Two Scoops: Thank You Notes

Personalized thank you cards are a wonderful addition to your wedding stationery package. You can order them to match your wedding invitations or emDOTzee Designs can design them to look completely different.

You can also include your names, monogram or last name instead of “thank you” so that you can use any extras as notecards in the future.

Picture thank you cards are also becoming a popular way to say thank you to your guests. You can include your favorite picture from the wedding or ask your photographer to take a picture of the two of you holding up a “thank you” sign.

Need to know the etiquette for sending out your wedding thank you cards? Check out what Orangerie Events has to say:

Wedding Etiquette – The Thank You Note

It’s no secret that everyone loves getting mail.  With the accessibility of emails, texts, messages and chats, snail mail is quickly becoming a thing of the past.  Although the progression from attaching a note to a pigeon to pushing a send button is impressive, there is still a rush of excitement associated with receiving a hand-addressed envelope in the mail.

We learned at a very young age the importance of having good manners.  Saying please, excuse me, thank you and if you’re southern, yes ma’am and no sir, are all staples of showing  respect for yourself and those around you.  When it comes to planning your wedding, it is imperative you remember your manners and thank those who shared in your special day, whether their part was big or small.  Here are some helpful hints to appropriately show your appreciation:

1) Maintain a Thank You List: I’m always dumbfounded when I watch musicians and artists accept an award and then begin their speech as if they have no idea who to thank.  They ultimately always forget someone.  Be prepared.  Keep a list of those people you need to thank.  Write down a name each time you receive a wedding gift or the names of those involved with hosting a shower for you.  You certainly don’t want to forget anyone.

2) Remember Your Vendors: It’s a bit easier to remember to thank someone when you have a tangible gift in front of you, but don’t forget about your suppliers and vendors.  It isn’t necessary to thank every single vendor, but it is polite to thank those that went above and beyond and exceeded your expectations.

3) Be Personal: It’s great that you posted a generic thank you on your wedding website, but your thank you cards need to be a bit more personal.  Take the time to write a meaningful message on each thank you card and don’t just sign your name.  Be sure to use personal stationery or stationery that corresponds with your wedding invitations and theme.   Take the personalization up a notch and have your photographer take a picture of you holding a handmade thank you sign at the end of your wedding.  You can then use the picture to have thank you postcards created.

4) Be Punctual: I feel your pain.  I am a post-college recovering procrastinator.  Despite the fact that the wedding is over and your stress level has decreased dramatically, don’t procrastinate in sending your thank you cards.  Ideally, your thank you cards should be sent three months following your wedding.  Why not work on your thank you cards while you’re on the plane flying to/from your honeymoon?  Or set a daily goal to complete X number of thank you cards to make it easier than trying to complete all 200 at one time.  Are you in month six, eight or even twelve following your wedding?  Don’t stop.  A late thank you card is better than no thank you card at all.

OUR NOTECARD WINNER: In honor of thank you notes and personalized stationery, congratulations to Meredith Barlowe of Lenoir, North Carolina!  Meredith is the proud winner of customized stationery just for being a fan of both Orangerie Events and emDOTzee Designs.  It’s our little way of saying thanks.  Stay tuned and in a few weeks, we’ll feature Meredith and her custom stationery in an upcoming blog.  Until then, thank you for your support and for spreading the word about Orangerie Events and emDOTzee Designs!

Save the Date for your Fall Wedding

You may think you have all summer to plan for your fall wedding, but getting your save-the-dates out is the first step and can be done up to a year in advance.  These fall save-the-date cards might just inspire you to get started!

There are limitless options for your save-the-dates, but these are 3 very popular formats. Picture save-the-date cards are popular, especially if you have engagement portraits you’d like to show off. The save-the-date postcard is another modern and inexpensive option, but if you have a lot of out-of-town guests coming in, it might be more appropriate to include an accommodations card with your save-the-date so they can go ahead and make the necessary plans to stay over night for your celebration.

Art Inspired 1

My husband and I just celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary together. (What a blessing!) To do so, we headed to Asheville for a few days to relax and get away from it all. While there, we came across a wonderful little shop in downtown Asheville called Dolce Vita. We fell in love with some beautiful pieces of art that now hang in our home.

The beauty of Asheville and these lovely paintings definitely inspire me when creating beautiful stationery for my artsy brides. Check out these floral art designs that a couple brides have already ordered for their save-the-date postcards and rehearsal dinner invitations and place cards.

Two Scoops: Budget Friendly

For many readers, today reminds you that you are a procrastinator.  You are quickly gathering receipts and W2s in preparation for a date night with your accountant.  You’re submitting your tax information just in the nick of time.  For other readers, today is just another Thursday.  You filed your taxes months ago.  No matter which category you fall into, we can all agree that today’s focus is on money.  It’s all about the lack of it, the need for it, the desire to save it and the hope of getting more of it back from Uncle Sam.

In today’s economy, it’s not uncommon for brides and grooms to be budget conscious.  A lot of couples are paying for their weddings without assistance from their parents or relatives.  Other couples are just more aware of how silly it can seem to spend so much money on one day.  No matter what your budget is for your wedding, there are numerous ways you can save.  In honor of “Tax Day,” this installment of “Two Scoops” will give you some tips on how to save in regards to planning your wedding and creating your wedding invitations.

