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Love and marriage in the time of Corona

Love and marriage in the time of Corona.

The Covid-19 pandemic has thrown all of our social calendars into chaos. With the UK going into lockdown to help fight the spread of the virus, many of us have had to cancel, postpone, or reschedule the events we had planned for 2020.
Not only is it heart-breaking to have to cancel an event like a family celebration, milestone birthday party or a wedding celebration, but the re-arranging of these events, particularly at short notice, can be incredibly expensive. Unfortunately, a change of date, location or timing renders beautifully printed invitations unusable, and opting to reprint them can add to these costs considerably.
Here at Gee Brothers nothing makes us sadder than seeing finely printed stationery go to waste. We know the care and work that goes into every detail; from the customer’s first ideas, right through to the tissue lined envelopes, it’s a complex process that takes time and dedication to make sure it’s perfect for the big day.
During these uncertain times, it has been even tougher to organise a wedding whilst grappling with frequent changes to the guidelines that help to keep us safe.  We want to try and help in any way we can to make your wedding something wonderful. So, we’ve gotten creative and come up range of ideas that might just be the solution you’re looking for.

MINI CHANGE-THE-DATES

So, you’ve made the difficult decision to postpone the wedding; And while florists, bands, and makeup artists can be rebooked, the wedding invites have already been printed. If you’ve been able to rebook your venue for another day, and you’ve still got your original invitations ready to send out, then these small Change-the-Date cards could offer the solution.
Made using a small amount of card or paper and often digitally printed, these are a quick, cost-effective way to inform your guests of the why, the new when and where of the wedding, without the cost of an expensive reprint. Once attached to your original invitations, or slipped inside the envelope, they update your guests and make use of your original invites, so that nothing goes to waste.
Using our quality paper or card, these Mini Change the Date cards can feel just as luxurious as the rest of your invites. Even with a digital print there are so many options – adding colour, motifs or even your own artwork to make them personal, fun and eye-catching. You could also opt have them printed using thermography, letterpress or foiling if you choose and they can even be designed to match your original invitations.
These delightful cards can be ordered through our sales team, just drop us an email at sales@geebrothers.co.uk.

CHANGE THE DATE & SAVE THE DATE – Use the code SAVE10 for 10% off

From now until August 14th 2020 we’ve got 10% off Save the Dates when you order online.

Though weddings are now allowed to go ahead, it’s just not that straight forward. With limits on the number of guests, the type of service or ceremony allowed and difficulty in finding accommodation for those that can attend, many couples are deciding to hold a small ceremony this year for close friends and family and save the big party until next year instead.
Whatever celebration you have in mind, our save the date cards, available to order online, can be a good, flexible option. Most of our Save the Date cards can easily be adapted to a Change the Date card, or a smaller wedding invitation. The text is entirely editable so you can say what you need to.
Don’t forget that with so many couples in the same boat, next year could get busy quickly. Why not order your save the dates now, and get a head start to make sure your friends and family are free?

DATELESS INVITATIONS

If you simply cannot wait to have the invites checked off your to-do list, but are still unsure when it will be, one of our new dateless invitations could be just right for you. We do everything we can here at Gee Brothers to turn around an order as fast as possible, but bespoke traditional printing and delicate hand finishes take time to do right, so why not get the printing out of the way in advance? With Dateless Invitations, you can get on top of your ‘Wedmin’ and have them sooner rather than later, so that once your date is confirmed you can get the invitations out quickly.
Another great tip is to get a calligrapher on board to add the finishing touches, not only will the finish be beautiful, but you’ll be supporting another small business. If you’re interested in calligraphy, we can put you in touch with some very talented people!
Dateless invitations are also perfect for weddings held at a family home, you already know the venue will be available, so why not get ahead?

BLANK INVITATIONS

So, you’ve been able to go ahead, but it’s a very different day to what you’d imagined. With limited numbers allowed at weddings, it can be pricey for such a small amount of invitations. Our fill-in wedding invitation packs are great for small weddings and save money for that big, blowout celebration next year.
With two pack sizes and envelopes included, these are a quick, easy option, giving you just the quantity you need. We’ve a range of digital designs to choose from, with more coming soon. Why not sign up to our newsletter and be the first to know about all our new products when they’re released?

