The tradition of sending holiday cards in our exploding social media landscape is a ritual that stands strong for many people–senders and receivers! Even those of us who avidly tweet, post, pin, and more, we understand that printed correspondence mailed on beautiful paper to individual addresses conveys something personal, intimate, and heartfelt.
The question is: How can you make the most of this special tradition?
Adding Your Personal Touch to Holiday Cards
Kleinfeld Paper holiday cards are one easy way for your holiday sentiments to stand out this season. Our range of classic designs, fine details, and luxury papers beautifully capture the spirit of the season. And if you’re stuck on what to say, which pictures to use, or how to make your card more personal, try these ideas using a design from Kleinfeld Paper’s 2013 Holiday Card collection:
Less “selfie” and more of the unexpected…
From top clockwise: ‘Desire’ by Heather Ruggles;
‘Holiday Faith Hope Love Joy Peace’ collage by Tumbalina; ‘Happy Merry Holly Jolly’ by Lauren DiColli Hooke.
- Skip the perfectly posed picture.
- Use a candid.
- Try something more unusual, like a scene from a special place or a fun moment.
- Do a collage.
Our holiday card designs can be printed as folded cards. Leave the inside blank to hand-write your note, or print it with personalized text. You can also choose a one, two or three-photo layout option.
- Always include a personal message about the season on your cards.
- If you do a letter, don’t be overly ambitious. Decide whether it fits printed on a folded card or needs to be assembled separately.
‘Gift Wrapped’ by Lauren DiColli Hooke
- Write a heartfelt sentiment.
- Sign your name the old-fashioned way–it’s a highly personal gesture.
Clockwise from top: ‘Framed Holiday’ by Vita Mechachonis; ‘You & Yours Hanukkah’ by Linda Facci; ‘Wishing You!’ by Annah Syta
- Photos are so…2012. (Are they really?)
- Surprise and delight them with a photo-free design with pictures on the inside or back.
You can personalize your perfect holiday greeting card quickly and easily online at Kleinfeld Paper. All cards print on luxury papers with coordinating envelopes, and offer the option to add designer liners, reverse-side backers, and pre-printed addresses.
In all things artistic, inspiration comes from many places. From the intricate beauty of the bridal dress, to the thoughts and dreams of the wedding day itself, our artists strive to create wedding invitation designs that allow each bride to find her own identity, one that resonates for her and extends to her family and friends. Be it a modern design with bold typography, a romantic design with flourish and monogram or a hand-painted watercolor transformed from canvas to paper, the Kleinfeld Paper collection stands out as unique and thoughtful.
From left to right: ‘Lush Bouquet’ by Suling Wang; ‘Artistic Orchid’ by Tumbalina; ‘Vintage Beauty’ by Michelle Taylor.
Inspired Wedding Invitation Design
Each piece of stationery is designed with the artist’s intention to reflect the magic of this special day and bring to life the mood of the moment. In gathering together my team, I look for expertise in areas that will bring our collection greater depth, texture, and choice.
Classic Art Technique
Clockwise from top-left: ‘Painted Peonies’ by Yana Beylinson; ‘Tulips’ by Yana Beylinson; ‘Watercolor Orchids’ by Tumbalina.
The artist original can begin with paint on canvas, or pen and ink on paper. The process then moves from these classic techniques to our modern print technology, resulting in beautiful art printed on one of our exquisite papers.
Clockwise from left: ‘It Is Official’ by Suzanne Cahill; ‘French Flourishes’ by Karla Cushman; ‘Fresh Typography’ by Michelle Taylor.
The timelessness of beautiful typography presents itself in a range of styles, be it Victorian script, modern-day bold, a vintage romantic flourish or personal monogram.
Clockwise from top: ‘Carved Tree’ by Vita Mechachonis; ‘You and Me’ by Vita Mechachonis; ‘Gettin Hitched’ by Suzanne Cahill.
The art of whimsy has a special place in our wedding invitation designs, evident in unique illustration and fresh, fun details showing up in just the right places.
Clockwise from top: ‘Wild Garden’ by Tumbalina; ‘Carved Monogram’ by Vita Mechachonis; ‘Vintage Glamour’ by Lauren DiColli Hooke.
