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Do you include photo on your wedding invitations?

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Q: Should you include A photo on your wedding invitations?

VIDEO SUMMARY

Hey, guys. So pictures and wedding invitations. Let me first tell you it is okay. And you do whatever you want to do because it’s your wedding. Don’t let grandma or mom or whoever it is telling you know that you can’t do it, because you actually can. If you have a very traditional wedding, I understand that this might be not be the traditional way, and I get it. I understand a lot of traditional weddings. I wouldn’t really go this way. But if you’re contemporary, if you’re paying for this yourself, do it. There’s nothing wrong with it. Hey, you paid all that money for those engagement photos. Why not? You don’t just have to use them on your website. You can definitely use them in your invitations. There is nothing wrong with it. So, hey, if this makes you happy, do it. It is okay. Don’t let anybody tell you any other way. Okay? So go for it. We have actually had a couple of couples that asked us and we absolutely did it. Why not? So one couple we had, they put their picture and it’s simply tied along with their front of it. So the background blends very lightly, but it goes with it. And that’s okay. You can even go a step further with this. Flood the whole thing with your picture. Put at the bottom of it your website. It’s one good way too, to cut costs and to save money on those rsvp cards and envelopes and stuff. It’s helping the environment put at the bottom. To rsvp, visit our website. For more information, details, accommodation, whatever, visit our website. Put that website on there for our love story. Put that website on there. Why not, right? You could do it. It’s okay. Another couple still use their engagement photo, but they put a really nice prayer on the side. This is a nice way to bless it. bless your wedding. It ties in with your religion. I thought it was the sweetest thing in the world. Why can’t you, right? It’s really nice. It’s really sweet. Again, you paid that money for those photos. You can absolutely use it. Do what you want if it makes you happy. So can you put photos on your invitation? Yes. Is there anything wrong with it? No. Is people going to talk? Maybe. But again, it makes a nice little touch. It’s really sweet. whichever makes you happy, go ahead and do it. Because you can actually do that.

How much do custom invites cost?

Q: How much do custom invites cost?

VIDEO SUMMARY

I’m not really a huge fan of programs, especially if you’re having like a quick 1520 minutes ceremony and, like, your best friend is officiating. If you are having more of a religious ceremony at like a place of worship or you’re infusing different cultures or traditions that people aren’t super familiar with, then that’s the exception. When I think you should have a program, I think it’s nice to have just something that gives some context so that people can follow along and know what’s going on and why. But otherwise, I think you can forego that. I think it’s just an extra expense and people tend to just leave them behind anyway.

Do I need custom stationery, or can I use a template?

Q: Do I need custom stationery, or can I use a template?

VIDEO SUMMARY

Hey, guys. So pictures and wedding invitations. Let me first tell you it is okay. And you do whatever you want to do because it’s your wedding. Don’t let grandma or mom or whoever it is telling you know that you can’t do it, because you actually can. If you have a very traditional wedding, I understand that this might be not be the traditional way, and I get it. I understand a lot of traditional weddings. I wouldn’t really go this way. But if you’re contemporary, if you’re paying for this yourself, do it. There’s nothing wrong with it. Hey, you paid all that money for those engagement photos. Why not? You don’t just have to use them on your website. You can definitely use them in your invitations. There is nothing wrong with it. So, hey, if this makes you happy, do it. It is okay. Don’t let anybody tell you any other way. Okay? So go for it. We have actually had a couple of couples that asked us and we absolutely did it. Why not? So one couple we had, they put their picture and it’s simply tied along with their front of it. So the background blends very lightly, but it goes with it. And that’s okay. You can even go a step further with this. Flood the whole thing with your picture. Put at the bottom of it your website. It’s one good way too, to cut costs and to save money on those rsvp cards and envelopes and stuff. It’s helping the environment put at the bottom. To rsvp, visit our website. For more information, details, accommodation, whatever, visit our website. Put that website on there for our love story. Put that website on there. Why not, right? You could do it. It’s okay. Another couple still use their engagement photo, but they put a really nice prayer on the side. This is a nice way to bless it. bless your wedding. It ties in with your religion. I thought it was the sweetest thing in the world. Why can’t you, right? It’s really nice. It’s really sweet. Again, you paid that money for those photos. You can absolutely use it. Do what you want if it makes you happy. So can you put photos on your invitation? Yes. Is there anything wrong with it? No. Is people going to talk? Maybe. But again, it makes a nice little touch. It’s really sweet. whichever makes you happy, go ahead and do it. Because you can actually do that.