Small Order Quantities
For a limited period, all of our wedding stationery is available with a smaller minimum order quantity to help you order just the amount you need for your day.

Funding Your Dream Wedding

Funding Your Dream Wedding: Your Essential Planning Checklist

If you’re newly engaged, the planning stage has officially begun – and how exciting it can be! But amidst all the excitement comes the big question; ‘where do I even start?’. From wedding dresses, flowers, wedding stationery and cake to venue hire, decorations and entertainment, you have a lot to think about.

But your dream wedding doesn’t just have to be a dream – with some careful financial budgeting, you’ll be able to achieve it. Today, with the help of the budgeting experts, Jolly Good Loans, we’re creating a checklist which will include many of the things you need to plan for, as well as offering up some hints and tips to help keep you within budget along the way.

 

Image: Pexels
Image: Pexels

The venue

Hiring a venue should be your natural starting point, as it serves as the fundamental building block for the rest of your wedding. Whether you want a luxury feel or a more rustic, country theme, your venue will determine it all.

The venue is also one of the most expensive parts of your wedding, so facing the costs up front is our top tip here – this allows you to gain a better understanding of your budget for the rest of the wedding. If you know that you’re going to have to go a little over budget to secure your dream venue, be sure to readjust your spending further down the line – perhaps look to cut back on expenses for flowers or table decor.

If budget allows, you can always send a Save the Date card before your venue is set, to ensure that all your friends and family hold your date. You don’t need to mention a venue, unless of course, you’re marrying abroad! Then it’s pretty vital!

Photo: Unsplash
Photo: Unsplash

The wedding invitations

Once you have booked your wedding venue, you’ll need to think about your wedding stationery. This might include a save the date card but will definitely include wedding invitations. It’s best to create your invitations while you still have a good understanding of your budget and before you allow yourself to overspend in other areas.

GB Blue Save the Date card
GB Blue Save the Date card
Isobel Wedding Invitations
Isobel Wedding Invitations

First impressions mean absolutely everything when it comes to your wedding, and your invitations are going to set the scene for the big day. With this in mind, be sure not to sacrifice quality for price. The texture of the card, the colours and fonts used to create your invitation will let your guests know what to expect on the big day, so don’t underestimate their importance!  

On the Day stationery must also be considered – you might require an Order of Service or Order of the Day, to ensure your guests know what is happening and when. If you are keen on extending the theme of your invitation to your menus, placements and table plans, there are usually ways of doing this using digital printing if you want to keep costs to a minimum. It’s also quicker and allows for the inevitable last-minute changes to the table plan and, of course, the printing!

Photo: Amanda Karen Photography
Photo: Amanda Karen Photography

The wedding dress  

The wedding dress is arguably one of the most important parts of the wedding – well, at least to the bride! It may take time, but everyone will find a must-have wedding dress that fits like a glove (eventually!), and it doesn’t have to cost you your entire budget.

Our top tip is to avoid shops and dresses you know are out of your budget – as this will only lead to disappointment if you find ‘the one’ but can’t afford the asking price! Find a variety of shops that are within your budget and stick to trying dresses on in these places.

Remember that not only do you need to buy a wedding dress, but also bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen outfits. It might be that if you can find all your wedding attire in one place, they’ll discount the cost for you. Start with the outfits for you and your partner and then shop around for other members of the bridal party. You won’t need to look too far to find pocket-friendly dresses, suits and shoes on the high street. There is always the option to hire dress suits for the groomsmen too.

The flowers and room decor

When it comes to wedding flowers, these can cost as little or as much as you’re willing to spend – and sticking to a budget doesn’t have to mean compromising on the finished product. If possible, go for something seasonal. This will help to keep costs low without sacrificing any of the impact.

While flowers have the power to transform your venue, so too do your decorative decisions. If possible, try and get an all-inclusive package with your venue where they’ll decorate it for you – the likelihood is that the decorations they use will be the ones that best complement the venue.

