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Wedding Thank You Note Etiquette

Wedding Thank You Notes Etiquette

Thank you notes are perceived as being one of the last stops of the wedding train. In a way, they are, but in order for you not to drown in envelopes, hand cramps, envelope moisteners, and gift lists, some thank you cards can be done along the way. For example, your bridal shower thank you notes should be sent out within a week, with a special note or gift to whoever hosted. Also, when you get gifts that come in the mail, you should go ahead and write your thank you note right after you open the wrapping. So what happens when you wait till after the honeymoon to send out your thank yous? Well...then you got to get a move on!

What time frame to write your thank you notes?

Some people say that newlyweds have a year after their wedding to send out all their thank you notes, and while you can consider that year mark as that absolute deadline, it is best to get them out within the first four months after your wedding. Like I noted above, thank you's for bridal shower gifts, those who hosted celebrations, or otherwise assisted with your wedding, should be sent out within two weeks.

Fuchsia/Orange Damask and Crest Thank You Cards

What do you say in a thank you note?

Even if the gift or service is coming from someone that you may not be one hundred percent chummy with, the number one concern with a thank you note is to be genuine. This means using a stationary that is not pre-written or fill in the blank. Furthermore, in your personalized note, don't exaggerate or overly gush about how their gift is your favorite, especially if its not. Then, on the other hand, don't inform them that you are returning their gift because they were the fourth person to give you a crock-pot. Simply give your appreciation for the thought and time in which they have supported your new adventure. For guests that gift you with money or gift cards, if you know how you are going to use the money, feel free to tell them. 

 

Peacock Feather Thank You

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Wedding Invitation Kits: Why Use Them & How to Word Your Invite

Purple Handmade Paper Invitation Kit

Why Use an Invitation Kit

Using a wedding invitation kit is a great idea if you are looking for a way to create a beautiful wedding invitation on a lower budget. Kits offer a variety of designs, colors, and shapes, for you to choose from and then mold into the perfect wedding invitation for your special day. Each kit will offer its own variation of response cards, invitations, envelopes, and even templates, but the catch is they will come with a limited number. This is where you need to make sure to pay attention to make sure the cost of the invitation kit will in fact be less than printing your invitation through a company. BUT $54 for 50 invitations may be a price worth the extra work, plus it leaves you room to completely personalize the wording of your invitation. 

How to Word Your Invite

So how do you word a wedding invitation? This will depend a lot on you and your preferences. One of the first things to consider is who the invite is coming from; for example are the bride and groom inviting their guests, is the invitation from the brides parents, the bride and groom's parents, or perhaps divorced parents? Traditionally wedding invitations are worded to be from the brides parents, but as time has gone on the tradition has, of course, transformed. But with so many options, there comes that many more decisions. 

From the Bride and Groom: A generic wedding invite

Cute and Sappy Quote (Optional)

Bride's Name

and 

Groom's Name

request the honor of your presence at their marriage

Day of the week, day of month, month

Year

at half after __ o'clock

Location

Address Pearl Border Ivory Invitation Kit

Sample

And we shall become as one to share every moment of our lives... 
Daisy Smith 
and 
Jacob Wask
request the honor of your presence at their marriage 
Friday, the twenty second of June 
two thousand thirteen 
at four o'clock 
Church of Christ 
1302 Westminster Avenue 
Seattle, Washington

Gold Hearts Invitation Kit

From the Bride and Groom's Parents: This wording from Invitations Consultants is ADORABLE for a winter wedding! 

The weather outside may be 
frightful, but the wedding inside will be delightful 
Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Brown 
and 
Doctors William and Sally Baker 
invite you to share in the joy of the marriage uniting 
their children 
Cindy 
and 
Matthew 
Thursday, the eighteenth of December 
two thousand eighteen 
five o'clock in the evening 
St. Joseph Catholic Church 
22 East Bay Road 
Atlanta, Georgia

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Wedding Invitation Trends

You have seen them all come through your mailbox. The glitter filled ones, the polka dot print ones and the ones that come with a special treat. We are talking about wedding invitations of course! Where do you begin? So much to choose from! We came up with some inspiration and ideas for your wedding invitations below!  

