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24
Feb
Wedding Invitation Trends for 2017
categories: the paper chase, Trends, Wedding Inspiration

Since wedding stationery has progressed from a simple invitation into full-circle stationery “suites”, it’s important to know what the trends are and what new designs and options are available to you. Our Elite Circle stationers have been in the business for years and know what’s in and what’s out. They’ve graciously shared their trend insights to give you an idea of what to expect when you go about choosing your wedding stationery for your 2017/2018 wedding:  

Celebrations in Paper: I am seeing a lot more great quality stock and tons of foil.  So where in the past a bride would order an invitation with either thermography or letterpress for the text and print their names only in foil, now they want all printing done in foil.  It’s a gorgeous look.

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(Stationer: Celebrations in Paper, Photo: Adelaide Photography)

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(Stationer: Celebrations in Paper, Photographer: Amy & Jordan)

Be in Love Designs: I’m seeing couples using an insert called a web card that refers guests to a website for wedding information and online RSVPing. Another trend I am seeing is either poster sized menus or programs instead of one per person.

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(Stationer: Be in Love Designs, Photographer: Elyse Hall Photography, Location: Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, Planner: Meant2Be Events)

Designing/choosing wedding stationery is one aspect of wedding planning that many couples look forward to- you get to choose paper colors, styles, shapes, wording, etc. alongside your stationer and maybe it’s just us, but we think that sounds like fun! Since the tone and formality of your wedding is determined by the invitation you send, working with a stationer who “gets” you is paramount.

Our best advice is to choose to hire someone who not only offers a wide variety of stationery but who also really listens to you and offers custom design options (if that’s the route you and your budget want to take). Check out our Elite Circle stationery experts and enjoy using these wedding invitation trends in your stationery suite!

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27
Dec
Tips for Getting People to RSVP to your Wedding {w/Infographic!}
categories: from the consultants, the paper chase, Tips and Advice, Wedding Inspiration, Wedding Resources

When it comes to your wedding RSVP’s, the goal is very simple- you need guests to tell you how many people are attending your wedding by a certain date- but the way to achieve that goal can be tricky. You want to be clear with guests that you need a reply by a certain date without being too demanding. You might even need said guests to give you extra information such as meal preferences, intent to attend additional wedding related events, a +1 name, or even song suggestions. This all seems pretty straightforward but the trickiest part is actually getting your guests to RSVP on time! In an effort to help you get off to a good start, we’re sharing our best tips for getting people to RSVP to your wedding.

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(Stationer: Celebrations in Paper, Photographer: Elyse Hall Photography)

Event Planner Victoria Canada of Victoria Canada Weddings + Events top 2 tips for getting people to RSVP to your wedding: 

-If guests do not RSVP at the requested time, call them! You can say, “We noticed we are missing your RSVP and we wanted to make sure that you received your invitation to the wedding!”. By mentioning that it may have gotten lost in the mail, you’re disarming your guest and opening up the conversation. And mail actually does get lost sometimes!

 –If you’re offering meal choices, have guests place their initials next to their meal choice on the RSVP card.  This will make it easier for when you’re organizing seating or place cards.
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(Stationer: Be in Love Designs)
Tips for Getting People to RSVP to your Wedding: Guests should RSVP at least 8 weeks before the big day and no less than 3 weeks before. Your caterer will need a head count and you need to build in a bit of a cushion to follow up with guests who haven’t RSVP’d yet.
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(Stationer: Be in Love Designs)

Tips for Getting People to RSVP to your Wedding: Be very clear about HOW and WHEN to RSVP. You’ll get much better results if you offer a few ways to RSVP such as a card via snail mail, text, email, or an online RSVP site (like Eventbrite). If you do offer a snail mail option, always include a pre-addressed, pre-stamped envelope. Consider the age of people who have been invited- some may not be comfortable with online or mobile device RSVP’s so a good ol’ fashioned card is still a really solid option.

Tips for Getting People to RSVP to your Wedding: Be (and stay) organized! If you don’t have a plan to track your RSVP’s, you’ll have a nightmare on your hands. Whether you use a spreadsheet, a notebook, or an online tracking system, make sure you use it every single time you get an RSVP because even though you think you’ll remember, you won’t!

