Love Quotes on Invitations and Stationery

Lately I’ve been noticing more and more couples incorporating short and sweet love quotes on their invites, place cards and church booklets to name a few.

Personally, I think this is a fantastic idea, as it often sets a romantic and loving tone for their wedding day, and is just one way that a couple can express their love to each other and share it with their guests.

Simplicity quote by Leonardo Da Vinci

There are so many beautiful quotes out there but two of my all-time favourite quotes would have to be the following:

  • Once in awhile, right in the middle of an ordinary life…love gives us a fairy tale.
    ~ Anonymous ~
  • You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.
    ~ Dr. Seuss~
These quotes just bring a smile to my face and make me feel all fuzzy! For more love quotes (and poems) head yourself to: www.weddinglovequotes.com 
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Wedding Invitations in Different Languages

Did you know that at B Studio Wedding Invitations, we are able to print stationery in multiple languages?

Well, if you didn’t, you do now! All you have to do is provide us with the wording in the language(s) of your choice. (Don’t forget to triple check it to ensure that all the wording is correct!).

Some couples opt to have one invitation with multiple languages printed on different sides of the card whereas some choose to send out separate invitations printed with the various different languages.

Sweet Petite by B Studio Invitation Collection- English & French wording

This week, we have been working on a special order for a lovely bride-to-be whereby half of the stationery was printed in English and half in French. Our bride-to-be ordered wedding invitations, tin boxes and RSVP card sets from our Sweet Petite stationery range and we also created custom-made bonbonniere tags for her, displaying wording in both English and French! See above!

These days, it isn’t too uncommon to find couples sending bilingual (and even trilingual) wedding invitations to their guests! This often happens when the bride and groom are from different cultural backgrounds, and is a special way to ensure both sides of the family feel welcome and included in the couple’s wedding festivities.

However, being apart of different cultural backgrounds is not a necessity for sending out wedding invitations in different languages. Some couples who have a special connection with a different culture other than their own, choose to send out invitations in this language, as it is something which is meaningful and holds significance to them.

Are you be sending out invitations in different languages for your big day? Let us know!

Choosing the right fonts for your Wedding Invitations

Selecting the right font or set of fonts for your invitations is quite crucial and just as important as choosing the right invitation wording! Here are my TOP TIPS for choosing the right fonts for your invitations:

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  • Consider how different fonts give an invitation a different look and feel, and ultimately shape the impressions your guests will have for your wedding! If you’re having a formal or traditional wedding, electing some elegant and fancy cursive fonts may be appropriate, whereas if you are having a casual beach wedding – a more simple and uncomplicated font style may better suit your invitation.
  • The way a font looks is important, however it is vital that you do not overlook function– keep in mind that some fancy script fonts can be hard to read.  If  you have your eye on a beautiful fancy font, consider using this font only to highlight the bride and grooms names, and then choose a more simple and easy-to-read font for the rest of the invitation wording.
  • Don’t forget to select an appropriate font size. Having your invitation wording printed in a small font size may not be convenient for some of your guests, especially if they are older.
  • If you are having more than one font style on your invitation, consider how the various fonts you have chosen fit together. Do they compliment each other? Are they well-balanced? (the right balance will depend on the look you are trying to achieve).
  • Have a friend or family member look over your invitation before you have them printed. Ask them what immediately catches their eye and stands out for them. Some couples prefer to have their names as the stand-out element of the invitation, whereas others prefer to have their guest names emphasized. There is no right or wrong look – the most important thing is that you are happy with your choice!

 

Don’t forget to thank your guests after the wedding with thank you cards!

Sending thank you cards after the wedding is a thoughtful way to express your gratitude to your family and friends and let them know just how much you have appreciated their support,  well wishes and wedding gifts!

In this day and age, where emails and text messages are what people commonly exchange, receiving a lovely handwritten thank you card in the mail will certainly be cherished and remembered!

Ideally, your thank you cards should be

  • Sent as soon as possible after the wedding
  • Matching with your wedding stationery. While this is not essential, it is definitely lovely to have coordinated wedding stationery from start ’till end. 
  • Personalised with the guests names and with references to the wedding gift wherever possible
  • Handwritten to make it more personal and lastly,
  • Thank you cards should be sent on formal stationery.  For other events, simple thank you notes written on plain paper would be acceptable, however for a wedding, it is much nicer to have your thank you messages written on quality card.

