Planning a Destination Wedding

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Getting married in a white dress in front of your loved ones is the stuff dreams are made of…and even more so if it’s at a far-off romantic location of your choice. From tropical beaches to European castles, destination weddings are popular for good reason. If you’re looking to plan a destination wedding, here are a few things you will need to consider.

Plan in Advance

The first thing you’ll need to do is choose a location and book a venue. If guests will need to travel, especially by air, you will want to give them as much of an advanced notice as possible. Keeping your guests in mind, choose a practical location that isn’t too expensive or difficult to get to. One way to research this is to check flights from the departing city most of your guests will fly from—look for affordability and number of available connections. Once you’ve selected your destination of choice, check local weather patterns and avoid scheduling during a local holiday or event, as this will drive up prices and may limit services. You will also want to research the local legal requirements for marriage. Once your venue is booked and a block of rooms for your guests reserved, send out save the date cards as soon as possible.

Take Care of Your Guests

In addition to giving your guests as much notice as possible, it’s important to make their efforts to attend feel appreciated. After all, they will have to take vacation time off of work, pay for flights, make travel and pet arrangements, etc. Create a packet detailing all of the travel arrangements, contact information, and some well researched recommendations for local activities, places to eat, or must-see sights. If your guests are flying out for your wedding, it’s considerate to arrange and provide transportation from the airport to the venue.

Hire a Professional

A local wedding planner is key to making a destination wedding possible. She can help with vendor selection, language barriers, local knowledge, logistics, and more. Planning a wedding from miles away can be difficult to manage so this assistance will be well worth the money. If you’re a little weary of having your hair styled by a new hair stylist that you haven’t used before, choose a simple style that’s hard to get wrong. Long, loose waves are an easy to style option and can be kicked up a notch with the addition of accessories such as a flower garland hairpiece that your florist can deliver ahead of time. This carefree look would be especially pretty if your destination is a beach wedding. Hair extensions can add length, volume, and thickness—the clip-in technology is so easy to use that you could even do your hair yourself in no time at all. Leverage your wedding planner’s local knowledge to find a suitable make-up artist or enlist the help of one of your more artistic friends ahead of time. Many venues, especially resorts, offer their own wedding planners and list of vendors which can simplify things even more.

My name is Christopher Guest and I write for The Lauren Ashtyn Collection.

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Diamond Earrings –the Perfect Gift For Special Occasions

Princess cut diamonds refer to diamonds that have been crafted in a square shape. Origins relay back to 1979 when a jeweler created the square cut to rival the brilliance that comes with the round brilliant cut. Today, princess cut diamond earrings rank second in popularity, in diamond earrings, necklaces and diamond engagement rings.

The princess cut is shaped similar to that of a pyramid, with the top being cut into a square or rectangular form, and the bottom reaching a point in the setting.

Not only are princess cut diamond drop earrings going to create the most dazzle, but they also give you a bang for your buck as less of the diamond needs to be cut to create the signature look. This way, the stone often comes at a cheaper price than other cuts.

When buying princess cut diamond earrings the cut should be precise. Precision is necessary with the princess cut as the entire view is from stop the diamond. It needs to be impeccably accurate to reflect the light, and retain its sparkly appeal. Since so much of the diamond is on display from the top, it is recommended that the color of princess cut diamond an earring stud is above a G. This will ensure that the diamond appears natural in color, without any distracting tints. Clarity determines the flaws within a diamond. When buying a princess cut diamond it is important that the rating be above a VS2 to ensure the diamond appears flawless to the naked eye.

Princess cut diamond earrings are a timeless classic, as they always retain the dazzle. The way that princess cut diamond earrings are created allows the light to dance within the diamond, creating the brilliance of the round stone with modern, elegant style.

It is important to keep in mind that although princess cut diamonds, and brilliant cut diamonds may be of the same carat weight the diameter of the princess cut may be smaller, as the diamond is longer, and pyramid shaped, accounting for the carat weight.

Princess cut diamond earrings are a great gift idea, or a great present to spoil yourself with. They were created with the purpose of maximizing brilliance in a square cut, and have succeeded and are only growing in popularity.

