Wedding Invitation RSVP Do’s and Don’ts

March 30, 2017. Category: advice, Invitations, weddings

The correct wedding etiquette can at times feel overwhelming and confusing, especially when it comes to wedding invitations and even more so if you are the bride!

We are often asked a lot of questions about wedding invitations Do’s and Don’t and most often are regarding a RSVP. So to make your planning process a little bit easier our president Aimee Dominick  put together a list of a few things to keep in mind.

Photography: Abby Grace    Invitations: Flourishing Penguin

  • If you are deciding on having a pre-selected course for dinner, make sure that your guests initial their choice of Beef, Fish, or Vegetarian. This way you will know exactly who in the couple is having which meal.

 

  •   We never ask guests to list allergies, as we don’t want to encourage guests to tell you was they dislike and would prefer to substitute. If there is a guest who has a severe allergy they will let you know on the RSVP card. {See real invite below}

Photography: A. Dominick Events

  • We really do love the old fashioned RSVP with a reply date, the notes that guests write to the couple are always to sweet. Do make sure that you number the back on each RSVP card in pencil just in case they don’t fill them out correctly!

 

  • Alway pre-stamp your reply card, this will ensure that it will get back to you and makes it so much easier for your guests to fill it out and return it.

Photography: Bonnie Sen    Invitations: Flourishing Penguin

  • Don’t be afraid to reach out to guests who have not responded by the deadline on your RSVP card. Don’t worry your planner can help you with this!
  • Get excited! Getting your RSVP’s back for your wedding is such a fun and exciting time as you get to see who of your nearest and dearest will be coming to celebrate with you and it also means that your wedding is not far away!
share this post:
  • leave your comment

Comments are closed.

How to incoprorate Pantone Greenery into your wedding

February 02, 2017. Category: decor, dessert, details, Flowers, inspiration, Invitations, real wedding

We are always excited to see which color Pantone will select as the color of the year and as many of you know this year they selected Pantone Greenery 15-0343

Pantone describes this color as:

 “A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.”


We couldn’t think of a better color choice for 2017, as with the beginning of every year, we all look to refresh, revitalize and seek new beginnings!

Greenery has been described as “a versatile and trans-seasonal” shade that lends itself to many color combinations and can be  paired with neutrals, brights, deeper shades, pastels and metallics.”

Greenery is a wonderful color to incorporate into a wedding. From invitations, to flowers, to even welcome bags the possibilities are endless! Below are a few ways we were able to thread this versatile color throughout this lovely wedding seamlessly.

See more of this Greenery Inspired wedding featured on Southern Living

Photography: Katie Stoops  Floral: Southern Blooms  Venue: Pippin Hill Vineyards 

share this post:
  • leave your comment

Comments are closed.

Cheree Berry, Founder of Cheree Berry Paper

August 07, 2015. Category: Invitations, printed materials, Spotlight Series, weddings

Cheree Berry, Founder of Cheree Berry Paper.

We are excited to kick off our Spotlight Series with one of our favorite paper guru’s Cheree Berry, the founder of Cheree Berry Paper.

We love all things beautiful and when it comes to paper there is no one that does it quite like Cheree Berry Paper. Her unexpected elements of surprise, bright colors and whimsical touches make her paper one of the most sought out in the industry.

Where it all began:

A. Dominick Events: Before you started Cheree Berry Paper you worked both at Kate Spade in New York City and the premier design firm, Pentagram. Did either of these companies inspire you when you decided to start your own company?

Cheree Berry: Both Pentagram and kate spade helped shape me as a graphic designer. At Pentagram, I learned how a top-notch graphic design firm operates and was inspired by the work happening around me, as well as the print design projects I worked on. At kate spade, I was the lead designer and art director on the company’s stationery line—a collaboration with Crane & Co. My love for paper and correspondence really started as a child (thank you, Hello Kitty and Griffin and Sabine books) but yes, my work experience was very inspirational and gave me the skill set and confidence to go on my own.

