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

Posted on October 6, 2021 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (374)

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 (497)

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 (528)

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

Dress Codes: The Differences and What You Need to Know

Posted on July 12, 2021 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (42)

When it comes to weddings (and other formal events for that matter) dress code is key. With that being said, there are many different types of dress codes. From formal and semi-formal, to black tie and white tie, to even dressy casual, the options are extensive (and they can get confusing). Let’s break it down.


First up, formal dress, also known as black tie optional. Essentially, formal attire is a step below black tie. For men, this means a tuxedo is not necessary, but can still be worn as formal attire is still dressy enough to wear one. Men typically wear a dark suit and tie for formal attire. Women can opt for a floor-length dress, a formal cocktail dress, or an elegant pantsuit.


Next, semi-formal dress, also known as dressy casual. Semi-formal gives guests the flexibility to be more comfortable. For men, this can be a pair of dress pants and a dress shirt. For women, this can be a below-the-knee dress or a formal skirt and top. This dress attire is a great option if you are planning on having an outdoor wedding.


Black tie is a very common dress code choice for many evening weddings. For men, black tie means that a tuxedo is preferred. Typically, the typical tuxedo for black tie is with a black bow tie and patent leather black shoes. For women, black tie attire can include either a formal floor-length dress or even an elegant cocktail dress or pantsuit.


White tie attire is the most formal of the dress codes. It is less common today, but used to be a popular choice in years past. For men, a tuxedo is required (with tail) and dress gloves. Women must wear a formal ball gown paired with jewelry and an elegant clutch.


These are the main dress attire choices, but of course there are more in between (see photo). To conclude, dress codes can get complicated, but hopefully with this dress code guide it can be made easier!

Written by Julia Costello

Adult Only Weddings

Posted on April 7, 2021 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (1153)

Sometimes deciding whether to invite children to your wedding can be a difficult choice. Even if you want to include everyone, having children is going to impact your budget or maybe your wedding is not meant for little ones. And if you decide not to include children this could be a tricky conversation letting people know you are having an adult-only wedding.

Here are some options that can help you and definitely put the information on your wedding website.


First you will want to address the outer (and or inner) envelope properly. This will let your guests know who is invited to your wedding.


Second you can use fonts and font sizes to emphasize certain information.


Then, these are my favorite ways to say no children are invited:

On the invitation if your ceremony and reception is at the same place:

-Please celebrate with us at an adults-only reception immediately following the ceremony.

-An adults-only celebration will follow the ceremony.

-Reception to follow at the nightclub, Phillipi’s (Ages 16+ only)

-An adult (18 and older) reception will follow


On the Response Card:

-For the accept and regrets say something like:

___ Adults will attend ___ Regretfully cannot attend

-After the accepts and regrets line add a line

___ Number of Adults Attending.

-When making entrée choices:

Guest 1_______________________

{ }Filet { }Chicken

Guest 2_______________________

{ }Filet { }Chicken



On the Details Card:

-Regrettably, our chosen venue is unable to accommodate children. Professional babysitting will be provided at the hotel.



Other ideas:

We respectfully request no children under 16 at the Reception.

Although we love your little ones, this is an adult only affair.

The Bride and Groom request that this be an adult-only reception.

Include a personalized to with your invitation – We’d love to have Ashley & Paul there but unfortunately we’re limited by budget/space constraints. We hope you can still make it.

We have reserved two spots for you.

We love to watch the children run and play, but this is going to be an adult only kind of day.

You’ll dance all night, you’re not a quitter, so we request that you hire a sitter.


Order enough Invitations to Save Money

Posted on March 9, 2021 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (136)

If you underestimate how many invitations you truly need it will cost more. Try to get an accurate account of the quantity of invitations you need before your order to avoid ordering more later. Do not forget to keep a few extra for you, your photographer, shadow boxes, a scrapbook etc.




See the example below:


If you ordered 125 invitations & then need to order 25 more, for 150 invitations it will cost you $335.40 + $205.40 or $540.80. But if you order 150 invitations you would pay $390.90, for a savings of $149.90.

United States Postal Service Rates

Posted on March 9, 2021 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (132)

Postcards stamps will be .36 (they were .35).


Forever Stamps will stay the same at .55 (one ounce).


Two ounces will be .75 (they were .70).


Three ounces will be .95 (they were .85).


Square envelopes start at .75 for one ounce.

Steps after you get your invitations

Posted on June 18, 2020 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (378)


assembled invitation suite to the post office and get it weighed.



for your return envelopes and your assembled invitations.



on the return envelopes and outer envelopes.



to the post office and ask the Postmaster to "hand-stamp" your invitations. This is a free service and will lower the risk of your invitations getting blemished.



getting your responses back in the mail.



to put an invitation aside for your photographer to take a picture of

on your Wedding Day.



