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Fall Wedding Announcements

During the fall season, many couples are getting ready to get married; some are even planning parties and celebrations ahead of time. For most couples, putting together invitations for family and friends can be a fun and creative way to announce their upcoming fall wedding. From picking out colors and fonts, to sorting pictures and images, follow along in our blog to learn some tips and tricks to make your fall wedding announcement stand out!

Layout

When forming the layout of your card, consider a few things first:

  • The amount of information (dates, times, location, etc.)
  • The size of your card (large, small, etc.)
  • The number of pictures displayed
  • Font and text size

Laying down pictures on a table, or inserting photos and text online can be beneficial when it comes to arranging your invitation. Organize your card beforehand so you can get a better visual of the final product!

Pictures/Images

If you’re planning to have an autumnal photoshoot done with your significant other, pick out a few places beforehand. For example, a pumpkin patch or a walkway with colorful leaves and trees can be a wonderful fall background. Images may include: nature portraits with your partner, a wedding sign with the date, and other autumn related photographs!

Font and Color

Explore with different fonts and colors to match your personal style. From soft oranges and yellows, to natural reds and greens, a contrast of color (preferably two colors) can make a big statement on your card. If you’re planning to have a harvest themed wedding, then autumnal hues can really compliment your invitation. It can also hint at the colors you’ll be using at your wedding too. Don’t forget to play around with text and fonts to see which works best with your card size!

Conclusion

Your fall wedding announcement deserves the perfect presentation from front to back. If you need to send out wedding invitations to family and friends, do it with us here at Forever Friends. We have customizable cards and invitations to fit every aesthetic. Order your wedding cards from our website today!

How to Design Wedding Invitations

A lot of planning goes into the design of your wedding invitations. From selecting an elegant and legible font, to picking the size of your card, you can showcase your personality and style to your guests while still including all of the necessary information. In this month’s blog, we’re looking at how to design wedding invitations with a few key steps to remember along the way!

Size and Print

First, you want to pick the shape and size of the invitation; these specifications will give you a lot of information and make the design process a little more worry-free. Depending on your preference to larger or smaller cards, this can determine how much information you can fit, as well as other pictures and memorabilia of you and your partner. It can also determine your postage situation (if you’ll need to pay extra costs for shipping).

Visual Theme

Is your wedding casual? Perhaps it’s a black-tie event? Pick a visual theme for your wedding invitations that matches the tone/theme of your wedding. You’ll want to settle on a style that reflects your personality as a couple. You might spend a few days looking at options online, or maybe you already have a concept in mind. Design elements such as color, typography and other style flourishes can also be used for the actual event (including table cards and signage).

Font/Typeface

The font on your wedding invitation can speak volumes. While script writing is a popular style for traditional cards, modern designs can be just as sleek and sophisticated. While you are thinking about typefaces, this is the perfect time to think about the words going on the card. Pick a typeface that works with your actual letters. (Sometimes a great font doesn’t look the way you like with certain letter combinations.) Make sure to test different fonts with important information like the date, time, and location of your wedding.

Collect Images

Gather up your favorite photos as a couple to put on your card; this kind of display can make your wedding invitation more personal. If you have custom photos from a shoot, then be sure that they will fit the area of your card. You don’t want your images to come out blurry or too small where no one can see them. High-quality and high-resolution photos are the way to go!

Conclusion

Of course, there are so many different ways you can express your creativity with a wedding invitation. If you need a little extra help in the planning process, then we recommend Forever Friends. With our invitation expertise, we can help you customize a beautiful wedding card for you and your guests to remember forever!

Sweet Sixteen Birthday Invitations

Throwing a sweet sixteen birthday party can be stressful. There are so many different aspects to planning, which can make it hard to keep track of everything. For the most part, throwing this special birthday party is straightforward. However, one thing many people get confused about is the invitation process. Considerably one of the most important aspects of the party, invitations are an essential part of a perfect get-together. With that being said, never fear — we are here to help! Continue reading to learn more about how to create your perfect sweet sixteen invitation.