Be Creative

 record player invite We thought this was a clever and interactive wedding invitation. When the invitation is folded, the card turns into a manually spun paper record player that plays a song recorded by the bride and groom. How cool is that? The invitation has a record groove cover that has a letterpressed band and a tear off RSVP card. Invitation designed by Kelli Anderson    

Be Artsy

  rifle paper invite Love the arts? Why don't you go with a hand painted or illustrated invitation. You can have a lot fun with personalizing it. For example, you can have your invitation designer paint a custom picture of you and your significant other on it! Invitation by rifle paper. You can also find some pretty illustrated ones here.  

Be Yourself

paris inspired jose villa invitation Stay true to yourself. If you are a simple person then make sure you have simple invitaitons. Your invitations and most importantly your wedding should illustrate both of your personalities! Invitation above designed by Sugar & Fluff.
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Preparing for Bridal Shower Thank Yous

Prepping Bridal Shower Thank Yous

Bridal Shower Thank Yous

Writing thank you notes isn't everyone's favorite post-wedding chore, but it is a necessity that shouldn't be overlooked or put off for too long. Many guests expect thank yous, and many more will be very much appreciative of a timely one. Bridal shower thank yous have a less strict timeline than their wedding counterparts, but you still shouldn't put them off. Definitely send out bridal shower thank yous before the big day. Any shower gift you receive can be used immediately, so you don't have to wait until after the nuptials to send off proper bridal shower thank yous.   Bridal shower thank yous come in a variety of colors and styles, and are generally much more informal than wedding thank yous. Don't stress too much over formal wording either - guests don't need much more than a sincere note of thanks in your bridal shower thank yous!   If you're hosting a bridal shower and want to do the bride in question a big favor, make bridal shower thank yous easier on her my keeping a running list of guests in attendance, and what, if anything, they brought for the bride. Her bridal shower thank yous will go much faster and she'll definitely owe you one!
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Keeping Organized for Bridal Shower Thank You Notes

Getting Bridal Shower Thank You Notes Out of the Way

Bridal Shower Thank You Notes

  After a particularly well-attended bridal shower, it can sometimes be a little daunting to get started on your bridal shower thank you notes. Bridal shower thank you notes are, however, very important, and should be sent out within a few weeks of the event. Here are a few tips for the writing of both noteworthy and swift bridal shower thank you notes: Get started on your bridal shower thank you notes immediately, while the specifics of the gift and the presence of your guest is still fresh in your mind. The more detailed and specific you are in your bridal shower thank you notes, the more appreciative the recipient is likely to be. Doing them immediately also helps with bridal shower thank you notes dread, which is something that has consumed all of us at some point.   Also, consider keeping a ledger (or having a very benevolent hostess keep a ledger) of bridal shower attendance and gifts. Having a written record of who was there and what they gave will keep you from getting confused or mixed up while writing your bridal shower thank you notes. Keeping organized now will prevent bridal shower thank you notes headaches in the future!
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The Practicality and Aesthetic of Wedding Favor Cards

Beautiful (And Useful!) Wedding Favor Cards

Wedding Favor Cards

If you’re making your own favors, be it jarring jams or packaging chocolates or crafting miniature birdhouses, you need a way to dress up your gifts for your guests. Wedding favor cards are a great way to add a professional and charming touch to your handmade (or just hand-packaged) wedding favors. Finding the right wedding favor cards isn’t difficult if you know what you’re looking for. Do you want to add a vintage feel to your favors? A southern charm? Wedding favor cards will unify your aesthetic and drive home your theme. The material and/or design of wedding favor cards will vary for your purposes – you just have to start hunting! You should always consider using wedding favor cards if you’re making your own favors, especially if it won’t be initially obvious that your offerings are for guests to take home with them. The last thing you want is to be stuck with over a hundred measuring spoons or miniature buckets of cheese popcorn. Okay, maybe it wouldn’t be so bad, but you still want your guests to enjoy the favors too. Wedding favor cards can work for individual guest names or might just be labeled with a simple “thank you.” Either way, wedding favor cards are classy and stylish way to make it exceedingly obvious that the favors are up for grabs.
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Using Style and Design in Sophisticated Wedding Invitations

