Category: Wedding Stationery

Have you found yourself in the unfortunate position of having to postpone your wedding? Wedding dates are moved for many different reasons – from a family illness to an unforeseen conflict with your dream venue and even yes, a global pandemic (we’re looking at you coronavirus).

Moving your wedding date isn’t an easy task, but our newest collection of affordable Change the Date Cards make breaking the news a whole lot cuter!

Whether you’ve already sent a Save the Date, or even your Wedding Invitations, these sweet announcements let you officially change your wedding date in style ranging from elegant to super funny. Our top picks are…

#1: Save Our New Date Magnet

Customize this cutie with your photo then update the color combination to match your wedding colors. This magnet will be happily displayed on refrigerators near and far!

#2: Plot Twist Change the Date Card

A postponed wedding is a shakeup you could have lived without, right? Instead of wallowing in hassle of rescheduling your big day, announce the update with this funny little card. The phrase “plot twist” scrawled across a sweet picture of the two of you is sure to give everyone a good laugh.

#3: Delayed Change the Date Card

If you’re pushing your wedding day out a few weeks, a few months of even an entire year, this rustic-style design lets you drop your delay with a custom look.

#4: Watercolor Greens Change the Date Magnet

Create a custom message from the heart on this magnetic card.  With room for an explanation about your postponement, this card delivers your news in elegant style.

#5: Married Later Change the Date Card

Announce your postponement with a side of humor. This sweet card features the phrase “we’re getting married…later”. With options to change your colors and fonts, the options to make this card one-of-a-kind are endless.

 

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 choosing a ceremony program for your wedding, the options are endless. From custom printed designs to Pinterest-inspired DIY projects, it can be overwhelming to narrow it down to a choice that fits your style, theme and budget.

Our team is forever on a mission to make the task of creating wedding stationery stress-free, fun and super affordable for all brides and grooms. When we introduced our collection of wedding programs last wedding season, we gotta say – we nailed it. With themes ranging from rustic country to modern minimalist, and a tiny 99¢ price tag, these are the easiest, prettiest and most affordable programs you’ll find on the web.

And now, just in time for wedding season, we have brand-new photo wedding programs that let you show off your love in picture-perfect style.

 

Sweet and Simple
You’ll love: Custom colors – choose from over 50 color combinations to make this sweet design fit your palette.
May we suggest: Add a selfie! Sure, engagement photos are beautiful, but a candid snap of the two of you would add so much personality to your ceremony.

Rustic Photo
You’ll love: That wood grain background. This design is ideal for a casual and rustic wedding theme.
May we suggest: Mix up the fonts. If you’re style is more modern, change the fonts from a script to a bolder serif-style choice and watch the style of this design change before your eyes.

Photo Simplicity
You’ll love: The big, bold photo.
May we suggest: If your ceremony order is longer than room allows, add it on the backside instead. Use the space under your photo for a favorite romantic quote or lyrics to your first dance.

Photo Collage
You’ll love: You get to share three photos on this ultra-minimalist design.
May we suggest: You can update the background color on this beauty, so play around with colors. Choose a black background and white text is beautiful. A blush background with gray text is oh-so-romantic. The options are seriously endless!

 

How to create a perfect bridal shower theme: mix one part nature and one part glittery, gleaming, glamorous gold! Pulling together a beautiful shower theme doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive and this style proves it.

The Theme: this bridal shower theme is as simple as it sounds – greens and gold! By “greens”, we mean lush, live greenery. This trend is all over weddings and we, the budget-wedding experts, love its simplicity and super-affordable price tag. But…every bride needs a little sparkle, right? That’s why we’ve mixed in a bit of gold. Wham, bam, glam! She’ll love it.

The Style: a bridal shower with a nature-based theme can go down a number of different style avenues. Rustic. Romantic. Vintage. But to create style that looks like the one we’ve featured here think Minimalist. To create a minimalist look, keep the styling super simple. Your mantra should be: less is more.

The Budget Savers:

Idea #1 – Don’t think you can afford to send real invitations out? Think again! The greenery bridal shower invitation featured in our mood board is just 69¢ (yes, no matter how many you need!).

Idea #2 – Run to your nearest Trader Joe’s and scoop up all the fresh eucalyptus you can handle. This gem of a grocery store is the best source for cheap greenery at a fabulous price. Use floral wire to string them into a floral garland, place cut stems in a vase or pluck leaves and use them as toppers on cake or cupcakes.

Idea #3 – Embroidery hoop DIY! Create hanging decorations that fit your minimalist style with two simple supplies. Purchase embroidery hoops at your local craft store, then hot glue those cheap eucalyptus branches on for a simple look that can be used long after the bridal shower is over. Bonus points if you spray paint the hoops gold to match your theme.z

 

Photo Credits:
Foil Stamped Napkin: Ann’s Bridal Bargains, Confetti: Etsy, Eucalyptus Hoops: Ling’s Moment, Backdrop: Nicole Amanda, Cake Topper: Etsy, Photo Prop: Etsy.