Theme

Birthday parties are the perfect opportunity to throw a lavish themed party! There are a variety of different themes ranging from complex to simple. A sweet sixteen birthday party can be themed however you’d like. Whether you want to go all out or you want to simply focus on the age aspect, a theme is a great way to narrow down how you should format and create your invitation. If you have a set theme that is strict, your invitation is the chance to let your guests know. It should reflect the theme by the color, font, language, and images! All these different components come together to show your guest the type of party you’re throwing.

Make it Fun

Once you’ve narrowed down your theme, creating an invitation around the theme is exciting! You get the chance to really think about the different aspects of your birthday. Your invitation should be a fun representation of what your guests can expect at the party. Incorporate details that will get your friends and family excited to come! You can even include sneak peek activities and foods you’re offering. This is also a great way to help your plan and organize other aspects of your party.

Instructions

Your invitation is the number one way to show your guests what is to be expected day of. If you have any special instructions for your guests, make sure they are clearly written on the invitation. Important instructions to consider are: allergies for certain guests, RSVP requests, dress code, time frame, location, gift requests and more! Whatever it is you want your guests to know, put it on the invite!

Conclusion

A sweet sixteen birthday party is the perfect opportunity to get all your friends and family together to have a great time! Between picking a theme and coming up with fun activities, your invitations are going to be the number one task to focus on. If you are struggling to come up with the perfect invitation, check out our website and let a professional help you create today!

Wedding Gift Ideas for the Indecisive

Weddings are a time for communion, good food, drinking, and dancing. As a distinguished guest, however, you will be expected to bring a gift for the bride and groom. Depending on how well you know the husband and wife to be, this can be a daunting task. The following are a few gifts ideas that shouldn’t disappoint, whether they’re close friends or people you barely know.

Money or Gift Card

I know it seems lazy and uninspired, but money is actually a great gift for someone you don’t know, especially if the couple is going on an extravagant honeymoon or moving into a new house. You can supply a check or cash in an attractive envelope, and leave a thoughtful, congratulatory message with it. A gift card is also perfectly acceptable, especially if you can find out which store their wedding registry is through.

A Sumptuous Gift Basket

You can also think about arranging a thoughtful gift basket to be delivered to the couple before or after their honeymoon. Even if you don’t know the couple that well, a simple phone call to someone who knows their hobbies can give you a good idea of what to do. If you still don’t know, there’s always the generic move of putting together a basket of wines, cheese, chocolates, and assorted candies. It’s hard to go wrong with food and alcohol.

A Perfect Picture Frame

Okay, so a “perfect” picture frame is subjective. Just go out and find a tasteful frame, maybe something with a collage that they can populate with pictures after their honeymoon. You can also go with a classy polished wood or metal frame with the newlywed’s names engraved onto it. Frames are timeless and always make a cherished wedding gift.  

Can’t Go Wrong With the Registry

If you’re really having a hard time and still can’t think of an acceptable gift, buying something from the wedding registry is always a safe bet. These items are specifically chosen by the bride and groom, so any of it will make a great gift. Just remember that if you’re buying something for the home, try to make it non-distinct in style or color. This way, regardless of the couple’s personal decorating tastes, it’ll fit in with their scheme.

Conclusion

It’s always an honor to be invited to a wedding. Whether you’ve known the newlyweds for years or have barely spoken, you’ll still be expected in most cases to arrive with a wedding gift. Many guests struggle with what to buy, but as long as you’re thoughtful and spend some time learning their interests, you’ll have no problems finding the perfect gift. When it comes to fine stationery, wedding favors, and accessories, look no further than the professionals at Forever Friends. We’ll make the most special day of your life even better!

Baby Shower Invitation Ideas

Are you searching for the perfect baby shower invitation for your guests? If you’re online and trying to get ideas, you’ve come to the right blog! We’ve written down a few suggestions (with pictures included) for baby shower invitations regardless of whether the mom-to-be is having a boy or a girl, or keeping the gender under wraps. For the cutest and most memorable invitation cards your guests can “ooo” and “aww” over, keep reading!

