There are so many little items and accessories that are a part of your wedding day. Keeping track of all of them and finding the perfect item for every item you need, can be difficult. One solution to making everything exactly how you want it is to do-it-yourself (DIY). DIY wedding accessories may take a little extra time, but can help you make your wedding 100% how you want it. One wedding accessory that works great -and almost best – as a DIY are paper items like your wedding day program. As wedding programs have developed over the years and people have observed guest already fanning themselves with their carefully selected and folded paper, the design of a wedding program fan has jumped ahead in the preferred styles and is easy for DIY.
Wedding Thank You Notes Etiquette
Thank you notes are perceived as being one of the last stops of the wedding train. In a way, they are, but in order for you not to drown in envelopes, hand cramps, envelope moisteners, and gift lists, some thank you cards can be done along the way. For example, your bridal shower thank you notes should be sent out within a week, with a special note or gift to whoever hosted. Also, when you get gifts that come in the mail, you should go ahead and write your thank you note right after you open the wrapping. So what happens when you wait till after the honeymoon to send out your thank yous? Well…then you got to get a move on!
What time frame to write your thank you notes?
Some people say that newlyweds have a year after their wedding to send out all their thank you notes, and while you can consider that year mark as that absolute deadline, it is best to get them out within the first four months after your wedding. Like I noted above, thank you’s for bridal shower gifts, those who hosted celebrations, or otherwise assisted with your wedding, should be sent out within two weeks.
What do you say in a thank you note?
Even if the gift or service is coming from someone that you may not be one hundred percent chummy with, the number one concern with a thank you note is to be genuine. This means using a stationary that is not pre-written or fill in the blank. Furthermore, in your personalized note, don’t exaggerate or overly gush about how their gift is your favorite, especially if its not. Then, on the other hand, don’t inform them that you are returning their gift because they were the fourth person to give you a crock-pot. Simply give your appreciation for the thought and time in which they have supported your new adventure. For guests that gift you with money or gift cards, if you know how you are going to use the money, feel free to tell them.
Why Use an Invitation Kit
Using a wedding invitation kit is a great idea if you are looking for a way to create a beautiful wedding invitation on a lower budget. Kits offer a variety of designs, colors, and shapes, for you to choose from and then mold into the perfect wedding invitation for your special day. Each kit will offer its own variation of response cards, invitations, envelopes, and even templates, but the catch is they will come with a limited number. This is where you need to make sure to pay attention to make sure the cost of the invitation kit will in fact be less than printing your invitation through a company. BUT $54 for 50 invitations may be a price worth the extra work, plus it leaves you room to completely personalize the wording of your invitation.
How to Word Your Invite
So how do you word a wedding invitation? This will depend a lot on you and your preferences. One of the first things to consider is who the invite is coming from; for example are the bride and groom inviting their guests, is the invitation from the brides parents, the bride and groom’s parents, or perhaps divorced parents? Traditionally wedding invitations are worded to be from the brides parents, but as time has gone on the tradition has, of course, transformed. But with so many options, there comes that many more decisions.
From the Bride and Groom: A generic wedding invite
Cute and Sappy Quote (Optional)
request the honor of your presence at their marriage
Day of the week, day of month, month
at half after __ o’clock
And we shall become as one to share every moment of our lives…
request the honor of your presence at their marriage
Friday, the twenty second of June
two thousand thirteen
at four o’clock
Church of Christ
1302 Westminster Avenue
From the Bride and Groom’s Parents: This wording from Invitations Consultants is ADORABLE for a winter wedding!
The weather outside may be
frightful, but the wedding inside will be delightful
Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Brown
Doctors William and Sally Baker
invite you to share in the joy of the marriage uniting
Thursday, the eighteenth of December
two thousand eighteen
five o’clock in the evening
St. Joseph Catholic Church
22 East Bay Road
Wedding invitations are kind of a big deal in the world of wedding planning. Why? Wedding invitations are one of the first introductions that your guests have to your wedding. Whether the invitation you send is formal, laid-back, themed, DIY, or plain-Jane, will give your guests an idea of what to expect on the wedding day. This can lead to what kind of gifts they will buy you, how they might dress, and how long they expect to stay. It is not really a matter of which one is better, but which invitation is best for your wedding.
For the Formal Wedding:
A Formal wedding needs, of course, a formal invitation. Some of the best styles will be an invitation simply trimmed in gold, silver, or your main wedding color. The font would need to be clean, perhaps your names in a cursive, but clear and legible. You want everything to scream classy. It is probably best to pick a paper that is white or creme, and most definitely a hard card stock. Also, a nice touch would be to have the invitation tied in a ribbon. Don’t do anything crazy; we don’t want to see neon or anything resembling spandex, but a nice satin ribbon to add a light touch of color.
