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Tips for Reducing Wedding Planning Stress

It’s no joke that wedding planning can be complex, extensive, and stressful. While it can be a very exciting process, many couples may feel lost and unsure where to start. Everyone wants their wedding day to go perfectly and remember it for the fun of it – not for the stress. Staying organized and planning things early will prove to reduce some of that burden. Here are some stress-saving tips to make the planning process much easier!  

Set a Realistic Budget

Regardless of how big or small your wedding is, it’s best to keep track of a realistic budget. Often times, couples find themselves spending much more than they expect and underestimating the final costs. Always ask for quotes and ballpark figures when contacting vendors and scouting out wedding locations. Another thing to consider is that local weddings versus destination weddings can have a large difference in cost. Try to finalize your wedding location first before deciding on other aspects.

Your budget, location, wedding date, and guest list should be decided at least 9 to 12 months in advance. We have a convenient wedding planning checklist that you can follow along here

Consider Your Stationery and Favors Early

Deciding on a design for your invitations, reception cards, and so on can take a long time – especially if you’re trying to plan around a theme. Remember to request for samples to aide in your decision making. Once you’ve decided on a design, always look out for easy to miss typos and have more than one person double checking for you before finalizing the printing. This will save you the hassle on extra printing costs and time!

Finalize your stationery and party favors early to allow time for production and shipping. Official wedding invitations can be ordered at least 5 to 6 months before the wedding date.

Send Out Invitations at the Right Time

Timing is important and you have to ensure that your guests have ample time to both receive and respond to your invitation. Save the date cards can be ordered 9 to 12 months in advance and sent out around 6 to 8 months before the date. As your wedding day approaches, the official invitations can then be sent out 2 months ahead of time or earlier. If you’re planning a destination wedding, these can also be sent sooner to allow guests to arrange time off from work and settle their affairs.

Rely on Professional Help

You don’t have to struggle alone with the burden of planning everything. At Forever Friends, we offer convenient and streamlined customization help to assist you with creating the perfect invitations, announcement cards, and more! We offer everything from traditional and elegant designs to more colorful and trendy options.

Not sure how to express yourself? We have prewritten verses and our experts can assist you with etiquette tips including word choice, tone, spelling, etc. When you’re stuck making decisions, we can provide the best recommendations and advice to make your wedding planning as smooth as possible.

Learn More

Design your very own wedding invitation by contacting Forever Friends. We have everything from invitation and envelope embellishments to reception and response cards. Let us fulfill your wishes when it comes to creating a unique and beautiful wedding invitation for your special day.

*Please call Forever Friends for an appointment at (516) 721-2635 or email us at hello@foreverfriendsinvitations.com today. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Planning a Memorable Bachelorette Party

Traditionally bachelorette parties are planned by the bride with the help of the bridal party, however some brides would rather be surprised and therefore hand the planning duties over to their maid of honor. Regardless of who’s planning the night or weekend out, there are three ways to ensure that the experience with be an unforgettable one for everyone involved!

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  • Invitations

Surprisingly invitations are often an overlooked detail and missed opportunity when planning the ultimate bachelorette party. An official bachelorette invite should explain the theme and include an itinerary, pack list, and a way for attendees to RSVP and contact the host if they have any questions. The more information the host can include on the invite, the less confusion and questions will arise.

  • Personalized Favors

Once the party is over nothing will serve as a better reminder than a couple of personalized party favors that the guests and bride-to-be can take with them to use at home. This often includes sashes, shirts, hats, glassware, pins, coasters, can coolers, and even cocktail napkins! Everything that’s intended for the bride to wear or use should be personalized with ‘Bride’ or ‘Future Mrs.’

  • Games

The laughs experienced at bachelorette parties are not soon be forgotten. Ensure the laughs don’t stop the entire night by filling it with fun, hilarious, and exciting games. Games like answering questions about the bride, bingo, mad libs, and would you rather are popular and easy to create.

Final Thoughts

Design your very own wedding invitation by contacting Forever Friends. We have everything from invitation and envelope embellishments to reception and response cards. Let us fulfill your wishes when it comes to creating a unique and beautiful wedding invitation for your special day.

