Vera Wang wedding invitations are classic and sophisticated. Enjoy this marble look wedding invitation. I can’t stop staring!
I received one of these a few years ago as a gift from one of our printers. I’m still surprised by how much that little calendar was referred to over the year, and how much my family used it daily in our home office. Now, I always have one of these on my desk. They are great for a home office or a professional setting where clients need to fill out checks or reference the date.
I love the simplicity of our desktop calendars with easels. There are so many option from gold foil, hand sparkles, succulents, water colors, seasons. Check them all out
It is time to think about your Holiday Cards! My biggest hurdle in preparing Holiday Cards is finding a family photograph with all of us in it, and with me looking good! Most of our photographs are from vacations or around the Holidays. Here are a few tips for picking the perfect picture(s) for your Holiday Card
- Make sure that there is enough light in the picture to see everyone’s faces. Photo’s tend to print darker, so if you even think it may be too dark- it probably is.
- Look at the whole picture you choose (not just at yourself). I made this mistake a few years ago when I printed a holiday card and got it back and realized there was a random man in the background of our family photograph.
- If you are not all around to do a family picture- do a collage, or a family picture on the front, and add a picture to the back. I have had to do this a lot!
- Collage photo cards are great, just make sure the picture squares are big enough to see the picture clearly.
- Switch things up! Send a photo card one year and a Holiday letter the next.
- Important!! Compile your mailing list on a spreadsheet. As holiday cards come in the mail, double check the address to see if your friends/family have moved and update your spreadsheet. After you put the time into doing this- you will thank me!
It seems like we are constantly being updated on peoples lives with social media. Is a Holiday card with a letter about your family events even appropriate? Yes, updating friends and family with a brief letter about your life is what the holidays are all about. It gives us a chance to reflect on what has happened the past year, and how our family has changed. When friends and family receive your letter it helps them connect with you on a more personal level, and let them know you are thinking of them during the holiday season.
Every year I wonder what should I write in my Holiday Card. How long should my message be? Do I need to include a photo? Should I even include a message?
Honestly, every year I feel differently about this, I have written a page long letter to my friend and family, and I have foregone the message some years, and a few years I have not even sent holiday cards. There is not a right or wrong way to share holiday cheer and family events with your family and friends. So lets break it down!
Should I include a letter in my Holiday Card?
Personally, if it is a local friend, a picture or a card is sufficient for me. If I get a card from a friend that I don’t see often, I enjoy reading a letter about their family and getting up to date on their family events.
I like to let family and friends near and far know what is going on with my family through pictures. I like to get a Holiday card with at least 2 areas for photo’s, that way I can include a family picture and a picture of an event that has happened in the past year.
If it is local friend, a photo holiday card, or boxed holiday card is simply enough. For friends afar, consider slipping in a personal letter detailing family events.
How long should my letter be?
I have received many family updates throughout the years, poems, newsletters etc…. I think a brief family timeline of events is in order and totally appropriate to add to your Holiday Card. Most flat photo cards do not have room for a message, so you can include a separate card with a printed message. I enjoy reading personal messages from friends, and seeing pictures.
Should I include a picture?
Photo Holiday Cards are really fun to look at, hang up and enjoy. There is also something special about getting a nice card with a holiday picture on the front. Believe it or not I love the Charlie Brown cards, Santa Clause Cards, and the wreaths. There is no right or wrong here, pick a holiday card that you love, and others will love it also.
A holiday card is you reaching out and letting your friends and family know you care about them, and that they are not forgotten ( even if you haven’t spoken to them all year!) Holiday cards are a very special tradition that spreads love, friendship and holiday cheer.
I love this resource from our Carlson Craft partner and always share it with brides when they have questions about envelope addressing. We are always happy to answer envelope addressing questions
Inner Envelopes have un-gummed flaps and are often ordered with a colored liner. Address with names only. Do not use the first names of the recipients except when inviting children. Their names should be written on a line below the parents name.
Outer Envelopes- the outer envelope is slightly larger than the inner envelope and the flap is gummed. Address the envelope using formal names and the complete address. Do not abbreviate
Single Outer Envelopes- If you have selected an invitation that does not include an inner envelope, or if you choose not to use your inner envelopes, you may follow traditional addressing rules for outer envelopes. Or create a new way that works best for you.
Mailing Your Invitations- Mail all of your invitations at the same time, 5 to 8 weeks before the wedding date. If you are including response cards with your invitations, include stamps on the return envelope as well. To avoid postage delays, take your invitation ensemble, including all envelopes and enclosures to your local post office to determine proper postage. Be sure to include a return address on each outer envelope.