Monday, December 10, 2012

Corporate Holiday Invitation Tips

Unlike many people who take holidays as their time to rest, many businesses consider holidays to be an opportunity to reach out to their clients in order to create a lasting impression on them. Some also take this opportunity to show their appreciation to their business associates, contractors, vendors and employees for their hard work throughout the year. If you are a business person and you want to have a corporate event this holiday, it is important to use appropriate corporate holiday invitations. The invitations you send should set a tone for your event and what your guests should expect among others. You should therefore choose wisely.

When choosing an invitation design, it is advisable to minimize religious themes. This is because you do not want to offend your clients by assuming that they celebrate for the same reasons and in a similar manner as you do. A general winter-themed or holiday-themed invitation can be a great idea. Another important thing you should remember when designing corporate holiday invitations is to include important information about the event. Apart from obvious details like the time, date and location of the event, you should include vital information that you would like your guests to know about the event. For instance, you can inform them about how they should dress. Should they dress in formal, casual, snowman or cocktail costumes? You can also let them know whether meals will be served to ensure that they do not arrive at the event with their stomachs full.

Whether you are celebrating a move to a new office, opening a new business, appreciating clients or marking a milestone in your business, it is good to choose a perfect invitation to send to your clients as well as your potential clients. Ensure that the corporate holiday invitations you choose suit your image and at the same time convey the fun and the party's festive feeling. If you are celebrating a new product or your new business, be sure to select an invitation that will create an impact. For instance, you can use a new baby invitation since it will grab the attention of your clients and bring a smile on their faces. Note that not all corporate invitations need to be serious. Make an effort of creating a little bit of fun in each and every corporate invitation.

In general, ensure that you choose corporate invitations that will dazzle your guests. You need to use an invitation that will not only create a professional and elegant impression but also convey the special party side of your company. You should not forget to include a deadline for RSVPs on the invitations, an e-mail address or your phone number to give your guests a chance to RSVP. This will help you know the number of guests to expect and you will be in a position to plan wisely. For example, you can avoid wasting your money buying a lot of food when only a few guests will arrive. Note that well-rounded and informative corporate holiday invitations are a wonderful way to portray a great first impression to your guests for the event you are planning.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Holiday Party Invitations

If you are having a party for Christmas, you may need to work out an efficient way to invite everybody. You will need to make sure that they all know where and when to come. Even if you tell people when you see them, they can often forget, so it is a good idea to give them a written reminder.Holiday invitations are an ideal way to let people know about the time and venue in a way that they will be able to remember.

You can buy invitations and envelopes online or in brick and mortar shops. You will simply need to fill in the appropriate details and mail them out to your family or friends. However, there is a cheaper and easier way to do this.

Why not create your own holiday party invitations on your computer? You can find plenty of example pictures on different websites that you can paste into your invite. Then you just need to add your wording. Use a fancy font to make it look more attractive but make sure it is easy to read. You can then print these out and put them into envelopes to distribute or mail.

If you don't have a printer, then you can make your own invites. Just buy some cards and decorations. These can be obtained in stationary or card making shops. If you haven't made your own cards before, just choose a simple design like snowflakes or an easy Christmas tree. Then write out the wording neatly on a piece of white paper, cut it out, and stick on. Or you can use a gold or silver pen to write directly onto the card. Then you just need some envelopes of the appropriate size to send them out in. Just make sure that if you buy envelopes first that the card you cut out isn't too big to fit into them.

Instead of posting out all the invites on their own and spending lots of money, why not print out or draw small paper invites and put them inside your Christmas cards? This shouldn't add to the cost of the postage of your cards, so will save you a lot of money. The paper invites can be printed in color and you can either use your own design or find a festive picture online to put onto it. The only costs here are paper and ink, which should be a lot cheaper than the cost of a quality shop bought invitation.

Remember, if you use card making business you won't be able to use any pictures you find online on your holiday party invitations. You will have to get permission to use them or your own photographs.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


I am very excited to see all the December weddings that are about to become fairy tales this year. But one date in particular is going to be in high demand. 12/12/12 is a wonderful winter wedding date to remember and cherish with friends and families alike. If you would like to share your favorite wedding memories contact me and I would love to be able to feature your memories here with all of my followers.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Proposal at an NBA Game!

