What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you’re thinking about your wedding invitations? It probably isn’t that odd little card with a capital “M_________”. Yet your wedding response cards could arguably be the single most important component of your wedding invitation suite!
Small Card, Big Impact
After all, this one little card packs a lot of power. The power of humor, while not for everyone, is brilliant in these hilarious reply cards shared by The Huffington Post. On a more serious note, reply cards help to:
- Tally your final guest headcount
- Finalize menu selections for the caterer
- Collect suggested dance songs
- Hear back from your guests directly
Waiting for the postman to deliver this information to you via a printed wedding reply card may seem a bit archaic in the world of instant real-time digital RSVPs. You may even think you already have a good handle on who’s coming. But weddings are different. They’re a big commitment–for the guests as much as the hosts. Getting that commitment – in writing – on paper – formalizes the response and carries more weight than any verbal or tweeted reply could.
Make the Most of the RSVP
But even more than delivering your reception planning information, wedding reply cards give you another avenue to express wedding day style. And they can provide additional information for guests about what to expect your wedding day.
Clockwise from upper left: Traditional Wedding by Jodi Berlin; Artistic Orchid by Tumbalina; Wedding Lace by Tumbalina; One Sweet Love by Lauren DiColli Hooke
To personalize your wedding response cards, start with the basics:
1. Determine your RSVP Date
Always request responses with a due date, and then buffer it with a week or so to it for stragglers and procrastinators. Also know when your venue and caterer need their final headcounts, and use these typical guidelines:
|When You Mail Wedding Invitations
|When to Set RSVP Due Date
|8 weeks in advance
||4 weeks before the wedding
|6 weeks in advance
||3 weeks before the wedding
2. Get the Number of Attending Guests
Ask guests to write in the number of people attending your wedding. This is especially important when inviting families, married couples who may decide that only one of them will attend, or single guests whom you’ve also allowed to bring a companion.
3. List Menu Selections (optional)
Your wedding response cards are the best way to get a preliminary entree count for a formal, sit-down wedding reception. Your caterer should be able to give you basic wording suggestions for your menu choices. Even if you don’t request guests to make entree selections on the response card, you can ask guests to list any important dietary preferences (e.g. vegetarian) as well as specific restrictions, especially severe allergies to common culprits like shellfish or nuts, to help plan your menu options.
4. Solicit Special Requests
Want guests to choose an ice cream flavor for the sundae bar? What about collecting wedding song requests? The response card is one way to involve guests a little in planning a great party.
5. Pre-address and stamp reply card envelopes
Make it easy (and free) for guests to mail their response back to you. Envelopes are automatically included when you order Kleinfeld Paper wedding response cards. You’ll need to know the address where response cards should go if you want the envelopes pre-addressed. That address does not have to be the same as the return address on the outer envelopes of your wedding invitations, but it should be an address for whomever is keeping track of the guest count. This could be you, a parent, or your wedding planner.
Thematic Wedding Response Cards
Give guests a little something unexpected if it’s your style, with unique response options that tie into your wedding day theme or venue.
Clockwise from upper left: Fresh Typography by Michelle Taylor; Meant To Be by Lauren DiColli Hooke; Dazzle by Annah Syta; You & Me by Vita Mechachonis
Are you feeling spring-y yet? Weather this early March in many places across the country is making spring feel a bit out of reach. So we’re taking matters into our own hands, and springing into action, with spring wedding invitations inspired by 6 spring colors Pantone unveiled when they announced Radiant Orchid as 2014 Color of the Year.
Pantone’s Spring 2014 color forecast offers a great mix of soft pastels, energetic brights, and fresh neutrals that can either work harmoniously together or stand alone. Here’s a look at 6 springtime wedding color inspirations, based on Pantone’s color picks and featuring our own wedding invitations from Kleinfeld Paper and gowns and accessories from Kleinfeld Bridal.
Placid Blue and Dazzling Blue
Placid Blue is peaceful, serene and clear, while Dazzling Blue is energized, sparking and exciting.
Hemlock and Paloma
Hemlock is fresh and minty, and can be used as a neutral itself, but also pairs so nicely for weddings with Paloma, a warm, soft, enveloping gray.