*Please call Forever Friends for an appointment at (516) 721-2635 or email us at hello@foreverfriendsinvitations.com today. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Latest Collections for Fancy Invitations

Your wedding invitations are often the first impressions for guests. Depending on the theme and color scheme, it gives your guests a hint at your special day. Picking out the perfect set of invitations, response cards, and reception cards is crucial in the months and days leading up to your wedding. In this month’s blog, we highlight the latest collections available now at Forever Friends!

Clear Collection

The Clear Collection features beautiful clear acrylic invitations and cards. These acrylics are durable and definitely a step above regular paper invitations. They have a refined and unique flair and are available as invitation suites, response cards, reception cards, and holiday cards. The text can be easily customized and is UV printed onto the crystal clear acrylic card.

This collection is great for those looking for a more fancy approach when it comes to sending out wedding invitations. We guarantee your guests will be amazed by the level of quality and sophistication.

Trend Collection

The Trend Collection has a variety of modern choices and designs that are perfect for contemporary couples. Many designs belonging to this collection are also available with gorgeous foil accents and stamps that give it a slight shimmer. The Trend Collection features invitation suites, affordable ensembles, response cards, reception cards, invitation embellishments, and envelope embellishments.

This collection is most recommended for couples looking for beautiful colorful designs that are appealing and tasteful. You are sure to find the perfect aesthetic and theme with this collection!

Luxe Wedding Collection

Elegant, classic, and refined are a few words to describe the Luxe Wedding Collection. This collection keeps to the more minimalistic white with laser cut designs and finished with intricate embossing. Invitation suites, response cards, reception cards, and envelope embellishments are available for this collection.

The Luxe Wedding Collection is a wonderful choice for couples who have a taste for luxury. These lavish designs are perfect to portray sophistication and grace.

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Learn More

Design your very own wedding invitation by contacting Forever Friends. We have everything from invitation and envelope embellishments to reception and response cards. Let us fulfill your wishes when it comes to creating a unique and beautiful wedding invitation for your special day.

*Please call Forever Friends for an appointment at (516) 721-2635 or email us at hello@foreverfriendsinvitations.com today. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Planning a Bridal Shower

Bridal showers are a time honored wedding tradition typically shared with close girlfriends and family one to three months before the big day. A bridal shower is the perfect event for bringing family and friends together to celebrate the bride-to-be individually and shower her with love. Whether you’re planning a brunch or a tea party for an upcoming shower, there are several key elements that should not be overlooked!

Invitations

Once you’ve landed on a theme for the shower partner up with an invitation designer to ensure the invitations reflect the party details and desired aesthetic perfectly. Invitations should be sent out four to six weeks before the shower and contain all information guests will need including location, RSVP details, the general theme, what to bring, the beginning and end times, and any other relevant information.

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Décor

Nothing will help make the day feel more special, fun, and beautiful than the décor! From balloons and tassled garlands to lace and flowers, when it comes to celebrating a bride more is always best! At bridal showers, it’s good to have plenty of on-theme signage to help minimize confusion such as yard signs and signs indicating where guests can find the gift table, bathroom, drinks, etc.

To make things more personalized, try decorating with framed baby photos of the bride, creating a picture collage in the shape of her new initials, or getting custom signs and banners made with the wedding hashtag.

Food & Drinks

When planning the food and drinks you want to serve, don’t be afraid to get creative and have a bit of fun. For a brunch themed shower, set up a mimosa bar and serve doughnuts, scones, coffee and even miniature chicken and waffles. A Paris themed shower could offer guests croissants, macaroons and French wines, cheeses and desserts.

Backdrop

Party backdrops are visually appealing focal points that can also serve as photo backdrops. It will be the go-to spot to take pictures for the day while ensuring they turn out beautifully every time. Build your own backdrop with a solid background and decorate it with a bride-to-be banner, flowers, balloons, and other on-theme décor.

Games

The most exciting part of a bridal shower is getting to play all of the games! Games can be totally personalized, generic, or a mixture of both. Common bridal shower games include scratch-off bingo, ‘how well do you know the bride,’ scavenger hunts, mad libs, and a contest to see which team can make the best wedding dress out of toilet paper.

