Category: wedding invitation

Return Address on Invitations? – Ask Emmaline

Today we have an Ask Emmaline question regarding your return address on invitations. Bride-to-be, Courtney, writes: “Dear Emmaline, I’m interested in using a return address stamp to save time on addressing invitations. However, I’m not sure what to use for the return address. Any advice?” Great question, Courtney! Find out the answer after the jump PLUS enter for a chance to win a return address stamp by Citrus Press!

return address on wedding invitations etiquette - vintage lace invitation (by citrus press)

citrus press

Proper Return Address for Wedding Invitations

The return address on your wedding invitations should be the person or persons who are hosting the event. If the bride’s parents are hosting, the return address would go to them; if you’re hosting your own wedding, the address should reflect your own. On a formal return address, the names are not included — only the address. Traditionally, if the couple is living together before the wedding, the return address should be addressed to the bride only. According to wedding etiquette and tradition, a couple should not use their last name together (or initial) until after the wedding.

Where is the return address placed?

Traditionally, the return address is included on the back flap of the outer envelope of the wedding invitation.

Giveaway: Win a Return Address Stamp!

Between 10/7-10/13/13 (11:59pm EST), enter for a chance to win a return address stamp by Citrus Press! This stamp can be used for your wedding invitations or afterward on thank you cards (with your new name and address). To enter, use the entry form below. One lucky winner will receive one (1) custom address stamp. Open to US residents. Winner will be randomly selected, contacted via email, and announced on this blog post. Winner has 72 (business) hours to respond to email; winner must claim stamp within 6 months. Prize value: $50. No cash value. Includes wood stamp with black stamp pad included. Good luck!

return address stamp (by citrus press)

citrus press

Entry Form

Happy Planning!


-E.

Top 12 Wedding Calligraphy Ideas

Hello, loves! Today we’re talking about wedding calligraphy – the fanciful art of writing – which can be applied across your entire wedding spectrum. Hiring a wedding calligrapher may sound like a luxury request, but it can be affordable AND make a world of a difference in the overall look and quality of your wedding. I am a self-proclaimed handwriting nerd, which all began when my mom saw my hurried handwriting in 3rd grade, sat me down at her desk, and taught me to write more legibly. Ever since, I’ve developed a knack for pretty writing, calligraphy, and design, realizing that taking a little extra time and patience really does go a long way. If you need someone to give you a helping hand and turn your wedding stationery into works of art, we’re here to help! We’ve located the top twelve wedding calligraphy ideas by handmade artisans who are skilled in the craft and ready to create a personalized suite for your big day. Read on to be inspired…

wedding calligraphy ideas

by wet ink calligraphy

Wedding Calligraphy Ideas

1. Hand-Addressed Envelopes

My favorite use of wedding calligraphy will always be personalized invitations. Guests take notice instantly – and invitations set the tons of your entire event.

wedding calligraphy ideas

by wet ink calligraphy

2. Personalized Save the Dates

Why not go the extra mile and add wedding calligraphy stickers and addressed save the date envelopes? This is such a pretty style.

wedding calligraphy ideas

by k is for calligraphy

3. Place Cards for Guests

Calligraphy place cards contribute to a chic tablescape.

wedding calligraphy ideas

by wet ink calligraphy

4. Favor Tags with Flourish

Add instant style to your wedding favors with hang tags featuring hand-calligraphy.

wedding calligraphy ideas

by k is for calligraphy

5. Wedding Calligraphy Address Stamp

Save time with a return address stamp, specially made just for you!

wedding calligraphy ideas

by paper sushi

6. Wedding Escort Cards

Show guests where to be seated with a stylish escort card frame featuring pretty wedding calligraphy cards.

wedding calligraphy ideas

by festoons and flourish

7. Cocktails Here Sign

Make your cocktails area pop with this sweet ‘cocktails here’ sign.

wedding calligraphy ideas

by a fabulous fete

8. Tented Table Numbers

Similarly to place cards, tented table numbers contribute to a pretty tablescape. This is one of my favorite table numbers to date!

wedding calligraphy ideas

by km calligraphy

9. Bridesmaid Wedding Calligraphy Mugs

Give the head table a little something extra: just add custom mugs!

wedding calligraphy ideas

by wandersketch

10. Wedding Napkins with Flair

The bride and groom can use custom ‘bon appetite’ wedding calligraphy napkins – and reuse after the big day in their love nest.

wedding calligraphy ideas

by linea carta

11. Wedding Menu

Make a statement with a gorgeous wedding menu sign that displays your food with flourish.

wedding calligraphy ideas

by makewells

12. ‘Just Married’ with Personalization

Ride in style with a ‘Just Married’ calligraphy sign you’ll love to save as a keepsake.

wedding calligraphy ideas

by lavender calligraphy

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Happy Planning!