Set the Tone with Sophisticated Wedding Invitations

Sophisticated Wedding Invitations

Though backyard barbeques and events featuring mason jars are becoming more and more popular, there are still brides working to create weddings that highlight the finer things in life. If you really don’t want guests showing up to your high-class to-do, think about utilizing the services of sophisticated wedding invitations. Sophisticated wedding invitations will feature high-quality materials with simple designs and understated elegance. Sophisticated wedding invitations will often employ some of the more traditional elements of wedding invites, such as thin segments of tissue paper between the invitation and the RSVP, simple cream envelopes, and elevated wording.   While black and white dominate the aesthetic of many sophisticated wedding invitations, there are some modern twists to the classic design. Many sophisticated wedding invitations employ the use of bold blocked colors to make an elegant statement. Shop around and don’t think that you don’t have options for your sophisticated wedding invitations.   Your sophisticated wedding invitations will set the scene for your wedding, and they’ll let guests know what to expect before they arrive. Most guests look to the invite for clues to the formality of the event, so let your sophisticated wedding invitations lead the way with grace, simplicity, and understated beauty.
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Practice Style and Substance with Bridal Shower Thank You Notes

Bridal Shower Thank You Notes: Start Early!

Bridal Shower Thank You Notes

You’re going to get really sick of writing thank-you cards for gifts during the weeks of wedding activities leading up to the big show, but you still have to do them. Bridal shower thank you notes will likely be the first set of hand-penned words you commit to cute little cards, but they certainly won’t be the last. Let your bridal shower thank you notes act as a practice for the notes to come. Try to get started on your bridal shower thank you notes as soon as you can – right after the shower, while the events of the day are still fresh in your brain. Have your hostess pen a list of givers and gifts during the shower, and always keep the card with the gift. Detailed records will make your bridal shower thank you notes so much easier.   When selecting the right bridal shower thank you notes for your bash, take your own personal style (and the style of the party) into consideration. You don’t need fancy bridal shower thank you notes for a backyard barbeque, and ripped sheets of legal pad paper won’t cut it for a swanky catered affair. Just like with your wedding paper goods, your bridal shower thank you notes are all about context and consistency.
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Using Your Proposal in Wedding Décor

Your proposal has likely already become a part of your relationship story. It’s an anecdote you tell to coworkers, at parties, or maybe even on Facebook. It doesn’t matter how extravagant or crazy your proposal was, they’re all memorable. How and when you decided to make it official will be a story you will be asked to repeat for your entire lives. Your kids will want to hear it just as much as you wanted to know the story of your parent’s courtship. So embrace it! Here are a few fun ideas to give a nod to your proposal story in your wedding décor:   Wedding Stationary
Photo shoots for your invitations and save-the-dates are a great time to express your individuality and the unique story of your relationship. Think about snapping photos at the location where you decided to tie the knot for your wedded paper good. If you got engaged at sunset at a local park (even if you were wearing your workout gear), pay homage to that site by staging photos at the exact location where it all went down (sweats optional). Illustrations are a less literal way to interpret your proposal story – subtle references (such as kissing fish stamps for an aquarium proposal or twin rocking chairs for a quiet promise at home) are a silent inside nod that you and your fiancé can share with guests.

Unique Centerpieces
There are many unique and fun centerpieces that have been constructed by couples to reference their unique proposal story. A new and popular choice seems to be table number reorganization – naming guests’ tables after locations (or items) that hold some significance to the relationship. You could also integrate items into the displays that play into your tale, such as monopoly piece confetti (if the proposal happened over a friendly – or heated – board game) or small appetizers that nod to the last meal you shared before becoming fiancé/fiancée.
If you plan to go this route, think about setting up a small display that explains the significance of the unique touches of personal décor. You probably don’t want to be fielding questions all night about the stack of American modernist anthologies under each vase of white roses.   Wedding Website
Every newly-engaged couple should have a wedding website, especially if you’re expecting any number of guests from out of town. A wedding website is a great home base to organize information about your wedding, and it’s easy to find a host for a free one. Many of the sites also come with this fun little tab for details about your relationship. If you haven’t committed the favorite stories of your relationship to paper, this is your chance. There are some details you might not remember in another thirty or forty years, and writing it down while it’s fresh will be something posterity will thank you for.
This is also an opportunity for distant relatives to catch up on the special stories of your relationship that may come up during wedding festivities. After all, you don’t want anyone to be confused about your use of a science fair volcano in place of a unity candle.

