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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!

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.

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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!

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.

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