We've got everything you need from flat and folded cards to envelopes and liners as well as fun surprises like custom napkins, favor bags and art prints.
You know what they say…diamonds are a girl’s best friend! Notice how nothing in the statement says they have to be real. I mean, a girl can dream…but when it comes to wedding themes, there are so many ways to incorporate the diamond look to create an event that truly sparkles.
Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is the diamond ring but we suggest searching for diamond-inspired wedding stationery like save the dates and wedding invitations. The diamond shape is just as striking as its brilliant shine, and you’ll see both pieces of stationery shown here feature the shape in a uniquely beautiful way.
One very important element of the wedding, which allows the bride to really shine is the wedding gown. The gown is the perfect place for shimmer and shine and everything sparkly. Check out the dress shown here with gorgeous rhinestone and floral accents, and what better way to complement the gown than with a show-stopping head piece!
Why not continue the theme with bridal accessories and gifts like the tote bag and cosmetic bag shown here. We also offer can coolers with a diamond design for treating both the bride and groom to a fun gift they can use on the wedding day and after.
Happy wedding planning! We hope you are absolutely glowing with anticipation.
by Carlson Craft
This month, we're sharing the Artisaire Product Guide! This guide covers Wax Seals, Sealing Wax, and Wax Stamps in depth, from important facts about each product to which methods work best for different surfaces.
There are two routes you can choose for premade wax seals; stock or custom. In this section, we’re going to cover both premade wax seal routes, starting with stock designs.
STOCK WAX SEALS
Stock designs are created by the Creative Community and ARTISAIRE. Stock designs are a great option if you decide at the last minute that you would like to add wax seals to your suite, or when you are in a pinch, because they ship faster than custom wax seals.
Quick facts about stock wax seals:
CUSTOM WAX SEALS
Let’s chat Custom Wax Seals! Custom options are monograms, single initials, and date designs, as they are made to order. When you order or create Custom Wax Seals, you are going to have a few more options such as size, shape, style, and color. We’re going to dive into the details…
Quick facts about Custom Wax Seals:
As mentioned, when you order Custom Wax Seals, you will need to choose your Adhesive Backing.
Note: You can also choose to have no adhesive backing added to your Custom Wax Seals, you might do this when you are only wanting to apply to one side of a gatefold for example. In this case, you would order your Adhesive Backings Separately, cut them in half, and apply them to the wax seals yourself.
And now for Wax Stamps! Again, just like wax seals, there are two options: custom or stock.
STOCK WAX STAMPS
Just like our Stock Wax Seals, Stock Wax Stamps are a combination of designs created by our Creative Community and created by ARTISAIRE.
Quick facts about Stock Wax Stamps:
CUSTOM WAX STAMPS
Custom Wax Stamps include Monograms, Single Initials, and Dates designs, as well as anything completely custom (artwork by you).
Quick facts about Custom Wax Stamps:
Now for Sealing Wax! We offer two forms: Sealing Wax Sticks and Sealing Wax Beads. Our wax formula is different from traditional wax formulas in that, it’s both durable and flexible, which makes it perfect for mailing and stationery purposes! Our formula is also non-greasy(prevents absorption of sealing wax, leaving your paper stain-free) and has a high-viscosity (improves workability to create seals with a defined edge).
Our Sealing Wax Sticks and Sealing Wax Beads are made with the same formula; the only difference is how they are used. We’re going to start with our popular Sealing Wax, which is sticks!
So, Which Method is Best?
