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Saying Thank You

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Saying “thank you” is always in style! So don’t be ungrateful – say thanks for your wedding! Here’s how to give wedding thank you’s to all the people who’ve helped you put it together, given you gifts, or just have been a shoulder to lean on.
Wedding favors are the first thank you to your guests. So spoil them in return! It need not be anything expensive, even just a sweet, personalized thank you message on their place cards, a slice of wedding cake individually packaged, a mixed CD sharing all your favorite moments. Be clever about it: why not give away those expensive flower arrangements on the tables, by adding a little tag or bag with a message for your guests to please take them home with them. Create a sweetie or cookie bar where guests can indulge, give bottled home-made jams, cordials, ground coffee, specialty tea, olives, infused salt, cupcake mix or honey. Any small token of thanks will do, the trick is just to make it special, personal and lovely.
It may be the final piece of your wedding correspondence trousseau, but the thank you is certainly one of the most important. A beautifully written and presented thank you note is the last impression you will leave with your wedding guests — not to mention the first impression of you and your mate as a newlywed couple.
Most guests do not expect to receive a note before the wedding; they know that the couple is busy preparing for the special day. However, aim to mail your thank yous no later than three months after receiving a gift. When you return from your honeymoon, spend a concentrated 15 to 20 minutes per day on this task. Because you will need to write a thank you note for each and every gift received, writing in short periods allows for each note to remain lively and original. One way to expedite the process: Share the responsibility with your husband. (He can help by writing notes for those gifts from his family and friends.)
Many couples like the idea of matching the look, color and feel of invitations to the thank you notes. By doing so ahead of time, you can save money on design, ink and plate charges by ordering them alongside the wedding invitations. If you’d like to continue the tone set by your invitations but not match them exactly, select a similar ink color, type style and printing method that relates to your overall style. Methods for printing thank you notes are the same as for invitations—engraving, letterpress, embossing, off-set, and thermography—but if your invitations were engraved, save money by using thermography for your thank you notes to achieve the same look.
A popular trend in thank you note design is continuing the logo, pattern or motif first introduced on your invitations. Recently, a bride chose to recycle the Moroccan symbol of a hand used on her save the date cards. Another couple included the monogram used on its wedding invitations, simply tweaked with an updated color. It is this attention to detail (in addition to your heartfelt words) that will make your thank you’s more than just notes; they’ll be keepsakes for your guests.
Regardless of its design, a beautiful and graciously handwritten thank you note is a gift in itself.

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Vendor Spotlight – Invitations by Design

Wedding invitations provide more than the date and time of your big day; they give your guests a glimpse into the tone and theme of your event. Many couples go the extra mile when it comes to designing the most important stationary of their lives, seeking design professionals to add the special touches they’re looking for. Invitations by Design knows how to help clients just like these. Owner Tara Vanderheyden gave us an in-depth look at the services and expertise her company offers.

How did you arrive at designing wedding invitations? Tell me a little about your background.

I have always enjoyed art and design. I studied design at Illinois Institute of Art.  Because I enjoyed design I would always help friends and family members with stationary and invitations. I have always loved designing invitations and other pieces for celebrations. This hobby became a company nearly three years ago, the same year I was married, my sister, and sister-in-law were also married. That year wedding planning and wedding stationary took up all my free time, I was always helping and designing. That year turned my hobby into a business!

How do you usually work with couples who want to order online?

Since all of our invitations are custom designed, most of our clients work with us at our office. Those clients who want to work with us online and over the phone still get to work one-on-one with a designer. We discuss in detail their ideas. We decide on colors and invitation type. Our designers work to design a few custom invitation options that are sent to the client as PDF images for review. After a few minor tweaks on the invitation of their choosing, the next step is a custom sample. The client is able to see a sample of their invitation with their names and wedding details. This really helps them know they are getting the right invitation.

How do you capture the personality of a couple in their invites?

Each invitation is designed around the couples theme or personality. In our first meeting we discuss what they are looking for and put these details into the design process. The couple and their event become the inspiration for the design. The final invitation design expresses the feel of the event.

Walk me through the design approval process with your customers before you print their invitations.

1.                   Pick colors, invitation type and collect the wedding day details.

2.                   Create a custom quote for the invitation designed.

3.                   Create a custom sample.

4.                   Update any details, design inserts, update sample.

5.                   Review final sample and get approval.

6.                   Order supplies, print, and hand assemble order.

7.                   If addressing services are ordered print all clients envelopes, stuff, seal and stamp envelopes

8.                   Mail invitations or deliver to client.

9.                   Move forward on “Day of” items such as programs, place cards, menus, favors, welcome cards/baskets and so on. (The process repeats with these products as well).

