Archive for March, 2010

Monogram Etiquette

Monday, March 15th, 2010

I had a small discussion with two customers today about ‘married monograms’ and when they are appropriately used. The key word there is a ‘married’ monogram. So many times we see engaged and to-be-married couples use the groom’s last name for their monogram or a combined monogram using the brides first initial, last name initial of the groom and the groom’s first name initial.

In actuality, the correct use of a last name monogram or a married monogram is for a married couple. If the couple is not yet married, printed products, (i.e. invitations, stationery, stickers), should all be adorned with either the bride’s last name or the bride’s full monogram. A three letter ‘married monogram’ should not be used until the couple has been wed. Example:

Jane Sarah Howard who is engaged to Chris Martin Thomas

Correct: jHs
Correct: H
Incorrect: jTc

With the above being said and advised, I can’t tell you how many times I see an engaged couple use a ‘married monogram’. To me, I feel like it’s acceptable in these modern times to use one, to be brutally honest. However, if you are quoting and using traditional etiquette for your ceremony, wedding text, etc. you should stick to the rules and be consistent. Proper etiquette gives off a sign of class and tradition that is truly recognized and appreciated.

Beach & Pool Invitations

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Tired of winter? So are we! Spring and summer are right around the corner and it’s time to start planning your summer parties. Make your next summer party a splash with an invitation from our Summer, Beach & Pool Party invitation collection. Featuring invitations geared for children through adults. Our newest designs include vibrant colors, die-cut wigglers, die-cut cards, watercolor pictorials and more.

When planning your beach or pool party be sure to inform your guests of what they will need to bring when attending your event. For example, you may want to ask your guests to bring/wear a swimsuit, towel, change of clothes, beach chair, pool toys or sand toys. Remember if you’re having a pool party for children to ask them to come wearing or bringing suntan lotion to avoid possible sunburns which will cause for unhappy party-goers and parents. For kids parties it can be best to plan your party for mid to late afternoon to avoid the harsh rays of the sun. This can also be nice for adult events where guests can swim during the day and relax with a BBQ or cocktail once the sun goes down.

No beach or pool near your location? Not a problem! Most cities are equipped with indoor water fun parks or have a rental facility where you can rent a large water slide for your neighborhood or nearby school field. It makes for a great day for kids, siblings and parents.

Below are a few of the newest beach and pool invitations in our kid & adult pool/beach party invitations:

Ready to make a splash? Check out these pool and beach invitations and more on InvitationBox!

Registry Information on Invitations

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

One of my wonderful current customers and I had a long talk yesterday about registry information on invitations and what is truly proper compared to what is currently accepted, as they are very different things. I always appreciate it when a customer quotes traditional etiquette as it is so rarely used or appreciated.

Traditional etiquette dictates that registry information should not be printed directly on a party invitation, wedding invitation, shower invitation, birth announcement, etc. The purpose of having a shower or event is not to receive gifts. It is truly to celebrate an important event with friends, loved ones and family. Traditional etiquette says that it is presumptuous to expect a gift from everyone attending and listing this information can make guests feel obligated to do so.

So how on earth are you supposed to inform the guests that do want to bring a gift about a registry/gift request? The most traditional etiquette suggests by word of mouth only by the mother of the bride, bridesmaids or hosts of the shower/event. A little more modern etiquette suggests including a separate insert with your invitations that lists the registries. This way you can include the registry in the invitations to which you want to supply with the information, (maybe leave out Grandma or co-workers who you would just like to attend the event, but not feel obligated to bring a gift). Below is a suggestion for registry inserts to include with your invitations. Choose an item that has a coordinating color with your invitations or wedding/baby theme.

Totally a modern chick? Go ahead and print your registry information on your invitation, printed small, and as the last piece of information on your invite. It should look like the least important piece of information on the invite. We would suggest listing the stores you are registered at but not to suggest/request specific gifts, (money, gift cards, etc.), as that can be considered extremely tacky.

Need more advice? Feel free to ask, as always!

Adult Birthday Party Invitations

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Go all the way or go home! Who says the only big birthday parties you can have are when you’re a child or having a milestone birthday (16 or 21)? Celebrate your years of knowledge and life experience by celebrating your birthday with a big event this year with all of your family and friends! At InvitationBox.com we have a plethora of adult birthday party invitations for any personality style or party theme. Whether you’re hosting an intimate get-together with a small group of friends or a wild and crazy birthday bash with your closest 100 friends, neighbors and co-workers…we have the perfect invitations.

Take a look at some of our most popular and favorite invitations below:

Need some ideas for your next adult birthday party bash? Try these customer favorites:

Decades (80’s, 70’s, 60’s, 50’s)
Disco
Cocktails
Beer & Brew
Sports
Fashion
Over the Hill
Garden

The sky is the limit when planning your adult birthday party. Choose a theme or event that the birthday person will like the best and carry that theme into your party invitations, decorations and favors. Send your invitations out at least 2-3 weeks in advance so that everyone can attend. Remember to also purchase thank you notes to thank your guests for their gifts and for attending. Browse the above invitations and more at Invitationbox.com!

