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STATIONERY FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. Will I be able to see a proof of my order?
  2. Do envelopes come with my invitations?
  3. What is the difference between engraving and thermography?
  4. What is the proper way to use a folded note card?
  5. Where should I place my return of address on the envelope?
  6. How do I know that my text will be printed in the appropriate size for my invitation?
  7. What color ink should I use on my invitation?

Wedding Invitation Frequently Asked Questions?

  1. What are Save the Date Cards?
  2. When should I order my wedding invitations?
  3. When should I mail my wedding invitations?
  4. What are double envelopes?
  5. How do I create a joint monogram with my husband?
  6. Whose names should be included on the invitation?
  7. How should be list divorced parents on the wedding invitation?
  8. How should we include a deceased parent on the wedding invitation?
  9. Must I spell out the middle names of my parents and the groom?
  10. How do I indicate the time on a formal invitation?
  11. My wedding is being held at noon, how do I word this?
  12. How should I indicate our preference for "Adults Only"?
  13. Can I include registry information on the invitations?
  14. When should I use a reception card?
  15. How should I word invitations to the reception only?
  16. How do I determine a 'reply by' date?
  17. Is it proper to send out a wedding announcement which is also an invitation to a reception?
  18. How should I word a formal marriage announcement?
  19. How do I address an invitation when both the husband and wife are doctors?
  20. What is the proper way to stuff the invitation and enclosures into the envelope?
  21. What color paper is condsidered traditional for wedding invitations?
  22. How many invitations should I order?
  23. When should I order my Thank You Notes?

Stationery Frequently Asked QuestionsWew have an extensive stationary selection
  1. Will I be able to see a proof of my order?
    Yes! We strongly encourage you to receive a proof of any custom order to ensure you are pleased with all of the details.  The first proof is included within your original order to ensure accuracy.  Each additional proof is an $8 charge.

  2. Do envelopes come with my invitations?
    Blank envelopes are included in the price for all invitations.

  3. What is the difference between engraving and thermography?
    Engraving is one of the oldest processes for printing, and it is considered to be the epitome of good taste and elegance. Engraving involves etching the text onto a copper plate. During the printing process, the plate is coated with ink and then compressed onto the paper, creating the printed text in a slightly raised impression and leaving a bruise on the back of the paper. After purchasing an engraved item, the plate will be sent to you with the stationery and it will serve you for a lifetime of fine stationery usage. The process is relatively expensive but well worth the investment. Thermography is a modern process using ink and a powder resin combined with heat to produce a raised lettering similar in feeling to engraving. Often, thermography is used as a less expensive alternative to engraving on formal invitations, but it is also an appropriate choice for informal invitations and everyday stationery items.

  4. What is the proper way to use folded note cards?
    When writing on a folded note card, you should open up the note card and begin to write on the lower inside portion of the card.

  5. Where should I place my return address on the envelope?
    The return address should be placed on the back flap of the envelope.

  6. How do I know that my text will be printed in the appropriate size for my card?
    Our sales associate, the vendor's professional typesetter, and you will all work together to ensure the proper sizing of the text. When choosing the size of the text, you should consider the type of stationery that you are purchasing. For example, a "flat card" or a "letter sheet" will look best with a smaller name printed at the top, in order to allow for the bulk of the paper to be used for correspondence. A "fold over note" will have your personalization printed on the front cover of the card, so the sizing may be larger.

  7. What color ink should I use on my invitations? Depending on your occasion and choice of invitation, colored ink is a great way to express your creativity and theme.  Traditionally, black, charcoal or dark gray ink should be used on formal wedding invitations.  More contemporary or less formal invitations allow for deviations from those color choices.

Wedding Invitations Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are Save the Date cards?
    A save the date card is typically sent anywhere from 3 to 12 months in advance of the wedding. It is not an actual invitation to the wedding, but it should include the pertinent information, such as the bride and groom's names, the wedding date and the location. For a wedding to which many people will be traveling, it is helpful to include suggested hotel names and numbers, as well as airline suggestions. It may be a simple postcard, or a more elaborate booklet with an envelope.

  2. When should I order my wedding invitations?
    Invitations should be ordered at least three months before the wedding. Engraved invitations should be ordered four to five months in advance. All of your wedding details, such as date, time, approx. number of attendees and locations should be confirmed prior to placing your order.

  3. When should we mail our wedding invitations?
    Invitations should be mailed 6-8 weeks before the wedding.

  4. What are double envelopes?
    A more traditional, and more formal, invitation will include double envelopes. The outer envelope will include the guest's full name and address, and it will be sealed. The inner envelope will include only the guest's title and last name (such as Mr. Smith) and will be left unsealed, as it is not gummed. If you are ordering double envelopes and wish to include an envelope liner, the inner envelope will be the lined envelope.

  5. How do I create a joint monogram with my husband?
    For monograms, as a general rule, the woman's initial should be listed first. The order would be: Wife; Last Name; Husband.

  6. Whose names should be included on the invitation?
    Traditionally, only the bride's parents' names are listed at the top of the invitation if they are hosting, and paying for, the entire event. In these more modern times, if the groom's parents are paying for almost half of the wedding, you may honor their help and the fact that they are co-hosting the wedding by also putting their names at the top of the invitation. If they are only paying for a few minor (expected) things you may want to honor the groom and his parents by including them on the invitation as "son of Mr. and Mrs. John Doe."

