• CUSTOM PATTERNS •
Patterns are available for envelope liners and backside printing on flat cards, or anywhere else you'd like to incorporate them! Patterns are custom printed in your choice of colors. Envelope liners are custom-cut to fit in our envelopes. The option to add liners is listed on envelope order forms. If you'd like to order custom pattern paper sheets or envelope liners by themselves, please contact us with your order specifications for a price quote.
• WORDING HELP •
If you have any questions about invitation etiquette or wording, please don't hesitate to contact us. We're happy to help!
HOSTING & NAMESYou’ll want to start your invitation wording off with who’s hosting, generally a reflection of who’s paying for the wedding. If the bride’s parents are hosting: Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Smith request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter… If both sets of parents are hosting: Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Smith request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their daughter Jessica Ann to Michael Jacob son of Mr. and Mrs. Adam Swanson... -OR- Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Smith and Mr. and Mrs. Adam Swanson request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their children… If just the couple themselves is hosting: Jessica Ann Smith and Michael Jacob Swanson request the honor of your presence at their marriage... Everyone is pitching in or you’d prefer neutral wording w/o parents names: Together with their families (or parents) Jessica Ann Smith and Michael Jacob Swanson request the honor of your presence as they exchange wedding vows…
MIDDLE NAMESIncluding middle names is your choice but you’ll want to be consistent when doing so for both bride and groom, and not one or the other. Including middle names can give a more formal appearance to your invitations, but is not required. Abbreviations should not be used, so if you choose to include middle names, the full name should be spelled out.
HONOR vs. PLEASUREThe phrase “request the honor of your presence” is traditionally used if a ceremony is in a place of worship. “Request the pleasure of your company” is used for a ceremony in a non-religious location.
PUNCTUATION & CAPITALIZATIONPunctuation is not used at the ends of lines. But, commas may be used within the lines (between day/date, city/state, etc.). Only proper nouns should be capitalized (names, church name, streets, etc.), except at beginning of a new sentence, like “Reception to follow”.
DATE & TIMEWhen writing the date and time, the days and numbers should be spelled out as follows: Saturday, the first of January two thousand fourteen at five o’clock in the evening Some of our designs, especially those with an emphasis on typographic styling, may differ from this format for the sake of aesthetics. Your invitation should list the start time of your wedding as the time the first person in your wedding party plans to walk down the aisle. This is the time you would like everyone to be seated. Do NOT list the start time of your wedding earlier in hopes to avoid late-comers. Most people know to arrive early to weddings and you do not want to make your guests wait longer than they had planned. Instead, appoint an usher to stand by the door and prevent late-comers from interrupting your ceremony. Anyone who shows up late should wait patiently outside until an appropriate time to be seated so they do not interrupt the processional and should always make their way to their seat through a side aisle.
LOCATION ADDRESSESWhen listing the ceremony address, spell out all words (Street, Avenue, State/Province, etc.). Only the street address, city and state should be listed. The zip code should not be listed on the invitation.
RECEPTION INFORMATIONIf your reception will be held in a different location than the ceremony or at a later time (not immediately following) we encourage you to include a separate reception card along with your invitation to differentiate between the two events . If you don’t use reception cards, you may put “Reception immediately following” or “Reception to follow” on the last line of the invitation. This means the reception will be at the same place as the ceremony.
ATTIREIf there is a dress code requirement, let your guests know by making a note in the lower right-hand corner of the invite or on a reception card; “black-tie,” “cocktail attire” or “casual attire” are all acceptable. It’s not required that you list a dress code on your invitation; in fact, most people don’t unless it’s a requirement.
REGISTRY INFOIt is inappropriate to include registry information on your invitations. Despite convenience, including registry info on the wedding invitations or save-the-dates is considered impolite because it appears as though you're asking for gifts. Registry details should be spread by word-of-mouth from the wedding party, parents, and close friends. This information can also be appropriately included on your wedding website! It is appropriate, however, to include registry information on invitations for gift-giving events such as bridal or wedding showers.