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emDOTzee Designs was started with the idea of creating beautiful invitations at prices brides can afford. So you have come to the right place for budget-friendly stationery. Below you will find some tips of how to save even more money when choosing which invitations and options are best for your wedding and your budget.

1) Less is More: This inexpensive single-card format will make a statement without breaking the bank. This bride asked to incorporate many shades of blue and several different fonts to create her unique wedding invitation. And this is the only card she sent out. She opted to receive her RSVPs on her wedding website – saving money on the printing costs and the postage.

2) Postcards Please: A great modern way to save on printing and postage is to pick save-the-date and RSVP postcards, rather than the traditional cards with envelopes. You get to use cheaper postcard stamps and won’t have to purchase the matching envelopes. Another plus: your address is already printed on the back of the postcards, so that saves you time as well.

3) Assembly Required: For brides who want to add pretty metallic card stock, colorful pocketfolds or ribbon and bows to their invitations but can’t seem to afford it all, getting all the pieces from emDOTzee and then assembling them yourself will save you money. emDOTzee will design and print your invitations and then hand the materials over to you. If you want to add ribbon, we will provide the invitation and backing card stock with holes already drilled in the top, so all you have to do is have a ribbon tying party with your bridesmaids to get them done.

4) Typed Calligraphy: Want your envelopes to look as professional as the cards inside, but can’t afford handwritten calligraphy? emDOTzee offers return and recipient addresses printed directly on your envelopes with the same fonts used in your invitations for far less than a traditional calligrapher. Get return addresses printed for only $0.25 each and recipient addresses for $0.50 each.

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Planning a wedding is stressful enough without having to worry about budgeting.  Money dictates your dress, your venue, your food and every other detail.  If you’re planning a wedding and worried about staying on budget, Orangerie Events has some helpful tips to help maintain your sanity and your bank account!

1) Wedding Coordinator?  I’m on a budget! For brides on a $10,000 budget, it may seem unrealistic to hire a wedding planner or coordinator.  Why allocate precious funds for someone to coordinate your wedding when your great-aunt Lucy can direct the ceremony and reception?  The truth is hiring a wedding coordinator can actually save you money.   The number one stress involved with planning your wedding is controlling and maintaining your budget.  Orangerie Events can play a key role in helping you to stay on and under budget.   By obtaining vendor quotes, negotiating costs and partnering with preferred vendors, Orangerie Events can actually save you money in all of your budget line items.  Just hiring a day-of coordinator?  That’s OK.  Orangerie Events will still help you stay under cost by working with you to make sure you’re getting the most out of your money to maximize your budget.

2) Color Palette: There is one huge misconception among brides pertaining to linen rentals.  Most brides think that white linens are the least expensive and that colored linens cost more.  In reality, the basic poly linen cost the same whether it’s white, red, yellow, black or any other color.  The price starts to increase when you pick out a different linen fabric such a satin or bengaline or when you look into patterned and detailed linens.  So go ahead, add a splash of color to your tabletop.

3) A Favorable Favor: When picking out a wedding favor for your guests, it’s important to ask yourself, “Would I like getting this?”  If your guests can use it, eat it or smile about it, you have a favorable favor.  Save some money by making a donation to a local charity instead of purchasing individual favors for your guests.  You’ll cut cost by picking the amount that best fits your budget and your guests will appreciate your generosity.  It’s a money-saving trend that gives back to the community and is extremely popular for 2010.

4) Do-It-Yourself: Even if you don’t consider yourself crafty, there are many do-it-yourself projects that can save money when planning even the smallest wedding details.  For example, for a fall wedding last November, Orangerie Events designed and created all of the flowers for the wedding.  Everything from the centerpieces to the boutonnieres, Orangerie Events assembled.  Instead of spending $2000 on flower arrangements, the couple spent $200. Looking for a focal point for your reception?  Why not re-create the wooden backdrop seen in the picture here?  Orangerie Events created this display by attaching old wooden shutters after staining them with a stain found on sale at Home Depot.  The frames were purchased at Michael’s for $1.00 each and then spray painted with selected colors.  This would make a beautiful photo display at your wedding and costs around $25.

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There are plenty of inside tips and tricks to saving money when it comes to planning your wedding and selecting your invitations.  Got questions?  Feel free to contact Orangerie Events or emDOTzee Designs.  We’d be happy to talk with you and offer some suggestions.

Don’t forget to become a fan on Facebook of Orangerie Events and emDOTzee Designs.  By befriending us, you have the opportunity to win customized stationery.  Hurry, you must become a fan before April 30th.  Don’t wait like you did with your taxes.

Booklet Programs

Booklet wedding programs allow for more room to tell your guests all about your ceremony, family, wedding party, thanks, reception and any details they need to know. Below you will find 2 booklet programs that use several pages to detail the wedding celebration. The first is a small 4.25 x 5.5 program that fits nicely into a gentleman’s coat pocket after the ceremony. The second is a larger version that mimics our tall & thin program style. Both use colored card stock and ribbon to complete the elegant look.

Pocketfold Invitations 1

Pocketfold invitations are becoming very popular with modern brides. This format allows your invitations and enclosure cards to be organized into a cute package. This sample features a spring green pocketfold with navy blue and white monogrammed tag, which can be modified to match the colors of your own wedding. The pocket holds 3 tiered cards for any information you may have for your guests. In this case, an RSVP postcard, Wedding Weekend info card and Directions card were included. Ribbon can also be used to decorate the front of the pocketfold instead of a monogrammed card.