Who said reception tables have to be boring? Why not add a pop of color and incorporate details into each guest’s place setting?! My standard size menu card is 4×9 and printed on cardstock to match your invitations, but they can come in all shapes and sizes. Below is a collection of images from various events to bring you inspiration and encourage you to use a dinner (or lunch, or brunch) menu at your wedding or next event. If you want to discuss how we can incorporate a menu into your next event, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I recently had the opportunity to visit one of my favorite venues, The White Barn at Lucas Farm! Brittney Lucas, the owner and coordinator, invited me to help decorate her farm tables with paper goods for a styled shoot showing creative ways brides can have them styled for their event. We decorated four different tables as well as a brunch bar and two cake tables. See the list of vendors involved below!
Here’s how you can incorporate paper goods into your wedding decor to add a little touch of detail on your wedding day or bridal shower.
1. Table Numbers
Table numbers often get overlooked as a decor piece, but they can help tie in the rest of the paper goods at the table.
2. Place Cards
Whether you’re hosting an event for 25 or 225 people, place cards are a great way to organize your guests. The help save their seat while they mingle and give them direction as to where they are to be seated during a large event.
Who doesn’t like to know what’s on the menu? I love seeing the food options right there in front of me. Once of the biggest attractions at a wedding, besides the actual wedding ceremony, is the food! Let’s face it, your guests came to eat, drink, and celebrate!
Blush and Gold Rustic
A big wedding trend that I am seeing right now is the burgundy and gold fall wedding, and I can honestly say I am not sad about it one bit! Last year burgundy really seemed to take the spotlight and I’m glad that it is still a popular color for my 2017 and 2018 brides planning their fall weddings. The invitation suite I designed for this shoot is one of my favorites to date. The wax seals, hand torn paper, and velvet ribbon are soft, romantic and elegant and fit perfectly with the overall feel of the event.
About this shoot, from the photographer:
The goal of the shoot was to create magic with the details and capture genuine, authentic moments of the couple.
With this shoot, we wanted to achieve a transitional look that would work from late summer into autumn. We incorporated a moody gray and burgundy color palette with pops of red, amber and yellow. Lush bouquets, fresh fruits and a vibrant color pallet are a stunning combination for any time of the year.
For the venue, we chose Stonewall Resort; the photo shoot took place overlooking a Stonewall Lake and highlighted by a field of goldenrod bathed in gorgeous evening light.
A flowing garland of seeded eucalyptus draping over a copper arbor, candle sticks, lush center pieces, gold-rimmed stemware, elegant menu cards and cross back chairs completed the head table.
The hand torn invitation suite combines traditional elements such as elegant typography with lush florals and gorgeous pops of color. The suite is tied together with rich brown velvet ribbon and adorned vintage postage wax seals.
Center pieces and a bouquet of seeded eucalyptus, golden rod, solidago, red roses, blackberry scabiosa, orange roses, mini carnations and alstroemeria perfectly complemented the shoot’s color palette.
The couple chose a two-tiered naked cake, with layers of rich devil’s food cake and buttercream frosting draped with a decadent chocolate ganache. The cake is adorned with seasonal stone fruit & berries, which reflect the warm gold and red tones of the florals.
The altar area was completed by gold rings adorned with florals and four cross back chairs.
Photographer: Britani Edwards Photography / @britaniedwardsphotography
Rentals: W Rentals & Events / @wrentalsandevents
Video: Sparks Productions / @sparksproductions
Cake: Cakes by Samantha / @skoreski
Stationery: Paper Hearts Invitations / @paperheartsinvitations
Makeup: Brittany Ilene / @brittanyilene
The biggest question I receive, besides “how much?” is “when?” Well friends, here’s a handy little wedding stationery timeline that lists each piece and tells you when your order should be placed with Paper Hearts and when to send them out to your guests!
BONUS: you can download a printable version of the guide that has spaces for you to fill out your own dates. High five!
This post, How to Address your Wedding Invitation Envelopes – Part 2, is going to cover four different envelope printing methods for placing your guest’s address onto the envelope! Let me note that these four methods are not the ONLY way to address envelopes, but they are, in my opinion, the most common and most traditional ways.
In How to Address Your Wedding Invitation Envelopes – Part 1, I shared with you proper techniques to write your guest addresses, please reference that post before moving to Part 2.
