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Top 3 Most Popular Wedding Invitation Styles


You’re on Pinterest and see tons of invitation choices. Feeling overwhelmed? How do you choose? Not just color, but style? Do you want something that opens and reveals? Or do you prefer something simple and to the point? In this blog post, see the top 3 most popular wedding invitations as requested by our brides and grooms. With so many choices out there, we help narrow it down.

Most Popular Wedding Invitations:


The most requested style of invitations are pockets. Fun, easy, organized! Couples always tell me they like the idea of “having everything organized”. Brides and Grooms also want a “wow” factor.  Meaning, they want to give guests something to “open up” and reveal something grandiose inside. It’s your big day, after all! So, why not shout it out?

Pocket invitations come in a variety of sizes and orientations. However, they all have one thing in common. They hold multiple coordinating enclosures. Pockets hold up to 4 coordinating enclosures.  The invitation ensemble has the same design and coloring throughout, providing a coordinated look. The respond and reception cards match the invitation. Then, optional matching directions and accommodation enclosures complete the look.  See below photos of custom pocket invitations we’ve created.   You can view more here.


Another popular request is Layered Invitations! The invitation is pasted to a single backer or multiple backers. Backers give the appearance of a “border” or “frame”around the invitation. Couples LOVE layers because of the increased “thickness” it gives the invite!  Layered invitations are so versatile. You can do a lot with them! Want to take it up a notch? Then consider adding a ribbon.  The layers are perfect for tucking the ribbon in seamlessly. In addition, how about adding a pocket? Or, how about adding a belly band or jute cord? Elegantly hold the enclosures in place with these fun materials! And there you have it folks…layered invites are our 2nd most popular wedding invitations! Do lots with them! They’ll never go out of style! Find more layered invites here.


While laser invitations are a costly, they’re very unique! Laser-cut patterns are often intricate and detailed. A laser cuts the design on this type of invitation. Thus, pricing reflects this intricate manufacturing process. See how they are made here. Do not try this at home! Leave it up to a professional!

Laser-cut invitations have gained popularity in the last few years. Therefore, just about every invitation company offers them. Consequently, you’ll see tons of choices in the market. So, shop around for a design that best fits your wedding style. Many laser-cut invites open or fold. But, some are simpler and single-layered. A common type is a gate-fold, which flaps open like gate doors. Many gate-folds have designs on the flaps cut by the laser. See variety of examples below.

So, where can you find these types of invitations? Well, at Yvonne’s Invitations & Favors, of course! We have many examples of these invitations in our Long Island showroom! Let’s create a gorgeous ensemble or your big day! In addition, let’s show you how to take it up a notch with our added embellishments! Why settle for cookie-cutter invitations when we can customize a unique look for you? To book a consultation with us, please call us at 516-932-9600.

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


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:


2. Initial or Monogram Signs


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:


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:


4. Guest Signs


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!


5. Social Signs


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!


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!


Details for Every Kind of Wedding Style

When planning a wedding everyone knows it’s all about the details. Brides and grooms are bursting with ideas to make the overall look of the wedding fabulous and as personalized as they can. The more small details that are custom to match the couple’s personality, the more special it is to the event and the guests who take notice. Virtually any and every aspect of the wedding can be connected to the bride and groom’s personal style and we’ve got some items to help tie into any decorative aspect of the event.

The Flower Girl Basket

As of late, flower girls haven’t been wearing their traditional white dresses with matching basket. Couples are getting a bit more daring and putting the flower girls in non-traditional dresses and colors. For my wedding I stayed away from the white dress for the flower girl, I put mine in a black on black tule dress and she looked amazing! No matter what style you choose, we’ve got you covered with an array of designs that will keep your girl(s) digging for more petals.

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The Ring Bearer (Not just the Pillow)

If a pillow is what you’re looking for and tradition is part of the style of the wedding, we’ve got plenty of options that will go with your design. However, if it’s something new and fun you crave to make an impression, look no further than these amazing Silver Plated Ring Boxes. Please just imagine your little guy walking down the aisle with this unique way of carrying the rings and handing them over to the groom at the altar. Plus your photographer will have a field day using it is a prop for your pictures.

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The Unity Candle (Reinvented)

Unity Candles are a great way to publicly acknowledge the union of both families and there are many we have available. But if you’d like to be a bit more modern and have a forever keepsake that was created right there on your wedding day, then I’d suggest, the Decanter Sand Ceremony Set. All three parties (bride and groom and both sides of the family) get assigned colors of your choosing and pour the sand into one jar. Then keep that in your home as a beautiful reminder of the union of both families. Just be careful, it is sand after all and you don’t wanna spill!

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The Garter

Now that the children and families have had their moment, it’s time for the bride to treat herself to something her groom will enjoy as well. Less and less couples are participating in the Garter Toss during the event. I mean, we get it, Grandma is watching…. But for when she and all the guests go home and it’s time to be alone with your new beau, the garter is a timeless piece that will make the bride feel sexy. In addition, don’t be afraid to take some risqué photos while getting ready in the bridal suite wearing your garter. For a few snaps, ask your photographer to give it a boudoir photoshoot vibe, they’re some great images that will tie into the day nicely.