Give me an idea of the materials you use (paper-wise) and the cost that comes with each.

We offer many shapes sizes and colors. We have over 80 invitation shapes and sizes to choose from and can create custom designs as well. Our paper colors offer a rainbow of choices including matte, metallic, textured and patterned papers. All of our papers are made with components of recycled products and are made without chlorine. We also offer three stocks made of 100% post-consumer fiber and 11 tree-free stocks made from either cotton or bamboo fibers.

Do you offer package deals to couples who buy all their wedding stationary from you (response cards, place settings, etc.)?

We offer savings to our clients for ordering larger quantities or multiple pieces. We design packages for each client with savings specific to their order. Our clients can order 58 invitations and get savings for that exact amount without having to order unneeded extra invitations. Where we save on our supplies we share that with our clients.

How has your business changed since its opening?

Well, starting as an idea, much has changed in the past three years . . . we grew up! We have expanded or designs and products that we offer:

§     Custom wedding invitations (limitless options)

§     Addressing and mailing services

§     Welcome letters and baskets

§     “Day of Items” place cards, programs, menus, table numbers, favors and seating charts

We added employees (a talented designer, Ashley and a wonderful production manager, Courtney; thanks girls, I couldn’t have done it without you!). In addition:

§     We won the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Award in 2009 and 2010

§     We were featured in the Winter 2009-10 issue of Chicago Social Brides with an editorial piece about Chicago themed weddings (showing a save-the-date and some table numbers)

§     We were featured in 2010 Chicago Style Weddings “Designers Challenge” in a two page spread

§     Our work was seen on WGN’s midday news, June 22, 2010

§     This year we opened our first office (no more meetings in coffee shops)

Why should couples consider you over the competition?

Invitations by Design is the best way to get custom invitations. We only offer custom invitations so each client is able to find the perfect invitation for their event. We also take the stress out of invitations. Our designers will help with wording, paper choices, and of course, the perfect design. To make things even easier, we offer addressing services (to print, stuff, stamp and seal all your envelopes). We also offer favors, welcome baskets, place cards, programs and more to help with every detail in one stop. We take the design and tie it into every printed piece. Every step of the way, we are here to help.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I am lucky to have a job that lets me be creative and is always changing. Owning a business is not an easy task but it allows me to express my creativity every day! I get to work with brides to bring their vision to life. What a great way to spend my day!

Invitations by Design
100 Illinois Street
Regus Suite 200
St. Charles, IL 60174
847.975.5223
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Wedding Invitations – Common Mistakes

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Save The Date Cards – Etiquette

Mailing out a save-the-date card months before your wedding invitations is becoming an increasingly popular trend. While not absolutely necessary, save-the-date cards can be a helpful and beneficial resource for you and your guests. It notifies guests of your wedding date months in advance and lets them know they’ll be invited so they can make the necessary arrangements. If you’re considering sending save-the-date cards for your wedding, here are few tips on proper etiquette:

If to Send: Save-the-date cards are not required. They are, however, recommended for destination weddings, long weekend weddings, and holiday weddings. It’s also wise to send a save-the-date if your wedding falls during a busy time the of year (i.e. holiday season or summer) or if you are expecting a lot of out-of-town guests.

When to Send: Save-the-date cards should be sent to guests six to eight months before the wedding. This will give out-of-town guests ample time to make travel arrangements, save up money, and request time off of work.

Who to Send: If you decide to mail save-the-date cards, you need to send them to all intended wedding guests. Even if you have friends or family that are definitely planning to attend the wedding, they should still receive a save-the-date card. Anyone who receives a save-the-date card should also receive an invitation, so make sure your guest list is narrowed down and finalized before mailing. Once a save-the-date is mailed, there’s no turning back. Also, on the save-the-date envelope, be sure to specify exactly who is invited (i.e. guests, significant others, plus ones, and/or kids).

For a more in depth explanation on Save The Date Etiquette – Chicago Wedding Blog

Wedding Invitations – Common Mistakes

Your wedding invitations are a crucial part of your upcoming nuptials. Not only do they notify guests of the specifics of the event, invitations set the tone for your wedding theme and style. Here are a few common invitation mistakes to avoid:

1. Ordering Too Late: If you order your invitations too late, you not only run the risk of mailing them behind schedule, but also being hit with a significant rush fee. Select a stationer early in the planning process and find out their printing and delivery wait times.

