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

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5 Wedding Gift Ideas that Don’t Rob the Bank

By Sara McCord | The Daily Muse

Between engagement parties, bachelorette parties, and bridal showers — not to mention dresses, shoes, hotels and airfare — wedding season gets expensive. And that’s even before you think about gifts for the bride- and groom-to-be!

If your wedding calendar is full this summer, here’s the scoop about gifts: Yes, you do need to give one for each wedding (and each shower) you attend. But, you don’t need to stock your friends’ china cabinets with $200 glassware off their registries. Decide on the dollar amount you can realistically spend for each wedding, then get creative with one of these five great gifts that won’t leave you broke (or looking cheap).

1. Pieces of a Set

Let’s say the couple registered for placemats, napkins, and napkin rings for six. In your fantasy world, where shopping is free, you may have given the full set at the shower and a check at the wedding. But when that’s not an option, give two placemats, napkins, and rings at the shower and the rest at the wedding. This way, the focus is on the theme and how you thoughtfully tied the gifts together — not on the dollar amount you spent. And just think of the thank-you note: “We’ll always think of you when we set a beautiful table” is easier to write than “Thank you for five totally unrelated items that we’ll use to do totally unrelated things.”

2. A Useful Gourmet Gift Basket

I’m not talking a fruit assortment from Harry & David (that’s still a lovely choice for the office at the holidays — but it doesn’t exactly scream wedding). Take a look at the kitchen section of the couple’s registry, and make a gift basket that complements their picks. Did they register for an ice cream maker? Buy them an ice cream cookbook and a few fun sundae toppings. Do they want a paella pan? Give them a basket of Spanish seasonings and spices. This is an equally great gift for young couples looking to stock that new spice rack or more established couples who can use the ingredients to entertain. Bonus: Gift baskets are great group gifts.

3. Gift Cards (to Where the Couple is Registered)

When you see the low-priced gifts on the registry, you may wonder — do they really want these tchotchkes or are they on the list for form’s sake? It’s one thing if there’s an adorable salt and pepper shaker set you know they’ll love, but if you have $25 or less to spend and can’t picture the bride and groom smiling at any of the gifts on the registry for that amount, give a gift card. The couple likely won’t get everything they want, and your gift can be put toward something they didn’t receive.

4. Something Special to the Couple

Some of the gifts the couple will remember the most aren’t things that can even be put on their registry — they’re the thoughtful gifts that really mean something to them. I remember audibly gasping at my bridal shower was when I opened a card that contained a secret family recipe for legendary brownies. Have a secret recipe of your own? Consider giving it with a few of the key ingredients. Other thoughtful options include great stationery that the couple can use for their thank-you notes or a framed piece of memorabilia that’s special to them, like the menu from the restaurant where they had their first date.

5. A Genuine Offer to Help

Couples are DIY-ing more and more these days, so offering your skills (or simply being willing to roll up your sleeves) for the projects they’re taking on themselves can be invaluable. This option is best if you’re in the wedding party or a close friend or family member — but it can be a great way to give the couple something they really want at little or no cost to you. How do you distinguish between what’s expected of any great friend and a gift? A gift is something you take off the bride and groom’s plate wholly and execute as beautifully as they themselves would. Think designing programs, taking care of the seating cards, painting signs, or creating hotel bags for the big day.

Yes, wedding season is expensive, but you shouldn’t have to go broke to help your friends and family celebrate their big day. With a little creativity, you can bring a gift that the couple — and your budget — will love.

Tell us! What budget-friendly gifts have you brought to a friend’s wedding?

Growing up just outside the nation’s capitol, Sara McCord’s childhood dream was to someday be the President…and a supermodel. Married to a college football coach- which requires an encyclopedic knowledge of mascots, a premium cable sports channel subscription, and the ability to move to a completely new community every couple years- Sara moved to Maine in July 2012. She has worked and volunteered in the public interest since graduating from Franklin & Marshall College in 2008, and is now pursuing writing full-time. Catch up with her on her blog Grab A Latte (www.grabalatte.blogspot.com) or follow her on Twitter for entertainment (or similarly) nonprofit and marketing RTs @Grabalatte.

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Top 5 Pictures to Take at your Wedding

After speaking with many brides, we realized that one thing we heard time and time again was how each bride wished certain pictures had been captured during the big day. After all these pictures are supposed to be memories that last a lifetime.

So we compiled a list of the top 5 must have pictures from your wedding!

1. Self-shots – it’s not all about shots with the wedding party. Make sure to get pictures of just yourself in your wedding dress and while you are getting ready. These pictures will capture every detail of your dress that you will want to remember forever.

