Sweet Winter Invitation Suites!

by Jenny Bryde 11. January 2016 00:51

Today is officially winter in my eyes because it's officially COLD!  There is no doubt about it; we will all be layering up before heading to work and school today.  In order to keep our little hearts warm, I thought I'd throw out some winter wedding inspiration in the form of wedding stationery suites!  I love browsing on Etsy for inspiration, and today did not disappoint!  See below for my Winter 2016 picks for wedding invitation sets.  Click on the pictures to go to the shop.  Enjoy!


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Wedding Invitation Wording Woes

by Jenny Bryde 17. November 2014 01:21

I before E except after C.  Okay, I have that one.  When it comes to wedding invitations, however, the rules are a bit more complicated.  Everything from what title to where on the envelope has a rule, and trying to make sure your invitation will be up to snuff for Emily Post can be a little daunting.  Today I wanted to provide some links to the definitive guides for wedding invitation wording in hopes that they can guide you to perfect punctuation.  Along with that, I'm including some of my favorite invitation suites that I've stumbled upon recently.  Beautiful!!  Happy addressing...

Guide from Crane and Co.

Guide from Martha Stewart

Guide from Emily Post


From Ever After Papery

From Royal Style Weddings

From Suite Paper

From Mooseberry Paper Company

Another from Mooseberry Paper Company

From Paper N Peonies

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Autumn Wedding Invitation Sets!

by Jenny Bryde 20. October 2014 08:22

I cannot get over how amazing the colors of the fall folliage are this year!  Was it the extreme cold snap that we all suffered through last winter?  Maybe Mother Nature has decided to give us a little treat.  Not only are we seeing the colors out in nature, there are also a lot beautiful fall colors popping up in this season's wedding invitation sets.  Check out these picks from Etsy.com vendors!


From Artful Beginnings


From Flair Necessities


From Simply Put Printables


From Heartwood Papery


From Simply Noted Evanston


Another from Simply Noted Evanston


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The Anatomy of an Address

by Jenny Bryde 9. February 2014 01:07

You're sitting down to prepare your invitations for mailing.  All you have to do is get out your address book and get to town right?  Well, sort of.  How should your envelope be addressed for your sister who recently divorced?  For your cousin who is a doctor and whose husband is a lawyer?  For your sixteen year old niece?  

There are so many combos of people and situations that it is easy to get lost.  You definitely need to reference a guide as you're going through your addresses, and when it comes to etiquette, Emily Post is your tried and true source.  The Emily Post's Wedding Etiquette, 6th edition is now for sale!  This would be a great resource for any bride!


Here is a sample from the Emily Post website to get you started:

Addressing a Woman

Maiden name

Ms. Jane Johnson
Miss Jane Johnson*
*usually 'Miss' is for girls under 18

Married, keeping maiden name

Ms. Jane Johnson

Married, uses husband's name socially

Mrs. John Kelly
Mrs. Jane Kelly*
*Nowadays this is acceptable
Ms. Jane Kelly

Separated, not divorced

Mrs. John Kelly
Mrs. Jane Kelly
Ms. Jane Kelly


Mrs. Jane Kelly
Ms. Jane Kelly
Ms. Jane Johnson (maiden name)


Mrs. John Kelly*
*If you don't know the widow's preference, this is the traditional and preferred form
Mrs. Jane Kelly
Ms. Jane Kelly

Addressing a Couple

Married, she uses her husband's name socially

Mr. and Mrs. John Kelly


NOTE: Traditionally, a man's name preceded a woman's on an envelope address, and his first and surname were not separated (Jane and John Kelly). Nowadays, the order of the names—whether his name or hers comes first—does not matter and either way is acceptable. The exception is when one member of the couple 'outranks' the other—the one with the higher rank is always listed first.

Married, she prefers Ms.

Mr. John Kelly and Ms. Jane Kelly
Ms. Jane Kelly and Mr. John Kelly
*Do not link Ms. to the husband's name: 
Mr. and Ms.John Kelly is incorrect

Married, informal address

Jane and John Kelly
John and Jane Kelly

Married, she uses maiden name

Mr. John Kelly and Ms. Jane Johnson
Ms. Jane Johnson and Mr. John Kelly

If you can't fit the names on one line:
Mr. John Kelly
and Ms. Jane Johnson
*Note the indent, either name may be used first

Unmarried, living together

Mr. John Kelly & Ms. Jane Johnson

Note: Use one line

A woman who outranks her husband:
elected office, military rank

The Honorable Jane Kelly and Mr. John Kelly

If you can't fit both names on one line (note indent):
The Honorable Jane Kelly
and Mr. John Kelly

A woman who outranks her husband:
professional or educational degree

Dr. Jane Kelly and Mr. John Kelly

Both are doctors (PhD or medical) and use the same last name

The Doctors Kelly (omit first names)
Drs. Jane and John Kelly / Drs. John and Jane Kelly
Dr. John Kelly and Dr. Jane Kelly / Dr. Jane Kelly and Dr. John Kelly

Both are doctors (PhD or medical), she uses her maiden name

Dr. Jane Johnson and Dr. John Kelly
Dr. John Kelly and Dr. Jane Johnson



Ms. is the default form of address, unless you know positively that a woman wishes to be addressed as Mrs.

Professional designations—use only for business

Jane Kelly, CPA

Note: Do not use Ms. or Mr. if using a professional designation.
Socially, drop the professional designation and use Mr., Ms., or Mrs.: Ms. Jane Kelly

Attorneys and some court officials

Jane Kelly, Esquire

Note: If using Esquire, do not use Ms. or Mr.
In conversation or socially, 'Esquire' is not used; use Mr. or Ms.: Ms. Jane Kelly

Attorney at Law

Ms. Jane Kelly
Attorney at Law

This is an alternative to 'Esquire' for attorneys. Use Mr. or Ms. and use two lines with no indent


Having a guide to follow as you make your way though your invites will save you the worry of whether they are proper or not.  When in doubt, check EP out!

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Etiquette Schmetiquette

by Jenny Bryde 27. July 2013 15:48

If you are at the point of your wedding planning where you are working on the wording of your invitation, I bet you are consulting resources on proper etiquette, right?  Most of you will say yes.  

One couple whose wedding invitation RSVP card was featured on ABC newscasts decided to throw caution to the wind and wildly disregard all advice and procedures.  Here are the options they provided their guests on the RSVP card:

Yes! I will be attending because…

-Two words: Free. Booze.

-I’m in your wedding party, idiot. Wait, is this optional?

-This is my only chance to play golf at Medinah & I plan on sneaking off during the toasts to play a quick round.

-I would never dream of missing it! After all, knowing the Kerr/Sabino Family (circle one) this should be a night full of must-see fun/drama/ridiculous dancing (circle one)!

No. I won’t be attending because…

-I’m lame. On a scale of one to ten, my lameness would be in the 9.5 to 9.8 range.

-I’ll be watching the Cubs win the World Series

Edit: these options are meant to be circumstances that could actually happen.

-I will be visiting, um, Yemen. Yeah, Yemen. But it’s a secret trip. So if you ask anyone, they will have no clue what you’re talking about.

-I don’t know who you people are or how you got my address. Leave me alone! (Oh, and congrats on your upcoming nuptials.)


This couple clearly are a lot of fun, and their personalities were put on display with the witty options they gave their guests.  How cool!  Now this couple went waaaaaaaay outside of the realms of "normal".  What are you doing to put your personal touch on your wedding invitations?  Do you adhere strictly to wedding etiquette, or do you get a little crazy?  Do tell!


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