Mar
17

Day-of Stationery

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 Day-of stationery can be a little extra touch to an already special day. Day-of stationery just makes the organizational part of your day a little bit easier. It is a polite way of directing your guests in the direction you want them to go and to give them a clear idea of what can be expected on the day. No-one likes a guessing game.

If you’ve already decided on a theme for your wedding invitations, it can be a good idea to carry the same theme throughout your day. We can print your menu’s, seating chart, place cards, table numbers etc. all in the same theme. This does not restrict you to just one theme though. However you want your stationary, we can make it work.

If you decide to go with email invitations, you have to keep in mind that you probably still need day-of stationery for your wedding day.

We know, having gorgeous wedding stationery can add up, especially if you’re on a budget. Thanks to our experience we’ve been able to divide it into two groups, to make it easier for you. We refer to these as the  “Essential” and “Non-Essential” stationery group.

 

The “Essential” stationery include;

  • large seating chart
  • or personalized place cards
  • table numbers

 

The “Non-Essential” stationery include;

  • programs
  • menu’s
  • favor tags

 

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Let us start with the “Essential” stationery.

Although you would like everyone to enjoy themselves and not come over as a drill sergeant, everyone would appreciate a bit of order to the day. Believe it or not, but guests like to know what’s happening, where they are going to sit and what’s on the menu.

Unless you’re having a ‘cocktail’ reception, you will need a seating chart. Guests seating themselves often cause uncomfortable and nervous situations. It’s High School all over again. Remember, you might know everyone at your wedding but chances are your guests do not . To avoid conflict and make the dining experience more enjoyable, a seating chart is a great way to lead guests to their seats.

An alternative to a seating chart could be escort cards. An escort card is usually placed on a table at the entrance of your reception venue and has a name and table number on. The guests now know  where they are allocated at and can choose their own seats.

A place card is placed on the table at a specific seat with the guests name on.

Table Numbers are a must and things can get very confusing without them, as you can imagine.

 

The “Non-Essential” stationery.

A program can be a way of including your guests and a nice keepsake for them to take home. It’s also a great read while they wait for the bride. Programs can be made into something fun and creative.

Information included can be anything from a description of your ceremony (processional music, greetings, readings, prayers, exchanging of vows…) to ‘thank you’ messages or something cute and personal about your guests.

Normally you would order programs for around 75% of your guests- keep in mind that couples share.

Menu’s are an opportunity for your guests to scan the menu and determine if there is something they are allergic to or if there is an alternative meal option (halal, vegetarian, gluten free).

Things like pretty printed favor tags are one of the small things that put an extra touch to your day. The difference between ordinary and extra ordinary is usually the small details that goes into a day.

 

Give us a call or visit our contact page to book an appointment.

 

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Mar
10

Save the Date

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Every single person that is invited to a wedding should feel honored that you chose them to share the day with you. The bride and groom, in their own right, should feel just as honored that their guests went through all the trouble to join them. But before everyone starts feeling really honored and grand, there are a few logistical and organizational factors that need to be sorted out.

 

The most important of all: letting your guests know that they are indeed invited. And the most effective and special way of doing this is by sending them a “Save the Date”. The main purpose of a “Save the Date” is to give your guests ample time to get their affairs in order. There is nothing more disappointing than your favorite couple already being “booked” that day.

 

So… how does one address the “Save the Date”?

Usually they are not addressed in a formal manner.

The most important information should be:

  • the actual words: Save the Date
  • Names
  • Location (a general idea of city is usually sufficient)
  • And, most importantly, an actual date
  • If you’re having a destination wedding, it is particularly important to give the location so that your guests have enough time to organise their vacation time, save money and book flights and hotels.

 

When to send them out?

It is recommended to send them out once you have booked your venue and you have paid your deposit. Normally this would be more or less 6 months before the big day. If it is a destination wedding it should be earlier – 8 months before the wedding day.

 

If something changes, how do you inform your guests?

Things often change, and if they do you can always let your guests know by adding an insert into your invitation. People often use a “Save the Date” as a pre-invitation, where guests can indicate if they will attend the wedding or not (regrets only). This makes it easier when it comes to sending out invites, and gives you the chance to contact your guests if there is a change of plans.

 

Does the bride or the groom’s name go first?

Traditionally the Bride. If both the bride and groom are paying for the wedding it doesn’t really matter and in some cultures it is the groom’s name.

 

Do you have to send out “Save the Dates?

If you are getting married in summer – which is considered a ‘high-travel time’- it is better to send out “Save the Dates” months in advance. They are a great change to work out your design and can determine the rest of your stationary, as well as giving your guests an idea of what to expect.

 

Book a consultation to discuss all your options – we’d love to help you make your big day stress free.

 

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Jan
31

Supporting Small Business : Why We Think It’s So Important

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Who can forget the famous tagline for the show ‘Cheers’, that ran for eleven seasons from 1982 to 1993; “Where everybody knows your name”. Or Central Perk, where the characters of “Friends”would get together to chat, relax and mingle with the people that they knew and loved.

 

Here at The Social Page, we strive for the same thing. We remember our customers, we remember their stories and we care. That is the beauty of a small business. In an increasingly homogenized world, we stand out because of our vibrant personality and desire to please every single customer that walks through our doors.

 

At The Social Page it is important for us to contribute to the local community; we volunteer our services and by doing that, recycle a share of our revenue back into the community.

 

Please come in and tell us how your trip was to Spain, for which you bought that white sweater. Or how the 50th surprise party for your husband was, for which we created the invites. Show us your daughters beautiful wedding pictures, that we were lucky enough to be a part of. You are not just a customer, but a friend and we want nothing but the best for you. We love to give advice, share in your excitement and try our best to make your day!

 

We want you to be happy because you are part of our community here at The Social Page. That’s what it means to support small business and why we think it’s so important! We’d love to see you again, so if you’re in the neighbourhood pop by; we’re always up for a chat and some fun.

 

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Jan
17

2015 Wedding Fair

We’re so excited about our interview with CTV. Just before the 2015 Wedding Fair we had the CTV crew pay us a visit – have a look at what owner, Dawn Messer, has to say about our wedding invitations and services.

 

 

We had a very successful day  at the 2015 Wedding Fair. We always love meeting all the soon-to-be brides and their entourages; mothers, bridesmaids and the few brave soon-to-be husbands. A wedding, after all, is not a one-man show. Since the Fair, we’ve been busy booking appointments and having consultations. So that you don’t miss out, be sure to book your appointment – just give us a call or contact us through our new online contact form and we’ll respond as soon as possible.

 

Why should wedding dress shopping get all the shine? Here at The Social Page, we believe that designing your invitations, can be just as fun and exciting!

 

Our experts know how to glamour and pizzazz your wedding invitations. During your appointment, we’ll give you a detailed run through of what to expect when you design and order your invitations with us. We work within your budget so that you, as the bride, feel comfortable. By booking an appointment we can give you our undivided attention and work with you to create your dream invite. Remember, your wedding invitation will be the first thing guests receive. It sets the tone of the day and gives your guests some idea of what to expect – not only the factual information but also the look and feel of the day.

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Jan
01

We’ve Updated The Social Page Website

blogphoto01Welcome to our recently updated website – after many months of debate and hard work, we are beyond excited to be pressing the “go live” button. It is well overdue, as our last one certainly did not depict the full extent of our, skill set, creativity and abilities. We’d love to give a special shout out to our wonderfully patient developer Denise Chandler. Without her, this website may never have left the ground. This website has been a labour of love and we hope you enjoy exploring as much as we enjoyed creating.

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