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MDC Designs specializes in Wedding Invitations and Bar & Bat Mitzvah invitations we offer everything from custom design, to DIY invitations as well as our own line of invitations which can be personalized to suit any occasion.
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Writing thank you cards can be a daunting task, especially when you’re faced with writing a whole bunch after your big event. It’s hard to know where to begin or what to say. Here’s a little guide to help you out!

Salutation

Let’s start with something easy: Dear Aunty Jane and Uncle Bob or Hi Joanne and Fred. For someone you don’t know very well, you can be more formal and write, “Dear Mrs. Jones”

Now for part that’s a bit more difficult…

Thank you

1) Start with the important part “Thank you for……” whatever gift they gave you. Try to be specific about it, unless it is money. Then you may want to say something like “thank you for your generous gift”.

2) Let them know how you are currently or planning on using their gift.

Examples:

This will look great in the Living Room.

This will really help us with a down payment for our first home together.

We’re already using our new pans and we love them.

Personal Touch

Show some interest/connection with your gift giver. This may be quite personal or very generic, depending on your relationship with this person.

Examples

Can’t wait to see you again at Christmas!

It was so great to see you.

I’m sorry that you weren’t able to come to the wedding but I will send pictures as soon as I can.

I hope we can spend time together soon.

Best wishes to your family!

Sign off

With love, sincerely etc….you.


 
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RSVP

According to the most traditional etiquette a reply card is actually a no-no. People should write hand written notes (on their own stationery) in response. Now, while I think that sounds lovely, I think it’s also unrealistic. Instead, consider an RSVP card in a stamped envelope to make it easy for your guests to respond.

What about e-mail or phone RSVP?

It might surprise you that I am not against e-mail, phone or website RSVPs, but it has to fit the occasion. If you are having a formal wedding, a formal RSVP card is the right way to go, but if you are having a small informal wedding, why not? 2 ways of replying is optimal. I would suggest a backup phone number for non-tech savvy guests.

Many of my clients are now using tech with their RSVP card. They’re choosing to do wedding websites (or wedsites) which allow them to give extra info to their guests, get meal choices and even song requests.

REPLY CARD TEXT

There’s no hard and fast rule about what needs to be on a reply card. Some people simply write, “Please reply by such and such a date” and allow their guests to write a note in the rest of the space. This option can give you some great keepsakes.

Here are some options to consider for your reply card text:

RESPONSE DATE

When do you need to know your final guest numbers? Often your venue or caterer need to have a full count of your guests up to a month before your event. This also gives you time to plan your seating, place cards, etc. And, remember, there will be late responders. Leave yourself at least a week before you need your numbers to call the stragglers.

NAME LINE

Generally, a line is included for your guests to write in their names. This is often written with a “M” in front of the line so that you guest can start their name with their title (Ms., Mr.). Some people prefer to have the word “Name(s)” in front of the line. 

RESPONSE LINE

This line includes a check box or line to check to indicate whether or not your guest will be attending.

ex) ____will attend   ____will not attend

NUMBER OF GUESTS ATTENDING

ex) Number attending: _____

This is great for getting an accurate head count, however there are some that feel that it encourages guests to write in more people than are actually invited.

MEAL OPTIONS

The reply card can help you guests pick their entree before the wedding. It can also be helpful in finding out if your guests have allergies or other dietary requirements.

Ultimately, the reply card allows you to personalize the information you want, whether it’s a simple note or detailed options. It's up to you!

Marni


 
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How to put your parents’ names on the invitation can be a surprisingly difficult and contentious issue for many of my clients.  Often, they are hosting the wedding themselves, but want to include their parents in some way.  Some wish to include both sets of parents regardless of who is hosting.  Sometimes their parents are divorced or one parent is deceased, but they would like to include their name.  Here are some tips to help you deal with these situations.

  • The Easy Way Out:  Sometimes the easiest way to make everyone happy is a little sentence that includes everyone, but names no one.  This works for all the problems above.

