invitations

  • Wedding Stationery Timeline

    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!

    Paper Hearts Wedding Stationery Timeline

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  • How to Address Your Wedding Invitation Envelopes – Part 1

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    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.

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    ADDRESS ABBREVIATIONS

    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.

    Street Abbreviations

    US STATE ABBREVIATIONS

    State names may be written in full or use the two-letter postal code abbreviation.

    State Abbreviations


     

    PROPER NAMES

    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
    or
    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.

    Example:

    Mr. and Mrs. James Arthur Darling
    and Family
    or
    Mr. and Mrs. James Arthur Darling
    Sarah Darling
    Adam 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
    or
    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 hello@paperheartsinvitations.com.

    In part two 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!

     

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  • Romantic Summer Shoot

    When Britani from Britani Edwards Photography contacted me about designing stationery for her upcoming navy, blush and gold styled shoot, I was super excited! First off, I love styled shoots and second, I love, love, LOVE navy, blush and gold colors together.

    This shoot took place in Campy Muffly, WV and was published on Fab You Bliss (click this link to read their post) earlier this month. I woke up one Monday morning to a flood of notifications that we were published and I can see why – the team of vendors did an amazing job pulling everything together and our models nailed it!

    Photographer: Britani Edwards Photography
    Second Shooter: Carrie Leigh Photography
    Floral Designer: Main Street Shoppes/Perennial Floral
    Bakery: Desserts by Samantha Chapman Koreski
    Apparel: Not Too Shabby Boutique
    Event Planner: Purple Dress Events @lieslandcompany_
    Beauty: Sarah Audia Makeup Artistry
    Invitation Designer: Paper Hearts Invitations
    Design and Decor: W Rentals & Events

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  • 6 Things To Do Before Contacting Your Stationery Designer

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    photo by: Amberlee Christey Photography

    So you’re starting to plan your wedding – congrats! With the holidays winding down, we are in the tail end of “engagement season.” All of those pretty pictures of your gal pal’s new diamonds are probably flooding your Facebook feed and you suddenly realize that 2016 is just a few days away and you’re getting married THIS YEAR! (mini freak-out session). You probably still have a million decisions to make, but hopefully this list will help you to be prepared when it is time for us to meet and talk about your wedding invitations!

    1. Set a Date
    This is a no-brainer. Without a date we can’t really start on a project timeline or narrow down your invitation wording.

    2. Pick a Theme and Colors
    This is a big one. Of course we can decide on the exact color of blue you want to use at our meeting, but come with a general idea of what your wedding colors are and what theme you plan to use for the event.

    3. Set a Budget!
    This is probably the most important one. Unless your budget is unlimited, which most bride’s aren’t, set a budget you’d like to stick with. This will help save time and keep your stationery designer on track with what can be done for you.

    4. Chose a Hotel for Your Guests
    Ok, even if you don’t officially call to book the hotel or necessarily even need one, have an idea about that ahead of time so that we can plan ahead to include that information on your invitation.

    5. Meal Choices
    Decide if you are having meal choices or a buffet/family style ahead of time. This will help us plan out your RSVP card more efficiently. Even if you aren’t tasting food for another couple of months and don’t have the exact meals narrowed down yet, have a general idea so that we can plan accordingly for space.

    6. Know All Names
    This may seem like an easy one, but make sure you know how each of your parents wants to be listed on the invitation. If Dad goes by a nickname and rarely uses his given name, ask him what he prefers. If your beau is a Junior, find out if he wants to be listed as such. This will make planning out the flow of the invitation wording much easier.

    Hopefully this will help prepare you for our meeting! Don’t forget to contact me AT LEAST four months before your wedding to start on your invitations. I look forward to working with you!

    – Allison

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  • Starting Fresh

    Well, while attempting to switch my blog address I accidentally wiped out my entire blog! Whoops! So here I am, starting fresh. I will be re-posting some of the invitations I featured before, but adding in plenty more as I go!

    Thanks for reading and sorry for my silly mistake.

    Here’s a pretty picture to get you started…

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