What is a Seal N Send Wedding Invitation?

Check out this wonderful video to see how a Seal N Send Wedding Invitation works!  These are great for both lower budgets and the bride that just wants something simple.  It saves you a lot of money on stamps also! Post card stamps are needed for the return and to mail them - just a regular 48 cent stamp! Let me know what you think!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-NtL9tJEmM

P.S.  If you order them from us - we'll label them for you and get them ready for mailing!  You just pay for the stamps!  How easy is that!!!

View seal N Sends Here:  CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW THE SELECTION!

Cute ways for your rings to be carried down the aisle

I always have a good time going through our new vendor catalogs!  These are some fun and fancy ways to have your wedding rings carried down the aisle.  Let me know which one you like best! Black Satin Box

Fancy Black Satin Box (also comes in white)

Floral Fantasy

Awesome Round Floral Pillow

Ring Plate

A traditional ring plate

Wood Box

Infinity Wooden Box

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Rustic Ring Bowl

You can also buy a traditional ring pillow in almost any color and pattern - some are super cute!! What do you think of these?

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Questions you should ask your wedding photographer

I always like to consider calling the photographer the memory keeper, because what they do is create an object that keeps the memory that I have created for my clients forever.  You will always be able to go back and look at that memory. Good photography is awesome, which means that you should hire a good photographer for your wedding day.  I hear a lot of brides ask - what does it cost? And I get it - we are all on a budget, but don't just choose the cheapest one because you get what you pay for. Choose the photographer that has the most talent and that can take the type of photos that you want.

Here are a few things that you should ask or do:

1. Is there a time limit for your services on wedding day.  (If there is just make sure that there is ample time for your getting ready photos and that they can stay all the way until the end)

2. How many photographers will be with you.  Do they shoot in the same style?  This is super important because one photographer can't be with everyone or get detail shots for you.  There should always be 2 photographers or more depending on your guest count.

3. Make sure you READ the contract!  If you get a photographer contract and they are missing some key elements on it (basic contact info included) then don't sign it!  Have them make the revisions that you need to include all that you have discussed.

This is super important - I have had some photographers revise 3 or 4 times because of this.  You are paying a lot of money and you should have everything that they promise in WRITING!  This includes all of the professionals that you hire.  If they don't want to change it - hire someone else.

One thing that you shouldn't ask:

1. How long will it be until I have my photos.  This should already be in your contract.  Being a creative myself I can understand the time needed to edit the photos and make them look just right, let them create, you'll get a better product in the end!

Happy Planning!

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Destination Wedding Gift Bags.....

 

Don't forget your guests - they've traveled quite a way to share in your special day.  Here are some ideas of things that you can pick up either at the destination wedding location or easily pack in your luggage!

A Tote Bag - If your destination wedding is anywhere near a beach a tote bag is a great idea!  I know I always forget to bring a little bag to carry those essentials to the water, my book, suntan lotion, glasses, maybe a bottle of water.

Sunglasses - How many times have you gotten on a plane to the Caribbean and forgot your sunglasses? Some cute little glasses in your wedding colors would be fun for guests!

Some Local Flavor - no matter where you are there is always a little something in a great little shop!  Spend some time hunting - or just talk to your wedding planner - or venue planner and ask...a little local treat goes a long way!''

Jamaica Tags

Luggage Tags - Other than letting you know that it's your luggage coming down the conveyor belt at an airport there really isn't much use for a luggage tag (the airlines don't care) but once you get to the belt and see that sea of black bags circling you'll be glad to see that tag...and your guests will also!

Don't forget the little things - bottled water, chap stick and a bag or two of chips!

Happy Planning!

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Cheers!

Toast

Yes, there is an art of the wedding toast!  It’s not that hard, and it can be a lot of fun so here are some pointers that you should take into consideration when preparing.

Why do they call it a "toast"? It comes from the French custom of putting a piece of bread at the bottom of a wine goblet.  The goblet was passed around to honored guests and the guest who got it last would eat the bread.  Not sure if this would work today!