For the Themed Wedding:
If you are having a themed wedding, do NOT miss out on the opportunity your wedding invitation presents. It is the first step in creating that fairy tale, Great Gatsby, Whovian, “adventure is out there”, atmosphere. You can’t send a silver trimmed wedding invitation out and then have your guests show up to a carnival themed wedding with tickets, photo booths, dancing, fire jugglers, and games. It would be misleading. Plus, there is so much fun you can have with it. If you love books and want to have the written word at the center of your wedding, send out invitations styled like library check out cards. Or, if you are like the many that fell in love with Disney’s Up, why not design invitations that look like hot air balloons or like the mailbox with the his and her hand print?. A themed wedding often leads to a lot of do-it-your-own, but for the perfect invitation you don’t have to do-it-your-own completely. Try finding invitation kits that will start you out with the basics and then you can add your own design to it.
If you are planning a wedding around a particular season, you of course need a seasonally coordinated themed wedding invitation. This doesn’t mean a fall wedding requires maple leaves on the invitation, unless, of course, you really like maple leaves. It does, however, mean that you need to look for invitation styles that keep with a certain tone to match the season. A spring wedding, for example, lends to floral designs or garden foliage, and light colors, while a fall wedding is in need a warmer tones like brown, gold, deep red, burnt orange, and other colors that are more likely to remind you of snuggling up in a blanket. In the fall, it is also a great time to play with textures. For example, you can use a burlap tie, instead of a ribbon. Or in the spring, you can play with embossed designs to add levels to your design, but still keep it light and airy.
You have seen them all come through your mailbox. The glitter filled ones, the polka dot print ones and the ones that come with a special treat. We are talking about wedding invitations of course! Where do you begin? So much to choose from! We came up with some inspiration and ideas for your wedding invitations below!
We thought this was a clever and interactive wedding invitation. When the invitation is folded, the card turns into a manually spun paper record player that plays a song recorded by the bride and groom. How cool is that? The invitation has a record groove cover that has a letterpressed band and a tear off RSVP card. Invitation designed by Kelli Anderson
Love the arts? Why don’t you go with a hand painted or illustrated invitation. You can have a lot fun with personalizing it. For example, you can have your invitation designer paint a custom picture of you and your significant other on it! Invitation by rifle paper. You can also find some pretty illustrated ones here.
Stay true to yourself. If you are a simple person then make sure you have simple invitaitons. Your invitations and most importantly your wedding should illustrate both of your personalities! Invitation above designed by Sugar & Fluff.
Top 10 Ways to Customize Destination Weddings
Customize Everything For Destination Weddings, Including Accessories, Jewelry & Apparel
Customized Destination Weddings Can Be Fun & Affordable
Adding a certain uniqueness to destination weddings can mean finding the right kinds of wedding accessories and other little odds and ends to make it absolutely perfect. There are all sorts of things, which can help add the certain “something” to any destination wedding. However, there are ten particular inexpensive ways that should be considered or even used as inspiration for creating that personalized touch.
1. Customized Wedding Cake Toppers
It might not seem like the most important thing, but even the cake topper can be customized for destination weddings. Whether the wedding is in Hawaii or the English countryside, take inspiration from the destination’s surroundings and add them to the topper inexpensively.
2. Personalized Wedding Apparel
When it comes to destination weddings, the bridesmaids and groomsmen can have inexpensive and personal wedding apparel, such as the beach side wedding with tasteful and decorative flip-flops. There is no need to go out to the dollar store and return home disappointed.
3. Unique Wedding Accessories
Speaking of customized apparel for destination weddings, there are also unique wedding accessories you can use to accent your special day without having to go overboard on a “theme” destination. Small touches such as handmade table cards or customized groom cufflinks are all ways to keep your wedding budget reasonable without having to sacrifice personalization.
4. Specialized Wedding Jewelry
There are options out there for gorgeous but affordable wedding jewelry that will match your wedding colors and theme perfectly, contrary to popular belief. Whether it needs to sparkle or be down to earth, there are endless options for elegant and tasteful jewelry and accessories for brides, Maids-of-Honor and bridesmaids taking part in destination weddings.
5. Memorable Wedding Invitations
The invitations don’t need to be designed by a huge printing company in order to be memorable. In fact, invitations personally designed by the bride and groom can be much more unique and welcoming. Destination wedding invitations can tie into the overall theme, such as seashell mementos or scrolls with wax seals.
6. Affordable Wedding Stationery
The guestbook and other stationery should be something that the happy couple can cherish, which is why they are perfect to customize for a destination wedding. There are countless ways to remember the day instead of the common guestbook, too.
7. Customized Wedding Decor
Whether it’s fresh flowers from the countryside, braided knots and anchors or something other unique item; customized wedding decor doesn’t have to mean spending thousands on decorations. Also, the scenery of the destination can be great decor in itself.
8. Destination Weddings: Gifts
While the couple will be receiving many gifts, why not add a personal touch to party favors for the guests? Or better yet, to the close family attending the wedding. Each gift can be personalized for each person, making it all the more personal during this unforgettable occasion.
9. Cute Flower Girl Baskets
Since wedding accessories happen to be the easiest and most inexpensive to customize, here’s another consideration for that perfect destination wedding: the flower girl basket. While flower girls are certainly more traditional, her flower basket doesn’t have to be.
10. Individualized Wedding Candles
No matter what kind of wedding destinations are popular, one wedding accessory that will always be a staple are candles. They are affordable, can be easily customized, and don’t always have to be the traditional white candles.