If you send me a picture that your photographer took of your

wedding invitation, I will send you either a $10 Starbucks card or a

$15 I Do! gift certificate! 


Any Questions

610-804-2420 -voice or text / [email protected] 

Guest List Adjustment and Etiquette in the Time of COVID-19

Posted on June 18, 2020 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (318)

by Esther Lee

Between group gathering restrictions, social distancing guidelines and discouraged travel, couples are now left with the task of having to face new realities with their events moving forward—and that involves their guest lists. Given the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on weddings around the world, some to-be-weds will be faced with the task of having to whittle down their original guest count, and there’s basic etiquette around this step.


“Acknowledge the elephant in the room as soon as possible,” says event planner Lauren Schaefer of Your Wedding by Lauren. “As soon as you’re comfortable doing so, send a message to your current guest list or post on your wedding website acknowledging the pandemic, letting guests know you’re weighing your options and considering everyone's safety regarding your wedding.”


Since the situation can be uncomfortable and tricky to address, read on for wedding guest list etiquette and how to best navigate adjustments amid COVID-19. There are ways to approach your loved ones gracefully and tastefully, even as it involves pivoting your plans.


Talk to Your Vendors First

This is the first step to take before even adjusting or addressing your guest list. If you have a planner, talk to this pro directly about how they would recommend navigating this situation, given restrictions are different per county. From there, ask how best to approach the conversation. Either your chosen pro team will reach out to guests directly (some offer this service, really!) your venue coordinator will explain guest list limitations, which you can then communicate to your guests.


Talk to Family Members and Your Wedding Party

You have your squad and your family members on board, but what happens if they’re located in different countries where travel restrictions remain in place or they’ll have to self-quarantine depending on proximity? Reach out to your core loved ones first about realistic expectations regarding your wedding date. Some guests may not necessarily feel comfortable traveling at this time, so have the important conversations to gauge the comfort level of your loved ones first and foremost.


Start Sooner Than Later

Wedding websites have never been more helpful than during COVID-19, because it’s a resource where you’re able to effectively communicate with guests as the situation is ever changing by state. By telling guests you’re considering options and keeping their safety and health in mind, they will feel assured about any decision you ultimately reach. But the important move is to give them the emotional buffer and time to see it from your end.


Once you’ve made your choices, start reaching out. “From there, guests can mentally prepare for an alteration in the wedding plans, whether that be postponement, lessening the guest count or other,” says Schaefer. “This will also limit the number of text messages you get from folks asking what your plans are.”


Set Expectations With Yourself… and Your Guests

It’s important to remember you’re grappling with mourning the loss of what you had originally envisioned for your wedding: whether it be the original date you had arduously planned towards, or the sheer capacity of your guest list. It’s all fair. Talk through it with your partner and mourn this together, then set expectations about your wedding postponement and the guest list between yourselves.


From there, have the conversations and be as thoughtful as possible. There are, however, a few points to consider as you’re reaching out to loved ones to help you overcome any sense of dread. “To note, this is no longer a surprise. While having to whittle down your guest list is heartbreaking and you don't want to hurt anyone's feelings, limiting crowds are not a new restriction at this point and we continue to hear about limiting social gatherings everyday,” says Schaefer. “Your need to whittle down your guest count will most likely not come as a surprise to your guests. They might even be expecting it.”


Remember: It’s How You Communicate

Obviously, the guest list trim is a bummer from both ends. But there is a way to lovingly communicate the letdown to your loved ones. “When letting guests know that due to size restrictions, they are no longer able to attend your wedding in person, remind them that you still love them very much,” says Schaefer. “It is because you love your guests so much that you are taking the safety precautions needed to ensure everyone's well being.”


Include That Virtual Element

Since guest list adjustments are increasingly prevalent depending on where you plan to host the wedding, the industry collectively has seen a rise in virtual elements integrated into various events. In fact, some pros are leaning into it, such as planner Amy Shey Jacobs whose virtual party planning brand Don’t Let the Day Go By helps couples source digital photo booths and inventive streaming options.


“What I don't think most people realize is that the virtual event experience is actually two-way television,” says Jacobs. “What translates in person at an event works very differently when you don't have a live studio audience, right? So the services and partners we are working with need to be dynamic and TV ready: I am spending a lot of my time auditioning, preparing and curating the best pros who have the most engaging experiences with the right tools in a virtual environment. To that end, the virtual experience needs to be interactive. The people make the party!”


