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How To Correctly Word Your Wedding RSVP Card

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Your invite wording is checked off your list, and now you are wondering how formal, funky, or traditional you want to phrase your wedding RSVP card.how to correctly word your wedding rsvp cardOld traditions are a blank card that would be provided for the guest to write a hand-written response if they would be attending, and add blessings for the couple. Now, we provide more of a form for guests to provide info you need to plan your day-of properly. You will provide them a card, and adequate postage for its return back to you.

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Wedding RSVP cards or ‘Response Cards’ are standard in all invitation suites however, ceremony only weddings do not require them.

Let’s break it down…

Response Request Line & Date

Kindly Reply, Respond, Favour, Favor?!

Most Simplistic:

RSVP by the 6th of June

Reply by the 6th of June

Kindly Reply by the 6th of June

Kindly Respond by the 6th of June

*The date can be 6th or sixth

Most Traditional:

The honour of your presence is requested by the sixth of June (for weddings held in a church)

The honor of your presence is requested by the sixth of June (for weddings held outside a place of worship)

The pleasure of your company is requested by the sixth of June

About the “reply by” date:

It is crucial for you, your caterer and venue to have an accurate head count day-of. We recommend 1-2 weeks before your vendors request your final numbers which makes your RSVP by date typically about 3-4 weeks before the wedding.

“Fill in the Blank” Name Line

What’s that darn “M_________________” on the rsvp card and why? It’s another “traditional” fill in the blank and this is how you should use it:

Ms. Jillian Williams 

Mr. and Mrs. James Carter

Mr. James Carter

Ms. Jillian Williams and Guest (if you have a plus one)

Mr. James Carter and Guest (if you have a plus one)

Alternatives to the “M” is simply saying “Name:”

 

Accepts & Regrets Line(s)

This is the fun part of an RSVP card – mix and match, make your own, or use these pairings:

• Yes // No

• Accept // Declines 

• Accepts with Pleasure // Declines with Regret

• Joyfully Accepts // Regretfully Declines

• Attending // Not Attending

• Let’s Party // I’m Missing Out

• Can’t Wait // Can’t Come

• Toasting // Toasting from Afar

• Wouldn’t Miss it for the World // I’ll Be There in Spirit

• Oh Yeah! // Boo, Can’t Make it!

Number Attending Line

Most often this is placed under the “accepts” line.

It can be overall: “Number Attending”

or if you need to know a children count stack these two:

“Number of Adults Attending”

“Number of Children Attending”

Optional Meal Selection

BUFFET: You can use the “Number Attending” above.

SAME ENTREE FOR ALL: You can use the “Number Attending” above.

IF YOU ARE OFFERING A CHILDREN’S MEAL:  Add the  “Number of Children Attending”

PLATED MEAL WITH ESCORT CARDS: You will show icons or words for meal selection and have them place a # beside their choice.

PLATED MEAL WITH ESCORT & PLACE CARDS: You will show icons or words for meal selection and have them place the guests initials beside their choice.

IN ADDITION: There may be some people in your guest list who you might be unaware have special dietary restrictions, it’s not uncommon to ask if they have special diet requirements!

As you know, we believe every wedding is different, and this RSVP card is a great place to share your personalities, and ask for personalized info.

Some additional, more casual, and fun things couples sometimes include are:

• Guests needing transportation (if you are providing it)

• Date of guests arrival

• Where guests are making their accommodations

• Asking for a song request

• Mad-lib style layout

So what are you waiting for? Let’s start wording those wedding RSVP cards and get your guests to your wedding.

Introducing Our Newest Account Manager | Meredith

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We are very excited to introduce the newest member of the team, Meredith Heins. Meredith has joined Méldeen to help with account management as we continue to expand the Méldeen brand in 2015.Meredith-22-bw
I’m a West Texas gal with a palette for good Mexican food. I’m a social media enthusiast and obsessed with Pinterest. As an Advertising major at The University of Texas (hook ‘em y’all), I am constantly infatuated by the world of digital and print advertising, and I’m thirsty for creative inspiration. In my free time you can find me swimming Deep Eddy, testing recipes in the kitchen, and always with a cup of coffee.