Does my design studio need to be local for my wedding stationery?

Q: Does my design studio need to be local for my wedding stationery?

VIDEO SUMMARY

I’m not really a huge fan of programs, especially if you’re having like a quick 1520 minutes ceremony and, like, your best friend is officiating. If you are having more of a religious ceremony at like a place of worship or you’re infusing different cultures or traditions that people aren’t super familiar with, then that’s the exception. When I think you should have a program, I think it’s nice to have just something that gives some context so that people can follow along and know what’s going on and why. But otherwise, I think you can forego that. I think it’s just an extra expense and people tend to just leave them behind anyway.

How can I use invitations to cut my guest list?

Q: How can I use invitations to cut my guest list?

VIDEO SUMMARY

I’m not really a huge fan of programs, especially if you’re having like a quick 1520 minutes ceremony and, like, your best friend is officiating. If you are having more of a religious ceremony at like a place of worship or you’re infusing different cultures or traditions that people aren’t super familiar with, then that’s the exception. When I think you should have a program, I think it’s nice to have just something that gives some context so that people can follow along and know what’s going on and why. But otherwise, I think you can forego that. I think it’s just an extra expense and people tend to just leave them behind anyway.

How can I save money on my wedding stationery?

Q: How can I save money on my wedding stationery?

VIDEO SUMMARY

Hey, guys. So pictures and wedding invitations. Let me first tell you it is okay. And you do whatever you want to do because it’s your wedding. Don’t let grandma or mom or whoever it is telling you know that you can’t do it, because you actually can. If you have a very traditional wedding, I understand that this might be not be the traditional way, and I get it. I understand a lot of traditional weddings. I wouldn’t really go this way. But if you’re contemporary, if you’re paying for this yourself, do it. There’s nothing wrong with it. Hey, you paid all that money for those engagement photos. Why not? You don’t just have to use them on your website. You can definitely use them in your invitations. There is nothing wrong with it. So, hey, if this makes you happy, do it. It is okay. Don’t let anybody tell you any other way. Okay? So go for it. We have actually had a couple of couples that asked us and we absolutely did it. Why not? So one couple we had, they put their picture and it’s simply tied along with their front of it. So the background blends very lightly, but it goes with it. And that’s okay. You can even go a step further with this. Flood the whole thing with your picture. Put at the bottom of it your website. It’s one good way too, to cut costs and to save money on those rsvp cards and envelopes and stuff. It’s helping the environment put at the bottom. To rsvp, visit our website. For more information, details, accommodation, whatever, visit our website. Put that website on there for our love story. Put that website on there. Why not, right? You could do it. It’s okay. Another couple still use their engagement photo, but they put a really nice prayer on the side. This is a nice way to bless it. bless your wedding. It ties in with your religion. I thought it was the sweetest thing in the world. Why can’t you, right? It’s really nice. It’s really sweet. Again, you paid that money for those photos. You can absolutely use it. Do what you want if it makes you happy. So can you put photos on your invitation? Yes. Is there anything wrong with it? No. Is people going to talk? Maybe. But again, it makes a nice little touch. It’s really sweet. whichever makes you happy, go ahead and do it. Because you can actually do that.

How do I include my divorced parent’s names on my invitations?

Q: How do I include my divorced parent’s names on my invitations?