Understanding trends is of utmost importance during the creation process, and can be seen throughout our collection in various design elements like on-trend colors, patterns, embellishments, and more.
Trained with a deep knowledge of our extensive selection, design styles, paper and print options and much more, our consultants take time to learn about your vision and style. They’ll work with you every step of the way to bring your dreams to life on paper, with care and understanding. When you sit down in-person with a wedding invitation specialist at our Manhattan store, or talk to a live customer service professional by phone, you’ll experience the attention to detail and the care we provide to each and every bride that we pride ourselves on.
We hope you’ll find inspiration from our entire collection. You can view and shop our wedding invitation designs online anytime, using the filter search tool to sort by your preferred color, style, theme and more. Or, contact an in-store specialist to make an appointment at your convenience.
The standard etiquette for wording wedding invitations is ever changing. The traditional format remains a good guidepost, but it is only a starting point. There are many beautiful (and perfectly acceptable) ways to write your invitation.
Wording wedding invitations should be as much about personal style than anything else. But it’s still important to acknowledge who’s hosting. The bride’s parents aren’t always paying for the wedding. Blended families can have multiple hosts. And older, financially independent couples are hosting their own nuptials.
Here’s a quick look at some sample wedding invitations with different ideas for wording.
Wording Wedding Invitations in the Traditional Way
‘Classic Calligraphy’ is an example of a traditionally worded wedding invitation, using proper names with titles and no abbreviations.
If you want to word your wedding invitations following the traditional style:
- Use proper, full names with titles for the hosting parents.
- List only the bride’s first and middle names when the bride’s parents are hosting (If the groom’s parents are hosting, list only the groom’s first and middle names).
- Spell out dates, times and places in full.
- Indicate the time of day–morning, afternoon or evening–in addition to spelling out the hour. (A ceremony at five o’clock or later is considered an “evening” wedding.)
- Use “half-past” if the ceremony will take place on the half-hour (example: “half-past five o’clock in the evening“)
Formal vs. Casual
Formal wedding invitations are not necessarily traditional in style. Many modern-style wedding invitations use formal wording.
‘Modern Type’ is a formally worded wedding invitation done in a modern-style design, with the nontraditional hosts being the bride and groom themselves!
- A formal ceremony that will take place in a house of worship uses the request line “the honor of your presence”.
- A wedding that will take place in a secular venue uses “the pleasure of your company” instead.
Many modern style wedding invitations do strike a more casual tone in wording. They relax the rules around proper names, allow for more abbreviations, and tend to be more creative with wording. What’s important is to know the tone you want to set for your wedding day.
‘Meant to Be’ strikes a more casual tone with nontraditional wording for the invitation request and uses the numerically abbreviated wedding date as a major design element.
If you want to word your wedding invitations in a casual style, break some rules!
- Use abbreviations in select places (sometimes this is already part of the design)
- Drop formal titles with names (helpful when hosting parents are divorced, deceased, remarried, etc.)
- Be original–write it how you would say it!
Who’s hosting remains a major guidepost for wording wedding invitations. It should be simple to acknowledge those helping to pay for the wedding. But it isn’t always just the bride’s parents by themselves these days. Here are some wedding invitation examples worded to recognize different hosts:
Both Sets of Parents Hosting
‘Traditional Wedding’ lists both sets’ of parents as hosts, but the bride’s parents’ names go first. In this case, neither the bride’s nor groom’s last names need be listed.
Couple Themselves Hosting:
In ‘Swirly Chalkboard’, the couple’s own full names immediately follows the invitation request line, this one worded in a more casual style, “Please join us” rather than the formal “Request the honor of your presence.”
‘I Heart’ makes clear that everyone is pitching in but doesn’t specifically name the parents, since they are not the official hosts.
Look for more ideas about wedding invitation wording from us on Pinterest, and share with us how you’ve worded your wedding invitations.
From elegant jade to neutral camouflage, few other colors are as versatile as the many shades of green. In 2013, green has gone superstar — Emerald is the “color of the year” according to Pantone, the world-renowned authority on color. Described as a “lively, radiant and lush green,” emerald balances refined sophistication with the natural world.
