Mar 04

Frequently Asked Questions at Wedding Expos

Little Woman Design was thrilled to participate in three wedding expos in the past two weeks! Over the weekend of February 23, 2013, we exhibited at the Main Line Bridal Event at the Radnor Hotel as well as The Bridal Event at The Philadelphia Racquet Club. On March 3, 2013, we had the pleasure of being a part of the Sixth Annual Gay and Lesbian Wedding Expo in Bucks County! At all three of these shows, we met with many wonderful couples who were not only interested in checking out our samples, but also had many questions about their wedding stationery and timelines. We've picked the most popular questions that we heard over these past two weekends for this week's blog!

  • When should we send out our save the date? The time that you send out your save the date is dependent upon what you're hoping to achieve, and when your wedding date falls. We typically recommend sending out your save the date 9 – 12 months in advance if you are getting married on a holiday, holiday weekend, or during the summer months. Many people make their vacation and holiday plans up to a year in advance, so it would be wise to send out your save the date sooner rather than later. Summer holiday season runs from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day weekend. You should also send out your save the dates 9 – 12 months in advance if you are inviting many out of town guests. If you are sending out a save the date to set the stage and get guests excited about your wedding, you can send them out between 6 - 12 months in advance. 
  • When should we send out our wedding invitation? We normally recommend mailing out your wedding invitation 8 – 10 weeks before your wedding. Your RSVP date should be set 3 - 4 weeks before your wedding day as you will need to let your venue know as soon as possible your final head count. While you may not want to think about it, there will be some guests who you have invited who have forgotten to reply by the date sent. You will need to allow yourselves enough time to track these individuals down before letting your venue know.
  • How much does (fill in the blank) cost? While we have some basic pricing available on our website, there is so much variability in printing methods, paper stock, envelopes, and other materials, that it can be difficult to rattle off a price on the spot. Your quantity also will affect how much the total cost may be. The best recommendation we can make is to schedule a consultation with whomever you decide to meet with for your wedding stationery, be upfront about your budget (if you have one), and ask your graphic designer to make suggestions on how to keep you within the budget you've set for yourself. Several couples we've met recently wanted letterpress invitation suites. By being upfront about their budget, we were able to make suggestions on how to cut the cost of the suite while still having their wedding invitation suite letterpress printed.
  • On that note, why is letterpress printing more expensive than digital printing? Letterpress printing is not only laborious but requires the use of many more materials which contribute to the cost: 1. Metal or polymer plates need to be made once your design is finished. 2. Unlike digital printing, letterpress printing uses hand-mixed inks which correspond to the Pantone color swatches giving you a very close color match to your wedding color palette. 3. Normally, thicker paper is used to achieve the best impact of this printing. And, 4. Each invitation is printed one at a time. The combination of these factors increase the cost of the wedding invitation.
  • What wording should I use on my wedding invitation? During our consultations, we will ask the questions that will help guide the writing of your wedding invitation. Who is paying for the wedding? Is the ceremony and reception at the same venue? Is there a dress code? Are you doing a sit-down dinner or a buffet? These are only some of the questions that we ask during our consultations to aid us in determining what the best way to design and write your invitation will be. For instance, if the couple is paying for the wedding themselves, they are the hosts of their own wedding and the copy may be written as "The honor of your presence is requested at the marriage of …" If the couple would like to recognize their parents they may write "Together with their parents …" We are always happy to make etiquette suggestions and will ensure that your wedding invitation communicates all of the important information that is needed.
  • Where do I put my registry information? We strongly advise our couples NOT to put their registry information on their formal wedding invitation. It may be a matter of preference, but it detracts from what you are trying to achieve by inviting your guests! The main reason you are inviting them to your wedding is to help you celebrate, not because of the toaster they are potentially going to buy you. If you want to pass on your registry information to your guests, we recommend the following: 1. Have your bridal party spread the word. Or, 2. Set up a wedding website which includes further information about your wedding including registry information. We can design you either a separate insert card or a business card style wedding website card to communicate this information, if desired.

While these were the most popular questions we were asked, there are still many more that can be answered! If you have a question that you would like us to answer, please feel free to leave it in the comments section below! Or, set up a free consultation with Francesca by calling 267-481-4093, emailing us at francesca@littlewomandesign.com, or fill out our contact form here.

Thanks to BG Productions for the photograph of us at The Bridal Event at The Racquet Club!



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Jul 20

Thank You

When planning your wedding, there are many aspects to keep in mind that will influence how your guests will remember your big day. However, the last memory a guest will have about your wedding is how you thanked them!

Thank you cards, if done correctly, will leave the last, best impression of you as a couple on your guests. While there are many etiquette guides out there both in print and online, there are differing opinions based upon which author you read. Having just finished writing the majority of our thank you cards, we thought that we would give you our two cents!

When picking out thank you cards, consider using something minimalist - the words ‘Thank You’ on the front of the card with a blank inside is the classic. Purchasing cards with 'Thank You' printed on the inside is a general no-no when it comes to thanking wedding guests. Your guests want to hear from you, not from people like us! Of course, there are many different ways you could design the front of the card - from having your initials to just having the words 'Thank You' - but going with a blank inside is a must!

Write a personal thank you to each guest or couple. Include in your thank you whether it was “fantastic that they were at your wedding to help you celebrate” or if you “missed seeing them at the wedding.” As much as someone wants to be thanked for their gift, they also want to feel that their presence at your wedding made a difference to how your day went. And, if you invited them then they did make a difference in your enjoyment of your day.  

When writing your thank you, remember there are no bad gifts. Each and every gift you receive is exactly that - a gift! It should never be an expectation that your guest should bring you a gift, and each person should be thanked regardless of whether they bring you a piece of crystal or a pair of fuzzy bunny slippers or they don’t bring you a gift at all!

Finally, as far as Little Woman Design is concerned, there are no rules as to who should be writing the thank you card! Just as with planning your wedding, writing thank you cards should be a joint experience. Each person of the newly married couple should write their share of thank you cards, with each spouse individually signing their names. It’ll make the process feel less like a chore, and more like one last celebration of your big day. 

After all, you absolutely need two people to have a wedding; but, it’s your family and friends who will help make it an event to remember.



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