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Over the last few years, fall has become the most popular season get married. The crisp air, change in the air and nature’s beautiful color palette create near perfect conditions for a beautiful wedding day.

In this look, we’re not letting fall leaves get all the glory. Instead, we’re looking to lush, big blooms to create an autumn wedding day that’s all about flowers.

Start With: A Fall Floral Wedding Invitation

Invite with an invitation that reflects your wedding day’s style. For fall weddings with floral flair, choose a floral wedding invitation with an autumn palette like this pretty watercolor design in an apricot palette. We adore the monochromatic peach, apricot and burgundy color scheme and that creamy background keeps the tone nice and warm for autumn.

A bonus score: the RSVP cards on this beauty are free and the price is ultra-affordable.

Pick Your Palette

This perfect fall wedding palette is so much more than plain ‘ole orange. To create this soft and sweet look, use these colors:

  • Apricot: make this soft orange color the star of the show.
  • Peach: light and sweet, weave peach in with apricot for extra interest.
  • Burgundy: deep and rich, burgundy brings a little drama to this palette.
  • Cream: avoid white, which will make the palette look too summer-y. Instead, go with cream.
  • Taupe: a perfect neutral for fall, this light brown is beautifully simple.

And Finally…the Flowers!

An autumn wedding with a floral theme is all about the flowers. From your bouquets to reception tables to the cake – flowers should fill every view! Favorite blossoms for this peachy-keen look include: dahlias, mums, garden roses and ranunculus.

 

Photo Credits: Bouquet: Stephanie Rosanne Designs, Bridesmaids:  Nicole Kirshner Photography, Cake: Ben Q Photography via Style Me Pretty, Baby Flower Crown: Blossom Crowns Handmade, Sweetheart Table:  Ling’s Moment, Napkin: Roses and Whimsy – Foil Cocktail Napkin

You’ve set a wedding date. Again! Yay!

If you had a wedding planning in 2020 or even early 2021, you have our condolences. What an entirely crazy situation, right?

While some couples decided to elope, others have rescheduled their wedding one, two or even three times. What a headache! We’re so happy to report though, that summer and fall weddings are on! If you finally feel confident enough to announce your new date, let’s do it!

Let’s start with an uncomfortable, but common problem…

How to Un-Invite Guests to Your Postponed Wedding

If your wedding has been pushed out a year (or more!), it’s possible your guest list has changed. And, that’s okay! There are a couple ways to handle this, depending on the situation.

If someone was on your initial guest list, and you’ve completely fallen out of contact with them (perhaps you moved and are no longer close with former co-workers), you can honestly let it slide without a notification.

However, if a former guest is still a part of your life, do the kind thing and let them know about the change. A quick text or email will do the trick! Not sure what to say? Here are some examples of how to tell someone they aren’t inviting to you wedding anymore:

Hi Heather – we’re working toward finally setting a new wedding date, but I want to let you know that our plans have changed quite a bit and we’re having to cut our guest list down to just our closest family and friends. As you can imagine, this has led to all sorts of awkward conversations…including this one! 😉 Thank you for your friendship and understanding and we navigate through this weird time. Hope all is well with you!

Hi Brandon – wanted to give you a heads up that we’re FINALLY moving forward with our wedding this summer, but that our guest list has changed quite a bit since our first round of invitations went out. We want to be upfront about this and hope we can count on you sending good vibes our way for a wedding that actually happens this time! Sending love and hoping all is well with you and your family!

Announce Your New Date with a Change the Date Card

Change the date cards used to be quite uncommon…but not anymore! If you had to cancel your wedding and have a new date set, send a change the date card to your guests. Our fun and super-cheap cards let you share your new date and even write a personal note to your guests.

You can keep it simple with just a photo and new date. But if you have extra information to share, choose a style that has room for extra text. Inform your guests about any changes to your original wedding location and update to your hotel blocks.

Send a New Save the Date

Whether you mailed a Save the Date for your first wedding date or decided to skip it, sending one for your new date is great idea! Our newest save the dates cards for postponed weddings are SO much fun too!