Happy Friday everyone! Here's another amazing wedding proposal video to kick off your weekend - enjoy :)

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Baby Shower Thank You Note Etiquette

The baby has arrived and guests have happily streamed to your home to receive the new member of the family. Baby shower thank you notes are an appropriate gesture for appreciating all the guests for coming as well as for the gifts that they have brought. It is however important to note that writing such a note can be a daunting task at times and knowing the best ideas to implement could help save time and reduce stress in the process. Normally, there is no need to stress yourself so much as there are hundreds of ideas available online and which you could utilize to come up with something unique. The wording as well as the design will help make your thank you note valuable and this can be done without spending much money in the process.

The baby shower thank you note should be sent to each of the guests a few days after their visit. This means that you should be having an idea of how each card should look like even though some modifications could be made after the actual event. Whatever the cost, it is highly important to ensure that each guest is able to receive a card appreciating them for their love and for their gifts. Each one of us likes to be appreciated for the small gestures of love and concern that we show and this is no different when it comes to the baby shower attendance. Certain etiquette should however be followed when designing and wording the baby shower thank you notes in order to make them appealing and meaningful.

Baby shower thank you note etiquette

First, you must remember to write the name of the guest to whom the note is addressed to. This helps to personalize the card as compared to the common heading thus making the person feel personally appreciated. Informal words such as "dear", "fondly" and "love from" should be used when writing these notes.

You should also mention the kind of gift that was brought by the guest as this is customary. Some guests might bring money instead of a gift and this is good as it helps you decide what to buy and this should also be appreciated. Another thing you should consider is to write the notes with your own hand-writing as opposed to doing a printing work. This is always considered to be a better idea and comes with your own personal touch which will also be appreciated.

It is advisable that the way you write your thank you notes in a way that is not generic. Instead,  write them in such a way that they make a good impression on the receiver while at the same time appearing more personal.

Writing baby shower thank you notes should not be stressful with so many ideas and samples available. It should instead be fun and an extension of the good times that you might have had with your guests. Remember that even if you did not like a particular gift, appreciating the effort of the giver is important as they have gone out of their way to attend and give a gift to your baby.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

How to Make Exciting Birth Announcements

You've just brought home your cute new baby and the next step let the world know about the your new baby. The best way to accomplish this is by using baby birth announcements. These announcements will ensure everyone gets the message and also gives you the chance to show off your baby's very first pictures. You want the announcement to be as cute as the baby, so here are effective tips to guide you in finding the best baby birth announcements.

Ask For Proofs

Decide whether the announcement will include the baby's photo. In some cases, parents may not want to include a photo. This could be because the baby is too premature or too ill to handle several photos. At times, it may just be the parents' preference. However, other parents must include photos in their announcements. Whichever your option, knowing what you want will help you in your search.

Before placing an order with any company, ensure it offers a proof. The proof will allow you to have a preview of the way your announcement will appear before it is printed. This is extremely crucial because most printers may not reprint announcements or offer refunds if there is a mistake on the printouts. However, the proof will allow you to discover any possible problems.

Pick Your Theme

Decide on the kind of announcement theme you prefer. Perhaps, you would like an announcement that will reflect the baby's hobbies or one with baby themes such as carriages or baby feet. Perhaps you do not want any theme, but just a certain color. Several options are available and it is up to you to choose what suits your taste.

Don’t Forget Your Budget

Have your budget in mind. Ensure you not only know the number of cards you will require but also your own budget. Printed announcements come with different costs. Depending on your budget, you may go for low-priced non-photo cards, multi-photo or highly edited baby birth announcements.

Do not put off the ordering process. With all the exuberance surrounding you bouncing baby girl or boy, you can easily postpone ordering the announcements. After finding the ones you prefer, order them without further delay. If you do not do this, you may be late and instead send out their first birthday invitations.

Select Your Format

Decide whether you would like to send the photo quality announcement, a cardstock announcement or a magnetic birth announcement. All these three are fabulous. Photo announcements are excellent, especially with quality photo printing. Cardstock is a conventional card material for printing on most invitations. Conversely, magnets have the glossiness that makes them suit any form of announcement. The other benefit of magnetic birth announcements is that you can easily place them on a fridge.
After sending in the best photo, leave the cropping of the image to the experts. In case you do not want any cropping of the image, clarify it when ordering. Remember, the announcement will be better if you use a higher photo quality.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

Enlist for assistance. This is one the busiest moments in your life. Do not hesitate to request a family member or friend to help you in addressing the many envelopes. With these tips, you will come up with exciting baby birth announcements.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Amazing Wedding Proposal!

So you may or may not be like me, but I sometimes get lost in land of YouTube wedding proposal videos. Here is one of my current favorites - what do you think?

