5 Tips To Choosing The Perfect Wedding Stationery

Want to make sure you nail it with your wedding stationery? Of course you do! Since we’re the experts in this area, we can help. Here are five tips and tricks to getting it right for your special day.

1. Consider the style and season of your wedding

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Wedding stationery should ideally follow a similar theme – although it doesn’t have to be too matchy matchy if you’re not into that. Are you hosting a beautiful spring wedding? Consider soft greens, brilliant blues and florals on white backgrounds. A winter wedding more what you had in mind? Why not try real gold foil or letterpress on crisp black card, or rich tones like burgundy, forest green and navy paired with white or silver. The bridal party’s attire can also inform the stationery’s colour palette.

2. Consider your budget

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It’s sad but true – your budget should never be too far from mind when planning a wedding. We know it’s all too easy to get carried away, but keep the bigger picture in mind and consider the high priority items that you want to throw the most cash at. The good news is that thanks to the internet there are so many stunning, affordable invitation suites right at your fingertips at a range of price points!

3. Consider the amount of guests

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If you are inviting a large amount of guests, chances are you will need more comprehensive stationery, as word of mouth may not suffice. Guests will appreciate attention to the finer details like RSVP cards, menu cards, gift information, order of events for the day/weekend, address directions and order of service for your ceremony. But also remember that you have to multiply the cost per set of stationery by the amount of guests you’re having. Things can certainly add up, and you don’t want any unexpected surprises!  It can also be a good idea to order some extras for any last minute guests.

4. Choose what works for you

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You don’t have to do it all – just because Jane down the road is doing personalised ceremony programme cards for each guest doesn’t mean you have to include them. Think about what is important to you, how traditional you are as a couple and how formal you want your wedding to be, and choose what works for you! You may opt for guests to email their RSVP or for a modern digital Save the Date to save some cash or for practical reasons. Feel free to mix and match, and find what makes sense to you.

5. Timing is everything

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Make sure you don’t leave your wedding stationery too late. With so many different cards to send out, you need to make sure you’re on schedule early. Here’s what you need to know:

Save the Dates: send them out 4-6 months before the wedding, giving guests enough time to get themselves organised, particularly if they are travelling a great distance to be there.

Wedding Invitations: send out 6-8 weeks prior to your wedding at at minimum, and more if you are posting the invitations overseas.

RSVP Date: typically should be 3-4 weeks before your wedding, but some circumstances require longer. For a wedding with lots of interstate or international guests, you may choose to use a digital RSVP – like providing your email address instead of an extra card – because posting the RSVP card back can take too much time.

If the decision making process or printing takes longer than expected, you don’t want to end up in a tight spot, so give yourself plenty of wiggle room.

Armed with these guidelines, and maybe a cup of coffee or glass of wine, you are ready to start shopping for the perfect stationery for your special day!

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Spring Wedding Colors

With spring just around the corner, there is no better time to start thinking of floras and color accents for your wedding day. Today’s blog features images Celebrate couples have used to compliment the stunning grounds located at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens.  Check out this post from WeddingWire pinpointing the latest color trends.

Colors: Deep Hues & Black Accents

Vivid hues of burgundy, forest green, purple, gold and fuchsia go perfectly with the grounds of Celebrate Snug Harbor.

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Colors: Metallics

Using metallic to accentuate the details is a great way to add a touch of elegance to the day. A recent wedding at Celebrate Snug Harbor, created custom napkins embellished with a special message from the bride and groom scripted in metallic text.  

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Colors: Greens & Greenery!

Having a hard time choosing between colors to pair together? Try adding varied greenery to your floral arrangements and bouquets as a unique way to tie in mixed colors. When getting married at Celebrate Snug Harbor, the lush gardens surround you with greenery so you don’t have to plan too much!

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Gorgeous photos on your wedding day are a big part of what makes hosting your wedding day at Celebrate Snug Harbor so special.  The property’s 83 grounds, multiple gardens, water features, historical architecture and working farm provide infinite photo opportunities to create lasting memories.

