Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Set the Tone ~ Part II

Kate Spade Wedding Ensemble by Crane
Today is part 2 of our discussion on setting the tone for your wedding with save the dates and invitations, and I'm going to advise you on what pieces of the ensemble you will need to consider before you purchase your invitations. Hopefully this will make it easier for you when you discuss invitations with your wedding planner or stationery professional.
These are the possible pieces to consider ~
1. Save the Date - send 9-12 months before the wedding
2. Invitation - remember to order enough for each household and 10% extra
3. Reception Card - if your wedding and reception are in two separate venues
4. Response Card - allows your guests to let you know whether or not they will be coming, and menu choices, if applicable
5. Accommodations Card - if you wish to let your guests know where you have a room block
6. Directions Card - used to provide directions for your guests from the ceremony site to the reception venue
7. Weekend Itinerary - if you have a lot of activities planned for your guests, it is a nice way to let them know what you have planned
8. Sunday Brunch - if you do not wish to send a separate invitation, this is permissible
There you have it, food for thought! If you have questions, just post a comment and I'll be happy to respond.
Happy Planning,
xo, Victoria

Monday, October 19, 2009

Setting the Tone with Save the Dates & Invitations

photo by William Arthur
Whether you're shopping for save the dates or invitations, every bridal couples needs to remember that it is these pieces that will set the tone for their wedding day. So, make sure you go through a brief checklist before you begin your search ~ it will save you a lot of time!

  1. Are you having a themed wedding (beach, Victorian, ultra-modern, traditional, wine, etc.)?

  2. Have you chosen colors for your wedding that you want to highlight on your save the dates or invitations?

  3. Have you set your budget for your wedding stationery? (If not, please do)

  4. Do you have your guest list finished so you know how many to order? (Reminder ~ you want the number of households, not the number of guests. Wedding etiquette states that anyone over the age of 16 gets his/her own invitation.)

  5. Remember to add your immediate family and the bridal party, too! And, you'll want one or two to save and/or frame.

  6. Always order 10% more than you think you need ... because chances are, you are going to need them.

  7. Make sure you have enough extra envelopes to cover those printing mishaps.

More details on the invitations tomorrow ~ stay tuned!

xo, Victoria

We value the day and the event, but we treasure the lifelong relationship with our clients.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Happy Sweetest Day!

It's Simply Saturday at A Splash of Elegance ~ and, what a treat that Sweetest Day is on Saturday this year! It's especially sweet, as I am in Grand Cayman visiting my husband who is living and working here at the moment. I was thinking about simple living and what it takes to make a marriage work, and it really is a give and take partnership ~ I have never known it to be a 50-50 proposition, but more often ends up being 40-60 or 70-30 depending on what's going on in my life. The important part for me is that the numbers always add up to 100%. We find ourselves either giving or taking more than our share, but when the two are put together, it always adds up to 100%, and that's the way it should be. Bill and I have been able to find a rhythm where each of us can be individuals and celebrate each other's lives, even when we're over a thousand miles apart. So, my wish for all you engaged or married couples is that you learn the art of living simply and focus on what's really important between the two of you ... and a very happy Sweetest Day to the love of my life!

xo, Victoria

We value the day and the event, but we treasure the lifelong relationship with our clients.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Meet the Team!

I am so excited to introduce the Splash of Elegance team of consultants ~ these accredited ladies bring their professional demeanor and expertise to assist our clients with their wedding and event planning. So, the next time you want the best in wedding, event planning, or etiquette training, call the Splash of Elegance team!

As always, we are at your service ~
xo, Victoria
We value the event and the day, but we treasure the lifelong relationship with our clients.