A. Dominick Events: What was your greatest influence when you decided to design your own wedding paper, from the save the date to the invitations, and all the other whimsical elements you incorporated into your wedding day?

Cheree Berry: Nostalgia and color. I love to surprise people. I wanted to have fun and provide the same for my guests. For me, the save the date and invitation are the critical link to an amazing event, it’s what gets people excited and sets the tone for what an occasion will be.

Behind the Business of Cheree Berry Paper:

A. Dominick Events: Your paper is known for its unexpected elements of surprise. Where do you find your inspiration?

Cheree Berry: I find inspiration everywhere, in nature, vintage ephemera, my kids, my travels and especially clients with their individual stories. So look for hidden creatures, clever copy, retro references and playful designs in our work.

A. Dominick Events: Tell us a little about your studio in St. Louis and the process.

Cheree Berry: The studio is located in St. Louis, but our clients are located all across the country and abroad! Most of the design process can be completed long distance, although we do travel to monthly meetings in NYC and have a satellite office in Chicago. As for process, we make the most of every client meeting. We ask lots of questions. And from there we approach each project with attention to detail and enthusiasm. We love to brainstorm! We also know the importance of timelines and budgets and always add that to our planning.

A. Dominick Events: What is a typical day at the CBP office?

Cheree Berry: CBP is always in GO mode. So many brides, so many ideas (and so much fun). A typical day is meeting to discuss new projects, brainstorming, sketching, watching timelines, talking with clients, touching and feeling the printed pieces that arrive, packing and shipping, etc.. No day is the same, and we love that!

A. Dominick Events: Are there any current projects you are currently working on that you are excited about or anything new in paper for 2015 that you are incorporating in your designs?

Cheree Berry: We are always looking for new ways to use paper. Paper flowers are in the queue right now. We’ve been exploring paper in the third dimension.

Advice for Brides on their printed materials (Save the Date, Invitations…)

A. Dominick Events: What advice would you give to a bride who is starting to think about their printed materials for her wedding? Save the Date/Invitations/Day of items?

Cheree Berry: We suggest looking at our website (of course) to see our selection of previously designed save the dates and wedding invitations – what we call “Collection.” From there we learn what the couple likes in terms of type, style, size, format, pattern, etc. Some brides like our Collection designs “as is” and other brides want to make some minimal to significant design alterations. Depending on where a bride falls in the spectrum, we’ll ask lots of questions to gain knowledge before executing the designs – Where’s the venue, how did you meet, what is your engagement story, etc.? And then we’ll have plenty of logistic questions – when do you want to mail, what information do you need to tell your guests, quantity… After invitations are decided we talk day of items, or sooner, if need be. The invitation provides the jumping off point for so many fun pieces from menus to programs, chargers to signage.

A. Dominick Events: What is your advice on the use of calligraphy for invitations?

Cheree Berry: Use it! We love calligraphy. It’s a great addition to the design of an invitation. Calligraphy makes opening your mail that much more exciting. It’s really an art. And there are so many styles available from modern to traditional to whimsical.

A. Dominick Events: You offer a range of options for brides from Collections, Semi-Custom Invitations and Custom Invitations. What is the process for each of these and how to you determine what is right for each client?

Cheree Berry: Collections are previously designed pieces that can be changed using color and new wording. Semi-custom is using parts of previously designed pieces, but more new ideas can be added. Custom is starting new– really a blank slate for us. Budget will most likely drive the decision to select one of these three categories, but we are happy to work with brides to find the best option to create the look they love.

A. Dominick Events: If you hadn’t created Cheree Berry Paper what would you be doing instead?

Cheree Berry: I love paper, can’t imagine working without it, but if I could chose a career in another life – show me the way to Broadway!

Untitled

A few of our recent beautiful collaborations with Cheree Berry Paper.

Left and Right Photos by: Abby Jiu | Middle Photo by: Love Life Images

share this post:
  • leave your comment

Comments are closed.