Basic Shapes of Diamond Stud Earrings

Not only do diamond fashion earrings come in a variety of colors and sizes, they come in a variety of shapes. Each of these shapes creates a different appearance of the diamond earrings, and each shape comes in and out of style each season. Of course, there is the classic princess and brilliant cut but diamond earrings have become popular in other styles like pear or fancy shaped stones.

Square Shaped diamond earrings are available in cuts like princess, or emerald cut. What is the difference between emerald cut diamond earrings, and princess cut diamond earrings? Emeralds cut stones appear to be shaped like rectangles and yields the most brilliant of the square stones. Emerald shaped cuts seem to hold the most color, so when choosing an emerald cut be sure to choose a clear stone, or a stone with a good color rating (over a g rating). Princess cut diamond earrings sparkle effervescently because of the cut to take advantage of the facets within the diamond.

Round shaped diamond earrings come in two main cuts; brilliant cuts of diamond earrings allow the light to come through the stone creating a highly sparkled effect. This is one of the most popular cuts of diamond earrings, and interestingly enough is the most chosen for diamond earring gifts.

Heart shaped diamond earrings have been popularized with days like Valentines Day. The heart setting is created with a cut of diamond that is flat upon the top, and has many facets created to make the heart shaped diamond earrings sparkle. These earrings are a perfect gift, regardless of the holiday and can add a different direction to the jewel box. Heart shaped diamond earrings are available at most stores, especially around Valentine’s Day  but can be special ordered to suit the occasion from most jewelers if they are not in stock.

Fancy shaped diamond tennis bracelet include; marquis, pave diamonds and bevel style diamond earrings. Pave style diamond earrings include various smaller stones fitted together to give the illusion of a larger stone within the diamond stud earrings. Earrings that have been created to have a bezel cut are flush with the mounting, so the stone does not protrude. Using fancy shaped stones allows the diamond to appear larger and more elaborate because of the unique cutting styles.

Regardless of which style is chosen, the shape will remain timeless  as all diamond earrings do. Fancy cuts are most often found in drop earrings, whereas the basic cuts such as princess, emerald and brilliant are reserved for the traditional diamond stud earrings.

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Wedding Dress for You

Picking your wedding dress is a very personal experience – from the designer to the overall fit and the finer details. It’s no use hearing someone else tell you that you look a million dollars if you’re feeling like a sack of potatoes. You need to feel beautiful.

As women, we’ve always been told: “dress for your shape”. Your shape might fall into the given categories of “curvy”, “petite” or “pear-shaped” for example. If you identify as one of those shapes and you’re happy with the style that you’ve been told suits your body type, then that’s great. But for those of you who find the shape-styling mantra to be restrictive, here’s another one that you can follow: “dress for you”.

Dressing for you goes beyond your body shape – it means dressing for your mind, body and soul. The details and styles that make you feel good might not always fall into your “body shape” category. While it can be helpful to use your body shape as a rough guideline when shopping for your wedding dress, it’s not the be all and end all.

Detail is Key

The details of your dress give you a way to express yourself. Maybe you’re a real 21st-century bride who wants to refute the traditional white wedding tradition? Maggie Sottero offers brides-to-be an incredible range of dresses that go beyond the classic ivory colour with choices of rose gold and pink blush.

Emilena by Maggie Sottero is a stunning dress with a vintage feel that is reminiscent of the prohibition era. Let the Vienna crepe satin fabric caress your skin as you embrace the classic 1920s-look. For the more outgoing bride, consider the Aracella dress which would be fit for Cinderella. The beautiful ball-gown style oozes the fairy-tale princess image, with intricate lace detail and Swarovski crystals on the bodice.

If you prefer a classic and simple dress that oozes sophistication, you might consider a Mori Lee dress. The timeless designs feature a sweetheart neckline and an elegant mermaid tail. The beautiful tulle fabrics and simple lace details add a touch of glamour without being too overpowering.

Your Best Feature

An off-the-shoulder cut, a figure-hugging fit or a plunging backline – sometimes you feel your best when showing off a particular part of your body. It doesn’t have to be much – just enough to give you confidence and make you shine.