Final Thoughts

Design your very own wedding invitation by contacting Forever Friends. We have everything from invitation and envelope embellishments to reception and response cards. Let us fulfill your wishes when it comes to creating a unique and beautiful wedding invitation for your special day.

*Please call Forever Friends for an appointment at (516) 721-2635 or email us at hello@foreverfriendsinvitations.com today. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

4 Ways to Propose to Your Wedding Party

A wedding party proposal is a term coined to describe the unique and honorable ways engaged couples ask their loved ones to be in their wedding. From hand written sentiments to customized hankies, there are countless memorable and personalized ways you can “propose” to your wedding party.

Stuffed Gift Bag

A popular and inexhaustible proposal idea is to stuff a nice, personalized tote bag or backpack with your friend’s favorite snacks, candles, drinks, self-care items and other elements that highlight the weddings theme. A fun option is to include something you’ll want everyone to wear on the big day or during the bachelor/bachelorette parties.

Personalized Goods

There are wonderful personalized gift options for everyone on your list whether you’re asking a father to walk you down the aisle, a family member to be your officiant, or a friend to be your maid of honor. Fan favorite items include hankies, mugs, drink koozies, cufflinks, hangers, shirts, and hats.

Party Accessories

Initiate the party right off the bat with some lively party favors! Gift your loved ones a flask, a bottle of liquor, a shot glass, a bottle opener or any other item that will get them ready to party with you. Other party alternatives you could gift include high quality cigars, games, noise makers, wigs or funny glasses.

A Card

There’s truly nothing like receiving a thoughtful hand written card from someone you love. Cards are not only classically simple but they can be funny, heartfelt, sweet or a combination of all three. You can either personalize every card, shop existing styles, or design your own custom cards to match your other wedding stationery items. 

Final Thoughts

Design your very own wedding invitation by contacting Forever Friends. We have everything from invitation and envelope embellishments to reception and response cards. Let us fulfill your wishes when it comes to creating a unique and beautiful wedding invitation for your special day.

*Please call Forever Friends for an appointment at (516) 721-2635 or email us at hello@foreverfriendsinvitations.com today. We look forward to hearing from you soon!”

Wedding Gift Etiquette

When it comes to choosing the right wedding gift, it can be uncharted territory, especially when it is for somebody close to you. It can be tricky knowing what gift will be appropriate and well-received. However, you don’t need to stress about searching the store aisles for the perfect gift because we will be discussing the correct steps to follow. In this blog, we will guide you through everything related to purchasing gifts for a wedding.

A Wedding Gift or Bridal Shower Gift..?

The answer is yes. Wedding etiquette expects to buy for both the wedding day and bridal shower. If you are on a tight budget, the 70/30 rule will bust you out of an awkward situation. You would set 70% of your budget for the wedding day gift, and the 30% would be for the bridal shower gift. It is beneficial first to identify how much you can contribute before buying anything.

The Bride, Groom, or Both?

Once again, the answer is yes. For the bridal shower, you need to buy a gift for the bride only. However, you should purchase a wedding gift for the newlywed couple when it comes to the wedding ceremony. You can figure out what type of gift to get them by looking at their wedding gift registry and sometimes bridal shower. The newlywed couple usually gives the guests a good idea of what they will need in their new life. Even though you don’t need to buy something off the list, it is an expectation. If all in doubt, the best thing is to ask the bride what they need straightforwardly.

A Gift from the Registry

You might wonder if you need to buy a gift from the registry, and the answer is no—most people who buy a gift purchase something meaningful. Finding a gift from the registry can be expensive, but a gift from the heart is always well received. When you purchase anything last minute, it can be very stressful and difficult to find. Other guests might get to the gift registry early and steal budget-friendly gifts. It is recommended to purchase a wedding gift early.

Gifts, Gifts, Gifts

The gift registry is the best place to find what to get for the bride and groom. However, sometimes there is no registry set up, and you have no clue what to purchase. There are two approaches to find the best gift for the couple. First, ask them what they want or need for their new life together. It removes any surprise aspect from the situation and ensures that your money is well spent. The second option is to search for something the bride might want in her new life. Items like a charcuterie board, glassware, art, or any home-related goods would be perfect.