Together with their parents,
Jane Ann Smith & John Matthew Doe

request the honour of your presence

  • All Inclusive: Here are two ways to include both sets of parents.  The second is a better way if you have less space on your invite for text.

    Mr. & Mrs. Ed Smith
    request the honour of your presence
    at the marriage of their daughter
    Jane Ann
    To
    John Matthew
    Son of Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Doe

     

    Mr. & Mrs. Ed Smith
    and

    Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Doe
    request the honour of your presence
    at the marriage of their children..

  • Divorced parents:  List the parents on separate lines with the mother’s name first.

  • Deceased parents:  If you would like to include the name of a deceased parent on your invitation please remember this one piece of advice.  Unless you want your guests to think zombies are roaming the earth, be sure it does not sound as though your late parent is inviting your guest to the wedding.
  • Correct:
    Jane Ann
    daughter of Mrs. Joan Smith and the late Mr. Ed Smith
    and
    John Matthew
    son of Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Doe
    Request the honour….

    Incorrect:
    Mrs. Joan Smith and the late Mr. Ed Smith
    request the honour of your presence
    at the marriage of their daughter..


 
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This is part of an e-mail I once received:

Cna yuo raed tihs?

The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to rscheearch, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghi t pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm.

According to that e-mail 55% of us can read this without a problem. This is what makes proofreading a difficult thing. Your wedding invitation is one of the few tangible keepsakes from your wedding.  No one wants there to be an error, but they can be very easy to miss. 

Here are some tips to help you proofread your invitation:

  1. Spell-check your text before you send it– but don’t depend on it. This can help to avoid many spelling errors, but won’t catch errors that are actually words, but not the words you meant to write. 

  2. Have it proofread by someone who hasn’t read the text. I think this is the most important tip.  Yes, you should proofread your own invite as well, but be sure to give it to someone else.  When you know what the text should say your mind often fills in the blank – just like the example above.

  3. Proof from a printed copy. The human eye reads material onscreen much more quickly and less carefully.

  4. Read your invitation aloud. This helps to find grammar mistakes or missing/doubled word.

  5. Start at the end. Read your text backwards.

  6. Take a break. A few hours, a day away from reading the text will give you fresh perspective. 

  7. Check the Names. Double and triple check this!

  8. Check the dates. Check that they are the right date and check that the date is on the right day of the week shown next to it.

Don’t assume that your stationer will do the proofreading for you.  They might read the text and find the most glaring errors, but they can’t be as familiar as you are of the details of your event or how to spell your names.  Most companies provide proofs so that the client can proofread to make sure there are no errors before printing.  If there is an error and you do approve it, you are usually responsible for the cost of fixing it.

So, take the time, find a quiet place & use the tips to help avoid mistakes.

Marni


 
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Blue Danube Eco Friendly Invitation

How many invites do I need? That’s an easy question, right? It will be about 60% of the total number of guests, with only one invitation given to each couple or family. You just make up your list and you’re done. Well, almost...
Most invitation designers, including MDC Designs, recommend that you add 10 to 15% more invitations than you think you need. Why?  I know some people think this is a mad cash grab that designers have come up with, but we’re actually trying to save our clients time, stress and yes, money.
There are many reasons you might need extras:
1.       Your mom adds 5 extra people to the list at the last minute
2.       You realise you forgot to add someone to the list
3.       Your fiancés mom wants an extra one  for a keepsake
4.       Invites get lost in the mail
A couple of these actually happened at my own wedding. I made 10 extra invitations and was left with none.

Can I just get extras later? Sure you can, but it will cost you much less to get a few extra up front. You will have to pay for a small order (smaller orders cost more per piece) and you may also need to pay rush fees. Plus, you may not be able to get the extras very quickly if your stationer is very busy.

The worst thing that can happen when you get a few extras – a few beautiful keepsakes of your big day.

Marni