Having a custom illustrated wedding themes add personal character into your wedding. The illustrated theme can be incorporated into all stationery such as invitations, thank you cards and programs. The illustrated themes can also make the statement for the style of the wedding from a black tie event to flip flops on the beach.
Illustrated images can be created from local design shops such as printers and graphic designers. Look online including Yelp to read reviews and review their portfolios to be sure the creator’s style matches your expectations.
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The first impressions and expressions of a bridal couple’s wedding style and theme are represented first in the save-the-date cards and then in the wedding invitation. Style can reflected with the formality of the writing in the verbiage on the invites. Themes can be shown with modern, bold designs or vintage pastels. Together, wedding invitees will know exactly what to expect with the chosen wording, paper and style.
The most obvious way to cut costs at a wedding is to cut the guest list. Did you know that on average 20% of invited guests will not be able to attend? Next, we’ll discuss the options for the paper items being created for a wedding.
Wedding Paper Stationery
Save-the-Date Cards – Cards to let friends and family know about an upcoming wedding six to eight months before the wedding. Consider sending as early as possible if planning a destination wedding to allow time for travel arrangements.
Ceremony Cards – This card invites guests to the wedding ceremony. If the wedding and the reception are in the same location, this card is considered the invitation.
Reception Cards – Reception cards are sent when the ceremony and the reception are not held at the same location. In addition, the ceremony may be a private event with only close family and friends or if the ceremony took place in a private location. The reception card is typically small in size and in the same style as the ceremony card.
Response Cards – Response cards are most commonly known as R.S.V.P. cards. This is a great way to keep track of the number of guests attending the festivities.
Ceremony Programs – A list of events for the wedding ceremony and can also include a list of the bridal party, officiant, music elections and musicians.
Escort Cards – Escort cards are used to direct reception guest to their assigned table. This is a time when themes can be introduced into a wedding by thawing themed reception tables and also matching themed escort cards.
Place Cards – If having a formal wedding, place cards are used to specify a specific seat for all guests at the wedding reception.
Menu Cards – Made to match all reception cards, menu cards help guests to select specific items on the available food selections.
Table Number Cards – Table number cards are to match escort cards as the escort cards will have the assigned table number on them for guests.
Thank You Notes – Thank you cards are to thank guest for coming and celebrating the wedding day of the bride and groom.
When should you place the orders? Besides save the date cards, be sure to place orders for all paper products three to six months before the wedding. Be sure to order extra envelopes in the case of penmanship errors. Lastly, be sure to weigh all invitations to exact cost to mail. Bridal couples so not want to send out mailers with postage due to invitees.
Wedding maps are becoming increasingly popular as a form of wedding stationary. Many couples are choosing to include them in their invitations not only for out of town guests who may not know their way around the area, but for guests who have lived in the region their entire lives, too.
Wedding maps are beginning to serve as almost an activity guide to a couple’s wedding. They aren’t so much a formal diagram, with geographical points that will actually help you if you get lost, but as a figurative chart through your relationship.
The map may show special spots, places of interest, or things to visit.
These guides are great, especially if you are planning on having a weekend wedding and your guests aren’t sure what to do when you are off making final arrangements. If you have pin-pointed a few must-see local landmarks, it will be sure to keep friends, relatives, and pesky Cousin Joe entertained for a few hours.
A few examples of the types of wedding maps that will give you wonderful inspiration for your wedding stationary are provided below. These are not only practical for you and your guests, but will make for a lovely keepsake, and a beautiful work of art for you to have long after the day is over.
Some maps will give the ceremony and reception locations, plus personal details about the couple like where they went to school, their favorite spots, and tourist locations.
Some take on a weekend wedding program role, incorporating activities into the mix, and a schedule of events for guests to participate in. As well as the schedule for the wedding, like ceremony and reception times.
Others have a whimsical feel which shows you that you can still be fun, yet functional. They use proper street addresses so guests know where the ceremony and reception locations will be, but add artistic flares and fun touches.
Destination wedding maps shows all the fun things you can do while at couple’s weddings, including shopping, dining, and snorkeling. They include the general direction for the best locations for these activities, plus where to go to reach other cities, the airports, and hotels.