  7. How should we list divorced parents on the wedding invitation?
    Only people who are contributing financially for the actual wedding, or contributing some other means of support, are mentioned on a wedding invitation. That being said, the bride and groom's opinion should be considered as to whom is mentioned on the invitations. It is not uncommon to list all of the parents and their spouses, or just the actual parents, alone. Below would be an option to consider:
    Mr. and Mrs. Robert James Jones
    and
    Mr. Michael Taylor
    request the honour of your presence
    at the marriage of their daughter
    Elizabeth Anne Taylor
    to
    Mr. Jason Scott Brown

  8. How should we include a deceased parent on the wedding invitation?
    Traditional etiquette dictates that only people contributing financially for the actual wedding, or contributing some other means of support, are mentioned on a wedding invitation. The more appropriate place to pay homage to the deceased is to mention them on the program, such as, "In loving memory of... (father, name)".

  9. Must I spell out the middle names of my parents and the groom?
    Formal invitations require the use of full names. Initials should not be used. If you do not wish to spell out a middle name for any reason, then it is preferable to delete the name altogether.

  10. How do I indicate the time on a formal invitation?
    The time of a formal event may be stated in two different ways. "Half after three in the afternoon" or "three-thirty in the afternoon" are both acceptable. You do not use "a.m." or "p.m." on a formal wedding invitation. Any time after twelve o'clock and before six p.m. is considered afternoon. Evening properly begins at six o'clock.

  11. My wedding is being held at noon, how do I word this?
    Your invitations should simply read, "at twelve o'clock". Unless otherwise noted, "twelve o'clock" means "noon". If you feel strongly about indicating the time of day, you may use "at twelve o'clock in the afternoon".

  12. How should I indicate our preference for "Adults Only"?
    We suggest that you not address your "Adults Only" policy on the actual invitation. We would encourage you to make a few well-placed telephone calls and ask those guests to spread the word. You may also inform your guests of your desires when they call to respond to your invitation.

  13. Can I include registry information on the invitations?
    Traditionally, the preferred way to spread the news of any registry information is via word of mouth. If a guest needs assistance in choosing a gift, she will usually contact the host or other friends and family members for ideas. If necessary, the registry information can be included on the bottom of the invitation in a smaller font than the rest of the invitation text, or on a card inserted into the envelope.

  14. When should I use a reception card?
    If the reception will be held in a place separate from where the ceremony will be held, you will need a separate reception card. It should coordinate with, or be a smaller version of, the main wedding invitation.

  15. How should I word invitations to the Reception only?
    Reception only invitations could be worded as follows: Mr. and Mrs. John Doe
    request the pleasure of your company
    at the wedding reception
    of their daughter
    Elizabeth Anne
    and
    Mr. Thomas Smith

  16. How do I determine a "reply by" date?
    A requested "reply by" date should be indicated as two weeks to ten days prior to the date of the wedding. It is also suggested that the bride contact the caterer to be sure when a final headcount is needed. The caterer's cut-off date may affect the "reply by" date, as well, and should be taken into consideration.

  17. Is it proper to send out a wedding announcement which is also an invitation to a reception?
    Invitations are never properly sent with announcements. Your wedding and your late reception are separate events that require separate mailings.

  18. How should I word a formal marriage announcement?
    Wording for a formal marriage announcement would be:

    Mr. and Mrs. Edward James Nelson
    have the honor of
    announcing the marriage of their daughter
    Elizabeth Anne
    to
    Mr. Jonathan Scott Jones
    Saturday, the twelfth of June
    Two thousand and four
    Greenville, Delaware

  19. How do I address an invitation when both the husband and wife are doctors?
    When both are doctors, you have three options. "The Doctors Schultz" is one option. It would also be proper to write, "Doctor Linda Schultz" above "Doctor Nathan Schultz". Another suggestion would be "Doctor and Mrs. Nathan Schultz." Although the wife is a doctor, she is also Mrs. Nathan Schultz; she is Dr. Linda Schultz.

  20. What is the proper way to stuff the invitations and enclosures into the envelope?
    The invitation and enclosure cards are placed in the envelope in order of size and importance. The largest enclosure cards are placed closest to the invitation. When enclosure cards of the same size are used, the card that is most important for your guest to see would be placed on the top of the ensemble. When you place the invitation and enclosure cards into the envelope, they should all be facing toward you, so that when you remove them from the envelope, you are able to easily read all pieces of the ensemble. While holding the envelope so that you are looking at the back of it, we recommend that you stuff the envelope in the following order:

    1. Invitation
    2. Reply Envelope
    3. Reply Card (tucked under reply envelope flap)
    4. Reception card

    If you are using "double envelopes", you would place the invitation ensemble into the "inside" unsealed envelope. You would then write your guest's names on the front of this envelope. This envelope is then inserted into the "outside" gummed envelope. The front of the "inside" envelope should be facing you and inserted into the back of the "outside" envelope. TIP: Take a sample of your entire invitation -- completely assembled -- to the post office to be weighed to ensure proper postage.

  21. What color paper is considered traditional for wedding invitations?
    Traditional wedding invitations are white, ivory or ecru.

  22. How many invitations should I order?
    We recommend that you order 15-25 more invitations than you think you need. It can be expensive to place a smaller additional order after your initial order has been completed. You will need extra invitations for any mistakes and last minute additions to your guest list. It's also nice to save a few as keepsakes!

  23. When should I order my Thank You Notes?
    You may wish to purchase your thank you notes at the same time that you order your invitations. In most cases, we offer thank you notes that coordinate with your wedding invitation.

 


 

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