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Entries in stationery (13)

Wednesday
Mar232011

Planning Your Programs

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There are a number of innovative ways you can provide your guests with the programs to your ceremony. Having an outdoor wedding? Print them on fans so guests can stay informed and stay cool. Getting hitched on the beach? Roll your programs up and put them in bottles to really set the scene. Whatever you choose to do, make sure that your programs have all the vital information needed. 

-Do list the ceremony's order of events starting at the very beginning and ending with The Kiss. 

-Do include the symbolism behind any traditions that you choose to include

-If you're hoping guests will participate in an aspect of the ceremony (ex. singing a song), include the necessary information they'll need (lyrics)

Other information to consider: 

-Significance of the location of the ceremony/reception

-The bride's something old, something new, something borrowed & something blue

-The names of the wedding party and how they know the bride/groom

 

Friday
Feb042011

Pack it up!

Whether you're planning a crazy party wedding, or a laid back, relaxed wedding, packing for a destination wedding can seem like a daunting task. Rings, wedding dress, cute little outfit for the rehearsal dinner...there's so much to bring! Enter Knock Knock brand stationary. Perfect for the people who like lists and structure, these organizational pads will ensure you don't leave anything behind! We love when witty meets functionality!

 

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Monday
Dec132010

Helpful Invitation Tips

As with anything having to do with wedding planning, it is easy to get swept up in the excitement of it all. But when it comes to invitations, it is important to follow these rules to make sure your guests have all the information they need:

 

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1. The Who, What, Where, When 

It's obvious, we know! But believe it or not, we do know brides who have been so caught up in the beauty of their invite and the excitement of the planning that they forgot to put the date of their wedding! When you make your invites, check the date, spelling of the names, the venue and the time...and then check again.

2. The RSVP Drama

Be drama-free with RSVP details by making it known what you want. Except a response by October 5th? Say it! Want guests to RSVP via email? Phone? Self-addressed stamped envelope? Let them know! 

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3. The Details

Make sure you include directions to your venue, suggestions for where to stay, and any other special information either in your invitation or on your wedding website (then be sure to direct guests to your wedding website).

P.S. Wedding Etiquette: Invite Guests Who Can't Be There?

Tuesday
Dec072010

Passport Invites

What better way to announce you're having a destination wedding than a passport invitation?! There are many ways to customize the passport invite to be uniquely YOU: change the cover to be one of your wedding colors, have one of the pages inside be a detachable RSVP postcard, include a picture of you and your fiance in the inside cover...the list is endless! 

 

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 P.S. Get Your Passports Covered

Friday
Nov192010

Go Green for Your Wedding!

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Bubbles, confetti, disposable cameras... Do you really need all of that? Everyone loves doing their part to help the environment, so why not plan to be a little more eco-conscious when it comes to your big day? Here are a few tips to making your wedding "green".

 

Invites: You have quite a few options when it comes to stationary. The best way to be green is to go for Evites. Set up a wedding website and have your guests RSVP electronically. Or, if you prefer snail mail, you can choose recycled paper...and maybe instead of a big, fancy package of lots of paper, you opt for a post card for the guest RSVP. Less paper (and less money spent on postage)!

 

Venue: Ball rooms can require lots of energy and electricity-- why not select an outdoor area? Get married during the early afternoon and have an outdoor ceremony. Then, rent a tent for the reception. You won't need to worry about lighting during the afternoon! 

 

Decor: Choose something for the centerpiece that you can use after the wedding, like soy candles, or potted plants. You could also serve cupcakes instead of traditional wedding cake, and have them arranged in the middle of each table as a centerpiece. For your bouquet, choose local flowers and make sure they are not sprayed with pesticides, which harm the environment. Or, nix the flowers altogether and walk down the aisle with a parasol! 

 

Favors: Skip the little bottles of bubbles or the chocolate covered almonds in heart shaped tins. Donate to a charity instead, and let your guests know that a donation has been made in their honor.