Some maps will show the journey through the couple’s relationship, and use imagery to give guests directions on how to get to the ceremony site. It will give details about the couple including where they are from, how they met, and where they currently reside.
Others will choose to go old-school with a traditional map. With proper street names and a legend at the bottom; their guests aren’t getting lost at all!
There are many things to think about when planning a wedding. Many future brides are very concerned about their invitations. Most future brides do not know where to start. The invitation sets the tone for the wedding. There are two types of wedding invitations. The genuine engraved invitation and the thermography type. Both invitations have raised lettering on the front of the invitation. The difference is the genuine engraved invitation has etchings on the back of the invitation. If you hold the engraved invitation up to the light, you can see the etchings. With the genuine engraved invitation, you will receive cooper plates of the invitation, reception card, respond note, informals, or whatever you might order. This is the same type of invitation that Prince William of England and his wife, Catherine had for their wedding. Since both invitations look the same on the front of the invitation many future brides go with the thermography, because it is less expensive. The difference in price is approximately $150 for 100 invitations. Remember this is the most important day in your life and if you want the very best and if it is within your budget go with the genuine engraved. Remember that the genuine engraved invitation comes with cooper plates. Only a few invitation companies are able to create this process.
If you have a set budget and are having a formal wedding and cannot afford an expensive invitation, look for a simple invitation. Stay away from imprinted flowers and borders. This will add more money to the price of the invitation. Take a hint from the invitations that are engraved. The paper is usually white or off white or ivory with no flowers, maybe a very simple border. This is considered very elegant and formal. A thermography invitation on plain off white paper will cost approximately $70 per 100 invitations.
Always remember when purchasing an invitation, make sure it is not too large, because this will add more postage to the envelope. Concerning postage, make sure the stamp is in black and white. Colored stamps take away from the invitation. Your eye will go directly to the stamp instead of the name on the envelope. The wording of an invitation takes time; so make sure you purchase your invitations at a place where someone will spend time with you and help you word your invitation. In wording invitations make sure the person helping you know proper etiquette. One thing to beware of is that many people who sell invitations might tell you all their invitations are engraved. Always ask if the invitation will be engraved on a cooper plate. If the answer is no, remember it is not a genuine engraved invitation.
One way to add some personalization to your wedding is with an unusual or unique guest book. There are several ways to accomplish this. One idea is to get a mat for a picture frame. Choose what size you want the inside picture to be, then add a mat a good three inches larger than that picture. For instance, if you want an 8×10 picture, then pick a mat that is about 11×13. This should give your guests enough room to sign or leave a short message. You can always choose a larger mat if you have invited a lot of guests to the wedding.
Unique Wedding Guest Books
If you enjoy puzzles, then a puzzle is another option. You can get a blank puzzle from almost any craft store. Put the puzzle together and leave out a few pieces for your guests to sign. You will have a puzzle to put back together whenever you like. You can also go without putting the puzzle together first and leave the pieces for your guests to sign. Then have fun trying to put the puzzle together.
Another option is a photo booth. Your guests have their picture taken, and then they can attach the picture in a scrapbook and leave a message. This works especially well with a black scrapbook and colored gel pens. Make sure your adhesive is acid free. You can have a table or box full of props that your guests can use to personalize their photos. Think about adding cool props like hats, feather boas, funky glasses etc.
If you don’t mind something a little larger, try this. Put different stationary at each table (or at a designated table). Have your guests write a short story about the bride and groom. Stories like a fun camping trip you went on or something guests remember about the bride and groom’s childhood. Guests can also choose to just write you some words of encouragement. At the end of the reception, have someone gather all the pages and then you can either have someone bind the pages or you can bind them yourself. Binding yourself is a simple project. Punch two to three holes in each page, line them up, and thread either string, twine or ribbon thru them.
These are just a few ideas for something to add a personal touch to your wedding.
Want an interesting do it yourself idea for place cards for your guests? Try picture frames instead of plain place cards. You can do many things with the frames. You can use plain small picture frames and print off your guests’ names in fancy script to put in side the frame. Try using different colors of papers along with different fonts. Cut the paper to fit within the frame space or you can also use a mat to fit it into the frame. Something a little more fun and interesting is to insert photos of your guests, instead of just their names, into the frame. You do not need to have just small frames; you can use any size frame you like. If you want something with a more personal touch, purchase wooden frames and decorate them yourself to include your own personality or to incorporate the theme of your wedding; even if that only means painting the frame to match your wedding colors.