We typically advise couples to send your save the dates 6-9 months before your wedding day. But, Covid has changed this rule. If your wedding is rescheduled for even 4 months from now, go ahead and send a save the date, then deliver your wedding invites closer to your wedding date.

Likewise, if you’ve set a date that’s more than 12+ months out, you can sure send your Save the Date now! 2022 is set to be jam-packed with weddings, so getting your date on your guests’ calendars is a fantastic idea.

Product Featured: True Love – Save the Date

With Your Wedding Invitation!

Ready to send your wedding invitations? YAY! We normally tell couples to send their wedding invites 4-8 weeks out from the wedding date, but you can sure send them earlier if you have all your information.

Remember to set a reasonable “rsvp by” date so your guests can take their time with their decision, especially if coming to your wedding means traveling.

Best wishes as you finally set your wedding date and plan your dream day! xoxo

 

It’s time to celebrate the bride! We love a non-traditional Bridal Shower and an I Do BBQ is our favorite theme for a casual celebration. Don’t be fooled though – you can still create a looks that’s just the right mix of rustic and elegance.

Start With: An I Do BBQ Invitation

Make sure your guests know about the theme right from the start by sending this totally adorable I Do BBQ bridal shower invitation. The woodgrain background is just rustic enough and the cute engagement ring-detail is a sweet detail. Add you personalized party details, place you order and you’ll have your super-affordable invites in your hands before you know it!

Create Casual Décor

An I Do BBQ Bridal Shower theme should have a country-vibe and simple details. Our favorite rustic bridal shower decorations include:

  • Woodgrain: Use tree trunk rounds for your centerpieces! Not only are they super-cheap, but add just the right rustic touch. Add simple glass votive candles to create an easy table decoration.
  • Baby’s Breath: This cheap-but-chic flower can be found at any grocery store floral shop. The best part is that it take zero design skills to create a sweet little arrangement.
  • Burlap and Lace: This classic combination is just right for this theme! Grab some burlap from your local fabric store. Next, hit up the thrift shop and grab some vintage doilies. Lay down the burlap like a table runner then add a few doilies for a feminine touch. So cute!

And Finally…the Food!

An I Do BBQ is ALL about the food! Instead of serving burgers and steaks, go for barbequed finger food like chicken and veggie kabobs. Chicken wings would also be a huge hit. Round out the meal with classic side dishes like baked beans, mac and cheese and potato salad.

 

Photo Credits: Food: two peas & their pod, Place setting:  Jordan’s Easy Entertaining, Bride: Magnolia Boutique,  Flowers: My Wedding Favors, Favors:  Etsy

Your wedding stationery is one of those items on your list that’s easy to ignore. After all, how expensive can paper really be? The answer – REALLY expensive.

If you’ve browsed wedding invitation websites, or even made at appointment at your local stationery shop, you may have come away with sticker shock. Wedding invitations can easily run you $5 or more each – and that doesn’t include postage.

Take a deep breath. We’ve got a little advice on hacks that add up to big time deals on your wedding invitations and more.

 

1. Get Your RSVP Cards for Free

When you’re looking at wedding invites, it’s easy to be lured by a low price on the invitation itself. But then, you add up all the extras like your response cards and extra information cards and suddenly, your invite has more than doubled in price.

Avoid the bait and switch by ordering a wedding invitation set that has RSVP cards included. Our sets are just 99¢ and include your response card at no extra charge.

 

2. Keep Postage Cheap

Assembling your wedding invitations, only to realize that they are so heavy that your postage may double is a terrible feeling. We’ve heard heartbreaking stories of brides creating gorgeous DIY invitations to save money, only to have them cost over a dollar each to mail (goodbye savings!). Wedding invitation postage drama is real, you guys!

Our best advice: take one invite suite to the post office and weigh it to get an exact postage price before you assemble all of your invitations. Our chic and cheap invite suites are designed to be mailed with just one standard stamp, saving you a huge headache, and lots of cash.

And don’t forget: you need to add postage to your rsvp cards before you send them to your guests. To save money here, use response postcards instead of cards with envelopes. Postcard stamps are 30% cheaper, which adds up big time.

 

 

3. Gather Your RSVPs Online

If you want to save on the expense of sending physical RSVP cards, gather yours online instead. Be sure your word your online rsvp just right and don’t forget about accommodating your not-so-tech-savvy guests with a phone number instead.

