What is Included in Wedding Programs?

Wedding Program WordingAfter your wedding invitations have been mailed, it’s time to start thinking about “day of stationery”. I offer several different types of day of stationery including menus and name cards but by far the most popular is wedding programs. Like the invitations, the programs create a first impression of the ceremony. They are a great way to let your guests know what to expect during the ceremony and acknowledge your family and bridal party.

From chalkboards and mirrors to pamphlets and fans, there are so many variations of wedding programs to choose from. When considering what to use, you’ll have to factor in budget, timeline, availability, and resources. For example, in the case of a smaller wedding, it might be more cost effective to order printed programs. If you’re having a large wedding, hiring someone to write on a chalkboard may be less expensive than ordering a ton of programs. Of course, if you’re using a calligrapher for a large surface you will need to find someone local. However, I can ship paper programs anywhere in the US!

I’m sharing what to include in your paper program, as other variations may be different. Typically the wedding program begins with wording along the lines of “welcome to the wedding of” and the full names of the bride and groom. Include the date, venue or church name, and the city and state where the ceremony is taking place.

Next up is the order of events. This is a timeline of what will happen during the ceremony and traditionally lists out the processional, exchange of vows, pronouncement of marriage, and recessional. If there are any readings or songs, it is appropriate to include them with this portion of the wedding program. With many religious ceremonies, there is a specific template to how the ceremony events should be listed. You can view some examples on The Knot.

Daniela & Frank's Gorgeous Cambridge Mill Wedding, Anne Edgar Photography

Listing the names of parents and grandparents is common practice along with the bridal party. With the bridesmaids and groomsmen, you may note who is the maid of honor and best man. Some wedding programs include each person’s relationship to the bride and groom. For example, Bridesmaid Jane Smith is a childhood friend of the bride. Although this isn’t necessary, I think it’s a nice way to “introduce” these important people to your guests. If there are ushers or a flower girl or ring bearer, it is traditional to include their names along with the pastor or officiant.

Often in the double-sided programs I create, there is additional space after including all of the above. I’ve seen couples use this space as a “in memory of” section to name relatives who have passed away or as a general “thank you” to their family and friends for attending their wedding. It can also be used to tell the story of how the bride and groom met or display the wedding hashtag.

In the spirit of fun over tradition, I think the ceremony program is a place to get creative. There is no right or wrong way to word the wedding program and guests often appreciate seeing something different than the typical outline. I love new ideas and would enjoy helping you execute your vision!

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Custom Designed Wedding Invitations: My Process

Custom Designed Wedding Invitations

So it’s time to order your wedding invitations and you just can’t find “the one”. Maybe you have visions of something that doesn’t yet exist or you want something created specially for your big day based on your wedding theme and inspiration. In either case, many designers offer the option to create a unique, from-scratch suite if you’re willing to participate in their process. Custom designs take time, collaboration, and bouncing ideas between the client and designer. It’s a constantly evolving process and I’m sharing what goes into creating custom designed wedding invitations!

1. Consultation and Inspiration

It’s important to find a designer who has a style similar to what you’re looking for since the custom design process is so collaborative. Both parties, the client and designer, need to enjoy this process and communicate openly. I want to do my best work and if I feel that I may not be a good fit for a potential client, will refer them out. I want to make sure this is a positive experience for everyone and creates a result you are so excited about!

In order to make sure I am a good fit for a custom job, I ask for inspiration from the client. I love to see images other than stationery – custom designs should begin with ideas from the overall wedding theme. I encourage clients to provide me with some descriptive wording about their theme, rather than just what they would like to see in their invitations. For example, if a bride describes her big day as “modern, romantic, and fresh” that gives me an idea of where to start.

If there’s a specific element of a stationery suite that a client really loves, I like to see that to incorporate into their design. However, I am unable to work with clients who request a reproduction of an existing design created by someone other than myself.

2. Color and Concept

Once receiving your inspiration, together we will look at color options as well as materials. The concept is how the final product will look, not including the actual design of the printed invitation pieces. Your concept might include envelope liners and twine or glitter and metallic paper. I will discuss different options, taking into consideration your budget for wedding invitations.