Spring Wedding Bouquets

As spring quickly approaches, it’s time to think about the seasonal touches you can add to your bridal look. There’s nothing that highlights a wedding gown like a springtime bouquet. The best part about selecting a bouquet is that you can’t go wrong if you focus on seasonal flowers. We’ve selected our favorites, highlighted by Martha Stewart Weddings and are pairing them with our favorite spots of Snug Harbor!

Soft Tones

When you think spring, you think soft, pastel tones. Combine your favorite pastels with light greens to create a unique, seasonal bouquet!

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These pastel tones will pair beautifully with the old world charm of the Great Hall at Snug Harbor and custom centerpieces!

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Sunny Spring

You can never go wrong with yellow. Perfect for any outdoor ceremony, bring together all types of yellow flowers to create a lovely bouquet to hold going down the aisle.

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Allow your sunny hues to pop in the beautiful and custom tree tunnel of Snug Harbor!

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Pop of Fuschia

The best part about adding in a bold pop of color is in your bouquet is that it becomes your statement piece. Not only will it be a fun statement piece, but it will also bring out the white or ivory tone of your wedding gown.

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The unique bamboo garden of Snug Harbor is the perfect backdrop for a wedding photo. Your pop of color in your bouquet will look stunning!

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Springtime Succulents

Who doesn’t love succulents? The best way to bring your favorite florals together is to have a flower or greenery that works as the “glue” in your bouquet. Succulents add the perfect texture to any bouquet!

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Imagine setting down your succulent bouquet on your reception table in the rustic Tented Pavilion of Snug Harbor!

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For more inspiration, check out our Pinterest page!

Spring Wedding Color Trends

Spring is right around the corner and your wedding guests will be looking for those gorgeous springtime hues at your ceremony and reception. Once you choose your wedding color scheme, all other decisions become easier to make because you can tie them into your chosen colors. We’ve highlighted our favorite spring color trends from The Knot to help you tie your details together.

Go Bold

Spring weddings are a great opportunity to have fun mixing up bold tones. This table setting and menu capture a fun combination of orange, pink, gold, and royal blue.

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Match these bold colors with any of the bold flowers in the botanical gardens of Snug Harbor!

Photo Credit: Olli Studio

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Boho-chic

We love the combination greens, pinks, and oranges in this bouquet. The balance of some bolder colors and softer tones can allow for your colors to match any background or setting.

Bohemian Colors

Pair your boho-chic style with the chic tones of the gardens and benches of Snug Harbor.  Photo credit: Philip Siciliano

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Elegant Whites

You can never go wrong with focusing your color scheme on ivory, white, and your venue’s natural setting. Notice the variation of white in table cloth, centerpiece, napkins, and chair seat. They tie in with the garden setting beautifully.

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Elegant whites look stunning in the Tented Pavilion of Snug Harbor!

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Rustic Blush

Never underestimate the power of pink. Light pink tones are the most popular spring colors for a reason. They pair perfectly with the blooming greenery of spring.

 

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The Tuscan Garden of Snug Harbor highlights all of the beauty of a blush colored wedding ceremony.

Photo credit: Eryc Perez de Tagle

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The beauty of having your wedding at Celebrate at Snug Harbor is that you can match any color scheme to the large 83-acre property. You have endless options to choose from and place in the lush gardens and scenic grounds.

Groom Wedding Trends

When it comes to bridal wardrobing,  the brides have endless resources to help them “ say yes to the dress”.   If you’re a groom looking for inspiration, check out Rock My Wedding for some insight into upcoming 2018 trends for grooms and we are loving what is to come!

Black Tie:

Never underestimate the power of a black tie. Elegant and classic, this suit makes this groom look like he’s ready for the red carpet!

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Light Jacket:

Depending on the season of your wedding, have your groom wear a light jacket. Finish this look with a fun boutonniere and you’ve got yourself one stunning groom!

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Royal Blue:

Perfect for any time of year, a royal blue suit will make the groom stand out look dapper. Not to mention, he can be the bride’s something blue!

