It has really been a very long year. Almost everyone I talk to has had it hard. Personally, it has been a roller coaster (many deaths in the family: 5 people this year have passed that I was close to and one of our dogs). The only thing that kept me going was the awesome clients and beautiful weddings we produced.
Considering all that and my weird sense of humor, take a look at these glorious Christmas Cards that are so very, very apropos:
These letter press gems are from ABCD Design in New York and created by Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo (she may have too many names – but she has even more talent). I love her stationery because it so unique, quirky and just plain interesting….
…..just like this Christmas Card. You can buy these little beauties at etsy.
Now unless you actually got married or engaged this year, I say jump on it. You’ll definitely will make an impression on your friends!
Thank you Jessica from Penned and Pretty for bringing these cards to my attention! It made me smile today.
If you have been invited to a wedding, then this blog post is for you. And if you are a bride/groom, why not print this out and include it in your wedding invitation? Okay. I’m kidding about that. Sort of.
Dear Wedding Guests:
It is an honor to be invited to a wedding. Although I’m sure some of you may have rolled your eyes at the sight of the beautiful invitation, thinking to yourself, “They just want a gift.”
Perhaps you don’t realize the hours that the bride and groom and respective parents toiled over the guest list, sometimes fighting to make sure that YOUR name stayed on. Perhaps you haven’t taken into account the current economic times and that every person the bride and groom invites is a variable cost to their bottom line.
You should know that it’s not just the cost of the meal. Every person needs to have a seat, which has a chair cover, at a table with a centerpiece with a rented linen, and rented china. Not to mention the average bar cost per person, taxes, gratuity, favors and the most expensive cake that a person will ever purchase. All based on the number of guests attending the wedding.
So no, it’s not just the cost of $xx.xx a meal, the average cost per person at a wedding can easily be triple that number. Please take all of these factors into consideration when you receive an invitation to a wedding and when purchasing a gift for the couple.
Speaking of gifts, the best gift you can give to any couple is to RSVP. On time.
Check your schedule. Talk to your spouse. Arrange a babysitter. Arrange a babysitter backup. And then take 30 seconds to check YES!, put the RSVP card in the already stamped envelope and drop it in the mailbox right outside your door. RSVP! On time.
And if you cannot attend, do the same as above, just check REGRETS. You may want to follow up with a personal note and be sure to go ahead and mail your gift to the couple directly.
Please, please, please do not say you are coming and then not attend because deep down attending the wedding wasn’t that important to you in the first place. You can’t imagine how sad it is seeing empty tables at a wedding reception because guests didn’t show up. And how frustrating it is for the bride and groom to shell out the extra thousands of dollars expecting all of the guests.
Now that you are an informed wedding guest, I am confident that you will not create a faux pas when you receive your next invitation.
You probably have heard already that The Post Office is raising their prices on the first-class postage stamp. Beginning May 11th, the price of a first-class stamp will go from $0.42 to $0.44. Envelopes between 1-2oz. will go from $0.59 to $0.61. Remember that you can buy “Forever” stamps. Just buy them before May 11th to get the $0.42 price.
BRIDES MAILING OUT THEIR INVITATIONS BEFORE MAY 11TH:
Be sure to stock up on first-class “Forever” stamps now so you can use them on your RSVP envelopes. You know that you should always provide a stamp on the RSVP envelope to help responses get back in a timely manner.
Visit the USPS press release & more information.
You’ll always want to take your fully, stuffed invitation down to the post office to have it weighed to know exactly how much you will be paying for mailing it out. Many square envelopes and unusual sized invitations will require more postage, in some instances, over $1.00 each. You’ll want to consider that when budgeting stationery and postage in your wedding budget.
We love making maps here at planning..forever events studio. <rolling eyes> Not really, but we do try to help out our clients. So we tests an online DIY map…
Check out, Wedding Mapper….a cute little online mapping system that you can DIY! We used their help and tweaked it ourselves to make this map…
The only thing I would make sure when using any secondary mapping system; is to double check that it is correct. We found Wedding Mapper to be totally easy to use, once you go the hang of it. Just always, always, double check accuracy. As with anything printed!
For something more custom and interesting, take a look at this map from Lucky Orchid Wedding.
It’s simply precious:
I couldn’t draw my way out of paper bag much less create something that lovely! Great job Laura! Check out her site for more inspirations.
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