Etiquette Tuesday – Hors d’Oeuvres

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Hors D’oeuvres? Hors d’Oeuvres? hors d’oeuvres? How in the world to you capitalize/spell this crazy word?

This topic of discussion was brought up over a customer’s order last week and it always makes me want to share when someone stumps the copywriter! Hors d’oeuvres is a French word used to describe small finger foods or appetizers served before a meal or with no meal afterward, depending on the event. They are typically part of a reception or cocktail hour.

When spelling horsd’oeuvres I had to do some research on what is actually correct. There are actually two ways to spell/capitalize the word:

hors d’oeuvres or Hors d’Oeuvres or Hors d’oeuvres

So next time you’re planning a party or writing a menu, be sure to use the correct capitalization. It portrays a clear message of elegance to your guests and shows that you take the time to consider proper etiquette and uniformity. Etiquette questions? Always feel free to ask!

Floral Invitations

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Soft. Subtle. Sweet. Inspiring. Set an appropriate tone for your next event with an invitation from our Floral Themed Party Invitations collection. Floral invitations portray an essence of elegance, importance and happiness to your event. Choose from invitations with sunflowers, hydrangeas, daisies, roses, posies, vines, lilies and hibiscus depending on the theme of your event. In our floral collection you will see outdoor floral scenes, floral and vining borders, dainty floral accents, pocket cards and floral screens.

Floral invitations are great for formal events, bridal showers, luncheons, garden parties, adult birthday party invitations, corporate events or tropical parties. You can incorporate the flowers from your invitation into your event by decorating tables and surrounding areas with the chosen flower(s) and use the colors from the flowers into your party decorations.

Remember that your invitation is the first indication of the event to be held. A floral invitation will set the bar high for your event and let your guest know the importance of your party. Browse the above floral invitations and more at InvitationBox!

Bonnie Marcus – New Spring Collection

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Bonnie Marcus is extremely well known for her trendy invitations that capture sophistication and style. Her new spring collection is nothing less! In this new collection you’ll see more sassy silhouettes, city designs and stationery with the same trendy style but with a bit of a color twist or unique new design. Below are some of the new designs you’ll see in her featured collections:

Expecting in Style – Bonnie’s new baby shower invitations feature animal and floral prints with sassy expecting mommy-to-bes. Silhouettes are available for multiple cultures of people in pink, green and blue depending on what you’re expecting! They also have options for cards that look like the mommy-to-be in brunette and blonde.

Down the Aisle in Style – In this new wedding collection you’ll see love inside the city, classy silhouettes, stylish brides in fashion-forward outfits, vintage themes as well as classic floral designs. Designs are available in blue, purple, black, ivory, hot pink and black to coordinate with your wedding colors. We even have more designs in blonde and brunette to match the look of the bride to be.

Celebrate in Style – Celebrating a graduation, sweet 16 or cocktail party? Just in time for spring and summer Bonnie’s celebration collection has new designs for the sassy grad and barbeque and cocktail designs for summer events. Remember that Bonnie Marcus also has a stationery collection of coordinating stationery and thank you notes for creating invitation ensembles.

The spring collections from our vendors just keep coming in! When browsing be sure to keep your eye out for new modern, trendy and fun invitations to really set the tone for your next event!

Greek Stamps

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

“There are two types of people in this world…Those who are Greek and those who wish they were Greek,” [My Big Fat Greek Wedding]. It’s just about that time when rushing is over, bids are issued and pledging begins. As a Greek college student I’m sure you walk around campus with your sorority jacket or fraternity apparel and showing your sorority or fraternity pride.

InvitationBox.com fully supports the Greek system and offers custom unique Greek self-inking and custom stampers. These stamps are a great addition to your college books, rush posters, alumnae correspondence, letters, stationery or as a “over 21” or “paid” stamp to a party or mixer. Stamp your Greek letters anywhere you can think of.

Our Greek stamps come in a variety of styles with your mascot, Greek letters, pledge name, address or sorority/fraternity logo. Below are just a few of the designs you’ll see in our National chapter collection:

Don’t forget, at InvitationBox.com we also offer a variety of invitations and college stationery that are great for keeping alumnae relations and inviting sisters/brothers to your annual formals. Step up your game with an invitation, stationery or stamp from our Greek collection!

Superhero Party Invitations

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Calling all superheroes, big & small! Whether your child is a hero, an imaginary new superhero or a little villain, InvitationBox.com has the perfect invitations for your son’s next superhero birthday party. This party theme has great possibilities and opportunities for creativity. Ask each child to dress up as their favorite superhero or save the costume for the birthday boy himself to be the hero or star of the entire event. You can treat your invitation and party like a mission to save the world! Incorporate your hero theme into your party decorations and visit your local bakery or grocery store to have a cake created to look like your son’s favorite superhero.

At Invitationbox.com we have a variety of superhero party accessories including invitations, fill-in thank you notes, fill-in invitations, stickers and die-cut invitations. Below is just a sampling of some of our favorites:

Worried about these invitations being to boyish when you have a girl-attending party? Remember that girls can be superheroes too! Pink power ranger, a Power Puff Girl, Tinkerbell, a superhero fairy…boy or girl, you can always have an opportunity to save the world.