Archive for May, 2011

Invitation Etiquette

Monday, May 9th, 2011

It’s that time of year again! Every few months I get together with our typesetters to find out the most common typographical errors, misspellings and etiquette issues that arise with customers orders on a daily basis and then do my best to share our findings with you to clear up those most common mistakes we see on orders.

One of the most popular things we see on bridal shower invitations and baby shower invitations is the listing of registry numbers at specific stores.

For example, we tend to see:

Kate is registered at Babies R Us (Registry # N233NB8799098-N) and Target (Registry # YYGYG76987YZ)

With so much information already on your shower invitation, it is not necessary to list your honoree’s registry numbers on the actual invitation. Any baby or wedding store you go to with a registry system can pull up the honoree with just a first and last name. It will also list a phone number or groom’s name/father-to-be’s name to coincide. There’s no need to list your registry numbers.

 

Another common error we see is something that will take you back to grade school!  When writing the address of your location or a return address, a comma should separate your city and state.  The state should be followed by one space and then your zip code, (if you wrote the state in long form: Virginia), or two spaces and then a zip code, (if you wrote your state as an abbreviation: VA).

For Example:

124 North Main Street
Cary, North Carolina 27513

OR

124 N. Main St.
Cary, NC  27513

Remember also that when abbreviating your state, there should not be periods in between the letters.  For example, New York should be abbreviated as NY, not N.Y.  This is one of the most common state abbreviations we see done incorrectly.

For common misspellings, below are some of the most common misspelled words we fix on a daily basis:

hors d’oeuvres

rehearsal

cocktails

RSVP

babies r us

Check back with my blog for more etiquette updates, or feel free to browse our Etiquette & Advice section on our website which covers everything you’d ever question about etiquette from A to Z!

New Baby Shower Invitations

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

gender neutral baby shower invitationsShe’s expecting!  It’s such a fun, exciting and important time in a woman’s life when she’s expecting her first, (or maybe second or third), child!  She’s got that pregnancy glow, her own sassy style and an adorable little baby bump to match.  Whether it’s your sister, your best friend, a co-worker or a close neighbor who’s expecting, hosting a baby shower in her honor is the thing to do!  There’s no better way to prepare the mommy-to-be for her upcoming arrival than by showering her with gifts, best wishes and the friends who mean the most to her.

Noteworthy Collections has just recently introduced a brand new collection of baby shower invitations to their baby collection which will help you celebrate the mommy-to-be in style!  The sassy blonde mama on the left is featured on the Preggers Olive – Blonde Invitation, which is a complete line of expecting invitations available in brunette or blonde hair with a dress that coordinates with the sex of the baby – be it a boy, a girl or a surprise, as shown!  These adorably chic invitations also feature different color backgrounds to match the expecting mom’s style.  Pair it with matching stationery, response cards and stickers and you’ve got a complete baby ensemble!

If ‘looks like me’ baby shower invitations aren’t your thing, Noteworthy has introduced a plethora of alternate baby shower invitations that will coordinate with your baby style, be it classic, traditional, contemporary or elegant.  Some of my favorite brand new baby shower invitation designs feature posh nursery scenes with safari, nautical, bird or toile themes, ornate cribs with chandeliers, storks carrying a baby bundle, wild animal print patterns or damask rattle designs.  Noteworthy Collections also offers twin designs for those expecting multiples!

Below are just a few of the fun brand new baby designs you’ll see in Noteworthy Collection’s fabulous baby collection.  Remember that these designs are also available with response cards, thank you notes and stickers for envelope seals or return address labels.  Make a complete baby-themed ensemble with a fun item from this brand new collection!

baby shower invitations

Schedule of Events Cards

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

When planning a wedding, there’s so much to do and so much information to inform to your guests.  Sometimes it can seem a bit overwhelming and you certainly don’t want to confuse your guests or have anyone miss out on any of the fun events you have worked so hard to plan!  One of the more modern ideas that bride and grooms are turning to nowadays is giving each guest a schedule of events card to inform them of the events surrounding your wedding, as well as any additional information you feel valuable for them to know.

The schedule of events card can be sent with your wedding invitation, rehearsal dinner invitation or simply be placed in a welcome basket in each guest’s hotel room upon arrival.  You can choose a booklet style ensemble like this Breezy Palms Schedule of Events Card by Checkerboard, (on the left), which opens like a top-fold book, or simply list all of your event details on a flat card stock.  List your events in chronological order, by date and time.  You can also include specific attire requests or parking information to assist your guests.

You may want to include information about your rehearsal dinner, welcoming party, wedding after party or post-wedding brunch – anything during the days leading, of or following your big day.  You may also want to include a list of activities, restaurants or things to do in the area, especially if you have out of town guests who may be staying multiple days.  This little book you’ll be providing your guests with will become a quick-reference guide to your guests, to which will be much appreciated.

If choosing a book-style schedule of events card, remember that additional pages may be added, (at an additional cost), for those who have more text than the pages allotted.  Tie the ensemble pages neatly together with a coordinating ribbon for easy travel and convenience for your guests.  Choose a fun schedule of events card which coordinates with your wedding colors or theme, from tropical and modern to traditional and classic.