Category Archives: Wedding Stationery

The Sentimental Purpose of a Wedding Gift Record Book

Using and Keeping your Wedding Gift Record Book

Wedding Gift Record Book


The second most important organizational book on your wedding day (second only to the guestbook) will be your wedding gift record book. The wedding gift record book, though never on display at your ceremony or reception, is a wonderful way to keep all of your gifts and addresses in order before you have a chance to write up thank you cards. Just because it’s a personal organizational tool doesn’t mean that it can’t be stylish AND practical! Find a wedding gift record book that fits in with the look and feel of your day, as it will eventually fall in with the general collection of wedding memorabilia once the day has come and gone. Use a wedding gift record book to flag thank you notes, store addresses, and record the various gifts you receive from friends and family for the wedding, showers, and potentially even the engagement.

So why not just jot the info down on notebook paper and forget about it once you’ve sent off the thank you cards? The gifts you receive, and the special guests who thought of you and purchased them, will become treasured memories later in your married life. A record of names and gifts will become something that not only you, but posterity, will value for years and years. Your wedding gift record book is not jus an organizational tool; it’s a wedding artifact waiting to happen!

Figuring Out Casual Wedding Invites

With wedding invites, couples often agonize over how they’ll say, “We’re getting married, want to come?” especially when the wedding is formal. But what if you’re hosting something a bit more casual? Are your invitation options at all expanded? Maybe even limited? If you’re hosting a backyard barbeque for fifty people, do you really need RSVP cards and inserts and that little piece of opaque tissue paper? Here are some ideas and a few bits of guidance…


For RSVPs:
Even if you’re trimming down your bulky invite envelope, a casual wedding invitation should probably include an RSVP card. While this is a personal choice (and the money you would save on both printing and postage is alluring), getting rid of RSVP cards in favor of email or website RSVPing is an invitation for late (or totally absent) RSVPs from your nearest and dearest. Guests are used to filling out the little card and sending it back for wedding invites. It is much too easy to forget if the little reminder isn’t calling out to them from their refrigerator every morning.
Just this once, deal with the price of postage and enjoy the rewards of NOT calling your relatives a week before the wedding to see if they’re planning on showing up. It’s worth the saved labor even with the extra printing fees.

For wording:
The only info you MUST include on your invitation is where and when your guests should show up. Everything else (even the shape and dimensions of your invitation) are completely up to you. Well, full names are helpful too, even on save-the-dates. I’ve heard of families receiving super trimmed-down informal invites that featured only the first names of the happy couple – no date or return address. This is an especially helpful bit of info for your guests if you’re inviting family that hasn’t heard from (or of) you in a while. Even if you’re going informal, think of playing with the style instead of the number of words you’ve got on your inner envelope.


For inserts:
While we’re all familiar with the extra-thick wedding invitation envelope in our mailbox, not all weddings are held to this creamy, caligraphied standard. If you’re hosting a casual wedding, your invites should reflect the tone of your event. There’s no need to go overboard. Even with the invention and proliferation of wedding websites and other access points for guests, your invitation is their first guess at what to expect at your nuptials. The numerous inserts and inexplicable sheet of tissue paper is a bundle that is typically reserved for big fancy weddings. If it isn’t your style, skip it. Forget the separate reception card and hotel information and the inner envelopes – you can fit everything your guests need on one postcard if you need to. Save the postage (but send an RSVP)!

The Secret behind Inexpensive Wedding Invitations

The Evolution of Inexpensive Wedding Invitations

Inexpensive Wedding Invitations

It’s a complete myth that you can’t find quality elegant inexpensive wedding invitations for your upcoming nuptials that fit your style. With the evolution of print media and the prevalence of online resources at your 21st century disposal, even the thriftiest bride can find inexpensive wedding invitations that fit the theme and style of her day. With resources such as inexpensive wedding invitations kits and packages, anyone with access to a printer (either one at home or in a copy shop) can create one-of-a-kind high-quality inexpensive wedding invitations. Most inexpensive wedding invitations (specifically the ones in kits) also come with other bits of stationary for your wedding.


Many inexpensive wedding invitations sets feature more than one design, depending on the option you choose. Even if you don’t like the featured design on a set of inexpensive wedding invitations, always click on them to check for additional designs.


