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Punchbowl.com – The End of the Wedding Invitation?

Okay, I’ll ask the question… Do you think 10 years from now we will still be sending those expensive paper wedding  invitations through the mail? That is, if the postal system is still in existence! Take a look at the main way we communicate with friends and family today:

  •  Write a letter and send it through the USPS – are you kidding me?!?
  •  Email – this even seems to be on its decline
  •  Texting – yes, this is very popular for short, quick messages
  •  Facebook – most definitely the most widespread way to stay in touch, share pictures, have interactive discussions, etc.

Let’s face it, pretty much everyone checks Facebook to see what’s going on with friends and family. We have it on our laptops, tablets, and phones. Why? Because it’s fast, easy, logically organized so you can easily sort through messages and pictures, you automatically get updates when something new is posted, there’s no paper taking up space, and best of all its totally free! So isn’t it logical to think that eventually we will be migrating to totally digital communication to include save the dates, invitations, RSVPs, and even thank you notes? As much as I love the feel and tradition of a high quality wedding invitation, I think we may be in the last generation that will use them.

If you are feeling really brave and want to break with tradition early, there is a great option. Punchbowl.com is probably the most popular party planning site out there now, and for good reason. It does pretty much anything you would need to plan, organize, invite, track, and thank all your guests for any type of event. Plus, their system works on mobile devices and allows you to send invitations through Facebook private messages or wall posts as well as Twitter. The user interface is easy for both the planner and the guests. They have an amazing amount of customizable animated save the date and invitation designs for almost any occasion. Here’s a few samples.

punchbowl wedding invitations

Some of my favorite features includes the Date Decider. Since you want to make sure your guests are able to make the date of you your events, why not offer options and let them decide? Punchbowl.com makes it easy with the Date Decider:

punchbowl wedding planner

 

Their RSVP feature is very easy to use. Here’s a screenshot:

punchbowl wedding rsvps

And like I said, I think being able to connect the application to Facebook is essential. Here’s a screenshot of Punchbowl’s interface.

punchbowl facebook share

For many of you, taking the leap of going totally online with your wedding planning may be a little too much. Why not try it for your smaller events like your bridal shower, rehearsal dinner or even just a small party?

I think Punchbowl.com is on the right track but there are a few things that I didn’t like.  The free version is loaded with ads which really takes away from the experience for the guests. You have to upgrade to the paid version to get rid of the ads.  The other thing I think Punchbowl does need to work on is provide secure RSVPs so people can only RSVP with the number of guests you invite. I believe it’s important to be able to maintain control of your guest list. We designed this feature into our wedding website product. To see what I mean sign-up for a free trial and give it a try.

So, what does the future hold? I think it will be common for brides in the 2020’s to do it all online. Send out save the dates and invitations through direct messages in Facebook, accept and manage RSVPs, manage to-do lists, find vendors, gift registries, take polls about dates to hold the events, and never send out a piece of paper. Are you ready to break with tradition? What are your thoughts?

Minted Wedding Invitations – Wedding Invitation Give Away!

Here’s the current top-rated Save the Date card on Minted. This caught my eye not only because of the simple but great design….

Minted Save the Dates

But, because of the unique interior design options! I love the idea of being able to post some fun pictures inside along with the ability to include short paragraphs of information about them and I really love the time line idea!

Minted Save the Dates

Minted is truly a unique wedding invitation company. Our Wedding Plus has been affiliated with several wedding invitations companies since we started in 2007, but we have found that Minted is significantly different from the rest because of the way they get their designs and decide which ones to sell. They use “crowd-sourcing” to pick the designs that they actually sell on their site and all their designs come from hundreds of independent designers from around the world.

So how does this work? They are continuously holding design competitions in which independent designers from around the world enter their designs, then you, their customer vote on the designs. Minted literally gets thousands of design entries and have thousands of people voting. There is a whole community out there that you can be a part of that interact in a social network. When I was writing this, since 2008 they had: 66 Challenges – 45,812 designs – 111,484 comments – 3,266,345 votes cast. Watch this video to get a good idea about how Minted operates:

So if you didn’t know about Minted and you are a designer, always had a hidden desire to design, or are just interested in stationary design go check out Minted’s Design Challenge page you can interact with hundreds of people like you, you can vote on designs that Minted will sell on their site, and if you submit designs, you may wind up make a living at doing what you love! You can start off by checking out their Leaderboard page to see what is trending. The top rated designs, designers, and commenters are all ranked on this site in real time. It’s pretty cool!

By the way Minted.com is set-up, you can be sure to find not only truly unique designs, but ones that have been through the scrutiny of thousands of people just like you so the ones that are sold on the site are the best.

Here are a couple of winning wedding invitations from a couple of their recent design challenges held this last fall.

minted wedding invitations

minted wedding invitations

Okay, I’m sure by now you are interested in checking out Minted. So, what about the wedding invitation give away mentioned in the title of this post? Minted is currently running their 3rd Annual Wedding Invitation Give Away! One lucky entrant will win $500 in Minted credit each week until March 9th, good towards all Minted wedding stationery. All you have to do is click on this link:  Wedding Invitation Giveaway, and enter your information by mid-night (Pacific Time) on March 8th, 2012. So, go check them out and let us know about your experience with Minted!