Tip For the Bride & Groom - When someone is toasting you, don’t raise your glass like everyone else.  Since you are the ones being honored, it is not considered polite to toast yourself.

Who speaks?  It should only be the VIP’s, after all it is your wedding – not open mike night.  The best man and maid or matron of honor should keep it short and sweet.  If someone is going to be long-winded – they should keep it for the rehearsal dinner.  Parents should also do their toasting at the rehearsal dinner.

If you (the bride & groom) want to toast your guests try to do it at the end of the night – right before the last dance so your guests can begin getting ready to leave for the evening.

The toasts should also take place AFTER you cut the cake! This way your caterer has time to begin slicing during the toasts and by the end of the toasts your first guests are enjoying the cake!

Just a little tip to keep the ball rolling from a wedding planner!

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A New Partnership!

Last month we partnered with a new custom stationery company called SIMPLY PERSONAL!

Simply Personal is a graphic design and custom invitation studio that supports creative needs nationwide.  They share the same thoughts as we do - its your day, it can't be put in a box, so show your guests who you are!

We're perky for Pantones! We swoon for Swarovski embellishments! We're passionate about paper. Is there any type of tape besides double-sided?! We'd die happy if you’d let us die cut. We freak for new fonts! Ribbons and lace are the reasons we get out of bed!

We are also IN LOVE with our work and it shows. We’re awesomely different than the “big brands & design houses” in some pretty stellar ways:

  • CUSTOM designs on anything (literally any piece or medium)
  • SERVICE to our customers is top-notch
  • CREATIVE concepts and fun personalities to brainstorm any ideas
  • UNIQUE approach to placing and perfecting every order -- from start to finish, we think of the WHOLE order
  • EXPERTS in all things paperie and design
  • DEDICATED to finding the best solution for our customers
  • QUICK like ninja!

Simply Personal is where custom art marries creative design and now with Behind The Scenes Inc your stationery and the remainder of your event can be taken to the next level. Our teams are passionate about details, diligent to please, and ambitious about creating new things. The heart of Simply Personal is to provide personal attention and high quality products to our clients. We are wholeheartedly dedicated to delivering creative solutions and exceptional client service.

We cannot wait to introduce you to their product line and come up with some ideas to make sure that your personality shines on your wedding day!

Call to make an appointment to see some samples or to begin designing your custom stationery line!  Veronica @ 336-525-9331 or email Veronica@behindthescenesinc.com!

Do you want your wedding in print?

Thankfully over the years we've had several weddings in print from local wedding mags, blogs to national magazines and websites.  What we hear quite a bit from our clients is "We want to see our wedding in print".  It is possible - no matter what the budget as long as it is pretty and you don't miss the following images:

  1. Your Stationery Suite - this includes your Save The Dates, invitations, even down to the table numbers and menu cards.
  2. The Cake - Have you seen a real wedding in print and not the cake?
  3. Kids and/or Pets! - Self explanatory.
  4. Scenic Shot with the couple - background of forestry or the beautifully lit venue
  5. Shoes - go for color!
  6. Venue - this doesn't mean the front of the building, it means the set up of tables, table settings, centerpieces, etc.  Be sure to use color table linens - otherwise the white just wash everything out.
  7. Bridesmaids - do something fun!
  8. Aisle Markers - have something going down to mark your entrances.  Don't forget the altar area also.  Even if it is just a small backdrop with some up lights, it makes a huge difference!
  9. Bouquet - DUH!
  10. Boutonniere - Double DUH!
  11. The Recessional - this is you as a married couple leaving the altar.
  12. Escort Cards - make this interesting, also this photo needs to be taken before any of the escort cards are missing!
  13. Centerpieces.....of course!
  14. The Getaway.  These are the sparklers the old timey cars, limo's or just running down the street!

Check out our press page for inspiration!

Happy Planning!

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