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Quick Start Guide to Wedding Stationery

Wedding Stationery is a once in a lifetime purchase that you usually purchase at the beginning of your wedding planning, Your choice will have a huge influence on your day, it will build up the excitement for your guests & once you have worked out what you like everything else seems to fall into place, As a statio­nery designer I’ve gotten quite familiar with couples trying to figure out their wedding stationery, so I have created a quick start guide to help you understand the basics of wedding invitations,

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BESPOKE V’S SEMI – CUSTOM

Bespoke stationery design allows you to have a designer with years of experience create a design suite from scratch that is created just for you. What is great about bespoke is that you have endless op­tions and at the end the design reflects you as a couple. You’ll collaborate with your designer back & forth with your design until they’re the wedding stationery of your dreams.

Semi – Custom invitations are perfect if you are looking for a lower price with a quick turn around. Many designers create a variety of Semi-custom invitations where you can add your details, have a colour change etc. Changes to the actual design would be reserved for bespoke invitations only.

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PRINTING METHODS 

Digital printing consists of a high quality printer transferring a digital file onto the paper. This is usually the most cost – effective printing method. When printing on smooth silk cards it creates beautiful crisp lines & text. 

Gold foil, wedding, invitation, luxury, wedding invite, floral, greenery, linenFoil printing is a method that involves using heat & pressure to adhere & seal a thin metal film to the paper. Foiling creates a really special end result & has become very popular in the last few years. 

Letterpress Printing involves using a metal plate which physically presses the ink onto the paper. This leaves a light indentation along with the ink that you can feel when you run your fingers over the paper. Letterpress printing looks amazing on textured papers. 

QUANTITIES 

A general rule to follow is remember you are or­dering one invitation per household not per guest. Order around 50-75% of your total guest count (depending on if you have a lot of single guests or not) On top of this add an extra 15-25 extra this allows you to keep them as keepsakes, have some for the photographer on the morning of the wed­ding and lets you have a few in case you forget any­body. It is always a lot more expensive to go back & get 2 or 3 printed. 

TIME FRAME 

Sending out your stationery on time is essential on making sure your guests attend, especially if they are coming from abroad. Invitations typically take anywhere between 4 -12 weeks ( depending on your designer) after this they have to be printed & assembled so you will want to order your invitations around 8-6 months before your wedding date. Invitations should be sent out at least 6 weeks before your wedding date. 

BUDGETING 

Weddings are expensive & it’s no secret. One of the first things couples as is “how much will it cost”. With stationery you should work out what you like first as pricing is flexible & is often affected by the elements you are interested in. Pricing can come down by using a different paper choice or printing process.

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Creating A Word Perfect Wedding Invitation

You have figured out the wedding invitation you want for your big day, but now you are struggling to find the right wording for your perfect Wedding Invitation. We have been designing, printing & creating Wedding Invitations for years now at www.Soon2be.ie so  look no further I am here to help. 

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The dynamics of families are forever changing, so when you sit down to figure out exactly how you would like your invitation to be worded it can be quite daunting. We have put together a few templates for your wedding day invitations, to make the process a bit easier and alot more enjoyable.

FORMAL

Formal wedding invitation wording

INFORMAL

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Wedding Invitation Wording When Children Of The Bride And Groom Are Inviting

 

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The Ultimate Guide To Planning Your Engagement Party

You’ve got engaged and you’re on cloud nine, now’s the time to celebrate! An engagement party is a fun way to celebrate your joy and excitement with your friends and family, but with a wedding to plan it can be a tough one deciding what is necessary and how to be time and money smart. Sit back and let www.Soon2be.ie help you start your engagement party journey.
How to celebrate. 
There are so many different ways to celebrate this auspicious occasion, so don’t feel under any pressure to do the “norm” do things your way, how you as a couple would like it to be done and not what you are expected to do, after all it is a celebration of your engagement nobody elses. 
Your options on how to celebrate are endless, you could do anything from afternoon tea with your closest friends and family, Hosting a dinner party, Raising a glass at home or even just popping down to your local for a few celebratory drinks.

 

Who hosts the engagement party?
If you are a traditionalist, the bride’s family would host the engagement party. But in today’s world it is very common that both parents host the party. Sometimes couples will enlist a close friend to organise the party for them, this prevents you from being bombarded by text’s and phone calls. Most of the time however the couple themselves will host the party. I have met couples who have had multiple engagement parties. One with their parents, one with one group of friends, one with work colleagues the list goes on and on.

 

Who do I Invite? 
Typically you would only invite guests to your engagement party that you know you will be inviting to your wedding day. So if you don’t want your second cousin twice removed at your big day don’t invite him to your engagement party. 
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Inviting guests. 
Now that you have made out the guest list, how do you invite them to the event you ask. Traditionally couples would send guests invitations and recently this is a trend that is coming back on the scene. 

 

Over the last few years couples are more likely to just send a text out to the guest list. Most recently however I have come across couples who are really upping their game in the engagement invitation field and are getting digital invitation images created and sending them through apps like snapchat and whatsapp.
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Wedding Thank You Sign

Making the venue feel like a celebration. 
At any party decorations are necessary and making them personal to you is the best way to go about it. Welcome your guests to your engagement party with a cute thank you for celebrating with us sign. This is a great way to make your guests feel welcome and part of the celebrations. You can also reuse this sign again on your wedding day at the Church or Hotel.
 
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Great fun can be had at your celebration with a personalised selfie frame. They are a great way to get the crowd interacting with each other. It is also really lovely to look back on all the photos taken with the frame and have them as a keepsake.

 

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“Story of us” sign

Let your guests know how your love story began with a story of us sign, This sign is great as it highlights all the important dates and events that are special to you as a couple. Once again reuse this sign on your wedding day. It will be a great conversation starter when people are sitting around a table.

 

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Engagement Thank You Card

Saying Thank You.

Being newly engaged you can start to feel overwhelmed by all the love, attention and gifts you have received. The best way to show your guests you appreciate them and all they have done is by saying thank you. A simple thankyou card can mean a lot to the guest receiving it. The best time to do this is about a week after your engagement party. After all this is complete you can get started on the wedding planning. enjoy! 

Kiara xx