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Plaid Patterns:

Have fun incorporating a plaid pattern to the groom’s final look. Not only does it match a rustic wedding look, but the varied colors for plaid patterns can make this look appropriate for any season in 2018!

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It is so important that the groom loves his look from top to bottom. While going classic is always a handsome look, keep an open mind to less traditional trends to make your wedding day memorable. For more ideas, visit our Pinterest page!

Fall Centerpieces

Whether you’re getting married indoors or outdoors, there’s nothing not to love about fall weddings. For this reason, have fun and be creative with your table centerpieces. We’ve gathered our favorite pieces from Bridal Guide to help narrow down your choices!

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You don’t have to have an unlimited amount of flowers for your centerpiece. Try elevating a smaller assortment of roses and eucalyptus leaves with an oversized flute vase. Top the centerpiece off with rustic branches to complete this wow factor piece.

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Give rustic a whole new meaning by painting any existing branches or twigs in your centerpiece. You can keep your floral arrangement small, while making the painted branches your focal point of the table. Very chic!

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Allow the fall season to inspire your centerpiece by adding a touch of autumn harvest to it. Infusing small apple branches in this blush centerpiece is absolutely stunning and fitting for both an indoor or outdoor reception.

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Sometimes the perfect centerpiece can be so simple and elegant that you don’t need flowers at all. This assortment of antiqued candle holders paired with a jeweled branch is just the right touch for a long dinner table.
You’ll want your table to capture the essence of the fall season: cozy and inviting. So be sure to use elements of the season to grab your guests’ attention at your reception. For more inspiration, check out our Pinterest page!

Fall Centerpieces

Whether you’re having an indoor or outdoor wedding this fall, you have unlimited options when it comes to rustic fall centerpieces. Drawing inspiration from Martha Stewart Weddings, we’re highlighting our favorite do’s for your fall centerpiece. From fall produce to colors and textures, you can’t go wrong for your autumn wedding.

Use seasonal fruit

The fall is an amazing time to use seasonal produce in more than just your menu. The top photo of the featured collage showcases soft greens and blush flowers surrounded by fall fruits like eggplants and apples. The bottom left photo infuses persimmons with the burgundy and orange leaves.The bottom right photo highlights the stylist’s use of artichokes, peaches and figs to surround the candles set up in the center of the table. Deliciously beautiful!

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Let color be your guide

Fall is an amazing time of year for foliage and deep colors. The left photo of the featured collage highlights the use of blush roses and deep red flowers to contrast one another, making them the focal point of the table. The top right photo uses varied purple hues with blush and green leaves to compliment one another. If you’re going for a simpler, yet elegant contrast, the bottom right photo uses single stem white flowers with smaller, darker, and grouped flowers for a variation of fall elements.

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Make it all about texture

Consider using varied textures to enhance the rustic tone of the fall season. The top left photo of the collage features soft flowers placed in a charming birch log. The top right photo uses just the flowers to vary in texture, with gentle pink flowers surrounded by velvet green leaves. The bottom left photo uses a rustic wooden box to hold grouped wildflowers in a mason jar. Another creative way to play with textures is to isolate them, as seen in the bottom right photo. This centerpiece keeps green leaves in one vase and orange blooms in a separate vase. By placing the candle and succulent in the center, each texture is able to stand out at this beautiful table.  

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It’s easy to get lost in the world of fall florals. Consult with your Event Designer and see which type of centerpiece best fits your wedding venue. At Celebrate at Snug Harbor, you can have both indoor and outdoor spaces to hit all of the fall elements for your special day!

Inspiration for Shower Decor

A baby or bridal shower is a precious time in which a bride or mother-to-be share their excitement for their marriage or new bundle of joy with close loved ones. As a result, these events can be stressful if they aren’t planned out and executed properly. Aside from choosing invitations, activities, you want your shower to be aesthetically pleasing as well. A recent event at Celebrate at Snug Harbor offers some key styling inspiration that you can use for your next event.

Styled by Courtney Maggart, of Relish Caterers + Event Planners, this shower focused on keeping the table abundant with goodies, as well as making the focus of the decor the fabulous florals.

