Who Cares If Guests Eventually Throw Wedding Invitations Away? They Should Still Be Spectacular!

We’ve heard it a million times.  “Who cares? They’re just going to be thrown away, anyways.”

Here’s the problem with that – you could really say that about any wedding-related thing, or at least apply the sentiment in some way – that the functionality of every specific wedding detail is only going to be paid attention for a short time. Consider your dress. You’re only going to wear it once, and then hide it away. That doesn’t mean you should pick one that you don’t love!

And, if you think about it, your guests will be holding on to your invites for at least six weeks. So – really, it’s the one thing they’ll have from your wedding the longest. It’s the only part your guests will pick up over and over again, read, plan and answer questions with.

Your invitations are important and create an impression.  They set the tone for what your guests should expect for your entire wedding event.

So, let us MAKE. THEM. PERFECT! And this can be achieved in so many ways that are personal to you, your style and theme. One of our favorite examples: Our bride Kara wanted to incorporate a butterfly in honor of her late grandmother. Building one right into the design helped, but then wrapping the invite package with a lace belt and securing it with a butterfly pin took the design to the next level.

Another couple we adore got engaged in Italy, near a fountain known for its bees.  We incorporated the symbolic honey bees into their custom design. Guests were then directed to their wedding website that told the story of the bees.

Another client we worked with was as Irish as they come, complete with birthdays on March 16 & 17, and wanted their guests to share in their Irish pride.  Their guests were blown away with the culturally themed wedding invitations. It meant something personal, not only to the bride and groom, but the family as a whole.

Let us help you incorporate the personal details that matter – rich with the story, love, history, and meaning for you as a couple.

 

What Your Wedding Invitation Should Include…and What It Shouldn’t

Seems obvious, right? Not so fast. While we are all about aesthetics and lightening the content load to allow for formality, beauty and style to shine through, we do advise functionality, too. Read on to learn know what information to include and what to keep off.

WEDDING INVITATION

Should include:

  • Couple’s names.
  • Date and time.
  • Place, with city and state ( zip codes are not generally included).

 

Doesn’t have to include:

  • Hosts names:  If this is too complicated or you don’t want to offer this information, that’s fine. However, if you’d like to include and can’t figure out how, we’ll show you.

 

Shouldn’t include:

  • Registry information. It’s tacky. That’s it. You’ll see this three more times in this post, that’s how adamantly we believe it.
  • Never, ever ask for gifts of money. Ever.

 

 

RECEPTION CARD

Should include:

  • Time
  • Place, with city and state (zip code is optional)
  • What it includes: cocktail hour? dinner? dancing?
  • Again, ask us, we’ll guide you so that your guests know when and where they should be attending.

 

Shouldn’t include:

  • Registry information. It’s rude.
  • Again, requesting guests bring money is a HUGE no!

 

RESPONSE CARD

Should include:

  • Reply-by date.
  • A line for the guests to write who is responding.
  • Yes and no spaces.
  • A line to asking for any necessary dietary restrictions you should know of, unless your meal includes something for everyone – gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, shell-fish allergic. The list could go on, so the line is really the best option.  But only incorporate this if your food vendor is willing to accommodate special requests.
  • Meal options if offered. And if offered and your caterer needs to know exactly who ordered what:
    • An instruction line as to how to denote whose meal selection is whose
  • Postage—either on the backside if your reply card is a postcard or on the included reply card envelope.

 

Shouldn’t include:

  • Registry information. Just for reinforcement.
  • Any information you want your guests to hold on to, because they’ll be sending it back to you. That means if they’ve sent it back to you, they no longer have access to that information.

 

ENCLOSURE CARD

Should include:

  • Whatever you want your guests to know that doesn’t belong printed on any other pieces in the suite, for example:
    • Hotel information
    • Shuttle and/or parking information
    • Formality information, e.g. that your reception is in a grass field, so beware of wearing stilettos.
    • Next-day brunch or breakfast information if offered.
    • Wedding website – this is the only place this should go.

 

Shouldn’t include:

  • Registry Information – or requests for gifts of money.

 

OUTER ENVELOPE

Should include:

  • Formally printed return address.
  • Proper and formally written or printed guest address.  (apartment, street abbreviations and states should all be written out).
  • Proper postage amount. Please note – different post offices’ scales are calibrated differently. We’ve had one post office weigh something to owe two large stamps, while another says one and another says three. Have it weighed at least two different places to ensure you get the right postage.

 

 

 

 

Our Standard 5-Piece Wedding Invitation Package Includes So Much More Than 5 Pieces

Visit any our online competitors’ websites and you’ll see that each thing you add to your cart, like every invitation necessity, will add to your total. And should you need a large quantity of wedding invitations, your shipping is a significant cost.

At Blue Envelope we like to streamline your entire wedding invitation purchasing process by offering all of the necessities in one cost. So when you work with us here’s what you’ll get for a base price of $5.25/invitation, based on the order of 10o or more invitations [besides the most incredible wedding invitations] :

The actual wedding invitation
This here is something you can’t go without. It tells your guests where to be and when, as well as the most crucial detail: who is getting hitched.

Reception card
Your reception card leads guests to the party. Who wants to miss that? Surely not us, and we hope you and your guests don’t either.

RSVP Postcard
This is a really crucial piece, as it will tell you what you need to tell your caterer – how many people are coming and, if you offer meal choices, who’s eating what. We start with a postcard for efficiency, but can certainly change to a card with an envelope. That’s up to you and your budget.