Destination weddings are getaways first and foremost to your dream location, and having the right kind of customized wedding accessories, decor, apparel and more, can certainly be included in your special day without being so costly. All of these mementos and accessories become great inspirations for unforgettable and affordable destination weddings wherever they may take you!
Do it DIY with Easy Invitation Kits
Easy Invitation Kits
No one starts a search for invitation kits looking for a difficult or clumsy experience. The goal is always to find a beautiful invite for the right price, but it’s also important that you won’t go through fifty bucks of stationary before you figure out how to print the damn thing. Easy invitation kits are a must-have in the DIY wedding world, and they key is to do your homework before you buy. Easy invitation kits are only easy in the right hands, and you want to make sure you’re really reading through the materials before you begin on your easy invitation kit adventure. For a really spectacular set of easy invitation kits, consider purchasing a stationary set that features not only easy invitation kits, but save-the-dates, table numbers, programs, menus, and place cards. By bundling these items together, easy invitation kits make your entire wedding, and all of the accompanying stationary, cohesive and stylish.
So how do you spot easy invitation kits? Check for kits that offer complimentary tips and tricks for printing the materials. Make sure you’re always purchasing from a valid source and that all pieces in the kit are accounted for! You can always contact the seller of the easy invitation kits for more specific information.
Planning for a Summer Wedding Guestbook
Summer Wedding Guestbook
The summer wedding season is almost upon us, which means all of you eager summer brides and searching for just the right touches and accessories to make your affair stylish and memorable. One important piece of décor that is often forgot until the last minute is the summer wedding guestbook. While summer weddings are often just as formal and elegant as their other seasonal counterparts, there is an air of something more casual during the warmer moths. Sleeves are rolled up, feet are dipped into the fountain, and ice cream melts a little faster in the hands of eager ring bearers. You should definitively find a summer wedding guestbook that mirrors the whimsy of the season. A summer wedding guestbook should have the capacity for an abundance of guests who are using their summer vacation time, but should also match the look and feel of your event.
Seashells and neutral tones are popular for a summer wedding guestbook, but really, anything goes. During the warmer months, some brides opt out of the summer wedding guestbook all together and use guestbook canvas or signing stones – something different, but still simple and charming. For outdoor weddings and afternoon engagements, avoid heavy colors and fabrics such as black velvet or satin. You want to keep things light and fun with your summer wedding guestbook!
Prepping Bridal Shower Thank Yous
Bridal Shower Thank Yous
Writing thank you notes isn’t everyone’s favorite post-wedding chore, but it is a necessity that shouldn’t be overlooked or put off for too long. Many guests expect thank yous, and many more will be very much appreciative of a timely one. Bridal shower thank yous have a less strict timeline than their wedding counterparts, but you still shouldn’t put them off. Definitely send out bridal shower thank yous before the big day. Any shower gift you receive can be used immediately, so you don’t have to wait until after the nuptials to send off proper bridal shower thank yous.
Bridal shower thank yous come in a variety of colors and styles, and are generally much more informal than wedding thank yous. Don’t stress too much over formal wording either – guests don’t need much more than a sincere note of thanks in your bridal shower thank yous!
If you’re hosting a bridal shower and want to do the bride in question a big favor, make bridal shower thank yous easier on her my keeping a running list of guests in attendance, and what, if anything, they brought for the bride. Her bridal shower thank yous will go much faster and she’ll definitely owe you one!
Here are a few wedding trends we’re looking forward to seeing more of in 2013!
Short Wedding Frocks
Long elegant wedding gowns have always been a staple during the summer wedding season, and with good reason. They’re special and beautiful, and girls the world over dream of wearing one as they walk down the aisle to meet their future spouses. Shorter, more inexpensive dresses have become, in recent years, a breath of fresh air for brides who have revised their dreams for something stylish and a little more practical. Cute and spunky, I’ll take a short cotton dress over a lengthy satin train any day. Nothing beats a summer wedding and a no-nonsense bride who’s more interested in the food and dancing than a perfect bustle. Plus, no one steps on your nice white dress when it barely reaches your knees!
More Personal Wedding Favors
Hosting your guests should be your first priority as a couple, and that attitude is reflected perfectly in personal wedding favors for your friends and family. When you’re spending a hunk of your wedding preparation time developing and making one-of-a-kind favors for your guests, it reflects a selfless attitude on your part that has been trending in the wedding community (hooray!). Your wedding is as much about your guests as it is about you, and personal wedding favors are a wonderful way to express your gratitude to the people in your life who love you and support your marriage!
Geeky Invitations and Save the Dates
There’s something so wonderfully endearing about a photo shoot featuring a bride and groom interpreting their favorite scenes from Disney-Pixar’s “Up,” a valiant battle between a couple and an approaching zombie horde, or – my favorite – a comic book-style invite that features an illustrated couple costumed as superheroes under a punchy wedding date headline. Invitations and Save the Dates can be a fun opportunity to express your personality and quirks to your guests, and I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of a Save the Date with two people in love smiling from inside a blow-up Death Star.