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Busting Common Myths Regarding Wedding Invitation Etiquette

Nothing is more satisfying than breaking the rules and norms that are outdated. Are you falling for the same myths regarding wedding invitation etiquette? After all, it is your wedding day, you decide what will go on the invitation card. If you are looking to ruffle up some conventional feathers for your wedding, we have a list of common myths that you can crush and set momentum for others to follow.

Myth #1: The wedding invitation content should be extremely formal.

Are we living in the era of kings and queens? It has been a long tradition that wedding invitations are worded highly formal with titles. But you don’t have to do that when inviting your family and friends to be a part of your happiness and joy on your wedding day. Your invite can be modern, easy-going, and in a casual tone. It represents more of a personal touch.

Myth #2: You should always follow the classic ivory theme.

Who said that? Even though classic ivory is considered to be the go-to format and color theme of an invitation, the goal here is to convey the story of love and union between two people by art and design. Get as creative as you want to be. Play with colors, texture, design, and scale to create a wedding invite you will always have great memories with.

Myth #3: You should always allow your wedding guest a ‘plus one’.

We’ll start this one off with the right foot. There is absolutely no obligation on you to let a wedding guest have a ‘plus one’. Although it is seen as a warm gesture, it is totally up to you if you plan on inviting them individually. We’ll emphasize it again: it is your wedding, you decide everything, from the guest list to all the event’s details.

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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!

Wedding Invitation Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

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People use all of their creativity to design the perfect wedding invite. Even though design plays a role in saving the best memories of your life on a card, it is important to pay attention to other details. We have some tips on what kind of mistakes you want to avoid while sending out wedding invitations to your family, relatives, and friends.

Mistake 1: Don’t put an incorrect start time on the wedding invite.

We understand that some of the people you know tend to be late and it is tempting to have them early. However, it’s advisable to always put the correct time of the ceremony on the wedding invite. If the ceremony starts at 5 p.m., expect your guests to come by 4:45 p.m. The last thing you want is leaving your guests hanging by waiting for the ceremony to start because of the incorrect time mentioned. 

Mistake 2: Not specifying the essential information on a wedding invite is a big NO.

Mention the correct date, time, and location of the ceremony among all the other important details on your wedding invitation. Get an information card as well to have all the other essential details like any pre-and post-wedding events, hotel information, dress code, and a link to your wedding website to avoid overstuffing the primary wedding invite with information.

Mistake 3: You don’t want to send the wedding invites too late.

The rule of thumb is to send your wedding invitations at least 8 weeks early. This gives time for your loved ones to clear their schedule and be with you on the happiest day of your life. You want to send them earlier than 8 weeks if it is a destination wedding. Your guests will have ample time to shop for their wedding attire and plan for any travel needs.

Mistake 4: Not providing any RSVP instructions.

Don’t forget an “RSVP by” date on your RSVP cards. The RSVP date should be at least two weeks before your wedding so you can have an accurate idea of how many people will be attending the wedding. This way, you can give your caterer a more accurate headcount. And the most important bit: Let guests know how to RSVP. Include a pre-addressed envelope that they can use to send back their reply, or direct them specifically to the email, phone number, or URL they should use to RSVP to your wedding.

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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!

Top 4 Ideas to Preserve Your Wedding Invitation

Do you want to preserve your wedding invitations so that you can look back on that special day? If you’re not sure how you can keep your invites preserved, stress not! We have compiled some of the best and most effective ways that will help you preserve the memories of the happiest day of your life. 

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1. Frame Your Wedding Invites

One of the best options is to frame your wedding invite. You can either do it yourself by purchasing an invitation frame or get it framed by a professional. In this case, you can easily preserve and cherish all the wonderful memories by displaying it on the wall or shelf.

2. Engraved Tray 

Another simple way to preserve your wedding invitation is to turn it into an engraved tray. You can display it in your dining room or kitchen. There are a number of professional printing service providers that can help you personalize your tray. 

3. Eco-Friendly Wood Display

Another display method is to have your invite mounted on a piece of eco-friendly wood. All you will have to do is send your invite to a printing company, and they will mount it for you. An alternative is to have your invite engraved through pyrography by commissioning an artist. Wood burning will give it a rustic yet elegant look. In this way, your precious heirloom can be easily passed down to your children.

4. Turn It into a Pillow

Did you know that you can now also turn your wedding invite into a pillow? So, if you want to preserve your treasure in your home for years to come, then nothing can be better than this work of art. You can easily display this unique wedding invite pillow in your living room or bedroom.

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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!

Best Affordable Gift Ideas to Send With Wedding Invitations

Gone are those days when people used to send classic invitations to invite people to their weddings. Trends have changed and today, some couples may send exquisite and thoughtful gifts along with their customized wedding invites.

We understand that finding the perfect budget-friendly gift can be quite stressful. Therefore, to help you out, we have listed some unique gift ideas that you can send with your fancy wedding invitations. Continue reading to learn more about these fantastic ideas for your friends and family members. 

Gift Idea #1 – Exotic Coffee or Tea  

Small tins of coffee and tea are both a simple and considerate gesture. There are a wide range of flavors that any wedding invitee would enjoy. Not to mention, they can easily be stored for longer periods of time.