Pronovias know how to accentuate your best features with their wide range of bridal dresses. The Dracma is a real show-stopper, featuring off-the-shoulder sleeves and a deep-cut neckline with pretty lace overlay. This is for the woman who wants to make a statement.

The Philipa offers a simple V-neckline adorned with Guipure lace that follows over the shoulders and trickles down the back of the dress. The illusion back features delicate buttons that follow the spine and draw attention to the stunning design.

Finally, Sottero& Midgely – for the bride who wants to have fun with everything she does in life (while looking drop-dead-gorgeous of course). Let the sensational Amelie dress do all the talking with the cascading organza skirt that screams glamour and fun. Show off your sparkle with a Swarovski crystal and pearl bodice, plus a dramatic backline to top things off.

If you prefer covering up a bit more, but don’t want to sacrifice on the glamour and allure of your dress, then the Melrose could be for you. This clever dress uses illusion techniques on the sleeves that adorn your arms with beautiful material without exposing any skin. Draw attention to your back with the keyhole features without bearing all. The sheer romance of this dress just makes us want to fall in love all over again – perfect for your wedding day!

Whichever style you pick for the big day – just remember to dress for you.

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Fall Wedding Ideas

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Cooler temperatures, scenic views, and yummy seasonal produce are all reasons why having a fall wedding is a great idea. You can incorporate the best of the season into every aspect of your wedding—from choosing an outdoor venue to take in the breathtaking foliage to using pumpkins and apples as décor and table settings. If you love cutesy slogans, you’ll be in heaven as you “FALL in love” and live “APPLE’y ever after” with autumn weddings.

Set The Scene

In summer it’s too hot, in spring it can be too cold, but fall is the absolute perfect time of year to spring for an outdoor wedding. With the leaves begin to change and paint the landscape in shades of gold, orange, and red, you couldn’t ask for a better backdrop for a wedding. Instead of creating a scene from scratch, the key to autumn weddings is to simply complement the existing scenery. Look for an outdoor venue with lots of trees, especially in the background view of where your ceremony will take place. You can be as creative as you like, from using hay bales covered in cozy blankets as seating for guests or lining the aisle ways with candles and pumpkins.

Libations

The options for seasonal libations are virtually endless, but there are a few classics. Spiked apple cider is always a crowd pleaser and easy to make in large batches with fresh apple cider, whole cinnamon sticks, and a spiced rum. If you’d like to tie in the drinks to the party favors, you can even serve it in monogrammed coffee mugs with your wedding details. Other options might include spiked hot cocoa or the ever popular seasonal pumpkin beer. You can put a seasonal twist on any cocktail, however. Trade in a Moscow Mule for an Apple Cranberry Mule and voila—an autumn cocktail made from an old favorite.

The Bride

Autumn is a bit cooler, temperature-wise, and that’s a good thing thanks to the latest bridal trend of long sleeves. Long laced sleeved gowns are both classically feminine and romantic and are well suited to equally romantic hairstyles such as long waves topped by a crown braid. A waterfall braid would be an equally beautiful option. This look is easily accessible to those with all hair lengths with the addition of clip in hair extensions. To complete the look, add in the seasonal color palette of deep reds and golds in the bouquet and make up. A luxurious burgundy lip color accented by a golden hued eyeshadow will complement your theme perfectly.

Table Settings

Fall table settings are full of possibilities and there are many great produce choices that are a fun and cost effective alternative to the standard flowers and votives. Sprinkling the table with seasonal produce such as apples, pumpkins, cranberries, and mini gourds are all great ideas. You can even use each as a unique name card holder, whether you place the card atop a pinecone or even paint the name right on a mini pumpkin. Another easy idea is to place a candle in the middle of a candle votive and fill the remaining space with acorns. If you’re doing flowers, why not use hallowed out larger pumpkins as a vase? There’s really no limit to what you can do with just a few types of produce once you get going.

My name is Christopher Guest and I write for The Lauren Ashtyn Collection.