To that end, Jacobs even has a virtual speakeasy where mixologists will create signature cocktails for guests (you can send cocktail kits to those who can’t be at your wedding in person). “We are working with partners on wedding invitation suites and programs that are sent to the guests, along with floral, linen and food,” she explains. “I mean, how cool is it to send a mini cake to each of your guests home so they can share in the experience?”


Define Your Wedding Structure to Your New Guest List

It’s true: weddings after COVID-19 will look slightly different. This means educating and informing guests about how you are mitigating risk and being thoughtful about their health and safety at your particular event.


“Define your structure for who is on the smaller guest list,” says Schaefer. “If you and your partner can make clear parameters for how to whittle down your guest list, this will both assist you in this very hard decision and provide additional understanding for those that couldn't attend in person. Whether you keep the in-person guest count to only family, only locals, or four guests per betrothed, providing structure keeps things fair and clean.”


Be Thoughtful About How You Share Photos

By now, most couples have grappled with the heartbreak of postponing their weddings, and your loved ones likely know and share in your disappointment. If you’ve had to trim your guest list due to COVID-19, there are considerations to bear in mind, including social media posts.


Since it’s a special day for you, the couple, your original guest list will want to celebrate regardless. A thoughtful way to approach this step is by sharing images from your wedding day first with all your guests before distributing them further across social media accounts. That way, even though you’ve had to scale back on your guest list, those chosen recipients will still feel as if they were part of your day.


On social media, consider the types of imagery you’re sharing to avoid further emotional bruising. “There is no quicker way to create FOMO than to post photos of your most special day for the world (and all your guests that couldn't attend) to see,” advises Schaefer. “Of course, celebrate your love and your partner, but limit the number… especially those photos including guests in attendance.”

Is It Ever Okay to Uninvite a Wedding Guest?

Posted on June 18, 2020 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (5562)

by The Knot

Life can throw a lot of lemons at you—especially during the emotionally heightened process of wedding prep—and it’s not always something you can easily turn into lemonade. Relationships can change, possibly leading to a falling out or feelings of tension between you and a friend or family member. Unforeseen events, such as natural disasters and other unexpected incidents, can unfold, leading to additional complications with guest lists. It’s rare, but every once in a while a couple (or one partner) might have to uninvite someone (or larger portions of their guest list) after they’ve already asked them to attend the wedding. But is it ever okay to even broach the topic of how to uninvite someone to a wedding?


Traditionally, uninviting a wedding guest who’s already received a save-the-date or wedding invitation is in poor taste. And we don’t mean that to sound snooty—it just simply isn’t kind or polite (no matter how impolite the person you want to uninvite has been). A save-the-date is essentially a promise that an official wedding invitation is on the way, and a wedding invitation isn’t something you can rescind on a whim (or that guests can transfer to one another like tickets). Here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re going through a tricky time with someone you’ve already invited.

How to Uninvite Guests Due to a Disaster

It’s now a familiar tale to many couples: Due to COVID-19, tens of thousands of couples had to postpone their weddings each weekend, ultimately leaving many to-be-weds with guest-list complications. If this situation applies to you (whether it’s a natural disaster that’s caused a venue change) or some other unexpected curveball in the wedding planning process, we recommend communicating with guests as soon as possible. If you have to uninvite large portions of your guest list, it’s better to relay it sooner than later. And remember: it’s how you communicate.


Be Very Thoughtful About Your Guest List

Due to general standards of wedding invitation etiquette, it’s infinitely easier to add to your guest list than it is to subtract from it. When creating your guest list, think long and hard about whom you choose to include. If budget restrictions or venue capacity are the reason you’re tempted to downsize your headcount, it’s perfectly okay to create an A list and a B list of guests. Much better to use this strategy than to overshoot on invites and have to revoke them later.


Have Some Foresight

Disinviting someone will make it hard to salvage your relationship—even harder than it might currently be—and will only create more drama. If you’re questioning someone’s invite, remember it might be worth grinning and bearing their attendance at your wedding in order to be able to mend your relationship down the line. And even if you might want to uninvite them in the heat of the moment, you might genuinely regret not having them around on your day.


Use Your Words (Preferably in Person)

Confrontation isn’t everyone’s forte, but in some circumstances, having a mature conversation about what’s going on between you two is a necessary step toward resolution. Maybe you’ve had a falling out with a friend, a fight with a cousin or skeptical feelings about a family member’s potential behavior at your wedding. Pick up the phone or knock on their door to have a frank talk about what you’re both feeling and how to proceed. If the situation is inflamed enough, it’s possible the person in question might change their mind and decide not to attend the wedding. (It might not be ideal, but in that case you’d be in the clear.)