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Stationery You Need to Work from Home

As more and more businesses switch to remote working conditions, many are finding themselves in need of tools that will help them stay more organized, motivated, and successful while working from home. See below the top three stationery items that every remote worker needs to succeed while working from home!

Stationery Sets

Stationery sets can include anything from thank you cards and monogrammed notepads to customized lists and letter paper. Many stationery companies give customers the option of ordering all of their items in the same matching color or style, so that way everything is uniform and easier to organize.

Personalized Planner

A personalized planner is the number one must have stationery item for remote workers! Choose or design a planner that will work perfectly for you whether you prefer a daily, weekly, or monthly layout. You can even look for options that have stickers, page pockets, book marks, and other useful tools to help keep you on track at work every day.

Custom Post-it® Notes

Ensure that your most important reminders won’t ever be forgotten about with custom Post-it® Notes! Make it all your own by adding the name of your brand, your favorite color, or even a favorite photo to your custom Post-it® Notes. Color matching options will allow you to stay perfectly on brand while also staying on top of what’s most important at work!

Conclusion

There are some things that technology won’t ever be able to replace and handwritten notes, reminders, and cards are included. Customized stationery and paper goods are reliable, convenient, and timeless tools for those working from home today. Check out our website here for a great selection of high quality stationery products you’ll be sure to love.

How Customized Stationery Has Stayed Relevant in Modern Times

For a number of reasons, it may seem as though the era of personal printers and hard copies is on its way out. However niches in the paper industry, customized stationery in particular, have proven their unparalleled value in the age of technology. Not only does customized stationery get your correspondence noticed and bolster branding, it even helps individuals further portray their affection to loved ones who are far away.

Brand Reinforcement

In terms of business, customized stationery can be incredibly powerful. Employees, clients, and anyone else who comes in to contact with the brand or one of its branded items will quickly realize that they are professional and committed to investing in their image. Whether it’s an official letter or a note pad, the brand is continuously being shared and gaining exposure.

Sentimental Purposes

What could portray more thoughtfulness than a customized thank you letter? Not a whole lot! While there has been a rise in popularity in the use of digital cards, the industry will never come close to sharing the same success that custom stationery continues to have. These types of notes are often kept for their nostalgic value, reconnecting them to the emotions the note emoted originally.

Indication of Importance

Most people understand that if something is important enough, it will be sent in the mail rather than via email. From invitations and legal statements to acceptance letters, messages delivered on customized stationery are able to emphasize the gravity of their importance. The full weight behind a message can truly be measured and understood simply by being customized and in physical form.

Conclusion

Beautiful for business and perfect for personal, customized stationery will continue to stand the test of time. Whether it’s for marketing purposes or everyday correspondence, nothing says how professional and organized you are than a branded product. It’s no surprise that more companies and individuals are investing in custom stationery than ever before. Contact us today for custom stationery products that are perfect for business and personal.

Printing Methods Used for Wedding Invitations

The beauty of a wedding invitation is found in the intricate printed detailing on the inside and outside of the card. With gorgeous lettering printed or pressed directly onto the paper, the results can be stunning. So what are some methods used to print wedding invitations? In this blog, we discuss a blend of modern and traditional processes that are applied when printing an invitation.

Thermography

Thermography is a method of printing wedding invitations that is classic and affordable. As the invitation is being printed, a resin is spread on to the wet surface. The reaction from the heat allows the resin and ink to fuse together. When the card has dried, the final product has a visible, raised lettering. It shares the same similarities as having it engraved, but for a fraction of the cost. With a vast range of ink colors to choose from, thermography is a great way to customize any card!

Flat Printing

Flat printing, also known as digital printing, is when ink is transferred to paper by a digital printing press. This press has a higher quality and larger scale than the inkjet printer you use at home. The process uses a liquid ink that soaks directly into cotton paper, which leaves behind a smooth finish. Some examples of flat printing include watercolor illustrations, photographs, and more. Combine it with foil stamping for an elegant touch!

Letterpress Printing

Letterpressing is done on very thick paper in order to get the best debossed look. Cotton paper is the perfect thickness for a letterpress because of its soft touch and textured quality. When inserted into the letterpress machine, ink is pressed down onto the paper by a metal plate. These flexible printing plates can be customized into a design and get the same indistinguishable results as an original letterpress. Perfect for couples that want a timeless wedding invitation!

Conclusion

At Forever Friends, we want to be part of your wedding invitation journey. Our studio works directly with you to get the perfect design for your card. From lettering to photographs, we’re here to get your wedding invitation exactly right. We invite you to visit our website for more information on our products and specialty services for wedding invites, reception cards, and more. Contact us today!