Depending on what you’re working on, some methods are better than others when it comes to adhering and making wax seals. This chart will break down which method we recommend using for a variety of different projects! Happy creating…
Your Surface/Project Type Recommended Wax Seal Format
Wedding invitations, stationery, menus, envelopes: flat cardstock, paper, handmade paper: Both
Wedding invitations, stationery, menus, envelopes: acrylic*, vellum*, plastic*: Wax Seals (Resealable or Professional Grade)
Wedding invitations, stationery, menus, envelopes – with ribbon, twine or string: Sealing Wax + Stamp
Wedding invitations, stationery, menus, envelopes – with a flat gatefold or laser cut: Resealable Wax Seals
Wedding invitations, stationery, menus, envelopes – rounded gatefold with pressure underneath: Professional Grade Wax Seals
Escort Cards – flat cardstock or paper: Both
Seating Chart – static (for display only): Professional Grade Wax Seals
Seating Chart – interactive (need to remove them cleanly): Resealable Wax Seals
Bottles, glass, votive holders, etc. – curved surface: Professional Grade Wax Seals**
Gift wrapping and favors: Both
*If you are adding wax seals to a clear surface, or working with Vellum Sealing Wax, make sure to request our Clear Professional Grade Adhesive! Our standard Professional Grade Adhesive has threading in it – which can be seen through your clear surface.
**Please let our team know if you are adding wax seals to a curved surface when you place your order so we can optimize the blend of your wax for this application!
Wrap UpYou should now know EVERYTHING (or almost everything) about our products from how to use them and when to use them and everything in between! You’re a true ARTISAIRE PRO expert!
This Is Why You Should Never List "Regrets" on Your RSVP Cards. You may end up being the one who's doing the regretting.
Everyone likes saving time and effort, especially a couple busy planning their wedding. So, when they hear about the practice of writing "regrets" on the RSVP card, it's easy to see why a bride and groom might think it's an excellent option. Ultimately, though, it's not the best idea. More often than not doing so will end up causing you more stress. Here, six reasons to skip the regrets only RSVP cards.
1. Some people will forget to tell you they can't make it. This will throw off the final guest count you have to give the caterer. You assume people are coming when they're actually not. Those $90 chicken dinners no one's going to eat? That's a big waste of money.
2. People are confused by "regrets." If your friends and family have no idea what "regrets" means, they'll do nothing whether or not they're attending. That'll throw off your final guest count, too.
3. You miss the thrill of getting responses. Whether you eagerly open up printed RSVPs that come in the mail or get the number digitally, there's something really sweet about seeing who's responded and what they have to say. Instead of simply checking off "I am attending" or "I'm not attending," some guests will write something funny or heartwarming on their RSVPs, and that's priceless.
4. Your reception isn't like a casual backyard birthday party. For a more formal affair like a wedding, a more formal way of responding is appropriate. It's not a big time commitment for guests to check off a box—it just takes a few seconds!
5. It may mislead guests in understanding the significance of the event. Some people treat every party like their attendance is optional until the last minute, so if they feel like going they will and if they don't feel like going, they won't—it's not a big deal one way or the other. But, of course, a couple planning their wedding knows differently. Knowing an exact number of guests is a huge deal that affects how much you owe the caterer, which is one of the top wedding expenses.
6. It'll add more stress as you get into the home stretch. As your wedding day nears, the last thing you need is something else to worry about. Sending out traditional RSVPs gives you a clear-cut idea of who's coming and who's not. It also lets you to know who to follow up with because they haven't sent their RSVP in by the deadline.
by Nancy Mattia
If there was ever a time to order custom postage stamps, it’s now. Engaged couples in the throes of wedding planning will rely heavily on the United States Postal Service for guest correspondence in the months and year ahead. As the USPS has long remained essential for getting invitations, save-the-dates, reply cards and thank you cards (change-the-dates, even, amid a pandemic) from point A to point B, a recent announcement could prompt to-be-weds to submit a flurry of orders for custom postage stamps before they go away on June 16, 2020.
In the last decade, the USPS has iterated upon its wedding-related correspondence, introducing personalized postage stamps as the concept of bespoke attire and décor rose in popularity. Soon, however, the postal service will discontinue all orders for custom postage stamps, designating a mid-June deadline for all personalized orders until further notice. Some services are pushing this deadline up earlier to fulfill orders by the deadline.
