Choosing Your Wedding Invitation Style

black and red damask wedding invitation
Are you a real traditionalist? For instance, will you be sending out the hefty and classic wedding invitations that contain all of the different reply cards and details for the wedding day? Maybe you’re a bit “alternative” and prefer a totally unique mailer that limits the amount of paper and/or postage used for the wedding invitations?

Whatever sort of style you have, there is going to be an enormous array of different wedding invitations to match your taste. This is because weddings are becoming a far more personalized and customized issue and it is rare to attend two weddings that are alike.

Generally, the uniqueness of a wedding day is established with the first mailing connected to the event. For some it is a save the date card or the invitation to an engagement party, but for many more it is the actual wedding invitation. This is the set of documents that provides guests with all of the information that they will need to know what to expect on the wedding day.

For example, if your wedding is going to have some sort of “theme,” the wedding invitation is going to have to reveal it. This might be something as simple as the color scheme for the entire day, but it might also tell people whether the affair is casual or very formal. This is most easily expressed through choices in card stock and inserts.

Consider that a wedding with a “beach” theme will have some sort of indication of that on the actual invitations, envelopes, etc. The wedding with a “black tie” format, on the other hand, will be able to be easily recognized by the format of the invitations used as well. When a wedding is this formal, it is essential to be sure that all of the subsequent mailings match, but a good supplier is going to have everything necessary and will make this very easy to achieve.

At PM Custom Weddings, we have a variety of wedding invitations to fit your wedding theme and show your own personal style!

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A Wedding Website Communicates Your Details With Style

free wedding websitesA popular trend on the to-do list of the betrothed is the creation of a wedding website. It provides a central location making it easy to communicate important information about your wedding to family and friends. The wedding website should be started early in the wedding planning stages, and it can be updated throughout the weeks or months leading up to the “special day.”

Here are a few of the items couples typically include on their wedding website.

Ceremony Information

Naturally your wedding website should include details of the ceremony itself. The date, time, and location, of course but other details such as theme, reception details, dress required, etc. For example, a beach or destination wedding may require less formal attire than other types of ceremonies. Include all pertinent information you can think of.

A Personal Touch

Here’s where you can share some personal details, such as how you met, your first date, or the specifics of your proposal story. You can upload photos to give the website a very personal touch, reflecting the love you share and the life you are planning together as a couple.

Tips for Travel Arrangements

For those required to travel to attend your wedding ceremony, you can simply their travel itinerary planning by posting beneficial information online such as recommended hotel accommodations, favorite restaurants, things to see, and places to shop. This is especially helpful for those who are unfamiliar with the area.

Gift Registry

Friends and family will appreciate being able to view your registry information online. It makes gift shopping so much easier for them.

RSVP via Internet

Another way to make things easier on your invited wedding guests is to allow them to RSVP online.

Hopefully you can get your wedding website launched early enough so that you can include the website address on your Save the Date Cards. PMCustomWeddings.com offers a unique collection of Save the Date Postcards along with beautiful wedding stationery and personalized wedding stamps. We know how special this event is for you, which is why we offer a collection that contains just the right designs for your wedding needs.

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The Wedding of Your Dreams (On a Budget)

planning your wedding on a budget
One of the major tips on wedding planning concerns a subject every couple must confront, like it or not, and that is the wedding budget. In a perfect world, every couple should have the wedding and honeymoon of their dreams, without regards to cost. Now, back down to earth.

In the real world, especially in these tough economic times, it is important to be realistic and avoid taking on a long term debt that may end up affecting a couple’s life together due to the financial strain it can cause.

You want to spend your married life basking in love’s glow, not burdened with debt and stressing over money.

Tips on Wedding Planning – The Guest List

Every wedding planner will advise that there is a cost per guest, and this will vary depending on many factors. The main expense is the reception, which includes not only food and beverages, but a caterer (optional), rental space, furnishings, decorations, entertainment, etc.

When making the guest list, it is important to remember that every name on that list adds to the wedding cost. You don’t want to leave anyone out, but you must also be selective. How close are you to this friend? Do you stay in touch with them? The guest list involves compromise from both bride and groom.

Since this is a major portion of the budget, around 45% of the total, it is easy to see this is an area where overspending should be avoided.

Tips on Wedding Planning – Research is Essential

Before any Save the Date Cards or Wedding Invitations go out, before even the first check is written, a budget should be determined. An inaccurate and unrealistic budget is about as worthwhile as none at all. It is important to research what items actually cost in order to create a reasonable and realistic budget.