P.S. Unique "Thank You"

Tuesday
Oct192010

Wedding Etiquette: Invite Guests Who Can't Be There?

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I just got engaged and have been talking about my wedding plans with a few friends. Some have verbally told me they cannot make our wedding. Do I send them an invite anyway?

Yes! Send them an invite anyway. There are a number of reasons why you should send an invite (and an invite to any other pre-wedding festivities) to people who may have told you in passing that they won't be able to make it. 

The biggest reason is that it is just plain old good etiquette. It will eliminate many of the "what if's"- What if their plans change and they are able to attend? It would be awkward for them to call you and say, "Hey, my plans changed- I can come to your wedding after all!" What if they forgot they told you they couldn't come and all their closest friends are talking about your wedding and they realize they didn't get an invite? They may feel snubbed! The bottom line: Send the formal invite.

P.S. Don't forget these Helpful Invitation Tips

Saturday
Oct162010

Fudging the Budget


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Look around the web or in any bridal magazine and you will be bombarded with spreadsheets and pie charts telling you how to budget for your wedding. These tools can be great aids in helping you decide where your money will go. TheKnot.com offers the following budget breakdown to help brides-to-be:

  • Reception: 48%-50%
  • Ceremony: 2%-3%
  • Attire: 8%-10%
  • Flowers: 8%-10%
  • Entertainment/Music: 8%-10%
  • Photography/Videography: 10%-12%
  • Stationery: 2%-3%
  • Wedding Rings: 2%-3%
  • Parking/Transportation: 2%-3%
  • Gifts: 2%-3%
  • Miscellaneous: 8%

This is a great information, but remember that you should spend your money on the things that matter most to you. Don't want to spend 8-10% of your budget on Music? Then bring your iPod dock and spend that money on something that's more important to you. Not so into flowers?? Feel free to nix the flowers and spend more of your hard-earned cash on your dress, or your photographer, or your honeymoon, or whatever else you want!

P.S. Decor on a Dime

Wednesday
Oct132010

Wedding Wonderland

We believe your wedding should be a reflection of who you are as a couple. If you are a fun-loving couple, we love the idea of putting a twist on the traditional wedding and giving it an unexpected, yet classy theme. Since so much detail goes into a wedding, there are many places to add elements of your theme to make it a different and fun experience, yet maintain the reverence of the big day.

 

We love the Alice in Wonderland Theme because it is magical and classic. Here are some ideas:

1. Awesome Invites

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2. Magical Venue

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We love this venue in Charleston, South Carolina! Look at the gardens! Who says you have to leave the country for a destination wedding? 

3. Crazy Wedding Cake

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4. Great Sign-age

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Put the "eat me" sticks in cupcakes or appetizers. You could customize various signs throughout your venue-

Drive Me: Sign on the road of your venue.

Read Me: On your programs.

Write Me: Sign next to your guest book.

Drink Me: Attached to the welcome drink at cocktail hour.

Use Me: Sign on the soap in the washrooms. 

 

5. Top Hats

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Gather a bunch of funky top hats, and rent a polaroid camera. Have guests take pictures and insert them into your guest book (see previous post for a great retailer).

6. Croquet

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What do you think? Will you have a themed wedding?

P.S. Wild West Themed Wedding

Sunday
Oct102010

Instant Photos, Instant Hit

Here's a fun idea for your cocktail hour or guestbook: Use an instant camera to capture fun pictures of your guests! You can buy a special album where the instant photos just right slide in and your guests can write a note by their pictures.

Addesso Albums sells a great kit which includes the camera, flim, and album. You can even order a personalized nameplate to seal the deal. We LOVE these!

P.S. Polaroids, Please!

Thursday
Sep092010

Stationery on the Cheap

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If you don't feel like giving stationery a big piece of your wedding budget pie, consider using a site like Kodak Gallery to print up your Save the Dates, Announcements, Thank You Cards, or even your Invitations. From $7 for a set of 10 customized 5 X 7 cards, it's a smart decision for brides on a budget.

P.S. A Unique "Thank You" card