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(Stationer: Be in Love Designs)

Tips for Getting People to RSVP to your Wedding: Send a reminder to RSVP a week prior to any guests that haven’t replied then follow up if you still don’t get a response. You can send an email or text, or better yet, make a phone call to check with guests who haven’t RSVP’d yet. Most of them will be so grateful that you are following up!

Tips for Getting People to RSVP to your Wedding: Give yourself a cushion. Remember that it will take time to follow up with non-responders and you don’t want panic to set in because you started following up the day before your count is due to the caterer. Also, expect that some guests who don’t ever reply will still attend and some guests that reply yes will be a no-show. It happens all the time and there’s no need to stress about it!

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(Stationer: Brie Dumais Designs)

Tips for Getting People to RSVP to your Wedding: Include some fun! If one of your priorities for your wedding is a packed dance floor, ask guests for song suggestions on the RSVP card. You’ll be able to give your DJ or band a well-rounded song list without doing all the work!

Tips for Getting People to RSVP to your Wedding: If you want to track your RSVP’s online, consider using Eventbrite. You’ve probably already used this online RSVP/ticketing service to attend an event, join a party or even RSVP to someone else’s wedding and while we highly recommend sending an actual invitation in the mail, we like Eventbrite’s ability to track your RSVP’s. Their event management software can be used for any size event and is very user friendly; with Eventbrite your event can be made private, several events can be listed (like a welcome dinner, wedding ceremony, reception, and brunch) and there’s a password option so only your guests can see and respond to the event. Check out Eventbrite’s infographic about RSVPing:

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26
Jan
Wedding Inspiration: Buttercup- Pantone Wedding Colors for 2016
categories: photography, real weddings, reception ideas, Sedona, Sedona Weddings, the paper chase, Trends, Wedding Inspiration

No doubt, Pantone’s Buttercup is the brightest color of the bunch (have you seen the color palette that’s inspiring the Pantone Wedding Colors for 2016?) and with it comes quite a few options for couples planning their weddings in Arizona.

Pantone describes Buttercup: While he majority of the Spring/Summer palette trends toward calmness, a few diversions from the theme emerge that offer a contrast. With Buttercup, designers reveal a shining beacon transporting its wearer to a happier, sunnier place.

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And happiness is exactly what we get with this lovely hue…

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(Photo: Keith  and Melissa Photography, Floral: Your Event Florist, Location: El Chorro)

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(Photo: Sierra Blanco Photography, Floral: Events by Show Stoppers)

This bouquet of hydrangea, dusty miller, craspedia, succulents, scabiosa pods, and daffodils shows how Buttercup is perfect with grey, ivory and white

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(Bouquet: Flower Bar)

Well hello cute little flower girl! How sweet is she?

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(Photo: Sierra Blanco Photography, Crown: Events by Show Stoppers)

A delicate buttercup sugar bow is the perfect contrast to a blue and white cake

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(Photo: Hagerty Photography, Cake: Piece of Cake Desserts, Location: Villa Siena)

The pops of buttercup in this otherwise neutral reception are just the perfect touch of color making it one of the Pantone Wedding Colors for 2016 that couples are loving

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(Location: The Paseo, Stationery: Celebrations in Paper, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Glamour and Woods, Florist: Table Tops Etc., Photographer: Holley Photography, Stylist: Vermilion Events, T Weddings & Events)

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(Floral: Flower Bar)

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(Floral: Flower Bar)

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(Floral: Your Event Florist, Location: Sassi Weddings)

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(Floral: Your Event Florist)

Buttercup is strong enough that it can be paired with brighter colors and not be overshadowed

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(Photo: Hagerty Photography, Location: Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa)

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(Location: The Paseo, Stationery: Celebrations in Paper, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Glamour and Woods, Florist: Table Tops Etc., Photographer: Holley Photography, Stylist: Vermilion Events, T Weddings & Events)

Yellow is really fun for food and cakes too- they definitely make a statement and buttercup is a tone that encourages appetites!

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(Photo: Hagerty Photography, Location: Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa)

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(Photo: Sierra Blanco Photography, Floral: Events by Show Stoppers, Cake: Sedona Cake Couture)

We’ve already seen Buttercup as one of the standout Pantone Wedding Colors for 2016 and if you want your wedding to have an energetic upbeat vibe, you should consider using it as the main inspiration for your wedding color palette or as a complimentary color to some other pretty hues.

