Category: Q & A

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

 

We get it – no one wants to spend tons of money on wedding invitations. There are far more exciting things to devote your wedding budget dollars to (donut bar, anyone?!).

So sure, you could DIY your way into a pretty inexpensive wedding invitation. But, all those supplies add up. There’s paper, printing, envelopes and don’t forget your time (that’s valuable!).

Instead of making your own cheap wedding invitations, let us do it for you. Our prices are cheaper than DIY. They include free RSVP Cards. They’re created by a crazy-talented team of designers. And, each one is customized by you, and then professionally printed by us.

 

That’s right – the secret to making cheap wedding invitations is to let us do it for you.

Here’s how it’s done:

Browse Every Style and Theme

Start by looking through all our pretty designs and narrow down your particular wedding day style or theme. We’re best known for our fabulously cheap rustic wedding invitations. Other favorite themes include greenery designs, styles that include photos and seasonal favorites for fall and winter weddings.

Find the Format You Love

We have two types of wedding invitations that will save you money.

Seal and Send Invitations: this all-in-one style includes a removable RSVP postcard. The entire piece folds up, is sealed and sent. No envelope needed!

Invitations with Free Response Postcards: the best deal in wedding inviting! This style is double-sided, letting you add your reception details on the backside. And RSVP postcards are included in the crazy-low price too. Extra matching pieces are available, including thank you cards.

Personalize It to Perfection

All our invitations are edited online in our easy-to-use tool. You can update colors and fonts to create a look that matches your wedding day and take your time to make sure it’s perfect. Need help? We have a team of experts standing by on chat or over the phone to help you as you go.

Get an Extra Deal!

We have bonus sales every day so you can get extra discounts.

Have fun creating your wedding invitations and saving money too!

xoxo – the Team at Ann’s

 

 

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

 

It’s the most debated, agonized over and controversial topic in wedding planning. Do you invite kids to your wedding or ask your guests to make it a date night? For most, it feels like an easy decision no matter which side you land on. But often, there are unexpected circumstances that might lead you to cut the kids off your guest list. We asked five brides who had kid-free celebrations about their decision and how they ensured their guests understood it was an adults-only wedding.

Kate’s Reason: Our Venue Was Teeny Tiny
Kate and her husband Rich were married last October in a quaint B&B in rural Minnesota. It was a picturesque setting: a sweet garden ceremony followed by cocktails and an intimate dinner. It was their dream location but it came at a cost. “After we made our guest list, it was clear that our venue simply couldn’t accommodate all the children. For a moment, we considered changing our location, but quickly decided we weren’t willing to sacrifice our wedding-day vision”, says Kate. “Since our head count was fairly low – just 54 guests – it was easy to make a few phone calls to explain our decision to affected family members and friends. Everyone was very gracious and totally understood.”

Hannah’s Reason: The Kids Would Out-Number Adults
Hannah and her wife Sara had a laugh-out-loud moment when they made a startling realization about their guest list. “I met my wife when we were 39 and 41 so our friends were in that phase of life when it’s all about the kids”, says Hannah. “Don’t get me wrong, I love them all dearly, but our invited friends had a collective 56 children ranging from newborn to twelve year old. When we counted them all up we looked at each other absolutely bewildered.” Hannah and Sara decided to only invite a few children who were close family members. The tricky part was communicating the please-leave-the-kids-at-home message to their other guests. In the end, they decided to take a direct approach. “We added a small enclosure card and slipped it in with the invitations that were being sent to our guests with children. We carefully crafted the message so it felt fun. It said, ‘while we love your littles, we ask that you please make it a date night! A list of local babysitters is available on our wedding website.’”

Maria’s Reason: We Wanted to P-A-R-T-Y
Maria and Tony knew exactly what they wanted their wedding day to be all about: FUN. “There was never any question that we would not be inviting kids to our wedding. We knew what we wanted our day to be like, and that did not include children crowding the dance floor”, says Maria. She continues, “I’m sorry if that sounds harsh, but the biggest line item on our budget was the open bar! We wanted to party!” Maria chose to use her response cards to make her adults-only wedding plan clear to her guests. “It was simple. On our response cards we added the word ‘adults’ to the ‘will attend’ line. So it read ‘_ adults will attend.’ Maria also added a note on their wedding website and let the news spread word of mouth. It worked like a charm! Not a single child was brought to their wedding.

Ella’s Reason: TBH, I Just Didn’t Want Kids at My Wedding, Okay?
The thing is…you don’t owe your guests a reason for not inviting kids to your wedding. Ella debated about whether or not she wanted a kid-free wedding for months. “My mother-in-law was adamant that we invite children. She didn’t want family members to feel like they had to make a choice about whether or not to attend our wedding based solely on childcare,” says Ella. “We love children dearly, but when I pictured our wedding day, it simply didn’t include them.” Ella continues, “when we ordered our wedding invitations, I added a small line of text at the bottom of the invitation that read ‘adults only ceremony and reception’ which was impossible to miss. I didn’t want to beat around the bush or feel like I needed to offer a reason or apology. After all, it was our day!”

Meredith’s Reason: I Had a Slim Budget!
Meredith and Bradley had a huge wedding on a small budget. “Our guest list topped 250 people and yes, that was without kids! We both have large families and are social butterflies. We knew we wanted a big wedding, but it was also important that we stay on budget so we had to make a difficult decision” says Meredith. She quickly discovered the expense of having children attend your reception can be monumental. “Our reception venue had kid-friendly meals, but they were $20 a head. Cutting kids off our guest list saved us over $1,000 and honestly, I didn’t miss having them there. Don’t tell their parents!” Meredith communicated her choice in two places. “We added text that said ‘adults only, please’ on our response cards. We also addressed the inner envelopes to the invited guests only. Since we did invite a few older teens, this was the perfect way to clarify who was invited and who was not.”

