3 reasons to consider a Thanksgiving card instead of a Christmas card

"What the heck is a Thanksgiving card?" you might ask. Well, let us explain.

Just like a Christmas or Holiday card, a Thanksgiving card is meant as a token of appreciation to clients, friends and family as the year draws to a close. Thanksgiving cards are mailing in advance of Thanksgiving and feature a seasonal, fall greeting. Whether it be business or personal, the intent of any type of seasonal greeting cards is a reminder to those you care about that they are important. Getting in the habit of including a seasonal card in your yearly routine is key to keeping in touch with your most important peeps.

So, why send a Thanksgiving card instead of a Holiday card? Here are our top 3 reasons:

3: BEAT THE RUSH! Oh sure, it's just early October now but it will be December before you know it. Thanksgiving cards are mailed prior to Thanksgiving, so when everyone else is scrambling you can sit back and relax knowing you've already got it covered!

 

2: STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD. What do you do with the seasonal cards you receive at home or at work? My guess is that you display them somewhere in view. A Thanksgiving card goes the extra mile because it will be a prominent part of that display all the way through the end of November and clear through December. Yeah, baby, that's working it!

 

1: SAVE YOUR CASH! Most companies offer incentives and early bird discounts in October on seasonal cards. Use the discounts to order a Thanksgiving card and put the rest of the cash toward a fun holiday party.

Happy Thanksgiving Card1

So whether you decide to send a Thanksgiving card, A Holiday Greeting or even a Happy New Year Card, make sure your card stands out from the estimated 7 billion greeting cards that will be sent this year.* Regardless of the type of card you choose your recipient will surely appreciate the thought that went into the gesture.

Interested in checking out some Thanksgiving cards? Click here to view our easy to order, pre-designed collection.

 

 

*According to the National Greeting Card Association

 

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Congratulations to Nikki Julian McKeon, October's Bride of the Month!

We'd like to send a giant congratulations to Nikki McKeon, our Bride of the Month for October!

We can't say how much we enjoyed working with Nikki to make her dream invitations come to life. She was so much fun to work with, and we can't say enough good things about her.

You'll want to take a look at her feature over on our website if you haven't already! Her invitations are the perfect combination of down-home fun and classy all at once.

Congratulations, Nikki!!


It's that time of year!

Believe it or not, Fall is upon us, and you know what that means...

It's time to be thinking about holiday cards!

The holidays will be here before we know it, and so we're here to help you not procrastinate sending those cards out... again.

Use these photos as inspiration for your own custom card, or you can order exactly what you see here (with your name, etc) through us. Click here to learn how to order.

 

 

 

 

These twist cards are a lot of fun; a card your friends and family can interact with.

 

 

We also have a wide selection of photo holiday cards for you to choose from. We welcome you to come to our studio to browse our gallery!

And remember, share this with your friends and family. We don't want anyone forgetting to send their holiday cards!


5 Reasons to Break Up With Photo Wedding Invitations

Today, we're breaking up with photo wedding invitations.

(GASP) No, no. Really, it's okay...

It's been a good run, but it's time to move on.

So, here's our list for why we just can't be together anymore: 

5. You're always glossy, all the time. Some variation in texture would be nice.

 

4. You're flat... one dimensional. I'm looking for more- something my guests can interact with!

 

3. You're good at showing my guests whose wedding they'll be at... but 7 different poses is overkill.

 

2. You look nice for a post card, but not for the biggest day of my life.

 

1. You can only be a 6 on the "formal" scale. I want a 10.

 

So, photo wedding invitations, we're through. Though we may see you come around every now and then, we know we've made the right move.

Thanks for all the good times.