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22
Sep
Wedding Inspiration: Black and White Wedding Stationery Suite
categories: reception ideas, Scottsdale Weddings, the paper chase, Tips and Advice, Trends, Wedding Inspiration

Black and white weddings have an irresistible and classic appeal- the color combo is a neutral base from which a couple can add whatever pops of color they want while making all the details at a wedding coordinate. Various patterns and textures of black and white can be introduced and when it comes to the stationery suite, couples who start with black and white have endless opportunities to design their wedding day.

We saw this amazingly creative and thorough stationery suite designed by Elite Circle stationer The Event Essentials and knew we had to share it with you. You’re going to love all the ways this couple used black and white stationery and paper products at their wedding.

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The Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia provided a beautiful backdrop to the couple’s custom designs

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Any opportunity to personalize the wedding was used to the fullest extent and the lounge was no exception

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3 details that caught our eye:

-The signs for the appetizers that hung from the trays- we appreciate knowing exactly what is being served and the signs save the waiters from having to repeat the names of each appetizer

-The Electric Shirley cocktails that did double duty as place cards- they added a touch of fun while being useful

-The custom printed napkins held by servers while standing at each coordinating table- the napkins indicated the table number for guests. It was first class all the way!

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See what we mean by thorough? Every moment of the wedding was beautifully designed including the door hanger for the honeymoon suite!

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Wedding Professionals Who Help You Wed in Style

Invitations: The Event Essentials

Florist: Table Tops Etc

Reception Location: Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at  Montelucia

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Photographer: Kimberly Jarman Photography :: Wedding Coordinator: Some Like it Classic

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This black and white wedding provides tons of inspiration for you to coordinate each detail of your wedding day- remember that your stationer can help you with all these ideas and more!

Phoenix Bride & Groom magazine, your complete Arizona wedding planning resource

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16
Sep
Color Inspiration: Gold
categories: reception ideas, the paper chase, Trends, Wedding Inspiration

The Crowning Glory feature in our Summer Fall 2014 issue was just so gorgeous- it really portrayed what a modern stationery suite can be- that we wanted to make sure you saw how gold and glam can be an amazing pair.

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Just imagine your guests receiving this in the mail?

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Ceremony program with a custom monogram- royal inspired details are still hot for weddings!

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And of course gold foil is a huge trend in all things wedding so this lovely cone is right on trend

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To see more details from this stationery suite and read the article, pick up a copy of our Summer Fall 2014 issue at any of these locations or access the article on our website!

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5
Sep
Wedding Trend: Stationery Trends for 2015
categories: the paper chase, Trends, Wedding Inspiration
We love wedding stationery suites for the simple fact that you can just about have anything you want as far as design, color, texture, and formality. There are a few rules you’ll want to stick with such as timing but for the most part, this is your time to have fun, let your guests know what to expect, and put your personal stamp on the wedding details.

We asked stationery experts Kim McDowell of The Event Essentials and Rene Showalter of Celebrations in Paper for their trend predictions for 2015 wedding stationery. Here’s their beautiful outlook:

The Event Essentials says: Many of my clients love feminine, elegance, and glitz.  Monograms are still very big as they can be used in multiple areas of wedding details from the stationery, to the cake, to the lighting elements and dance floor.  
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(Photo: Kimberly Jarman Photography)
A lot of my clients seem to gravitate towards the sophistication of gold elements from foil printing to glitter borders and layering.
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I’m still seeing a lot of blush, gold, soft blue / mint for colors as they keep invitations very neutral.
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Also I feel like jewel tones are going to be hot this 2015 season with colors like sapphire blue, amethyst, and ruby red!
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Celebrations in Paper says: Gold foil printing is hot right now for all paper items- stationery, planners & journals, invitations, gift bags, wrapping paper, etc.
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Here’s a cute journal featuring a gold foil “XOXO” and gold foil spine that can be found in the Celebrations in Paper shop
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Based on what these gals say, we’re expecting to see a lot of shiny gold and shimmery layers in wedding stationery- sounds beautiful!
Phoenix Bride & Groom, your magazine for all things wedding in Arizona
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