Sets of customizable and varied inexpensive wedding invitations often also feature stationary like programs, table numbers, save-the-dates, and menus. The more cohesive and custom your stationary, the more put-together your day looks as a whole. So stop thinking that inexpensive wedding invitations have to be custom-ordered from an overpriced graphic designer and start planning the design you want featured in your own inexpensive wedding invitations!

Getting the Wording Right: Formal Wedding Invites

More couples worry about the wording of their invitations than they do over any other detail of their wedding day. Wedding advice columns are always overflowing with lines like: “How should I word invitations if I’m hosting my own wedding?” or “How should I design my vow renewal invites?” Honestly, not much changes in each of these invitation scenarios if you’re sticking with a formal look. Guests expect formal invitations to look a certain way, and subtle changes in wording will keep the look and feel of traditional invites while changing erroneous information that guests aren’t even likely to notice. Take the following formal invite wording, which we’ve come to know and love:


Mr. Joe Shmo and Mrs. Jen Shmo

Request the honor of your presence
at the ceremony uniting their daughter


Ms. Joanne Shmo


Mr. Jacob Boe


In the bonds of holy matrimony


On Sunday the Fifteenth of September
Two Thousand and Thirteen

At Four O’ Clock in the Afternoon


Reception to Follow



Think about revising that template if…

Your ceremony is actually a Vow Renewal:
Vow renewals, like first weddings, happen when they do for a variety of reasons, most of which are completely valid. You have every right to a fun day of celebrating your unity with your family, but you have to keep in mind that a vow renewal isn’t a wedding. There are certain things you have to miss out on (bachelorette parties, bridal showers) and you should always be honest with your guests. If you signed the paperwork already, you’re married, and the invitation wording should reflect that. Think about changing:


At the ceremony uniting


Ms. Joanne Shmo


Mr. Jacob Boe


In the bonds of holy matrimony




At the vow renewal ceremony of


Mrs. Joanne Boe

Mr. Jacob Boe



The hosting of your wedding isn’t clear, or you want to de-emphasize it:
Weddings used to be fully-funded by the parents of the bride, but that’s rare now. Couples are marrying later, family financial dynamics are shifting, and many couples want to make their own way in the world and are hosting the whole shebang themselves. If you still choose to word your invites so that the hosting situation for your wedding is clear, that’s completely fine. If not, think about changing:

Mr. Joe Shmo and Mrs. Jen Shmo

Request the honor of your Presence




Together with their families


Ms. Joanne Shmo


Mr. Jacob Boe


Request the honor of your presence…

Wording and Etiquette for Vow Renewal Invitations

How Wedding and Vow Renewal Invitations Differ

Vow Renewal Invitations

Are you going for round-two with your one-and-only? There are many reasons to be planning for a vow renewal, such as cultural and familial obligations, and your vow renewal invitations differ only slightly from traditional wedding invites. Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary or planning a bigger to-do than your recent low-key nuptials, the etiquette for vow renewals and vow renewal invitations is relatively similar. When you’re choosing a design for your vow renewal invitations, go nuts! You have a vast selection of wedding invites to choose from, and they’re all appropriate. Remember that the tone and formality of your invites will dictate to your guests how they should dress and the formality they should expect.


The difference, however, between vow renewal invitations and wedding invitations, is in the wording on the invite itself. You are not inviting anyone to your wedding if you are holding a ceremony with someone you are already married to. What you are holding is a vow renewal, and your vow renewal invitations should reflect that. If you use the word “wedding” on your invite, some guests will feel tricked or lied to when they find out you’re already married. Though it’s an issue of semantics, it’s a bit of etiquette you should make sure to address on your vow renewal invitations.

Designing your Anniversary Party Invitations

Versatility in Design for Anniversary Party Invitations

Anniversary Party Invitations

Just like wedding invitations, anniversary party invitations are diverse in both style and formality. Depending on the type of affair you’re hosting, you are not limited to just one string of cookie-cutter anniversary party invitations. Your invites will reflect the formality of your event, hopefully. Guests typically use invitations as a litmus test for how they should dress and what they should expect from a party. Make sure you think about this as you select the right anniversary party invitations for your gt-together. Not all anniversary party invitations are created equal – you should put just as much thought into them as you did your wedding invites!

While there are specific templates available for anniversary party invitations, such as cards with big embossed numbers on the front (like “50” or “25”), don’t think that you’re limited to anniversary party invitations that are officially designated as such. You’ll find more range and versatility by opening yourself up to the templates and design options for wedding invitations as well. With the right design and a little creativity, all invitations and anniversary party invitations!