If this isn’t an affordable option, look at how you could decorate the space with a DIY approach – you’ll be surprised what you can achieve with a little creativity. And don’t forget to ask your friends to help you!

Photo: Unsplash
Photo by Rob Sarmiento on Unsplash

 

The photographer

Choosing the right photographer is vital, as you’ll have these pictures forever, and so will those who are nearest and dearest to you. Prices will depend on the type of service you want and how long you want the photographer to be there for, so think about which parts of your wedding are the most important to have photographed. It might be that you opt to have a professional photographer during the day and have a friend who’s handy with a camera taking the evening photos – if you’re lucky, your friend will only charge you a drink or two!

Another alternative is to supply disposable cameras around the venue for your guests to take their own photos throughout the day and evening – this way, you’ll have authentic looking photos to remember your wedding day by while making a considerable saving in comparison to hiring a professional.

The wedding cake

The wedding cake is definitely the yummiest part of your day! You have so many decisions to make when it comes to your cake, from the colour and icing to the flavour of the sponge and how many tiers you’re going to have. Bearing all of that in mind, you can understand how cakes get rather expensive.

If you have a self-proclaimed Mary Berry amongst your family and friends,  we would 100% recommend approaching them to see if they’ll make the cake for you. They’re likely to do it out of the kindness of their heart – or at least you could offer to cover their costs – which leaves room in the budget for other special things. 

There are so many choices now too – from a real cheese wedding ‘cake’ to tiers of cupcakes. It’s just going to be hard to decide which you want more!

Photo: Thomas William on Unsplash
Photo: Thomas William on Unsplash

The entertainment

With wedding entertainment, you need to think about what suits your personality and the day you’ve got planned – something that will be enjoyed by all of your guests and provide a day and evening to be remembered for all the right reasons. You might prefer a laid back acoustic act during a meal, or a live band in the evening. Alternatively, a magician is a fun way to keep the kids (and adults!) entertained for a couple of hours.

If you’re working to a tight entertainment budget in order to have a nicer venue or the dream dress, then we would suggest getting your guests involved. Ask all of your guests to provide you with 3 of their favourite songs and put a playlist together to keep the dance floor alive into the night without needing to shell out for a DJ.

There you have an essential planning checklist for your wedding, including some handy budgeting and money saving tips along the way. We hope you have a great time planning your wedding and have the wedding of your dreams!

Author bio:

Keith Harrison is a content creator and writer for Jolly Good Loans – your online personal loans encyclopaedia.

 

 

So it’s a yes!

Planning your wedding includes planning your wedding stationery. We are really excited to share over 40 years’ experience of creating and printing gorgeous wedding stationery with you!

So you’ve said yes (huge congratulations!) and now the fun really begins! This is your special day, and you have probably been planning the way you want it to look for a long time.  However, you will be happy to know there are no set rules and even traditional etiquette guides will advise you to choose an invitation that reflects your wedding and sets the tone for the day.

So the first decision is whether to be traditional, contemporary or truly individual with a personalised design. The planning starts with the Save the Date card and the theme that will run through every part of your stationery to the Thank You card.  Consequently, your wedding stationery is part of that whole image, and you will want it to reflect your own personality. Traditional wedding stationery used to be hand-engraved, however the new forms of printing, such as thermography which give a raised feel, has taken over as it is half the cost. With this new freedom and endless choices, let us help you create a design that feels truly personal.

 

Save the Date cards are an excellent way to ensure your guests can attend your wedding as you can also hint at your theme.

Wedding Stationery List

Firstly you have to decide what invitations and other stationery you will need. Do you want to send out Save the Date cards? Are there guests you want to come to the reception or evening only? Then you may need to have reception or evening invitations separate from the wedding invitations.  There are also information leaflets and reply cards with reply envelopes which can go out with your wedding invitation.  For the wedding day itself there are the service sheets, table plans, placements and menus to consider.  Some people like to have an Order for the Day card too.  It is good to plan ahead for each part of your stationery so that you can follow the theme through. Obviously it is important to have a budget in mind for this part of your wedding costs.

 

 

This is a gorgeous example of LETTERPRESS printing (Gee Style Ramsey)

Choosing the style

Once you have decided on the theme you will have to make some choices.