Freesia and Sand
Freesia is energetic, vivid and warm, and works beautifully with the neutral Sand, which is comfortable, toasty and classic.
For more springtime inspiration, get yourself quick over to our Spring Wedding
board on Pinterest. To find one of the products shown in these spring inspiration boards, we’ve provided the product name with links below.
Placid Blue and Dazzling Blue:
Hemlock and Paloma:
3. Bling by Wilkening Earrings
Freesia and Sand:
Just a few weeks ago, Kleinfeld Paper was delighted to have a selection of wedding stationery suites featured at a ‘Wedding Ready Paper Party’ event at the Huntington, New York store of stationery retailer, Lion in the Sun. We’re excited about partnering with local stationery retailers like Lion in the Sun as a way to bring bridal consumers everywhere access to the Kleinfeld Paper wedding collection, an extension of one of the most trusted names in bridal.
Guests attend a ‘Wedding Ready Paper Paper’ in Huntington, New York on January 31, 2014, hosted by Lion in the Sun, and featuring wedding invitations by Kleinfeld Paper. Photos by Tessie Reveliotis Photography.
In this post, we’re sharing a little about Lion in the Sun’s wedding stationery business and what brides can expect in working with a local, custom invitation consultant:
KP: Tell us a little about your stores.
Lion in the Sun is a stationery boutique, with two New York locations in Brooklyn and Long Island. We are all about paper and preserving the art of correspondence, finding that perfect card or journal or gift. But most importantly, we help clients celebrate their most important milestones with truly special, customized invitations and paper collateral. We are known for our exceptional customer service and many years of experience and expertise.
Ours is a family business. My parents opened our Long Island location in 1981, after selling their beach Hamptons beach house to afford it, which is where the unique name came from. In 2002, I decided to continue the family tradition and opened the shop in Brooklyn. As a non-profit event planner, I felt passionate about paper and design elements of events, and I saw a great need for it in the Brooklyn neighborhood where I was living.
KP: How did you get involved as a select Kleinfeld Paper retailer?
I met one of the creators at an event before it formally launched, and I jumped all over it! What an amazing pairing for Kleinfeld to create a wedding stationery line. I knew it would be elegant and well-done. When I also learned about all the design selections and options, with cutting-edge printing capabilities, I was hooked.
KP: What specific trends are you seeing in wedding stationery?
Letterpress and colored edging continue to be really popular and are here to stay, not just as trends. Laser cutting is a really hot and beautiful trend, as is incorporating fabrics like lace, vintage handkerchiefs, or burlap.
KP: When is the best time for a bride-to-be (or couple) to book an appointment at your store?
We recommend starting the wedding invitation consultation process a least 6 months before the wedding. We make appointments up to a week in advance, although we work mostly on a walk-in basis. I want the experience to be convenient for our clients, so we always have plenty of experienced consultants available. Weekends can get really busy, so we strongly recommend weekdays. January through July is wedding season, and usually March through June is busiest.
KP: Do you recommend using a calligrapher?
I recommend addressing your envelopes in a way you feel is special and beautiful. You want your wedding invitations to feel important when guests receive them! While I love hand calligraphy, there are many other options now, like handwriting that is not calligraphy but is more whimsical and fun. More and more couples are opting for computer calligraphy, which offers so many font option that can look handwritten or can match your invitation’s font and color.
KP: For couples on a tight budget, how or where can costs be cut?
Digital printing or thermography are less expensive printing methods. Reply postcards, while less formal, can be a whimsical way to save on paper and postage.
KP: What should a bride bring with her when she comes to her first appointment?
Bring any pictures or samples you have, and be ready with adjectives to describe the feel you are going for. You’ll also want to have an accurate count of invitations you will need, but count mailing addresses not actual guests. Have details like the exact spelling of all parents’ names, how they should appear on the invitation, the time to call the invitation (not the time the ceremony starts, as they are not always the same thing.) Also have addresses for all locations and details of additional information you want to include, such as directions, farewell brunch, a wedding website, etc.
KP: Who should a bride bring with her to an appointment? Who should she not bring?