Unique Wedding Invitations!

Send Unique Wedding Invitations to Set the Stage!

Everyone wants their wedding to be memorable and special; not only for themselves but also for their guests. So what can you do that’s different from the rest? In many cases the first impression your guests are going to get about your wedding will be when your unique wedding invitations shows up in their mailbox. As soon as they open your invitation they will start forming an image of your wedding in their mind. Is it going to be a typical wedding or is this going to be something that will set the standard? As you know, when a typical wedding invitation shows up in your mail box, the reaction is “oh yeah, we got (fill in the blank)’s wedding invitation in the mail today.” But when a unique wedding invitation shows up it will be something like, “you have got to see (fill in the blank)’s wedding invitation! I have never seen anything like it!” And, because it’s so unique, they will bring it to work the next day to show everyone the most unique wedding invitations they’ve seen!

What kind of wedding invitations will get such a reaction? We have found a few that we think are over the top but aren’t custom made so the prices are still affordable. But you can still be sure that when these show up in the mail it will be a topic of dinner conversation and best of all will get your guests excited about going to your wedding!

This first one is the Cabana Wedding Invitation from HansonEllis. This wedding invitation is ideal for a destination wedding to a tropical location. Each invitation comes in a bamboo wood gift box, with ivory cardstock, and a cabana leaf motif. These unique wedding invitations are fully customizable. You can include the invitation itself as well as other items like an RSVP card, menu card, and a map & directions. They also sell the mailing boxes to put the bamboo box in. Plus, these unique wedding invitations are completely eco-friendly! To find out more
Unique Message in a Bottle Wedding Invitations from HansonEllis.com
Unique Wedding Invitations

This next one is our old favorite, the Message in a Bottle Invitation. Again, this invitation is a great option for destination beach weddings and is from HansonEllis. These unique glass bottles are filled with sand and real mini seashells! The custom message is on natural oil paper with cedar leaves. You can add directions to your event, an RSVP card, and more in the bottle and then you use the provided cork to cork the bottle. Each bottle is decorated with a raffia ribbon. You also have the option of getting each bottle engraved with something like you and your fiancés name and the date of your wedding! Again, they also sell corrugated mailing boxes to mail these unique wedding  invitations to your guest. If you choose you can use these unique bottles as wedding favors or to send out your thank you cards. Unique Message in a Bottle Wedding Invitations from HansonEllis.com

Message in a Bottle Invitation

The Wedding Scroll Invitation Tube gives a little bit different look than the Message in a Bottle Invitation and is also great for destination beach weddings. HansonEllis, again, is the provider of these unique wedding invitations. As you can see they have some great options that will knock your guest’s socks off! Just click this link: Unique Message in a Bottle Wedding Invitations from HansonEllis.com  I recommend you go check them out to see what else they have. Anyway, these invitations come in a glass tube which comes with a cork. Again, like the Message in a Bottle Invitation, this invitation comes with sand and tiny sea shells. The paper invitation that goes in the tube is a top quality ivory linen paper scroll with a gold cord attached. The paper can have your custom message placed on it and then is rolled up like a scroll. They also have personalized labels that can be placed on the outside of the tube. Additionally, they have custom RSVP cards that can be attached. If you are interested in finding out more about this invitation just click the link above and search their site for “tube”.  It will be the only result.

Unique Wedding Invitations

If you think the last invitations were a little to “3-dimensional,” you will probably like these very unique, but can be mailed in an envelope, Passport wedding invitations from eInvite. These unique wedding invitations actually have the look and feel of a real passport, right down to the visa stamps and space for the Passport Bearer to sign their names. The cover is actually made using silver offset printing on a dark blue 90lb paper booklet cover. A really unique and creative part of this wedding invitation is the perforated tear-out response card and silver response envelope. Plus, to keep a consistent theme to the end, they also offer matching thank you cards that you can send after your wedding. If you are interested in finding out more about this invitation just click one of the images below.

Saika & Lars Passport Invitation

Passport Wedding Invitations

Finally, we will end with one more unique item but this one is a save the date. Many people send out save the dates at least a few months before the invitations go out so their guests can start planning and making arrangements. This is even more critical for destination weddings where your guests will have to plan and save for travel. These unique save the date magnets will definitely be a great precursor for and of the unique wedding invitations above. They will definitely know that you are planning an amazing event plus it will be a great decoration for their refrigerator that will serve as a constant reminder for your wedding.

This Save the Date Magnet Boat is made of real wood, has cloth sails, and genuine rope rigging. The hull is designed in a nautical wood finish, trimmed in bright white and sailor blue. Each sailboat comes with two magnets mounted on the back so the favor can be placed securely on any metal surface. You can have your names and wedding date inscribed on the front as a save the date. If you are interested in finding out more about this invitation click on the picture.

