You can write whatever you like on the wishing well - and it doesn't necessarily have to rhyme. To help you get some ideas, I've compiled a list of the wishing well poems I've come across while designing invitations.
1. This one is short and cheeky!
Because at first we lived in sin
We've got the sheets and a rubbish bin!
A gift from you would be swell
But we'd prefer a donation to our wishing well!
2. If you already live together and don't require any household gifts
A home together we already share
furnished with love, pride and care.
So when we look at all we've got
we really do not need a lot.
So we'd like to ask, if you don't mind,
for a gift of another kind.
Instead of searching for inspiration
you can simply make a monetary donation.
Place your gift in the wishing well,
make two wishes but do not tell.
One for us and one for you
and trust that both will come true.
Please don't feel obliged
to do it this way.
Your presence is all we want
on our special day.
3. Focus the wishing well on your honeymoon
Your presence is all we want on our special date.
To share with us our happiness and to help us celebrate.
However if you were thinking of giving a gift to help us on our way,
a gift of money towards our honeymoon would really make our day.
But if you prefer to purchase a gift,
feel free to surprise us in your own special way.
4. A sweet poem about presence over presents
We'd love to have you with us
when all our dreams come true!
We want you to know that your
presence over presents will truly do.
But if we're honoured with a gift from you,
please think to wish us well.
May we respectfully request a donation
to our wedding wishing well.
5. No need to rob any banks
To save you shopping, sit back and rest.
A contribution to our wishing well is all we request.
Don't go overboard or rob any banks,
any amount will make us smile with thanks.
Now we have saved you all the fuss,
we would love if you could come and celebrate with us!
Nothing screams summer to me like Greece does! Here's my moodboard featuring the idyllic blues, whites and dashes of pink.
Are you wondering how the bespoke process works?
This post is based on the invitation process for one of the awesome couples I got to work with, Sheresa and Jack.
1. Design brief
If you have an idea in your head about what you like, feel free to spam my inbox with pictures and words!
I will also ask you to fill in a questionnaire (which you can peek at here) to give me a better idea of the design direction.
Here's a snippet of Sheresa's responses:
I'll take your ideas and responses and create a moodboard to see if we're on the same page.
From Sheresa's responses and ideas I got the following keywords:
Her wedding colour palette was ivory, gold and navy which I incorporated into my moodboard.
This is the stage where I put all the ideas and pictures together to come up with concepts.
A. CONCEPT: I will deliver up to 3 initial concepts of the main invitation to you (this could vary depending on the scope of the project). From here we choose a direction to go in and then I'll design the other items you require.
B. DEVELOPMENT: You offer your input and suggestions and I'll make the changes accordingly. This is usually the longest part of the design process as there will be a lot of correspondence and revisions.
C. REFINEMENT: This stage is for minor tweaks before sending off to the printers. Once you're happy with everything and I've got your approval, I will organise the printing and finishing of the invitations. If you are printing the invitations yourself, I will prepare all the necessary files for you.
Sheresa and Jack opted to go for a custom monogram and paper band for their invitation set.
It's that simple! Are you ready to get designing on your perfect wedding invitation suite? Contact me here if you are! :)
So you've found the perfect wedding location...in a different country! I think destination weddings are awesome - they are fun, exotic and a good excuse for your guests to plan a getaway! Planning a destination wedding is definitely more work than a local wedding but well worth the effort! Being organised is the key to a successful wedding.
Where do I start?
I have worked with different couples who were at various stages of planning their destination wedding. Some couples already had the venue, dates and general order of events locked in and others had just started the organising. No matter what stage you are at in your planning, it is crucial that you send out a save the date notice to your guests as soon as possible.
From my past experience working on destination weddings, this is my recommended strategy to approach the task.
1) DATE AND COUNTRY. Decide on the dates and the country. You may not have locked in a specific venue yet but having a date range and a general location should be priority.
2) NOTICE. Send out a save the date/notice at least 12 months ahead.
3) RSVP. Some venues require a rough head count prior to booking, so it's advisable to get a RSVP from your guests to see who can attend within 1-2 months of sending the save the date. This will also facilitate with organising the accommodation if necessary.
4) INVITATIONS. Send out formal invitations and information once you have all the details confirmed. You shouldn't need to get RSVPs from your invitees as they would've already confirmed attendance during the save the date stage. If you had any guests who were undecided, be sure to follow up with them as soon as you can.