Conclusion

Design your very own wedding invitation by contacting Forever Friends. We have everything from invitation and envelope embellishments to reception and response cards. Let us fulfill your wishes when it comes to creating a unique and beautiful wedding invitation for your special day.

*Please call Forever Friends for an appointment at (516) 721-2635 or email us at hello@foreverfriendsinvitations.com today. We look forward to hearing from you soon!”

When to Send Your Wedding Stationery

Finally now that the wedding industry has nearly rebounded from last year, it’s time for brides and grooms to get a move on locking down venues, sending out engagement announcements, and eventually save the dates and invitations too! Follow along for an ultimate timeline and guide for when you should be sending out your gorgeous wedding stationery to your guests.

Engagement Announcements

The sooner you can design your dream engagement announcements the better, especially if you are planning your wedding in under a year. If you plan to throw an engagement party as well you can opt to combine the announcement with the party invite for added savings and convenience.

Save the Dates

Mailing your save the dates anywhere from six to eight months before the big day should give guests ample time to make any arrangements necessary. Those hosting a destination wedding may consider sending save the dates even a month or two earlier than this to ensure affordable travel can be booked and time away from work can be approved.

Invitations

As a general rule of thumb it’s best to send out official wedding invitations six to ten weeks before the wedding day. This ensures they’re not sent too early, but early enough for guests to make any final adjustments to their plans and for RSVPs and meal selections to be mailed back to you.

Thank You Cards

Brides and grooms who create online registries are often surprised to see some gifts being delivered before the wedding. If this happens its common courtesy to respond with a thank you card within two or three weeks of receiving the gift.

For all other gifts received on or after the wedding day there is not nearly as much of a rush with this. Since newlyweds are often busy honeymooning, moving, and adjusting to marriage sending out thank you cards anywhere from one to three months after the wedding is perfectly acceptable.

Final Thoughts

Designing and mailing wedding stationery can be one of the most exciting parts of wedding planning, plus it’s often the very first taste guests will get of your wedding colors, theme and style. Contact the design experts at Forever Friends for 100% custom wedding stationery including announcements, save the dates, invitation packages, thank you cards, programs, favors and more!

Summer Beach Wedding Ideas

Summer is just around the corner and there’s no surprise that it’s a popular season for couples to walk down the aisle and celebrate their love. It’s also a time when most people are able to take some much needed time off and are free to travel. So how do you plan for a summer wedding? In this month’s blog, we’ll talk about fantastic summer beach wedding ideas that is sure to leave your guests impressed!

That Perfect Shore-Side Venue

Outdoor venues are extremely popular, especially having a shore-side wedding. Hosting an event at the beach can be romantic and beautiful. However, it’s important to keep your guests in mind because you’re going to be dealing with high temperatures and a strong sun. We recommend having tented seating areas or large umbrellas for your guests to take shelter in. Another way to escape the heat is to align your main event towards the evening, when temperatures are cooler.

If you’re sticking with a beach-side wedding, having a casual pre-party before the main event is sure to entice guests! Being able to dress down and just relax in the sand or at a beach bar is a great way to appreciate the summer vibe. Providing tasty, cooling treats is also an absolute must, such as drinks and dessert stations.  

Beach Themed Stationery

Match your beach-side venue with beautiful and creative stationery! Invite your guests with gorgeous wedding invitations featuring the beautiful deep blue meeting the shore, or perhaps cards featuring the ocean life. These images are sure to evoke a calming and pleasing aesthetic in your guest’s mind before the event, conjuring a sense of excitement for that ocean breeze. You can also welcome your guests at the venue with matching beach themed seating placement cards, including a guest book that they can sign. Remember that keeping a consistent aesthetic is sure to wow your guests and overall enhance your special day!