Gift Idea #2 – Customized Face Mask 

While we haven’t completely recovered from COVID-19, that doesn’t mean that we will stop living our lives. So, if you’re planning your wedding amid the pandemic, then a customized face mask with a wedding invitation will be a remarkable gift. 

Gift Idea #3 – Baked Goods 

Nothing is better than a mouthwatering box of fresh baked goods! They are a sweet and tasty gesture that everyone loves. Whether its cupcakes or cookies, sending these with your wedding invitations is both a thoughtful and tempting gift. The best part is that you can also get your baked goods customized with your wedding date, initials, color scheme, and so on.

Gift Idea #4 – A Box of Delicious Chocolates  

There isn’t a single person who doesn’t like chocolates. Sending along a lovely box with various flavors will definitely do the trick. There are so many options to choose from when it comes to sweets. Similar to baked goods, you can also get these customized to your liking at local shops.

Gift Idea #5 – Fresh Seasonal Fruits

If you want to send something edible but prefer a healthier option, fresh seasonal fruits are always great. Try to include more than one variety so all of your invitees can enjoy it regardless of their taste. You can also make your fruit basket extra fancy with glitter tissue paper or complementary ribbons.

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!

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!

Tips for Reducing Wedding Planning Stress

It’s no joke that wedding planning can be complex, extensive, and stressful. While it can be a very exciting process, many couples may feel lost and unsure where to start. Everyone wants their wedding day to go perfectly and remember it for the fun of it – not for the stress. Staying organized and planning things early will prove to reduce some of that burden. Here are some stress-saving tips to make the planning process much easier!  

Set a Realistic Budget

Regardless of how big or small your wedding is, it’s best to keep track of a realistic budget. Often times, couples find themselves spending much more than they expect and underestimating the final costs. Always ask for quotes and ballpark figures when contacting vendors and scouting out wedding locations. Another thing to consider is that local weddings versus destination weddings can have a large difference in cost. Try to finalize your wedding location first before deciding on other aspects.

Your budget, location, wedding date, and guest list should be decided at least 9 to 12 months in advance. We have a convenient wedding planning checklist that you can follow along here

Consider Your Stationery and Favors Early

Deciding on a design for your invitations, reception cards, and so on can take a long time – especially if you’re trying to plan around a theme. Remember to request for samples to aide in your decision making. Once you’ve decided on a design, always look out for easy to miss typos and have more than one person double checking for you before finalizing the printing. This will save you the hassle on extra printing costs and time!

Finalize your stationery and party favors early to allow time for production and shipping. Official wedding invitations can be ordered at least 5 to 6 months before the wedding date.

Send Out Invitations at the Right Time

Timing is important and you have to ensure that your guests have ample time to both receive and respond to your invitation. Save the date cards can be ordered 9 to 12 months in advance and sent out around 6 to 8 months before the date. As your wedding day approaches, the official invitations can then be sent out 2 months ahead of time or earlier. If you’re planning a destination wedding, these can also be sent sooner to allow guests to arrange time off from work and settle their affairs.

Rely on Professional Help

You don’t have to struggle alone with the burden of planning everything. At Forever Friends, we offer convenient and streamlined customization help to assist you with creating the perfect invitations, announcement cards, and more! We offer everything from traditional and elegant designs to more colorful and trendy options.

Not sure how to express yourself? We have prewritten verses and our experts can assist you with etiquette tips including word choice, tone, spelling, etc. When you’re stuck making decisions, we can provide the best recommendations and advice to make your wedding planning as smooth as possible.

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!

Latest Collections for Fancy Invitations

Your wedding invitations are often the first impressions for guests. Depending on the theme and color scheme, it gives your guests a hint at your special day. Picking out the perfect set of invitations, response cards, and reception cards is crucial in the months and days leading up to your wedding. In this month’s blog, we highlight the latest collections available now at Forever Friends!

Clear Collection

The Clear Collection features beautiful clear acrylic invitations and cards. These acrylics are durable and definitely a step above regular paper invitations. They have a refined and unique flair and are available as invitation suites, response cards, reception cards, and holiday cards. The text can be easily customized and is UV printed onto the crystal clear acrylic card.

This collection is great for those looking for a more fancy approach when it comes to sending out wedding invitations. We guarantee your guests will be amazed by the level of quality and sophistication.

Trend Collection

The Trend Collection has a variety of modern choices and designs that are perfect for contemporary couples. Many designs belonging to this collection are also available with gorgeous foil accents and stamps that give it a slight shimmer. The Trend Collection features invitation suites, affordable ensembles, response cards, reception cards, invitation embellishments, and envelope embellishments.

This collection is most recommended for couples looking for beautiful colorful designs that are appealing and tasteful. You are sure to find the perfect aesthetic and theme with this collection!

Luxe Wedding Collection

Elegant, classic, and refined are a few words to describe the Luxe Wedding Collection. This collection keeps to the more minimalistic white with laser cut designs and finished with intricate embossing. Invitation suites, response cards, reception cards, and envelope embellishments are available for this collection.

The Luxe Wedding Collection is a wonderful choice for couples who have a taste for luxury. These lavish designs are perfect to portray sophistication and grace.

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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!

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.

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