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Amazing Features Of Engagement Photography

Is your engagement fixed? Then you should plan to take quality photos during your engagement. It is very costly to get the photos from a professional. Several professional photographers may ask you for a session fee besides very costly reprint rates. You will come across some photographers, who may charge you $40 or more for 8×10 prints.

However, you should not blame the photographers as several photographers are good enough to ask that rates. You should know that for having shot engagement sessions it may take little time. For professional photographers, an average session should take around 5 hours of entire time including communications or initial contacts with the couple, capturing the photos, processing the couple’s order, driving to the photo site and downloading or handing out the raw images.

The bedroom is usually the setting of DC Engagement Photographer. Recently, engagement photography has been famous as a gift. Though not a bad idea, you can present the set of engagement photographs as a wedding gift to the groom or bride. An Engagement conference is a Photography Session, which is planned to take place few months or weeks before the wedding ceremony, where a photographer captures the couple at some unique or pleasant place. Engagement photography is more famous during wedding day or an anniversary.

The popularity of engagement photography is increasing beyond wedding circles due to its portrait form. The most important reason is that engagement photography is not observed as a preserve for the sexy and bold. Engagement photography expresses a style of romantic photography, which does not involve any nudity. The engagement patron mostly wears sexy sarees and mind blowing suits. Many brides are dressed in a soft or robe, sometimes-pure wrap, just sufficient to outline her attractive figure. You must remember the fact that nudity is not what means engagement photography but it is more about romance and sensuality.

Washington DC Wedding Photography just emphasizes the couple’s sensitive side. The photos are attractive and fine art representations for the couples. You can take these photographs while a girl wears anything she likes, sarees to a wedding dress. All the engagement photos are captured in great style. Most importantly, the photograph itself suggests that a couple is completely in control and liberated. If you have a engagement photographer then you should bring crutch for your Engagement shooting Session. It is one of the most vital part of the session as it implies a lot impact on the photographs.

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Wedding Photography

Wedding Photography plays a very important role in making your wedding day memorable and special.
Choosing the right photographer is just as difficult as choosing the type of wedding photography you want him to execute.
I suggest you first type �Wedding Photography Washington DC,� into your preferred search engine and look at some pictures, just to get a rough idea of what each type of wedding photography looks like.

You will find tons of pictures that seem to be quite different from each other, in terms of effects, colors, lighting and settings. How can it be? Well, there are three main types of wedding photography, that’s why.
You may choose among classical/traditional wedding photography, fashion/contemporary wedding photography and the one that is most in fashion nowadays, photojournalistic wedding photography.

Whatever you choice, I suggest you find a wedding a photographer that has experience in executing the type of wedding photography you and your partner prefer and show him both the place where the wedding ceremony will be held and the reception party venue.

The reason why it is important that he sees them is because, depending on your chosen locations he will be able to advise you as to what form of wedding photography is best for you.
For example, if you plan on holding your reception party at a 5 star hotel or any other luxury venue, the photographer will probably suggest your opt for fashion wedding photography as those types of location are perfect for contemporary wedding photography. That is because most hotels and luxury venues are decorated with statues, fountains and have very spacious gardens. The lush grass combined with the water spilt out of the fountains creates the perfect conditions for contemporary wedding photography to be executed in the best possible way.

However, regardless of the type of wedding photography you choose, remember that there are certain moments your photographer has to absolutely immortalize, no matter what the form of wedding photography he is specialized in.

First off, he should take a few pre-wedding photos.
Wedding photography, in fact, is meant to give you memories of your wedding day, not only of your wedding ceremony and reception party. The photographer should get to your place early in the morning and start taking photos so that you have a souvenir of those exciting pre-wedding moments.
Now, if you would like to have a storybook of your special day, I suggest you opt for
photojournalistic wedding photography, which is very much in fashion nowadays.
First off, he should take a few pre-wedding photos.
Wedding photography, in fact, is meant to give you memories of your wedding day, not only of your wedding ceremony and reception party. The photographer should get to your place early in the morning and start taking photos so that you have a souvenir of those exciting pre-wedding moments.

