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Winter Wedding Color Schemes

From icy blues and deep greens to warm browns and soft reds, the stunning colors of the winter season are limitless and provide an exquisite palette for your winter wedding invitations. There are many classic and contemporary winter color schemes to choose from, with a lot of inspiration taken from the frosty landscape and foliage of the season. Follow along in our blog as we discuss a few examples of unique, yet sophisticated color palettes for your winter wedding invitations.

Shades of Blue

As the weather cools down, the colors of summer and autumn fade into the background and the icy blues and greys of winter emerge. You can envision the light blue reflections from snow and frozen lakes, as well as deep navy from the night sky. If you are leaning towards a wintry palette for your wedding, then a blue and gray color scheme is the perfect combination. Insert hints of silver for a pop of color to your invitation to make an impression on your guests.

Emerald Hues

The hues from a deep emerald green is a strong reminder of the foliage from the winter season. Paired with gold, the combination of colors present an overall elegant and regal tone for your wedding. As for the wedding invitation, don’t forget to include gold foiling to frame any details on your card. The invitation itself is an indication of what’s to be expected at your wedding destination, so going with colors like emerald and gold will suggest that greenery and foliage will be included.

Copper Tones

Heat up your winter wedding with copper and rose gold tones. These colors are reminiscent of wood and metal materials that you can find in the colder season. Furthermore, these particular shades are ideal for weddings held in a barn or rustic inn, where you can see an abundance of warm, neutral tones. If you decide on copper for your invitation, we suggest a contrast of color for the envelope with a deep gray or black. Your wedding invitation will remain warm and inviting, but still very modern.

Learn More

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

4 Ways to Propose to Your Wedding Party

A wedding party proposal is a term coined to describe the unique and honorable ways engaged couples ask their loved ones to be in their wedding. From hand written sentiments to customized hankies, there are countless memorable and personalized ways you can “propose” to your wedding party.

Stuffed Gift Bag

A popular and inexhaustible proposal idea is to stuff a nice, personalized tote bag or backpack with your friend’s favorite snacks, candles, drinks, self-care items and other elements that highlight the weddings theme. A fun option is to include something you’ll want everyone to wear on the big day or during the bachelor/bachelorette parties.

Personalized Goods

There are wonderful personalized gift options for everyone on your list whether you’re asking a father to walk you down the aisle, a family member to be your officiant, or a friend to be your maid of honor. Fan favorite items include hankies, mugs, drink koozies, cufflinks, hangers, shirts, and hats.

Party Accessories

Initiate the party right off the bat with some lively party favors! Gift your loved ones a flask, a bottle of liquor, a shot glass, a bottle opener or any other item that will get them ready to party with you. Other party alternatives you could gift include high quality cigars, games, noise makers, wigs or funny glasses.

A Card

There’s truly nothing like receiving a thoughtful hand written card from someone you love. Cards are not only classically simple but they can be funny, heartfelt, sweet or a combination of all three. You can either personalize every card, shop existing styles, or design your own custom cards to match your other wedding stationery items. 

Final Thoughts

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!”

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!

History of Wedding Invitation Design

Wedding invitations didn’t always contain pop-up flowers or the words “Mr. and Mrs.” in embossed letters. To dive into the fascinating story of how wedding invitations changed through the ages, we must investigate some ancient manuscripts and practices. Below are some of the notable highlights.

Minimalistic and Lead

First, we must look at the earliest surviving letter from ancient Greece, which was that of a worker in the northern Black Sea during fifth century B.C. The design seems to have been minimal, since the letter was written on a simple thin sheet of lead. There is no opening or closing, unlike the dramatic envelope tearing that we have today. In ancient Greece, this type of minimalism was especially strong when it came to wedding invitation letters, as epitomized by their short notices. For example, one letter simply states:

Dionysios asks you to dinner on the occasion of his children’s marriage in the house of Ischyrion – tomorrow, which is the 30th from the ninth hour.

Theon, son of Origenes, invites you to the wedding of his sister – tomorrow, which is the 9th of Tubi from the eighth hour.

Despite such simplistic designs, receiving a Save the Date seems to have mattered a great deal socially, as there was even a contemporary myth about Eris (the goddess of discord) being refused admittance to a wedding banquet because she didn’t have an invitation.

A metal spoon with melted lead.

Printed and Tinted

Believe it or not, town criers were the primary way of making wedding announcements for most during the early and high Middle Ages, since many were illiterate. (The wealthy put family crests on the letters to accommodate such guests.) In 1440, however, German goldsmith Johannes Gutenberg came up with the printing press, revolutionizing letterpress forever. (Yes, Chinese and Korean printing methods did exist, but they lacked a metal alloy that melted and cooled speedily.) This innovation enabled many Renaissance writers to publish books in the vernacular and the Protestant Reformers to make the Bible uncensored, both of which encouraged people of all socioeconomic strata to become literate. Printed works could now have color illustrations and pages with as many as 42 lines of type. With the rise of capitalism, the emerging middle class employed the mezzotint technology, which enabled engraving via pricking a metal plate with little holes designed to hold ink. To prevent smudging, a tissue paper would be placed on the engraving, a practice which is common even for wedding invitations today.

The Gutenberg press.
The Gutenberg press.

Two Revolutions Later

After the Industrial Revolution, wedding invitation design became even more specialized. Thanks to lithography, or the act of creating ink impressions via a special stone, the mass production of printed works took off. Still, the postal system wasn’t quite what it was today, which meant people had to send invitations on horseback. As precautions against inclement weather, the invitations were sealed twice; the outer envelope took the beating, preserving the integrity of the inner envelope. After the Internet revolutionized the commercial world, RSVP cards became even more personalized. Today, online retailers that specialize in stationery receive all kinds of requests for customizations.

Carrefour de St Jean et Paul (lithograph)
A 1835 lithograph in color.

Conclusion

Thanks to all the advances in wedding invitation design technology, making a card in an Art-Deco-styled format or with a thermographic typeface is not difficult today. If you’re interested in getting that perfectly styled wedding invitation, simply let Forever Friends lend a hand today!

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