I just say please don’t bring ten people to your first appointment! If you bring a friend, bring one who will be positive and supportive. I have seen so many brides move away from what they loved because their maid of honor didn’t like it.
KP: What types of questions should she be ready to ask?
Shopping for wedding stationery can be a bit of a process, but we are there to guide bridal consumers through every step of the way. That is the great thing about going to shop where experts can help with all the details and help you make all the right decisions.
Melinda Morris is owner of both Lion in the Sun locations and can be reached at shop@lionin thesunps.com. Or visit LionintheSun.com or click for more contact information.
Lion in the Sun locations:
- 232 7th Avenue Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY
- 314 Main Street, Huntington, NY
Beautiful to the touch. Rich, crisp, finely detailed. Distinctive. These words could describe all Kleinfeld Paper printed wedding invitations, using any one of our printing techniques. But it’s especially true for designs done in our raised ink printing technique.
‘French Flourishes’ by Karla Cushman shown here using raised ink printing
Full-color and Fast
Choosing a wedding invitation printed in raised ink is a beautiful way to achieve a fine, precise, dimensional quality. Raised ink printing adds rich texture, yet takes less time and may be easier on your budget than some other specialty printing techniques. This is thanks to our digitally printed raised ink process–printing a clear transparent ink over any color in the full spectrum of digital print colors that comes off the press dry and ready for finishing. This allows us to print raised ink wedding invitations with full-color graphics at the highest level of quality without sacrificing turnaround time.
‘Dazzle’ by Anna Syta shown here is printed using raised ink on pearlescent paper
We offer two paper options for raised ink printing because of their firmness:
- Smooth matte paper
- Pearlescent paper
Both papers are luxuriously thick, yet hard enough (as opposed to a plush cotton) to showcase the precision and dimension of raised ink.
Raised Ink works best on graphics and fonts that are thin and delicate. Small text, especially fine scripts, and borders all come out beautifully when done in raised ink. Not all wedding invitation designs lend themselves to raised ink, however. Designs with areas of over-sized text or large pieces of art, such as watercolor florals, may not be available in raised ink.
- To look for raised ink designs, use our Filter Search tool to search ‘By Print Technique’ and select Raised Ink.
- To more closely view a design in raised ink, choose Raised Ink from the Print Option drop-down menu, and click on “view raised ink area”.
‘Classic Monogram’ by Linda Facci
Raised Ink in a Suite
If you choose raised ink for your wedding invitations, other components from your invitation design suite may be printed this way if you select it when ordering. This is completely up to you. You can also use raised ink for personalizing your wedding invitations with a monogram or motif. This is a gorgeous way to add some color, since our raised ink can be done in any color.
Finding Perfectly Printed Wedding Invitations for Your Wedding Day
Here’s a sampling of some of our favorite designs available in raised ink. To shop for more wedding invitation designs available in raised ink, shop KleinfeldPaper.com and use our Filter Search tool on the left-hand navigation bar. Then search ‘By Print Technique’ and select the Raised Ink option.
Sampling of Kleinfeld Paper Wedding invitation designs available in raised ink.
Links to wedding invitations shown above, clockwise from top left:
Deco Noir save the date by Karla Cushman
Timeless Romance by Lauren DiColli Hooke
Vintage Glamour save the date by Lauren DiColli Hooke
Victorian Wedding by Jodi Berlin
Heart Monogram save the date by Vita Mechachonis
Summer Lilies by Suling Wang
At Kleinfeld Paper, we produce wedding stationery for the couple tying the knot in two months as perfectly as we do for the couple planning a two-year engagement. When you join us by email, you’ll receive timely advice based on your specific wedding date to keep you on track about when to order what.
Here’s a basic timeline for when to order key wedding stationery components–from engagement party invites through wedding thank you cards (surprise, you’ll need to order some right away!)–based on a typical twelve-month engagement:
We serve many brides with shorter engagements than this timeline, as well as those who are taking two years or more to plan their weddings! We can do this because we offer a wide range of techniques for printed wedding invitations, from fast and flawless digital printing to luxurious traditional letterpress. Choosing from these options will depend both on your budget and timeline, as well as your wedding day style. Our customer service professionals and in-store consultants can guide you through making the right choice. No matter what you choose, we can guarantee 100% satisfaction, because we use our own state-of-the-art printing technology and dedicated print professionals to handle orders start to finish.
