Top 6 reasons to have a Destination Wedding

A destination wedding can involve just the two of you; a select handful of close family and friends; or enough guests to constitute a week-long family (or friend) reunion.  Here are 6 justifications to wed away from home:

 

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1.   Destination Weddings are Virtually Stress Free!

A state-side travel consultant, such as Jenn Carr from The Tropical Travelers, can he[p with all of the travel related details for you and your guests while an on-site wedding coordinator can recommend wedding packages that take care of all the little details such as the ceremony, cake, photography and more.

2.  No Family Drama

The first day that begins the rest of your married life should truly be about the two of you and your desires.  A destination wedding takes away the stress of planning for you and your families.

3.  Destination Weddings are Cost Effective

Couples can wed at an all-inclusive resort for much less than they would spend on a large traditional ceremony and reception.  Complimentary wedding packages are available, along with custom packages that fit your budget.  Most resorts will even throw in complimentary amenities based on the size of your group.  An added bonus….a built in honeymoon.

4.  You Call the Shots

The ceremony and location will represent you individually and as a couple that may or may not incorporate family traditions depending on your desires.

5.  Perfect for Second Marriages

For those who have had the traditional wedding, destination weddings provide something different that is simpler and less expensive.  For families with children, kid-friendly all inclusive resorts provide a chance for family bonding.

Couple kissing on beach

6.  Once in a Lifetime Reunion Opportunity

This is your chance to give your family and friends time to spend together while celebrating your special union in a fun, relaxing environment.  Why cram your celebration into one day?  You can throw the ultimate welcome party, a group catamaran tour, a beach bonfire or a farewell brunch….the ideas are endless.  Your guests will thank you for giving them a vacation of a lifetime.

Call Jenn for a Phone Consultation today!!  610-296-6363, Ext. 102, Jenn.Carr@TheTropicalTravelers.com

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Top 5 Invitation Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Wedding invites or any occasion invites got you going crazy? Find out how to avoid these oh-so-stressful wedding planning snafus.

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Top 5 Invitation Mistakes and How to Avoid Them 
Whether you’re having your wedding invitations custom designed or even if you’ve decided to go it alone, purchasing invites can be an oh-so-trying process. Hopefully, you will not feel that way when working with Unique Invitations by Deborah.  Between the timing, cost calculations and diction, it’s hard not to lose track of something and make a mistake. Need some help? Here’s five things you definitely want to avoid:

1. Have Realistic Budget Expectations
Avoid wedding invitation “sticker shock” with planning and research. Before you get your heart set  on the “perfect” invite, determine your estimated number of guests as well as your bottom-line budget. Also, don’t forget to consider the cost of postage, addressing, and any additional stationary you may need (such as thank-you notes) when making calculations.  If you get the invitations addressed with your invitations, it will match perfectly (type and ink color) and if your list is correct, you will know exactly how many you need and not make mistakes.

2. Don’t Procrastinate!
A very common mistake in the wedding invitation process is not allowing enough time to choose, purchase AND print the stationary. Invitations should be mailed, ideally, eight weeks in advance, and printing often takes 3-4 weeks. So when should you order them? We say start the process no less than six months just to play it safe. Doing everything yourself? Take the amount of time you think you’ll need and triple it. (After all, you just never know if things will take much longer than expected.)  FYI…I was addressing envelopes years ago and NEVER had difficulty – this one time, my printed decided to constantly jam.  I needed to reprint everything and the new envelopes cost me $35.00.  That’s a lot of jams.

3. Order the Correct Quantity
“Correct quantity” not only means too few invitations, but also too many! When placing your order, be sure to account for late additions to the wedding, lost invites and keepsakes. It’s generally suggested that you order 10-15% more invites than you think you need. Quick tip: Avoid ordering too many invitations by organizing your guest list by couple and family rather than individually.

4. Avoid Typos (Duh!)
Proofread, proofread, proofread! Ask your grammatically-inclined family members and friends to read over your invitation proof a gazillion times, and even when they have given you the thumbs up, look over it one more time. How embarrassing would it be to send out an invitation with your mother-in-law’s name spelled incorrectly? (Can you say mortifying times ten?!?)  Remember the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding???   I highly recommend a proof of your invitation and Unique Invitations always gives you a proof of  your order before finalizing.  I had a client years ago who forgot to put “Dr.” for her father-in-law.  We had to reprint the order.  Expensive mistake.

