Wedding Program: Order of Ceremony

 

All of your wedding plans and preparations culminate when you say “I do.” So, one of the most important items on your “to do” list is planning the order of ceremony itself!

You’ll want to make your ceremony a unique and meaningful joining of two lives. There are cultural traditions to observe, your faith and family heritage to honor, legal requirements to satisfy and your own personal style and values to consider.

That said there is a standard order of events in a wedding ceremony that will help you be sure that you have included everything that’s important to the two of you.

  • Prelude
  • The Procession
  • Opening Remarks or Call to Worship
  • Prayer
  • Declaration of Intent
  • Declaration of Support
  • Musical Selection
  • Reading
  • Message or Sermon
  • Music
  • The Charge to the Couple
  • The Exchange of Vows
  • The Exchange of Rings
  • The Pronouncement of Marriage
  • The Kiss
  • The Closing Remarks or Blessing
  • The Recessional

Follow this format, personalize it with the things that matter to you the most, and celebrate your union in your own unique way!

12 Tips for Writing Wedding Thank You Notes

 

Your nearest and dearest showered you with love and celebration, and most likely a few gifts. Here are some tips for writing thank you notes equal to the generosity of your friends and family:

  1. Write your note promptly (within three months of receipt of the gift.) Expressing the emotion you felt when you received the gift will be easier if you write a thank you soon after opening it.
  2. Write from the heart, as though you were speaking to the giver in person.
  3. A thank you note should always be hand written. Show off your newlywed name or your new monogram with beautiful personal stationery.
  4. Discipline yourself to write 3-4 notes each day. (You’ll thank us for this tip later. We promise.)
  5. Share the responsibility of writing the notes with your new spouse. And, whether you or your spouse wrote the note, sign both of your names to a note as a couple.
  6. Save the updated guest list from the wedding, with the correct addresses! This will be terrific for your holiday card list later!
  7. Refer to the giver and the gift. Erica and I are looking forward to your next visit when we can make pancakes for you on our new griddle.
  8. Describe how you will use the gift. Seth and I are saving for a new home and thanks to you, we’ll be shopping for our dream house very soon.
  9. Mention what you like best about the gift. The down comforter set is incredibly comfortable and stylish!
  10. Always write “thank you,” and avoid “I want to thank you.” Thank you so much for the sterling silver platter.
  11. Begin a sentence with the word “you;” and not the word “I.” You have made our set of crystal wine goblets complete!
  12. Tell a story or paint a picture. Imagine how beautiful the asparagus looked on your silver platter at Philip’s birthday dinner last week.

Need to order your custom thank you notes or wedding invitations? Find a retail partner near you! Looking for a quick thank you note? Peruse our online Boxed Stationery Collection!

 

4 Style Tips for 2016 Wedding Invitations

We just can’t believe that it’s September! Congratulations to the happy couples who were married in August! Looking back on a few of our favorite wedding invitations, there was so much loveand style, thanks to our amazing retail partners! A few cool trends we noticed in these wedding invitations:

  1. Think Pink! Pink is a popular and fun accent color for wedding invitations! Pair a peachy shade with ocean blue for a playful vibe, or try bright fuschia and black for a really modern take. OR go for the gold and choose gold foil wedding invitations with an accent of a custom pink edge paint! We absolutely love the endless combinations you can make with the happy color pink!
  2. A Touch of Shimmer. Shimmer backers or envelope liners add real glamor to any wedding invitation – whether they’re letterpress, foil or digitally printed!
  3. Monogram Magic. Personalize your wedding invitations with a monogram of you and your partners initials, because: a.) you’re joining your lives and a monogram is the perfect symbol of your union and, b.) monograms are just plain awesome. Go for a minimally chic block monogram OR really play up the romance with an ornate, vintage monogram!
  4.  Refined Blind Impression. Blind impressions are so beautiful on letterpress wedding invitations — especially as chic wood grain pattern for a rustic yet refined wedding.

Thank you to our talented + creative retail partners:

  • Pink + Blue Beach Wedding Invitations created with Shindig Paperie
  • Fuschia + Black Modern Wedding Invitations created with If It’s Paper
  • Gold Foil Wedding Invitation with custom pink edge paint created with Letter Perfect
  • Romantic Deckle Edge Wedding Invitation, with Quartz Envelope Liner created with Rugg Road Paper
  • Stunning Silver Letterpress Wedding Invitation with Silver Backer created with Innovative Invitations
  • Gold Letterpress Invitation with Gold Leaf Backer and modern monogram created with Terra Rosa
  • Letterpress Vintage Monogram Wedding Invitation created with All She Wrote
  • Modern Letterpress Wedding Invitations with blind wood grain impression created with Etcetera
  • Pretty Ocean Blue Letterpress Square Wedding Invitation created with Tabula Rasa

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7 Wedding Party Gifts That They’ll Love

Wedding Party Gifts are such a wonderful way to thank your bridal party for all their hard work and help on your wedding day! When looking for a gift, they’ll love any thing that’s sincere, fun, and functional. Here are a few ideas that we’ve rounded up for easy gift giving.

