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It's Time...

It's time for everyone to get excited about wedding invitations, again. As we head into fall and you're planning your spring wedding, getting an early start will leave you stress free when the big day arrives.

Here at Joyful Invitations, we know how hard it can be to plan a wedding. That's why we offer you the most stunning invitations from Carlson Craft and help you order them to your specifications.

So, put on your jammies, have a hot chocolate (or a glass of red wine) and browse the delicious wedding invitations just waiting to be printed. We're sure you'll find exactly what you're looking for.

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Have you ever seen, or better yet, felt a letterpress invitation? It's completely different from thermography.
Letterpress invitations are pressed or etched deely into the thick stock paper. The verse is literally pressed into the paper so when you run your finger over it you can feel the indents that each letter makes. It's incredibly rich and luxurious and has a look and feel all its own. Most impressive and most expensive! You can visit our letterpress invitations at Joyful Invitations - Carlson Craft and Joyful Invitations - Einvites.
Thermography is the standard in most invitations today. Thermography produces raised printing similiar in appearance to engraving but using a different process. In thermography, a special powder is added to the ink printed on the paper. The printed piece is heated and the powder and ink mixture dries to form a raised effect on the paper. Check out our raised print invites at Joyful Invitations!
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What is my Mothers role in the wedding process?

Mother of the bride is a big role, one that has changed dramatically over the years. First and foremost, there are lots of rules of etiquette and traditionally defined roles, but, luckily nothing is etched in stone. Back in the day, Mom was traditionally the head wedding planner. Unfortunately, in most cases the wedding became a way for Mom to live out her own dream.

Luckily for us…we’ve come a long way baby. Today’s bride is savvy, intelligent and usually has her dream wedding already planned out. So where does that leave Mom? It leaves her in the role of co-pilot. What a great place to be (unless you want Mom to handle everything, then have at it!).

First and foremost, Mom’s role should be as your biggest supporter, cheerleader, listener and confidante. This whole wedding thing can be extremely stressful and chaotic. Having a supportive Mom, someone you can lean and depend on, can be your greatest wedding survival tool.
Other responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

Helping you, the bride, find the perfect dress. Giving honest feedback and understanding that if you absolutely LOVE that dress she shouldn’t try and talk you out of it (unless it’s way over budget).

Help you look for the perfect wedding reception locations, especially if you’re getting married in your old home town and you’ve been away, she should know all the good spots to check out.
Make first contact with the grooms’ Mother and Father. Now’s a great time for them to meet, if they haven’t already.

Discuss the wedding budget and how much she intends to contribute financially to the wedding is a huge responsibility. This is the perfect time to discuss the number of guests to invite.
Reserving hotel rooms for out of town guests.

Accompany you to showers and parties held in your honor, including the rehearsal dinner. Again, there’s nothing like moral support from someone you love and trust.

She should pick the perfect dress for herself that compliments your wedding in every way. Coordinating with your colors is always a plus. Also, she should forward her dress info to the mother of the groom so they don’t end up wearing the same dress.

Guest list. Mom should draw up the list of friends and relatives that she wants for the brides’ side. It’s a great place to start negotiations.

Two weeks from the wedding call anyone that hasn’t RSVP’d and find out their status.

Act as hostess at the wedding and reception.

Stand in the receiving line.

Be your biggest fan.

What it basically boils down to is that your Mom should be your rock through all the craziness. She can help in many more ways and be your greatest alliance if you remember to keep the lines of communication open, warm and loving.

Congratulations on your big day!
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This bright white, shimmering tea-length invitation card by Chloe B features a shimmery back pocket with a floral flourish design.


A stunning damask design accents this shimmery gold invitation. Your thermographed wording is a beautiful touch to this elegant ensemble by designer Chloe B.

When nothing but the best will do, we're proud to call Chloe B one of our most distintive and sought after designers. You can see her full collection at Joyful Invitations for the most perfect wedding invitation ensembles available today!
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Open-Up Glamour by Royal Doulton

This shimmer wrap unfolds to reveal a printed insert card that holds all the important information of your wedding day. The wrap features an olive, colored design and opens up to reveal the insert, which features a filigree design over a lightly olive-colored background.

We are proud to feature a collection of wedding stationary inspired by art from Royal Doulton. The Royal Doulton Company, today is synonomous with the finest English china, has a pedigree dating back to 1815 and was granted the Royal Warrant from King Edward VII in 1901.

See our Royal Doulton collection at Joyful Invitations.
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These days many couples are opting to move their wedding out of the hometown setting and into the more exotic destination. No longer wanting a traditional stay at home wedding, today’s couples have become so much more adventurous on this ever shrinking planet. But, what’s right for you?


If you’re family and friend oriented and want to have everyone you know and love at your wedding, you’d be much better off staying at home and planning a huge glorious gala. Because of the travel costs incurred by a destination wedding, your wedding party and guest list will be much smaller than the hometown blowout. With it comes a sense of intimacy stemming from the camaraderie of traveling in a group and being in a foreign country with only your closest and dearest. Because of the distance, your wedding in a far off country will probably be a two to four day affair for everyone involved giving you a longer experience with your loved ones.

However, do remember that due to the expensive travel costs many of your beloved guests may not be able to make it, especially when we’re talking Europe or Asia. For the bride and groom the added expense is all part of the honeymoon, because you’re already there. All you have to do is wake up the next morning and you’re on your honeymoon.

With the ever growing sources on the internet you’ll easily be able to plan your destination wedding from invitations to hotels, it couldn’t be easier. Unlike the traditional “at home” wedding you can skip many of the necessities and traditions opting for the “less is more” rationale. All you really need is a great photographer to catch every detail and you’re good to go, or choose what things are important for you and create a whole new way to look at weddings.

Whatever your choice your wedding is all about you and your partner so whether you’re traveling or staying at home, stay true to yourself and you’ll have the perfect day!
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