Hello Tenfold Wedding Invitations

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How to assemble your wedding invitations before mailing

Tips and AdviceEllieComment

Unless you've ordered stamping and sealing, we'll ship your invitations to you carefully boxed but not completely assembled. You'll want to stamp your reply envelopes first! Here's the step-by-step for invitation assembly before mailing:

1. Tuck the reply cards under the reply envelope flap. If you ordered printed reply envelopes, we'll do this part for you! You'll want to add postage to your reply envelopes.

2. Stack your invitation suite by size, starting with your wedding invitation (words facing up, just like you read it), followed by your detail card (words facing up), your reply card and envelope (turned 90 degrees clockwise) and your mini card (turned 90 degrees clockwise).

3. Now turn the whole stack 90 degrees counterclockwise, and slip it into your addressed invitation envelope. Stamp, seal, and mail!

how to edit your pinterest boards for easy wedding planning

Inspiration and Trends, Tips and AdviceEllieComment

Anyone who has ever opened Pinterest knows it can be completely overwhelming. Maybe you started a wedding invitation board years ago, and now that you're engaged you have hundreds of pins that don't give you clear direction. Or maybe you're just getting started, but your board feels scattered.

For many years, and before Pinterest came along, I had a design blog. (It still exists — you can check it out)! On a weekly basis, I was creating inspiration boards to share, and it taught me a lot about creating a cohesive look for a project. It's time consuming, like a puzzle, and it takes practice. But if you follow these basic steps, in no time you should have a board that effectively communicates to your wedding planner (or just to yourself) what you envision for your wedding day. A cohesive Pinterest board can help make all of your wedding decisions easier. You'll be able to pull up an invitation design, for example, next to your Pinterest board and immediately know if it's a good fit for your wedding. Here's how:

Make a new board. Make a secret board, if you like!

Go back to your old board(s) and pin ONLY your very favorite images onto the new board. Be practical, too. Consider the time of year you're getting married, your venue, and whether it's a morning, afternoon, or evening event (for level of formality). You won't be copying these pins exactly — so go ahead and pin that expensive embroidered dress — this is just to establish some inspiration.

Open up the new board and see what themes emerge. Is it dark and moody? Light and airy? Is there a definite color palette? Start deleting images that don't fit the overall look. If the board as a whole feels "wrong" but you can't tell why, use your thumb or a slip of paper to cover up an image or two. Does it feel more cohesive once that image is "gone?"

Start deleting. You'll want to reduce your board to a small number of inspiration images (less than 20). Each one should fit with the others in style, color, and feel.

Once you have your edited inspiration board of 10-20 images, create separate boards for things like dresses, hair, flowers, etc. Now that you have one cohesive inspiration board, you'll have a better sense of which dresses go with your overall theme, and which don't (and then you'll start editing your dress board down, too!).

For inspiration, follow me on Pinterest! If you would like help deciding which invitation from the Hello Tenfold collection works best with your boards, I'd love to help.


how to make your invitations more formal (or more casual)

Tips and Advice, Inspiration and TrendsEllieComment

Say you've fallen in love with an invitation design, but it's not quite right for the event you're planning. Don't despair! Often this has to do with the level of formality of the invitation. Maybe it's photographed in blue and lavender like our Fern Suite, but for your event, it might be better in gold foil and blind deboss on double-thick paper. Here are ways to customize your invitation to make it more or less formal:

Make it more formal:

• If it's a design with a lot of colors, paring it down to 2-3 colors can give it a more refined, elegant look. Instead of an accent color, have design elements printed in a pale neutral color or blind deboss (letterpress with no ink).

• Speaking of color... For formal invitations, stick with metallic foils or dark, desaturated ink colors, like black, navy, or dark gray. Pair dark colors with neutrals like white, cream, taupe, or gold.

• Consider printing method. Switching from flat printing to letterpress or metallic foil can make an invitation feel more formal.

• Change the fonts! Instead of sans serifs, pick an elegant script and pair it with a classic serif. Limit the number of fonts used throughout the design.

• Use neutral texture. Instead of design elements and motifs, keep things simple and classic with blind deboss printing, white-on-white textured papers, or handmade papers.

• Paper says a lot. Instead of standard weight cotton paper, switch to double-thick. Also, be sure to consider colored papers! A black, navy, or dark grey paper with metallic foil can add a sense of drama for an evening wedding.

• Up the embellishments. Add an envelope liner, ribbon wrap, or wax seal.

Make it less formal:

• Add color. Instead of black ink, consider printing your design in a color like blue-gray, or adding some colored papers into the mix. You could even choose a different colored paper for each card in your suite... maybe recycled papers in a variety of shades.

• Avoid metallics. If you like the look of foil, stick with matte white or matte black. Letterpress or flat printing are good choices for informal invitations.

• Change the fonts! Pick a casual script font, a sans serif, typewriter font, or slab serif. Casual suites can get away with using more fonts — three or even four different choices, if well designed.

• Consider more casual textures, like splashes of watercolor, or hand-painted elements.

• If you want your suite to have some embellishments, choose things like cotton ribbon or twine wraps, hang tags, or casual envelope liner patterns or solid colors.

One of the best parts of my job is seeing how a different color palette or set of fonts can completely change the look of a suite. Each order that leaves our shop is a little different from the last. I'd love to turn your favorite invitation design into something perfect, or work with you to create a custom suite from scratch, tailored to you and your event.