Sincerely,

The Modern Bride

 

If you're feeling some withdrawals from the breakup, be strong! Don't turn back. Focus on the things that will be better for your invitations in the long run. Things like:

  • A clutter-free main piece. Whether your invitations are elegant or casual, it's much classier not to use a photo on your main piece. If you include a photo, do so as an enclosure. Use your lovely faces as an accessory, not the star of the show.
  • Invitations that more effectively set the tone for your wedding. We've seen it countless times; a photo wedding invitation that (by its nature) has an informal feeling to it... so the guests show up to your formal event in business casual clothing. It's embarrassing for everyone, so do your guests a favor and reflect the tone of your wedding in the invitations!
  • You can create an experience for your guests. Using an Envelopments pocket, for example, can create an incredible experience for your guests- like opening a present! There are lots of ways you can compile your invitation, enclosure cards, photo, and RSVP. If you need ideas, browse our gallery!

Have you "broken up" with photo invitations? Leave us a comment and tell us how!

 

Here's today's pinnable... Enjoy!


Jewel Tone Junkies

Believe it or not fall is upon us, which means it's time for all you winter brides to be getting serious about your invitations.

Today's post is to bust the myth that a winter wedding = lack of color. Not this year, honey! Not you.

So, to help motivate you, I thought I'd put together some fabulous winter inspiration for you: jewel tones.

Here at Ann Elizabeth, we love the idea of jewel tones for a winter wedding. These are such regal-looking colors, and a lot of depth can be achieved using lustrous fabrics and paper.

We love this look, and hope you will, too!

Photo credits from left to right:

Zuma Photo

Robin Lin

Ann Elizabeth

Photo found via Wedding Bee

Robin Lin

Bridal Shoppe

Zuma Photo, menu design by Ann Elizabeth

Santa Barbara Chic

 And here's today's pinnable! Enjoy!


Congratulations to our Bride of the Month, Hannah Arrington Olague!

I am SO excited to share with you some great news!

(Drumroll, please.)

Ann Elizabeth has started a new tradition: every month, we will feature a Bride of the Month! The idea behind our featured bride of the month is to showcase current and gorgeous invitations, and applaud our brides for being innovative, unique, and inspiring.

We chose to feature Hannah, because her invitations are the epitome of a personal touch: she had us incorporate a watercolor painting she created herself. Add the gold foil (her fiance's choice!), and these invitations are absolutely STUNNING!

Click on the photo of Hannah below to head on over to our website and check out her gorgeous invitations!

 


Envelopes 101: Inners, Outers, and Liners

All of the many pieces of a wedding invitation ensemble can be intimidating for a lot of brides.

Today's post is meant to help you clearly understand the outermost pieces: the envelopes!

Oftentimes the envelopes are overlooked, but I'm here to give you the scoop on why you shouldn't discount these beauties. Not only are they functional, but they are traditional, and they can really play into the overall experience of your invitations.

Inner Envelopes

1) Inner envelope with custom liner, and 2) Outer envelope with calligraphy by Distinctive Inscriptions www.dicalligraphy.com

When I talk about envelopes being traditional, this is what I mean! You'll probably want to know first-off that many brides are shying away from this tradition, and here's why.

In the past, back when mail was delivered via horse, train, or some other grubby process, the outer envelope would often get soiled pretty badly. An inner envelope would keep the invitation suite immaculate and flawless. The outer envelope would be discarded upon opening.

Today, our mailing system is a little less traumatic on our invitation ensembles. Yes, they get tossed around and dirtied a bit, but nowhere near where they used to be. S0, you can see why many brides opt for an outer envelope only, or an outer envelope with a custom liner (we'll touch on that in a bit).

Here at Ann Elizabeth, we have a few criteria that help a bride decide whether or not to use inner envelopes:

1) Formality:

The more formal/traditional your invitations are, we recommend including inner envelopes. For invitation suites that are less formal, inner envelopes are not necessary.

2) Clarity:

Inner envelopes are handy in situations where only certain members of a household are invited to your event. The inners provide clarity, because etiquette dictates that the names on the inner envelopes are those for whom the invitation is intended. For example, this might apply to an adults only event.

3) Cost-Effectiveness:

Surprisingly enough, a lined inner envelope can be more cost-effective than creating a custom liner for an outer envelope (something many of our brides opt for, and which you have to do for any outer envelope liner). The reason this can be more cost-effective is, there are about 25 standard liners that are pre-made for inner envelopes we offer. So if you're on more of a budget, but a lined envelope is something you want for your invitations this is the way to go.