Monday, October 29, 2012

Celebrate the Season With Christmas Cards

A Christmas card is our personal message to people who make Christmas worth a huge celebration. It is a means of expressing our gratitude to those who go out of their way to make life more meaningful and complete. And then, a festival shared is a festival truly celebrated. Contemporary markets offer a world of beautifully designed Christmas cards that reflect the season in all its fervor and joy.

The Fairytale World of Christmas Cards 

Be it the unique designer Christmas cards, customized ones to fit in your preferences and messages, e-cards or others, there is an unending range to choose from. The season's favorite characters like the snowman, reindeer and Santa adorn the cards in addition to bells, Christmas decorations, Christmas trees, candles, mistletoe, flowers etc. The wonderful splash of deep rich colors would brighten any corner of the house apart from displaying heartfelt wishes.

You can also pick the personalized photo Christmas card option with numerous backgrounds and stunning designs. Such cards are not only simple to create but are refreshingly different with your pictures turning them into memories forever. Have your card reflect a collage holiday or share a picture with Santa Claus, showcase priceless moments from the year gone by or just have a picture of yourself amidst the snowflakes, this Christmas card will stand tall and proud amongst friends and family. The technology of today redefines creativity and Christmas cards have never been better. With Antique lettering to go with your photo card, it would be a memento of sorts.

The entire range of modern or classic Christmas cards just takes your breath away. Gold and silver foil creations, embossed lettering, inventive use of ribbons, wraps and pockets and other suchlike features almost take you to a fairyland world.

Cards exchanged on Christmas represent a tradition, which when followed makes one feel blessed and complete. Conveying sentiments and feelings this way can sometimes iron out bitterness in relations and pave way for better times to come. Sometimes, a card can say what you can't; working like a magic potion and making miracles happen. These cards are an opportunity to make things right and add a whole new dimension to the celebration we all look forward to.

There are various categories of Christmas cards like the Romantic cards, Religious ones, Humorous cards, Business greetings, Family cards and the like. There is a card for everyone, so go all out and make the most of it.

Capture the festivity of Christmas through Christmas cards and air your love and feelings for those who matter and make your world a better place. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Christmas is Around the Corner

The spirit of Christmas fills every heart with cheer, hope and brightness. This is that special time of the year when we wish our near and dear ones, the very best. Christmas cards add a special touch of warmth to our wishes and become souvenirs of times well spent. The wishes they carry remind us of those who love and care for us and the bond only grows stronger.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

It's Almost November, What Does that Mean?

So, if you are oblivious like me sometimes to even what day it is or even sometimes what month then you may not realize that it is almost November. You may be thinking "So what, who cares", well if you love winter as much as I do you will be excited for all the winter weddings that are about to happen. I love seeing all the wedding pictures with snow and ice sculptures that are actually outside (and stay frozen).

Not only are a lot of weddings going to happen this winter, I believe a lot of engagements will happen around Christmas this year (just like all previous years :) )!!! All the romance sparks around the holidays and lives are changed forever. It is a constant reminder that no matter what is going on throughout the world, Love can flourish.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Guidelines for Addressing and Sending Wedding Invitations

Guidelines for Addressing and Sending Wedding Invitations

The perfect set of wedding invitations makes a profound statement regarding a couple’s interests, goals, and aspirations for their life together. It also informs family, close friends, and others about the details surrounding this important day in a couple’s life. Addressing and mailing wedding invitations is guided by some simple rules of etiquette that are designed to ensure that everyone who receives an invitation will be able to plan with enough time in advance to attend the event, as well as feeling personally touched by the honor of an extended invitation. The following tips are offered as a guide to ensure that the delivery and receipt of your wedding invitations will be as smooth and sweet as the years that you will spend together in marital harmony.

Give Advance Notice of Your Wedding
If possible, you should begin to prepare your invitations several months in advance of your upcoming wedding. By sending your wedding invitations out within six to eight weeks of your wedding date, you will allow guests to prepare and make any necessary accommodations for attending your wedding. Out-of-state guests in particular will benefit from being able to make reservations for transportation and lodging that they will need in order to attend your wedding. This will also allow you to get an accurate head count of how many people will be attending your wedding within a few weeks of your wedding.

Addressing Invitations
When addressing the outer envelope of your invitation, it is always best to make sure that they are hand-written. This adds a personal touch to your invitation and lets guests know that you value their attendance. You should always make sure that guests names are spelled correctly, and address couples by their common name when appropriate. Write everyone’s name in full and avoid using nicknames on the outer envelope of your invitations. If your handwriting is difficult to read, it is acceptable to recruit friends and other family members to help with addressing envelopes. Calligraphy and addresses directly printed upon the envelope are also gaining in popularity and can offer an alternative to hand-writing that still appears personal to the receiver of the invitation.