DIY Wedding Place Cards
Here are some ideas for you to change the look of a plain wooden frame:
Paint the frame a solid color. Painting or staining the wood provides a bit of protection to the wood. Let dry and then glue different color and different size buttons all over the frame. You can apply as many or as few as you like to achieve the desired look. Painting the frame first allows for the wood to be seen through the buttons. Maybe you do not like the look of buttons. How about silk flowers instead? In this case, make sure the flowers are slightly flat so they will lay better on the frame.
Cut letters or words out of cardstock thick paper. You can either do this freehand, use a cutting machine made for precise cutting (like a Cricut), or buy already cut words and letters from you local craft store. Glue the letters/words all over the frame. When the glue is completely dry, paint over the entire frame and lettering with one color. When the paint is dry, apply a clear coat protector.
Decoupage is also a great way to change the look of something. Decoupage glue can be purchased at your local craft store. Choose a paper pattern. This can be a napkin, tissue paper, scrapbook paper, magazine page, etc. Have several pages of the paper to cover the frame completely allowing for overlapping of edges. Apply glue to small areas of the frame at a time. Tear pieces of your paper and apply to glue. Continue process until the entire frame is covered, making sure to overlap each piece slightly. When entire frame is covered, apply a top coat of the decoupage glue to entire frame. Allow to dry. Fabric also works well for this application.
The ideas are endless when it comes to decorating. Take a walk thru your local craft store and the ideas will jump out at you.
Do you want to make sure that your wedding is absolutely perfect? The most important thing to remember when you are trying to plan your wedding is that the best weddings pay very close attention to detail. It’s the little things that matter, and some things as small as the napkins you use and the candles you pick to light your tables actually have an affect on people. If you make sure to pay attention to the little details, your guests won’t notice a lot of the bigger elements of your wedding. As a result, you can save a whole lot of money. One tiny little detail to keep in mind is personalized wedding stamps.
Personalized Wedding Stamps
The little details in your wedding are what ultimately tie everything together. When you invest in the small things, your guests will get a sense that you have really made an effort to make your wedding as organized and unified as possible. Personalized wedding stamps are one of the very small details that people really take notice of. When you send off your mail consisting of save the date cards, shower invites, wedding invites, thank-you notes, and anything else, they will all be tied together by a single element.
Personalized wedding stamps are wonderful because they are completely original to you and your wedding. You can browse through options online and choose the perfect stamp to adorn your wedding mail. There are several choices you can make. You can choose between a wide range of wedding like images such as flowers, rings, bells, hearts and others. You can also look around for personalized wedding stamps that can come marked with your names or a word or phrase that you would like to associate with your wedding. Whatever stamp you choose to purchase, you will be able to use any form of currency and buy your stamps in a variety of values so that you do not have to worry about not having enough postage to send heavier letters or long distance mail.
When you are planning your wedding, do not look over the small details. If you are not particularly detail oriented, ask someone in your family or your bridal party to think up ways that you can make the small aspects of your wedding, like personalized wedding stamps, shine. If you show the proper attention to detail, your guests will be amazed at the wonderful planning that went into making your special day as perfect as can be.
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When it comes to a wedding, people put in all efforts to plan and make all the arrangements perfectly, in order to make the day grand and memorable. However, after the wedding is over as planned, at times people forget to send a thank you card to their guests, who graced the big occasion with their presence and made it a success. Sending thank you cards to the guests who attended the wedding is not only a formality, but a vital part of the wedding, as it shows your concern and gratitude towards them for attending the special day and making it all the more memorable and pleasant for you and your partner.
Personalized Wedding Thank You
Nowadays, personalized wedding thank you cards are becoming very popular, as it is an excellent way to thank your guests in your own special way for attending the occasion and also for bringing the wedding gifts.
In most cases, couples buy the wedding thank you cards at the same time while shopping for their wedding invitations. They do so because it not only saves time and effort, but also money, as couples purchasing the thank you cards along with their invitations, can get special discounts or bargains on their complete purchase. The online wedding planning websites and stores are one of the best places to buy unique and latest design invitations and thank you cards, at special discounted prices.