Outer/Mailing Envelopes

Outer envelopes are the most familiar to everyone. It's your typical mailing envelope with a few options to dress it up for a wedding. There are a few rules for etiquette, however.

1) Post to the hosts:

Outer envelope, return addressed to the hosts' residence

It is discouraged for the return address printed on the mailing envelopes to be different from that of "the hosts" of the wedding. If the parents are announcing the wedding, the return address should be the parents' unless circumstances prevent this.

2) It takes two to tango, with this acception:

The bride's portion of the invitations and the groom's portion of the invitations should all be issued from the same return address (ie, do not print 2 different return addresses depending on whether the guests will be on the bride's side or the groom's side).

3) If you only have an outer, watch out:

Things can get a bit tricky when you have a more formal invitation without an inner envelope. Like we stated above, certain things are traditionally written on the inner envelopes, so you have to take care when addressing your envelopes that there is

no room for questions as to who in the household is invited.

Liners: Standard and Custom

Custom outer envelope liner

As stated in the heading, there are liners that come standard for certain envelope sizes, and then there are custom liners that you can have made.

Standard liners are a great option if you're on a budget but are still looking for an extra pop of color.

However, we really love the custom option, because the paper you choose for your liner will tie in perfectly with the rest of your invitation, whether it's used as an accent piece (like you see in the suite to the right) or whether it matches your motif exactly. There is something to be said for a custom liner; it's one of the fine details that make an invitation ensemble so chic and so glamorous.

 

Envelope tips:

  • It's best to either hand-write (write yourself or hire a Calligrapher) or have your addresses professionally printed (called envelope personalization) on your outer envelopes. The handwriting gives an added personal touch, and the printing will be cohesive with the rest of your invitation ensemble (not to mention, you won't have to stress over writing them yourself! Saves time, and is SO worth the small cost). Oh- and did we mention that having your envelopes printed on looks a whole lot classier than labels? Just sayin'!
  • We recommend always having your invitations hand-canceled. This lessens the chance of the post office running your delicate invitation through a machine. Most post offices have what they call a "nonmachinable surcharge," which they'll apply to each invitation mailed, usually around 20 cents. So it costs a little extra, but if you ask us, this surcharge is definitely worth it.
  • Square envelopes cost a little bit more to mail. The same surcharge we mentioned above applies to square envelopes.

And last but not least, here is today's pinnable! Don't forget to share- we love it when you do!

 


Lost in a Font Fog?

Are you overwhelmed with all the different options when it comes to choosing a script font for your invitations?

You're definitely not the first, and you're definitely not alone!

Choosing fonts for your invitations can be a difficult task, to say the least. So today's post offers you some gorgeous selections of script fonts.

I've chosen two of our most popular types of script fonts for you to see today: Elegant/Classical, and Whimsical/Lovely. Each has their own place, and are equally stunning. To see examples of wedding invitations using these fonts, head on over to annelizabeth.com.

Elegant and Classical:

First up is Burgues Script. This font is incredibly beautiful on wedding invitations because of the graceful swirls called, "swashes" that extend from the letters.

Next is Edwardian Script. This is such a classic-looking font, you can't go wrong!

Bickham Script is what you see in the example below. This is a nice font if you're looking for beautiful swashes like you see in Burgues Script, but a little toned down.

Our next example is called Adios Script. This script font is the perfect marriage of playfulness and elegance. It's so versatile that it can be used for informal and formal wedding invitations alike.

PF Champion Pro is similar to Bickham Script, but is a little more free-flowing. I'm pretty sure it's impossible for you to go wrong with this one!

Whimsical and Lovely:

Next up is Feel Script, which is a nice hybrid between classy and cute. It comes off as a little more casual, but paired with the right block font, it could be used for a more formal invitation if you chose it.

