Five HOT Stationery Trends Heating Up This Summer

At RSVP to me, every invitation, announcement, and thank you note that we create is unique and custom-designed. Still, we keep our finger on the pulse of the trends lighting up the stationery industry to ensure we are bringing our clients inspired influence, modern materials, and insightful guidance. What follows are five trends we’ve been watching on the horizon that have finally dropped.

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Nine Creative Wedding Ceremony Seating Ideas

COVID-19 is challenging brides and their wedding planners to host their friends and family while maintaining a safe social distance. This safety need poses a unique challenge for during the ceremony when guests want to pack in together to experience those precious moments when you and your partner say I Do. If you’re not going to be married in a place of worship, and are taking a precautious approach to your upcoming nuptials, we’ve got nine ideas for creative seating arrangements. These layouts will give you some flexibility in separating guests and be one more unique aspect of your once-in-a-lifetime event.

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How to Throw a Wedding Compliant with COVID-19 Safety Requirements

Couples have been changing their dates, following CDC guidance, and even considering the potential of a wedding hosted on Zoom. Now, with states reopening, and many allowing small gatherings of up to fifty people, the possibility for small wedding ceremonies to resume is a genuine reality. It also means that to host a wedding in the short-term, you, your vendors, venue, and guests, will likely have to comply with some specific health and safety guidelines to protect your guests, especially those who are immunocompromised. Below, we’ve summarized the most crucial compliance considerations to know for hosting a wedding post-COVID-19 outbreak.

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How to Throw a Heartfelt Virtual Bachelorette Party (7 Tips)

Your bestie got engaged and named you her M.O.H. Then—BOOM—pandemic. If the bride and groom are like many quarantined couples, they pivoted and either rescheduled their wedding for next year, or they have decided to host a small, intimate ceremony now with immediate friends and family, with a lavish reception to follow when we’re all allowed to gather in groups greater than ten. Either way, your girl still needs a bachelorette party.

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Five Habits of the Happiest Quarantined Couples

Knowing that you want to spend the rest of your life with someone is different from wanting to be quarantined together for three months. Let’s be honest; the pandemic has put a strain on all of us in different ways—financially, emotionally, and physically. Even if you know that your significant other is the one, being quarantined together for months, working from home, and being separated from friends and family can put a strain on even the most solid relationships. To help get you through the final stages of the pandemic’s safer at home mandate in your area, here are five tips for couples to remain #strongertogether.

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Six Ways to Celebrate Your 2020 High School Graduate

Everyone will remember 2020 as the year we were all quarantined. The high school graduating class of 2020, will remember it as the year they lost out on the last year of their high school career. As an adult, you likely look back fondly on the formative moments from your senior year, such as your last day of class, your prom, your graduation ceremony, and your graduation party. With the need to social distance and stay safer at home, seniors have been trading in final classes for homeschooling and experiencing once-in-a-lifetime rites of passage in virtual settings.

We think your high school senior deserves to be celebrated, even if you can’t gather with friends, family, and peers in person. Here are six ways to celebrate your 2020 high school graduate during the COVID-19 crisis.

Decorate Your Door

Families in communities like Fresno, California, are showcasing all the reasons they are proud of their graduate for friends and neighbors to see—from a safe distance. They are decorating their front doors and porches with letter jackets, instruments, awards, and signage. The decorations are a small, but powerful way to recognize all that this year’s seniors have accomplished throughout their high school careers, even if they are unable to celebrate in end-of-year award ceremonies and other pivotal events.

Host a Virtual Graduation Party

It doesn’t replace bringing together family and friends for an in-person celebration; however, it will still give your graduate a chance to be recognized for their accomplishments. A virtual event will also allow your graduate to hear words of advice and guidance from mentors and influencers who want to share well wishes.

Graduation Announcements

Create physical graduation announcements and mail them to friends and family. A custom announcement is not only a way to honor your senior, but it will become a tangible memento from a year in which so much of their final high school moments were experienced virtually.

Video Tribute

Lean into sharing and experiencing life’s most impactful moments virtually by creating a video tribute to your son or daughter. Share it on social media and email it to friends and family. Collect your favorite photos of your child from the past 18 years, set them to music, and then let the tears fall.

Celebrate with Your Immediate Family

At the time of this writing, the social distancing recommendations in most states still allow for small private gatherings of up to ten people. Invite your closest friends and family over for an intimate, but hugely celebratory graduation party. To minimize the chance of anyone getting sick, have candid conversations with your guests, and encourage them only to attend if they have stringently reduced interactions with others outside of their home over the past few months.

Plan a Year One High School Reunion

Commit now to throwing a reunion party for your child and their peers next summer. Bring the group back together and throw them the party they deserve.

Hearts across America are going out to seniors in the class of 2020 who are doing more than their part to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 and keep us safe. If we can help you honor your graduate with custom t-shirts like the ones below, visit our sister company, Periwinkle Designs.

Seven Ways to Throw a Virtual Birthday Party

Millions of people will be spending their birthday following the COVID-19 shelter-in-place order. While we all must do our part to flatten the curve and help minimize the devastating loss of life from this deadly disease, Spring birthdays in 2020 simply won’t be the same. If you want to help a loved one celebrate their birthday from the safety of their home, but still feel the warmth and love of friends and family members, follow our tips below to throw a virtual birthday party.

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How to Reschedule Your Wedding due to COVID-19 and Social Distancing

COVID-19 (coronavirus) has impacted 2020 and its events monumentally. Pro sports leagues have canceled their seasons indefinitely, NCAA Winter and Spring athletes saw their seasons abruptly end with no March Madness or conference championships, and the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo will be postponed until 2021. While these events have a significant national and global impact, perhaps the most personally significant events to be derailed by COVID-19 and recommended social distancing restrictions are mitzvahs, graduation ceremonies, quinceañeras, birthdays, and of course, weddings.

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10 Absolute Must-Haves on Your Wedding Registry

Whether you will be moving in with your true love after your wedding, or you’ve been living together for years, every couple needs a wedding registry. Couples have been procuring registries since Marshall Field’s (you know it today as Macy’s) created the first widely used wedding registry in 1924. Over the decades, while customs for engaged couples and their living arrangements have evolved, there are still critical must-haves that every two-some should add to their registry. Make sure you include the items below when planning what you’ll need for your new life together. 

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The Six Best Tools Available to Build Your Wedding Website

Your wedding is going to be an event. No—it’s going to be the event of the year. That means that you have lots of vital deets to share with your guests, including the location of the rehearsal dinner, the time of the ceremony, transportation to the reception, the must-attend sparkler send-off, and the morning-after brunch. Not only do these pieces of information need to be communicated in your wedding invitation suite, but they also need to be available online for the forgetful few who will leave their invite in their hotel room. Hosting a wedding website also allows you to provide links to your block of reserved hotel rooms, your wedding registry (hello Cuisinart ten-piece cooking set!), and the story of how you and your fiancé fell in love.

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