For couples looking to make their wedding invitations really stand out, foil stamping is a great option.  Foil stamping, also referred to as foil application, is when metallic colored foil is applied to the surface of the invitation through heat.  The foil then attaches onto the surface permanently, leaving behind a stunning metallic writing on the invitation.

The Many Options that Foil Stamping Offers

The metallic foil used for invitations comes in a variety of colors, including white, pink, red and blue as well as the more traditional silver and gold.  Having some or all of the text on your wedding invitation foil stamped will ensure that your invitation stands out, and the metallic look will give it a more luxurious, high-end feel.

Foils are eye-catching and can create unusual effects in various light.  Foil stamping can be done with any font, making this a viable option for any wedding theme or style.  The level of elegance with your foil stamping can be further enhanced through the font used, making this a more up-scale event or a more casual affair as best suits the wedding.

Foil printing can also be used as part of the invitation design. It may be used in a border or as accents to highlight the design. However foil is used, it’s sure to be noticed as an elegant touch.

Foil Printing May Not Be for Everyone

While it provides a stunning look on any invitation, foil stamping is a labor-intensive undertaking.  A custom stamp must be created for your invitation.  This makes the price significantly more substantial than printing a standard invitation.  The additional work involved in the foil stamping process also means that the turn-around time for your invitations is longer.  For those couples that are under a deadline, the additional time needed for the foil stamping process may rule out this option for their invitations.

While foil stamping may not be for everyone, if you are looking for that special invitation that will leave your guests talking, foil printing is certainly an option to consider.

A previous blog post explains the many different styles of wedding invitation printing processes in addition to foil stamping.

Be sure to browse our entire selection of wedding invitations, including foil printed as shown here, to find your perfect design.

Flower Patterned Romance | Foil Stamping Wedding Invitation
Flower Patterned Romance

To Invite or Not to Invite

The question of whether or not to invite children to a wedding is a very polarizing topic for many guests. Will you allow your guests to bring their children?  If so, any and all ages?  Or will your event be couples only?  To prevent any hurt feelings, you need to tread very lightly on this topic, setting the groundwork in your wedding invitations, as well as any save the date cards.

If Inviting Children, Make this Clear on Wedding Invitations

The envelope of the wedding invitation should include ‘and family’, as opposed to just Mr. and Mrs.  This implies that the children are also invited. If your invitations come with two envelopes, refer to the blog post specific to addressing inside or inner envelopes.  To prevent plenty of questions from your guests, it can be helpful to clearly state on the invitation that children are welcome.  You can also include a section on the RSVP card for children.

How to Convey the Adults Only Request

For weddings where children will not be in attendance, your guests will need to know as far in advance as possible.  They will need to secure childcare, and because many parents rely on family members, this may be more of a challenge than usual.  Unless stated on the invitation, parents will often just assume that their children are included with the invite. 

You need to clearly state that the event will be for adults only.  Referring to the “adult” event or “adults only” should be sufficient.  However, if you want to be certain that everyone is clear, you can also include a line at the bottom of the invitation that states “We respectfully request no children” or “We are unable to accommodate children at our wedding”. 

It is not unusual for a wedding to not include children.  The key is to give your guests enough time that this restriction does not impede their own ability to attend the event.

Either way, once you have made the decision you must stick to it.  Otherwise you risk allowing some guests to bring their children, while others have been told not to.  This can lead to hurt feelings that can put a cloud over the entire wedding.  Being clear up front in the wedding invitations can prevent a lot of these bad feelings, and ensure that your big day runs seamlessly.

All of our available wedding invitation designs give you the option to customize the wording to fit your celebration.

Wedding Invitations | Darling Greenery All 'n One Invitation
Darling Greenery All ‘n One Invitation

Save the date cards are ideal for many couples planning their upcoming nuptials.  This allows you to send the wedding date and location to friends and family even before the invitations go out, encouraging them to leave the day open on their calendar.  This is particularly important when guests are traveling from out of state.

Mailing the Card at that Sweet Spot

Typically sending save the date cards six to eight months prior to the wedding is a good idea.  It can be tempting to mail save the date cards as soon as the wedding date and location have been finalized.  A gut reaction may be the sooner the better, however by sending the cards too soon you risk your guests forgetting about the event until the invitation arrives.  In general, anything extending nearly a year or longer will risk being tossed aside because the date is so far in the future.

When the Save the Date is Critical

A summer wedding, when guests are making vacation plans, destination or a wedding that falls on a three-day weekend are all times when it is important to send a save the date card ahead of time.  Allowing your invited guests that six to eight months to plan their own schedule around the wedding can go a long way to making sure your family and loved ones are able to attend.