Keeping Organized for Bridal Shower Thank You Notes

Getting Bridal Shower Thank You Notes Out of the Way

Bridal Shower Thank You Notes


After a particularly well-attended bridal shower, it can sometimes be a little daunting to get started on your bridal shower thank you notes. Bridal shower thank you notes are, however, very important, and should be sent out within a few weeks of the event. Here are a few tips for the writing of both noteworthy and swift bridal shower thank you notes:

Get started on your bridal shower thank you notes immediately, while the specifics of the gift and the presence of your guest is still fresh in your mind. The more detailed and specific you are in your bridal shower thank you notes, the more appreciative the recipient is likely to be. Doing them immediately also helps with bridal shower thank you notes dread, which is something that has consumed all of us at some point.


Also, consider keeping a ledger (or having a very benevolent hostess keep a ledger) of bridal shower attendance and gifts. Having a written record of who was there and what they gave will keep you from getting confused or mixed up while writing your bridal shower thank you notes. Keeping organized now will prevent bridal shower thank you notes headaches in the future!

The Practicality and Aesthetic of Wedding Favor Cards

Beautiful (And Useful!) Wedding Favor Cards

Wedding Favor Cards

If you’re making your own favors, be it jarring jams or packaging chocolates or crafting miniature birdhouses, you need a way to dress up your gifts for your guests. Wedding favor cards are a great way to add a professional and charming touch to your handmade (or just hand-packaged) wedding favors. Finding the right wedding favor cards isn’t difficult if you know what you’re looking for. Do you want to add a vintage feel to your favors? A southern charm? Wedding favor cards will unify your aesthetic and drive home your theme. The material and/or design of wedding favor cards will vary for your purposes – you just have to start hunting!

You should always consider using wedding favor cards if you’re making your own favors, especially if it won’t be initially obvious that your offerings are for guests to take home with them. The last thing you want is to be stuck with over a hundred measuring spoons or miniature buckets of cheese popcorn. Okay, maybe it wouldn’t be so bad, but you still want your guests to enjoy the favors too. Wedding favor cards can work for individual guest names or might just be labeled with a simple “thank you.” Either way, wedding favor cards are classy and stylish way to make it exceedingly obvious that the favors are up for grabs.

Using Style and Design in Sophisticated Wedding Invitations

Set the Tone with Sophisticated Wedding Invitations

Sophisticated Wedding Invitations

Though backyard barbeques and events featuring mason jars are becoming more and more popular, there are still brides working to create weddings that highlight the finer things in life. If you really don’t want guests showing up to your high-class to-do, think about utilizing the services of sophisticated wedding invitations. Sophisticated wedding invitations will feature high-quality materials with simple designs and understated elegance. Sophisticated wedding invitations will often employ some of the more traditional elements of wedding invites, such as thin segments of tissue paper between the invitation and the RSVP, simple cream envelopes, and elevated wording.


While black and white dominate the aesthetic of many sophisticated wedding invitations, there are some modern twists to the classic design. Many sophisticated wedding invitations employ the use of bold blocked colors to make an elegant statement. Shop around and don’t think that you don’t have options for your sophisticated wedding invitations.


Your sophisticated wedding invitations will set the scene for your wedding, and they’ll let guests know what to expect before they arrive. Most guests look to the invite for clues to the formality of the event, so let your sophisticated wedding invitations lead the way with grace, simplicity, and understated beauty.

Practice Style and Substance with Bridal Shower Thank You Notes

Bridal Shower Thank You Notes: Start Early!

Bridal Shower Thank You Notes

You’re going to get really sick of writing thank-you cards for gifts during the weeks of wedding activities leading up to the big show, but you still have to do them. Bridal shower thank you notes will likely be the first set of hand-penned words you commit to cute little cards, but they certainly won’t be the last. Let your bridal shower thank you notes act as a practice for the notes to come. Try to get started on your bridal shower thank you notes as soon as you can – right after the shower, while the events of the day are still fresh in your brain. Have your hostess pen a list of givers and gifts during the shower, and always keep the card with the gift. Detailed records will make your bridal shower thank you notes so much easier.


When selecting the right bridal shower thank you notes for your bash, take your own personal style (and the style of the party) into consideration. You don’t need fancy bridal shower thank you notes for a backyard barbeque, and ripped sheets of legal pad paper won’t cut it for a swanky catered affair. Just like with your wedding paper goods, your bridal shower thank you notes are all about context and consistency.