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Top Tips On Choosing Your Wedding Invitations

1 – Theme & Style
First impressions count and your invitations and Save The Dates give your guests a hint of the style and theme of your special day as well as details of your wedding. So choose a design that fits your theme and colour scheme. For example, do you want a Vintage inspired design or a Modern design? What colours would you like incorporated?

2 – What to Include
Think about what you will need to include. For example, do you want to include an RSVP? Will you need to include extra inserts for directions to the venue, menu options etc? If so, you will need to choose an invitation design that has space for this such as a pocket style. Or do you simply want to send the invitation? If so, you can go for a book fold or postcard design.

3 – When to order
We recommend ordering your invitations at least six months before your wedding for sending out three to four months before your big day. You can order your Save The Dates as early as you want, particularly if it is a destination wedding.

4 – How many to order
You only need to order one Invitation/Save The Date per family or couple (not per guest), plus allow another 10% for those extra guests you want to invite at a later date. You might want to consider sending your day invitations a few weeks before the evening invitations to allow the day guests to reply. If some of them cannot attend this will enable you to invite some of your evening guests to the whole day.

5 – Who to send them from
Invitations are traditionally sent from the hosts which used to be the brides parents, however it is becoming more popular for the bride and groom to be the hosts as more couples pay for the wedding themselves. We will guide you on the exact wording to use as it differs for religious and civil ceremonies.

Are you looking for your perfect Save The Dates and Invitations? Then take a look at our range or let us create a bespoke design for you. Just Contact Us for details

Strategic Seating Planning

1 – Start planning
Do not wait for all your RSVP’s to come in, start organising your seating plan as soon as possible as you do not want it to be a rush before the big day. You can always alter it nearer the time as late RSVP’s come in.

2 – Speak to your venue
Double-check the capacity of your venue including the size and shape of the tables. Be careful not to sit everyone too close as you do not want your guests pushing their chairs back and bashing into each other.

3 – Even numbers
Try to have an even number of men and women on each table so there is a good mix of conversation. Same-sex tables can become rowdy once the alcohol starts flowing.

4 – Mix it up
Try not to seat your guests in all family groups as they lose the chance to mingle. But also do not seat guests together who do not know each other at all as it could be awkward. Try to find a balance (maybe think about their ages and interests so they have a talking point). Guests with a partner should always be seated together. Never have a table dedicated to the ‘singles’, put them with guests who they will get along with but do not force a ‘match make’, which may seem fun but could cause awkwardness.

5 – Who needs access?
Think about where elderly guests, pregnant guests or children are seated as they may need wheelchair access or to get to the bathroom quickly.

6 – Seat yourselves
Do not forget to include yourselves in the seating plan. You can go with a traditional top table arrangement, mix it up, or the two of you can sit on own. If you have small children you may want to sit them next to someone who can keep an eye on them for you so you can relax and enjoy the meal fully.

7 – Finding their seats
Make sure your tables are clearly numbered or named. Why not name them after something personal to you (e.g. places you have been, songs you like etc). Use clear place cards or personalised favours so your guests can find their seats easily and quickly.

8 – Above all…..Don’t over think it!
If you spend hours staring at your seating plan, adding people in and taking people out, you will stress yourself out. Set aside just one evening to do it with your partner then come back to it the next day with a fresh mind to make minor changes then hand it over to your wedding stationer THEN LEAVE IT ALONE. Be prepared for drop-outs and cancellations even after you have finalised it but for your own sanity leave it as it is. Any replacement guests or late additions will cope finding their seat. Your wedding stationer will also have a cut-off point for production.

Are you looking for your seating plan to be brought to life? Then take a look at our range of table plans or we can create one for you to match your theme and style! Just Contact Us for details.

