Monthly Archives: December 2008

Color Palettes

Blush, Ivory and Black

December 11, 2008

Pink has always been a favorite among brides. Pairing a pale, blush pink with classic black details might help the fiance feel a little more comfortable with this soft, somewhat feminine color. Pink and ivory bouquets featuring fluffy peonies would be beautiful against little black dresses for the bridesmaids. Perhaps the maid of honor could wear a pale pink dress to set her apart. The groom and groomsmen could wear black suits with pale pink ties or pink socks for a hidden touch of whimsy. Pink details in the reception décor can be set against black linens and classic black chiavari chairs. Classic wedding invitations printed in black ink on ecru paper would start things off just right.

pink and black wedding colors

Photo Credits:
row 1: J.Crew, Martha Stewart
row 2: Jenny Yoo, Martha Stewart
row 3: I Dream of Cake

Wedding Inspiration

The Dashing Couple (in black & white)

December 10, 2008

Imagine a grand affair – elegant and refined. A bit James Bond. The groom would don a top hat for the ceremony then change into a white dinner jacket for the reception. The bride would be flawless in a simple but stunning gown – diamond earrings would be her only accessory…other than the ring, of course. During the cocktail hour, white chocolate martinis would be served (shaken, not stirred). Our Paris invite would be the perfect prelude.

Featured Design: Paris wedding invitation

Photo Credits:
row 1: Donna Von Bruening Photographers
row 2: Victor Sizemore
row 3: Christine Farah Photography, Donna Von Bruening Photographers
row 4: Oeil Photography, A Bryan Photo, Martha Stewart

Tips and Tidbits

Addressing Your Envelopes

December 9, 2008

So you’ve narrowed your guest list down to 218 of your closest friends and family members…now it’s time to address the envelopes. Not sure where to start? We hope these tips will help point your pen in the right direction.

FIRST, THE ENVELOPES
Most wedding invitations are sold with double envelopes. The outer envelopes have glue on the flap, so you can seal them for mailing. Your guest’s name and full address is written on the outer envelope. The inner envelopes are slightly smaller and have no glue on the flap. Only names are listed on the inner envelope, no addresses. These double envelopes are traditionally used to ensure that each guest will receive a pristine invitation in a clean envelope, even if the outer envelope has been torn or soiled in the mail.

envelope addressing tip 1


NOW, THE RULES

‘Expert Addresser’ and calligrapher Moya Minns of MM Ink helps us sort through a few common questions…

{Question}: I am inviting a male friend and his girlfriend to my wedding. How should I address the envelope?
{MM Ink says}: For unmarried couples, it is always ladies first. The outer envelope would be addressed like this:

envelope addressing tip 2

{Question}: Is it acceptable to use ‘and Family’ or ‘and Guest’ on the outside envelope?
{MM Ink says}: No, it is not. Invitations should always be mailed to the adult household members with the names of the children (or ‘and Family’ for a less formal event) written on the inner envelope. For an unmarried person inviting a guest, it is best to find out the name of the guest to include on the outer envelope. If the guest’s name is not known at the time, then ‘and Guest’ may be written on the inner envelope only.

{Question}: My guest list includes married couples with children. What is the proper way to address the envelope?
{MM Ink says}: Children over the age of 18 should get their own invitation. Any child under 18 would be listed on the inner envelope only from oldest to youngest on a line below the parent’s name. The inner envelope would look like this:

{Question}: What is the difference between Miss and Ms.?
{MM Ink says}: While it is acceptable to use both of these titles for an unmarried female, Miss is typically used for a female under eighteen.

{Question}: I am inviting a judge to my wedding. Is there a particular way to address the envelope?
{MM Ink says}: For the inner envelope, using ‘Judge’ is acceptable, however, a judge should be addressed as ‘The Honorable…’ on the outer envelope:

envelope addressing tip 4

A few more important rules…

NO SHORTCUTS!
When addressing your envelopes, do not use abbreviations other than “Mr.” or “Mrs.” Spell out Avenue, Road, and Street as well as the State name.

LADIES FIRST….AND DOCTORS
Here are the traditional rules for listing guests on the envelope in order of importance:
Children: oldest to youngest if listed individually on the inner envelope
Unmarried couple living together: list the lady’s name first
Married couple with different last names: lady’s name first
If one person is a Doctor: Doctor first, regardless of gender
If both are Doctors: Use “The Doctors Smith ” on both the inner and outer envelopes
If one person is a Reverend: list the Reverend first, regardless of gender
If one person is Military: list that person first, regardless of gender
If both are Military: list the person with higher rank first, regardless of gender
If one person is a Judge/Justice: list that person first, regardless of gender
Gay couple: oldest first unless they’ve stated differently

POSTAGE
Remember! Before purchasing stamps, have one fully assembled invitation weighed at the post office to determine proper postage. Don’t forget to purchase stamps for the respond envelopes as well.

STILL NEED HELP?
Check out our Wedding Wording Guides and Envelope Addressing Guide with more samples, tips and etiquette rules.

Credits:
All calligraphy by MM Ink.


Real Wedding Features

Gladys and Greg

December 8, 2008

Destination wedding in Mexico. Invitations by betsywhite.com. Gladys and Greg - image 1

WEDDING DATE: May 30, 2008
LOCATION: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
CEREMONY: Dreams Resort and Spa  – on the beach
RECEPTION: Dreams Resort and Spa  – poolside at the Las Palmas Terrace
PHOTOGRAPHER: Paulina Ulloa
FLOWERS BY: The Dazzling Details
WEDDING PLANNER/CONSULTANT: The Dazzling Details
GOWN BY: Kirstie Kelly for Disney Fairytale Weddings, Gown: Jasmine
BRIDESMAID DRESSES BY: J Crew
GROOMSWEAR BY: Alandales and Ted Baker

Destination wedding in Mexico. Invitations by betsywhite.com. Gladys and Greg - image 2

Destination wedding in Mexico. Invitations by betsywhite.com. Gladys and Greg - image 3

Destination wedding in Mexico. Invitations by betsywhite.com. Gladys and Greg - image 4

Destination wedding in Mexico. Invitations by betsywhite.com. Gladys and Greg - image 6

INVITATION: Lilian wedding invitation by betsywhite stationery boutique
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS INVITATION?: We loved the simple yet elegant design of the palm tree and we loved the shape and size.  We wanted something appropriate for our destination and what we found was perfect.  It was even better in person!

Destination wedding in Mexico. Invitations by betsywhite.com. Gladys and Greg - image 5

Destination wedding in Mexico. Invitations by betsywhite.com. Gladys and Greg - image 7

Destination wedding in Mexico. Invitations by betsywhite.com. Gladys and Greg - image 8

YOUR FAVORITE WEDDING DETAIL: The cake table was decorated with pictures of all our married guests cutting their own wedding cakes.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT ON YOUR WEDDING DAY: It’s hard to choose just one moment, so I chose my Top 3:
1. Fireworks at cake cutting – spectacular!
2. My husband and groomsmen surprised me by singing my favorite childhood song, “I’ll be loving you forever” by the New Kids on the Block.
3. Jumping in the pool at the end of the night with all my guests (including my 74 year-old grandfather!) That was the best moment of all.

Destination wedding in Mexico. Invitations by betsywhite.com. Gladys and Greg - image 9

Destination wedding in Mexico. Invitations by betsywhite.com. Gladys and Greg - image 10