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Incorporating Love Quotes and Poems into your wedding

Beautiful, sweet and heartfelt love quotes and poems can really add some magic to your big day! There are so many ways to incorporate them into your wedding.

Use love quotes and poems on your wedding invitations, order of service booklets and bomboniere tags, include them in wedding toasts and wedding speeches and much more!

Bomboniere Tag- "Thanks for sharing this special day with us"

We found a great collection of quotes and poems at Wedding Love Quotes. Do you have a favourite quote or poem you have used or would like to use in your wedding? Share them with us in the comments section…

Save the Date Cards- do we need them?

Save the Date cards are a fantastic way to let family and friends know when and where your wedding will be long before they receive your formal invitation!

The main purpose of Save the Date cards is to make sure as many of your guests as possible make it to your wedding, by giving them plenty of notice to make travel arrangements, take time off work, or simply turn down other invitations for your special day.

Save the Date Cards are particularly useful if you are having a destination wedding, plenty of out of town guests, if your wedding coincides with any holidays or if you are holding a wedding during a peak season.

Save the Date

Save the date Cards should ideally be sent between 6-12 months before the wedding. Remember that the more notice you give your guests, the greater the chances that they will be able to turn up!

How you choose to word your Save the date cards is up to you however generally they only need to inform your guests of when your upcoming wedding date actually is, however you can also provide a location if you are having a destination wedding where guests will be required to travel in order to attend. Otherwise, your names as well as the wedding date should suffice. It is also common to add the line “Formal Invitation to follow” on your save the dates, so that people do not confuse them for the actual invitations!

Your Save the Date Cards can match your wedding invitations or they can be different. It really depends on whether you have chosen your invitations yet or not at the time you plan your save the date cards. Having matching save the date cards and invitations is a great idea! Your guests will get a glimpse of your wedding theme from their save the date cards, leaving them excited about the formal wedding invitation to come!

Invitation Dilemma #1 How to avoid uninvited wedding guests and what to do when you have some!

With the stress of organising a wedding to accommodate all your close family and friends, the last thing a bride (or groom) needs is uninvited guests rocking up and increasing your numbers and budget, adding to already high stress levels.

I can't believe she invited her along to OUR wedding!

When it comes to weddings, sometimes certain family members and friends can be imposing and feel they should have a say in who should be invited to your wedding. Your Uncle Pete whom you haven’t seen in ages may insist on bringing his “lady friend” or colleagues may just assume they can bring a friend or their children along!

Remember that its YOUR wedding day, so really you are in charge of who can come to the wedding or not. You should not feel bullied into accommodating additional guests if you do not want to.
So what do you do? While etiquette suggests that the bride and groom should call any quests who have RSVP for more people than intended to explain the misunderstanding, this is not an easy thing to do. Some couples don’t say anything at all, but feel resentful afterward.

If you have not sent out your invitations yet, a few good suggestions are below, to assist with avoiding the issue of uninvited guests.

  • Be very clear when writing out the guest names on your invitations. This should notify guests on who is and who is not (by omission) invited.
  • Write guest names in the RSVP cards.
  • Add a line on your RSVP cards stating “We have reserved ___ seats for you”

Hopefully the above handy hints may help…but then again, there are always the few who may “not get the message” and think it is ok to bring along uninvited guests anyway… In such cases, the below may assist you if you are already confronted with the issue of extra uninvited guests:

  • Just say no. It is perfectly polite for the host to say no. Do be gentle but firm. If gentleness doesn’t work, simply be firm. Say no. We don’t want to encourage this behaviour. Yes, it is that simple. You can explain to your guests that you have certain numbers already budgeted for, and you can not add in any additional. A good friend/family member should be understanding once you have explained your reasons. If they are not, perhaps that tells you something about them?

Have you had to deal with uninvited guests during your wedding planning? Feel free to share your stories in the comments section!

10 WEIRDEST Invitations…

Thought I’d share this cool link with you guys.

Take a look at these 10 weirdest invitations! How’s that for inspiration! =)

Computer inspired invitation Chocolate Bar Wedding Invitation

Top 5 Wedding Invitation Mistakes

Here is my TOP 5 list of the most common wedding invitation mistakes that a bride (and groom) can make. Don’t let them happen to you!