Using an online RSVP service might mean that you don’t have a use for your response card from your invitation set. Instead of tossing them in the trash, get creative. We’ve seen couples personalize them as thank you postcards or information cards.


4. Add Your Own Ribbon or Twine

We’ve love a good wedding invitation hack and this is our favorite. If you’re drooling over heavily embellished invitations from boutique wedding invitation website, but can’t stomach the price, this one’s for you.

Don’t even think about making your own wedding invitations. If feels like a money-saver, but usually winds up being a headache that hardly saves you anything. However, once you have your cheap wedding invitations in-hand, head to the craft store for some DIY embellishments.

Our favorite DIY touch on a rustic wedding invite is twine; it’s so cheap and adds a lot of personality. If you’re going for an elegant look, add a satin or raw silk ribbon.

 

5. Send a Holiday Card Save the Date

Here’s a tip you’ve probably never heard before. Send your save the date cards over the holiday season and it can double as your holiday card. We have a whole collection of Christmas save the dates that are full of festive style, but you could customize any save the date to feel holiday-ish with the right photo and colors.

 

Your wedding guests will totally love these, and your holiday card budget will too!

Happy planning, brides and grooms!  xoxo

 

In the age of all things digital, it’s easy to think that inviting to your wedding digitally is the way to go. It feels like a good way to save money and streamline a part of your wedding that might otherwise feel overwhelming.

But – we ask you to pause and consider the headaches social media can wreck on your wedding planning.

Q: Can We Post Our Save the Date on Facebook?

We get it – once you set your wedding date, you want to scream it from the rooftops (or, your Facebook status). So yes, if that’s your style, then please go ahead and share, post and tweet your wedding date. However, when it comes to actually inviting your friends and family to save the date to attend your wedding, keep it off social media.

Here’s why:

Assumptions Will Be Made

If you post a general “save the date” message, your entire list of contacts may assume they are invited. This can lead to awkward messages from “friends” who will not be invited, gushing about how they cannot wait to witness you say “I do!”.

You’ll Get ALL the Questions

When friends and family get a digital Save the Date, instead of a physical one in the mail, it makes it much easier for them to inundate you with questions and comments. “Should we book a hotel?!”, “That date doesn’t work for Uncle Dave, could you move it?” and our favorite “Who is invited? Can I bring the kids?”

When these same people get a physical save the date card, they’re much less likely to fire off unnecessary comments and questions. As long as you share all the important information, including your wedding website, your guests are more likely to happily pin your cute card to the refrigerator and mark your date on their calendar.

Q: Can We Skip a Physical Invitation?

The short answer: No.

Tradition Matters

In an ever-changing world, it feels good to hang onto long-standing traditions. You wouldn’t replace your wedding gown with any old dress. And you wouldn’t forgo your wedding vows because they seem old fashioned. Your wedding invitation is your guest’s first look at your wedding day style and it belongs in their hands, not on a screen.

The #1 reason most couples want to send digital wedding invitations is to save money. And sure, it IS a cheap way to invite. But don’t think that you need to spend hundreds of dollars to get wedding invitations you love. Ours are cheap but chic and include free response cards and cost less than a dollar a piece.

Gathering RSVPs is Easier

This might sound counter intuitive, but gathering your rsvps through the mail is way easier than doing it online. A physical rsvp card is hard to ignore. An email sitting in a flood of other emails asking guests to please, please, please rsvp is very easy to ignore. Plus, it’s just really fun to get those reply cards in your mailbox!

Q: Could We Send Thank You Messages?

We love Facebook messenger but it is not the place to thank Aunt Bea for the crystal vase. Of course you can send a note thanking your guests for coming to the wedding but please don’t forget to send a real, handwritten thank you card to each and every attendee.

Q: What About Announcing Our Marriage Afterward?

After you’re officially married, go ahead – plaster your news all over Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and yes, make your Tik Tok showing off those rings.

You can also announce it more officially, with an affordable paper wedding announcement. They are a really fun way to share your wedding photos and your new titles with your loved ones.

