Welcome bags are still a big request from our clients. Of course the sky is the limit once we start customizing and really going all in on the contents. But, you can still still say thank you for traveling to our wedding, without going too big. For this winter wedding with velvet touches, we found velvet bags in an array of the colors being used. Adding a printed tag to the outside makes it personal. Along with adding custom printed water bottles, and snacks either specific to your event location, or from points in your life as a couple, also make it thoughtful.
Welcome swag in the time of Covid looks different too, of course. Custom made masks in the wedding colors are nice to include. Also, personal sized hand sanitizer is great for guests to pop in a pocket or handbag.
Of course packaging can make all the difference in the details. For a bold modern wedding, the date is printed and tags are tied to the plastic beach bags. Perfect for a wedding in Charleston, SC. Chocolate bats, water bottles, mini candles, matchbooks, snack labels and guest information booklets all receive custom printed details.
For a Tara Guerard wedding in Chicago, IL, a shopping “suite” was set up. Guests, could come and select their choice of bag color, and then fill it up with offerings they wanted for their stay or to take home. Lots of custom options were provided, and that way no one had to feel bad about leaving stuff they couldn’t get home in the hotel room.
Today, we are chatting save the dates and the Do’s and Dont’s… Surprisingly we get lots of questions about the rules of save the dates. So, we’re sharing some of our top tips today, and if you are just starting to think about save the dates, we can of course help and take care of all of this for you!
First off, timing… We recommend that you send them out 6-8 months in advance of the wedding. If your wedding will be planned in a shorter period of time, as much advance notice as possible is the mark. Also, DO remember that these are your guests first impression of your wedding feel, make them pretty- even if you are doing a simple version. And, DO make sure you include first and last names of all of the guests that you are inviting.
If your wedding is a destination wedding, DO give accommodation information, and if you have a wedding website or are planning to DO make sure to include the URL. Which brings us to another DO- DO make sure to send a save the date to everyone you are planning to invite, but most especially your out of town guests who will need to plan on travel.
photo by Melanie Mauer
Now for some dont’s, DON’T think of Save the Dates as replacements for invitations, you still need to send out invites, and you can certainly mention that a formal invitation will be coming. (This is a personal preference), but we still say DON’T send out electronic save the dates, we love getting these in the mail. DON’T worry about dress code information on the save the dates, the wedding website is a great place for that kind of information. Feel free to leave any other questions you may have for us below…
We are dreaming of warm sunny places to inspire our designs right now. From our recent wedding in Jamaica super chic elements appeared in our designs from the save the dates to the green and white cabana stripes that lined the invitation envelopes. The weekend welcome booklet included wardrobe tags..we started adding these for our destination weddings so that guests could unpack and have each outfit ready for the weekend’s festivities. A custom illustration including the palm treed landscape from the property provided guests a “map” of all of the party locations.
Something much more simple and easy to DIY are these tropical leaf table numbers. If you are far away from a coastal environment and can’t source actual leaves, you can order an assortment from your local florist. Using a paint pen to paint on the numbers is an easy way to bring a beachy look anywhere.
For another wedding in Florida, our client wanted more of the natural elements native to a coastal or tropical environment… animals, florals, and tropical greens. A different variation from what you would normally expect from a tropical design but still works in such a chic way.
Here, for a fall wedding on the coast of Georgia… exotic leaves were the main focus of the paper design. Since they were to be the main decor at the rehearsal dinner, the invitation for that party featured a letterpress leaf pattern.
Sometimes a design inspired simply by the location or style of party is enough to feel like a getaway. For a margaritas in Mexico inspired rehearsal dinner, this invite design makes you feel like you are going to a street party in Cabo!
We wanted to celebrate New Year’s, or really just the straight ending of 2020, by looking back on this sparkling New Year’s Eve wedding. Designed by Tara Guerard Soiree, we created all of the paper pieces based on festive notes. Starting here with the save the dates, metallic ink sets the tone, and a velvet belly band embossed with a both metallic date, makes this a fun and modern piece. Thank you to Liz Banfield for all of the photography.
The invitations warranted a more formal and elegant feel. A die cut wrapped square is also backed in a burnout velvet with the same pattern. Mixing the metal colors too really gave a glammed up feel
With the same metallic paper and die cut pattern used on the invitations, we provided paper that was used to wrap luminaries for a custom glow.
Smaller luminaries were also used to created a glowing escort card wall. Each guest had their own candle with their table assignments.
The food and drink elements had to have their own detail pieces as well. Metallic “fireworks” napkins were paired with the passed signature drinks, along with our custom monogramed wooden drink stirrers.
Included with the velvet menu cards, were handwritten notes from the bride and groom on our custom paper.
Take home favors were mixed nuts with blackeyed peas (for good luck, of course), in personalized containers.
To go along with the sparkler send off, we created custom lighters.
And of course, for the lasting impression, a custom Just Married sign featuring our firework design.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. But, since the holidays may look different this year with Covid, we can at least hope to provide a little sparkle for you. We are sharing some of our favorite holiday looks today. Above, the perfect combo of winter traditions like velvet and metallics come together for a gorgeous invite suite.
For a December wedding in the Lowcountry, live boxwood wreaths were fashioned into table numbers.
The perfect escort cards for a holiday fete! Tara Guerard created ornament escort card trees. Names were hand painted onto glass ornaments and hung from golden branches. Also, serves as a great take home favor for all of the guests.
The sparkle in these wedding papers not only comes from the gold metallic paper, but also in the custom monogram. So luxurious and a note of old world tradition.
At this Tara Guerard designed wedding, golden engraved tags are prettily tied with luxe green velvet ribbon. Doing something like this for your holiday table would be so spectacular. And, side note, if you are looking for a holiday or wedding gift idea, golden embroidered napkins are perfect. It’s something most people wouldn’t think to do for themselves, but everyone wants to have!
Custom printed matchbooks would be a great “neighbor” surcie. Many people bake items, or make goods, but if you are into paper products, we think this is such a fun way to go!
Happy Holidays, and best wishes for a safe, healthy, and happy 2021!
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