You can connect with Meredith at @MEREDITHHEINS

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What’s Included in a Méldeen Invitation Suite

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In the modern days of weddings, we are seeing the blurred lines of rules as it applies to a couple’s invitation suite. Each couple has individualized needs based on their specific wedding. Some couples need to supply their guests maps and additional information, and some just want to dress an invite up with a textured envelope liner. A couple’s unique invitation suite might include personalized signage at the bar, customized cocktail napkins or fanciful extras the day of. During our first consultation we determine their exact needs for their wedding invitation invite and also begin discussing creative ‘day of’ options.

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You may have included all your guest accommodations and website on your save the date, so you choose to do a primary invite and rsvp only for your invite.  And you may want to do formal seating and do escort and place cards, or you may want your guests to sit wherever they choose. There is no right or wrong to what you incorporate and what you do not.

Our goal is to brand your wedding details with consistency, personality and customize as few or as many of the details as we are involved with. Our overall goal is that all pieces in your wedding invitation suite coordinate beautifully and share the details you have planned into your wedding; before, during and even after your wedding. (yes, we can create beautiful thank you notes as well!)what-we-offer-meldeen

The joy of creating a custom invitation suite with Méldeen is that there are no ‘rules’. We are a group of creatives that are always willing to push the boundaries and try new things. Our brides are only getting more and more creative with their announcements, invites and day of extras. We are here to help the truly one-of-a-kind couple express themselves with a truly custom experience.

If you are interested in working with Méldeen to help your dreams come to life, be sure to drop us a note! 

Addressing a Perfect Envelope

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Calligraphy and addressing is a labor of love for invites to any event. we get asked frequently why addressing is such an investment, and if they should take the time to add the personal touch themselves. Calligrapher Cheryl Dyer breaks down the details, and how you can make the decision for your event knowing whats involved in doing it yourself.
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If you are anything like me, the daily stack of mail that drops through your mail slot has arrived at your home by direction of a computer printed address.  So, on the rare occasion that a hand-lettered (or even hand-scrawled for that matter!) address appears on an envelope it stops me in my tracks.

The address on your wedding invitation is your guest’s first peek into what is in store for your wedding event– why not stop them in their tracks? First impressions matter!

As a professional calligrapher I’ve quite a bit of experience addressing envelopes. I love working with couples who have hired me to do their hand-lettering for them, but I also like to share my experience with brides who choose to do addressing themselves. You certainly can create beautifully done envelopes on your own!

One common addressing problem for brides and grooms is address placement. How do you letter an address so it is an a consistent position on each envelope? How do you make sure your address placement follows straight guidelines? This is particularly difficult when envelopes are darker in color and one can’t place a guide inside.

 What follows is a step-by-step guide:

1. You’ve chosen your envelopes and writing utensil– great start! You’ll also need a cutting board, card stock, Xact-o knife, straight edge, pencil and ruler. 1_envelopes2. Using a pencil, trace around your envelope lightly onto card stock.

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3. Cut out your envelope guide using a sharp blade and straight edge.

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4. Draw guidelines onto your guide paper with a straight edge and pencil. If you have a t-square, now is the time to use it as it will guarantee level lines.  Make sure the first line is below the mid-point of your envelope– we don’t want your address bumping into the stamp! Draw a base line for each address line and also a line above it to mark the desired height of your lower-case letters. Each set of guidelines should have enough space between them to make sure the address is airy and not compact.

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5. Using your sharp blade and a straight edge, cut out the inside of each set of guidelines.

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6. Place the guide sheet over your envelope and lightly pencil each set of guidelines on the envelope. If you have the option, use a softer pencil lead.

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7. The guidelines are easier to see under a desk lamp.

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8. Address your envelopes!

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9. After the ink has dried, lightly erase the lines with a soft art eraser.