Return Addresses
Return addresses are traditionally written on the back envelope flap of wedding invitations. The same rules should be followed for return addresses as were used for the main address, including spelling out of all street names, adhering to formal personal names, and using a professional style of handwriting. Some couples prefer to use embossing for the return address, while other couples use hand stamps or pre-printed envelopes.

Use Outer and Inner Envelopes
The outer envelope of the invitation is designed to provide protection for the actual wedding invitation, leaving the inner envelope free from any dirt or damage that can occur in the mailing process. The inner envelope should be addressed with the names of all the members who live in the home and can include the names of any children that are also invited. Mailing information such as addresses should be left off of the inner envelope. 

Putting It All Together
Once all the envelopes have been properly addressed, wedding invitations should be assembled by placing the invitation and all accompanying cards, maps, and RSVP forms face-up inside of the inner envelope. These are then placed into the outer envelope and mailed to the intended recipients. By following the above guidelines, each of the wedding invitations will be sure to arrive on time and pristine condition to prepare guests for a memorable day.

Friday, July 13, 2012

So a lot of people these days want to have the most exquisite weddings and top everyone else. However, there is just one problem...not everyone can afford a multi-million dollar wedding. Good news is that you don't have to spend that kind of money to still make your wedding day as special and unique as you are. Small things can make a world of difference. For example, instead of trying to create the greatest wedding invitation you have ever seen why not customize it for you and your significant other and have a gatefold with a classic ribbon and bow. Or you can stay away from the gatefold and create an invitation that incorporates toile and a silk ribbon down the side. Sometimes the most beautiful things are when they are simplistic.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Smart Ways to Save on the Cost of Wedding Invitations

Who knew that planning for a wedding would be so expensive? While wedding invitations are one of the essentials to your special day, you can actually save money on them by making a few small changes. The best part is that saving money on the invitations won't compromise their quality and beauty, as long as you take the time to shop around for the best deals and find a fit that's right for your special day.

Here are four smart ways to save money on your wedding invitations while still giving your guests something to smile about:

Print Your Own Invitations

It’s true that printing your own wedding invitations can save you big bucks, but you must have the essentials in hand: a quality color printer and patience. Boxed invitations can be purchased online or in stores, and it will be up to you to choose the formatting and color for your invitations and envelopes. Make sure you practice on a white sheet of paper first. As long as you have the time and patience to dedicate to printing your own invites, this is a very inexpensive way to make them since you’re only required to pay for the actual product and not the service. To save extra money, don't send RSVP cards that need to have their own postage stamp. Instead, include a phone number to text or call with the response.

Work off of an Online Template

If you don’t have a color printer, skip the idea of printing invites on your own and instead make your wedding invitations online. Many companies offer printing services while you handle the color, design, and formatting on your own. Once everything is in place, you approve the invites and have them professionally printed. There are plenty of themes and templates to choose from, and many sites offer online help if you need it. You’ll pay less since you’re doing all the work. Just remember that once you sign off on the wedding invitations, there’s no way to make edits.

Hand Make Your Invitations

Handmade wedding invitations are unique, creative, and exciting, mostly because they are your own. They can also be inexpensive to make, depending on what you choose to do. The best way to start is by pricing out cardstock and envelopes, comparing these prices to professionally printed wedding invitations. For color, add a tiny ribbon at the top and use your color printer to print off the front of the invitation. You can also use stamps, calligraphy, and include other mementos such as dried flowers or confetti in the envelope. While making your own invitations definitely requires time and patience, you have more control over the cost of each item.

Create a Wedding Website

Talk about cheap – setting up a wedding website can be free depending on the site you choose to set yours up with. You can also pay a small fee for getting your own domain name. Wedding websites are excellent options because they are cost-effective, allow guests to RSVP directly on the site, and include interactive maps, directions and recommendations for nearby hotels. You can also share your engagement photos and a short bio about you and your partner. Just keep in mind that elders may not be able to navigate the site as well as your younger guests.

If you do decide to purchase your own wedding invitations--I really like wedding invitations from PaperStyle.  

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 Hi everyone! My name is Joanne Braxton, and I love everything about party-planning especially invitations (if you haven't figured that out already! haha). I would like all of you to connect with me! Here are a few ways you can reach me. I am a freelance blogger, so if you ever want a guest contributor to your blog I am your gal. Email or tweet me if you're interested. 
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