Generally, the time frame for sending wedding thank you cards to the guests is preset, which is around eight weeks. This means that the newly wedded couple has a lot of time to enjoy their newly married life and at the same time receive all the gifts sent by their near and dear ones, even if the delivery is delayed because of any unforeseen circumstances. But while enjoying their new life, they should not forget to send a thank you card to those who made the day all the more special for the couple.
A great way to thank the guests for their presence and gifts is to send personalized wedding thank you cards. What couples can do is they can add photographs of their honeymoon along with the thank you note, so that the guests can also get a glimpse of their new life and feel glad that the couple is sharing their special moments with them.
Besides adding a personal touch to the thank you cards, couples also need to select the words very carefully while writing their thank you notes. It should not contain details of your wedding and honeymoon, but the words should reflect your happiness and gratitude towards the guests who were present with you on your wedding day. You should also mention how helpful their gift is for you. The main idea is to thank your guests and to tell them what their presence meant to you on your special day.
This article has been written by an expert associated with My Wedding Songs, a company providing wedding planning help for today’s weddings.
Choosing a wedding invitation, and all the additional wedding stationery, can seem like a confusing undertaking, especially, if you have no prior knowledge on the subject. With that in mind, we decided to compile a general list of wedding paper goods to take into consideration for your big day — including a quick description to help you decipher all the wedding stationery lingo.
Wedding InvitationThe official letter (usually a flat card) inviting guests to your wedding celebration. The traditional wording of a wedding invitation includes the names of the bride and groom, the date, the ceremony location, and let the guests know who’s hosting the wedding (the couple, one set of parents, or both set of parents). They are usually sent 6-8 weeks before the wedding.
Outer Envelope – According to wedding etiquette, outer envelopes are part of the double envelope tradition where the outer envelope is the one addressed, sealed, stamped and mailed to guests.
Inner envelope – In the double envelope tradition, the inner envelope arrives at their destination in pristine condition. The inner envelope only has the name of guests written on it and is never sealed.
Pocketfold – Decorative — and protective — enclosure for your wedding invitation and additional paper goods. They’re usually adorned with ribbons and bows, or closed with a paper band or seal. The pocketfold would take the place of an inner envelope.
Response Card (RSVP) – This card is usually sent with the wedding invitation and comes with a pre-stamped return envelope. The response card needs to be filled out by your guest and return in a timely fashion. Your guests should specify if they will attend the wedding or not — as well as stipulating a specific number of guests.
Reception Card – The card is a way to invite your guests to the reception and give them the location, times and type of reception to be expected. To be sent with the wedding invitation.
Directions Card – Gives out specific instructions on how to reach your wedding’s location. It can also feature a map of the area. Sent along with the wedding invitation.
Thank You Card – The card is a way to thank your guests for attending the wedding and express your gratitude for the wedding gift they gave you. Thank You cards are usually sent 4-6 weeks after the wedding to all your guests.
Save The Date Card – It’s a great way to inform your guests that a date has been selected for your upcoming wedding. The card should be sent at least 6-12 months before the wedding to insure that your guests pencil in your big day on their calendar.
Ceremony Program – Small booklet that informs your guests of the order of service for your ceremony, as well as songs, prayers, readings and vows. You can also include the list of your wedding party and other useful information.
Escort Card – Displays the name of your guests and specifies which table they are assigned to. The formal version is a flat card tucked in its own envelope. The casual version are tent folded cards. Escort cards are usually displayed on a table near the entrance of the reception room.
Place Card – Found at each place setting on all the tables; it assigns a specific seat to each one of your guests.
Table Number Card (or Table Name Card) – Displayed in the center of each table, they’re a way for your guests to easily find their pre-assigned table.
Menu Card – Fun way to decorate each place setting. It’s also a practical way to inform each guest of the food offerings — as well as the various choices for the main course.
Hang Tag or Stickers – Personalized hang tags or stickers that include the couple’s name and their wedding date. Adds a personal touch to your wedding favors.
Keep in mind that not all the various stationery elements are required for your wedding — except maybe the Invitation, Response card and Thank You card.