Custom Wedding Invites

3. Quote and Deposit

After finalizing a color palette and materials, I will create a custom quote including any and all options we have reviewed. I require a signed contract and $100 deposit to begin on custom designs, which is applied toward your final total. This is where the fun begins!

4. Design

Prior to designing your first round of proofs, we will discuss overall look, layout, and font choices. Together we will look at options for accents, graphic, and/or artwork for your invitation suite. I will create at least two versions of your invitation to get the design process started. Between the variations, I will show different options for layout and fonts.

Tropical Wedding Invitations

5. Revisions and Evolution

Based on the starter proofs, you will decide which design most closely fits your vision and can make any changes. With your feedback, I will revise the original proof for you. The process of creating a custom design is an evolution. With open communication, I will edit the design to match your specific vision.

After the invitation is finalized, I will create the remaining pieces to match. Revisions are included for these pieces as well, to make sure everything fits together perfectly!

Interested in working together for your custom design? I would love to chat about your inspiration and see what we can come up with together! Get in touch with me here.

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What Not to Include on Wedding Invitations

What Not to Include on Wedding Invitations

The formal “rules” and traditional etiquette when it comes to weddings can get overwhelming. Some of it is outdated and some is straight up contradictory. When it comes to wedding invitations and wording, you should really do what makes you feel most comfortable and makes sense for your event. However, there are a few mistakes that I feel should be avoided in any circumstance, traditional or not.

Abbreviations

This applies to everything on the invitation other than “Mr. and Mrs.” in the case of including parent’s names as hosts. Dates, including the day and year, should be spelled out completely. Times shouldn’t be abbreviated or include “AM/PM”. The venue name shouldn’t be shortened and the street address, city, and state should be in their full form.

Zip code

For the love of all things pretty, please do not include the venue zip code on your wedding invitation. Zip codes are for mailing and should be listed on the envelopes only.

Information on back

All wording should be contained to the front side of the invitation. Consider adding an insert card if you have extra information for your guests.

Rustic Greenery Wedding Invitation

Registry

It isn’t polite to include registry information on the wedding invitation or any of the accompanying insert cards. Even though it is expected for couples to create a wish list, putting that information with the invitations is considered a no-no.

The workaround? List your wedding website on the details insert, inviting guests to visit for more information. Have your registries linked there, along with other important specifics for your guests.

Alcohol

Whether open bar, cash bar, or no alcohol at all, this detail should be left off of the invitations. Guests will find this out at the reception and shouldn’t influence their decision to attend your wedding.

 

If we work together to create your wedding invitations, I will gently guide you away from making any of these mistakes. However, the ultimate decision will be totally up to you!

Now that you know what not to include, check out my wording guide to get some inspiration and view wedding invitation examples done the right way!

Wedding Invitation Mistakes: What NOT to include on your invites

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Nine Ways to Save Money on Wedding Invitations

Tips to Save Money on Wedding Invitations

When it comes to planning a wedding, creating (and sticking to!) a budget is extremely important. Stationery is calculated anywhere from 3%-9% of your overall budget. This includes save the dates, invitations, programs, menus, and thank you cards. Why is your wedding invitation important? Not only is it one of the only things you actually keep from your wedding day, but your paper is the very first impression of your wedding to guests. The invitation sets the tone of the big day and should give your family and friends an idea of what to expect.

So, how do you make the most of your wedding stationery budget? No, I’m NOT suggesting an e-vite or to DIY (unless you REALLY enjoy that kind of thing)! However, I have a few tips to save money on wedding invitations.

