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What Your Luxury Wedding Invitations Should Include

If you are planning to have an elegant and memorable wedding, you will want a luxurious wedding invitation delivered to your guests. Invitations are a preview to the wedding itself, giving your guests a glance at the type of wedding you are arranging. For lavish and extravagant weddings, invitations are completely personalized and exquisitely designed to reflect the central motif of the wedding, which can include elements such as engraved ink and ecru shimmer. Continue reading to find out what your luxury wedding invitation should include.

Invitation Card

The basic information inside of the invitation card will include the couple’s name, date, time, and location. More details such as hotel information and a link to a wedding website are optional. For a more luxurious touch, the card itself can be customized with laser-cut designs, embossed texture for the writing, shimmer wraps, or even a satin ribbon to tie it all together. Everything from the font down to the paper color can be personalized.

Response Card

On the outside, formal response cards will have postage included and a return address reprinted on the return envelope. For the inside, RSVP wording is printed and customizable too. It’s also good etiquette to add a menu section so your guests can select which entree they prefer, if you choose to have a plated reception dinner. This lets your guests know what they will be eating and gives your caterers more time to prepare. Just like the invitation card, your response card can be embellished and printed with your choice of ink, lettering, and paper.

Envelopes and Belly Bands

Envelope suites are stylish and sophisticated, but can also be a wonderful keepsake for your guests. The envelope itself also protects the contents of the card, while still giving your wedding invitation a formal appearance. To carefully bind everything together, a belly band is recommended to keep your invitation and enclosures neatly organized.

Conclusion

For opulent wedding invitations, response cards, and more, shop our luxe collection at Forever Friends. We can help you personalize your wedding invitation for the most special day in your life. Contact us for more information by calling (516) 721-2635 or visit us online. We look forward to making a unique, finished product for you!

Details to Include in a Wedding Program

Wedding programs are a classic part of the wedding stationery ensemble. Think of them as a reference page with information your guests may want to revisit on the wedding day. In this month’s blog we discuss what information should be included in your wedding programs.

Traditional Details

The wedding details that are most traditionally displayed in a program include your names, the ceremony location, and an overview of the ceremony. Many couples also decide to include the names of those in their wedding party, the officiant, and immediate family members.

Non-Traditional Details

Ultimately there aren’t any rules for what can and cannot be featured in your wedding program. In fact some couples take it as an opportunity to explain some cultural traditions they may be observing, a story of how they met, or a timeline of the reception.

Final Thoughts

When it’s time to purchase wedding stationery consider purchasing programs to match in order to achieve a more cohesive look on the big day. Wedding programs are typically sent out to the guest list within a month or two of the big day, but they can also be handed out in person just before the ceremony begins. Forever Friends is a one stop shop for all things stationery from invitations and envelopes to save the dates and thank you cards.

Customizing Your Wedding Response Cards

If you are planning to send out wedding invitations, make sure to add a response card for your guests. This card provides an easy way for guests to respond to your invitation. It is part of the etiquette of giving a formal response to the bride and groom. However, the response card can be customized to meet your wedding needs. From the request line to the date of reply, learn more about the organization of a wedding response card by reading our blog!

Request Line

The first line on the card is to address the guests by formally requesting a reply. Some phrasing you might see on this section of the card include “the favor of a response is requested by”, “kindly reply by”, and “please respond by”. If you plan to use formal or casual phrasing, ensure you are consistent with your speech throughout the card.

Date of Reply

The next line of the card is to reach a final head count for the wedding. Responses should be requested at least two to four weeks before the actual date. Follow-ups may be necessary if you don’t receive a response. The date of reply is important not only for head count, but also if you plan on having catering services and need to know the number of people to serve.

“M” Line

The M line is for guests to write in their names. The M itself is meant to designate a salutation for Mr., Mrs., Miss, or Ms. Couples can choose to write in Name(s) instead of the M.

Accept and Decline Lines

The last line of the response card has an accept and decline line for guests. The wording for this line can range from “accepts with pleasure/declines with regret” to “will attend/ will not attend”. This depends on the formality of the card. Another line might be added for the number of attendees, usually for larger families.

Conclusion

At Forever Friends, we have beautiful response cards and envelopes to be included with your wedding invitation. Our response cards and envelopes are customizable. Contact us to order your response cards today!

3 Affordable DIY Wedding Stationery Ideas

It’s incredible all that a DIY bride can accomplish when blessed with a bit more spare time than spare cash. In this month’s blog post we discuss three DIY wedding stationery ideas that may require a little more time, but will help you save hundreds of dollars on your overall budget.

1. Photoshop

If you or someone close to you has sufficient experience using Photoshop, you can use the program to design your own stationery and bring your ideas to life. This option requires you to purchase plenty of your own stationery paper and printer ink, if printing from home. It’s also crucial that you know your desired image dimensions and have access to a high quality printer and paper cutter.

2. Buy a Template

A quick online search will lead you to thousands of digital templates for all types of stationery, including packages that contain everything you need from save the dates and invitations to table number markers and dinner menus. The beauty of this option is you simply shop for a collection, download it and input your wedding details before printing and cutting everything out.

3. Go Digital

Sending digital invitations is a rapidly growing trend because it’s convenient, affordable, and earth-friendly. Online invitation tools are easy to find and will cover a majority of your stationery needs, including invitations, RSVP’s, save the dates, and thank you cards. Keep in mind however that this option is not suitable for menus, table number markers, or programs.

Final Thoughts

When planning a wedding it doesn’t take long to realize the amount of stationery and paper products required, and how much time DIY brides dedicate to designing their dream weddings. If you don’t have the time, quality printer, or steady hand needed to create DIY invitations, contact Forever Friends for premium invitations and wedding stationery items at affordable rates!

Sending a Postponement Announcement

In light of the pandemic, couples are announcing the postponement of their wedding date. Although some couples prefer to email or text, a formal way to communicate with guests is with a creative postponement card. There are still so many ways to design a beautiful card, just as you would with a wedding invitation. It serves as a way to announce a new wedding date or simply update your guests. Read about some of the ways you can personalize your “Change the Date” card!

Card Information

The information printed on the inside of your card needs to be precise and to the point. Of course, you can write a little blurb about how your postponement decision came about, but what you really want your guests to know is the new date. Even if you and your partner haven’t decided on a specific date, your guests will still appreciate the update.

View the image on the left for an example of the wording you can use in your card.

Card Design

Design your postponement card the way you want it. From a sweet picture to intricate lettering and printing, you can customize it to match your personal style. There are card designs that cater to many aesthetics, such as modern or rustic. Of course, sending out your cards ASAP is a priority, so give your card some thought and then place an order as soon as you can.

We have provided an example of the front of a “Change the Date” printed card.

Conclusion

At Forever Friends, we carry the latest trends for “Change the Date” cards. Contact us at (516) 721-2635 to design a postponement card today!

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!

Basically…

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.

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