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Manage and Delight with a Bridal Shower Guestbook

A Bridal Shower Guestbook for the Busy Bride

Bridal Shower Guestbook

If you’re planning a bridal shower for the special bride in your life, you might want to start poking around for the right bridal shower guestbook. Just like the wedding itself, a bridal shower needs a fun way to record attendance for the couple. The wedding isn’t the only party the couple will want to look back fondly on for the rest of their lives – showers, parties, and get-togethers all have a special place in our hearts. By providing a bridal shower guestbook, you’re giving your bride that opportunity – and she’ll be thankful! Find a bridal shower guestbook that fits the bride’s personality for a formal and fun way to greet guests as they appear.   A bridal shower guestbook is also a handy tool for the bride who wants to hop on “thank you” cards as quickly as she can. With a list of guests that attended (not just the ones invited!) a bridal shower guestbook is a handy hint that helps the bride decide what she’s going to write in her cards. If you’re planning a bigger bridal shower, a bridal shower guestbook is a must. It can be pretty embarrassing to write “I loved seeing you at my shower!” when a guest only sent a gift. Gifts are not a requirement at wedding events, but a bridal shower guestbook can help a bride manage the ones she will probably receive.
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Formal Wedding Invitations: Kits and Tips

Writing Out your Formal Wedding Invitations

Formal Wedding Invitations

Formal wedding invitations are the one sure-fire way to let your guests know that your wedding will be formal. Formal wedding invitations are your last hope against jeans and sneakers at an event that you’ve spent a lot of time and effort coordinating and planning. While it usually isn’t right to tell your guests how to dress, your formal wedding invitations are an easy way to let your guests know what to expect. If your wedding is taking place at a venue with a dress code, don’t hesitate to add “jackets required” or “black tie” onto your formal wedding invitations.   Formal wedding invitations don’t have to be as expensive as they look, either. With kits available at most distributors, you don’t have to pay outrageous prices for formal wedding invitations. Print them yourself! Handwriting is important for your formal wedding invitations. Consider hiring someone to address your envelopes if you’re opting for formal wedding invitations. You don’t have to break the bank for a calligrapher, either. Enlist the help of a particularly penmanship-blessed bridesmaid, or post an ad for an art student at a local college. Of course, if you believe that your handwriting is beautiful enough for equally beautiful formal wedding invitations, don’t hesitate! Get to addressing your formal wedding invitations as soon as possible!
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Finding the Right Casual Wedding Invitations

Casual Wedding Invitations for your Laid-Back Nuptials

Casual Wedding Invitations

Your wedding invitations are the one bit of wedding stationary that almost no one skips, specifically because of how important they are. Casual wedding invitations will help your guests understand what the vibe of your wedding is – how they should dress, what they should expect, etc. If you’re planning on a big to-do black tie affair, it’s safe to bet that you don’t want to stock up on casual wedding invitations. Casual wedding invitations are for casual weddings; weddings where your guests don’t wear ties or sip expensive cocktails.   Casual wedding invitations still conform to all the protocols of standard invitations, however. Be sure to give your guests plenty of notice (6-ish weeks) and make sure they have a card to return an RSVP. The difference with casual wedding invitations, however, is that you probably won’t have delicate inlayed spacer paper and a thousand tiny envelopes within the casing of your casual wedding invitations. Casual wedding invitations should also be paired with equally casual Save-the-Dates, if you can. They, along with casual wedding invitations, will help your guests navigate the formality of your event and plan accordingly.
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