Tuesday, March 30, 2010

$100 Reception Stationery Credit!

If you've been holding off booking your wedding invitations, now is the time! For all of April we are offering a $100 credit towards reception stationery with any invitations purchase over $500. This credit can be used towards a guest book, table numbers, seating chart, dance floor decal.... well you get the point! Visit our website at www.pinkpolkadesign.com for a complete list of products, services and contact info!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Gorgeous Eye Candy!

I am absolutely in love with Amy Atlas! Based out of New York city she is renowned for her amazing desert tables. I am drawn to the clean, crisp, and colorful designs! I'm oozing with inspiration from these images and even have used the yellow, black and white table as a source of inspiration for my own wedding. I love the precise details including, of course, the stationery! She uses the cutest tags and candy bar wrappers that co-ordinate perfectly! Check out her site of other amazing events here: www.amyatlas.com

Images via Hostess With the Mostest

Friday, March 19, 2010

The Question of Seating Guests

There are a couple of options available when directing guests to their seat at the dinner reception. A couple things to consider before you make your decision is your venue space and the flow of traffic as guests enter, as well as if you want to have assigned seating at each spot of the table or just assigned tables. If you have a large space or cocktails before dinner it nice to have guests circulate around a table to find their escort card. One problem with seating charts is they can cause a crowd of guests trying to see where they are sitting. To avoid this I suggest displaying two seating charts or positioning the single seating chart in a position where there is lots of room for the flow of traffic.

The first option is using a seating chart with coordinating numbers at each table. If you choose to have assigned seating at the table you will also need to include place cards at each setting. Below is an example of a seating chart courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings. 
The next option is to use escort cards with coordinating numbers at each table. Again, if you want to have assigned seating at the table you will also need to include place cards at each setting, but this can be a bit redundant having two cards with the guest name on it. I really enjoy this option because you can get totally creative in the shape, size and presentation of the escort card. I had a couple double their favor of wine glasses with the escort card by getting me to design wine bases which had the guests name and table number on it. Below are some creative escort card examples courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Thank you Card Ettiquette

Although it is often neglected, a thank you card is one of the most important wedding stationery elements. A lot of couples get busy organizing budget and preparing for the wedding that they often forget or leave thank you cards to the last minute. According to Emily Post,  all thank you notes should be sent within 3 months of receiving the gift. As of late, I have been encouraging my couples to add thank you cards to their invitation order so they can budget accordingly and aren't scrambling to get them done amongst all the post-wedding activities and organization. 
There are a few options for the format of a thank you card including: a small folded card that is blank inside, a note card (similar to a recipe card), a picture card folder with slits for a 4x6 photo, or you can do a picture thank you. You can also carry through the theme of your invitations or make personalized stationery with your new initials as a married couple. 

The Emily Post website stresses that it is not acceptable to send pre-printed cards, make phone calls or send emails. Each thank you cards should be personally written acknowledging the gift given. For more tips and helpful forms, including a "wedding gift record" visit www.emilypost.com

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Pinkpolka is heading to the Big Apple!

That's right! I am going to New York this May! I'm so excited to take in the big city for my first time and experience the National Stationery Show. Along with checking out new industry trends and getting some major inspiration I will also be attending educational sessions by Darcy Miller, Editorial Director of Martha Stewart Weddings and Peggy Post, Director at The Emily Post Institute Inc. I can't wait to come back and share all the exciting information and ideas with all my clients!