A mistake that some couples make when sending save the date cards is to send it to both their ‘A’ and ‘B’ guest list, before paring it down for the official invitations.  Be sure to only send a card for those guests that will definitely be invited to the wedding.  It is a major faux pas to send a save the date and then never follow-up with an invitation.

By finding just the right time for sending your save the date, you can be sure that your nuptials will be in the calendar of those friends and family in plenty of time.  This will ensure that they will be able to celebrate with you on your big day.

Check out our blog post on FAQ’s for more helpful information.  You’ll also enjoy browsing our selection of unique save the date designs.

Mr. and Mrs. Square Photo Save the Date
Mr. and Mrs. Square Photo Save the Date

There are many details to attend to when it comes to planning your wedding.  Today we are addressing common mistakes to avoid related to wedding invitation etiquette.

  • Choosing a design that doesn’t match your wedding – Make sure your invitations properly reflect the tone of your wedding celebration.  Your invites will not only provide your guests with all the important details but will also be a first glimpse of your wedding style.  If you’re going to get married in a church with a traditional reception to follow, a more traditional invitation design will showcase that style.   If you are having a more relaxed, casual wedding, your invitations should feature a more laid back design.
  • Misspellings, typos, incorrect date information – ALWAYS proofread and spell check your invitations several times.  Even if all the wording looks correct on the invite, it is always a great idea to have another set of eyes read it over as well.  Your eyes may be so trained to see the information and may miss the tiniest of misspellings or mistakes.  You will want to make sure to double check all the things listed below so they’re absolutely correct before being printed on your invitations…
    • * All names are spelled correctly
    • * The month, day and year are all correct.
    • * No letters are transposed in words such as ‘teh’ instead of ‘the’.
    • * Names & addresses for the ceremony and reception locations are accurate.
  • Forgetting postage stamps on response cards – When including response cards or postcards so guests can reply, proper wedding invitation etiquette is to place a stamp on the envelope or postcard to make it easy for return mailing.
  • Not including a return address on mailing envelope – If, for any reason, any of your invitations are not able to be delivered, you will want to have them returned so you can take the appropriate steps to successfully resend them.
  • Mailing with not enough postage – This will result in a delayed delivery to your wedding guests since the invitations will be returned to you for more postage.  To avoid this happening, take a fully assembled and ready-to-mail invitation to your local post office so they can weigh and measure it to determine the correct amount of postage required.

Now that you know these common mistakes to avoid, you are better prepared for your invitation planning.  It can all start by shopping our online selection of wedding invitations for your perfect style and design.

Wedding Invitation Etiquette Enchanted Garden

Enchanted Garden Invitation

If you are looking for stylish yet affordable wedding invitations, you certainly don’t need to give up one for the other with all the unique designs available.  Keep in mind that your definition of affordable will most likely depend on your wedding budget.

Today we are going to introduce you to several different styles of affordable wedding invitations and what makes them so budget friendly.

A simple invitation card printed on white or ecru paper can be quite inexpensive.  Being printed using thermography and with only 1 or 2 ink colors also makes it budget friendly.  Matching insert pieces such as reception and response cards are also economically priced.

Affordable Wedding Invitations | Lantern Jar

Jar Wedding Invitation

Sep ‘n Send invitations fit their name perfectly.  The invitation, response card and reception card are all printed on the same sheet of paper.  Then before mailing, they are all easily separated by the perforated lines with printed response card envelopes also included.  The cost savings to you are because all the cards are printed together on one page.  All the pieces also share the same ink colors for a perfectly coordinated look.

Affordable Wedding Invitations Elegant Affair Sep n Send

Elegant Affair Sep n Send Wedding Invitation

Seal and Send wedding invitations are a budget-friendly and time-saving choice due to the all-in-one style.  Everything is included in just one piece that folds up into its own self-mailer with no envelopes needed.  The response card is conveniently attached as the bottom panel of the invite with a perforation.  This makes it easy for guests to remove for return mailing.  Being a postcard size, no return mailing envelope is required and only a postcard stamp is needed.

Affordable Wedding Invitations | Shimmering Lights

Shimmering Lights Seal ‘n Send Invitation

All ‘n One invitations include the invite, reception details, any accommodation information and a detachable response postcard.  The cost savings are due to all these pieces being printed on a two-sided single card design.  The response postcard also means no response envelope is needed.  This horizontal style neatly folds up to fit in the provided mailing envelope.  Many of the design choices also let you share a favorite photo or two.