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10. If you are not skilled in calligraphy, there are plenty of options for beautiful opaque ink in mono-line pens.

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Cheryl Dyer is a professional calligrapher who resides in Omaha, NE. You can see more of her work at: www.cheryldyer.com

 

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Future of Luxury and Eclectic Floral Design

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Antonio Bond is the creative force behind Transplants Floral Design.
he is the resident florist at Hotel Saint Cecilia and the curator of several creative floral pieces for many different types of events. He is a native south Austenite. He finds inspiration in natural elements and loves the patina of age in found objects. He attributes his diverse aesthetic to the variation of the Texas landscape.

 

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When asked what he sees for the future of luxury and eclectic floral design he had this to say…

“I think that people are ready for flowers to be more than just decor, I think people want to interact and engage with the arrangements, experience them as art. I want people to have a relationship with the arrangement at their table, see it as something unique. I want my pieces to add to the magic of the day. More and more people seem to be moving toward an eclectic, bohemian, familial vibe in weddings these days. The stiff, formal weddings are less popular, which is perfect for me because it allows me to have more freedom in my work. “

What is your creative process when working with a new couple?

“I enjoy incorporating objects that add feeling to each piece; I often ask couples to provide sentimental objects or try to feature items that mirror the couple’s personality. I also infuse all my arrangements with a personal touch and attention to detail that maximize the emotional experience. I have my hands in every piece at some point in it’s production. I want every aspect of the day be moving, be special….that personal attention brings warmth and dimension. “

How you draw inspiration from the location?

“My relationship with St. Cecilia has been an amazing opportunity. St Cecilia has allowed me to push the boundaries with my work, they have given me space to evolve and grow creatively. The look they have cultivated is so thoughtful and attractive. Whenever I do designs for them, I try to be mindful of respecting that aesthetic and designing something that works in partnership with that. I love working at outdoor venues. I like to make things how I imagine they would grow in the wild. I love the shadows produced by each design and how lighting plays off each arrangement. I love texture and dimension.

What’s in your future? The future of Transplants?

“I hope to continue to push the boundaries, as much as my clients will let me. I want to keep trying to create originality. I am a wedding florist by trade, but I would love to see my designs on stages, incorporated in fashion, on moving bodies….I’m always looking for opportunities to try new things.”

 

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Loot’s Wedding Trends for Fall 2014

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Many thanks to our friends at Méldeen for asking us to share our findings on the wedding trends we’re seeing for fall 2014. We would love to not only hear back from you on any others we might have not mentioned, but which are your favorites!

 

BACK TO NATURE

We are seeing a movement toward nature in simple modern forms. Beach inspired furniture and decor are making waves on the event scene. Think rattan, neutral earthy colors, woven stools and baskets, dried coral, puka shell chandeliers, driftwood and giant clam shell planters. Foraged plants and branches with lush, leafy greens are extremely popular as well and are popping up everywhere from tabletop and cakes to arbors and ceremony aisles.

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Clockwise from left: Wild Poppy Goods, thestylefiles.com, The Travelling Band

 

ETHNIC INFLUENCES

A huge trend for Fall is luxe bohemian.  We are able to achieve this classic free-spirited look is through lots of texture and layering of ethnic prints and textiles. Turkish rugs and pillows, African printed fabrics, Moroccan styled furniture and colorful Indian kantha have proven to be a great way to warm up any space all while providing the perfect touch of eclectic elegance.

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INDIGO

Indigo has been hot for some time now, but there is no sign of it dying down anytime soon. We are seeing a plethora of shibori dyed textiles and vintage batik indigo textiles throughout the event scene. We love the bold earthiness this color provides and how well it lends itself to the lush greenery/nature trend.

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METALLICS

This trend is also here to stay for a while. We have seen it evolve from silver to gold to brass and now to copper. We also expect to see more of a mash-up of all these different metallics together this Fall. Don’t be afraid to mix and match!

