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When to use Miss, Ms., and Mrs.

Posted on May 6, 2022 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (596)

When you are addressing your invitations it is important to use the correct prefixes for your guests.  When you address someone the proper way it is a sign as a respect and we are here to help understand the differences between Miss, Ms. and Mrs. Keep reading to learn when you should use each prefix and how they differ!



 Miss

This prefix is used to address young girls who are not married and are under the age of 18. Miss can be a bit of a juvenile term, so if a woman is over 18 and not married, we suggest using the term Ms. 

 

Ms. 

This prefix can be used for any woman regardless of her marital status. It can be used interchangeably and is a catch-all, neutral term. If you are unsure if a woman is married, it is safe to use Ms. to address them. 

 

Mrs. 

This prefix is used for women who are married or have been married (such as a widow). 

 

We hope these short descriptions help you to differentiate between which prefixes you should use and when!

~Julia Costello

What Postage Do I Need for My Invitations?

Posted on March 29, 2022 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (724)

When it comes to prepping your invitations to be sent out in the mail, figuring out what postage you need can be tricky. Lucky for you, we have just the right information to help you make the decision!

 

There are many factors that play into selecting the right stamp for your wedding invitations. Some of these factors include the weight, size, thickness and shape of your invitation, as well as the location you are mailing the invitations and how fast you would like your guests to receive your invitations. Heavier or oddly shaped invitations will require a higher postage rate. Shipping your invitations outside of the US will cost more money too. All of these factors are important when considering postage for your invitations.

 

If your invitation is 1 ounce or lighter, you will need a stamp which is currently $0.58. For invitations that are a bit heavier, between 1 and 2 ounces, you will need a first-class stamp, which currently costs $0.78/per stamp and between 2 and 3 ounces is currently $0.98/per stamp. Invitations that are an odd size require a first-class “odd size” stamp that is currently start at $0.88/per stamp.

 

It is always important, even with the above information, to take one of your invitations to the post office and ask them what type of postage is best for your invitation. This will help ensure that you have the right postage that suits your invitation. 

 

Another important thing to keep in mind is that there is an expected increase in postage rates coming this July. The above rates are likely to change as a result. 

 

We hope this information will help take some of the stress out of mailing your invitations!

~Julia Costello








Why You Should Have a Wedding Website (And Why It Should Be On Your Save the Dates)

Posted on March 3, 2022 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (1534)

 

If you have never heard of a wedding website and are interested in learning more, you are in the right place! Wedding websites are a simple, easy way of having one central location for all the important information regarding you and your spouse’s wedding. You can’t include every little detail about your wedding on a save the date or invitation, so having a website allows your guests to have access to all the important information and any updates/changes that come up.

 

So how do your guests find your wedding website? The easiest way to make it accessible to your guests is by putting it on your save the dates or invitations! Once your guests know where to find your website, they can easily check it for all important items such as accommodations for guests (hotels, etc.), wedding registry, COVID-related updates, and so on. And you can get a free website on The Knot, Wedding Wire or Zola, to name three.

 

 Creating a wedding website is super easy and you can include all the information you want your guests to know! Having a website makes it quick and efficient for your guests to be in the know about your big day, especially if you need to change/update anything in terms of COVID protocols.

 

 All the items I have mentioned above are some of the many reasons why wedding websites are becoming increasingly popular among couples today! Look into creating a wedding website with your spouse and have fun with it! This is a great way to get creative with the design and incorporate details that will be in your wedding!

~Julia Costello

Wedding Favor Idea: Donations

Posted on February 4, 2022 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (2181)

For years and years, couples have been giving their wedding guests favors as a “thank you” for attending their special day. It has become a tradition for couples to do this. Typical wedding favors are things like desserts, customized items, plants, and so on. Have you ever thought about giving a nontraditional, but more special favor to your guests? Well if that sounds interesting to you, keep reading!

 

Something that has become more popular in recent years is the idea of giving a donation in lieu of wedding favors. This is an especially good idea if you and your significant other have a charity or foundation that you are very passionate about. Even if you do not have a charity that you already support, it is always a good idea to find one that means something to you!

 

Once you have selected a charity or foundation that is special to you, you will then make a donation in honor of each of your guests. This is a great way to give back to charity while also making your guests feel special.

 

You can send in your donation ahead of time (your guest do not need to know the amount) and ask the charity to send you a letter that you donated money so you can display the letter at your reception.

 

Below are different ways you can choose to inform your guests about the donation. And you can have them printed out for your guests on the cermony programs, cards left on their dinner plate or on the bottom of their menu.