1. DIGITAL ENVELOPE PRINTING
Printed by Paper Hearts in our studio, digital address printing is an easy way to address envelopes and have the font and colors match your invitation. You submit an excel sheet (we provide the template) and we print the envelopes – as simple as that! A PDF proof is always provided so you can double check your addresses before they hit the press. We also print your return address on the front left corner or on the back flap of the envelope!
2. WRAP-AROUND LABELS
Perfect for when you don’t have it in the budget to print white ink on dark colored envelopes, wrap around labels are a stylish way to address your envelopes without using those ugly white or clear “corporate” labels. Also printed right in our studio, Paper Hearts offers this type of labeling to our brides and is set up with an excel sheet similar to digital printing directly onto the envelope.
Hand-lettered envelopes is a stylish way to address envelopes by combining traditional calligraphy and modern lettering. Hannah from Dainty Daisy Designs creates one-of-a-kind addresses and her modern, fun style is sure to complement your invitation and wow your guests! If you are interested in her envelope addressing services, you can check out her work and services on her Dainty Daisy Designs Website and Dainty Daisy Designs Instagram page!
4. TRADITIONAL CALLIGRAPHY
A beautiful way to add a classic touch to your wedding invitation envelopes is with traditional calligraphy. Marisa Jackson is a calligrapher from Charleston, West Virginia. She owns MarisaMade Illustration and Design and offers traditional calligraphy services in several different styles to add that extra unique touch to your envelopes. You can learn more about her services and see her amazing work on her MarisaMade Website or the MarisaMade Instagram page!
As a stationery designer, I am always here to answer questions and educate brides on invitation etiquette. I’m hoping that this post helps answer the biggest questions about how to properly address your wedding invitation envelopes so that when the time comes to get your guest list together, things will be easy-peasy! I’ll go over address and state abbreviations, writing out your guest’s names, and how to properly use inner envelopes if you choose to incorporate those into your wedding suite.
When it comes to getting your guest list together, formality is key. Wedding invitations are not just any old invitation, they are your wedding invitation, and probably the most expensive invitation you will ever mail. Even if it is a backyard wedding, you should still write out the address the properly: no abbreviations on the address should be printed on the envelopes. All words such as “Street,” or “Boulevard” are spelled out. State names may be written in full or use the two-letter postal code abbreviation.
Here’s a list of the most common abbreviations used in addresses and the correct way to spell them out.
US STATE ABBREVIATIONS
State names may be written in full or use the two-letter postal code abbreviation.
To address the envelopes using proper etiquette, you want to use your guest’s proper names on the envelopes. Example: “Bob” should be written out as “Robert”, and “Patty” should be written out at “Patricia”. Unless your guest’s never go by their formal names, you should try to use the formal name over any nick names or shortened names.
HOW TO LIST NAMES ON THE ENVELOPES
The etiquette guide below is from The Emily Post Institute
- The outer envelope is addressed conventionally using titles, first, (middle), and last names. Middle initials aren’t used, so either write out the middle name or omit it.
- Titles are abbreviated (Mr., Mrs., Ms., Dr.)
To roommates residing at the same address
An invitation to two people residing at the same address is addressed with both names connected by “and.” Use one or two lines, depending on length.
Example: Mr. Timothy Harris and Miss Stephanie Jones
To an unmarried couple living together
An invitation to an unmarried couple living together is addressed with both names connected by “and.” Use one or two lines, depending on length.
Example: Mr. Robert McCarthy and Miss Katherine Wilson
To a married couple
Invitations are always addressed to both members of a married couple, even though the bride may know only one or knows that only one will attend.
Example: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith
Mr. Robert and Mrs. Kimberly Smith
To a married woman doctor or two married doctors
If the woman uses her husband’s name socially, the address is “Dr. Barbara and Mr. James Werner.” If she uses her maiden name both professionally and socially, it is “Dr. Barbara Hanson and Mr. James Werner.” If the husband is also a doctor, the address is either “The Drs. Werner” or “Drs. Barbara and Robert Werner.”
How to add “and Guest”
Some believe that it is impersonal to address the outer envelope as “Mr. James Smith and Guest,” but I think that it is just fine to include the words “and Guest” on the envelope. I’ll explain below how to use the two envelope method to avoid placing “and Guest” on the outer envelope.
Example: Mr. James Smith and Guest
How to send an invitation to a family
Generally, an invitation to parents and children is addressed to the parents, but you may include “and Family” or list the child’s name under the parent’s names.