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Clockwise from top left: Jose Villa, 91Magazine.com, localmilk.com, Jessica Cooper Photography, Brides Magazine, stylemepretty.com

 

BLACK AND WHITE

Simple, modern, bold and edgy all at the same time. We love how an elegant black/white stripe can work well with mixed patterns and bright colors, or just stand alone to create an equally dramatic scene. Adding the lushness of bold greenery creates classic beauty. The versatility of the black and white pairing lends itself to wonderful possibilities.

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Thanks again, Meldeen, for allowing us to share our thoughts and we are looking forward to seeing some awesome gatherings including these trends this Fall! Cheers!

The Best Wedding Gift I Gave Myself

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The months, weeks and days leading up to your wedding can be an emotional roller coaster. You want to savor each moment of the planning, but you are trying to get to the anticipated morning after, knowing you have begun your adventure with your husband.  Michelle is a friend of ours here at Méldeen.
Her words always make us reach deep in ourselves and reflect the areas we haven’t come to terms with. be inspired by her personal day-of journey and follow her on her blog.

 

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Michelle Pimm

Once the ring was on my finger something changed. In that memorable blur-of-a-moment I was suddenly no longer someone’s girlfriend. I was his fiancé. And six months later, I would be his wife. An entire network of friends and family found out and everything changed. It alarmed me. It thrilled me. More so, it made me nervous to lose my last name. A name that I had written down countless times in my life. I’m an avid follower of tradition but this decision did not come easy. In my mind, taking his last name meant I’d be losing a bit of myself and all the years it took to love the name and person behind it. A new name also meant that I’d be a wife. The pressure of getting that right also seemed daunting. By no means did I have a signature dish and plants lasted mere days under my watch.

In the months leading up to my wedding, I became obsessed with the thought of pleasing everyone. Family members bombard me with suggestions and request to have relatives attend my union that I hadn’t seen in decades. Small details suddenly became large decisions. There were opinions. So, so many opinions. Thoughts of taking my husbands name lingered in the back of my head. I knew how much it meant to him, but I had to be okay with the resolution. So I made my last decision. It was to enjoy the process and overcome pressure of pleasing others.

It might have been best wedding gift I gave myself. I knew in my heart that everyone meant well. Everyone wants us to be happy. This big event is really about two people. Us. Getting married. It was that simple.

So I decided to let the pressure go to enjoy the moments.

I married the guy that slipped a ring on my finger in that blurry moment. And I took his name because I wanted to. I knew I was the same girl. Another ring was slipped on my finger and everything changed and it was perfect.

 

Notes from the Intern: My summer known as Invites & Instagrams

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Describe your creative process:

I start with thinking of the big picture. Who is going to see my content, what does it need to say, where is it going, and why would someone relish it… Boom! I have my goals, and I ultimately want my work to not only represent myself well but to express all wishes of the client. Of course, my creative process is far from perfect and definitely messy, but that is what White Out is for!

What was Your most unforgettable Méldeen experience?

The morning of our Austin event, Kaleigh and I managed to fit “Méldeen” letter balloons in her tiny, (but darling) mini cooper. We were so impressed that we didn’t lose any of the balloons! Yet, when walking them into the hotel, we slowly watched the “L” float up into the trees. Thank goodness the number “7” balloon at Party City was a close match!

 

What do you love most about Austin?

The constant buzz! Where else can you find live music, South Congress bridge bats, and people who claim they “work” running around Town Lake at 1 PM? I’m in love. The drive that people have is inspiring and contagious.

 

What, in your words, is the vision of Méldeen?

Méldeen strives to deliver an exceptional experience throughout every aspect of the bride and grooms’ wedding plans. Creating your invitations, from save-the-dates to post wedding essentials, while connecting ideas and taste is vital. Méldeen’s mantra? Handmade means luxury.

 

If you had a list of “Best Kept Secrets”, which would you include?

Always check the guest list twice, press “Command S” to save workboards as often as you can, and always have a note pad ready for ideas. Oh, and don’t get a manicure until after assembly days.