Green wedding invitations appeal to many different wedding styles. Dress it up; dress it down. Pair it with bolds; blend it with neutrals. Enjoy the beautiful shades of green in this hand-picked selection of wedding invitations, and visit us on Pinterest for more Green! inspiration:
A Traditional Classic
‘Victorian Scroll’ with green accent border by tumbalina for Kleinfeld Paper
Deep shades of green signal tradition, balance and prosperity. Green is a gorgeous accent color for any classical wedding invitation, like ‘Victorian Scroll’ featured above.
‘Honey Sweet’ in soft green by Heather Ruggles for Kleinfeld Paper
Bright yellow-greens profess something lively and trendy, like the green honeycomb pattern in Honey Sweet. In Rolling Waves below, a lime-turquoise combination gives this wedding invitation design an energetic and whimsical look:
‘Rolling Waves’ by Lauren DiColli Hooke for Kleinfeld Paper
The Natural World
Green dominates nature, bringing harmony and balance. These greens make us feel peaceful, calm and rested. Green gives life to neutral browns in Botanical, while Floating Mums uses green as the perfect backdrop for bright florals:
‘Botanical’ by Diane Kappa for Kleinfeld Paper
‘Floating Mums’ save-the-date card by Suling Wang
Green Wedding Invitations for all Styles
No matter what your wedding day style, green can be a refreshing choice for wedding color. From glittering diamonds to satiny silvers, see how gorgeous green looks among the variety of wedding stationery and style elements we’ve compiled below:
Click below to link to any of the Kleinfeld products featured above:
1. ‘Rose Branches’ Save-the-Date by Tumbalina for Kleinfeld Paper
2. Thomas Knoll Head Piece for Kleinfeld Bridal
3. ‘Modern Dots’ Save-the-Date by Michelle Taylor for Kleinfeld Paper
4. ‘Modern Love’ Save-the-Date by Vita Mechachonis for Kleinfeld Paper
5. Polka Dot Tie for Kleinfeld Men
6. Renee Pawele Head Piece for Kleinfeld Bridal
7. Alita Graham Gown for Kleinfeld Bridal
8. Badgley Mischka Bridal Shoes for Kleinfeld Bridal
9. ‘Modern Damask’ Wedding Invitation by Jodi Berlin for Kleinfeld Paper
10. ‘Transparent Leaves’ Wedding Invitation by Tumbalina for Kleinfeld Paper
11. Bling by Wilkening Earrings for Kleinfeld Bridal
12. Ellen Hunter NYC Head Piece for Kleinfeld Bridal
Some things are just better in person. Like fabric, lace and beadwork on a wedding gown. Or paper, inks and fonts on a wedding invitation. Seeing and touching the real thing is, after all, why we send printed wedding invitations in the first place!
(left) Wedding Gown by Alita Graham for Kleinfeld Bridal and (right) Florentine Letterpress Invitation by Jodi Berlin for Kleinfeld Paper
At Kleinfeld Paper, we understand exactly why a bride should want to touch and feel her wedding invitations before placing an order.
In-store Inspiration for Your Wedding Invitation
Behind the website lies the Kleinfeld Experience–our own special brand of one-on-one, in-person expertise. Kleinfeld Paper Invitation Specialists are available to you by appointment in the elegant comfort of our Manhattan salon.
Kleinfeld Paper is located inside Kleinfeld on 110 West 20th Street in New York City
We are always excited to work with our brides face-to-face. We offer two types of private consultations:
- By Appointment. Meet one-on-one with a specialist, including weekends (except Mondays & Wednesdays when the salon is closed).
- Evening Events. Relax and enjoy champagne and sweets during a Kleinfeld Paper ‘WEDDnesday’ evening appointment. The store is closed to bridal gown clients, so you’ll love the extra-intimate, private setting.
Can’t Get to Manhattan? We’re Always Online.
Order our free invitation toolkit or design samples directly from our website. Our toolkit has everything you need – sample papers, select designs, font styles and color palettes. Or speak with Customer Service, either by phone (toll-free), online chat or email.