Thoughtful Gifts for Bridesmaids:

Cool Gifts for Groomsmen:

Don’t Forget the Final Touch! Choose from our playful pattern gift wrap to complete your Wedding Party presents!

All Occasion Pattern Gift Wrap

Pattern Gift Wrap for Your Wedding Party Presents!

Back To School Sale! 10% Off Custom Stationery!

With summer fading away, it’s time to do some Back-to-School shopping! We’re offering 10% Off All Custom Stationery all month! Shop our designs and create your own notes:

Use promo code BACKTOSCHOOL to receive the discount! Offer expires Labor Day, September 5th, 2016.

Need help designing your stationery? View this simple guide!

 

5 Helpful Hints for Smart + Stylish Wedding Accessories

Fall Wedding season is just around the corner! Here are 5 helpful hints to planning and designing wedding day-of paper:

  1. Coordinate – Keep your wedding accessory colors, fonts, and motifs consistent with your wedding invitation suite. Your guests will enjoy all the details and time you put into coordinating your pieces!
  2. Function + Form – Folded or flat, square or long and skinny — Be open with your stationer about wedding accessory formats that you do like, but be flexible! Don’t forget the purpose of wedding accessories is to inform your guests. If a size or format does not fit all of your text, making the text too small will make it hard for your guests to read. If you’re running out of space for your text on, say a program or itinerary, try a folded option. Also, editing the text is a great way to make your wedding accessories more legible without compromising your design.
  3. Paper Choices – For letterpress, we offer white and soft white stock options. In digitally printed options, we offer a selection of white, soft white, shimmer, and a new diamond shimmer. We also offer navy, urban gray, and black paper with white digitally printed ink. Consider mixing it up for your wedding accessories to really make a statement!
  4. Finishing Details – Fun details like rounded or inverted corners, shimmer backers, and custom edge paint add personality to any day-of wedding paper. We offer hole punching for favor tags or programs so you can easily tie them with ribbon. We also offer variable printing for guests names and table numbers on digital escort cards, place cards, and menus!
  5. Custom Monograms – Consider two different monograms for an extra special touch:
    • Monogram 1 – just you and your fiancee’s first name initials – to be printed on items that will be used before the wedding – ie Weekend Itinerary, Welcome Card + Favor Tags etc
    • Monogram 2 – a variation of monogram 1, with your newly married last name initial introduced! This is a great monogram to use on the Ceremony Program, Reception Menus, Escort Cards, and table numbers! Plus you can purchase your monogram to personalize other items like embroidered towels, or use it to make a monogram door decorator.

 

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3 Tips to Writing Post Interview Thank You Notes

In the job hunting process, it is critical to follow a job interview with a Thank You Note. Taking the time to write a thoughtful, signed and mailed thank you note leaves a lasting impression.

So, what do you write in the post interview thank you note? There are three simple things that you need to include:

  1. Firstly, you must thank the interviewer for taking the time to meet with you. Thanking them for the opportunity to learn more about the job and company is ESSENTIAL.
  2. In the discussion during the interview, you inevitably learned something. Outline something you learned or something you found interesting in the conversation with the interviewer. This will jog the interviewers memory about your interaction, and will show off your great listening skills.
  3. Voice your interest in the position again! Mentioning how your strengths would contribute to the growth of the company is always a good strategy, but also don’t forget to re-iterate your DRIVE for the job. Why do you want the job? Think about the team you would be working with, the Company mission statement, or the position responsibilities that get you excited about the job and express that in your thank you note. David Frost said, “Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.”

Hiring managers are extremely busy, so the thank you note can serve as a physical reminder of your connection at the interview. Let your Stationery say something about your personal style – in a subtle way. Personal Stationery shows a level of sophistication and dedication to the handwritten note. It makes a statement on its own. Shop Women’s Custom Stationery | Shop Men’s Custom Stationery

 

Here are a few more helpful articles on the subject of post-interview thank you notes  –
http://www.forbes.com/sites/lizryan/2016/02/22/send-the-perfect-post-interview-thank-you-note/#74aabd485a3a
http://www.fastcompany.com/3047121/know-it-all/the-right-way-to-say-thanks-after-an-interview
http://www.fastcompany.com/3057431/hit-the-ground-running/heres-what-to-write-in-your-thank-you-note-after-a-job-interview