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I have had many brides ask me this question. I also get a lot of  “I haven’t done this before so I don’t know how much things cost”. No need to worry, I have highlighted some points below to guide you and get you on your way to the perfect wedding invitations.

As a general guide, the typical couple spends an average of 3-5% of their overall wedding budget on invitations/stationery. This number goes higher depending on the number of wedding stationery items needed for the wedding. For a lot of brides and grooms planning luxury weddings, the average goes up to about 8-10%.

Custom Wedding Invitations at Event House Houston

Custom Wedding Invitations at Event House Houston. Photo by Foreverdayphotos.com

Regardless of your budget, there is an invitation for every bride and groom.  I recommend the following 3 quick steps to help you accomplish your wedding invitation design goals.

1. Do your homework on what invitations cost.
Have you spotted an invitation design(s) that you like?  Give the designer a call to see if someone can assist you with some pricing information.  Keep in mind that exact pricing on custom items may not be readilly available but you can request a price guide or start pricing.

2. Request a one-on-one consultation to preview samples/designs.
Most fine stationers and invitation designers offer complimentary consultations before an invitation design process commences.  Be sure to request one and have your questions prepared.

3. Have a good idea of what you want.
Using magazines and the internet, browse ideas and concepts that project what you are envisioning for your wedding invitations.  Create a small folder with the magazine tear sheets and take this folder along with you to your consultation.

Once you narrow down your options, be sure to communicate your expectations and final details to your invitation designer. The rest is a breeze!

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I wanted to write this post for a bride and groom holding their wedding at a private residence such as the home of a friend, parents or other family member.

In this instance, I highlighted a wedding holding at the residence of a family friend.  One of the popular questions for this scenario is – “How do I address my wedding invitations so my guests are aware of the location of the wedding?” Look no further, I have provided you a sample invitation wording to help you below:

Sample Invitation Wording

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Andrew Mathews
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Anna Marie
to
Richard Michael Johnson
Saturday, the tenth of April
Two thousand and ten
at half after two o’clock in the afternoon
at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. John Duke
Forty-two Rosewood Circle
Houston, Texas
Reception to follow

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In this blog post, I  have attempted to address the most popular questions on wording formal traditional wedding invitations.  These are questions many of my Brides have asked me.  If you are a bride or you are assisting the bride with her invitations and you need further assistance with any of the following guidelines, please feel free to post a question or comment and I will be glad to assist you.

1. When and how should I use the words “Honour or Honor” on my wedding invitations?

Traditionally when a wedding holds in a house or place of worship, the word “honour” with a “u” is used likewise on the reply card you match the word “honour” with the word “favour” also with a “u”, therefore the wedding invitations will read as follows:

The honour of your presence is requested at
or
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Windsor request the honour of your presence at

1b.  What about my reception card? There are many options for wording a wedding reception card but traditionally a wedding reception card reads as follows:

The pleasure of your company is requested at

1c.  What if my reception is at the same venue as my wedding ceremony? In this case, a reception card is not compulsory, you may simply state the following line at the bottom of your wedding ceremony invitation:

Reception to follow
or
Reception immediately following

2.  I am not having a wedding reception, do I need a reply card?

No,  You do not need to include a reply card with wedding invitations for a ceremony only.

3.  How should I use punctuation on my wedding invitations?

Punctuations are not necessary on wedding invitations except after title abbreviations such as Mr. and Mrs. or Jr. etc. (Note – the title Doctor should be spelled out. The abbreviated title “Dr.” may only be used if the name is exceptionally long or you are addressing the mailing envelopes)

4. How should I state the time on my wedding invitations? Wedding times at the top of the hour are stated as follows:

four o’clock in the afternoon
or
five o’clock in the evening
or
half after ten in the morning
or
twelve noon

5.  How should I state the names of parents? On traditional wedding invitations, it is more proper to state Parents names in full for example:

Doctor and Mrs. Harry Earnest Smith
in place of Dr. and Mrs. Harry E. Smith.

6. How should I list the wedding date? On formal wedding invitations, the date should be spelled out as follows:

Saturday, the twenty-first of July
two thousand ten or two thousand and ten

7. How should I list the street address of the wedding venue?

Long numbers or Numbers over 100 may be written in numerals such as:

11565 Main Street

or for very short numbers or numbers below 100 you may list the address as follows

Forty-three River Oaks Lane

8. A Complete Sample Formal Wedding Invitation Wording is as follows:

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Windsor
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Elizabeth Anne
to
Edward Albert Thomas
Saturday, the fifth of June
Two thousand nine
at half after four o’clock in the afternoon
First Baptist Church
10555 Main Street
Houston, Texas

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In my last post – “Free Wedding Websites” I highlighted some popular wedding websites you may use to communicate additional wedding information to your wedding guests.  Be sure the wedding website you select reflects your personal style and taste as a couple.  Do your best to only include “enough” information and not “overwhelming” information on the wedding.  As a general guide, you may use your wedding website or wedding blog to communicate the following wedding details:

1. Your Personal photos (especially as a couple)
2. Your personal stories (for example – the proposal or engagement story)
3. Hotel Accommodations
4. Transportation or Travel Guide or Arrangements
5. Gift Registry
6. Side Attractions
7. Manage RSVP or Responses
8. Updates on your wedding plans
9. Any additional wedding information you feel will be helpful to your guests.
10. Post Wedding Information such as honeymoon photos.

