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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!

Table and Menu Cards for a Wedding Reception

“To create something exceptional, your mindset must relentlessly be focused on the smallest detail.” – Giorgio Armani

After a wedding ceremony, guests head to the reception to enjoy drinks and dinner. In order for guests to find their assigned seats, table numbers or place cards are set on the arranged table. Elegant signage is a small detail that guests will appreciate as they take their seats. For a sneak peek to what’s being served, a printed menu card is a sophisticated touch for guests to preview. You can find inspiration for table number and menu cards in our blog, so continue reading!

Table Number Cards

When it comes to table number cards, the first few numbers are usually reserved for immediate family members. Placing numbers 1-5 in the front tables of the reception venue is customary so the family can be close to the bride and groom’s table. Of course, the number cards can be designed to the couple’s preference, so they can choose from freestanding cards, cards with a stand, or even unique burlap wine bags.

Place Cards

Place cards indicate both the table and the specific seat for each guest and are ideal for sit-down dinner receptions. It’s a formal way for guests to be directed to the correct seating, particularly if tables are more spread out. Place cards are folded so guests can view their name on the front and back. Tip: Keep it simple by writing the guest’s first and last name. As for the card itself, the lettering and paper material can be personalized. Some customizations include scripted lettering, colored ink, gold shimmer paper, and more.

Menu Card

Menu cards are not a requirement, but they are great for communicating the details of the meal to guests. For buffet-style catering, it’s an easy way to share food options and give guests courtesy of knowing what to expect. Menu cards should include a brief welcome, followed by the description of the courses being served. Select from card options such as black raised ink, accent lettering, and more.

Conclusion

Wedding reception stationery is decorative and practical, so start designing your very own place cards and menu cards with Forever Friends. We use premium products and modern printing methods to get the best results. Shop our collection of reception cards and decorations online or contact us for customization help. We look forward to speaking with you soon!

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!

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