  1. Know what you want. Do your research and find a designer who is a good fit for you. By finding an artist who has a similar style to you, you’ll know what to expect and limit the number of proofs, emails, and meetings. Have an idea of what you envision for your invitation from the beginning. Knowing what you want will definitely save you on time and stress, but also on cash. If you change your mind about colors, materials, or even quantity after the design process has begun, this can be costly.
  2. Modify an existing design. Rather than opting for a from-scratch, custom creation, choose to pick a design and modify it to fit your needs. Most designers are happy to work with an existing creation and change colors, fonts, wording, etc. If you want something new and completely unseen, expect to pay a custom design fee and allow extra time for your from-scratch design to be born!Tips to Save Money on Wedding Invitations
  3. Pick a focus. Must have a thick, luxe felt paper? Then skip the silk ribbon. Obsessed with those gold leaf envelope liners? Then let that be the focus of the suite. Decide what is the most important and keep the other parts simple. I love that each wedding invitation suite has it’s own focal point, but start adding too many and you’ll really begin to push your budget. Liners and twine and postage, oh my!
  4. Combine information to one insert card. Each additional insert card is an added cost. Instead of a directions, accommodations, and reception card, combine as much info as possible onto a single card.
  5. Have a wedding website. Following the above, leave the details to the website. Do a single insert with some general information on getting to the venue and add “for more information, please visit our website.” On your website, you can list extensive directions, suggested hotel info, and any other details your guest might need.
  6. Order early.This tip will most definitely save you on stress, but also money. Ordering early ensures there will be no late or rush fees added to the bill. Invitations should be sent 6-8 weeks before the wedding and often need to be ordered 6-8 weeks prior to mailing.
  7. Remove or reduce postage. The typical wedding invitation comes with a response card and mailing envelope. It’s polite to pre-stamp the RSVP envelope for your guests to use. Choose to forgo the card and envelope and have guests RSVP online. (See hint Number 5). This will not only save you on postage, but also from purchasing the envelope! Another way to save is to select an RSVP postcard. Postcard stamps cost slightly less than envelope stamps and this also saves on the envelope. Typography Wedding SuiteFor the invitation itself, the US Postal Service requires a $0.70 stamp for any mail weighing over 1 ounce. Many invitations are well under an ounce, but some are not. If adding liners, ribbon, and multiple insert cards you are setting up to purchase the costlier postage.
  8. Limit the number of proofs. When you receive your proof, check over everything (spelling, grammar, information accuracy, spacing, etc) at one time. Then let the designer know what changes need to be made. Often, wedding invitation packages are set up with a specific amount of proofs. Additional proofs can be an additional charge, so make sure to make all necessary modifications in one swoop. Read my tips on proofreading your invitation suite here.
  9. Ask! Find a suite you love, but think it’s out of your budget? Reach out and ask the designer if there is any way to customize it to fit your price point. There are possibilities to save in ways you may not even realize!

Have other tips to make the most of your wedding budget? Share by commenting below!

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Styled Details: Wedding Invitations

There are few things I love more than seeing one of my wedding invitations styled up and professionally photographed. It really gives life to the pretty paper!

Although your invitation is one of the few things from your wedding you actually DO get to keep, it’s nice to have a styled shot from your photographer as well. Wedding photographer Lindsay said “If you want your wedding paper suite documented, send your photographer two full suites before the wedding. The wedding day moves so quickly that I never have as much time as I want to style the invitations. Sending them before the wedding ensures that I can take my time in styling them beautifully for you.” (Lindsay also mentioned that brides should reach out to their photographer before sending, just to make sure!)

Ordering your wedding invitations with oh my! designs? Let me know at the time of order that you would like a suite sent to your photographer and I will do it – for free! I will provide one complimentary extra suite and mail in to your wedding photographer for you.

Below are some of my very favorite styled shots, click on each photo for photographer credit. I’ve also included their websites at the very bottom of this post.

Floral Marsala Wedding Invitation

Classic Wedding Invitation

Pocket Wedding Invitation Suite
Coral Wedding Invitations

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Photography Love: Paperlily Photography, Shauna Veasey Photography, Tracy Marshall Photography, Rachel Allene Photography, Tessa Rice Photography

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Where do I find unique envelope liners?

