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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!

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!

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.

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