Affordable Wedding Invitations Cherished Moments All in One

Cherished Moments All ‘n One

ValStyle invites have a vertical two-sided design again with the invitation printed on the front.  The information for the reception and any accommodations or map details are printed on the back.  Attached with a perforation at the bottom is the response card which you separate and insert with its printed return mailing envelope.  The cheaper price is again due to the one piece design being printed on both sides eliminating both a separate reception and accommodations/map card.

Affordable Wedding Invitations Beach Bliss

Beach Bliss ValStyle Invitation

Hopefully these examples of affordable wedding invitations give you some ideas for when it’s time to shop for your design.  Keep in mind that all the styles mentioned here come in a wide variety of designs to fit all different wedding themes.

Looking for ways to keep some of your wedding planning simple?  How about starting with your save the dates.

Sharing photos has become quite trendy with couples when they formally announce their wedding date to family and friends.  Choosing to send a save the date magnet is perfect for sharing a favorite photo (or two) and making it easy for guests to display them on their refrigerator as a quick reminder and memorable keepsake.

Our newest magnet designs for save the dates, as shown below, really put the main focus on your photo while keeping the wording very simple.  Typically printed on them are your names and the date of your upcoming wedding.  Other options can include listing the city & state where you will get married and/or the phrase ‘Invitation to Follow’ although it’s most likely assumed that receiving your save the date means they will also receive your wedding invitation.

Save the Date Magnets

Save the Date Magnets

In this more unique design, Lovely Leaves Save the Date Magnet, your photo fits perfectly in the leafy design and is surrounded by the wording.

Save the Date Magnets Lovely Leaves

Lovely Leaves Save the Date Magnet

Photos are great but certainly not required for a wedding save the date.  This Timeless Love magnet is definitely a fun, bright colored design option.

Timeless Love Magnet for Save the Date

Timeless Love Save the Date Magnet

Even though trends in design may change, the basics remain the same so be sure to check out our Save the Date FAQ’s blog post.  You can also take a look at our Pinterest board featuring unique save the dates ideas – http://www.pinterest.com/prntdcreations/save-the-dates-cards-magnets/.

Have you thought about how you can share a special memory with family and friends from your wedding celebration after it’s over?

Giving them your favorite wedding photo as a keepsake could be the perfect solution.

Depending on how quickly you want to start writing out your thank you notes, this could be a great way to share one, or even a few, of your wedding photos while thanking guests for their generous gift and for celebrating with you.  Having thank you cards printed with your favorite photo may take just a little more time and effort but family and friends will surely appreciate the extra touch and the souvenir they will have of the joyous celebration.

Here’s just a sampling of all the different designs available when it comes to photo thank you notes.  Many of them are folded so you have the inside to hand write your message.  If you aren’t sure about the etiquette to follow when writing your note, check out this previous blog post all about wedding thank you card guidelines.

Wedding Photo Thank You Cards

Wedding Photo Thank You Cards

Another unique idea would be sending family and friends a photo Christmas card featuring your favorite wedding photo giving them a memento of your celebration.  It’s also a great way to commemorate your first married Christmas as newlyweds and to remember your special day.

Here are just a few examples of newlywed Christmas card designs.  You can really choose any holiday photo card design and simply make it custom using your favorite wedding photo.

Newlywed Photo Christmas Cards

Newlywed Photo Christmas Cards

All ‘n One Wedding Invitations are just one of the many styles available that you may become familiar with in your invitation shopping.  This style is a great choice when it comes to stylish and affordable.

This convenient style includes the invitation, reception information, any accommodation details and a detachable response postcard all printed on a two-sided single card design.  The response postcard also means no response envelope is needed.  Because all this information is printed as one piece, the cost savings are passed on to you resulting in affordable wedding invitations.

Different from seal ‘n send invitations that fold and seal into their own mailing piece, the all ‘n one style does require a mailing envelope after it’s folded.

You can choose from a variety of all ‘n one invitation designs depending on your theme.  Several let you feature favorite photos as well as customize the paper and ink colors. Here are just a few of the design choices available (front and back shown).  Each one has its own uniqueness as to how photos and wedding details are presented.

All 'n One Wedding Invitations | Cherished Moments

Cherished Moments All n One Invitation

Affordable Wedding Invitations | Perfect Posies All n One

Perfect Posies All ‘n One Invitation

All n One Wedding Invitations | Carved Out Love

Carved Out Love All ‘n One Invitation

All n One Invitation Picture Perfect Love

Picture Perfect Love All ‘n One Invitation

Now that you are familiar with this affordable style, you are invited to browse all of our available All ‘n One wedding invitations.

