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Envelope tip if you hand address your invitation envelopes.

Posted on January 4, 2022 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (1298)

Please watch the video of Julia explaining a great tip!



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

Posted on December 7, 2021 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (902)

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 (687)

 

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 (430)

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 (530)

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 (562)

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 (62)

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 (1191)

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 (188)

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 (180)

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.






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