For a Boy:

Keep it simple with an adorable blue onesie invitation, with minimal detailing like a small button and lace as shown above. There’s still enough space on the card to write down your information and include a reply card for your guests to confirm. We love the combination of the lighter blue and darker blue, as your party will instantly know they’re receiving an invitation for a baby boy!

For a more hipster vibe, choose an invitation with a burly black mustache or overalls and a bowtie on the front cover. With these quirky and fun details on the front, your guests can flip to the back to view information regarding the date, time, and location of your party. To save money on packaging, we recommend finding a large rectangular card so you can send your invitations without an envelope (which is less work for you)!

For a Girl:

Gold and pink are the perfect color combo for a baby girl! We suggest a card with cursive lettering or a large bold print. Your guests can admire the effortless and sophisticated style of this card when it arrives in the mail. If you want to be a little less traditional, go for orange and pink for a pop of color on your invitation!

Let your invitation shine like a star with a star print invitation. We love the pink-and-white stripe detailing, which can be seen on the front of the card or even as a bow in the center. If your mom-to-be likes baking, add a sweet treat inside for your guests to enjoy. No matter what your tastes are, your cards are sure to impress!

Surprise:

It’s no surprise that planning a baby shower can be an exciting time, especially when you and your guests are waiting on a gender reveal! If you’re planning a surprise shower, we recommend customizing a creatively designed card, which can incorporate a playful rainbow or perhaps purple hues (which is a mix of pink and blue).

Conclusion

Baby showers are a time to celebrate with family and friends, where your guests can come together and bring gifts for the new baby. Of course, you want to invite your shower party in style and you can do that with a cute and colorful baby shower invitation. The patterns and colors can reflect the baby’s gender, while also providing information regarding the party. Searching for the perfect invitation? Head on over to Forever Friends to view the largest selection of baby shower invitations and so much more!

Say “Thank You” to Your Wedding Guests

Since childhood, you’ve always been told to say “thank you” after the holidays or a good meal to show how grateful you are. The same holds true for your wedding day and wanting to express gratitude for the people that came to celebrate your big day. Keep reading for some traditional and unique ways to thank your wedding guests. 

"Thank you" in various languages.
“Thank you” in various languages.

Thank You Cards

There’s nothing wrong with sticking to the tried and true method of showing your thankfulness through thank you cards. Get personal with them by including anything from handwritten notes to monograms. From aunts and uncles to cousins and friends, thank you cards are a safe and classic way to express your appreciation for having them celebrate with you.

Mingle and Chat

One little way of saying thanks to your guests that also plays into proper wedding etiquette, is making sure to chat and mingle with them. While you’re not saying “thank you” verbatim, you are taking the time out of your evening to show they matter to you more than being a name on a list. So, not only will you be able to share in the contagious joy of the day, but your guests will feel appreciated and cared for. 

Favors With Meaning

If you want to go the extra mile in showing your guests how happy you are, finding small favors to place on their seats during the reception can be a great way to go. Whether you want to add a DIY flair to your reception or find a general, but still unique favor, the options are limitless. These can include anything from candies, homemade preserves, and even liquor. Whatever you choose, your guests are sure to leave feeling glad to have been there with you.

Succulents as wedding favors.
Succulents as wedding favors.

Conclusion No matter how you choose to share your happiness with guests, you’ll never be left wanting for ways to say “thank you.” Whether you’re more traditional with a unique flair or totally like going outside the status quo, your thank you favors and cards will let your guests share in your happiness. Let the team at Forever Friends help you choose the best cards and gifts for your guests to really tell them how much you appreciate them being there on your special day!

Save the Date vs. Formal Wedding Invitation

An engagement, followed by wedding planning, is such an exciting time in life. A date is picked, a deposit on your dream venue is put down, and the guest list is organized. Now, it’s time to let all your friends and family know about the upcoming special occasion! This is where it can get tricky. Do you send out a save the date? Do you skip that and go straight for the formal wedding invitation? How do you politely do both? Follow along with our blog to discover the answers to all your burning wedding invitation questions!