VIDEO SUMMARY

Working with my couples on selecting the wording on their invitation can sometimes be a stressful, uncomfortable part of the design process. That’s because we are oftentimes dealing with unique family dynamics. Whether we have divorced parents, divorced and remarried parents, parents who are no longer with us, we’re trying to really everybody feeling honored. We want everyone to feel comfortable, and we want to present the names and the family in the best light possible to fit the tone and vision of the couple themselves. So I feel you. If you’re in a situation where you’re not sure what to do, there’s lots of options. No matter what your family situation may look like, one of the easiest entry points is to use the phrase together with their parents or together with their families. This works for married and divorced parents. This works for married, remarried, divorced parents. No matter what your combinations are, we have stepparents, we have unique family blended moments. Both of those phrases. Great entry points, keeping everybody feeling respected, honored, and included. If you do want to put true notation of full parent names, whether or not you have all of your parents with you or we have divorced parent situations, this is a great time to have a clean, clear, transparent conversation with your families. Ask them how they feel. If everybody is on board with having their names presented, you simply take both of your parent names. They would not be Mr. And Mrs. But they would be Mr. James Apple, Mrs. Sally Orange, and whoever else the parent name is. So we’re going to just separate them as their own unique entity that they are, but they’ll be listed on one line as your parent. If you’re doing traditional format where it’s brides parents request the honor of the marriage of bride, they would go first. If you’re listing all parents together, keep the bride’s family together separated if they’re divorced. Keep the grooms family together separated if they’re divorced, and we just proceed from there. If you’re working with a custom stationary artist, they should be able to walk you through many revisions and variations of this presentation until it looks and feels appropriate. Bottom line do what feels right for you and do what feels comfortable for everyone involved together with their parents, together with their families, or listing out the names. Anyone invited to your wedding knows you, knows your family. So this is not some amazing shock we’re throwing out them. Present your family the way you want it to be seen, in whatever way makes you feel comfortable. And remember, this day is about the two of you as a couple and everybody who loves you coming together. They’re just going to be so excited to be invited to this day. Trust yourselves. Go with what feels right.

What do I need to look for (specifically) when proofing my wedding stationery?

Q: What do I need to look for (specifically) when proofing my wedding stationery?

VIDEO SUMMARY

Okay, let’s talk about proofreading 101 with the help of some visual aids. First, what are you looking for? You’re looking for typographical, errors, mistakes in content, layout, format, and punctuation. First thing you want to do is forget everything you know about reading. When you’re proofreading a document, you want to start from the bottom them and from the left. You want to read left to right, bottom to top. That will stop your brain from being able to autocorrect any mistakes and change it to what it should be. When you read bottom to top and backwards, you’re isolating each word by word, and you can easily identify anything that’s a mistake, that’s out of order, that’s out of syntax, that’s spelled wrong, or just doesn’t belong where you see it. So, bottom to top, left to right, reading completely backwards, isolating, don’t allow your brain to autocorrect. You’re going to be looking for every single detail. You can go back to your basics. Is this your correct wedding date? Time, location, year? When you start looking at the enclosures, you want to make sure that every element reflects exactly what your wedding information needs to show. As a wedding stationery person, I am working with thousands of documents any given day. Six brides with the same name, four weddings on the same date. I can make mistakes. You can make mistakes. We all make mistakes. But proofreading is our key to making sure those mistakes don’t go to print. So you’re looking for anything that’s out of sorts, spelled incorrectly, formatted incorrectly, or presenting the wrong content. And you want to read it backwards and bottom to top. Good luck.

My event details changed AFTER I sent out my save the dates/invites. What should I do?

Q: My event details changed AFTER I sent out my save the dates/invites. What should I do?

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What do you do if the event details have changed after you’ve already sent out the save the dates or the wedding invitations? Ideally you can collect email addresses or cell phone numbers and just type away. So a simple email. Or if you want it to be a little more put together and polished, you could do something like a flyer on paperless, post or one of the other awesome sites for online invitations similar to an evite, but less ads. And that would be a great way to communicate with people. And then I think you can also see if they’ve opened it and read it. Text is another way or the last thought is just do like a quick postcard and send it out. That’s a little more money as far as printing and postage, but I think digitally is the best way to try to get the word out about your changes. And if everything is on your wedding website, then the text or the email can say there’s been changes to our schedule, please check the wedding website. So those are some thoughts. Things happen and using the technology available to us is probably the quickest and easiest way to update your guests.

Do I really need wedding programs?

Q: Do I really need wedding Programs?

VIDEO SUMMARY

I’m not really a huge fan of programs, especially if you’re having like a quick 1520 minutes ceremony and, like, your best friend is officiating. If you are having more of a religious ceremony at like a place of worship or you’re infusing different cultures or traditions that people aren’t super familiar with, then that’s the exception. When I think you should have a program, I think it’s nice to have just something that gives some context so that people can follow along and know what’s going on and why. But otherwise, I think you can forego that. I think it’s just an extra expense and people tend to just leave them behind anyway.

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