A Wedding Stationery Timeline that Starts with Thank You Notes?
Yes! The thing about wedding thank you cards is they really are the one piece of wedding stationery you’ll start using right away. As soon as engagement party invites or save-the-dates go out, you’ll start receiving gifts. Wedding showers, luncheons, and other lead-in-to-the-big day celebrations mean you’ll need to be fully stocked with thank you’s to respond as the gracious bride.
As for after the big day, our 2 to 6-week window for thank you notes can actually stretch much longer. Guests and other well-wishers have up to one year after the actual wedding date to send your wedding gift!
A designer who delights in switching from running shoes to high heels and a party dress is likely one who loves working in contrasts. Heather Ruggles’ romantic wedding invitations have a very eloquent and refined quality that blend trend and tradition seamlessly. We’re excited to introduce Heather and showcase her designs in this week’s ‘Spotlight.’
How did you come be be a Graphic Artist?
Many would have guessed my passion would lead me to a career in photography. Growing up, I took pictures of anything and everything, and began crafting handmade cards and invitations for family and friends. This hobby eventually grew into a small business. When planning my own wedding, I had a hard time ﬁnding romantic wedding invitations that were exactly what I wanted. With the help of another designer, we put together a very unique photographic invitation that I adored. I knew I had found my niche! I started doing wedding invitations and stationery for photographers, family and friends while pursuing a degree in Graphic design. I never felt like I was either exclusively a photographer or a graphic designer, so stationery design really became the perfect mix for me.
Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
I look to fashion, interior design, color, nature and wedding locations. Of course Pinterest has brought ﬁnding inspiration to a whole new level! But I am also inspired when I know I have inspired others to see things more clearly or differently.
Also, my running shoes! There is nothing that makes me feel more alive than getting up in the morning and going for a run to give me the energy, focus, drive and inspiration for the rest of my day.
What trends do you watch?
It can be overwhelming to keep tabs on all of the different trends going on at one time. I am constantly researching the up and coming design elements in the Stationery industry, and love creating unique pieces. Some of my favorite trends right now emerged recently, I love all things vintage romance and rustic.
What do you consider to be your specialty in design?
I think I have a knack for creating designs where the bride, groom, parents, all family members can see themselves in all the stationery products they select. I also love combining two very different elements, soft and bold, old and new, to create a balance of interesting pieces for each wedding suite design.
What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t working?
I spend time with the handsome man in my life, my husband, Anthony, and our dachshund-shihtzu, Bailey. Within the past few years we’ve taken up a love for health, nutrition and running. We have since completed two full marathons and numerous half marathons together.
You can find more of Heather’s romantic wedding invitations on KleinfeldPaper.com.
Being in the wedding planning biz, we are serial list makers. We are also serial design fanatics. Here’s how we mix both up to celebrate Valentine’s Day….with a very Valentine Style board. Valentine’s Day wedding invitations don’t have to be all hearts and pink, but we do have plenty of that and more to inspire you.
Enjoy this collection of some of our favorite wedding invitations and bridal fashions, and how Valentine’s Day gets us giddy with one of our most favorite things in the world….COLOR!
Wedding Invitation by Heather Ruggles
2. Mark Zunino Wedding Gown
3. I Heart
Save The Date by Annah Syta
6. Pnina Tornai Evening Wear
8. Badgley Mischka Bridal Shoes
Wedding Invitation by Heather Ruggles
11. Alita Graham Sweetheart Ball Gown in Lace
14. Enchanted Atelier Headpiece
Invitation by Heather Ruggles
16. Erica Koesler Earrings
17. Dennis Basso Gown
More Valentine’s Day Wedding Invitations
You can find more of our best Valentine’s Day inspirations on Pinterest
. Did you know you can also search our wedding invitations by using our color and theme search filter tools? They’re on the left-hand side of all of our wedding stationery product pages. Check it out!
In this post, we’ve gathered up answers to some common questions from brides about their bridal showers. Send us your questions about this or any other part of your wedding planning journey! We love to hear from our brides, and are sharing more great shower ideas on our Bridal Shower board on Pinterest.
