Thank You Notes!
This week we want to talk about thank you notes. Whether you have finished up with getting all your wedding invitations out or still in the process of having them designed remember to get your thank you cards. Everyone knows sending a thank you card is common courtesy. We believe it is more than that; a handwritten note is by far the best way to thank guests. It shows you're making an effort to the people closest to you of how much you appreciate them. Ordering them sooner than later will help you be strict with yourself about getting them out in a timely fashion after the wedding/honeymoon. Let’s face it people love getting recognition and a personalized note in the mail is the perfect way to do it. In our pictures below we have some different ways to make your own custom thank you notes.
The pictures above show a more modern style thank you with a picture of the bride and groom on their wedding day saying thank you. The picture on the left is a folded note card with a blank inside to write a personal note. They held two blank pieces of paper for the photo and we designed it to say “Thank You!” Where the one on the left is more like a postcard with room on the back to write a little message.
The lower left picture is classic and elegant from the wording of announcing themselves as Mr. and Mrs. Argust to the added backer for thickness and a blank inside for a personalized note for each guest. Where our colorful and simple blank note cards on the lower right are just great to have on hand for any occasion to send someone a special thank you.
The lower pictures are a great way of showing how this bride incorporated the design work from her wedding invitations into her thank you notes by using the leaf and same envelope liner. They added a picture of themselves on their wedding day on the inside with room to leave a personal thank you. This thank you note kept the flow of the wedding theme going all the way to the end final touches of the Thank You!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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Where have you found wedding invitation inspiration? We'd love to hear from you in the comments below!