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Pink Watercolor Floral Wedding Invitation Design Launch

New DesignsJenn JurfComment

One of the most requested envelope liners is from the Simple Modern Script design. You all love the big florals with the simple invitation design, but I receive frequent requests for the floral to be more pink than peach-y.

The majority of the flowers used in my designs are produced from watercolor paintings, which unfortunately means we can’t simply change the colors without recreating the design from scratch.

So, that’s what I’ve done with today’s new design! The Pink Watercolor Floral Invitation joins the collection today.

The liner features a beautiful, pink floral bouquet of pink roses and greenery. The invitation design has a classic and whimsical script font with a simple serif font to add a touch of elegance.

This wedding invitation suite can be customized with new fonts, custom stamps and vellum wraps.

The Pink Watercolor Floral design is shown on our standard Classic Crest 110 lb. white card stock. Request a sample kit today so you can see and feel all of our paper options before placing your order.

The Pink Watercolor Floral Wedding Invitation is also available in matching reception stationery. From menus to place cards to thank you cards, we have everything you need to create a cohesive look for your wedding stationery.

You may also like these designs….

Simple Modern Script Wedding Invitation
Elegant Calligraphy Wedding Invitation
Black & White Floral Wedding Invitation
Botanical Minimalist Wedding Invitation

The Basics: R.S.V.P. Cards

Tips & TricksJenn JurfComment

Last week, we discussed the basics of the wedding invitation with what you should and shouldn’t include on the invitation. Today, I will break down the R.S.V.P. card line by line and give suggestions for supplements that could make your wedding planning process smoother.

Let’s start with the purpose of the R.S.V.P. card. R.S.V.P. stands for the French phrase “Répondez s’il vous plait” meaning “Please respond”. The purpose of the R.S.V.P. card is for your guests to respond with the requested information outlined on the card. Typically, this is regarding whether or not they will attend your wedding, but it can also include meal selections and additional useful details to help you prepare for your wedding day.

Now, let’s break down the R.S.V.P. card, line by line...

Your R.S.V.P. Card, Line by Line

R.S.V.P. Date

Your R.S.V.P. date should be about 4-6 weeks prior to your wedding date. I recommend connecting with your venue on when they need their final numbers by (usually 15-30 days in advance). Take that date and add a full week to allow a buffer to track down anyone who hasn’t R.S.V.P.’d yet.

M Line

The M line is used for the recipients to write their names on the card so that when they return it, you know who it came from. The M signifies the start of your name, for example “Ms. Jane Doe” or “Mr. John Doe”. It’s common to use either “M” or “Name(s)” to address this line. Without this section, it will be difficult to tell who is returning the card.

Meal Selections

Meal selections can be added to any R.S.V.P. card design, if the original design does not already include it. Requesting meal selections is recommended if you’re having a plated reception so that you can communicate to your venue how many guests will require each entree selection.

Meal selections can be written out as “beef”, “chicken”, “fish” or “vegetarian” or we can include animal icons in lieu of the wording. It is not recommended to write out the specific entree details (i.e. Grilled Filet Mignon with Yukon Gold Potatoes, Grilled Asparagus and Port Wine Sauce) on your R.S.V.P. card as the details may change.

When requesting meal selections, we recommend using the statement “please initial an entree selection for each guest,” followed by the selections. It’s important for you to request initials so that when the time comes for place cards, you can include the individual’s meal selection on their place card.

A line regarding dietary and/or allergy restrictions can be added to any R.S.V.P. card.

Managing Guest Count

A big concern I often hear from clients is about making it clear how many guests are included with each invitation. My first suggestion is to make sure the invitation is addressed correctly by writing out each individual name on the envelope.

Another way to manage guest count is to include the following line on your R.S.V.P. card:

“We have reserved ____ seats in your honor”

Before you send out your invitations, you will write in the number of guests (i.e. 2) you intended to include.

Other weekend events

If you’re hosting other weekend events, your R.S.V.P. card is a great way to have your guests R.S.V.P. for those events as well. For example, a rehearsal or welcome dinner and a farewell brunch. We’re happy to design two variations of your R.S.V.P. card to accommodate these additional events.

Song Requests

A fun addition to R.S.V.P. cards is requesting a song to play at the reception by simply adding:

“You’ll get me to dance if you play ____”

This is a great way to get your guests excited and easily create your playlist.


These are items that are typically included on your R.S.V.P. card. As I've mentioned before, every couple is unique and therefore, so is every invitation suite. We're happy to accommodate any other R.S.V.P. requests.

Stay tuned for next week where we will go over details cards!

As always, if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below!



 

Simple Green Wedding Invitation Design Launch

New DesignsJenn JurfComment

It’s Friday the 13th!! Thank goodness it isn’t Halloween time or else I’d really be spooked. Friday the 13th is always a weird day, but that doesn’t stop me from trying to add a little color to brighten up your day!

Today, the Simple Green Wedding Invitation Suite has joined our collection. It’s a simple and versatile suite that is suitable for weddings held any time of the year.

The Simple Green Invitation Suite features a classic, dotted border at the top and bottom throughout the suite. The matching envelope liners create a unique, geometric pattern. This suite can be customized with new fonts and colors to match your wedding day.

The simple green dotted border around the invitation adds an elegant touch and ties in the matching envelope liners. The script font is simple, yet whimsical paired with my favorite sans serif in all caps.

This wedding invitation suite can be customized with matching envelope address printing as well as vellum bellybands to tie the suite together.

The Simple Green design is shown on our standard Classic Crest 110 lb. white card stock. We also offer letterpress and foil stamping as well as a variety of paper options. Request a complimentary sample kit today so you can see and feel all of our paper options before placing your order.