Stressed Bride

  1. Not ordering enough invitations: This is an all-too-common error that many tend to make. Sometimes you have all the final numbers worked out, and then your Mother, fiancé or perhaps your in-laws mention that they have forgotten a few people!  Thus, always order extras  to cater for any last-minute or unexpected guests. While you can usually go and re-order a few more invitations from your stationer, you will have to wait to receive these, so it’s better to order an additional 5-10 ‘spare’ invitations on top of your guest list.
  2. Failing to proofread:  The last thing your wedding needs is spelling mistakes and grammatical errors on the wedding invitations. It is also very poor form (and pretty embarrassing) if you misspell someone’s name. Always triple-check your guest list before submitting them to your invitation provider.
  3.  Not providing sufficient postage when mailing your invitation: Be sure to weigh your invitations at the Post Office before you actually mail them out. After all, you don’t want an insufficient postage stamp to appear on your invitations as well as the possibility of the invite never reaching its destination.
  4. Poor quality materials– Most couples are constrained by a budget when it comes to their wedding, however there is no excuse for having poor quality invites. Even if you’re on a tight budget, you should look to get good quality card for your invites. You can skip the fancy flowers, stick-ons or embellishments if you’re on a budget, but the overall look of the invitation should be of an acceptable quality.
  5. Making invitations yourself without proper guidance: DIY invitations can be great however it is important that you research styles you like before attempting to start as well as familiarise yourself with the materials, equipment and processes required. This will avoid disasters when your invites don’t turn out like how you want them to, or they look “home-made” rather than lovingly “handmade”.

 If you keep these 5 invitation tips in mind when planning your wedding stationery, it will certainly make the whole process a lot easier! All the best! 

Back to Invitation Basics- The who, what, when, where, why…

Today I’ll give a quick run-down on all the basic information you need to know about your wedding invitations. This guide will be particularly useful for those who have just recently become engaged as well as those who are frazzled over how to handle their invites. Stress not, we are here to help with our simple “WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY” guide!

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WHO– Who do you need to send a wedding invitation to?

You should send invitations to each guest whom you would like to attend your wedding. Generally speaking, you will only have to send a single wedding invitation to each couple or family. It is also important to make sure that you send invitations to each member of the bridal party including the parents and the bridesmaids/groomsmen. You may also like to send an invitation to your wedding suppliers who will be present on the wedding day (eg. your photographer/celebrant).

WHAT- What sort of Invitation should you send?

Read our “Choosing the right inviteblog entry from last week as it is a useful guide on choosing the right invites for you and your fiance. There are many different types of invitations to choose from. You may like to send a handmade wedding invitation, a printed invitation, CD/DVD invitation or even an electronic invitation. The choices are aplenty and they are yours to make.

WHEN- When to send out your invitations?

A good timeline for sending out your wedding invitations would be 6-8 weeks before your wedding day. This will allow the guests plenty of time to RSVP. Out of town guests will also have adequate time to make their transportation and accommodation arrangements. Remember to order your invitations early to ensure that they will be made and sent out well ahead of the big day.

WHERE– Where to buy wedding invitations?

You can visit local stationers in your area or search the internet to find an array of wedding invitation specialists. When choosing where to buy, consider the important elements of : Quality, Cost, Speed and Delivery.

WHY- Why do I need to send out wedding invitations?

A wedding invitation is the first formal notice to family and friends of you and your fiances intention to join as one in holy matrimony. It is an important decision and event in ones life, which is why a proper invite of some sort need be sent.

What dress code to put on invitations?

What dress code should I put on my invitations and what does that dress code really mean?

I often get asked the above by curious brides and grooms. Here is quick guide to the main dress codes and what they really mean.

White Tie Formal Dress Code

Black Tie
A black tie
dress code is appropriate for a formal event (and would usually indicate an evening affair), where men wear a tuxedo and women wear a stylish evening gown or cocktail style dress.

White Tie
A white tie dress code is for an ultra formal event. It is more formal than black tie and calls for the most glamorous attire. This might include a ball-gown for ladies, gloves ,stole, a clutch or evening bag and glamorous hair and make-up. For the men, it might include an evening tail coat, white shirt, white waistcoat and white bow-tie. Ultra-glam indeed! This is a chance to go all out!

