Seven Tips to Help You Plan a Bilingual Wedding

Love has no boundaries. It has no colors, no borders, and no restrictions—not even words. You’ve found the love of your life, and now your extended family will bring together two different cultures. You’re thrilled, but logistically, you now need to figure out how to how to plan a bilingual wedding to ensure both your families feel included and can fully enjoy every aspect of your ceremony and reception. To help you plan your bilingual dream wedding, we’ve got seven expert tips to help you get started.

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Seven Questions to Ask When Choosing a Wedding Stationer

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Your wedding stationery, including your save the date announcements and formal invitations, is the first aspect of your wedding that you unveil to your guests. That means your stationery sets the stage for your big day, including the theme, tone, mood, and feel your guests should expect when they walk into your ceremony. That means your stationery must be on point and choosing a stationer is one of the first and most important decisions you have to make once you set a date. As you are evaluating options in your search for your stationery soulmate, keep this short list of questions on hand to ask all your prospective partners. The answers to these questions will help you identify the best fit for your wedding planning team.

1. How long have you been in business?

You only get one chance to make a first impression with your wedding stationery, which means you will want to choose a reputable, established, and experienced partner. Even if you love your friend who claims to be “crafty” go with an expert you can trust.

2. Do you offer consultations?

You wouldn’t show up to have your hair done for your wedding without first ensuring your stylist can create the look you want, right? The same expectations should apply to your stationery. Choose a partner who offers on-site consultations and makes the time to understand your vision, show you samples, and collaborate with you on a plan.

3. Do you create custom designs or sell premade suites?

No bride wants to choose a stationery package that isn’t unique and can’t be customized to fit her theme and circumstances. Ideally, you’ll want to select a stationer who is a graphic designer. He or she should collaborate with you to design a custom suite and can offer limitless options for paper, envelopes, scripts, colors, and tactile adornments.

4. Do have experience building stationery that aligns with the theme I have in mind?

This is your follow-up to question number two. A stationer who builds custom invites—but only in one style (think: hand-painted calligraphy in a classic watercolor style—no modern touches, no ability to work with custom photos, and no other script options) won’t be able to accommodate anything specific you have in mind.

5. Do you create day-of stationery or invitations only?

There is much more to wedding stationery than the invitations. There are save-the-date cards, escort cards, thank you cards, favors, table signs, menus, programs, and dozens of other custom signage and notes you may want to produce. All your stationery elements should match perfectly, which means you will want them created by a single source. A vendor whose offering is limited to invites only won’t be able to address all your needs.

6. Can you work within my budget?

The best wedding stationers can always accommodate your budget and will work with you on choosing materials and packages that fit your needs within your budget.

7. Can you assist with addressing and mailing my invitations?

What bride has time to address 150 envelopes and run them over to the post office? Choose an expert who offers all-in-one services.

At RSVP to me, we have been helping couples build the wedding invitations and day-of stationery of their dreams for over ten years. Every piece is customized and handmade. There are no books to flip through and no limitations. Contact us today and let us help you design the stationery of your dreams.

Nine Must-Have Items to Include in Your Wedding Welcome Bags

Whether you have invited your guests to an exotic locale to celebrate your destination wedding, or you have out-of-town friends and family traveling to your hometown, you should plan to welcome guests when they arrive at their hotels with welcome gift bags. Little surprises offer a way to thank guests for incurring the expense of traveling to attend your wedding and provide an opportunity to showcase your wedding location to those unfamiliar with the area. Whether you are repping the town you grew up in, or welcoming guests to a whole new country, these nine creative ideas for what to place in your wedding welcome bags are sure to impress your guests.

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RSVP to me Recognized with Gift + Stationery 40 Under 40 Award

Kelly Samm Adams, owner and founder of RSVP to me, Sweet by RSVP to me, and Periwinkle Designs has been recognized among the gift industry’s superstars by Stationery Trends Magazine in its Gift + Stationery 40 Under 40 Awards. The program acknowledges the new generation of gift industry elite. From shop owners and managers to stationers and company founders, with this award, Stationery Trends pays homage to forty individuals for their seemingly countless contributions to an industry we adore.

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May is Date Your Mate Month. Celebrate All Month Long with These 31 Great Date Ideas.

He wooed you, he pursued you, he won you, and he wed you. Whether you have been married for five days, five years, or fifty years, couples must always put the time and effort into making time for one another. And no, texting from upstairs while he’s downstairs in the man cave does not count. We are talking quality alone time (read: a date, just like you used to do before you were Mr. and Mrs.). May is national Date Your Mate month, so to help you get started celebrating this valuable month-long holiday, we’ve compiled 31 date ideas—one for every day of the month.

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Eight Tips for Planning Your Engagement Party

You’re engaged, and the first thing you want to do is celebrate with all your closest friends and family. Okay, the first thing you really want to do is get a killer mani and share photos of the ring to all your social channels—but then you want to celebrate. Whether you envision a timelessly classic engagement party, a funky theme party, or even a costume party (we love a swanky Gatsby-themed soiree), you can plan the engagement party of your dreams by following these eight pro tips.

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