How To Give Your Wedding Invitations Character

Your wedding is the best time to flex your creativity and make everything unique! If you are feeling stuck on how to make your invitations stand out, be sure to finish reading this month’s blog to learn more!

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Your wedding invitation is a great way to set the tone for your wedding. Whether you have a specific theme or a certain vibe you are going for, making this clear from the start is important! If you want to express a laid back and easygoing vibe, you can include a funny comic or cartoon on your invites. Guests will be able to pick up on the over all tone. 

Another way to set the tone is by placing an event timeline on your invitation. A timeline of each event and the time they will take place is a great way to show your guests that you are having a very formal and structured wedding! Your guests will be able to plan accordingly and they will enjoy having a heads up on the day’s festivities. 

If you want to set the tone for a romantic theme, try putting the timeline of your relationship on the invitation! It’s a great way to show the story of your love and will get everyone ready for a day of romance and love. It’s a sweet way to set the tone and everyone will be excited to see you finally say “I do”!

Another way to create an inviting vibe is by doing a list of “who is more likely…” on the invitation! It’s a great way to show that opposites attract but also is a great way for your guests to feel like they really know you. If you are inviting lots of close friends and family, this is a great way for them to know how special it is they were chosen to be there! If you choose to do this on invites to people who you don’t really know all that well, it’s a great way to make them feel like they know you and like they are really part of the celebration!

Conclusion

Your wedding invites should be as unique of your wedding celebration. Whether you are attempting to set the tone of simply have a unique way of inviting those you are closest too, adding character to your initiation has never been easier than when you rely on Forever Friends!

Unique Wedding Reception Ideas to Make Your Day Memorable

Dessert Table at Wedding

Planning for the most important day of your life is such an exciting time. From picking a wedding theme to the perfect wedding invitations and the selection of your bridal party, it can all be overwhelming yet thrilling! With that comes the reception planning. What kind of food are you going to offer? How about thank you gifts for your guests? In this blog we will be sharing a few unique wedding reception ideas that can elevate your wedding day making it that much more memorable, read along!

Capture the Moment With a Backdrop

A picture perfect moment is worth a thousand words. Everyone will be taking pictures of your beautiful ceremony and reception, give your guests something fun to partake in by renting a backdrop or photo booth! A cute backdrop and fun props could be the perfect way for your bridal party and guests to capture some awesome moments at your wedding. The bride and groom should start the activity and the rest will easily follow.

Dessert Table

Dessert tables have been a trend for a while now, and will definitely be a staple for big events moving forward. This if for good reason, I mean, who doesn’t love sweets? From a wood-engraved donut wall fit for a rustic themed wedding, to a glass table filled with the bride and groom’s favorite desserts, dessert tables are versatile and can be created to fit any theme. From a chocolate fountain to a candy galore and your favorite French macaroons, the options are endless. Satisfy your guests cravings with this fun addition.

Thank You Gifts

  It is a lovely gesture to send your guests home with a cute gift as a thank you for celebrating this wonderful moment with you. Some great gift ideas are: a personalized alcohol bottle, a warm blanket, or even a scented candle with personalized matches. There are many options to choose from, it all depends on what you and your partner like.

We hope these cute and unique ideas spark your creativity when planning your wedding reception. You can count of Forever Friends to assist with your wedding invitations, stationery and much more! Visit our website to learn more about us.

History of Wedding Invitation Design

Wedding invitations didn’t always contain pop-up flowers or the words “Mr. and Mrs.” in embossed letters. To dive into the fascinating story of how wedding invitations changed through the ages, we must investigate some ancient manuscripts and practices. Below are some of the notable highlights.

Minimalistic and Lead

First, we must look at the earliest surviving letter from ancient Greece, which was that of a worker in the northern Black Sea during fifth century B.C. The design seems to have been minimal, since the letter was written on a simple thin sheet of lead. There is no opening or closing, unlike the dramatic envelope tearing that we have today. In ancient Greece, this type of minimalism was especially strong when it came to wedding invitation letters, as epitomized by their short notices. For example, one letter simply states:

Dionysios asks you to dinner on the occasion of his children’s marriage in the house of Ischyrion – tomorrow, which is the 30th from the ninth hour.

Theon, son of Origenes, invites you to the wedding of his sister – tomorrow, which is the 9th of Tubi from the eighth hour.

Despite such simplistic designs, receiving a Save the Date seems to have mattered a great deal socially, as there was even a contemporary myth about Eris (the goddess of discord) being refused admittance to a wedding banquet because she didn’t have an invitation.

A metal spoon with melted lead.