The Write Way

June 12, 2014. Category: Invitations, modern, printed materials, traditions, weddings

Once upon a time, pretty much everyone subscribed to standard wedding invitation wordings.  As the bride’s parents typically paid for the occasion, invites usually said that “they requested the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter”. These days, with divorce, blended families, and other nontraditional family dynamics helping to put together your special day, figuring out appropriate invitation phrasing has gotten complicated!

Here are a few common tricky situations, and the fitting invitation wording for each.  Keep in mind that you can always adapt the following language to suit your event

The bride’s parents are hosting, but would like to include groom’s parents on the invitation:

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Abbet

request the honor of your presence

at the marriage of their daughter

Samantha Marie

to Jason Christopher Smith

son of Mr. and Mrs. John Smith

etc.

Both sets of parents are funding the wedding:

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Abbet

and

Mr. and Mrs. John Smith

request the honor of your presence

at the marriage of their children

Samantha and Jason

etc.

 The bride and groom are paying for the wedding themselves:

The honor of your presence

is requested at the marriage of

Miss Samantha Marie Abbet

to

Mr. Jason Christopher Smith

etc.

OR, including their parents

Together with their families

 Miss Samantha Marie Abbet

and

Mr. Jason Christopher Smith

request the honor of your presence

at their marriage

etc.

EtiquettePicture_02

Widowed Parents: Bride’s Mother has not Remarried

Mrs. Thomas Abbet

requests the honor of your presence

at the wedding of her daughter

Samantha Marie

to Jason Christopher Smith

etc.

Divorced Parents- The Bride’s Mother has Remarried

Mrs. Jacob Henderson

Mr. Thomas Abbet

request the honor of your presence

at the wedding of their daughter

Samantha Marie

to Jason Christopher Smith

etc.

Separated Parents have two options:

Option One

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Abbet

request the honor of your presence

at the marriage of their daughter

Samantha Marie

to Jason Christopher Smith

OR

Option Two

Mrs. Jacob Henderson

Mr. Thomas Abbet

request the honor of your presence

at the wedding of their daughter

Samantha Marie

to Jason Christopher Smith

 

Etiquette formatting information is provided by Crane’s Blue Book of Stationery .

share this post:
  • leave your comment

Comments are closed.

You’re Invited

May 02, 2014. Category: how to, Invitations

Some of the knowledge we have about weddings seems kind of antiquated – how should everyone know that 6:00pm means black tie?  But, it is our job to research and know the correct etiquette on just about everything.  So how are you supposed to stuff an invitation?

Just like a wedding cake, wedding invitations are assembled in size order with the largest on the bottom and the smallest layer on the top.

It’s best to start with the invitation, likely your largest piece, which will be placed at the bottom.  Next you’ll tuck the reply card (face side up) underneath the flap of the reply envelope and set this on top of the invitation.  You should also remember to stamp this envelope and very lightly number the back of the card in correspondence with the number next to the guest’s name on your master guest list.

A great diagram for putting together your invitations

If you have a reception card this would be placed next, followed by any additional cards for a rehearsal dinner or accommodations ordered by size.  This stack is all inserted face up into the inner envelope so it’s visible immediately.  The inner envelope is then placed inside the outer envelope with the guest’s name facing the back so they’re seen first when the envelope is opened, although the outer envelope is optional.

Once you’ve checked the contents of your invitations, making sure everything is as you ordered, six to eight weeks before your wedding you can begin checking postage and putting the invitations together.  To make sure everything is perfect we’d suggest you triple check your invitations, if possible by three different people.

Our last tip is to consider having your invitations hand canceled at the post office.  This keeps your invitations from going through postage machines where they are printed with barcodes and could be bent or damaged.

A beautiful invitation from Cheree Berry Paper

Or you could hire a team of talented planners to do it all for you.  Just saying…

share this post:
  • leave your comment

Comments are closed.

page 1 out of 4