The prettiest palettes are created by nature and this beautiful combination doesn’t disappoint.

Main Color: Goldenrod
Accent Color: Burgundy
Accent Color: Mocha
Neutral Color: Gold

A Sunny Introduction
The inspiration for this pretty palette is our Painted Sunflowers Seal and Send Invitation. This watercolor floral design is a favorite for rustic-themed weddings. The nature-inspired color combination feels as warm and sunshiny as summer day.

Paint Your Day
Creating a wedding-day look that blends this palette together is simple! Let’s start with that pretty shade of yellow. Using goldenrod as your main color is a bold move and we love it!

You might be inclined to dress your bridesmaids in yellow but we’d prefer that instead, you let sunflowers be the star. Sunflowers are such an ideal flower to use in weddings. They’re sturdy and can hold up to heat without wilting. The blooms are big which means you need fewer of them to make a statement. To top it off, they are so affordable, particularly in late summer to late autumn.

Use sunflowers in everything from your bridesmaid’s bouquets to reception centerpieces. We love a sunflower-lined ceremony aisle too. Decorating your cake with sunflower blooms is so simple too! Drench your day in these sunny blooms; you won’t regret it!

Next up – burgundy. Now this is a color your bridesmaids will love! Dress them in burgundy gowns. This on-trend hue is beautiful and those sunflower bouquets will pop against them. The guys can wear matching burgundy ties for a cute and coordinated look.

Our other accent color is mocha. The center of your sunflowers will tie this color in. Another natural way to bring out this color is through using wood grain details. Using wooden chairs at your ceremony and undressed tables at your reception will lend a rustic feel to your day. If that’s not an option, stack slices of tree trunks in the middle of your reception tables and top them with a vase of sunflowers.

Lastly, add a bit of sparkle! A brassy gold is the perfect way to add interest to your palette. Think of this neutral color as an accessory to your wedding day. It’s an important addition, but don’t go overboard. Choose gold jewelry. Create gold foil-stamped cocktail napkins. You can even use gold flatware.

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

 

A black and white palette is the epitome of classic wedding styling. It’s traditional, but can lean modern. It’s classic but has an edge to it. It’s beautiful and feels…expensive. Don’t sweat it though – we, the affordable-wedding experts, are here to show you how to pull off this look without breaking your wedding budget.

A Classic Intro
Your invitation introduces your wedding style to your guests and sets the tone for your entire celebration. Kind of a big deal, right? A big deal doesn’t have to mean a big price tag though. Our famous 99¢ invitation suites include elegant styles that look like they cost way more than a buck a piece. The black and white invitation featured on this mood board features the classic phrase “from this day forward” and even has a spot for you to share a photo of the two of you. It can be customized in any color palette but you just can’t go wrong with this black and white version.

Simple Styling
There’s a valuable benefit of a black and white wedding you may not have considered but will absolutely love: less stress. Take the task of choosing bridesmaid dresses. Instead of searching for just the right shade of purple in all the right silhouettes for your bridesmaids you can simply say, “buy a black dress you love”. Your groom can purchase a suit he’ll wear over and over again. You don’t have to worry your florist will use peach roses instead of blush. The list goes on and on…

Party Perfection
When the ceremony is over, it’s time to party! If you think styling your bridesmaids was simple, creating a beautiful reception space is going be a breeze and be easy on your budget. Instead of spending extra on colorful table linens, go with basic black or white. Your venue should have either on standby and won’t charge an extra fee for ordering a special color. Create a simple but memorable detail by providing custom cocktail napkins for your bar (bonus – they’re just 25¢). These cheap little napkins will litter tabletops and add a pop of personalized detail for just pennies a piece. Complete your look by scattering glass votive holders everywhere. This affordable touch will amp up the romance on the cheap!

 

Photo Credits:  Bride and groom: Rachel Photographs via Green Wedding Shoes, Table: Nick Plus Danee via June Bug Weddings, Bridesmaids: Brandon Scott Photography, Wedding Cake: Miso Bakes, Oreo Cupcakes: Jan Garcia Photography via Style Me Pretty

We’re officially obsessed with this wedding color palette:

Peach as the main color.
Olive as an accent color.
As well as cream and gold as neutral colors.

The perfect peony invitation:
We started with the Peach Peony Wedding Invitation, which is brand-new and absolutely oozing with details so pretty, it looks like it was freshly picked out of a spring garden. The peach and olive combination is the perfect starting point for this gorgeous palette but every palette needs a neutral as well as a little sparkle. That’s where cream and gold come in.

Working it into your wedding:
Let’s start with your main and accent colors. Peach is the shining star, so use it liberally, but don’t wash everything in this blushy tone. We recommend dressing your bridesmaids in shades of peach, including peach-toned flowers in your floral arrangements and then choosing some additional small details to add this pretty hue to. If you’re choosing an up-do, tuck in a peach colored hair piece. Make sure to add a pop of peach to your groom as well. A soft pink necktie or peach boutonnière are all it takes to tie it all together.