Xx,
Meredith

 

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The Beauty & Benefit to a Small Wedding

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Many couples find celebrating with their nearest and dearest with a divine meal, and a quaint celebration is the best way to revel in their wedding day without feeling the stress of a large gathering – Because Going small has it’s perks!   One of our favorite spaces in Austin is the Hotel St. Cecillia. The moment you walk on their grounds, the smell of incense and the soft sounds of a record player are a welcoming and warm. The large oak trees make you feel right at home.   Although we would like to keep this location our own personal secret, it sure can’t be hidden!   We have asked the special Events coordinator, Emily WaldmaNn to share what she feels is the beauty & benefits  of a small event.

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An “intimate” wedding can mean anything from 6 guests, to 60, depending on a variety of factors, especially if both the bride and groom come from large families. Planning a wedding is such an exciting time, and it can feel like you want to include the world (and their plus one) in the festivities, however I am a huge advocate for small weddings.

When the guest count is smaller, you have more time to focus on individualizing the experience for each special person who makes the cut with an invite. You are also less likely to offend those who you may not want to invite—a distant cousin is less likely to take it personally if your guest list is limited to 20, whereas if you invite 200, they may feel snubbed. This leaves more space in budget to focus on the quality of the experience, whether that is an amazing personalized menu created specifically for your guests, beautiful floral arrangements with garden roses abounding, or your favorite band playing acoustically for your first dance as man and wife. Whatever makes you two click as a couple, you have more room to focus on conveying that to your guests.

There will no doubt be amazing food, beautiful flowers and décor, and entertainment abounding, but I always try and remind clients of who the two most important invitees are: The Bride and Groom (and the photographer to capture it all). As guest counts swell, weddings can start to feel more like a production, and less like a celebration of love. Ultimately the day is about you two, and everything else is meant to enhance that special connection.

Because Austin is the live music capital of the world, I liken the experience to a show: of course it’s amazing to see your favorite act at ACL Main Stage with a screaming crowd and pyrotechnics, but years from now, it’s seeing them play an unexpected secret show up close and personal at the Continental Club that will still have you talking.

When you plan a wedding, you are creating an experience for your guests. From invitation to thank you cards, you are making a statement as a couple for what you value and what represents you.

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* PHOTOS SOURCED FROM Hotel St. Cecillia
* WRITTEN BY EMILY WALDMANN

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The Value of Calligraphy

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This week, we are thrilled to have a guest post from one of our treasured summer interns. She has blossomed into an amazing designer, landed an amazing job post-college, and is an amazing budding calligrapher. We wanted to share her insight on Calligraphy, and its value to wedding invites. Follow her scribbles on instagram! Love and miss you Erin!
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Up until very recently, I only had the foggiest idea as to what calligraphy actually was. However, thanks to life altering sites like Pinterest and Instagram, I discovered modern calligraphy and hand lettering and was immediately hooked. I happily embarked on a new obsession/hobby with no looking back.

Now when I think of calligraphy, the first word that comes to mind is “human.” We live in such a digital world, where everything is cookie cutter and mass produced. Personal communication and handwritten notes are a thing of the past, and it’s rare to come across something as intimate as a handwritten note. Calligraphy is an art form with roots that spans centuries of personal communication, and I love being a small part of keeping it alive.

Far from being limited to stodgy old documents and certificates, calligraphy is incredibly versatile and there are endless variations and possibilities! One can distinctly set a particular mood or create a desired style using just a few carefully placed lines. The personality of a bride and the essence her special day can shine through this beautiful art form, whether vintage or romantic, classic or modern. With a trained hand, the shapes of the letters themselves come together to tell a story just as clear as the words they form.

Weddings are fundamentally about people, two people making a lifelong commitment to each other. This is why calligraphy is the perfect medium for communicating in a heartfelt and personal way, the joyful celebration of a new future of two individuals, built on beautiful traditions of the past.

XO,
Erin