RSVP CARD INFOReply By Date: Kindly reply by June 15th The favor of a reply is requested by June 5th Party Names: M_______________________________ Name(s)__________________________ Attendance Options: Accepts with pleasure / Declines with regret Will be there / Unable to attend Happily accepts / Sadly declines Wouldn’t miss it! / Can’t make it If you need a total headcount: Total Attending ____ Total Attending: Adults _____ Children _____ If you need to limit the number of guests: We have reserved _____ seat(s) in your honor. To include meal selections: Please indicate number of each entrée: ______ chicken _____ beef ______ fish Please initial each person’s entrée choice: ______ chicken _____ beef ______ fish (please note on your order form if you would like to include meal character silhouettes or text) Other details you may want or need to know in advance from your guests: For destination weddings: Please let us know where you’ll be staying ___________________ If you’re providing transportation for your guests: Will you need transportation to and from the hotel? ____yes ____no Song request for the reception: ____________________________________ Which weekend events will you attend? ______ welcome cocktail hour ______ rehearsal dinner ______ farewell brunch
RSVP DEADLINEYou will probably want to have a final headcount at least 2-3 weeks prior to the wedding so you can coordinate with your caterer, finalize seating charts and place your order for place cards and other reception items well enough in advance for printing and shipping. The unfortunate reality of weddings is that not everyone will RSVP on time, if at all, and you will have to set aside some time to track down stragglers and get their response via phone or internet. Just because your RSVP deadline 3 weeks prior does not mean that your guest list will magically be finalized by that date so we recommend setting your “please respond by” date at 4 weeks prior to give yourself some breathing room.
NO CHILDRENIt is considered inappropriate to write “no children” anywhere in the invitation suite. Along the same lines as gift registry information, you shouldn't blatantly state “no children” on your invitation but you can let people know ahead of time by word-of-mouth or through your wedding website. If you must list this information, it is mildly acceptable to list your reception details as “Adult Only Reception” or by adding a line to your response card that read “Total # of Adults Attending: ___” According to etiquette gurus, you should address your invitations correctly, to each guest by name, and guests should understand that the invite is meant for only those mentioned. However, there are a lot of people who, unless they have been through the wedding-planning process themselves, may not be familiar with addressing etiquette and may make their own assumptions as to who is invited. If you get some response cards back that list children’s names, you should politely call them and explain that their invitation was intended for the adults in their household only and that you hope they can still attend. If your guestlist includes a lot of people who have children, you may consider hiring or arranging for a group babysitter.
“AND GUEST” or “PLUS ONE”If a guest isn't married or in a serious relationship, it's perfectly acceptable to invite them solo. Most guests will understand that without “and Guest” or another name on the invitation means they aren't invited with a plus-one. If you end up with any response cards that list guests you didn’t plan for or additions that were not on the guest list, it’s perfectly acceptable to call them and explain that you're having an intimate wedding and, unfortunately, were not able to allow everyone to bring a guest.
• LASER CUT COLORS & STYLES •
Laser cut colors come from a different manufacturer than our other paper products and have limited options. Some of the colors shown below may have slight variations when compared side-by-side with the same color listed on our standard matte and metallic color charts.
Custom colors may be available upon request, please contact us for a price quote on a different color. Lighter paper colors may show slightly darkened edges from the laser.Please contact us if you would like a sample swatch of these specialty laser cut colors.
Please also note that "Glittering" colors listed below are not made from glitter paper. They are best described at a matte finish paper with micro-flecks of metallic foil that's embedded in the paper to subtly reflect light.
Turn-around time for laser cut orders can take up to 3 weeks from your print approval date. Some QUICK-SHIP styles are available for no additional cost. Please see the styles below marked with the Quick-Ship icon for colors available within our standard timeline or rush order.
Square styles (A-H) require additional postage to mail.
A note about dimensions: Laser cut backers are manufactured in a facility that uses the metric system of measurement (millimeters instead of inches). Measurements have been converted to inches but you may notice that these sizes and proportions are not perfectly compatible with most of our standard invitations, layering, or envelope sizes. The best envelope size to use for each style is listed below. If you have any questions about sizing, please contact us, we’re happy to help make sure your entire set is sized appropriately!