Save the Date

Summed up, save the date cards should only include the bare minimum information. You don’t want to overwhelm your guests. Short and sweet is the route you want to take when it comes to your wording and designs. Simply give information on the date, time, and place. This is a necessity if your guest is going to need to make travel arrangements or take time off work. Let them know if they can bring a plus one and if children are welcomed. Don’t cram information that isn’t going to help your guest decide if they can make it or not. You don’t want to prompt for an RSVP at this point either; allow them time to make an accurate decision. We also suggest leaving out your registry information. The best time to send this information is once you have it all sorted out.

Formal Wedding Invitation

A formal wedding invitation is designed to be more personal. Many formal invitations have an RSVP portion that allows the bride and groom to interact with the guest. A separate card may ask guests to include a song they would like to hear, a drink they want to be included, or simply the name of their plus one! Your formal wedding invitation is also a good opportunity to add your registry information, along with any other requests you may have for your guests.

What’s the Difference?

Now, you may be wondering, “What’s the difference?” Well… a few things! You always want the save the date card to come before the invitation. They are encouraged if you have a date far in the future, a destination wedding, or specific guidelines you’d like to be followed. This means that if you’re having an adult-only wedding, no plus ones, or out-of-pocket expenses are expected, a save the date card is a great way to deliver this information. It is a courtesy to your guests that is not necessary, but always appreciated. A formal wedding invitation is something that is going to be more detailed. Allow your creativity to take over so that the invitation is unique, just like you! The color of your wedding can be debuted on your invitation as well as the decided theme. You can also interact with your guests! Now is the time for expected responses. This is your chance to request an RSVP and include your registry!

Conclusion

During this joyful time, the last thing you want to stress about is how to invite your guests. At the end of the day, you should choose whatever is easiest and most fun for you! Are you not feeling too sure about your designs? Head on over to the Forever Friends website to explore custom wedding print options!

4 Wedding Stationery Ideas

Wedding invitations are one of the most essential parts of planning a wedding because they set the tone of what guests are to expect on the wedding day. The invitation can be as creative as the couple wants it to be, which can make the process of making a wedding card fun and enjoyable!

As the wedding day approaches, there comes some questions. Will it be formal or casual? Will it be during the day or at night? Is there a theme for what they should wear? A wedding invitation says it all, especially when it comes to a theme. From mixed metals to beautiful, nature stationery, we have created a list of wedding stationery ideas to inspire you!

Mixed Metals

Metallics have become a popular trend to mix into wedding invitations and stationery designs. The combination of metallic colors like gold, silver, and copper is one of the top wedding invitation trends for 2019. Another new twist on metallics is rose gold! Rose gold can shine against a solid background. As the picture above suggests, the metallic hues are best placed over a white or light colored background for a subtle and chic stationery idea!

Watercolor

A watercolor wedding invitation can include a painting of the wedding venue or imagery that reflects the wedding’s destination, the wedding’s theme, or the couple. The personalized image can be displayed on the insert card or the outside of the envelope where guests can enjoy a beautiful watercolor illustration!

We recommend light pale hues to compliment your watercolor painting, with gold-foil lining on the outside of your card.

Greenery/Nature

For weddings that have a more natural look, consider leaves and greenery rather than your typical colored blooms. Couples can choose from a range of leaf silhouettes from thin and narrow leaves to large and bold palms. There are dozens of designs that incorporate leaves and greenery, including the one’s shown above.

Palms and leaves can best be seen on a white background. To add something a little different, go for a bright green envelope to stand out amongst the rest of the cards!

Interlocking Monograms

Monograms are a classic wedding detail that can be created in a variety of ways. A monogram can interlock a couple’s initials, so as to symbolize the love between each other (aww!).  The font style can be cursive, bold, or both depending on how traditional the couple wants it to be.

If you have a classic wedding style, then interlocking monograms are perfect! The writing on the card can be big or small, and include the information regarding names, places, and date of the wedding. For the monogram portion on this card, we recommend your choice of color on a solid white or ivory for a classic touch!

Conclusion

The perfect way to express your creativity as a couple is through a beautifully-made wedding invitation. We listed just a few of the many creative ideas out there to get you started on your wedding invitation journey. For fine stationery and printing services, call on Forever Friends to design a wedding invitation for your special day!

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