Printed and Tinted

Believe it or not, town criers were the primary way of making wedding announcements for most during the early and high Middle Ages, since many were illiterate. (The wealthy put family crests on the letters to accommodate such guests.) In 1440, however, German goldsmith Johannes Gutenberg came up with the printing press, revolutionizing letterpress forever. (Yes, Chinese and Korean printing methods did exist, but they lacked a metal alloy that melted and cooled speedily.) This innovation enabled many Renaissance writers to publish books in the vernacular and the Protestant Reformers to make the Bible uncensored, both of which encouraged people of all socioeconomic strata to become literate. Printed works could now have color illustrations and pages with as many as 42 lines of type. With the rise of capitalism, the emerging middle class employed the mezzotint technology, which enabled engraving via pricking a metal plate with little holes designed to hold ink. To prevent smudging, a tissue paper would be placed on the engraving, a practice which is common even for wedding invitations today.

The Gutenberg press.
The Gutenberg press.

Two Revolutions Later

After the Industrial Revolution, wedding invitation design became even more specialized. Thanks to lithography, or the act of creating ink impressions via a special stone, the mass production of printed works took off. Still, the postal system wasn’t quite what it was today, which meant people had to send invitations on horseback. As precautions against inclement weather, the invitations were sealed twice; the outer envelope took the beating, preserving the integrity of the inner envelope. After the Internet revolutionized the commercial world, RSVP cards became even more personalized. Today, online retailers that specialize in stationery receive all kinds of requests for customizations.

Carrefour de St Jean et Paul (lithograph)
A 1835 lithograph in color.

Conclusion

Thanks to all the advances in wedding invitation design technology, making a card in an Art-Deco-styled format or with a thermographic typeface is not difficult today. If you’re interested in getting that perfectly styled wedding invitation, simply let Forever Friends lend a hand today!

Parts of a Wedding Invitation

wedding invitations on a table

A wedding invite is much more involved than invitations for other parties. It can be a little overwhelming on first glance to figure out what parts of an invitation you actually need. Here’s a rundown of some essential wedding enclosures that you may want included in your invitation design.

Invitation Belly Band

You’ll undoubtedly have many separate paper enclosures within your wedding invitation that your guests will need to keep up with.  A belly band keeps all of these paper items neat and organized by holding them securely together.  It’s usually embellished with the couple’s name or initials, but it’s really up to you.

Map Card

Even in this day and age of GPS technology, it’s still a good idea to include a map card for your guests. You never know if someone’s phone may lose service or run out of a charge. A paper map is helpful backup for your guests to have.

Accommodations Card

bride and groom at a wedding smiling at each other

If you have negotiated a special hotel rate for your guests, you may want to include that information on a separate accommodations card. The nightly rate, hotel phone number and any other pertinent information can be included on this wedding invite enclosure. If you have a block of hotel rooms that receive a special rate you will need to include instructions on how your guest can receive the discount price.

Response/RSVP Card

“It can be a little overwhelming on first glance to figure out what parts of an invitation you actually need. “

This is probably the most important part of the invitation. You need an accurate count of who will be attending. Your response card should clearly list the number of guests invited and a deadline for replying. The response card envelope should already be filled out with your return address and appropriate postage to make it as easy as possible for your guests to RSVP. If your guests have a meal choice, this is also included on the RSVP card.

Reception Card

A reception card is helpful if the wedding and reception are held in two different places. This will include the name and address of the reception venue and possibly a map, if you prefer. Don’t forget to put the time! You can state “immediately following the wedding ceremony,” or if there will be a bit of lag time due to photos or other events let your guests know by putting an exact reception time.

wedding cake at a reception

With so many different styles to customize your invitations, you will surely find the ideal combination that expresses your soon-to-be union. Visit our website to see the many styles and formats of elegant wedding invitations we have to offer.

Ways to Make Your Wedding Invitation Design POP!

When it comes to your wedding invitations, you always want them to stand out. Your invitations present you with an opportunity to create something that is unique to you by combining beautiful elements and printing techniques. The last thing you want is for your invitations to look similar or the same to other invitations you have seen. In order to make yours unique and really add that ‘wow’ factor, then you are going to need to take some time and prepare a unique invitation. Read on and find a few ways that will really make yours stand out against the rest.

Use a Beautiful Typeface

A beautiful typeface is a must with any wedding invitation. Some of the options that are a perfect fit include scripts, brush, calligraphy, and handwriting fonts. These are highly recommended because of the limited text on an invitation. Try to pair one of these typefaces with a simpler font like sans serif for contrast. You can use the more elegant type for names and sans serif for the rest to really make them stand out.