Why You’ll Love the In-Store Experience
Here’s what we think you’ll like the most about your appointment:
The Salon Atmosphere.
Relaxed, luxurious, comfortable, all at your own pace. No pressure, lots of inspiration, and completely focused on you–your vision, your style, your needs.
A peek inside the Kleinfeld salon setting
Expertise with a Personal Touch.
Tell us everything about your plans for your wedding day. We’ll listen, ask questions, and guide you through our extensive style selection, plus….
Whatever your timeline and budget, we are dedicated to making your wedding style shine on paper!
We understand it takes time to make decisions about your invitation to the event of a lifetime. So as your Invitation Specialist, we are dedicated to you. We are always available to you, directly, even after your first appointment–in person, by phone, email and even Skype! We’ll work closely with you from beginning to end, handling special requests to make sure all the details of your order are done right.
‘One Sweet Love’ from The Platinum Collection by Kleinfeld Paper (available only in-store)
The Platinum Collection.
You’ll also get the chance to view the exclusive designs of our Platinum Collection, available only in-store (not online). This luxury collection offers unique designs with premium details such as engraving, die-cut pockets, bellybands, and more. See, touch and feel these breathtaking wedding invitations in person during your private consultation.
Schedule When It Works for You
There is no charge for our in-store appointment services. We welcome the chance to work with you in person during this part of your wedding planning journey. Book your appointment today online, or call Customer Service at 866.824.4723 to find a day and time that works for you!
How is it that one of the most short-lived style movements of the 20th century keeps reappearing in art, fashion, and especially, weddings? Part of the appeal of Art Deco is attributable to Hollywood’s glamorous touch. The recent remake of “The Great Gatsby,” an American movie-favorite based on the classic novel, portrays the exuberant 1920′s high society that gave rise to a lavish yet modern sensibility.
As a decorative style, Art Deco’s popularity is evident in everyday life–from internationally-famous architectural landmarks to home decor and fashion, all the way to everyday consumer goods, and of course, in stylish, unique wedding invitations. For brides, it inspires a unique blended style that is eclectic, yet classically glamorous and modern all at once.
Deco-designed Wedding Invitations
Here’s a taste of some of our beautifully crafted wedding invitation sets, inspired by classic Art Deco design details:
‘Deco Grand’ by Annah Syta
Deco Grand is pure Art Deco architectural inspiration, printed in two coveted precious-metal color options (gold and silver, of course!). Bold geometric shapes create an intricate pattern reflective of the style’s streamlined look.
‘Vintage Glamour’ by Lauren DeColli Hooke
Vintage Glamour features a symmetrical border pattern created through the artful combination of geometric shapes. The wedding invitation suite is drenched in rich contrasting colors, shown here in black and gold, but also available in cream & gold or black & pink.
‘Art Deco Scales’ by Vita Mechachonis
Art Deco Scales creates an elegant, balanced pattern from scalloped scales–symmetrical, geometric shapes used widely in Art Deco styling to exalt the beauty of machine power over the organic. The trademark rounded, sans-serif font style, free of flourishes, prevails throughout the wedding invitation suite, shown here in pink, but also available in purple, yellow, or silver-grey.
‘Dazzle’ by Annah Syta
Dazzle plays up Art Deco’s penchant for opulence with a jewel-like sunburst, a cornerstone motif of the style. The playfulness of this wedding invitation design’s mixed-up typography lends a fresh look, enhanced further by the on-trend blue-gray background color.
‘Scalloped Lace’ by Suzanne Cahill
Scalloped Lace uses the repetition of ornate lace to perfect the lavish embellishment seen in Art Deco design. The black-on-pale-pink color palette is vintage deco, hinting at the allure of out-in-the-open sex-appeal that permeated an era of contrasts (progress and Prohibition!)
‘Deco Detail’ by Annah Syta
Deco Detail is a more classical style wedding invitation design with strong deco-inspired undertones in the illustration and color palette. An asymmetrical floral motif comprised of geometric shapes anchors the traditional layout. Classic font styles print in either silver or gold on white for a clean, classic look.
