Wedding RSVPs Tip

Sometimes in their haste to return their reply card for your wedding, a guest will forget to fill in their name. This leaves you stuck with the headache of trying to figure out which person that particular card belongs to.

sealTo remedy this, assign a number to each guest and then write that number on the lower corner of the back of the corresponding reply card before you mail out your invitations. Then, if you receive a card sans identifying information, you’ll be able to figure out which guest it belongs to quickly. I’ve always hated how tacky and conspicuous even the smallest numbers look when written in pencil or pen, so I recommend using an invisible ink or black light pen so as not to detract from the look of your invitations.

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Fun Christmas Cards prep way for fun Wedding Stationery

wedding-cartoon-sixWe all want to send Christmas cards and wedding stationery with a difference but trying to find something different can be a difficult task. The Cartoon You could be the answer to your Christmas cards worries the season pre your wedding. The Cartoon You, set up by art graduate Paul Flanagan, designs personal cartoon cards for all occasions, including Christmas, wedding invitations and birthday cards.

 

A few Christmases ago, Paul decided to surprise his family designing a Christmas card featuring ‘cartoons’ of his family members. The card was a sensation so he decided to turn his ‘cartooning’ talent into a professional business. The Cartoon You was born.

 

For most of us, designing our personal Christmas cards and meet the Christmas post deadline is just not possible: either because of time constraints or because we just lack the skills. Sometimes, grabbing a stack of boring-looking cards in the supermarket seems like the easiest option. However, The Cartoon You allows you to give your Christmas cards that personal touch you were looking for, completely hassle-free.  

 

This is how it works:

 

Step 1:

 

Email Paul for a quote (info@thecartoonyou.com), including a brief description of what you want for your cartoon: who will be in the picture, what the scenario will be and any special requests.

 

Step 2:

 

Email or post a few good photos of who you would like ‘cartooned’, making sure the people to be cartooned are visible in the photograph and that the picture is an accurate representation. Sending a couple of pictures, the artist can double check the likeness, making the final piece as accurate (and fun) as possible.

 

Step 3:

 

Paul gets to work on a black and white sketch of the proposed final piece.

 

Step 4:

 

Once you sign off the black and white sketch and you are happy with the likeness and cartoon, Paul gets to work on the final coloured image. Once the final coloured image is signed off, the image goes to print.

 

If you want to check out some of Paul’s work, you can visit www.thecartoonyou.com. For extra information, bookings or if you would like to receive some samples, you can contact Paul on info@thecartoonyou.com or 0863099229.

Thank you notes

flowergirl2.jpgWhen should you send out thank-you notes for your wedding? ASAP! The sooner,the better. Everyone appreciates a thank-you note, especially if it comes soon after the event.

Thank-you notes for weddings gifts received before the wedding should go out two weeks after receiving the gift so a prolonged period of time does not go between receiving the gift and sending the note.

Proper wedding etiquette says that notes should be sent out two weeks to a month after you return from the honeymoon. If time starts racing and you’ve put notes on the back burner for too long, send them anyway. People expect thank-you notes for their gifts and they will still appreciate one even if it is late.

No matter how short your handwrite a note on the thany you, it expresses your appreciation so much better, and your guest will know you are truly thankful.

Along with sending notes for gifts, be sure to send thank-you notes to friends and family who planned the hen party and helped with the wedding; they worked hard to celebrate for you.

Coloured ink is getting more popular these days, but for thank-you notes, black or dark blue ink should still be used. These colours are easier to read and they just look better.

These tips will help your guests appreciate your politeness and the time you spend thinking of them. Some of you guests will spend a good amount of money or time on you, and they want to know you appreciated that.

Choosing Wedding Stationery

Many brides get caught up on the proper etiquette for invitations. While etiquette is important, there is no need to fuss over it, as you can quickly look up the proper format and wording online or in any bridal magazine. What is really important, however, is that your invitation matches your expectations for your wedding. For example, don’t send out extremely informal invitations, and then expect your guests to somehow understand that you’ve planned a formal black tie event!

Once you have chosen the style of wedding you would like to have, you can then choose your invitation. Some invitations require many different inserts and envelopes, and these would be considered more formal. Others contain just a simple notice, and a postcard style reply card.
All invitations, regardless of style, should be addressed neatly and include vital information such as directions and the time of your wedding. If you are not having a reception, you can send out announcements rather than invitations.
You will also want to consider your budgetary limits when choosing an invitation. There are striking price differences in seemingly similar invitations, so beware of the prices before you fall in love with a particular invitation. Before you make your choice, it is a good idea to look at several different styles.Looking to save some money on your invitations? Consider creating your own invitations. If you or your family members have any artistic ability, you may be able to create a beautiful invitation using calligraphy and some art. You can then have your invitation duplicated onto fine stationery, and the results could be both beautiful and meaningful. This idea probably works best for an informal wedding, although it could work for something more traditional depending on the skills of your family member or friend.