-E.

5 New Handmade Wedding Finds – July 23

Hello, hello! It’s Monday and we’re thrilled to kick off a brand new week of handmade wedding loveliness! We hope you had an amazing – albeit ridiculously hot – weekend. :) To kick start your week with a little handmade wedding inspiration, we’ve rounded up five of our favorite new finds to share with you including a gorgeous hair crown (as a veil alternative or reception accessory swap), beautiful hand-drawn wedding invitations in a pink and grey palette, a chic new addition to the top knot, and more. So, without further adieu… grab the biggest cup of coffee (or tea) you can find (my coffee is ginormous) and get ready to be inspired! Enjoy!

handmade wedding floral hair crown

by gardens of whimsy

5 New Handmade Wedding Finds – July 23

1. Floral Crown

This hair piece is stunning. Instead of a veil, opt for something nature-inspired like this floral crown by Gardens of Whimsy. P.S. Her hair = spectacular.

handmade wedding floral hair crown

by gardens of whimsy

handmade wedding floral crown for the bride

by gardens of whimsy

2. Grey + Pink Handmade Wedding Invitation

It’s no secret that we love handmade wedding finds. So, when handmade meets hand-drawn, the result is an explosion of pretty with incredible detail and attention to design. For instance, check out these handmade wedding invites with a design that is hand drawn by Peter Loves Jane. We love the palette of pink + grey.

hand drawn handmade wedding invitation - grey and pink

by peter loves jane

3. Craspedia (Billy Button) Centerpiece

These craspedia centerpieces are perfect for summer weddings! Incorporate a pop of punchy yellow into your reception with these ready-to-go centerpieces. By Faye Marie.

handmade wedding craspedia centerpiece

by faye marie

4. Top Knot + French Braid = Beauty Brilliance.

Let’s see… how does one make a top knot cuter? Add a french braid! Surprisingly chic (+ simple)!

diy french braid top knot

by my yellow sandbox

Wondering how she did that? Get the full french braid + top knot tutorial here. (Don’t forget the sock bun!)

5. Chevron Mr & Mrs Tags

Last but not least… we love these sweetly simple Mr & Mrs chevron gift tags: the perfect addition to wedding favors. By Michelle Smith.

handmade wedding mr and mrs gift tags with chevron print

by michelle smith

Lots of inspiration here… and plenty more coming up next! We’ll also be announcing the winner of last week’s earring giveaway, launching a BRAND NEW giveaway, and sharing even more handmade wedding inspiration. Stay tuned! (Better yet… subscribe for FREE so you never miss a post!)

Happy Planning!


-E.

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DIY Wedding Invitation… Handmade by the Bride!

Happy Friday morning! Grab a cup of coffee because we’re about to kick your creativity’s you-know-what into ultra-high gear. If you’ve ever considered crafting a DIY wedding invitation, this post may nudge you in the right direction. Today, we’re sharing an incredible wedding invite (handmade by the bride!) with beautiful photographs captured by the always lovely Michelle Gardella Photography. When Michelle received Esther’s DIY wedding invitation in the mail, she was blown away. Not only did this crafty bride-to-be find time to handcraft this invitation, but she did it with utmost creativity and style! (Her fiance, Ho Kai, also helped. What a great groom!) Read on to see this oh-so-sweet invite and find out how to craft yours!

diy wedding invitation

photo credit: michelle gardella photography

DIY Wedding Invitation

This wedding suite has it all: a soft, dreamy color palette, beautiful typography, kraft paper envelopes, twine, a printable suite by Something Modern, a custom return address stamp (by Foryoo), vintage stamps (from Treasurefox)… even custom stamps which featured their engagement shoot from Photo Stamps. Esther went above and beyond on the handmade details and we love the result.

diy wedding invitation

photo credit: michelle gardella photography

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photo credit: michelle gardella photography

diy wedding invitation

photo credit: michelle gardella photography

diy wedding invitation

photo credit: michelle gardella photography

diy wedding invitation

photo credit: michelle gardella photography

How to DIY

Michelle did a wonderful job gathering up the resources for you to DIY these invitations (with your own personal spin on it, of course). Head over to her beautiful blog to get the full scoop! Thanks, Michelle, for sharing this DIY wedding invitation with our readers!

And, Esther, you’re a true inspiration! We don’t know many brides who would tackle such a large to-do and complete it with such brilliance. We love what you’ve created!

If you love Michelle’s photography, check out her website for even more eye candy! Michelle is a Preferred Photographer at Emmaline Bride in The Bridal Book. You can view her listing in Connecticut.

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There’s more coming up next! Stay tuned, loves. :)

Happy Planning!


-E.