Monday, September 7, 2015

Real Weddings: Pre-Wedding Pieces with Personality

We’re often asked whether or not all the pieces of a wedding stationery suite have to match. The answer is, well, yes and no. Yes, in that every piece should reflect the feeling a couple is trying to create surrounding their wedding. No, in that not every piece needs to be “matchy matchy” (though it’s certainly okay to make them so). 

In the case of Ashley and Robert’s wedding, what was important to Ashley was that her favorite color—dark blue—be incorporated. And so, the engagement party and save the dates both feature the vibrant hue. (The invitations will also follow suit.) However, Ashley , with the help of her stationer, Gem Printing, added subtle touches to make each piece unique. For example, the engagement party invitation was paired with a festive gold dot envelope lining and the save the date is a square shape. 

Here, Ashley shares the touching reason why she wanted to go overboard on the engagement party invitation, and Melissa of family-owned Gem Printing talks about the unexpected detail today’s brides seem to know all about.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Your Wedding Stationery Trousseau: A Complete Guide

Before the Wedding

Save the Date Cards
Sent at least three months before the wedding, these cards advise family and friends of your wedding plans and allow them to take your wedding date into consideration when making their own travel plans. While it’s nice to have your save the date cards match your invitation, it is not essential. They often simply reflect the spirit of the event.

Invitations and Response Cards

Rehearsal Dinner
The rehearsal dinner takes place on the night before the wedding and is given as a courtesy to the bride’s family (typically the groom’s family hosts this event, however the bride’s family or a close relative or friend may also host one). While an invitation to the rehearsal dinner should reflect the nature of the event, it should never compete with or upstage the wedding invitation.

Rehearsal dinner invitations are usually worded formally, but many times just first names are used. This less-formal style lets guests know how you, your fiancĂ© and your fiance’s parents wish to be addressed.
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