 

“In lieu of a wedding favor, a donation has been made in your honor to *insert charity/foundation/organization name*”

 

“With much thought and consideration, we have chosen a special way to say thank you for sharing our special day. In lieu of traditional favors we have made a donation in your honor to the *insert charity/foundation/organization name*”

 

We hope that you consider incorporating this special idea into your wedding day!

~Julia Costello

 



Envelope tip if you hand address your invitation envelopes.

Posted on January 4, 2022 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (2415)

Please watch the video of Julia explaining a great tip!



Watch it click here!



A No Gifts Wedding: How to State It on Your Invitation

Posted on December 7, 2021 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (1318)

Traditionally, when it comes to weddings, guests tend to give a gift to the couple, most often a gift that is selected from the couple’s registry. Although that is customary for most weddings, there are some couples who do not want gifts. In this article we are going to talk about why that is and how you can make it noted on your invitation!


For many couples who get married when they are older in age, gifts are not a necessity, nor are they wanted if the couple already has many belongings. Another time when a no gifts wedding may seem more fit is if the couple has been living together for a long time and already has all the needed household items. Or there are times when couples are about to move and would rather not have as many boxes to pack. Whatever the case may be, there are ways to state it on your invitation and even other alternatives you can ask for as opposed to physical gifts.



 

 

For many guests who will attend a no gifts wedding, they will still want to show their love and generosity in some way. One thing that some couples hosting a no gifts wedding opt to do is asking for their guests to donate to a charity of the couple’s choice. By doing this, guests can still give a gift, and one that will have more meaning to the couple than a physical gift may have. Options of wording for your invitation if you would like to have your guests make a charitable donation are below!


  “If you are thinking of giving a gift to help us on our way, a gift of cash towards *insert charity name*, would really make our day.”


 “We want you to know that it is your presence not your presents that’s important to us, however if you would like to bless us with a gift then money towards *insert charity name* will be most appreciated.”


 For couples who do not want any form of gift at all, there are definitely ways to state it on your invitation to get your point across nicely to your guests! Below are a few options to consider!


 “We would prefer that our guests don't bring gifts. We feel blessed enough that you're choosing to spend the day with us.”


 “Having lived on our own so long, we've amassed everything we could possibly need for our home. As such, we kindly request no gifts.”


 “We prefer your presence rather than your presents! We kindly request no gifts.”


 These ideas are just a few of the many ways to state a no gifts wedding on an invitation. Sometimes making decisions for your wedding will be difficult, but it is always important to remember to do what makes you as a couple the happiest!


~Julia Costello

Holiday Cards: Sending Them Can Mean More Than You Think

Posted on November 6, 2021 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (987)

 

The holiday season is right around the corner, so it is the perfect time to start thinking about who you will send holiday cards to this year! As I am sure you have realized in recent years, sending holiday cards has become less and less popular than it used to be. This could be for many reasons, some including the rise of digital media, cost, or people being too busy to put one together. Regardless of the reason, a tradition that many people used to partake in is starting to fade out. We believe sending holiday cards is an important gesture, and here is why.

 

In previous years sending a holiday card, like a Christmas card for example, was a nice gesture to update people you care about of the highlights of your year. Whether that is sharing big milestones that took place in the year or just nice pictures of your family, sending a card was a kind gesture for your loved ones to receive. In recent years, though, the task of sending Christmas cards or any holiday card in general has become more of a chore for most people. There is one simple reason why we should still be sending holiday cards, and that is that it is kind to let people know that you are thinking of them.

 

COVID-19 has been a struggle for most people in the world. It has caused many people to feel alone, especially due to the lack of personal contact. This year gives people even more of a reason to send a holiday card as a simple gesture to let people know you are thinking of them this holiday season, especially since the pandemic has been such a difficult time. Whether you are a business sending a holiday card to your employees, or just someone that wants to send one to family and friends, consider making the effort this holiday season to help spread love and positivity.

 

Here are some ideas we have thought of to help make this process easier for you! If you are a business, you can send a holiday card with a nice message and possibly a gift of some sort to reward your hard-working employees. For a holiday card to send to family and friends, you can include some nice photos from the year of your family or milestones that occurred!

 

We hope that this helps you to spread positivity, love, and joy this holiday season!


~Julia Costello


Registry Information & Why It Shouldn't Be On Your Wedding Invitation

Posted on October 6, 2021 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (820)

If you have ever planned a wedding, or gone to one, you certainly know all about registries. In a nutshell, a wedding registry is a list of gifts that couples have chosen for their guests to shop from. A wedding registry makes the gift-buying process much easier for guests. Now, with this being said, why should you keep it from your wedding invitation?


