Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wedding Question Wednesday~ How do I address my wedding invitations?

How do I address my wedding invitations?

After checking and re-checking your guest list, it's finally finalized! What a relief... right? Now it is time to send the invites off to your calligrapher and get them in the mail. There is proper, formal etiquette in addressing your envelopes to your guests, and we're here to give you a hassle-free guide on how to do it. Here is a list of categories to help you determine what is acceptable when sending invitations:
Married Couple
When sending an invitation to a married couple, its proper to use "Mr. and Mrs." You must spell out the husband's first name. For example the card would read, "Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Ruppert"

Hyphenated Last Name
If your guest is a wife who has chosen to keep her maiden name, then she should be addressed using "Ms." (if you prefer "Mrs." you can choose that option as well). Start with the husbands name, then use "Ms. or Mrs." (your preference) + her first name + maiden name + married name. For example: "Mr. Jim Smith and Ms. Ashley Greene-Smith."

Single Female
In this situation, age is a determining factor in the way the envelope is addressed. If she is over the age of 16, it is proper to use "Ms"., but if she is younger than 16 "Miss" is the acceptable option. 

Same Sex Couple
In this case, you have much more freedom of how to address the card. There is no proper order of the guests, it is your discretion. If you can't chose, then address the guests in alphabetical order. For example: "Mr. Nathan Brown and Mr. Nicholas Crosby."

Generally, a widow keeps her husband's name unless she remarries, but there are cases in which the widow prefers to use her own name. In order to be certain, it is best to ask her personal preference. You could address the card as either "Mrs. John Dunlop or Mrs. Ashley Dunlop."

Married Couple, Both Doctors
Some occupations require a proper introduction to their name, just make sure to be aware of that. In this case of married doctors where the wife took her husbands name, it is the most proper to use "The Doctors Smith". If you don't feel comfortable doing so, another option is "Drs. Ashley and Jim Smith."

Married Couple, One spouse is a doctor
The partner who is the doctor in the couple has a professional title that "outranks" other social titles. With that being said, if the wife is the doctor then address the envelope by writing  "Dr. Ashley Smith and Mr. Jim Smith". If the husband is the doctor, then his name should be presented first, "Dr. Jim Smith and Mrs. Ashley Smith."

Monday, April 14, 2014

2014 Trend Alert: Marquee Letters

We're always searching for the newest trends, and when we find something GREAT we love to share it with you! This new idea can certainly be used at your reception, but we think it works great at your rehearsal dinner! As wedding planners, we notice that couples always plan out every detail to make their reception flawless that some forget about decor for their rehearsal dinner. Well no fear, we're here to tell (and show) you about the newest trend of Marquee lettering.

Marquee letters are a special and personalized accent that literally lights up the room. Why we love them so much is that they are customized to each couple! Of course you could do a more generic "Mr. & Mrs.", but we've found a variety of options that will appeal to everyone!
MR & MRS 6x Marquee Letter Lights with warm white LEDs and choice of power supply, 20cm (8inch) high

You could use any word as well... and since you're celebrating your wedding... why not use a little love? 

Love - Marquee Letter LightsFun typography signs add a bit of glitz to a wedding reception.

Using "Mr. & Mrs." and "LOVE" help emphasize the celebration of marriage, but by using your initials, they could serve as a dual purpose to decorate your house as well. 
16 Big Vintage Style Marquee Letters by JunkArtGypsyz on Etsy, $69.90

Marquee letters bring a Old Hollywood theme with collaboration of a contemporary design. These letters come in any font or size of your preference. They could serve as a focal point, or act as a 
highlighting accent in any room!