In formal wedding invitation wording, there are certain etiquette guidelines to keep in mind, especially when it comes to spelling and abbreviations.  Although, there are now modern twists to some of these traditional rules with some of today’s trendy invitation designs.

Here we will review formal etiquette standards for spelling and abbreviations along with some related modern-day variations…

  • Non-professional titles such as Mr. and Mrs. are acceptable abbreviations.
    • You will also notice some examples of wording that list the first names of the couple’s parents without using these titles so it’s your preference.
  • Professional titles such as Doctor should be spelled out completely.
  • Symbols are not typically used.  So, for example, the word ‘and’ should be spelled out.
    • Some of today’s wedding invitations use the ampersand symbol (&) as part of their contemporary look as in this Botanical Garden design.

Wedding Invitation Wording | Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden Wedding Invitation

  • Your wedding date (month, day and year) should be written in words instead of numbers.
    • Trendy wedding invitation designs may include the date of your wedding printed as we normally write it using numbers for the day and year.

This Swirled Decadence invitation actually highlights the numeric date in a larger lettering style.

Wedding Invitation Wording | Swirled Decadence

Swirled Decadence Invitation

This Elegant Swirls invitation emphasizes the date in all numbers at the top and again within the wedding invitation wording.

Invitation Wording | Elegant Swirls Invitation with Backer

Elegant Swirls Invitation with Backer

  • Times should appear in words and without the abbreviations of a.m. or p.m.  Instead, use the phrase ‘in the afternoon’ or ‘in the evening’ to be specific.

Contemporary Ikat Wedding Invitation

Contemporary Ikat Invitation

  • Names of states and words such as ‘Street’, ‘Boulevard’, ‘Avenue’, ‘Trail’, etc. should be written in their entirety.

As a reference, here is the Avante-Gard invitation that features traditional, formal wording etiquette.

Avante Gard Invitation

Avante Gard Invitation

As you can see by these few examples, our selection of modern wedding invitations offers a lot of variation in how some of your wedding details are listed as part of the design.  In fact, traditional etiquette may even be combined with some contemporary elements.

So you said ‘Yes!’ and the wedding planning has begun.  Now it’s time to ask those closest to you if they will do you the honor of being in your wedding party standing next to you as you say ‘I do’.

Since recent trends seem to involve more than just verbally asking bridesmaids and groomsmen to be part of your wedding celebration, here are some creative and fun ideas for popping the question.

How about bridal party scratch off cards?  Create some exciting suspense by having them do the scratch off to reveal whether you are asking them to be a bridesmaid or maid/matron of honor.

 Will You Be My Bridesmaid Cards

Bridal Party Scratch Off Cards

And we can’t forget about the guys in your wedding party. Here are some scratch off cards just for them, again depending on their role of either groomsman or best man.

Will You Be My Groomsman Cards

Groomsman & Best Man Scratch Off Cards

These embroidered Pop the Question tote bags are adorable for not only asking the appropriate question but also for keeping as a remembrance of their role in your wedding. They can also be used long after the celebration.  As a special personal touch for each gal, have their name embroidered on the tote and consider filling it with their favorite item to let them know just how important they are to you.

Pop the Question Tote Bags

Pop the Question Tote Bags

We all know weddings can bring on happy tears so how appropriate are these ‘Will you be my…’ personalized hankies.  Personalize the hankie design that asks the right question with her name in embroidery.  What a terrific keepsake of your wedding celebration, and it may just come in handy on the day itself.

Will You Be My Bridesmaid Hanky

Will You Be My Bridesmaid, Maid of Honor, Matron of Honor Hankies

If you are planning to give each person a gift when you ask them to be in your wedding party, why not include a fun card or gift tag appropriate to the role you are asking them to fulfill.  These adorable Pop the Question sets include bridesmaid (5), maid of honor, matron of honor, personal attendant, flower girl, groomsman (5), best man and ring bearer.

Pop the Question Sets

Pop the Question Sets

Hopefully these ideas gave you some inspiration for having some fun and being creative when popping the question to those you have hand picked to be part of your wedding party.

I couldn’t end this post without talking about how you will thank each of these special people who you chose to stand by you on one of the most important days of your life.  These thank you card sets are perfect for writing a very personal note of thanks to each person for the role they played in your wedding celebration.  Each set is a little different as far as the specific people they cover but both sets include ‘Special Thanks’ cards that can be written for other wedding party members or even parents.

Wedding Party Thank You Sets

Wedding Party Thank You Sets

Last, but certainly, not least, be sure to also check out our fabulous selection of personalized gifts for your wedding attendants.