 

To begin, wedding invitations can contain a lot of information, which oftentimes is difficult to navigate. You want to ensure that all of the important details come across to your guests. It is typically a known fact that when you are invited to a wedding you bring a gift, or send one if you cannot attend. This, for starters, is a reason in itself why the registry information should not be placed anywhere on your wedding invitation. Another reason, and maybe an even more important one, is that you do not want it to appear that you are demanding gifts from your guests. A wedding invitation shows your guests that you truly want them at your wedding. If you add registry information to your invitation, it could appear that you want a gift just as badly as you want your guest to come. At the end of the day, you do not want to come off as ungrateful.


 

Since it is not recommended to put registry information on your wedding invitation, let’s talk about other ways to get that information out. Most commonly, couples choose to include their registry information on a bridal (or couple’s) shower invitation. Another great idea is to have a wedding website, where a couple can include all important wedding details (like registry information and photos)!


 

Wedding invitations are not the place for registry information, but there are definitely great alternatives to help get the word out. It is always important that your guests know how important THEIR presence is at your special day, and you do not want gifts to get in the way of that!


~Julia Costello




 

Ways to Say Accepts or Regrets On Your Wedding Response Card (with fun and Disney-themed choices)

Posted on September 7, 2021 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (860)

When it comes to wedding invitations, figuring out how you want to word the Accepts or Regrets section on your response card can be fun. For some, the choice of how to word it is easy: “Accepts _____” or “Declines _____.” For others who want to be a bit more creative with the wording, it can get difficult. Lucky for you, we will share a few options of ways to get creative with this section of your invitation (plus, some Disney-themed choices too)!   


If you want to keep the wording traditional, but still add a little to it, try something like: 


So joyful to attend! Cannot attend, sending joy your way or 


With bells on Will be thinking of you or 


Looking forward to the big day Regretfully cannot attend 


These are just several wonderful options to choose from that are both traditional and unique. You could even choose to add humor to your response card by including any of these: 


Let the good times roll! Roll on without me or 


Let’s get the party started! Show must go on without me or 


Be there Be square 


These options are among many that add a touch of humor, but still get the message across.


Finally, if you are a Disney fanatic, or just want to add something magical to your response card, you can try these:   


Before the stroke of midnight on our (RSVP date) 


We will be at the Ball Sorry, I have lost my glass slipper or 


Will join in the magic Sorry, I cannot join the magic or


I await your carriage Sorry, I cannot join the magic or 


Wouldn’t miss it for the world! Sending our love   


These choices add a touch of magic that add charm to the invitation. You can look at the below photo for another way to add Disney touch to the response (the rose from Beauty and the Beast). All these choices listed are great ways to get creative with your response cards!


Here are some of our favorite response cards!  When you are creating your invitation we will provide you a list of hundreds of options on how to say Accepts and Regrets.


~Julia Costello





Second Postage Rate Increase Coming this month (August 2021)

Posted on August 6, 2021 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (705)

Second Postage Rate Increase Coming in August 2021


In January, the U.S. Postal Service made its first increase in postage rates for the 2021 year. The second increase will be implemented August 29 th of this year. Here is what you need to know:


According to an article from USPS, they will proceed with the postal rate change in a commitment to strive for affordability and financial sustainability. USPS CEO Louis DeJoy stated that for the past 14 years USPS has had limited pricing power to respond to the changing market. Due to this lack of pricing authority, USPS feels as though implementing this price increase will help them stay competitive in the market.


Not only will the rate change help USPS with their 10-year plan of commitment to affordability and financial sustainability, but it will also “contribute to $40 billion of investments in people, technology and infrastructure over the next 10 years to modernize and improve the Postal Service’s operations and customer experience,” according to the USPS May 28 th article.


Some of these changes will be to: letters (1 oz.), increasing from $0.55 to $0.58 with each additional ounce for First Class Mail costing $0.20;  domestic postcards, increasing from $0.36 to $0.40; flats (1 oz.) increasing from $1.00 to $1.16, and outbound international letters (1 oz.) increasing from $1.20 to $1.30. The most notable change you should be aware of, especially if you are planning to send out wedding invitations soon, is the pricing of square envelopes. Square envelopes (1 oz.) will be $0.78 with each additional ounce costing $0.20.


In conclusion, USPS may have 2 (or perhaps even more) price changes this year, but they do still stand as one of the most affordable postal services in the world.


Written by Julia Costello



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