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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.

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!

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!

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!

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.

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!

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!

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