Olive is easy to infuse into your day – think greenery! This affordable accent can be used everywhere from your bridal bouquets to ceremony aisle to centerpieces. Our tip – bring an example of the olive hue you prefer to your florist. Floral greenery can range in color from dark hunter to bright lime and your florist is sure to appreciate some guidance so they can nail your look.

Next up: cream. Sure, it might seem a little dull, but do not discount this neutral as unimportant. In fact, much of your day should be washed in a creamy white tone to keep the look light and romantic. Of course, the bride should dress in cream! Be sure to add creamy colors flowers into your bouquets and floral arrangements. They pop against the peach blossoms and olive greenery and create a look that’s rich and romantic. While you might be inclined to choose peach table linens, we suggest cream instead. It’ll give you reception an ethereal vibe that feels so romantic and luxe (not to mention, the rental charge is usually less!).

Now let’s have a little fun. We love a little sparkle and metallic gold is our favorite way to infuse it to your day. Don’t go overboard here; a little goes a long way. Add gold into your jewelry, shoes, bouquet wrapping and don’t’ forget your gold foil-stamped napkins (ours cost pennies a piece!).  Cap your day with gold-sparklers for a send-off you’ll remember for eternity.

Our team at Ann’s Bridal Bargains is currently obsessed with greenery and gold weddings and we know our couples love it too! This combo is a perfect blend of natural and glam elements. Pair this style it with soft watercolors and metallic textures and your little heart will skip a beat!

Invite Glamorously
Don’t let the word glamorous scare you. Our Eternity wedding invitation is the perfect choice for our greenery-loving brides and it’s affordable too! Each invitation comes with a free response postcard! Your budget is going to do a happy dance! The watercolor painted eucalyptus and printed gold detail give you the look of expensive invitations but cost under a buck a piece.

Gorgeous Greenery
Greenery is a wedding trend that can be used in any season and theme. First, find a type of greenery you love. The look we chose to pair with our invitation is silver dollar eucalyptus. It features soft edges and broad leaves, giving you a lot of bang for your buck. Seeded eucalyptus and baby blue eucalyptus are also great choices (and, they smell great!). Use greenery in your bridal party’s bouquets, reception centerpieces, ceremony and on your wedding cake. It gives any element of your wedding a soft, floral touch but doesn’t overwhelm with large blooms and colors.

Glam is in the Details
Next, subtly add metallic gold details. We’re in love with gold, beads and sequins on bridesmaids. Bonus points if you can pull of a mismatched look (isn’t it gorgeous?!). When it comes to décor, think mercury glass. This is a popular way to add metallic and we are loving it paired with soft white florals and our favorite greenery stems! For your reception, we love this foil-stamped beverage napkin. A shining gold wreath, personalized with your initials and wedding date will be a finishing touch at your reception bar.

Photo Credits: Bride: Nastja Kovacec via Ruffled Blog, Cake: Photography by Angela Tucker via Ruffled Blog, Bridesmaids: Tessa June Photography, Ceremony Arch: Anni Maria Photography via Nouba, Centerpieces: Etsy

Main Color: Ballet Pink
Accent Color: Apricot
Accent Color: Orchid
Neutral: Cypress

Are you ready to fall in love with this romantic wedding color? Warning: you will! This palette was inspired by our new Woodland Rose Seal and Send Invitation. Not sure what a Seal and Send Invitation is? It’s your new BFF! Seal and send wedding invitations are self-mailing invitations, meaning there is no need for invitation envelopes. Even your R.S.V.P card is included. You’ll adore this easy-to-send invitation, but what will really capture your heart is the gorgeous palette full of woodland meet romance tones.

Working it into your wedding:

Pairing sweet pastels like ballet pink and orchid with earthy hues like apricot and cypress creates a palette that feels so warm and natural – you’re wedding day will just exude romance! To pull your look together, use natural wood elements, like slices of tree branches, and stack them along your aisle and on reception tables. Nestle ivory candles in vintage jelly jars into the base of the wood slices and tuck floral blooms in shades of pink, orchid and apricot around the edges.

Remember to consider which color your bridesmaids should wear to tie your look together: light pink, luminous yellow, soft purple or a mixture of them all. Complement their dresses with floral bouquets full of lush roses and trailing greenery. Don’t forget to give your groom and groomsmen a matching boutonniere in a muted, rosy color too. Tie the stems in twine to infuse a rustic element and your cypress hue into the guys’ attire.

Next, accessorize yourself with hints of colors too! Fresh pastel roses will be gorgeous tucked into a low up-do. Lastly, consider your bridal makeup…after all, you’re the star of your wedding day! Soft pink and sparkling taupe eye shadow along with rosy peach cheeks and a natural lip will create a look that feels natural and so romantic.