 

Modern pocketfold wallet wedding invitaitons | Coochicoo Cards

New Look Invitations

We have given the classic #PocketfoldWallet wedding invitation a new and modern twist! Gone is the traditional ribbon and embellishment and we say “hello and welcome” to a new trendy pocket seal. It can be made in many different colour combinations and designs to match your theme and style and here are just a few that include: Pink roses with a hint of apple green; Rustic blossom in a mason jar; Pale pink love bird and hearts; and Rustic flowers. Make your invitation stand out even more by having the same artwork on the inserts. Fear not, as we can carry the same design right through the rest of you wedding stationery from Save The Dates to Thank You cards and everything in between.

The #pocketfoldwallets still include the invitation, RSVP and envelopes and have ample space for additional inserts to be added. They are available in 3 sizes: A6 (150mm x 110mm); 150mm; or DL (210mm x 100mm) in many different card colours. Order your sample here or contact us for more details.

Wedding Guide North of England Wedding Awards | Coochicoo Cards

What a winner!

The North of England wedding Awards #NOEWA, in association with The Wedding Guide UK are Yorkshire and North East England’s most prestigious awards for client service excellence. The Awards recognise those businesses which go the extra mile for their customers, providing outstanding service and inspiring their customers to want to actively and positively promote them. Coochicoo Cards are so excited and honoured that we won the ‘Wedding Stationery & Favours’ category! The comments and feedback from our brides and grooms has been truly overwhelming and heart warming and it has made the last 7 years of hard work worthwhile. When you work alone you never know if what you are doing is good enough but to now have the recognition that you are doing things right is all the motivation you need.

A million ‘thank yous’ to everyone who voted for us and for all your kind words.  There were sooo many comments made and I would like to share just a few of them here:

Sarah is a delightful lady, her work is impeccable and she is really friendly and professional. It was no trouble for her to travel 18 miles to my home to colour match ribbons, card and jewels, so that I was totally happy. I made a couple of amendments but it was not a problem at all, Sarah just took it in her stride. Highly recommend. Shirley & Peter married, on 24/06/2017

I came to Coochicoo cards with a completely random design which she had never done before, she even bought a circular cutter to fulfill my wishes and she perfectly designed my wedding invites exactly how I dreamed! I didn’t think they would ever be so perfect! Sent me various samples and they must have taken forever as they were so intricate but they were absolutely perfect. So grateful, thank you Sarah. Nicola & Johnathan, married on 02/10/2016

Sarah is fantastic! She’s so down to earth, organised and professional. She makes you feel at ease when planning stationery for your wedding and will always help you with a smile on her face. A wonderful lady with a beautiful business. She really deserves this award! Laura & Brandon, married on 01/07/2017

I cannot speak highly enough of Coochicoo Cards and the service Sarah provides. We had a very specific theme for our wedding stationery which Sarah designed and fulfilled to perfection. Rebecca & John, married on 17/07/2016

Sarah was amazing from start to finish. Helped us all the way through regarding suggestions for wordings and when things should be done. She made sure we were happy with everything and provided a very friendly personal service. Quality of everything was great and could not fault it at all. Would recommend her services to anyone. Jackie & Neil, married on 09/09/2016

For a full list of winners please visit  www.theweddingguideuk.com/north-england-wedding-awards-winners-2017. Photograph courtesy of www.nikkipix.co.uk

Want that trend?

Our aim at Coochicoo Cards is to give you your perfect wedding stationery. To do that we keep up to date with the latest #weddingtrends and introduce new products to suit. The hot trend this season is glamorous glitter and sparkle and our brides tell us they are LOVING IT! Before you dismiss the sparkly stuff as being too OTT or garish, just wait, because done right, a little glitter can give your wedding that extra level of sophistication.  Add a touch of sparkle with our Glitter Belly Band invitation, go bolder with our Glitter Pull Out Pockets, or for the ultimate in glam shine go for our brand new Just Fabulous that is covered in sparkle from head to toe!  The rest of your wedding stationery can be made to match the same theme and style too. Either order your samples on-line or drop us an email if you want something more bespoke.