The reason why so many couples prefer photojournalistic wedding photography to classical wedding photography and contemporary wedding photography is because the final result is usually very beautiful.
In fact, photojournalistic wedding photography, unlike classical wedding photography, has nothing to do with artificial looking settings, poses, fake smiles and group portraits. On the contrary, photojournalistic wedding photography aims at giving you a wedding album that looks nothing like a traditional album.
Reportage wedding photography is chosen by those couples who want their whole special day to be immortalized by a professional photographer who is supposed to stay in the background for the whole day, without even letting people notice his presence.

That is why reportage Wedding Photographers in Washington DC produces such natural and spontaneous photographs.
Once you have made up your mind as to what form of wedding photography is best for you, do not forget to ask the photographer to take pictures before the ceremony, during the ceremony and the reception party. He should not omit anything.

After all, all forms of wedding photography imply pictures of the bride and groom, every single guest, the band, the chosen venues, the wedding rings, the wedding cake and so forth�

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Anna Griffin and Her Brand of Wedding Invitations

Darling of the paper craft industry, graphic designer Anna Griffin comes by her love of art and design naturally, she grew up in a family of artists. It is also not surprising that her love of art brought her to wedding invitations – one of her first jobs out of college was working with famed wedding designer Vera Wang. In 1994, Griffin set out on her own, launching a line of custom designed, hand-crafted wedding invitations that borrow heavily from beautiful traditional botanical prints and Victoriana.

In the years since, the name Anna Griffin has become synonymous with high quality paper crafting designs. Her company released the first line of imprintable wedding invitations for the home crafter, do-it-yourself bride who wanted a hand in making her own invitations without sacrificing a professional quality wedding invitation. Anna Griffin invokes vellum and ribbon, elegant traditional patterns and all the details that make wedding finery, well, fine.

While the Anna Griffin line now encompasses craft papers of all kinds for home scrap-bookers and textile patterns, wedding invitations are still at the foundation of her success. Anna Griffin wedding invitations are among the most beautiful and sought after of all the major design lines.

The Anna Griffin Wedding Album line of wedding invitations is the epitome of the Griffin style. Resplendent in ribbons, decorated with touches of platinum and silver, they are elegant and stylish in a classic and traditional way. The Anna Griffin Celadon Repousse wedding invitations are an example of Griffin’s ability to combine modern ideas with traditional patterns and present a wedding invitation that is as timeless as it is modern. The conventional is in the feeling, stately and elegant, but the color, a subtle jade, and the square shape are definitely taken from the modern book of weddings. The sage patterned background panel is set off by the sage ribbon corners that hold the custom created Oyster white printed panel against the delicate floral pattern.

Another traditional, but not conventional, design offered in the Anna Griffin Wedding Album collection is the Platinum Swirls wedding invitation. The invitation consists of four separate layers, in the tradition of the most romantic and elegant of handmade invitations and Victorian cards. The backing layer is a heavyweight ecru with a fine platinum border, in the tradition of wedding invitations throughout the generations. A delicate paper patterned with platinum swirls forms a middle layer between the ecru backing and the elegantly bordered wording panel. Between the swirls and your wording, a satin platinum ribbon lends an additional touch of elegance.

The Anna Griffin Floral Wedding Invitations collection is pure romance personified. These floral-patterned papers are the designs on which Anna Griffin has built her reputation and on which her personal style is based, and they are nowhere more at home than they are in wedding invitations. Floral patterns embellish envelope linings and decorate wedding invitations. Floral prints lend a romantic touch to all of the accessories and elements of wedding stationery, including save the date cards, enclosure cards and thank you cards. As pretty and traditional as the patterns are, though, the wedding invitations bring a modern aesthetic to patterns taken from antique botanical prints.

The modern touch is evident in the styling of the Floral Roses Matchbook Invitation, which includes a printed or printable panel and a floral jacket that can be tied together with an elegant satin ribbon, included with the invitation. The Matchbook style is a delightful nod to modern paper crafters, who routinely fasten papers together with buttons, ribbons and bows. The rose pattern on the matchbook is reminiscent of the most romantic of Victorian prints.