2. Overdoing the Design: Invitations are the first opportunity you have to reveal your wedding colors, theme, or aesthetic. While it can be tempting to go overboard on design elements, be careful not to overwork the design or incorporate too many features of the wedding. Sometimes simple is better.

3. Overlooking Typos/Grammatical Errors: If ever there was a time to proofread, this is it. Don’t trust yourself exclusively when it comes to spelling and grammar in the invites. It’s easy to make mistakes or miss errors when you’ve looked at it so many times. Ask a few grammatically astute friends or relatives to read over the copy and make sure you didn’t overlook any tiny details.

4. Mailing Too Early/Late: Invitations should be sent six to eight weeks before the wedding ceremony. Any earlier and you run the risk of the invitation being overlooked or forgotten; any later and you guests might not be able to attend. For international guests, invitations should be sent ten weeks in advance. Save-the-date cards are a great option to ensure that guests have ample time to make travel arrangements, get off work, and book the date. Save-the-dates should be sent six to eight months prior to the wedding.

5. Using Too Little Postage: Before mailing your invitations, take an assembled packet to the post office and have it weighed to find out the exact postage needed. Often, due to heavy card stock and extra inserts, wedding invitations require additional postage than one stamp. If you assume your envelope is light enough for a standard stamp and you’re wrong, all of the invitations will be returned.

6. RSVP Too Late/Early: Guests should be required to RSVP to your nuptials three to four weeks after receiving the invitation. If you give guests too much time to RSVP, they might forget to do it altogether. If you request an RSVP too early, you might not get an accurate count.

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Save The Date Cards: A Brides Guide

Although save-the-dates are not absolutely necessary, these cards have increased in popularity with the rise of destination weddings and modern guest lists spread over the country. Since they are a relatively modern concept, no real rules apply – a fact which sometimes causes confusion for brides when planning their wedding stationery. We’ve sorted through the information that’s out there to bring you the real ins and outs concerning save-the-dates…

Who Needs Save the Date Cards?

If your guest list includes a number of out-of-towners or if your wedding takes place during a holiday or other peak time, you are a prime candidate for save-the-dates. Since invitations don’t go out until 6-8 weeks before the big day, save-the-dates are the perfect way to give wedding guests a preliminary heads up so they can begin making travel arrangements. These days, however, more and more brides send these cards regardless of the time and location of their wedding. Why? Save-the-dates provide a fun opportunity to get the word out and foreshadow the style of your big event!

Save the Dates – Rules & Etiquette

Again, few rules apply. The only information you must include is your names and the wedding date, although we suggest including location information as well so wedding guests can begin their travel plans. Aim to send save-the-date cards soon after you secure your date and venue, or about 6 months prior to your wedding. Remember, everyone who receives a save-the-date also receives an invitation, so have your guest list finalized prior to sending them. Although formal replies are not required, you can get preliminary attendance estimates through word-of-mouth.

Save the Date Trends & Ideas

These cards will be the first impression of your wedding festivities, so take advantage of this opportunity to build excitement amongst your wedding guests. If you already know the colors and/or theme of your wedding, now’s your chance to provide a sneak peak. Or try including a favorite love poem or quote that symbolizes your relationship. Here are some of our favorite ideas and trends:

  • Use vibrant colors that will “pop” as soon as guests open the envelope.
  • Incorporate graphics that correspond with the season and/or location of your event. If you are planning a fall wedding try including colorful leaves, or include seashells for a wedding on the water.
  • If the timing is right, turn your save-the-date cards into holiday greetings. Incorporate your engagement photo or another photo taken shortly after the proposal.
  • Who says they have to be printed stationery? Set yours apart by turning them into scrolls, pens, stickers, magnets or a creative calendar-marker.

Wording Samples for Save the Dates

The content of your save-the-dates should be short, sweet, and to the point – providing a basic who, what, where, and when. There is no standard wording; they can be as formal or as whimsical as you’d like. In any case, make sure to include “Formal invitation to follow” somewhere on the card.

Here is the basic layout for the save-the-date cards:


Save the Date: [bride & groom’s name] are getting married on [wedding date] in [city, state]

Here are some other wording samples you might want to consider:
Traditional:
Please save the date:
May 4, 2006 for the wedding of
Mike & Ansley in Charleston, South Carolina

Fun & cutesy:
We’re Tying The Knot!
Justin popped the question, and Katie said yes.
Please join us on October 2, 2006
Orange County, California

For a destination wedding:
Please join us in paradise on June 17, 2006
when Lisa & Jay say “I Do”
in Maui, Hawaii

Source: Elegala.com