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We’ve got some great reads coming your way…

Introducing Yvonne’s new blogger Maria, who will be bringing you a mix of wedding, fashion and lifestyle stories to keep you on the cutting edge of our industry.

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Honeymoon Fashions: Swimwear for the Beach Babe Bride

Beach Swimwear for the Bride!

We know, it’s still summer and we hate talking about all things fall while we’re still trying to soak up that last few days of beach bliss. But for a few of you, the end of summer doesn’t necessarily mean the end of bathing suit season, at least not for 2015. Some are getting married this fall and that can only mean a sunny and relaxing honeymoon is not far behind.

So for the lucky few that will be vacationing while the rest of us are clicking through our Summer 2015 Facebook albums with tears in our eyes, here’s a tip: try this out September is the best time to buy bathing suits! 

The lucky brides-to-be will be able to wear them on your honeymoons this fall, but the rest of us will be daydreaming about summer 2016, which let’s face it girls, it will be here before you can say, pass the SPF 30.

Why wait until spring to get your hands on some brand new bikini’s and cute one-pieces when you can get them now for half the price?

We took the liberty to gather a few that we thought were honeymoon-approved and single-lady sexy.



ASOS Vintage Hawaiian Print 70s Plunge Halter: We adore this print and style. It brings us back to the days we sat with mom going through her black and white pictures and she was rocking a similar style. The high-wasted back is flattering for many body shapes and keeps everything tucked away nicely. Recommended even after a few poolside margaritas and some apps.



Minkpink Believer In Mermaids Cross Front Lace Bikini: A white bikini is always in fashion. This staple can be worn for many years to come plus it has two important functions; you can still feel like a bride dressed in white and your tan will pop with the contrast.


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Luli Fama Trim Crochet Bikini: Bright colors will also highlight your tan even on the first day of your honeymoon. The crochet design adds fashion flair while the razor back gives ton of support in case you two decide to swim with the dolphins or paddle board.


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Jo de Mer Kiss Pop Logo Maillot: This pop art graphic one-piece is for the fashionably bold. It allows for your trendy side to make a splash and not shy away from playful water aquatics with your new beau.

The 6 Most Commonly Forgotten Wedding Stationery Items

Wedding Stationery

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Lipstick, smartphone, keys. Okay ready to head out, I’ve got everything.

I’m making my way out the door, when I realize (EEEK) I took the wrong keys! Running back in a breathless panic, I’m already late. Why do these last minute occurrences make us feel so overwhelmed and helpless?

You can experience the same feeling if you overlook one or more of the most commonly forgotten items to complete your wedding day.


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Ceremony Programs are a great way to introduce your bridal party and family to your guests in writing during the ceremony. No need to wait until the announcement comes prior to the reception to get to know the bride and groom’s elite.


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Menus allow for your guests to have a look at one of the most important and most delicious parts of the wedding. It will get them excited for the desert bar to come later on and to choose their entree without having to feel rushed. This also makes ordering easier for the staff, they don’t have to repeat the meals to each guest or interrupt conversations being had at the table.


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Escort Cards (or place cards) are essential in keeping your guests organized. Besides their main function, to escort your guests to their assigned seating, they can help tie in to your overall decor. Don’t shy away from putting together a beautiful center piece on the table and get creative with decor surrounding the cards. Plus you don’t want to spend all those agonizing hours making sure Aunt Sue sits five tables away from Cousin Ted, and all for nothing. Make sure everyone’s seated, after all, you’re about to make your grand entrance as a married couple.


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Accommodation and Directions Cards seem like a thing of the past thanks to the Internet and GPS devices. However, take a moment to think about Grandma and her friends. They may not have the latest tech gadget to gear them in the direction of the hotel and much rather have the directions on a card to take with them. Even though we live in a digitally induced society, we can’t forget about those who may not have those resources so easily at their fingertips. Besides that, it’s always nice for the guests to be absolutely sure the destination is the correct one. Even Google gets it wrong sometimes.


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Thank You Cards are a no brainer. You must thank every single guest who attended your wedding and gave a gift. There’s no getting out of that one, however time consuming it may be.  It’s also a nice reminder of how special hand-written notes are, we don’t see those very often. If you’re like me and want to get things out of the way before the big day, consider choosing an image of the two of you that’s not from the wedding. This way you will keep things fresh and non-traditional and your cards will be ready to go out soon after you say I do.


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Favor Tags are another great area to get creative and showcase your personality as a couple. It also adds a little touch of design to your gift. Let’s say your favor is not as extravagant as you’d like, but it’s  more functional and you feel your guests would love it; adding a personalized tag can give the allure of it being directly tied into the decor of the event. Make sure to strategically place them in an area where the guests can admire them and take one on their way out.



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