4 things to consider before choosing your wedding invitation design

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How should you choose your wedding invitations? Picking the design for your invitations can be overwhelming — you might like a variety of styles, so how do you know which to choose? Keep in mind you'll want to choose invitations that set the tone for your event, and give guests a glimpse of what the day will be like. Here are 3 things to consider before making a selection.

1. How formal is your wedding?
The formality of your wedding can be determined by the aesthetic of your venue and the time of day your wedding will be held. If you're hosting a black tie wedding at 6pm in a ballroom, make sure your invitation conveys this to your guests, both in wording and in design. Consider thicker papers, foil stamping or letterpress, and formal fonts. On the other hand, if you're having a farm wedding in the afternoon and serving barbeque, you'll want simpler invitations to match. You'll want to pick more casual fonts, steer clear of foil stamping (unless it's white!), and you might choose more "earthy" elements, like twine wraps or kraft envelopes.

2. What's your wedding venue like?
Often a venue doesn't dictate the formality of your event. But if you're getting married at a yacht club, you might consider using blues or nautical elements, and for a garden wedding, you may consider greenery or florals in the design.

3. Does your wedding have a theme?
Whether vintage (art deco!) or modern (minimal and sleek), if you have a "look" in mind for your wedding and reception, make sure the invitations help carry the theme. Colors can almost always be changed to fit your theme, so try to look at overall style versus shopping only for, say, blue invitations.

4. What's your budget?
Before you fall in love with all the "extras," spend some time calculating how much you can spend on wedding invitations. Sometimes, this can affect your design choice. If you know you need to avoid letterpress, choose a design that excels in flat printing! From the Hello Tenfold collection, a design like Flora looks great in flat printing as well as letterpress and foil, whereas a design like Florentine is best suited to foil and letterpress.

Still not sure? When designing, I always envision the kind of weddings that will "match" my design. If you're wavering between styles, I'd love to hear more about your event, and help you choose the best fit. Keep an eye out for an upcoming post on how specific design choices can make an invitation more or less formal.

How to Write Your Wedding Thank You Notes

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Planning a wedding is time consuming and exhausting, and after the madness of the big day… you still have a bit of work left ahead of you! Writing thank you notes for your wedding gifts isn’t too terrible considering that you get loads of gifts in the process, but it is important to plan how to tackle the task.

When to Write
Many guests will send gifts before the wedding. In this case, you should write a thank you note to the sender within two weeks. Yes, the months and weeks leading up to your wedding are already crazy busy, but you’ll be glad you got these done ahead of time (and two weeks is what etiquette dictates). For gifts that are received after the wedding, you should send a thank you note within three months of receipt. While guests may have up to a year to give a wedding gift, you do not have that long to write a thank you note (contrary to popular belief)!

To Whom Are You Writing?
Obviously, guests who have sent a gift are a must. Additionally, if you had a wedding coordinator or any other vendors that were particularly great, it is a nice gesture to thank them for their work. You’ll want to thank your attendants, or any other friends and family who helped pull the big day together. Don’t forget about those who hosted out-of-town guests, or bridal showers. Although it may seem oddly formal, if your parents paid for the wedding, write them a thank you note for all they did to make the day possible. Finally, some people will choose to write thank you notes to all of their guests, regardless of whether or not they gave a gift, simply thanking them for attending the wedding.

Make a List
Create an excel sheet with the names for everyone who will be receiving a thank you card (your guest list is a good place to start), add a column for their address, a column for a description of the gift they sent, and another column for whether you have written a thank you card. Keeping everything in one place will insure that no one falls through the cracks!

Get the Materials
Since thank you notes should be handwritten, stock up on printed thank you cards or stationery shortly after your engagement, as many people send gifts prior to the wedding. Stay away from stationery or cards with your married monogram or initials on it, since those symbols should only be used after the wedding. Put all of your materials in a specified area of your home and clear an area to write. Having a dedicated, clean space will motivate you to write notes and maximize your time!

Break Up The Work
Instead of devoting an an entire weekend to the task, set aside 30 minutes each night to write a few notes. Beyond breaking up the time, break up the bulk between your partner and yourself. Whether you want to split the number evenly down the middle or each tackle the friends and family you know best (or better yet, the opposite), it should be a shared endeavor!

What to Write
Thank you notes for wedding gifts are much less formal than wedding invitations and have plenty of room for personal touches. Begin by addressing the recipient “Dear ____” and then their first name or a formal title depending on your relationship.

Firstly, thank them for their gift and be very specific. For example, “Thank you so much for the beautiful engraved picture frame. We can’t wait to fill it with one of the pictures from the big day.”

If the gift was money, don’t mention the specific amount, instead use an adjective such as “generous” or “thoughtful.” Explain how you plan to use the money. For example, “You’ve brought us one step closer to buying our first car together!”

If the gift was a group gift, write a separate note to each person but mention the group aspect. For example, “Thank you so much for the amazing grill. We are so lucky to have the thoughtful friends that we do.”

A good rule of thumb is to write at least 3 sentences about the gift itself.

Secondly, thank them for their presence at your wedding.

For example, “We loved seeing you at the wedding and it meant so much to have such an old friend there.”

Mention the next time you hope to see them and, if possible, tie in the gift.

For example, “I hope you can come by soon for a cookout on the new grill!”

Thank the giver for thinking of you during such an exciting time.

For example, “It is so kind of you to think of us during such a special time in our life.”

Finally, sign both names even if one person wrote the note. First names will do!

If Time Runs Out
If the allotted three months have passed and you still haven’t written a note, don’t despair! Life happens. Just make sure that you do send one. Better late than never.

Matching, personalized thank you notes are available for order with all wedding invitation orders. Choose your design today!