An Abundant Table:

You’ll want an attractive table as the statement piece of the main room of your shower. This table should be filled with beverages, snacks, as well as decorations. In the featured collage, you’ll notice that Courtney used tall flowers as the table’s backdrop, with smaller flowers between the chips, dip, and drink glasses. By scattering the items throughout the table, the varied shapes and textures give the guests of this event something fun to approach and pick at.

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See more inspiration on Celebrate’s Pinterest Page!

Have a Color Scheme:

For this event, the main colors ranged from white to lavender florals with green leafing. These colors are scattered throughout the cake, flowers, and the accentuating tissue paper used as fillers. To enhance the rustic feel of the event, flowers and gift bags were placed in wicker woven baskets and antique oval glass domes. Very charming!

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See more inspiration on Celebrate’s Pinterest Page!

Insert Conversation Pieces:

When planning an event where not all guests may know one another, insert small pieces to help them begin a conversation. In the featured collage, you’ll notice a framed menu and framed paper instructing guests to fill out a name tag and grab a monogrammed bag, as seen in the upper right photo of the collage. Some small items that show your consideration of your guests will offer them an opportunity to share memories and stories about you!

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See more inspiration on Celebrate’s Pinterest Page!

Showers, birthdays, or other momentous events are opportunities for you and your loved ones to spend some quality time together. For this reason, you’ll want to invest in a venue that will take care of the stressful elements for you, such as food, decor, and setup. The Event Designers at Celebrate at Snug Harbor are available to help you so that you can enjoy your event, rather than stress over the details. Learn more at celebrateatsnugharbor.com!

Must Have Wedding Decor

There is an entire world of wedding decor out there and it can be pretty overwhelming to navigate. Your best option is to select a wedding venue that has a lot of the natural decor already in place. This way, you’ll be able to focus on just a few minor add-ons, rather than working from scratch. At Celebrate at Snug Harbor, you have over 80 acres of stunning scenery, which means most of the work is already done for you! Some great areas to focus your decorating skills on is ceiling decor, your wedding arch or canopy, and small personal touches.

Ceiling Decor:

A little update to a reception ceiling goes a long way. Often, couples choose to drape ceilings with fabric or florals. This is a great idea; however, if you’re celebrating in an already beautiful venue, you’ll want to enhance its features, not cover them up. Try adding bistro lighting to your reception ceiling to shine light on your guests and have a unique and elegant look. The featured photo captures bistro lighting draped in Celebrate at Snug Harbor’s tented pavilion, which is an indoor and outdoor location on the property so that you get the best of both worlds for your wedding reception. Another creative way to decorate a reception space is to use paper lanterns, to make the room pop with life!

Ceremonial Canopy:

It’s always a great idea to decorate your ceremony location. Because Celebrate at Snug Harbor offers both indoor and outdoor locations for wedding ceremonies, you get to be creative with decor and your space. The featured collage highlights two outdoor ceremonies, where wooden canopies are draped and adorned with floral arrangements. The indoor ceremony in the Art Gallery shows a wooden canopy with flowers cascading the beams. Just lovely!

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Get more inspiration on Celebrate Pinterest!

Personal Touches:

While you should let your venue do most of the work when it comes to decor, every wedding should have a few small personal touches. The collage below showcases ways personal touches have been incorporated into weddings held at Celebrate at Snug Harbor. The top left photo has an antique key bottle opener greet their guests as they take their seats. The bottom left photo features a wooden cake topper, which matched the couple’s wooden canopy at their ceremony. Every sweetheart table should include a Mr. & Mrs. sign, as featured in the top right photo. The bottom right photo showcases adorable bride and groom tags for their drinks!

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Get more inspiration on Celebrate Pinterest!

It’s important to keep in mind that must have decor does not have to break the bank to be stunning. Your venue should do most of the work, which is why investing in a location that has limitless space and options is going to be key when determining what type of other decor you wish to add. Celebrate offers you these windows of opportunity to have fun with decor, but not stress out over it, since the grounds are already so elegant!

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