5. Use the Right Postage
This one seems like a no-brainer, but don’t assume your invitations require the standard postage amount. Compile one complete invitation including any enclosures, and take it down to your local post office to have it weighed before placing postage on the envelope. Ask the post office to verify the size of the envelope.  Sometimes what seems like a standard size isn’t and you don’t want your envelopes returned.  You should also ask the post office about any upcoming postage increases as you may need to buy the Forever Stamp, which is good no matter how many increases are made through the U.S. Postal Service.

Please let me know if this was helpful.  I’d love to hear from you.

 
Deborah Carasso

  

Choosing an Invitation Specialist – What to Ask/Speak about….

 

Recently we’ve received many invitations and I’ve spoken to my clients about things they’ve noticed and had to share…

  1.  When choosing your invitation specialist, ask them questions…Normal ones are:  what’s the turnaround, how long does everything take..More important is:  Do they stand by their work?  What’s the procedure if an error has incurred?  Errors are rare (with Unique Invitations), but we’r
    e human and you should ask as mistakes happen occasionally.
  2. Recently, my client showed me a beautiful, very expensive invitation that her mother liked that she’d received.  She told her mother that there was no time.  She said “of course there is!”.  She later checked and no, there’s no time on that beautiful invitation.  This should NOT have happened.
  3. We received an invitation that I thought, for sure, it was ordered online where you do not get any guidance or suggestions.  If you ordered through Unique Invitations by DeborahScreen Shot 2018-03-11 at 11.28.58 AMonline, I will not process an order until I’ve proofed it and made any suggestions.   The state on the invitation was abbreviated.  If you look at any etiquette book, the only abbreviations allowed are Mr., Mrs. and Dr.  Streets, Avenues, Apartment and States should ALWAYS be spelled out.
  4. Another client I was speaking with, when I asked her about informal notes (thank you notes with your name on it which you can use again later), she stated that she Never received a hand written thank you note before.  We need to teach/guide people on more graces and etiquette.
  5. Always proof your order thoroughly.  When you deal with Unique Invitations by Deborah, when possible 95% of the time, I will sit with you and make you a proof instantly and then e-mail it to you to show your family/friends and be sure everything is perfect.  Check to see if you like the wording, typestyles, layout…I will then make any changes needed so that your invitations are perfect!

I would be delighted if you would contact me to schedule your free consultation where I will let you see, touch and feel the invitation you’ve chosen.  You can then see why one invitation is more expensive than another and see the true beauty of the invitation.  Often, online does not show the true beauty of the invitation.  Sometimes it looks the same but often it looks nicer or not as nice on your computer.

Call/e-mail/text me today to chat about your exciting event!!  I look forward to hearing from you.

Deborah Carasso

Unique Invitations by Deborah

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Fabulous Finds from our Wedding Weekend! (at least to me)

As those who follow me on Social Media know, my husband and I attended 2 fabulous but totally different weddings this weekend, both 3 hour drives from starting point.

The first one was a great friend son’s wedding at the Four Season’s Baltimore.  Fabulous hotel, helpful staff everywhere to accommodate you.  Apparently, awesome labels are the latest thing so this article is sharing goodie bag suggestions along with their labels/tags.

At the wedding at the Four Seasons, there was a beautiful bag stuffed with goodies.  Not shown but always a plus is water bottles, Advil (which I used), Altoids, there were even plastic silverware and napkin for the bundt cake.  Beck goodies and more

Above is just a sampling of what was in there.  We didn’t want for anything before the wedding.

At the conclusion of the wedding, the wedding cake had these beautiful labels.   Thanks so much Sammi and Corey!

Corey's cake box

Off to the second wedding in Long Branch, New Jersey.  It was the wedding of my husband’s first cousin’s son and his lovely fiancee.   It’s a very beautiful quaint shore point.  One thing that really impressed us was this touch in their lovely bag…  I love the sand dollar and the salt water taffees were very cute.  Thank you Wendi and Evan!!

