Friday, March 21, 2014

Finding the Right Stationery {Guest Post by Zephyr Weddings}

 Coordinating everything your guests receive - from the save-the-date to the invitation, the ceremony to the reception, all the way to the thank you card as newlyweds – is the ultimate in planning. I truly believe it is these thoughtful touches that make your wedding stand apart from the rest and let your guests know how special this day is to you. 

With custom design work, it is never too soon to get started.  Schedule your initial consultation as early as 12-15 months before the wedding date for save-the-dates, 6-9 months ahead for invitations.  When scheduling your first appointment, it is best to have set your wedding date and to have finalized some details regarding your ceremony and reception locations.  Whether you will be married at a formal church, in a rustic barn, or on the shores of a tranquil lake – the setting will provide important clues for your designer in translating the style and mood of your invitation.  We have many tips and tools on our website to assist you in wording your invitations and addressing your envelopes – two areas in which couples usually have the most questions. Then, at your personal, face-to-face consultation we offer additional advice and suggestions for communicating clearly to your guests what to expect. Formal? Casual? What should I wear? Where do I stay? What type of gift should I bring? These are all questions that can be answered by a thoughtfully designed invitation. At Zephyr Weddings, your designer will continue to offer solutions to your questions as they come up throughout the design process. We understand that each wedding is unique and any special circumstances need to be treated individually.

 A custom designer does not use templates, so you know that your invitation will be unlike anyone else’s. Using any colors, sizes, shapes, fonts, artwork and styles, Zephyr Weddings specializes in creating designs that fit you and no one else. Online retailers often limit your choices for colors or graphics. Their prices can be deceiving as well. An invitation may be advertised as $1.29 each, but when the envelope, rsvp card, enclosure cards, return address printing, and shipping costs are added the total is much more. We understand you need a complete invitation suite, so our pricing includes everything you will need from beginning to end - concept, layout, design, revisions, a printed proof, specialty paper and/or pockets, invitation, enclosure cards with a hand-drawn map and accommodations, envelopes, and addressing.

Our most popular invitation element is the pocket enclosure. This style presents your invitation while securing your rsvp and enclosure cards within a pocket, keeping everything together. We always dress up the outside of the pocket with a tag, wrap, or tie featuring your monogram or your names and wedding date. Another unique way to personalize your invitation is a timeline of events from the cocktail hour and first dance, dinner and cake cutting, all the way through to the midnight snack bar and after-hours party. It can be a fun way to let your guests know what to expect and to get them excited about your day. Another idea that we love is a welcome card for out of town guests listing your favorite local restaurants and suggestions for local sight-seeing excursions to make the weekend unforgettable.

Custom options are wide open and may include ceremony programs, table numbers, place cards, menus, large seating charts, and reception signs, all to coordinate with the style of your day. We can even help you with thank you cards and holiday cards after you are married. Your guests will be impressed that not one detail was overlooked!

Guest post by Celeste Hutchinson
Zephyr Weddings

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