The next two script fonts are from the same family. The first is Carolyna: a super-cute, hand-written-esque font. We love the look of this one paired with a floral paper. So pretty!

Second is Carolyna Pro Black. It's Carolyna's thicker twin. We love this font and how it is playful and elegant, kinda like Paris.

Last but certainly not least is the lively Jacque & Gilly. This font is dainty and feminine, and looks AMAZING when printed with Letterpress. Love.

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Graphic Credit:

Burgues Script, Adios Script, PF Champion Pro, Feel Script, Carolyna, Carolyna Pro Black, and Jacque & Gilles graphics come from their respective pages on MyFonts.com. Each photo links to that page.


3 Tips for Tackling Invitation Inspiration

So you want gorgeous wedding invitations.

Not, "Oh, that's pretty..." (then gets tossed in the trash once your wedding day is over).

You want the jaw-dropping- "This invitation is STUNNING! ... so chic I feel guilty throwing it away (so I'll hold onto it for years)!"- kind of impact.

And you want your invitations to be original. None of this fill-in-the-blank, cookie-cutter, "My cousin had that exact same invitation!" stuff. We're talking one-of-a-kind, knock-their-socks-off original.

Believe it or not, this is possible! And it doesn't have to break the bank.

Question is, where do you start? Do you sit back and just hope that luck will strike an idea into your head? We say, "No, ma'am!" Put on your big girl pants and do as author Jack London so wisely said:


Couldn't have said it better myself, Jack. That's why I'm so excited to bring you today's post: 3 Tips for Tackling Invitation Inspiration.

 Tip #1: Know what you want.

When it comes to having a flawless invitation ensemble, indecision is not your friend.

There are SO many options available to you. I know it can seem daunting at first, but colors, format, fonts, size, shape, texture, motif, folds (or no folds), enclosure cards, etc can all play a part in making your invitation extraordinary. Get your hands on as many different kinds of invitations as possible, so you can see, touch, and interact with different styles of invitations. We love having brides come in and browse our showroom, especially for this purpose. Check out our studio hours here if you'd like to come see us!

The other side of knowing what you want is knowing what you don't want. Make a written list! Sometimes your "Don't Want" list is easier to come up with, so it's a great place to start if you're at a loss for coming up with what you do want.

Tip #2: Get out of your comfort zone.

Many times, the best inspiration stems from something you never expected. Do you find yourself browsing invitations that all have the same kind of look? Delve into some that look completely different and see what you like. You may come up with a way to "marry" both looks and come up with something 100% original. Win, Win!

Tip #3: Add your personal touch

What better way to both "wow" your guests and help them feel connected to your event than to have something meaningful in your life as a theme or decorative element? This could be anything from your love for the beach (using a nautical theme), to the title of your and your fiance's song, to the color of the sunset when he proposed. Don't be afraid to share these intimate (and sometimes vulnerable) moments with your guests. It will only make your invitations more cohesive and all that much more meaningful.

For example, we recently had a bride incorporate into her invitations a watercolor painting she did herself. Not only was it absolutely stunning, it was absolutely personal. So lovely!

The bride behind the gorgeous letterpress invitations to the left chose an evergreen motif because of the location of her wedding. She felt like the colors, paper choices, and motif really set the tone for her event. We completely agree!

The Ann Elizabeth team wishes you the best of luck in gathering your wedding invitation inspiration. Remember: Know what you want, Get out of your comfort zone, and Add your personal touch! You got this.

Know someone struggling with finding invitation inspiration? Share this with them!

Where have you found wedding invitation inspiration? We'd love to hear from you in the comments below!


Summery Inspiration

Today, I'm really excited to share with you an inspiration photo shoot, photographed and styled by the lovely Jessica White of Jessica White Photography.

Jessica asked us to design the printed pieces for this gorgeous shoot, and we gladly accepted. We love the pastel ombre palette paired with bolder blooms. It's the perfect marriage of soft and summery, shabby and chic! We hope you enjoy this inspiration board as much as we do.

Please feel free to share with your friends via facebook, twitter, and pinterest!