For more fabulous Art Deco wedding style ideas, check out our Desperately Deco! board on Pinterest. We’d love to hear about your favorite deco details by commenting below.
Ahhh, the distinctive look and feel of wedding invitations. You know them from the beautifully addressed envelopes—a custom stamp, heavy, thick paper, smooth liners, and a crisply printed address.
Featured wedding invitation suite: ‘Simple Elegance’ by Diane Kappa
These things let you know that something special awaits. Guests should notice your wedding invitation in the stack of mail right away so that it’s the first piece they open!
Etiquette for Addressing Your Envelopes
The envelope is the very first first impression guests get of your wedding day. Always choose exquisite quality paper, (we use exclusively premium, heavy weight paper at Kleinfeld Paper), and a beautiful font for printing or professional calligraphy.
Use these customary etiquette guidelines for well-addressed wedding invitation envelopes:
- Married couples – names go on the same line (example below):
- Unmarried couples – names go on two separate lines, with the woman’s name first, or in alphabetical order if the couple is a same-sex couple (example below):
- Families – include “and Family” after the couple’s names (example below):
- Guests – Find out the name of your guest’s date and use the name.
- Use full spellings, including streets, states, titles and middle names when using them.
- Use numerals for street and apartment numbers but write out ‘Apartment’ on a separate line above the street address.
- Mr., Ms., and Mrs. are abbreviated. Choose Ms. Over Miss.
- Spell out titles for doctors, clergy, military and government officials (example below):
- Use title and service designations for active duty military officers, male and female, as follows:
Senior officers – titles such as Captain or Commander go in front of the name;
Junior officers – titles and branch of service go on a separate line after the name;
Non-commissioned officers – use only their service designation (Army, Navy, etc.):
More Wedding Invitation Envelope Details
Kleinfeld Paper can print your return address on the back flap of your envelopes. It does not have to be the same as the address used on your Response Cards.
Featured wedding invitation with envelope liner: ‘Heart of Gold’ by Vita Mechachonis
Featured wedding invitation with envelope liner: ‘Lace Applique’ by Linda Facci
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With just weeks or days to go until your wedding day, you’re in the final stretch. Minimize your apprehension by focusing on personal details that matter to YOU. Here are 5 things you can do now that will get you to your big day with style, grace and JOY!
5 Things To Do Now
Write down your personal care needs for the big day in a step-by-step list so you won’t have to think about it. Get the order and duration time right for everything from eating a nutritious breakfast to having your hair and veil firmly in place before stepping into your wedding gown. Your goal is to be ready for the photographer without breaking a sweat!
Confirm all your appointment times if you’re using salon or spa services. Put the details in writing for your bridesmaids too (what time they need to be where), and ask your Maid of Honor to take charge so you don’t have to.
Beauty and health emergencies, as well as—ahem—wardrobe malfunctions happen. Even (and especially) to brides. Have a bag with the essentials you could need within close reach. Here’s a starter list:
- Breath mints – avoid chewing gum
- Pain reliever
- Safety pins
- Hand wipes – not hand sanitizer that could stain
- Clear band-aids, especially for foot blisters
- Travel sewing kit with white thread (probably)
- Compact mirror
- Lip gloss, face powder and preferential make-up items for touch-up
- Nail file
- Travel hair spray, also great for calming static!
- Stain/spot treatment laundry stick
- CHECK WEATHER FORECASTIf balmy is not the year-round forecast for your wedding locale, be ready to fend off whatever discomforts weather could bring on the big day.
- Rain? Get out that picture-perfect matching umbrella and boots.
- Heat? Keep bottles water handy, along with a fan, tissues and powder for blotting.
- Cold? If your dress isn’t coming with a matching shrug, use a wrap with gloves or even fuzzy muffs.
- Hurricane? Well, hopefully you purchased Event Insurance!
- PRACTICE TOASTS & SPEECHES
- Yes, practice makes perfect. Also, a few other things to try:
- Vetting Remarks: Politely remind them that your wedding is a family affair—so stay in good taste.
- Windbags and Chatty Cathies, beware! Set time limits.
- End on a good note: Put your trusted speaker last with the speech you’ll want everyone to remember.