Happy wedding planning! xoxo

 

Thinking about setting a winter wedding date? Winter weddings are becoming more and more popular each year and we are so here for it! Spring, summer and even fall weddings might be forever-faves, but winter weddings have theme and style opportunities you just won’t get in those balmy months. I mean…snow = instant sparkle and sparkle = wedding perfection. It’s meant to be!

An Icy Introduction

The theme we chose for this winter look centers around two elements – snowflakes and an icy color palette. First, let our super-affordable Watercolor Snowflake Wedding Invitation set the tone for your day. The soft blue watercolor and silver detailing combine make winter come alive. This beauty even comes with a free RSVP postcard, making its tiny $.99 price tag feel like an early Christmas gift.

A Winter Palette

You could choose practically any color scheme for a winter wedding, but this one is a classic. A dusty cobalt blue, ivory, shades of grey and sparkling silver evoke a sense of…dare we say…Arendelle? Frozen fans, we know you’re with us on this. Harness your inner-Elsa and color your day in this palette to create your own winter wedding fairy tale.

A Seasonal Wonderland

Let Mother Nature take the lead when it comes to decorating your snowflake-adorned day. First, hope for fresh snow (but, not too much!). If you don’t live in a snow-filled climate, or if the forecast doesn’t cooperate, recreate the sparkle of fresh snow with faux snow. Yes, you can get faux snow at any craft store and it’ll create an instant winter scene at your ceremony or reception location.

Next, add in some COLOR! Dress your bridesmaids in silver and drape your tables in sparkling linens. There is one element here that is key and really affordable – up-lighting! The power of colored lighting is unreal and a local AV company will be able to turn even the most average reception space into a sparkling winter wonderland with the right lighting.

Complete the look with details that tie everything together. Keep your makeup natural, but make your eyes pop with a sparkling shadow. Gift your girls faux-fur shawls – they’ll make for great photographs and keep them warm through the night. And finally, stock the bar with our super-cheap custom napkins. This fairy-tale inspired style is perfect for this theme.

 

Photo Credits: Reception: Minnesota Bride, Cake: Cake Me By Surprise, Bridesmaids: Alexandria Elise Photography via Wilkie, Bride and Groom: Env Photography, Ring: Etsy

Feminine blush and striking black come together in sweet harmony on this wedding mood board. Perhaps the perfect combination of want you want and what he wants, this look will make your wedding-planning-heart skip a beat! Now, let’s show you how to pull off this look while keeping your wedding wallet happy.

Blush Blossoms
Leave it to us to start with the invitation. This breathtaking floral wedding invitation showcases beautiful, garden roses in your favorite shade of pink. Everything about this invitation can be customized to suit your wedding-day style, including the background color. We beg you to keep it black though – the sharp contrast so modern and chic. The best part is the price. Just 99¢ for your invite and R.S.V.P. postcard. A price to make you blush!

Make it Yours
When you’re shopping for your perfect bridal gown, consider choosing a style offered in blush! From a hint of blush to a more dominant tone, it can complement a variety of skin tones and will look dreamy next to your groom’s black suit. Dress your bridesmaids in a mismatched palette of black and metallic blush gowns. Choose bouquets to accent your colors and don’t forget the groom can don a blush garden rose too and tie this whole look together.

Décor to Make You Blush
Set up your reception with a dashing backdrop using satin blush and black fabrics. Bolts of fabric layered behind your head table will set the stage for a romantic and stunning evening. A black fondant wedding cake will be the talk of your reception for its bold uniqueness. And you just know everyone tongues will be checking out each other’s black tongues. Just imagine the photo opportunity! Add a custom touch with personalized black cocktail napkins that feature your names stamped in rose gold foil. Complete your tables with black taper candles in thrifted candle holders and your reception will be lit with romantic tones and conversation all evening.

 

Photo Credits: Backdrop: Ashley Paige Photography via 100 Layer Cake, Bride and Groom: Etsy, Boutonniere: Loverly, Bridesmaids: Erich McVey Photography via ModWedding, Cake: Sotiria McDonald via Martha Stewart Wedding

Talk about a plot twist. The Coronavirus has impacted weddings around the globe and today, we’re here with the answers to a question no couple ever wants to ask: How do we postpone our wedding?