Customize a Template

When it comes to a template, if you start with a premade invitation, it can be a great way to get the ball rolling on your custom design. It can give you an idea on what style best fits the couple and move on from there. A good template is one that you can fully customize to suit your unique needs. Change colors, typefaces, pictures, or themes until you create something you truly love.

Photo Keepsake Option

When you create an invitation, the recipient may throw it away after writing down the date in their calendar. In order to make your invitation more of a keepsake, create one that doubles as a beautiful wedding photo. When you use a great image and match it with some simple calligraphy, you can turn it into a design that recipients will want to hold onto.

Print on Quality Paper

Whenever you create something that is printed, nothing says special occasion like quality paper. You will want to opt in for something with adequate weight and texture. A sturdy invitation on good paper will always look better and more official.

When you need your invitations printed perfectly, without imperfections, you need the right wedding print shop. That’s where we come in, here at Forever Friends you can count on us to provide you with beautifully printed invitations.

Great Wedding Party Favor Ideas

Planning a wedding is overwhelming- because there are so many details to decide on. Once you establish your guest list, you will want to consider the types of party favors you want to gift them to show your appreciation. From edible treats to customized novelties, read this blog post for some wedding party favor suggestions.

Desserts

The sky is the limit with sweet favors, so don’t be afraid to express your creativity with your choices. From individually packaged baking mixes and baked goods to macarons and much more, you can’t go wrong with a simple sugary treat. Party guests will be happy to head home with something sweet to enjoy on their way. Whether you order desserts from your favorite bakery or prepare them in your home, party guests will appreciate the gesture of an edible party favor.

Customized Merchandise

Another great way to thank party guests for celebrating with you is by giving them personalized gifts. From custom blankets with the guests’ names on them to hats embroidered with the wedding date, there are many ways to give your guests a unique novelty item. Those who have hired a DJ and a dancefloor should consider gifting dancing guests a pair of sandals that are decorated using your event’s theme colors. People will be more than happy to kick off their high heels in exchange for the adorned flats.

Bubbly Favors

You can keep the party going past the end of your wedding celebration with a unique alcoholic drink. Great party favor drinks include mini champagne bottles and mini cocktail kits. Your guests will be delighted to take home a great beverage that will remind them of the occasion. You can even add custom name labels and décor to the bottles to give them a personalized flair. Champagne, wine, and beer are all great wedding favors that everyone will love.

Flower Power

People love being able to craft their own floral bouquet at the end of a wedding celebration. Purchase a selection of fresh cut flowers and allow people to fill their own vase or pail with the flowers of their choice. This sentimental favor will be a total hit.

Conclusion

Wedding party planning doesn’t have to be so stressful. Give these gifts to your friends and family as party favors and your event will be a success. For customized wedding invitations, party favors, and more, you should call on us at Forever Friends, where we are dedicated to excellence.

Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Party

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! While deciding on your wedding invitations and rsvp cards, consider unique ways to ask friends and family if they’d be in your wedding party. Keep reading to learn a few tips on ways to choose your wedding party.

Think Twice Before You Ask

Always think twice before asking friends or relatives to be in your bridal party. Once you ask, there is no turning back. Consider the future and how close you may or may not be with the people you’re thinking of asking. You’ll need to trust your attendants to be there for you during the stresses of planning your wedding.

Newlywed couple surrounded by bridesmaids and groomsmen.
Newlywed couple surrounded by bridesmaids and groomsmen.

Honest Expectations

Understand that it’s important to be honest with yourself and the wedding party about what you’ll be expecting of them. Do you want your attendants to help you with addressing invitations or helping you shop for the day of attire? Or would you want to have them leave the details to you? Whether you want an involved wedding party or people to simply support you from afar, it’s important to decide before popping the question to your candidates.

Consider the Size of Your Wedding

Are you expecting to have a large gathering at your wedding? Or something more intimate with only your close friends and family? Determining the size of your wedding could give you a general idea about how many people you want in the wedding party. However, don’t let this be only deciding factor because a large wedding can still have a small wedding party and vice versa.

Newlyweds walking with bridesmaids and groomsmen.
Newlyweds walking with bridesmaids and groomsmen.

Remember There Aren’t Rules

Don’t let the titles of bridesmaid or best man stand in the way of choosing the best person for the role. If your dream choice for your maid of honor is a man, call him the man of honor or if you’d prefer your sister or best girl friend to be your best man, do it. No matter the role you’re looking to fill in your wedding party, remember there are no rules in who you choose.

Thoughts

When you ask your friends and loved ones to stand next to you on your wedding day, keep these tips in mind to feel confident you’re making the right choice. When you’re ready to pop the question to them, Forever Friends has a wide assortment of “Will you be my…” cards and totes to personalize the experience.

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