Personalized thank you note card designs by Kleinfeld Paper
Featured designs clockwise from top left:
‘Graceful’ by Suzanne Cahill; ‘Cherry Blossom’ by Tumbalina; ‘Head Over Heels’ by Lauren DiColli Hooke; ‘Vintage Magnolia’ by Suzanne Cahill; ‘Just My Type’ by Jodi Berlin; ‘You & Me’ by Vita Mechachonis
- ORDER WEDDING THANK YOU CARDS
What are you waiting for? The presents are coming if they haven’t already. Get on with it already. Order wedding thank you cards and have your beautiful, personalized Mr. & Mrs. wedding stationery at the ready!
Last but not least, have a good time!
Your wedding day should be perfect. That’s why at Kleinfeld Paper, we’re all about getting the details right. Here are some that we think can make a huge difference:
VOWS & TOASTS
Practice makes perfect
Terrified of speaking publicly? Uncomfortable with vocal displays of affection? No worries; you can’t go wrong! Practice in advance, and any slip ups will only endear you to everyone, especially each other. Here are a few tips to calm your jitters:
- Draw inspiration from something you know — a favorite poem; a funny, true story; a family tradition.
- Write it out, read it aloud, and revisit.
- Practice. Get comfortable pronouncing the words. Get comfortable saying them out loud. Then practice some more.
Proofreading makes perfect
No need to start from scratch! Kleinfeld Paper’s sample wedding ceremony programs contain plenty of ideas for style and content.
‘Framed Love’ by Vita Mechachonis
Start with the basics:
- Order of Events (processional, readings, vows, musical interlude, recessional, other special rituals)
- Music Selections (name of song, original author/composer, performed by)
- Wedding Party Attendants
- Readings (title, author, year published)
- Additional instructions (receiving line location, reception details, helpful for guests who left their wedding invitations or wedding reception cards at home!)
Most importantly, just as with other wedding stationery, always have someone other than yourself proofread your program before it prints!
‘Fresh Typography’ by Michelle Taylor
Placement makes it perfect
Getting wedding place cards right is all about the flow of your reception and how you’re seating guests.
Flat-style place setting cards featured (clockwise from top-left): ‘Wisteria Collection’ by Tumbalina, ‘Yellow Gray Ferns’ by Amanda Zoss, ‘Alluring’ by Heather Ruggles
- One or two sets? When assigning specific seats, you’ll need two sets of place cards; one at the entrance of the reception (escort cards), and one for each guest at the table (place setting cards).
- Order extras. There’s always the chance of last minute changes or additions, and an even bigger chance of misspellings!
- Folded vs. flat. Depending on how you plan to display them, folded place cards can be arranged anywhere. Flat cards need either card holders or clips but can be treated very creatively.
Planning makes perfect
Where to seat your second-cousin-by-marriage-twice-divorced-currently-single? Who sits next to whom at your wedding party table? These decisions can be stressful and no one wants to be at the proverbial ‘table of misfits.’
Try these strategies to guide your seating arrangements:
- Keep like with like. Generally speaking, don’t mix friends with family. Keep singles with singles and couples with couples.
- Try to seat at least two people who know each other–they’ll help connect the others.
- Mix in outgoing, gregarious people with quieter guests.
- Don’t mix generations unless it’s within a family.
- Seat older guests further from the music.
Playing makes perfect
Whether you’re iPod-ing, hiring a DJ or a 25-piece band, you’ll need a playlist. Start with the kind of music you both enjoy together–after all, it’s your day to reflect your style! But also include different types of selections for the occasion using these considerations:
- Please your crowd: play tunes that people are familiar with.
- Consider the generational divide. Children, your crowd, and the grand folks will enjoy different kinds of selections to get them up and dancing.
- Play the songs that are important to you.
And here’s a list of the key reception moments to put to music:
|Couple’s first entrance
|Couple’s first dance
Bonus Detail: Wedding Reception Programs
Did you know you can even have a wedding program for your reception? If you want to share your musical selections, acknowledge any special performers, toasts or rituals, or simply set guests’ expectations for the celebration, wedding reception programs are a savvy extra detail to add.