Evan and Wendi's goodies

On the outside of their bags was this adorable tag…

Evan's Tag

In their bag were the usual water bottles (which I greatly appreciate).  They had great goodies but my favorite was this little mesh bag with first aid items.  Great touch!

The favor bags at the wedding had M&M’s to match their red, black and white colors and these cute bags with tags.  Love is Sweet Label:favor

These weddings, like I said, very different but with very thoughtful touches even before the weddings.  We had a blast at both!   First with friends, the second with family whom we don’t see enough of.

Very tired and much to do so I’m going to say farewell.  I hope you enjoyed this blog post.

I’d love to hear from you with your thoughts, comments, to make an appointment….

Deborah Carasso

Unique Invitations by Deborah

 

 

 

How to Know What to Wear to a Wedding

From black tie to casual, our wedding guest cheat sheet has everything you need to know about wedding attire.
by The Knot

Wedding processional and guests

photo by JOSHUA BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY

Has a wedding invite ever left you clueless about what to wear? Don’t worry, the info you need is likely there—you just have to know how to interpret the dress code wording. Whether it’s black tie, white tie or something in between, here’s a basic cheat sheet for deciding what to wear.

If the invite says “white tie”

This is the most formal of all wedding dress codes (think state dinners and the Oscars).

He should wear:
A tuxedo, a long black jacket with tails, a white pique vest and a bow tie. Formal black shoes and even white gloves for dancing are appropriate.

She should wear:
A formal, full-length ball gown. Glamorous makeup and dramatic jewelry and hair are appropriate.

If the invite says “black tie”

This is the next most formal wedding dress code and usually means the wedding is an evening affair.

He should wear:
A tuxedo. A black bow tie, cummerbund and patent leather shoes are also suggested.

She should wear:
A chic cocktail dress or a long evening gown. The bride, wedding party or close friends can help answer questions about the appropriate dress length.

If the invite says “formal” or “black tie optional”

The wording here suggests something slightly less formal than black tie. This means that a tuxedo isn’t required, but the event is still formal enough for one to be appropriate.

He should wear:
A tuxedo or formal dark suit and tie.

She should wear:
A long evening dress, dressy suit or formal cocktail-length dress.

The invite says “cocktail attire”

This is slightly less formal than black tie and black tie optional, which means no tux required for men and no floor-length gown required for women (unless you’d like to wear a long dress).

He should wear: 

A suit and tie. Lean toward darker hues in chillier months, and feel free to opt for lighter grays or blues in warmer weather.

She should wear:

A cocktail dress or dressy suit or jumpsuit.

The invite says “beach formal”

This suggests an elegant beach wedding—so dress to impress, but also dress for the elements (sun, sand and water). Anything you’d wear to a nice restaurant on a summer night is appropriate.

He should wear:
A summer suit with a linen shirt (no ties required), linen pants (or khakis) and sandals.

She should wear:
A formal summer sundress at tea or knee length with flat sandals. Makeup and hair can be natural.

The invite says “semiformal” or “dressy casual”

Depending on the time of the event, you’ll want to dress somewhere between formal and casual. Wear darker, more formal hues for an evening fete; opt for light colors and fabrics for a daytime wedding.

He should wear:
A suit and tie, dark or light depending on the season and time of day.

She should wear:
A cocktail dress or a dressy skirt and top.

The invite says “casual” or “daytime”

Generally, casual means anything goes—but jeans, shorts and tank tops are probably not appropriate unless they’re specifically noted as acceptable. For the purposes of wedding wear, assume business casual to be on the safe side.

He should wear:
Dress pants with a button-down shirt or polo.

She should wear:
A summer sundress or a skirt or pants with a nice blouse. Makeup and hair can be natural.

Not sure where to begin with your wedding planning? Take our Style Quiz and we’ll pull together a custom wedding vision and vendors to match, just for you. After that, create a free, personalized wedding website to keep your guests informed (and excited!) about your plans, and a time-saving Guest List Manager to organize your attendees. Even better? You can sync your Guest List Manager and wedding website to update everything at once.  

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