors Candy canes Mini Easter baskets filled with foil-wrapped chocolate eggs Little plastic pumpkins filled with candy corn Simple Christmas ornaments Blow-up beach balls with your names and/or your wedding colors Miniature heart-shaped boxes of Valentine’s chocolates Miniature watering cans filled with spring blooms Chocolate coins in gold foil Sparklers Easter eggs (that you’ve colored yourselves) Miniature pots of clover (four-leaf?) for St. Patty’s Day Keepsake Favors A copy of a memorable photo you have of you (or both of you) with each guest A pretty picture frame


Making the Wedding Announcement

Pre-Announcement Planning Before sending your formal wedding announcements, you’ll want to know the basics of “when” and “where.” This means that you will need to have your wedding site and reception site scheduled first. If planning a religious ceremony, schedule with your clergy, and talk with him or her about what wedding sites and practices are acceptable to you both. Visit several reception centers and decide which fits best in your wedding theme and your wedding budget. Many excellent sites are listed in our “Event Locations” section. Making the Announcement Once you have scheduled a wedding date and site, you are ready to announce your wedding! If you choose to … Continue reading Making the Wedding Announcement


Who do I Invite to the Wedding and How Many?

Before you begin with your invitations, you should have a definite decision on the location of your reception. This is vital to figuring out how many people to invite. Usually, you can have about 25% more people than will fit in your reception location because that is the average of how many people will not be able to attend the wedding. For example, if your reception location can hold 300 people, count on inviting 375 guests. One important thing to remember is that the number of invitations you send out is not equal to the number of guests. When you make your list of potential guests, make sure you put … Continue reading Who do I Invite to the Wedding and How Many?


Wedding Invitation Terms

The Wedding invitation business has many uncommon terms – here’s your guide to understanding your Wedding Invitation Terms: Blind-embossing A printing process that uses a die (see below) to make colorless letters and images with a raised surface. Calligraphy The perfected art of handwriting/penmanship, often related with fancy, curlicue script. Cotton fiber A type of paper made from 100 percent cotton- possibly the most traditional and elegant option for wedding invitations. Deckle edge The irregular, “torn” edge of handmade paper. Die An etched metal plate used to create engraved or embossed images and type. Die-cutting The process of cutting various paper shapes, particularly with envelopes. Embossing A printing technique that … Continue reading Wedding Invitation Terms


Wedding Invitation Wording

The whole wedding planning is hard enough without having to think of all the different Wedding Invitation Wording options. Here are a few of the most common ways to word the invitation. Bride’s Parents Hosting: Mr. and Mrs. Peter J. Brown are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter Melissa Jane to Thomas Brian Smith son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael G. Smith Both Parents Hosting: Mr. and Mrs. Peter J. Brown & Mr. and Mrs. Michael G. Smith are pleased to announce the marriage of their children Melissa Jane Brown to Thomas Brian Smith Couple Hosting: Miss Melissa Jane Brown daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter J. Brown … Continue reading Wedding Invitation Wording