Take a deep breath. You two can do this.


Announce the Postponement

Once you’ve decided to postpone your wedding – even if you don’t have a new date set yet – be sure to let your guests know. Assuming your wedding is coming up quick, an email, text or phone call to each guest is the easiest way to do this. You can always post on social media as well.

Let your guests know that you’re postponing your wedding and will be sending out new Save the Dates or Wedding Invitations as soon as a new date is set. If you’re not sure how to word this tough news, we have some suggestions:

Short and Sweet:
We’re heartbroken to share the news that we have decided to postpone our wedding. We will be sending a new wedding date to our guests as soon as it’s set.

With Concern:
Dearest family and friends – because your safety and health are our first priority, we’ve decided to postpone our wedding. When we have more clarity on the impact of the coronavirus, we will reschedule and send new invitations. Thank you so much for your love and well wishes during the difficult time for everyone. Stay safe!

Humorous:
Well…we didn’t see that coming! We are disappointed to announce that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are postponing our wedding. On the bright side, we have several more months to create even more DIY wedding decorations. YAY! Stayed tuned for a new date and details!

Love-Focused:
We are saddened to inform you that our wedding is postponed. While is hurts to share this news, we feel so blessed by the messages of love we have received from our wedding guests. Your support and outpouring of love has made this tough time so much more bearable. We’ll be in touch with a new date and details as soon as we’re able. We love you all!


Next: Call Your Venue

Your venue will likely be the deciding factor in what your new wedding date is. Most venues are being very accommodating. Remember, it’s an incredibly stressful time for them as well and they want your wedding on the books just as much as you do.

First, discuss what future dates are open. There are a few things to think about when considering when to rebook:

  1. Time of Year
    The more flexibility you have, the better. If you had an April wedding but are willing to rebook in November, great! If you had your heart set on April and you’re okay with a year (or longer) postponement, fabulous!
  2. Location
    Check with your wedding venue on their postponement and cancelation policy. Some are loosening their rules, while others are sticking to contracts. Understand your rights and work with your venue’s wedding coordinator to make a new plan that works for both of you.
  3. Time of Day
    If there’s a certain date you want, but your venue is booked, think about holding your ceremony and reception earlier in the day. A morning ceremony followed by a brunch reception is more fun than you might think! Bonus: you’ll have all day and night for extra photos, celebrating and even a little quiet time with your new spouse.
  4. Day of the Week
    Some wedding venues book their Saturday dates out years in advance. Consider moving your wedding day to a Friday, Sunday or even a Thursday. You might save a bundle and your guests will most definitely understand.


And Then: Contact Your Other Vendors

While you’re working on setting a new date, contact your other vendors to let them know you’re working on rescheduling. Understand your contracts and do your best to work together make a new date work.

Vendors like wedding photographers and caterers often have professional relationships with folks in their industry. In this difficult time, they’ll need to rely on and support each other more than ever. So – if you have a vendor that isn’t available on your rescheduled date, ask them for a referral to someone in their network. They might be more willing to hand back your deposit knowing that your new vendor may return the favor when they find themselves in the same situation.

Keep in mind that whether you’re working with your venue, hair stylist, photographer or florist, the earlier you decide to postpone, the easier it will be to reschedule a date that works for everyone.


And Lastly: Official Communication

 Once your new date is set, breathe a huge sigh of relief. You’ve accomplished what felt like the impossible. Now…time to have a little fun and announce that new date! We have a few fun, crazy-affordable options for you to choose from:

  1. Send a Change the Date Card
    These fun designs are so new they’re not even available yet! Don’t worry – they’ll be here in days, so hang tight. These new Change the Date cards let you announce your coronavirus-postponement with a clever message that’ll bring a bit of joy to each wedding guest. With both photo and non-photo styles available, you’re sure to find one that suits the two of you perfectly.

 

  1. Send a new Save the Date
    Our 69¢ and 89¢ Save the Date Cards and Magnets win rave reviews from brides and grooms because of their fab quality and super low price. The best part though, is that most designs can be totally edited. Add your own custom message to announce your new date plus any other details you care to share.