2. The big reveal- make sure that your photographer captures the moment your partner sees you for the first time all glammed up! This is a huge moment; your partner’s reaction will be something you both can cherish forever. If you are also doing a first look with your father, photograph that as well. It isn’t just a big moment for the two of you as a couple; it’s a big day for your parents as well. And the photos of the first look with your parents can make excellent gifts later on.

3. The reception – now with the reception, there are a few photos you must get. Of course there is the first dance, speeches and the father-daughter dance. But make sure your photographer gets action shots of all your guests dancing. It will be fun for the two of you to see what went on at the wedding during the whole celebration. It will be nice to see what a great time everyone had.

4. Putting on your dress- if you have your wedding party or your mother help you put on your dress, let the photographer know that you want that special moment to be captured. It is a memory that is too precious to be missed.

5. The first kiss- this is an absolute must have! The first kiss to conclude the ceremony is the moment everyone is waiting for!

It will never hurt to get as many pictures as possible. This is one very special day and the memories will last a lifetime.

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How to Address Formal Invitations

Check out our guide to addressing wedding invitation envelopes correctly—according to etiquette.
by Amanda Black

Determining the appropriate way to address your wedding invitation envelopes can be a tricky process. As a rule of thumb, the outer envelope of your wedding invitation should be more formal, with titles and full names, while the inner envelope is more informal, leaving out first names or titles and last names (if you’re very close to the guest). Find even more ways to address your wedding invitation envelopes below.

At Unique Invitations by Deborah, you can, on most invitations, use their addressing software so that when they arrive, the invitations are all addressed in the same typestyle and ink color and my favorite, the ink doesn’t smear like calligraphy.  The price is excellent as well.

A Married Couple

On the outer envelope:

Mr. John and Mrs. Samantha Holt

Or

Mr. and Mrs. John Holt

On the inner envelope:

Mr. and Mrs. Holt

Or

John and Samantha

A Married Couple With Different Last Names

List the person you’re closest with first on the outer and inner envelopes. If you’re similarly acquainted with both, list them in alphabetical order.

On the outer envelope:

Mr. John Holt and Mrs. Samantha Thuente

On the inner envelope:

Mr. Holt and Mrs. Thuente

Or

John and Samantha

An Unmarried Couple Living Together

As with a married couple, both names should be included on the envelopes, but in this case, each name gets its own line.

On the outer envelope:

Mr. Joseph Hirsch
Ms. Rebecca Strecker

On the inner envelope:

Mr. Hirsch
Ms. Strecker

A Same-Sex Couple

Use the same rules you would for any other unmarried or married couple. If the couple is married, list the names on the same line.

On the outer envelope:

Ms. Celine Elgin and Ms. Jacqueline Purcell

Or

Celine Elgin and Jacqueline Purcell

On the inner envelope:

Ms. Elgin and Ms. Purcell

Or

Celine and Jacqueline

A Married Woman Doctor or Two Married Doctors

If a woman uses her maiden name professionally and socially, the envelopes should read:

On the outer envelope:

Dr. Anne Barker and Mr. Peter Underwood

If she uses her husband’s name socially:

Dr. Anne and Mr. Peter Underwood

If both parties are doctors, you can address the outer envelope:

Doctors Anne and Peter Underwood

On the inner envelope:

Dr. Barker and Mr. Underwood

Or

The Doctors Underwood

Those With Other Distinguished Titles

Apply the same rules you use for doctors for military personnel, judges, reverends and so on. If both titles don’t fit on one line, indent the second line.

On the outer envelope:

The Honorable Jane Kelly and Lieutenant Jonathan Kelly, US Navy

Or if they’re both captains in the military:

Captains Jane and Jonathan Kelly, US Navy

On the inner envelope:

Judge Kelly and Lieutenant Kelly, US Navy

Or

The Captains Kelly

Children and Families

Younger guests can be included on the inner envelope of their parents’ invitation by their name(s)—they should not be addressed on the outer envelope. For girls under 18, use “Miss.” Boys don’t need a title until they’re 18—then they’re addressed as “Mr.”

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Abraham
Daniel, Jeffrey, Miss Brittany and Miss Kelly

Children 18 and Older

They should receive their own invitations (unless they’re living at home with their parents).

On the outer envelope:

Ms. Audrey Abraham

Or

Mr. Jack Abraham

On the inner envelope:

Ms. Abraham

Or

Mr. Abraham

Note: If you don’t include each child’s name, you’re implying that children are not invited. That said, don’t be surprised if some guests still mistakenly assume their children are welcome. If you’re concerned this will happen with your guests, ask your immediate family and bridal party to help spread the word that the wedding will be adults only and add the message to your wedding website. In the end, you may have to follow up with guests who don’t get the message via phone to gently explain the situation.

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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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