The information was included in the first quarter report of Stamps.com released May 7. "[Stamps.com] received notification from the USPS that it was eliminating its customized postage program and also revoking our authorization to offer products pursuant to that program effective June 16, 2020," it was noted in the update. Therefore, if you’re currently planning a wedding or anticipating sending holiday cards, thank you notes, letters to your loved ones and so forth, you’ll want to take advantage of this unique offering now before it fades away. Couples and stationers will, however, be able to continue sending custom postage stamps after June 16. And if by chance you miss the deadline, be comforted by the fact that the USPS has plenty of designs and options beyond custom postage stamps. (Public figures like John Oliver have even created their own designs in solidarity with the USPS.)
Start by designating the company you'll use to order. We recommend consulting your stationer directly which adhere to USPS guidelines as there are restrictions regarding background colors and postage size. From there, choose the design you like most and customize accordingly. "The design can range from a hand-drawn motif, a destination-theme, a cute use of engagement photography, or creative use of typography," says a rep for Minted Weddings. "Regardless of what type of design you decide on, a good rule of thumb is to be consistent with the same colors and fonts as the enclosed invitation to ensure a cohesive look with your wedding correspondence."
Most personalized postage stamps from authorized vendors function like Forever stamps, so couples can purchase the stationery items with reassurance for future use. (Also, couples can think ahead beyond, save-the-dates and invitations with holiday and thank you cards in mind.) "Think bridal shower guests, bachelor and bachelorette attendees, and specialty vendors such as the wedding planner, officiant, gown boutique, hair stylist and florist team," suggests Minted's team. "You could try a different stamp design on each type of mail that ties back to your overall wedding theme."
Keep in mind: the price of custom stamps is higher than one standard booklet of 20 Forever stamps, which is about $11. Custom postage stamps are also sold by sheets of 20 with one booklet priced at $37. If you have your guest list in mind, the cost for 100 custom postage stamps is around $185, presuming each first class letter is under an ounce.
One big tip is to stuff your invitations in advance and to take it to the post office for a preliminary trip. Have the USPS employee weigh it for you to determine and factor all the final costs regarding postage. "The last thing you'd want is to send several hundred beautiful wedding invitations in the mail only to have them each returned with the 'Return to Sender' stamp across the front for insufficient postage," the rep concludes. "A tragedy like this can easily be avoided with just a little bit of research."
The Forever stamp was first introduced to customers in 2007, and remains an important component of wedding correspondence today. This isn't the only adjustment made to the postage stamp category in recent years. In early 2019, the postal service announced a price increase in its first-class "Forever" stamp, from 50 cents to 55 cents per item.
by Esther Lee
After postponing your wedding, you should notify your guests with a "Change-the-Date" alert. "You'll need to communicate a change in date and location to all your guests, which should be clear and thoughtful,” says the Mavinhouse Events team. “If you are downsizing or postponing, say it in a respectful way and thank them for the efforts they've made already to be a part of your celebration. Include as much information about cancellations for flights and contact info for accommodations.” Here are a number of examples of "Change-the-Date" cards from Carlson Craft. Visit our studio by appointment or contact us by email ordersfpa@gmail or call 510.654.9903. We are here to assist you!
We hope that you all continuing to stay safe and well during these difficult times.
Are you considering rescheduling your wedding and other carefully planned events in the coming weeks or months? We know how stressful these situations can be for everyone, and we are committed to helping you as best that we can. Crane & Co. has just launched a capsule collection of Change the Date Cards and Graduation Announcements available for you to order. Call or email us to assist you with the wording and layout.
The talented designers bring their very best ideas and concepts to life in the spring release of Collections by Carlson Craft!
Just like the fall Collections, the spring release includes 65+ new designs thoughtfully curated into three distinct portfolios — Classic, Luxe and Trend . Take your time admiring each collection. There are so many gorgeous details and trendsetting motifs to share with your clients, you don't want to miss a single one!
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