‘Bridal Chic Chalkboard’ Pink by Tumbalina; ‘Diamond Ring’ by Tumbalina; ‘Chevron Bridal Shower’ by Tumbalina
Q: When is the best time to plan a wedding shower?
A: Wedding showers typically take place as early as two months before the wedding and as late as two weeks before. A lot depends on travel circumstances for you and guests.
Q: Is it okay to have more than one wedding shower?
A: Yes! With ever widening social networks, it’s fine for brides and couples to have multiple wedding showers. If you live away from home and family, you are likely to have more than one shower anyway. Our only advice is to make sure guests don’t get a wedding shower invitation to more than one! You can group your guest lists–friends, family, co-workers–but remember that mixing it up is nice way for future wedding guests to meet and mingle before the wedding.
A: There’s no rule that says shower invites must match your wedding invitations. That said, more brides these days are looking to present cohesive, personal style throughout their wedding experience. One way to do this is to let your shower host know what you like. Another way is to order wedding thank you cards as soon as your save-the-dates are in the mail! Thank you notes before and after the wedding are an important component of your wedding stationery.
Coordinating bridal shower invitations and thank you notes from the ‘Happiness and Joy’ wedding suite by Vita Mechachonis and the ‘Adoring’ wedding suite by Heather Ruggles
Q: My Maid of Honor is my best friend, but she’s not really the plan-ahead type. How can I team her up with a more organized person?
A: Ask your MOH if she would be willing to co-host with someone who also wants to be part of planning your shower. Make it seem like a favor to you! (Chances are, she’ll appreciate the help anyway.) Think carefully about choosing someone she knows and who she can get along with well. Unlike in years past, it’s perfectly acceptable for the bride’s own sister, aunt or even mom to be listed as a host on wedding shower invitations.
Q: We are having a Jack-and-Jill style shower, but our joint guest list is becoming unmanageable for our hosts. How can we keep it under control?
A: Couples showers are very popular, partly because other couples enjoy attending them and the masculine influence on gifts can get interesting. Try keeping the guest list for this kind of wedding shower invitation focused mostly friends rather than family. Plan a separate shower for family.
‘You & Me’ by Vita Mechachonis; ‘Rings’ by Samantha Schroeder
Q: Do all wedding shower guests also have to receive a wedding invitation?
A: Yes, with the exception of co-workers. While most co-workers don’t presume they’ll be invited to this highly personal occasion with family and close friends, they will want to share in the occasion in some way. Attending your shower is the perfect way to do that. But definitely plan on sending wedding invitations to all those who receive bridal shower invitations.
Q: Should my fiance plan on making a brief appearance at the shower?
A: This is a long-established tradition that is completely up to you and your fiance. It’s a wonderful way for the ladies to lay their eyes on the groom-to-be, and just a passing ‘hello’ is all that’s needed!
‘Timeless Romance’ by Lauren DiColli Hooke; ‘Painted Peonies’ by Yana Beylinson; ‘Classic Revival’ by Karla Cushman
Q: Is it acceptable to ask for contributions from shower guests to help cover expenses?
A: Yes–it’s called co-hosting. Many more bridal showers these days are hosted by more than one person as a way to help spread out costs. This is especially true for wedding showers taking place in a venue other than a private home, where most of the costs are expected to be carried by the hosting homeowner.
February is the month we all celebrate romance, and if you’re lucky enough to be planning a wedding, romantic wedding invitations are a natural style to consider. Graceful script, flourishing graphics, and traditionally feminine color palettes are all hallmarks of a romantic wedding style that remains popular the whole year through.
We invite you to enjoy our wide range of romantic style wedding invitations — from classic to sexy to playful and more. These are 5 interpretations of a romantic style for every type of bride!
1 ~ For the Classic ‘Wine & Roses’ Bride
We love this well-balanced rose pattern done in a soft pink. A clean, lovely script and sweet complementary dot pattern maintain the quality of a classic feminine romance.
2 ~ A Summertime Romance
Feel the breeze of summer love! Silhouetted dahlias frame a simple, handwritten style script, conjuring up the breathlessness of summertime romance.