The Simple Green Wedding Invitation is also available in matching reception stationery. From menus to place cards to thank you cards, we have everything you need to create a cohesive look for your wedding stationery.

You may also like these designs….

Elegant Script Wedding Invitation
Misty Blue Wedding Invitation
Delicate Minimalist Wedding Invitation
Mauve & Blush Wedding Invitation

The Basics: Wedding Invitations

Tips & TricksJenn JurfComment

It’s only fitting to kick off the blog by starting with the basics. Over the next few weeks, I will give a breakdown of each of the individual cards that is included in your invitation suite so that you can understand its significance. This will ensure that you’re adequately prepared to send out the perfect invites!

Your invitations are your guests’ first introduction to your wedding day. It sets the tone for style, formality and gives your guests a glimpse into what to expect on your big day. Your invitations are also a keepsake item that you’ll look back on when you’re older and share with future generations.

Above all, your invitations need to be practical. They communicate to your guests the necessary details for attending your wedding. Every word and every line has some sort of significance and this article will break that down for you.

Your Invitations, Line by Line

The Host Line

The host line is usually the first line(s) on the invitation and explains who is hosting the event. Whether it’s the couple themselves, one or both families, or all together, it’s proper etiquette to state who is hosting/inviting guests to the wedding.

Here are a few wording examples:

Together with their families

Mr. & Mrs. Jonathon Doe
Request the pleasure of your company
At the marriage of their daughter

Mr. & Mrs. Jonathon Doe
Together with Mr. & Mrs. Jonathon Doe
Request the pleasure of your company
At the marriage of their children

The request line can be done in two variations:
"Request the honor of your presence" when the ceremony is held in a place of worship
"Request the pleasure of your company" when the ceremony is held elsewhere


The Couple

The couple’s names will follow the host line. It’s traditional etiquette for the woman’s name to go first, followed by the man’s. For same sex couples, you can do it alphabetically. It’s a personal preference to include the first, middle and/or last names. Formal invitations will include all 3 names whereas, more informal invitations will include only first names.


Ceremony Date and Time

The ceremony date and time are shared on the invitations. Formal invitations spell out every word whereas informal invitations use numbers.

For example:

Saturday, the Tenth of August
Two thousand eighteen
at four o'clock in the afternoon

or

August 10, 2018 at 4pm

You're welcome to do a combination of the two if you're looking for a happy medium.

Here’s a tip for timing! If you decide to spell out the time of day and want to include “...in the morning/afternoon/evening”, here’s a reference:

Morning - up until 11:59am
Afternoon - from 12:00pm - 4:59pm
Evening - anything after 5:00pm


Location

The ceremony location details include the venue name, city and state address. Formal invitations include the full address on a details card whereas, more informal invitations include the full address on the invitation.

For example:

City Hall
San Francisco, California

City Hall
1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Place
San Francisco, California 94102


Attire (optional)

When requesting specific attire, include the details on the bottom right corner of the invitation with a simple “Black Tie” or “Cocktail Attire” note.

If you need to elaborate on specific clothing items, this should be done on a details card. For example, “Women are not encouraged to wear heels as the ceremony will be held on grass.”


Well, what about…

This is where the wonderful world of details cards come into play. The above items are the only thing that should be included on your invitation so if you’d like to communicate other details, they should be done so separately. More on details cards in a few weeks!

Every couple is different, which makes every invitation unique in it’s own way. Your invitations should represent you as a couple and clearly communicate the style and feel of the overall wedding day.

I have addressed the most common questions I receive from clients when figuring out how to word their invitations. I’d be happy to answer any additional questions you may have with regard to wording your invitations in the comments below!

Mastered your invitation? Let's move on to your R.S.V.P. card (coming soon!)

Mediterranean Wedding Invitation Design Launch

New DesignsJenn JurfComment

One of my very first designs was a lemon design and man I was so proud of it. Look at how pretty the font is! The lemons are just so cute! Well, now that the original is long gone, it’s time to bring back a new and improved version.

Today, the new Mediterranean Wedding Invitation Suite has joined the collection just in time for summer! This version has more of a romantic, Mediterranean and simple feel.

The Mediterranean Invitation Suite features watercolor leaves mixed with lemons and olives, creating a romantic, garden feel. The serif typeface adds a classic and elegant touch to this wedding invitation design.

The lemon, leaf and olive drawings add a garden, Italian style to the design. This wedding invitation suite can be customized with new fonts, custom stamps and vellum wraps.

The Mediterranean design is shown on our standard Classic Crest 110 lb. white card stock. Request a complimentary sample kit today so you can see and feel all of our paper options before placing your order.

The Mediterranean Wedding Invitation is also available in matching reception stationery. From menus to place cards to thank you cards, we have everything you need to create a cohesive look for your wedding stationery.

You may also like these designs….

Purple Floral Monogram Wedding Invitation
Botanical Minimalist Wedding Invitation
Elegant Blush Floral Wedding Invitation
Simple Script Wedding Invitation

Fresh Start: Bringing the Blog Back!

AnnouncementsJenn JurfComment

So I’ve tried it before - the frequent updates and posts jam packed with useful information, but I truly believe that the timing has to be right in order for something to work well. Let me explain…

When I first launched my blog last year, I also released a new design every week, kept up with social media posts and made sure Pinterest knew who I was, all while maintaining the sudden growth of my business. Starting that many new projects all at once and trying to give 110% to each project, led me to burn out very very quickly. Throughout the past 6 months, I’ve been working to evaluate what’s important to you and what’s important to me.

At the end of the day, you want a beautiful wedding invitation from an industry professional, and you’d like to get things done in a timely manner.

So that brings me to today with the relaunch of my blog. “What happened to your old blog?” you may ask. Well, in January, my new website launched and the blog just didn’t make the cut. Yay for fresh starts!