Something Sweet to Welcome their Long-Awaited Sweetheart!

I was honored when Emily, of Emily Photography, asked for my help as she was planning a “Welcome Home” party for their recently adopted daughter, Lyla. I was beyond happy for this amazing family! I just have to share a glimpse into their story…

I met Emily back in 2013 at a wedding that we were both working and we hit it off right away! I learned a bit about her that evening … how she had two adorable and spunky boys at home, but a piece of her heart was overseas. Emily and her husband were in the process of adopting Lyla from Africa. They knew it would be a long and difficult journey, but had no idea of the emotional roller coaster that was in store for them over the next 2 years.

Emily and I stayed in touch, and every time I saw or spoke with her, I hoped for good news on the adoption front! I was excited with her when gains were made, and when Emily went to meet and visit with Lyla for the first time. But, I shed tears on her behalf when I heard of delays and the roadblocks they faced in trying to bring their daughter home. I stood in awe of Emily and her family as they worked through each hardship and sacrificed so much of their time, energy, and resources to do whatever they could to bring this sweet girl home to her forever family.

That’s why, over TWO YEARS later, I was SO THRILLED to learn that Lyla was finally HOME! This was certainly something to CELEBRATE!

So a princess-themed celebration was planned! Emily chose some of her favorite colors, pink and gold, and asked for my help with glittery invitations and a table full of gorgeous goodies for the party! I had so much fun with this custom invitation design, and choosing sweet treats for all of the guests to take home as favors. I loved seeing pictures from this event, especially Lyla’s incredible SMILE! She is where she belongs and you can see it all over her face!

All photos by Emily Photography of course!

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I am over-the-moon excited for this special family, especially Emily, whose heart is whole again! (And is NOW bursting with love and joy as they look forward to welcoming another baby boy into their family very soon!) I LOVED working with them for this special event, and I look forward to watching their family grow in numbers and LOVE for one another.

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Wedding Ceremony Programs 101

You might have finalized your wedding invitations, but before you can breath a sense of relief, there are some other wedding day stationery must-haves to consider. Today we’re talking all about a detail that’s quite often overlooked and sometimes even forgotten about. Besides your beautiful custom wedding invitation, the ceremony program is the first detail that introduces your theme and style to guests the day of your wedding. Think about the last time you attended the wedding ceremony. Were you anxiously waiting for the service to start without anything to look at, wondering who’s who? Were you confused about any special rituals that were performed? What we love so much about wedding programs is that they not only allow your guests to feel included, as well as help them understand the ceremony, but each one we design is unique to each and every couple. They tell a story, are informative, and are a lovely keepsake from your special day.

Although the booklet style might be the most traditional, this wedding program gives you a lot of room to personalize and outline the ceremony in full detail

Custom chandelier ceremony booklet program by ‘RSVP to me
Are you having planning an outdoor ceremony during the summer? Keep in mind there’s a good chance the weather might be hot and humid. Keep guests entertained AND cooled off with a fun and creative fan style wedding ceremony program!
Custom fan style ceremony program with palm leaf design
Stacked style ceremony programs are a fun twist on the traditional booklet style. This style consists of three or more pages stacked on top of each other with each title showing at the bottom of the page. It can be secured with your choice of ribbon or twine.
Custom stacked style ceremony program as seen on “My Fair Wedding with David Tutera
Flat style ceremony programs are perfect if you’re planning a short (generic) service that doesn’t need a lot of explaining. These are a great option if you just want to list your bridal party and/or the order of service.
Custom flat style ceremony program with monogram and date
Essential Details to Include
1. A cover page that includes the names of the bride and groom, wedding date, wedding location, and the time of the ceremony
2. Be sure to include the ceremony order to inform guests of how the service will go (i.e. prelude, processional, opening prayer, readings, songs, exchange of vows/rings, blessing/presentation of couple, and the recessional).
3. Listing the names of your wedding party and those who are involved, along with each of their roles is a great way for guests to put a face to a name. It’s also nice to acknowledge those that were there for your throughout the planning process.

Additional Details to Personalize your Ceremony Program
1. Recognition of those relatives or friends who have passed away
2. A special thank you from the couple
3. Quotes and/or lyrics that are meaningful to your relationship

Custom fan style ceremony program embellished with plum organza ribbon
Remember, there are no rules set in stone and you have the option to include as much, or as little information as you like. Don’t forget, ‘RSVP to me‘ can design your wedding stationery to coordinate with your wedding invitations and suggest exactly what to include!