Save The Date Sailboat Magnet Favor

Of course if you are looking for some more unique wedding invitations, but also very top of the line from the most popular designers, you can check out our large supply in our wedding invitation shop.

Wedding Program Ideas

The Wedding Program is one of the most important wedding stationary items in your wedding. Your guests will spend more time studying your wedding programs than your invitations, save the dates, or thank you cards. It will keep them busy while they wait for the ceremony to start and will keep them focused through the ceremony. They will feel more involved and in tune with what is going on. Also don’t forget that your wedding program will be one of those prized keepsakes that you will keep for years to come.

wedding programs

The picture above has a couple of ideas. You can have a traditional program that matches your invitation style or like the unique fan style programs on the right, they can fit into theme as well as help keep your guests cool at an outdoor wedding.
There are many wedding program formats to choose from. But once you pick one out what information should you include in your programs? Here are some ideas:

The Standard Stuff:

– On the cover put the names of the couple, the wedding date, and the location of the ceremony.
– Inside on the left you can put the order of the ceremony including the names speakers where they appear in the ceremony.
– Inside on the right you can put the names of the officiate, musicians, parents of the couple, and the bridal party.

Other things to consider:

– On the cover you can also put an image; it could be a picture of the couple or possibly a monogram of the couple’s initials.
– Inside you can include explanation of some of the traditions in the ceremony.
– Inside or on the back cover you can include a thank you note from the couple. This can be a thank you note to the parents, to all the guests, or both.
– A remembrance of close family members who have passed

There are many options and really it is up to you!  Any other wedding program ideas?

To see a full selection of wedding programs click here!

Another Big Wedding Invitation Sale!

Message In A Bottle Wedding Invitations

The folks at Urbanity told me about another great sale they are having on wedding invitations.

This sale is only good for the month of September 2009. This one is tops their last wedding invitation sale I told you about a few months ago.

Here are the details:

If you by 24 or more invitations you get 12 free. Use the coupon code Urban12free at check out.

If you by 48 or more wedding invitations you get 24 free. Use coupon code Urban24free at checkout.

This discount will work on any Urbanity wedding invitation or stationary product, including the famous message in a bottle wedding invitation shown here. Which by the way was selected by Oprah as one of her favorite things!

You can find other Urbanity Wedding Invitations in our Wedding Invitations Shop!  Just click on one of them and you will see a whole bunch more.

Wedding Accessories: Everything for your Wedding…Really

Have you seen our new look?  Our Wedding Shop has been upgraded!  No more boring appearance.

We added a bunch of graphics and updated our links.

So what do we provide?  Pretty much everything you can think of.  All top of the line products from top of the line vendors.  For example, are you having an Irish Themed Wedding? A Native American Themed Wedding?  A Filipino Themed Wedding?  Well you need to check out our accessories because we have you covered.

Wedding Aisle Runners?  Check out this selection!

Plus we have an additional avenue for you to find Wedding Invitations from Wedding Paper Divas in our Wedding Shop!

There’s a bunch more too.  Too much to mention so just head on over and check out The Our Wedding Plus Wedding Shop!

Wedding Shop Wedding Accessories

Personalized Stationary – Don’t Wait!

As a follow up to yesterday’s post, after your wedding you still have at least a couple of things to do, and there’s nothing stopping you from getting ahead of the game so you’re ready to go when you get back from your honeymoon. Yesterday we talked about letting everyone know your new address for those of you moving after your wedding. Today I’m going to give you some options for new personalized stationary with your brand new name on it!

For more information click here for a full selection of personalized stationary!

Robin Maguire has a cute line of modern and fun personalized stationary that you can have customized with your new name. Here’s a cute pink and brown option and it even comes in it’s own acrylic holder.

Customized Personalized Stationary

Looking for something more traditional? Checkout this beautiful option from Checkerboard. They even come with customized envelopes.

Personalized Stationary

Don’t need it customized? Checkout this cute set of 18 folded blank note cards (6 cards of each style) made by Jill Smith Designs.

Personalized Stationary

You’re Not Done Yet! We’ve Moved Cards

Okay, your married! You get to relax and kick back and enjoy your life with your new husband right? Not just yet. There’s at least a couple things you need to do. One, you need to send thank-you cards for all those gifts and two, you need to let everyone know where your are living!

That’s right, for many of you along with getting married comes a new name and a new address. So, first off you need to send “We’ve Moved” cards to all your friends and family and then you need to update your stationary with your new name.

Today, I’ll cover the “We’ve Moved” cards. I’ll cover stationary options tomorrow so stay tuned!

Here are some cute options.  For more information click and to order click the card.

Moving Up

Moving Up

$4.89

Suburban Style

Suburban Style

$2.69

News Wire

News Wire

$4.79

On the Dot

On the Dot

$4.89

Branch Out

Branch Out

$4.89

We’ve Moved Moving Cards

We’ve Moved Moving Cards

We’ve Moved Moving Cards