Wedding Invites – special circumstances

step-parents.jpgThere are some families that may have different members in them, some that wedding books and etiquette guides are struggling to keep up with. How can you include everyone in such a way that all are equally important? 

Step Parents 

When it comes to step parents, most couples feel as though they are no different from their biological parents. So, they want to incorporate them into the invitation as well. And while traditionally, the parents are included, how do you put in everyone’s name?Many invitations start off with “Mr. and Mrs. X and X would like to announce the marriage of their daughter Blah Blah to Johnny XX, son of Mr. and Mrs. Smith.” In order to include both sets of parents, you can just add them in at the beginning and end, denoting it with son of Mrs. Smith and her husband Charlie and of Mr. Whatever and his wife Something.It may sound awkward, but it can be done. Other couples have chosen to just include the names of their biological parents, referencing their present last names. That works just as well.If there is a parent that has been absent for the child’s life, then they do not have to be put into the invitation.When someone has passed onIf one of the couple members would like to include their parent that has passed on, they can say something to the effect of ‘son of Mr. Smith and the late Mrs. Smith.’ If both parents are deceased, you may want to note that as ‘son of the late Mr. and Mrs.’If someone has recently passed away, then you may want to include that as a separate note as a way to let your guests know and avoid any awkward moments. This is especially true if it was a recent event.Write and rewrite the wording and read your words aloud – a lot of times you can see what something sounds like to a reader, and then judge your choice from there.

Wedding Invitations – when to send

Wedding invitations should be mailed out six weeks prior to the wedding day, unless friends or relatives need to fly in from out of town. Then the invitation should be mailed eight to ten weeks in advance to give your guests time to make travel and hotel arrangements. Custom also has it that invitations need to be mailed from the bride’s home, even if guests are friends of the groom. The envelope should have the full names of the family or persons you are inviting, and the inside card should just have first names. When you are inviting a single person, it is polite to write “and Guest” next to their name.Weddings invitation wording should reflect the formality of your wedding. The more formal, the closer to tradition you want to be. Invitations should tell your guests exactly what they need to know. The wording you use is also important, although there are many varieties to choose from.For destination weddings, make sure you mail the “Save the Date” cards well in advance so guests can begin making travel plans.

Stationery Etiquette

 Wedding Invitations

Wedding invitations should be mailed out six weeks prior to the wedding day, unless friends or relatives need to fly in from out of town. Then the invitation should be mailed eight to ten weeks in advance to give your guests time to make travel and hotel arrangements. Custom also has it that invitations need to be mailed from the bride’s home, even if guests are friends of the groom. The envelope should have the full names of the family or persons you are inviting, and the inside card should just have first names. When you are inviting a single person, it is polite to write “and Guest” next to their name.Weddings invitation wording should reflect the formality of your wedding. The more formal, the closer to tradition you want to be. Invitations should tell your guests exactly what they need to know. The wording you use is also important, although there are many varieties to choose from. Consult a wedding invitation magazine or guide before you order your invitations to know which wording will suit you best.For destination weddings, make sure you mail the “Save the Date”
cards well in advance so guests can begin making travel plans.

Thank-You Notes

It used to be that if you said thank you to someone in person for his or her gift, a thank-you note was not required. But these days, when couples are inviting more guests to the wedding, and more people send gifts through mail, thank-you notes are the only way to express your sincere appreciation.When should you send out thank-you notes for your shower and wedding? ASAP! The sooner, the better. Everyone appreciates a thank-you note, especially if it comes soon after the event. For the shower, notes should be sent out 10 to 14 days after the shower.Thank-you notes for weddings gifts received before the wedding should go out two weeks after receiving the gift so a prolonged period of time does not go between receiving the gift and sending the note.Proper wedding etiquette says that notes should be sent out two weeks to a month after you return from the honeymoon. If time starts racing and you’ve put notes on the back burner for too long, send them anyway. People expect thank-you notes for their gifts and they will still appreciate one even if it is late.Handwritten notes are the only way to go. If a guest receives a pre-printed thank-you note, he or she will feel unappreciated and think you are not thankful for their time and effort to get you something. No matter how short your handwritten note it, it expresses your appreciation so much better, and your guest will know you are truly thankful.Along with sending notes for gifts, be sure to send thank-you notes to friends and family who planned showers or parties for you; they worked hard to celebrate for you.If you receive more than one present from someone, write a thank-you note for each gift. If someone gives you a gift for your shower and then three weeks later for your wedding, it is not polite to write one note for both gifts. Get the shower thank-you note out before the wedding.Coloured ink is getting more popular these days, but for thank-you notes, black or dark blue ink should still be used.
These colours are easier to read and they just look better.
These tips will help your guests appreciate your politeness and the time you spend thinking of them. Some of you guests will spend a good amount of money or time on you, and they want to know you appreciated that.