Product shown:  Whom My Soul Loves Invitation with Free Response Postcard

Postage is usually an afterthought when it comes to ordering your wedding invitations but this cost can add up! We’ve put together some great tips for saving on postage before and after you purchase your wedding invites.

How to Save on Postage BEFORE You Purchase Wedding Invitations

Choose a Rectangular Wedding Invitation

You might be tempted to purchase square wedding invitations because they’re unique or pocket wedding invitations because they’re pretty.  Be aware that both will cost extra to mail.

Square envelopes require more postage. Pocket wedding invitations tend to be heavy so a single stamp won’t cut it. To be on the safe side, order a rectangular WEDDING INVITATION that won’t cost extra to mail.

Use an Online RSVP Service

Did you know its proper etiquette to add a stamp to all your RSVP card envelopes? Whoa – that adds up quick! If you have 100 invitations to mail, you’re spending $50 on respond card postage alone.

Instead of having guests mail back their respond card, use and online RSVP service through a wedding planning website like The Knot. But, you don’t necessarily have to exclusively use an online RSVP service. You can also include a phone number or email address for people to reply to. The idea though is to eliminate the need for an RSVP card and that pesky postage stamp.

Use Response Postcards

You’ll notice that most of the rsvp cards on our website are actually postcards. That’s because they are a cost-effective approach to the traditional RSVP. You don’t pay extra for RSVPs and you pay less for stamps because the postcard postage rate is lower than the standard postage rate.

Browse the designs in our collection of wedding invitation sets to find invites that come with free RSVP postcards. Win!

 

How to Save on Postage AFTER You Purchase Wedding Invitations

Don’t Guesstimate

Know how much you need and purchase only what you need with maybe a few extras. Check out the USPS stamps page to see how much stamps are right now and the many awesome designs available!

Wedding postage tip: if you like a current design, buy it now. There’s no guarantee that design will be available when you want it.

Think Ahead! Buy Stamps Early

Buy stamps before they increase in price. To find out when the next postage increase will be, visit Forever Stamp Value. You can even sign up to get notified by email when the next price increase will occur.

Spread Out the Cost

If you’re sending 300 wedding invitations with 300 standard response cards, you will be spending $300 on postage at a rate of 50¢ per stamp. The good news is you can buy however many stamps you want whenever you want. Consider purchasing your stamps in smaller batches spread out over a period of time.

Weigh Your Invitation Ensemble at the Post Office

Bring one complete wedding invitation in the envelope with all enclosures and have the post office clerk weigh it so you know exactly how much postage you need.

If the ensemble weighs more than one ounce (which is equal to one stamp), check to see if your invitations include inner and outer envelopes. You could eliminate the inner envelope to reduce the weight.

 

That’s it! Happy mailing brides and grooms!

xoxo

The team at Ann’s

Q&A: About Anns

Q&A: About Anns

Ann’s Bridal Bargains began more than 15 years ago when a group of fine stationery printers decided to create the first discount brand of its kind. Through experience and dedication, these seasoned professionals created a great selection of beautiful, budget-friendly wedding invitations. We have great styles for every couple, from vintage to modern and elegant to eccentric.

The advantage of being around for so many years is that we have the knowledge and expertise to offer discount wedding invitations that rival those of our higher priced competitors. Through efficient printing and clever design, we have created a unique offering of inexpensive wedding invitations you will be proud to send to friends and family.

Want proof of quality? Order some invitation samples! Check out Today’s Deals and get 3 samples for FREE.

Q&A: Customer Service

When it comes time to purchase something as important as wedding invitations, we expect our customers to have plenty of questions. This is a big decision after all, and it’s not just about choosing the design you like. It’s a matter of deciding how to word your wedding invitations, how to assemble your wedding invitations and even how to address them and mail them properly.

We can help you with all of these questions. The blog is a great resource but sometimes talking to another human being is simply the best and most comforting option. Our customer service is second to none! They are experienced representatives ready to answer your questions about our products and personalization process.

You can contact customer service through phone, email or online chat, depending on your communication preference. We highly recommend contacting us if you have any questions whatsoever. We’re happy to help! And to put your mind at ease, here are some comments from customers like you about their experiences with Ann’s Bridal Bargains customer service.

“I contacted customer service via online chat many, many times and each time the customer service reps were very helpful and polite.” – Vancouver Bride

“BOTH YOUR PRODUCT AND CUSTOMER SUPPORT WERE EXCELLENT.” – Tennessee Bride

“I had a great experience. I had all my questions answered and the changes applied to the invites. They had the cards made within 3 days and on my door step 5 days later.” – Ontario Bride

Q&A: Paper Options

Ann’s Bridal Bargains offers paper options on many of our wedding invitations so customers can choose the level of quality that fits their wedding budget.

Our Standard Matte paper is an excellent quality for an excellent price – that’s why this paper is our standard for all invitations.

Our Heavy Matte paper has the luxurious look and feel of heavyweight paper for a crazy good price! Choose this paper when you really want to impress guests.

Our Elite Texture paper lends an ultra sophisticated look to any invitation design. The slightly textured finish adds dimension to your design and wording.

Our Elegant Shimmer paper makes your wedding invitation a real knock–out, and you won’t find it for less anywhere else!

Our Magnet option is available on most save the dates. Save the date magnets are fun for you, convenient for guests and easy to create here at Ann’s.

Order samples to see and feel the quality so you can be sure you’ve found the perfect wedding invitations for your beautiful day.