3 ~ Sophisticated, Sexy Romance
A perky shade of pink pouts its lips on this tonal color palette, and the demure lace pattern detail lends classic sexiness to the entire suite.
4 ~ Romance for the Modern Bride
A flourishing typography brushes across each component in this design suite, accented with a personalized, first-name-inital monogram.
5 ~ Playful Romance
Youth and romance meet up here. A light and airy scroll pattern confidently adorns a casual and relaxed font style, seen here in a flirty purple.
Romantic Wedding Invitations for Every Type of Bride
Wherever your wedding takes place, whatever the season is, and no matter your color palette, the essence of romantic wedding invitations is their touch of femininity. For more inspiration on finding your perfect romantic style, check out our Pinterest board Romance, and all the many different ways to do ‘romantic’!
Lauren DiColli Hooke brings a unique freshness to a wide-range of thematic styles. Taken together, her designs are among the most elegant wedding invitations in the Kleinfeld Paper collection. They vary in theme, from vintage to modern with classics in between. Each wedding invitation suite is thoroughly researched on whatever feeling she’s trying to achieve, and each is well-executed with a confident sense of what appeals to today’s young brides.
Meet Lauren DiColli Hooke, Creator of Elegant Wedding Invitations
Lauren lives in Fort Lauderdale, FL with her husband, David, and young son, Ryan. When she’s not designing, she’s practicing yoga and spending time at the beach. She finds much excitement in the ever-evolving and dynamic career of design, saying, “Playing with color, discovering new font styles, and finding new inspiration keeps my work fresh.”
How did you become a Graphic Artist?
I’ve been drawing as long as I can remember, and have always wanted to be an artist. I also love computers and advertising and pop culture, so graphic design a perfect fit for me. I was hooked from my first typography class, and loved the idea that my career could be to create cool, pretty and funny things. I studied Graphic Design at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia, and graduated with my BFA in 2002. Since then, I have had the privilege of working with clients all over the country – from restaurants and retail to builders and brides-to-be.
What brought you to Kleinfeld Paper?
I discovered my knack for designing wedding stationery when I was creating my own “love birds” themed wedding invitations in 2009. Over the next year I designed wedding invitations for a few friends, and really fell in love with it. It was a dream come true to be asked to join the Kleinfeld Paper design team. I couldn’t be happier, there is nothing I’d rather be doing!
What inspires you and your work?
I find inspiration everywhere, always thinking about design and what to do next. I designed the ‘Love in Paradise’ wedding invitation suite after we moved to Florida, inspired by the tropical plants and the romance of a destination wedding. I started designing the ‘Vintage Glamour‘ wedding invitation suite the day after I saw the Gatsby in the theater. “Elegant Opulence”, with its detailed henna illustrations, was inspired by my friend’s traditional 3-day Indian wedding — so elegant, detailed, joyful and colorful! “Rolling Waves” was inspired by my days at the beach.
What wedding trends are you watching?
I’m totally in love with Pinterest! I use it to create wedding inspiration collages on my blog, Design Loves Weddings, that showcase my designs with the wedding trends that inspired it — bouquets, dresses, lighting, cakes, decor, etc. My wedding inspiration boards are themed by color or style, filled with wedding images and other sources of inspiration such as paintings, nature photography and architecture.
How would you characterize your design style?
My overall design style is clean and sophisticated. My invitations holiday cards range from elegant and romantic to modern and playful.
What other types of design work do you do?
Most of my freelance work now is logos and brochures. But throughout my career I’ve worked at advertising firms, on in-house design teams, and at small web studios and boutique design firms. My work has ranged from restaurant promotions and complete re-branding projects to annual reports and music festival posters.
Do you have ideas for designs you’re working on now that you can share with us?
I am very inspired by the rustic wedding themes that have become popular and the way that so many brides are taking on DIY projects that add a beautiful hand-crafted personalized touch to their weddings. The suites I am working on right now all have that handmade, human-touch vibe, combining hand-painted elements with fonts that resemble handwriting and hand-drawn calligraphy.
For a look at more of Lauren’s wedding invitation designs, more elegant wedding invitations, an other styles, shop online at KleinfeldPaper.com.