Another delightfully romantic Anna Griffin design combines tradition and modern style with lovely roses in a completely different and unusual wedding invitation. The wedding invitation includes a printed or printable panel on which you can print the wording of your invitation. The heavy ecru paper is embellished with a subtly embossed border that is designed to peek at the sides of the scalloped, rose-patterned vellum wrapper. The entire wrap is tied with a delicate satin ribbon and bow to complete a wedding invitation that evokes the romance of the Victorian era.

One of the most innovative and bold of the Anna Griffin wedding invitation designs, though, is the button pocket invitation style. The Black and White Floral Button Pocket Invitation is part of the Anna Griffin printable wedding invitation collection. Each wedding invitation set includes an ecru invitation panel with a beveled border, a button pocket with a diagonal slash design and matching envelopes. Other printable wedding invitations in the Anna Griffin line include floral vellum side panels, buttons and ribbons.

In a very short time, designer Anna Griffin has made a name for herself as a graphic designer who can combine romance and whimsy, throw in a touch of elegance and create wedding invitations that are unique and memorable.

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Tips For Choosing Unique Wedding Invitations

Choosing unique wedding invitations can be a daunting task when it comes to planning your big day. For many couples, wedding invitations are selected before the details of the event itself are finalized. Picking wedding invitations that you love is a great way to start the process of planning a wedding. Beautiful and unique invitations can be the icing on the cake to an already perfect day. The wedding invitation also sets the tone for your day, by offering clues to the kind of wedding your guests will attend; so it is important that you choose a wedding invitation that speaks to your unique style and complements the style of your wedding.

There are thousands of different types of wedding invitations available, from classic and traditional to modern and funky. The choices are wide and far reaching. Choosing that one invitation style that is perfect for the two of you can be a long and intimidating task. You know that you want a unique invitation that begins to tell the tale of the life you are creating as a couple, not an easy task, but it can be done! Finding a unique wedding invitation starts with a conversation.

The decision you and your fiancé have is only one of many when it comes to planning your wedding day. If you have planned a themed wedding, then a unique wedding invitation can be a little easier to come up with. Let your imagination go with the theme of your wedding and do not be afraid to step out of the box. If you are having a Hawaiian themed wedding, you could send out invitations to your guests that have images of luaus and Hawaiian flower leis.

If you and your fiancé would prefer an oriental theme, you can choose to send intricate oriental invitations. If something more offbeat appeals to you both, send an anchor or pirate hat shaped invitation for a pirate themed wedding, or an old-world style invitation on parchment paper that looks like they have been hand written for a very traditionally themed wedding.

Barring a themed wedding, chances are there is something unique about it, perhaps your wedding color. You can bring the colors of your wedding party into your invitations, although you do not want to just send out white and teal green invitations. Choose an interesting designed or textured paper in teal green and off set it with a sheer cover in cream. The best thing to do when using wedding colors for your invitations is to step out of the box and use your imagination.

Perhaps there is a hobby that both of you love to do. You can use this ‘theme’ in your wedding invitations as well. If you both love to fish, you could use fishing line and lures for your invitations, or a hobby of wood-working could provide you with a way to expand your hobby into creating some special invitations. Regardless, if there is a hobby that the two of you share that helps to define you as a couple, don’t be afraid to use it to your advantage and choose the best part of your hobby to direct your unique wedding invitation choices.

There are many choices when it comes to wedding invitations that are pre-made. While you may not want to choose a pre-made pack of wedding invitations, you can mix and match from a variety of sets to create a wedding invitation set that is totally unique to you and your spouse to be. Really love that Vera Wang paper but dig the Anna Griffin envelopes? Well, order them both and put them together. As long as you both like it – there’s nothing wrong with mixing up a few different sets to create your own unique wedding invitations. Remember, this day is all about the two of you and your choices and individuality should ring through the entire event, starting with the invitations.

There are also many options for mix and match wedding invitations. These are often sets of invitations that have many different options available for each of the pieces of your invitation set, from invitation paper to envelopes, fonts and scripts and more. By hand selecting these choices, you can create an individualized look to your invitations that speaks of the two of you as a couple without having identical invites that someone else has.