For all wedding stationery there are some simple choices to start with:

1. Is the wedding invitation to be folded or flat?

2. Which size of invitation appeals most – standard envelope sizes limit the options?

3. What card colour, thickness and texture do you like?

4. Which printing process do you prefer? (These are described on our website)

5. Which colour of ink or foil would look best with your theme?

6. And finally, which typeface/s you would like (you can have more than one)?

 

 

Beautiful gold foil edging, text and initials – very popular and absolutely stunning!

Embellishments

Once you have chosen these, there are some other embellishments to consider.

The finishes that can be added to make the invitation more individual are bows, gilded edges, borders, panel sinking or blind embossing.

A recent trend is to add your initials entwined at the top of the flat invitations or on the front of folded invitations.  A popular choice this year has been tissue lined envelopes with the colour reflecting the ink of the invitation.

 

 

 

 

So where to start?

With the most important invitation for the day:

From traditional to contemporary, we have experience of printing a wide range of invitations.

Day Invitations & Envelopes

Day invitations are the essential stationery item for every wedding. You send these to the guests you are inviting to your whole wedding, i.e. the ceremony, reception and evening celebration. The envelopes are also important because receiving a good quality envelope will enhance the whole experience of opening your beautiful invitation.  These should be sent out around 8 weeks before. However the more time you give your guests the more likely they will be available to come.

Top Tip 1: Your invitation is the first formal impression your guests will have of your wedding so choose your design carefully and try and tie it in with your colour scheme, theme or “look”.

Top Tip 2: Remember you will only need one invitation per couple or family, but do allow some spares for mistakes when addressing them or for people you might decide to ask later.

 

 

Evening Invitations & Envelopes

These are for guests you want to invite to your evening celebration only. These can be less formal than the main wedding invitation and here is the chance to have a fun style invitation from the couple themselves.  You may want to add this invitation into your main wedding invitation envelope so you will not need envelopes for those guests coming to the wedding service. Remember you will only need one invitation per couple or family.

 

Katie Green Reply Cards
Just one example of the many reply cards we’ve printed for couples… great way to hasten replies!

Reply Cards

These are a popular way of hastening responses so you can finalize numbers early and be able to plan catering, table placements etc.  It also makes it easier for your guests to reply. They’re a great way to ask your guests specific questions such as dietary requirements, if they would like a space on any transport you are organising, or whether they will be bringing children. You can also put a ‘please reply by’ date on them to help ensure replies arrive well before your wedding date. Reply cards are often postcard size with your reply address on the other side and they fit neatly inside your invitation envelope.  Some people prefer to have a separate printed envelope for the reply card.  Either way, it is easy for your guests to let you know if they are coming or not, by just popping them in the post. It is also much easier to keep track of reply cards coming in, than replies coming in by email, telephone or letter. Plus it’s very exciting when they arrive through your letterbox!

Top Tip: Plan to send out your invitations in good time to give your guests about 4 weeks to reply by the reply date.

 

 

Including an Information Sheet with your wedding invitation is the perfect way to let your guests know about accommodation, plans for the wedding and maybe the following day.

Information Cards

Information cards are a great way to provide your guests with additional information about your wedding. This can include details about the day, travel and transport, maps, accommodation, present lists, children, and any other information you want to include. They’re particularly handy if your guests are travelling from far away, especially if your wedding is abroad.

Top Tip: Use information cards to address any tricky issues, for example, if you would like money or vouchers instead of gifts, or if you are unable to accommodate children. A carefully worded note on an information card will let your guests know and won’t offend anyone.

 

 

 

 

Pineapple The Date Cards
You can have so much fun creating a Save the Date card!

Save-the-Date Cards & Envelopes

These are a great way to ensure all your guests can make your wedding, by asking them to save the date up to a year in advance. They’re particularly handy if your wedding is during a holiday season, or if your guests will be travelling far.

Top Tip: If your wedding is abroad you can send them an information leaflet with flight and accommodation information so your guests can book early.

More top tips coming soon…

(If you can’t wait until then, it’s all available on our Free Wedding Stationery Guide, which you can download now from our website)

 

 

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