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To reveal, or not to reveal

When it comes to planning a wedding (or any event for that matter) many brides wonder if they should reveal there colors or theme by incorporating them into the invitations. While I can appreciate the element of suprise for your special day, keep in mind that the invitation is a preview of what’s to come. You don’t have to reveal every design detail of your wedding, but your invitation is an attention grabber and sets the tone and scene for the occasion. So don’t be afraid or apprehensive to include elements of your theme and colors in your wedding invites. In some cases, brides have different themes for the various events that take place throughout the engagement period. For example, the engagement party invites may have one theme and the bridesmaids brunch a completely different one, and then the wedding may have a totally different theme. Either way, don’t be afraid to give your guests a taste of what to expect.

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Invitation 101: Planning for Postage

Postage is an important element to consider when planning your wedding or event budget, and once again the United States Postal service is raising their rates on first class postage. Effective May 11, 2009 a first class stamp will cost you 44¢. Whether you plan on mailing out your invites yourself or leaving that up to your invitationer, it is important to note in your budget, after all, every penny counts these days. Don’t forget that the “Forever” stamps are just that, their value remains forever the same even when the price of postage goes up.

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An important tip that you may not know about is to take your invitations to the Post Office and ask them to manually stamp them. Otherwise they will be run through the mail with every other piece of mail. Why does it matter? Invitations tend not to be completely flat – it may have multiple folds, inserts, or embellishments that can rip when run through the postage machine. So be sure to hand carry them to your post office to make this extra special request. Happy mailing!

Répondez, s’il vous plait

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Répondez, s’il vous plait, or Please Respond, is an essential element of the invitation ensemble. It is important to include an rsvp card, most commonly referred to as a response card, with invitations for your event in order to keep track of the number of guests that will be attending and to help you plan your budget. However, sometimes guests are not all too diligent on returning the response card. Therefore, the return process must be as simple as possible. The response card should be included with the invitation as a separate insert for guests to mail back to you. Make sure the wording and instructions are straight forward and clear. It is an absolute must to include a respond by date, as well as include a return envelope that already includes postage on it and a return address label. 

Invitations 101: When to send out Invitations

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Ideally, invitations should be mailed to your guests no less than two months prior to your event. For larger events that require guests to travel, you should allow more time. Remember that your guests may have to make arrangements such as secure a baby sitter for their children, book flights and hotel rooms, find a pet sitter and give notice at work for vacation time in order to attend your event. It’s important to make attending your event as convenient as possible.

The best solution for providing adequate time is to send out Save the Date cards. Save the dates are becoming more and more popular and give guests a heads up about you event. If you’re going to go this route save the dates can be sent out as early as three or four months prior to the event. While e-vites and other electronic invitations are popular and free, they are impersonal and really should not be used for special events. Save those for backyard barbecues and happy hour get togethers. Remember that invitations set the tone for what is to come.

Weddings fall into a different category when it comes to the time line of mailing invitations. You should contact your invitationeeras soon as you secure a date and location. Most invitation designers require advance notice and may have a lead time of anywhere between four to eight weeks depending on the number of invitations and the level of customization. Save the dates, can go out as early as eight months to a year prior to the wedding.

House of Papier creates save the date cards as well as invitations. If you are interested in ourproducts, we recommend that you contact us as soon as you lock in your event date. Due to the custom and personalized details of our invitations, we require at least eight weeks to fill an order.

Contact House of Papier at: info@houseofpapier.com