Being unique in all your wedding choices is what many couples are looking for. Most do not want to have a wedding that is almost the same as the wedding you and your friends attended last summer. Select want a fresh, new look that will be unique to you and be different from everyone else. This is your special day and it should be all about you two as a couple, and you can begin this tradition with unique and individualized wedding invitations. Check out the variety of invitations that are available and start choosing your own personal style.

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How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Invitations

After setting the wedding date and tentative location, the next important decision is choosing your wedding invitations. With a such a wide variety of wedding invitation styles and price ranges, this decision can sometimes be overwhelming. Here are a few ideas to help you choose the perfect wedding invitation for your big day.

How many people to invite.
You may not have specific numbers yet, but you should be able to set a number range of guests you expect to invite, such as fewer than 100 or between 200 to 300. The bride and groom each may have different ideas of how they picture their wedding day so it is very important to communicate your wishes and ideas regarding a large wedding (with many guests) or small wedding (family and a few close friends). With this guest estimate in mind, you will be able to decide on a budget for your wedding invitations.

Budget.
When estimating the cost of wedding invitations, setting aside about 3% of your total wedding budget would be an adequate amount. This means if you have budgeted $20,000 for your wedding, you are able to spend up to $600 for your wedding invitations. Costs for wedding invitations can range anywhere from $1,000 and up per 100 invitations on the high end or as little as $70 per 100 invitations on the low end.

Plan ahead, order early.
It’s good to start early when choosing wedding invitations. You and your partner will need time to research and discuss the various choices available for your invitations. If you look early enough, you may even have time to request samples from various companies. Ordering your wedding invitations at least 6 months in advance will give you a cushion of time to allow for printing of the invitations and correction of any errors that may occur in printing. You also need to account for the time it takes to assemble your invitations and mailing them out to give sufficient time for a response. Plan on ordering 20 to 25 extra invitations in case they are needed because of mistakes in addressing the invitations or if you find you need to add additional guests to the list.

Wedding invitation types.
There are three or four different types of stationery that are popular with most couples choosing wedding invitations. Prices for these various types of stationery vary widely because of the way the invitations are made. The following are some common types of stationery used for wedding invitations:

Thermography. This type of wedding invitation is relatively inexpensive, popular and easy to find. This type of invitation can be used for a casual wedding. Thermography creates the illusion of raised text through a printing process that heats the ink and resin chemical in a combination that causes the printed text to appear raised while the paper beneath it looks smooth. Because of the heating process involved in creating this type of invitation, the proper combination of paper and ink must be used.

Offset Printing. This type of wedding invitation uses normal, everyday print. Although the print may seem common, this type of invitation will still announce your wedding in an elegant manner.

Engraved. This type of wedding invitation is usually very expensive and reserved for very formal weddings. Engraved invitations are usually used to announce a very traditional style of wedding. This type of invitation is costly because an engraver must first carve the image or message into a copper plate, ink the plate, and then push the plate down onto the paper. This creates the raised lettering on the paper. Because of all the steps needed to create this type of wedding invitation, this method is time consuming and you will need to wait weeks for your invitations to be ready.

Embossed. Embossed invitations are very classy but also very expensive. Similar to engraved invitations, the raised print on this type of wedding invitation looks impressive but may be hard on your budget because of the technique used to create this type of invitation.

Calligraphy. This handcrafted invitation is elegant and refined but needs to be done by a skilled calligrapher who may be difficult to find. You can also look for a printer who creates the look of calligraphy on printed invitations. Obviously, the printed calligraphy is more affordable than the hand-written calligraphy but may not be as elegant as the hand-written one.

Once you have decided on your wedding invitations, make sure you order all the wedding stationery you will need, such as response cards and thank you cards, together for uniformity.

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Wedding Invitations – How to Choose the Best One For Your Big Day

Wedding invitations are one of the most important wedding decisions. Not only do they notify your guests of your impending wedding, if chosen carefully they can also inform your guests about:

The style of you wedding (formal or casual),
Your wedding locale (destination-wedding, local wedding, church, park, etc.),
Your personal style (contemporary or traditional)
Color scheme, and
The theme of your wedding, if you have one.