Semi-Formal
A semi-formal dress code calls for well…semi-formal attire as the name suggests. It is somewhere between casual and formal. This dress code would allow men to wear a dark suit, and ladies a cocktail dress (tuxedos and long dresses are not necessary).  Sometimes this dress code can be a little ambiguous when written on an invitation, and can be interpreted differently from person to person.

Lounge Suit
The lounge suit dress code indicates an event which is not as formal as some of the other dress codes, yet it is still expected that guests dress stylishly. Men can get away with a coloured  business suit and shirt while women can don a cocktail style dress or fitted dress.

Cocktail
A cocktail dress code has typically been interpreted as being a dark suit for men and an elegant dress for ladies-brighter colours would also be suitable here. Currently, shorter knee-length cocktail dresses are quite the trend.

Smart Casual
A Smart casual dress code does not necessarily mean jeans and a t-shirt. For the women, smart casual calls for a pretty dress (cocktail or other), tailored pants or a skirt with a stylish top. For the men- a suit and shirt- which can be both dark or light. A tie is optional at this style of wedding.

Casual
A casual dress code really says that anything goes. Feel free to frock up in a dress (for ladies) or casual shirt and pants for the men.  But do be aware that even though the dress code states “Casual”, don’t forget that you are attending someone’s wedding,  so do dress casual but appropriately.

Choosing the Right Invite for you!

Wedding Invitations…So many different designs, colours, shapes, sizes! How can one possibly choose?! Where do we actually start? Ahhhhhh!

Yes, I hear you. I’ve been there before!

Sure,  some may argue that an invitation is only a piece of card letting your family and friends know of your special day, however it’s just not any day…its your WEDDING day after all…and I know you want that something special. A wedding invitation is the first glimpse your guests will have of your upcoming day, so it’s no wonder you want to make a good impression.

Record wedding research/plans in a diary!

Here are my tips for those who are stuck on how to select the right invitation design for you:

  1. Think about your wedding theme– Do you already have a particular theme in mind? If so, think about how you can carry this theme across to your invitations. For example, if you’re having a beach themed wedding and have already chosen a gorgeous beach to hold your wedding ceremony at, why not use some “beach” elements (such as starfish, shells, buckets) in your invitations to let guests know what they’re in for.
  2. Think about you and your fiance’s favourite colours– Choosing a few fave colours of yours is an excellent way to begin when you’re not sure exactly what invitation you want. Once you’ve got a colour palette selected, then go out and research invitations with those colours. The most simple way is to perhaps google “Black wedding Invitations” for example and see what image results they bring.
  3. Choose invitation styles which reflect both you and your partner’s personalities/interests– Perhaps you both love jazz music or maybe you’re more into the rock scene …try to find invitations which reflect you and your partner’s personalities and interests. If you and your partner are known to be a bit of a wild and daring couple, choose some funky invitations which just scream YOU. You don’t have to go for dainty white invitations with doilies just because it’s a “wedding”. It’s your day after all, and you can choose how traditional or untraditional you want your event to be.
  4. Choose invitation styles that reflect the style and formality of your wedding– If you have decided on how formal (or informal) your wedding is going to be, this shouldn’t be too hard. A casual or small wedding can do with a simple invitation with less formal wording, while an extravagant black tie wedding would command that more formal sophisticated invitations are chosen.
  5. Think about your stationery budget– Set aside a portion of your wedding budget for your wedding invitations and other stationery items you are planning to order. Stationery typically comprises around 4-6% of a couples total wedding budget. Divide the total allocated stationery budget by your number of guests and you will find out how much you can spend on each invitation and then research designs what are within that price range.
  6. Think about postage costs– Postage costs are often forgotten when couples plan their stationery budgets, however they can quickly add up. Keep in mind that large and bulky invitations are more expensive to send, so factor that into your budget if you decide to choose such invitations.

 

These are the main factors to consider when you’re deciding on a design. Hope they have helped! Once you decide on your wedding invitations, it will be easy to co-ordinate the rest of your wedding stationery, including your RSVP cards, wishing well cards, order of service books, place cards and thank you cards.

If you have any other tips I haven’t included, please feel free to comment below to help other brides and grooms.