5 Wedding Signs You Can’t Miss!

There are a lot of signs that point to what your wedding will look and feel like. Even signs of love from your significant other. And of course the signs we don’t want to see when trying to seat everyone in harmony at the reception… However, we’re talking about actual signs!

Signage at weddings have become a fun way to personalize your big day, and we can’t stop gushing over our favorite Pinterest finds, because let’s face it, besides this blog, ;), Pinterest is the mecca for wedding inspiration. And so, here are 5 Wedding “Signs” we love…

1. “Down-the-Aisle” Signs

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Every little girl or boy would love to have a fun job to do besides the traditional petal throwing or ring-bearing.  A “Here Comes The Love of Your Life” sign absolutely melts our hearts. It will trigger many “oohs and ahhs” as your guests await your big arrival. Also, if it fits into your theme, how could you resist these little cowboy boots??? Absolutely charming!

Here are a great “Set of 2” signs for the ceremony found on our website. The “Here comes the Bride” sign for the ceremony entrance an the “Just Married’ sign for the exit:

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2. Initial or Monogram Signs

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As long as you keep your distance and don’t actually walk under the rustic ladder, you’ll be safe from the wrath of the superstitious. This is perfect for a barn wedding or any type of classic vintage theme. The initials give it a touch of custom, plus I don’t know about you, but after the wedding, this would double as the best corner in my house because I would have it as part of my home decor. Another great idea if you want it to be more than just an ode to your names, it’s a great place to house your escort cards. They can be placed on the steps around the details of the decor and guests can walk up and find their table number.

3. Direction Signs:

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If there’s a bit of confusion or a little bit of a hike to get to your reception after the ceremony or to the ceremony upon arrival, instead of letting your guests wander the streets or the halls of your venue, place fun personalized signs that will help guide them. Along the way, to make it fun you can also setup a small area where they can stop and take a few snaps on a fun background next to your sign. Sort of like a walk-thru photo booth so the momentum for what’s to come stays alive during every part of your day.

These vintage directional signs are a great recommendation and can be purchased right on our website:

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4. Guest Signs

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This idea is another that doubles and even triples in functionality. Besides playing the role of decor, it also is a way to customize by providing your namesake during the event and now you can even ask your guests to write well wishes to cherish forever. Win, Win and Win.

Planning a rustic or vintage theme? This wooden signature that can be personalized and ordered right on our website would be perfect for your day!

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5. Social Signs

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Even if you’ve tried to stay away from social media, you’re really going to lose your battle. So instead of trying to beat them, join them and collect all your snaps from your day from everyone who attended! Create a fun hashtag that can incorporate your name, the location of the wedding, a fun and catchy play on names or wedding sayings. Virtually anything will work, just make sure that you find one that doesn’t already have images from others tagged to it. The key is to be as creative as possible while tying back to the theme of the wedding in some way. Also try and keep them as short and easy to remember as possible. You’ll want as many images tagged as you can get. Having snapping!

And talking about “snapping”, check-out this personalized photo-booth sign that can be customized and ordered right on our website!

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Having these signs at an event will sure up-the-ante. In the “Internet Age” there’s no reason to simply have personalized napkins, there’s so many other ways to spice it up and customize your day. Get creative and share your ideas with us, we’d love to hear from you! Of course, if you are looking for more ideas, you can come and visit us, Yvonne’s Invitations & Favors in person in our Hicksville, Long Island office showroom, as we offer many accessories and goodies for your wedding day to make it as unique as can be!

5 Reasons Why Save-the-Dates are Important

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Save the Date!

Save the Dates are becoming more and more of a question mark. Are they really necessary? There are couples that are now ignoring them all together because they want to cut on cost or don’t feel they are necessary because word of mouth or social media will take care of spreading the word.

Well I’m here to tell you, that is a big mistake. Here are five of the biggest reasons to send out Save the Dates to your guests.

reason 1.    OFFICIALLY INFORM YOUR GUESTS

Sure, your once-upon-a-time bestie from high school saw your status update on Facebook that you’re engaged and she joined in on the fun to congratulate you and your new beau, but does that mean that she’s automatically invited?

Social media is great for a plethora of things, but unless there’s an envelope with your former bff’s name on it headed her way, how is she to know to be prepared? Your close friends and family of course will have a better idea of who is invited and who isn’t, but there are others that need to be officially informed. The Save the date not only formally announces your Engagement but it also provides the clarity your guests need in order to properly plan to be at your wedding. Otherwise, prepare yourself for receiving a lot of ‘respectfully declining’ RSVP’s once you decide to send the invitations eight weeks out.

reason 2.    GIVE PEOPLE THE HEADS UP!

The Save the Date is especially important for destination weddings and weddings taking place around a holiday. You want as many of your invited guests to attend your fabulous event. In order for this to go as smoothly as possible, please consider your guests’ schedules and busy lifestyles so they have ample time to make the proper arrangements to take off work, book babysitters and flights. This small pre-wedding detail is also important for planners like myself. I like to be able to pencil in events into my agenda and start thinking of the dress, of course!

reason 3.    SAVE TIME…

Whether you choose the ever popular magnet, or a simple card to announce your big day, sending out Save the Dates will save you and your partner a ton of time! As the wedding day approaches, things tend to get a bit hectic and why have to deal with collecting addresses so close to the date when you already did this 9-12 months ago when you sent the announcement! One of the biggest and most tedious tasks is checked off your list and now you can move on to more important things, like shoes.

reason 4.    SHOW OFF YOUR SHOTS

The perfect way to show off your engagement shots is by adding them to your Save the Dates! A lot of couples like to coordinate their wedding theme into their designs, but did you know that for most couples it’s way too early to even think about wedding themes and colors? They’re still basking in the excitement of the engagement and taking a moment to breathe it all in. That’s why the Save the Date can be so carefree, fun and even whimsical; it can be any design, it can reflect your dual personalities in a different way than the wedding will. Who says a single couple can only adopt one personality, amirite?

reason 5.    THE PERSONAL TOUCH

Your wedding is an event that should be taken seriously. Sometimes in our digital lives, we take for granted invitations or Save the Dates sent to our inboxes, which risk being detoured to our spam folders. I still get a secret thrill when receiving a piece of mail addressed to me that does not have “bill enclosed” stamped on the envelope. It’s exciting to see who in your personal life took the time to send you mail! Can we please bring it back to the days of hand-written notes and love letters? #feelingnostalgic

So now that you have 5 good reasons to send out those Save The Dates, the next question is where to get them? Yvonne’s Invitations & Favors is here  to rescue! Call us to make an appointment at our Hicksville office in Long Island (Nassau County) to view our selection in person or if in a hurry, order them online here! Whatever you choose, your guests will appreciative of the heads up!

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Love our reads? We’ve got lots more coming your way in 2016! Meet Yvonne’s blogger extraordinaire, Maria who brings to you a mix of wedding, fashion and lifestyle stories to keep you on the cutting edge of our industry. Maria Caligiuri is a social media storyteller who loves Big Macs and has a very close relationship with her Chapstick.  She’s a former wedding and event planner who still follows the latest trends in the industry. You can also catch her on her lifestyle blog Pami + Me and follow her on Instagram @mariiacali

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