Wedding invitations also vary in price point from very expensive to quite reasonable. You’ll want to choose them with care, so that you get the best invitation possible at your price point. The pricepoint of your wedding invitations will depend on quite a few things including:

Paper selected,
Print used,
How many sheets of paper are used,
How the paper is folded, and
How many inserts are included in the invitation.

Fortunately, with the help of the Internet, you can investigate price points, paper quality, printing styles and gather other pertinent invitation information without actual footwork. Use these steps to help make your wedding invitation selection easier:

Take a count. Though you may not have an exact number of guests that you’d like to invite to your wedding, you should have a ballpark range. This way, it will be easier to come up with a realistic budget for your wedding invitations.

Create that budget. A good estimate for wedding invitations is about three percent of your total wedding budget. If your wedding budget is $20,000, you’ll want to limit your spending on invitations to no more than $600.

Start now. It’s good to give yourself plenty of time to see what’s out there. You’ll not only save money, you’ll have time to order samples.

Take six. You should allow for a six-month window when it comes to ordering your wedding invitations. This way you’ll have enough time to allow for printing, AND the correction of any errors in your invitations. You’ll also need time to assemble your wedding invitations and prepare them for mailing.

Pick it out. There are literally thousands of styles and designs of wedding invitations available, there are only a handful of basic types of invitations. You’ll find invitations that are:

Engraved
Thermographed
Offset Printed
Calligraphic
Embossed
Handmade
Boxed

Engraved. Engraved invitations are classic wedding invitations. They are generally used to announce a very traditional-style wedding. For very formal weddings, engraved invitations are an absolute must. Engraved wedding invitations are also very expensive and time consuming because it takes an engraver several steps to complete the invitation. Note: You should order your engraved invitations no less than eight weeks from the date of your wedding–preferably further in advance.

Thermography. Thermographed wedding invitations are an affordable alternative to an engraved invitation. Thermography creates the illusion of raised text (like engraving) through a printing process that heats the ink and resin chemical in a combination causing the printed text to appear raised while the paper beneath it looks smooth. The end result has a very elegant look and works very well for semi-formal weddings. Note: Plan on ordering these invitations at least six weeks in advance.

Offset Printing. Most printing today is offset printing (also known as lithography). Offset printing has become one of the most popular choices on the market today because they are very cost efficient, they are available through most stationary vendors and printers (both online and off), and the invitations can be purchased “blank” allowing you the option of printing your own information on them. Printed invitations are appropriate for semi-formal and casual weddings. The quality of offset printing can vary greatly, so be sure to look for a printer who can deliver crisp quality and true colors. Note: While the turnaround time for printed invitations is typically short, you should still plan on ordering your printed invitations at least 4-6 weeks in advance.

Embossed. Similar to engraved invitations, the raised print on an embossed wedding invitation looks impressive and classy, but might be hard on the budget. Since it is rarely seen, though, embossed wedding invitations stand out among the many pieces of mail your guests receive. Note: Buy a small embosser with your monogram or return address on the plate. This will allow you to create custom stationery in a more affordable way.

Calligraphy. Calligraphed invitations are very elegant. They work well for weddings with an old fashioned theme, but can be very expensive due to the amount of time and effort involved in producing them. Because of the expense, you might also look for a printer who creates the look of calligraphy on printed invitations. Note: When deciding on whether to choose calligraphy invitations, remember that you need to allow extra time for preparation. Keep in mind, too, that this type of invitation may smudge if it comes in contact with moisture.

Handmade. Wedding invitations that are handmade are gaining popularity because they are cost efficient and they add a nice personal touch to your very special day. You may want to consider using a desktop publishing program, too, and attractive stationary to make the process a little easier. Note: Remember to plan on making additional invitations in case of mistakes and allow plenty of time to prepare them.

Boxed. Boxed wedding invitations are available at most retailers and provide a quick and easy alternative to other types of invitations. Also, they can be easily dressed up for a unique and personal touch. Note: Buy extras to ensure that you have enough in case of mistakes or you need to invite additional guests.

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