Envelope Liners

It’s that little sneak of paper that really pulls the invitation suite together. The envelope liner adds something extra to the whole package, especially in the case of a simpler invitation design. A liner gives the look a chance to “play” and creates a pretty surprise for the recipient opening their mail.

My obsession with envelope liners is real. Not only are they perfect for wedding invitations, but also can be used to freshen up any envelope. There are several places you can purchase ready made envelope liners, but I love creating my own using paper I find. I’m sharing my favorite sources for both!

Many ready-made envelope liners can be purchased from specialty paper shops. I’ve also found places, locally and online, that sell gift wrap or unique paper to create your own envelope liners. Some of my favorites (click names to open):

PaperSource*

Probably the biggest shop of ready-made liners (at least that I know about), with envelope liners in every solid color. PaperSource also has envelope liners with foil finish and various patterns. I adore their marble print liners!

Etsy

Both ready-made envelope liners as well as unique paper to DIY. Etsy also has digital liners for purchase, meaning you can buy the patterns and print on your own. Search “envelope liners” on Etsy and the options are endless!

World Map Envelope Liner

 

Rifle Paper Co

My most popular envelope liner, pictured below, is created from Rifle Paper Co wrapping paper. They have fun and playful patterns that pair well with wedding invitations as well as everyday envelopes. The hand drawn floral patterns are my absolute favorite!

Floral Envelope Liner

 

Revel & Co

From bold geometric patterns to whimsical watercolor to fun animal prints, Revel & Co has gift wrap sold by the sheet so you can get as little or as much as you need. I especially love their “shop by color” option on their website.

Container Store

Each time I come here, I end up in the gift wrap aisle. The Container Store has some of my favorite wrapping paper, perfect for cutting into your own envelope liners.

World Market

Authentic handmade paper really makes for a beautiful envelope liner. It is super thick and has great texture, making your envelopes feel extremely luxe. I used World Market’s handmade paper for the liners I created for The Big Fake Wedding invitation suite.

Jewel Tone Wedding Invitations

TJ Maxx

I love perusing my local TJ Maxx for fun gift wrap. Often they don’t have many rolls in the same pattern, but you can find complementing papers to create different liners for your envelopes.

Michaels and Hobby Lobby

Scrapbooking paper works wonderfully for creating your own envelope liners! Both Michaels and Hobby Lobby have a wide variety of paper, so it is likely you can find something to match your invitations. The scrapbooking paper is also a very affordable option for envelope liners.

Do you have a favorite source for envelope liners that I didn’t mention? Please let me know in the comments!

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Pretty Paper Feature: Natural Rustic Wedding Invitations

Greenery Wedding Invitations

So many of my clients find me online and I never get to meet them in real life. There’s something extra special about creating custom wedding invitations for someone I actually know, and maybe a little extra pressure too! However, I’m up for the challenge of making something unique for the bride who can’t quite find exactly what she’s looking for.

Dana is someone I’ve known for as long as I can remember and she grew up on the same street as I did. Although we went our separate ways after high school, we always somewhat kept in touch thanks to Facebook. I was super excited when she reached out and asked me to design custom wedding invitations! Dana had a strong Pinterest board and I could see her wedding theme immediately – first and foremost, lots of greenery, which I loved! She also pinned some wedding décor with rustic elements and a lot of neutral colors, including the “kraft” look. Most of Dana’s wedding pins were florals and dresses – I like to see what a bride is pinning a lot of, this is what is most important to her!

Taking elements from her Pinterest inspiration, we nailed down an initial concept – white paper with greenery elements. Dana chose to use the kraft envelopes to bring in the rustic and natural elements. We reviewed several different font options, with a fun script being the final result.

Natural Rustic Wedding Invitations

When creating custom wedding invitaitons, I love to be inspired by a bride’s Pinterest board! Without looking at other invitation designs, it’s great to get a feel for the overall theme by seeing images of florals, décor, and other non-stationery details. I’m super happy with the way Dana’s wedding invitations turned out and think this will be a very popular design that other couple’s can use for their weddings.

Greenery Wedding InvitationsRustic Natural Wedding Invitations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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