Enclosure Card
This card is where you tell your guests everything else you need them to know: hotel accommodations, transportation and parking 411, breakfast availability, etc. It’s a common courtesy you can offer your guests for traveling and sharing in your wedding day.

Outer Envelope
We print your envelope with your return address in a style and design that is complementary to your entire suite. If you so choose to purchase guest addressing, we will also print that on your envelopes.

3 Designs
Every client gets up to three custom wedding invitation designs, based on the style, theme and aesthetics you share with us when we meet. You are able to mix and match what you like from each custom design into the final wedding invitation.

Our Guidance
You also get us, Blue Envelope designers, advisors, friends, who are knowledgeable in all things wedding stationery related. We will lead you through every part of the wedding invitation process, making this easy and stress-free.

Have a question?  Email contact us.

 

Beautiful, Custom Invitations in 4 Easy Steps. Seriously.

We know, it sounds impossible that a four-step process will materialize custom wedding invitations for your day. But it’s true. Working with Blue Envelope is so easy that ordering online seems ludicrous; because even there, it takes four clicks to just get to invitations in your budget and style.

So here’s our four-step breakdown:

1. Call and schedule a meeting

When you show up, make sure to have your budget and invitation quantity [not guest total, because remember that many times one invite will serve two or more guests]. Blue Envelope experts will talk with you about your style, budget, theme and level of formality and show you different paper stock options, colors, accessories and printing styles to learn where to take your design and wedding invitation package aesthetics.

2. Sign a contract, make a deposit

Once you determine which papers and accessories are your favorite and most fitting to your wedding, we write them into a contract with a complete total, which includes assembly of everything and any auxiliary pieces you’d like to order that complement your invite — i.e., seating cards, programs, thank you notes, etc. There are no surprises in what to expect in your final design or cost, because it is written clearly in a contract you take home. We get a deposit and then begin designing for you.

3. Design and approval

Your contract will include three dates: when we will have designs to you, when we will have everything to the printer and when your whole suite will be available for pick up. That first date is crucial, because it initiates an entire plan.

So, by the promised date, we email you up to five custom designs, based on what you tell us you like from our samples, show us from your online collections and describe to us as your preferred “look.”

From there, you email to us your feedback. For example, “I like the font of our names on Design 1, but the graphic on Design 2 and the body copy font on Design 3.” So we combine those elements that you like into one design and send it back to you for approval. Once we get that, we create the rest of the suite [the reception, RSVP and enclosure cards and envelope] and send to you for changes and approval.

4. We take care of the rest

Once we get your approval on the full suite, we make sure all your products are ordered and every piece is print-ready. Then we get it to print, pick it up, assemble the pieces, print your envelopes with the return address, and if purchased, your guests’ addresses in a complementary style, and package it up for you to come grab.

As you see, we walk you through each of these four easy steps, providing guidance, options and flexibility. We ensure that, like everything else you pick for your wedding, these wedding invitations are those of your dreams and custom-fit to you and your fiancé.

Custom Wedding Invitation Overview, 2017 Edition!

Eyes are the windows to the soul, the same way wedding invitations are the window the the main event. It’s dramatic, we know.

This right here. This is what we love. Cleveland’s cold, yucky, make-you-stay-inside snowy days. You know why? It means we are starting Bridal Season ’17!

Fresh styles and trends to work with. Enthusiastic, newly engaged clients looking for the best direction and execution in custom designed invitations. And, opportunities to create wedding invitations as delectable as the hors d’oeuvres you’ll be passing around to guests.

So here goes, for you, our sweet reader and soon-to-be-married friend: A 2017 Wedding Invitation Round-Up!

 

Wedding Invitation Etiquette

A few freebie advice tidbits that will take you a long way, and you can apply this information to most of your wedding planning:

Make everything proportional – at least seemingly so. Don’t show up in a Monique Lhuillier and Jimmy Choos and then serve your guests chicken tenders. Don’t invite 400 people and then be too tired to send out personalized thank you notes.

Don’t guess about what is the right way to handle something. Ask a professional.  If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times: your invitations are the first glimpse guests get at your wedding. So one small faux pas will last awhile. Wrongly addressing a house, improperly insinuating who’s paying for the shindig or so rudely putting your registry information in your wedding invitation package. Blue Envelope Boutique has been asked to do it all, but we have always steered our guests down the right path.

Know the weight your invitation carries. Literally, yes – the heavier they are, the more you pay for postage, an expense you don’t want to overlook. But figuratively, too. Guests can garner exactly what to expect out of your wedding, e.g. level of formality, parking directions, etc., from the look and content of your invitation. Blue Envelope Boutique is one of few vendors who asks all the right questions to make sure you provide your guests the best, most accurate information about your big day.

As you can see, we give you all the right things to think about without laying any of the worry on you.

 

2017 Wedding Invitation Trends

This is the fun part! This is where custom wedding invitations truly become yours, and yours alone! You get to take who you are and what you like, mix it with what is new and relevant, and really deliver a special package to your guests in the form of your wedding invitations. So here are the trends we are most looking forward to working with this year:

Moody colors. Rich depth, sexy attitude and luxe intensity. We can’t wait to line a gold envelope with a plum liner or wrap a jade invite with a pewter band.

Foil. Foil. Foil. Add chic gorgeousness to any invite.

Geometrical glory. If anyone loves a modular, superbly fitted design its us. Besides clean and modern, it’s unusual. People love the concept but not the risk of committing to it. Any client who will take a risk on the the perfectly unusual is a friend of ours.