 

  1. Send a new Wedding Invitation
    If your new date is less than three months away, skip the save the date or change the date card and send a new wedding invitation instead. Remember, our wedding invitations are all 99¢ or less which means sending new invites isn’t going to break your budget.

Sending all our love and happy wishes to brides and grooms everywhere!

xoxo –the Team at Ann’s

 

 

When it comes to Save the Dates, most couples have the best of intentions. We hear statements like this from customers all the time:

“I meant to make Save the Dates as soon as we set our wedding date, but it fell off our radar. Now our wedding is just 6 months away. Is it too late to send them?”

There are a few factors that play into how we’ll answer this question but first, let’s talk through a best-case-scenario Save the Date timeline. Traditionally, we tell brides and grooms that your Save the Dates should be in the mail 8 – 12 months before your wedding day.

Let’s break it down by season:

  • Spring Wedding: Mail the prior summer.
  • Summer Wedding: Mail the prior fall – early winter.
  • Fall Wedding: Mail in late winter.
  • Winter Wedding: Mail the prior spring to early summer.

Keep in mind two special instances where you may consider moving the timeline up to as far as 12 months before your wedding date:

  • Destination Weddings: Your guests will want to plan and book travel 9+ months ahead of your wedding, so give them at least 12 months notice. Be sure to include your wedding location and hotel or resort information on your Save the Date card.
  • Holiday Weekend Weddings: Getting married on a holiday weekend such as the 4th of July or Thanksgiving is a great way to extend your celebration but keep in mind that your guests will want to get your wedding date on their calendars and book travel. Giving them extra notice will keep them happy and your R.S.V.P. list full!

Okay – all that being said, if your wedding date is around 6 months out and you haven’t sent Save the Dates, you do still have time. Gather your addresses to get a count, decide how you want to word your Save the Dates and place your order. Our crazy-affordable Save the Dates print and ship in just a couple of days so you’ll have them super quick.

Our best piece of advice if sending your Save the Dates 6 or less months before your wedding is to include your wedding website so your guests view travel and accommodation information.

The good news is: sending your Save the Dates a bit later than normal will give you a little wiggle room when it comes to mailing your wedding invitations. We normally tell couples to have their wedding invitations in the mail 2 – 3 months in advance, but in this case, sending 6 – 10 weeks before your wedding date is a-okay!

We hope you found this helpful! If you have any other wedding stationery questions that stump you as you’re shopping and planning, we’re here to help!

xoxo –the Team at Ann’s

 

There are many questions that arise while creating your wedding invitations. From, “how do I say we don’t want kids to come?!” to “what if we’re only having a reception?” you’re sure to stumble across a few moments that’ll stop you in your tracks and have you contemplating how to politely communicate key pieces of information to your wedding guests.

There is one question we hear more than any other – “Can we include our wedding registry information on our invitations?” The answer to this question is always (always, always, always), no.

But, why? Whyyyyy? This is the most common response we hear from brides and grooms and hey, we get it. After all, your guests will want to provide a gift to the happy couple, right? So why wouldn’t you want to give them the information they need so they can get a gift you actually want?

The reason is simple: you aren’t inviting to your wedding for the gifts. Don’t make your guests question for a moment that you might be.

Guests who want give a gift will find their way to your registry. And, you can help them get there through these appropriate means.

  1. Your Wedding Website
    Your wedding website should be full of extra information for your wedding guests such as travel information, hotel blocks and yes, your wedding registry. Add a section with links to your registry and include a sweet message that makes it clear that you’re not after a gift grab. For instance:Our Registry
    While your generosity is so appreciated, please know that your support and love are the best gift we could wish for!Registry Information
    Your friendship and love is the best gift of all.
  2. Your Bridal Shower
    Unlike your wedding, the intention of your bridal shower is to, well, SHOWER the bride with gifts! It’s absolutely appropriate for the host to list your registry information on your bridal shower invitations. The scoop on where you’re registered will naturally spread from your shower guests to your wedding guests, trust us!
  3. Word of Mouth
    Never underestimate the power of chatter. Traditionally, this was the only way to communicate registry information. Trust in the power of people to find the info they need. Also, trust in the power of group texts.

 

xoxo –the Team at Ann’s