What should I write in the save the date?
Depending on how much notice you require from your guests to continue planning your wedding, word your save the date in a way that creates urgency to respond but not in an aggressive manner. It is a huge commitment you are asking of your guests to RSVP so early in the process, however it is absolutely necessary. Explain your wedding plans so that your guests understand the process and know what to expect.
If you require assistance with the wording of the save the date, just get in touch with me :)
What other stationery will I need?
Once your invitations have been sent you may need other items such as 'order of events' cards (if you are planning activities around the wedding or having a multiple-day wedding fiesta!) Check with your venue or wedding planner about what on-the-day stationery they supply or what you need to supply.
The following is a guide on the standard stationery you can order for your wedding.
I've broken it up into two categories: (1) Pre-wedding and (2) On-the-day
Most of these are optional - it's best to check with your wedding coordinator if they provide the on-the-day stationery.
What is a save the date?
A ’save the date' is a notification you send to your guests with your wedding date (and location if you have one) so they can organise time off or plan around it. A save the date doesn’t have to be costly or formal, it can be in the form of a simple text message or Facebook event page.
Should I send a save the date?
Local weddings: If your wedding is held locally and the majority of your guests are local then I believe a save the date is optional. If you decide not to send save the dates, aim to send your formal wedding invitations at least 4 months before the wedding. Of course you can always notify the specific guests that may require more time to plan and travel.
Destination weddings: YES!! Definitely send a save the date notice! Any wedding plans that require your guests to travel needs as much notice as possible.
Who do I send a save the date to?
The people you send a save the date to are the guests you are formally inviting to your wedding. This means you don’t have to send it to every single guest on your initial list but only the ones you most definitely want at your wedding. I’ve heard stories where couples have sent save the dates to everyone only to realise later that they are over-budget and have to cut back on the guest list.
Forms of save the dates
Our collection of save the date templates
If you're after an affordable way to get save the date cards designed, check out our instant DIY templates on Etsy. These are ready for you to fill in yourselves and either send digitally or get printed.
Here's the 6 simple steps of having your wedding stationery specially designed by us:
If you would like to submit an enquiry, please use this form
8-12 months ahead
SAVE THE DATE
Once you have a wedding date and venue booked, it’s recommended that you notify your guests asap. This can either be electronically or with a printed card. For destination weddings that involve travel, there should be at least 12 months notice.
4-6 months ahead
FORMAL WEDDING INVITATION
The process of getting invitations custom designed and printed can be a lengthy process. It’s best to order your invitations at least 6 months prior and aim to send them out 4 months before the wedding. This is why a save the date is encouraged.
1-2 months ahead
Once you have finalised the guest list and wedding details, we can begin designing the additional items such as place cards, seating charts, menus, order of service and signage. Please remember to allow ample time for printing and shipping.
Bilingual invitations can be technically tricky but not impossible. We've worked on bilingual invitations before (as pictured above) and thankfully nothing was lost in translation. If you can supply us with the exact text, we may be able to assist you.
One thing to consider is that unfortunately there are very limited accessible font choices for different languages other than English. A lot of the fancier script fonts for example will not support special characters. One way to get around this is to hire an actual letterer/calligrapher to write out the words you'd like and we can scan that in and place it into the design.
Please don't hesitate to contact us if you would like to see if we can help you with your bilingual invitations, we'd love to try and help you out!
SO. MUCH. PANIC. Unfortunately these things do happen and usually at the last minute too.
This happened to my cousin a few years ago, the reception venue cancelled last minute and she had to find another venue to host 300+ guests within a small timeframe before the wedding. After a lot of panicking and stress she found another venue and we created a notice card and sent it out to all the guests. The good news is everyone got the memo and turned up at the right place - mission accomplished.
From my experience the best way to tackle this is to:
1) Send a physical notice and;
2) Send a digital notice via messaging and/or email and ask people to reply as acknowledgement.
You can even take it one step further by creating a Facebook event with the changes and ask people to RSVP on that.
Touch wood that this happens to you, but for clients of The Hello Bureau I am more than happy to design a complimentary notice card for you (printing is separate but I can assist you with that if required.) Even if it has been months since your invitations went out, just contact me and we'll get the notices out ASAP!