Make calls to caterers for estimates; find out the rental cost for the ceremony and reception venues; decide if you can afford a wedding planner; price out wedding stationery, your wedding dress, decorations and flowers, the wedding cake, and the honeymoon.

Once you have the budget set, stay within it. If you spend more in one area, make up for it in another. Also, have a “contingency” in the budget for the unexpected things that arise, and there will be unplanned items that were omitted from the original budget.

Tips on Wedding Planning – Estimated Percentages

Keep in mind these are just estimates, and they can easily vary based on many different factors.

– Ceremony, license, entertainment, parking, transportation – 5%
– Stationery – 3%
– Entertainment (ceremony, reception) – 6%
– Reception (venue, food, beverages, cake, rentals, party favors) – 45%
– Flowers (ceremony, bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres, reception) – 8%
– Photography, video – 10%
– Gifts for bridesmaids, maid of honor, groomsmen, parents – 3%
– Rings (bride and groom) – 3%
– Attire (bride, groom, jewelry, hair, makeup, shoes, accessories) – 9%
– Contingency fund – 8%

When you budget, don’t forget the special little touches that make your wedding unique. Check out the impressive collection of Wedding Invitations and Save the Date Cards at PMCustomWeddings.com, your source for personalized and stylish wedding stationery that will remain a treasure keepsake throughout your lives together.

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An Affair to Remember – Announce It With Save the Date Magnets

beach theme save the date magnet
You’re engaged! You are getting married and you want everyone to know. You’ve selected a date and you want to notify friends and family so they can make plans to be there on that special day when you and your fiancé tie the knot.

Save the Date cards have become a standard on the wedding “to-do” list. There are many styles and colors available so you can easily find one that blends well with your wedding day theme.

What are Save the Date cards? These cards are a way to notify wedding guests of the date, place, and time of your ceremony. They aren’t intended to be overly busy with too many details that might detract from their intended purpose. They are a stylish yet affordable way to alert guests far enough in advance so they can mark their calendars.

Another clever idea for announcing your celebration is Save the Date magnets. Your unique Save the Date magnets measure 2″ and come in either a square or round shape; they include an uploaded photo image of your choice. This is an excellent keepsake way for your guests to keep track and make plans to attend your wedding.

They attach easily to the fridge or a file cabinet and are large enough to be noticed yet small enough to blend in. Save the Date magnets are totally customizable from beautifully designed templates that allow you to design and order your magnets in mere minutes.

When deciding on the style for your Save the Date magnets, you want yours to stand out enough to draw attention and at the same time to blend with the tone of your ceremony. For instance, if you are having a coastal wedding, a perfect design fit would be the “Hearts in the Sand” beach themed magnet.

Whether your wedding theme is modern or contemporary, in bold or subtle colors, we have just the right design for you. Express your unique style in perfect taste using a selection from our impressive collection of Save the Date cards and Save the Date magnets. You want your wedding to be unforgettable and so do we!

 

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Create Unique Wedding Stationery with Personalized Wedding Stamps

custom wedding photo stampsWhen your wedding is coming up, you’re going to be sending out plenty of correspondence. There are notes, thank you cards, invitations and other items that will be sent out before and after your wedding. You can make correspondence more personal when you use personalized wedding stamps.

Personalized wedding stamps are available in a wide variety of styles and designs. Stamps are used to send out thank you notes and invitations. They are also used on response cards that are sent out with invitations. You can enhance the look of your envelopes by using stamps that have a wedding theme.

One of the benefits of ordering personalized wedding stamps is that you can choose the exact amount that you need for the item you’re sending. For example, rather than having to add two stamps to a heavy invitation envelope, you can order a stamp with the precise postage necessary.

Postage stamps come in a wide variety of styles and in different sizes. You can choose from many different wedding themed designs. There are stamps to suit every wedding theme and color choice. Since you need to purchase postage anyway, why not buy postage stamps that enhance and personalize your envelopes? When you buy stamps, consider all of your needs so you will purchase enough for all of your requirements. It is helpful to weigh the completed envelope to determine the precise amount of postage required. If you are unsure, take the envelope to the post office to have them tell you the postage that it will require.

Besides choosing from the many various wedding stamps available, you can also choose personalized stamps. You can choose your own photo image to be used on the stamps. This allows you to create a very unique and personal touch for your wedding and thank you envelopes.

PM Custom Weddings offers a large selection of wedding stamps, including monogram stamps, and custom photo stamps to personalize all of your wedding mailings.

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