Beachy Party Favors

People love trinkets and merchandise that would serve as a memento of the wedding event. Here are some ideas to keep your guests comfortable while doubling as a party favor:

  • Personalized fans to combat that summer heat
  • Themed sunglasses
  • Reusable water bottles
  • Beach tote bags
  • Mini sunscreen bottles
  • Parasols
  • Customized beach towels

Conclusion

We hope this gives you some inspiration for your dream beach wedding. Here at Forever Friends, we dedicate ourselves to helping couples create the perfect wedding. We create customized wedding stationery, including announcements, save-the-date cards, invitations, and more! Visit our website to browse our catalog and available merchandise or call us for a free consultation at (516) 721-2635.

A Wedding Map and An Accommodation Card: Why is it Necessary?

            When your guests are arriving at your wedding venue, it is best to invest in wedding maps and accommodation cards. It is essential for your guests to know the logistics of getting to your venue, finding a place to stay, and finding their way around. It does not have to be a destination wedding, where many of your guests may be unacquainted with the site. It could be the next city over or even locally. Even so, giving suggestions and valuable information is a pleasant gesture.

Wedding Map

Make it easy for your adored family and friends to help them have a wonderful time at your ceremony. It may seem evident to announce your wedding location, however, providing different addresses for multiple locations is beneficial. It will save them from the hassle of frantically calling each other to find your ceremony and reception. Not only that, but specific directions will assist them in locating your whereabouts, as GPS can only go so far.

An example is having your ceremony away from the main road or behind another building. Also, maps will help your guests imagine the area before arriving, especially if you have an enormous venue where guests need to walk. Plans will let your guests have accurate and concise directions. Therefore, having a wedding map will remove any needless frustration.

Accommodation Cards

Wedding accommodation cards are an excellent addition to offer your guests. If you are inviting many guests to the wedding, it’s best to provide recommendations for accommodations near your venue at least. Also, be sure to make available selections in different price ranges. An accommodation card can list the hotel that you have a wedding block reserved. However, if you have a few companies coming to your special day, you might consider renting a house or large apartment. The accommodation card can have the information for both hotels and rental places. Plus, accommodation cards keep your wedding information private instead of having it public on a website. It can have sensitive wedding travel information like flight numbers or the address of your rental.

Conclusion

Whether you’re having your wedding in your hometown or a destination location, it is essential to have the correct information for your guests. You will need wedding maps and accommodation cards that make it simple for guests. At Forever Friends, an award-winning wedding invitation designer, we can make sure to help you create your unique invitation personally.  We have everything from invitations, reception cards, wedding maps, accommodation cards, and more. Browse through our collection at our website, or please call Forever Friends for an appointment at (516)721-2635.

We look forward to speaking to you!

Elegant Embellishments for Your Wedding Invitations

When you are making wedding invitations, you can design them as simple or as extravagant as you desire. There are wedding invitations that are minimal and still absolutely stunning. However, the best way to impress your guests is to go above and beyond the standard invitation. Complete your invitations with elegant embellishments, which can range from rhinestones and ribbons to tabs with a backer. Continue reading to learn more about the different kinds of embellishments that complement any wedding invitation.

Rhinestones

Accent your invitation with beautiful rhinestones. These embellishments are perfect for announcements or invitations to create a little bling. Go for clear rhinestones for a classy look, or choose pearls for a rich and unique feel. There are many colors you can select from to stay within your color scheme. From bright fuchsia to opulent pearl, rhinestones can make your invitation “pop”.

Satin Ribbons

Wrap up your invitation with a gorgeous satin ribbon. You can purchase ribbons in a large quantity and add them to cards, accessories, and other wedding gifts. This versatile embellishment is relatively inexpensive, so if you have leftover funds from your invitations, splurge on satin ribbons!

Tab with Backer

Pocket wedding invitations are filled with elegant invitations and response cards, so why not a tab with a backer? These printed tabs include the bride and groom’s name as an added embellishment to the wedding invitation. Tabs with backers are sophisticated and formal for your pocket invitation. They are also easily customizable!

Conclusion

Design your very own wedding invitation by contacting Forever Friends. We have everything from invitation and envelope embellishments to reception and response cards. Let us fulfill your wishes when it comes to creating a unique and beautiful wedding invitation for your special day.

*Please call Forever Friends for an appointment at (516) 721-2635 or email us at hello@foreverfriendsinvitations.com today. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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