As an invitation designer, I have included wedding websites on response cards, personalized map cards and guest information enclosures that go along with (and not printed directly on) the formal invitations.  Take a look at the following custom wedding map I completed for a couple showing their wedding website.  To view more maps I have produced for many brides and grooms, visit my website at www.EventHouseDesign.com

Custom Wedding Map Showing Wedding Website at Event House
Custom Wedding Map Showing Wedding Website by Event House

Cheers!
Vivian @ Event House

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Wedding Invitations are typically mailed six to eight weeks before the wedding and in some cases four to six weeks before the wedding.  Most couples who did not mail their guests a save the date tend to mail their invitations earlier in the six to eight week time frame.  Frankly I always recommend the former.  Sending your wedding invitations earlier allows you more time to compile and verify your responses or RSVPs.  Another thing to keep in mind is – more and more wedding reception venues are requesting a final guest count earlier than “the traditional  two weeks before the wedding” deadline.

Custom Wedding Invitations
Nancy Custom Wedding Invitations at Event House

Cheers!
Vivian @ Event House

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Selecting your wedding invitations should not be a rushed process.  I say this because your wedding invitations are the first glimpse your guests get into your special day.  For this reason, plan enough time for the design, proofing, assembling and mailing of your wedding invitations.  You also want to include adequate time for your guests to reply or RSVP.

Mary Pocket Wedding Invitations by Event House
Mary Custom Pocket Wedding Invitations by Event House

An industry average for most wedding invitation designers, stationers, invitationers or printers is approximately 6 to 8 weeks for complete production.  For some an average turn around is 4 to 6 weeks.  No matter the turn around time of your selected stationer, the truth is – you will do yourself much good by allowing ample time for your wedding invitations to be completed in good fashion.

If you think about all of the time frames I have just mentioned you should arrive at the following rough timeline:
1. 6 to 8 weeks before mailing for invitation design and production
2. plus another 6 to 8 weeks before the wedding for sending out wedding invitations
3. You have a grand total time frame of approximately 16 weeks which equals a minimum of 3 – 4 months.

Note that some more elaborate wedding invitation designs require more design and production times. With this said, it is an absolute great idea to start considering your wedding invitations once your wedding venues have been secured.  This could be any where from 6 to 9 months before your wedding. This will allow you adequate time to complete this stage of your wedding plans.

The fact is, there are many wedding invitation options out there. Be sure to take your time to research and carefully select “the perfect” wedding invitations for your very special day.

Cheers!
Vivian @ Event House

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“Thank You” – two words we often take for granted.  I have learned the importance of these two words and I have made a personal commitment to always show, write and speak them as often as possible.  Too many times we get so consumed in our busy schedules that we fail to show gratitude, especially expressing gratitude on a note card.

Regardless of who you are and what you do – a Bride, Party Host, Wedding Vendor, Business Owner – I want you to make the following a personal commitment.  Write and mail a personal thank you note to the people who make things happen for you.  Especially if you were the selected choice of many other options.  Please note, an email saying thank you may not be sufficient in some cases and should be avoided especially if an efficient mail system is available where the recipient resides.  A warm sincere direct handwritten note (written by you) in black or dark blue ink should be mailed out.  Please do not send a pre-printed thank you card, as it does not show your good concern and adequate gratitude.

For a Bride – a thank you note should follow within 2 weeks following a bridal shower and within 2 weeks following your return from your wedding honeymoon.  Thank you notes should be sent immediately following the receipt of wedding gifts if received before the wedding.  This way, a lot of time does not elapse between the day you receive the gift and the day you send out a thank you note.

Should you send the same thank you note to the same person for two separate gifts?  The answer is No.  Be sure to send a seperate thank you note for each separate gift received at seperate times.   If you receive 2 gifts together, you may send a single thank you note acknowledging both gifts in the same thank you note.  But that is a lot of work?  Yes it is, but it’s worth it and it sure impresses your kind and generous guest or gift giver.

What if you have a “million” thank you notes to write? Well a million starts with the number 1 – Compile a comprehensive list one day and on the second, third, fourth, fifth day (and on, and on) write your thank you notes in groups. Do whatever you need to do, start writing, however brief, keep going, keep it fun.

So what kind of thank you notes should I use?  The most popular are personalized thank you notes either with your name(s) or monogram printed.  These always add an extra personal touch or you may purchase a note card with the words “Thank You” pre-printed only on the outside cover of the note folder.  One more quick tip, avoid starting or overusing the word “I” instead focus more on using the word “You”.   For thank you note samples and ideas.  Read our Thank You Note Idea page.

A thank you note speaks well of you as a person and makes you look great.  It also lets you leave a positive lasting impression on the minds of other people.  More importantly it makes you feel great as a person.  Think about it – if you gave the same kind of gift to two different persons and one sent a handwritten thank you note and the other a quick email or even nothing, what would you honestly think of the latter person?

Happy Writing!

Cheers!
Vivian @ Event House

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