Mr. and Mrs. James Arthur Darling
Mr. and Mrs. James Arthur Darling
USING INNER AND OUTER ENVELOPES
Some believe that it is impersonal to address the outer envelope as “Mr. James Smith and Guest,” or to list “and Family” under the parents names, so the two envelope system works well. Also, if you are inviting only certain members of a household you can easily list the invited members names on the inner envelope to avoid confusion as to exactly who is invited. Two envelopes, of matching or different colors, are used. The inner envelope is an un-gummed or unsealed envelope that holds the invitation, and then is placed in the outer envelope so that when the flap is lifted, the name(s) of the guest(s) is visible. The outer envelope is the one that is sealed for mailing and has the mailing address on it.
Example Outer: Mr. James Smith
Example Inner: Mr. James Smith and Guest
Example Outer: Mr. and Mrs. Angela Holmes
Example Inner: Mr. and Mrs. Angela Holmes, Sarah Holmes, Ashley Holmes
It’s also fine to write familiar names for close family:
Example Outer: Mr. and Mrs. Angela Holmes
Example Inner: Uncle Bill and Aunt Angela
Thanks for reading, friend! I hope this article helps answer questions you may have about how to go about getting your guest list together. If you ever have any additional questions, please feel free to email me at email@example.com.
In part two (coming soon): I’ll go over different methods of actually getting your guest’s addresses onto the envelopes by explaining different printing and calligraphy methods. Subscribe to my mailing list so you don’t miss it!
Carrie and Josh were married in May of 2016 (Happy Anniversary, guys!) in West Virginia and had a dinner reception at Historic Summit Inn located in Farmington, Pennsylvania. Their wedding was chocked full of gorgeous, rustic details! Paper Hearts Invitations was able to provide so many paper items for their big day and the amount of thought Carrie put into those details turned out beautifully. If you are wondering what services Paper Hearts can provide for you, please read on! You will see everything from a wedding invitation suite, ceremony programs, table numbers, menus, custom stickers for their favors and name cards for their guests. I’ve also included some fun photos of the happy couple and their big day. They are just the sweetest couple and these pictures captured by Jessica Fike Photography make you feel their joy and excitement.
I am a HUGE advocate for details. When all of your wedding stationery matches, your guests WILL notice! Here are 10 stationery items to think about when planning your wedding:
1. Save the Dates
2. Wedding Invitation Suite
3. Rehearsal Dinner Invitations
4. Ceremony Programs
5. Large Signs to welcome guests or display information
6. Name Cards
7. Table Numbers
9. Favor tags or stickers
10. Framed signs for family remembrance, the cookie table, and the guest book
If you have ideas on how you can make your wedding personalized, I’d love to chat! When you plan your wedding day around what you both love to do as a couple, everything will be exciting and effortless. You can incorporate things like hiking, watching movies, traveling, a favorite beer, spending time with your furry friends, your alma matter, a favorite sports team. Some of the best weddings I’ve attending have been because the couple incorporated their personalities into the details and they had fun! It’s that we all want from life and our wedding celebration, to have fun?
Tiffani and Nick’s Pennsylvania Wedding took place in a gorgeous wedding venue located in the Laurel Highlands area of Southwestern Pennsylvania. The Barn at Fallingwater is located next to the famous Frank Lloyd Wright home Fallingwater. These photos were captured by Caitlin’s Living Photography and she truly embraced the details that Tiffani created for her wedding day. Paper Hearts created the wedding invitation suite, menus, thank you tags, escort cards, signs, ceremony programs, and cookie bags.
Looking for more wedding inspiration? Check out Paper Hearts Invitations Instagram!
Well, here’s the announcement I was so excited for! Greeting cards are now available for easy purchase in my shop! Shop Now!
Soft watercolor florals printed on premium stock ready to brighten someone’s day. Who doesn’t love getting a real card in the mail? I know I do! I had greeting cards at the bridal shows and they were received really well. Many people asked if they could buy them online, and now you can!
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It was a super cold day (10 degrees!) in early January when Britani Edwards and W Rentals and Events planned this gorgeous winter inspirational styled shoot. The location was in Bridgeport, WV on the Bel Meadow golf course which was covered with a nice layer of snow and frozen water! Our models were perfect for the look and they were such troopers for braving the cold! If you are planning a winter wedding, please read on!
Photographer: Britani Edwards Photography
Event Planner: W Rentals and Events
Florist: Main Street Shoppes/Perennial Floral
Stationery: Paper Hearts Invitations
Cake: Samantha Koreski
Jewelry: Adorn Jewel of June
Hair/Makeup: Beauty by Kaleigh
Modes: Emily Domico and Jake Kelly
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