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Want A Wedding Website?

We are EXTREMELY excited to launch our brand new service that will help couples give their guests all the information they will need about their wedding and even allow them to RSVP without buying a stamp or going to a postbox! The solution is to have your own tailored #weddingwebsite and we can build it for you.

Think of your own #weddingwebsite as a one-stop shop where your guests can visit whenever they have questions, instead of having to call or email you or your family members. They can RSVP easily and give you their menu choices at the same time (if you are giving them a meal option). And after the wedding they can upload their photo’s on your website so you have them all in one place and don’t have to sort through lots of emails or Facebook posts to collate them together.

You can include as much or as little information as you like but we have given a guide what we recommend to include on our Wedding Website page and you can see a sample website we made earlier.  Your website will be tailored to match the colour theme and style of your day and the rest of your wedding stationery.  All you have to do is fill in a simple set up form and send us any high resolution photos you want to include and we do the rest. From registering your own unique domain name to hosting the site to designing, creating and adding all the content to it, we have it covered.  We can also add a link to your wedding website on your invitations so you do not need to contact your guests separately to tell them about it!  And if you need to add updates or additional information at a later date, no problem, just tell us what you want and we will take care of it. You can rest in the knowledge that your wedding website is safe and secure with us as it will be hosted on a secure server by a local reputable expert who carries out regular back-ups and security checks so no data is lost and you won’t be spammed.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

A to Z Of Wedding Stationery

First impressions count and your wedding invitations give your guests the first glimpse of what they can expect at your wedding, so it needs to be right for you! Not only do you have invitations to think about but also on-the-day stationery including your table plan, place setting cards etc and afterwards by sending ‘Thank You’ cards to your guests. With so many decisions to make we have laid out an A to Z of Wedding Stationery to help you:

ABROAD – If you are getting married abroad then choose wedding invitations perfect for a destination wedding such as our Passport or Boarding Pass. You may not need on-the-day stationery as the wedding co-ordinator at your hotel will have that covered but you still need to send Thank You’s to your guests afterwards.

BRIDESMAID & BESTMAN – Add an extra special personal touch and send your wedding party cards asking them to be your Bridesmaid(s) / Bestman. We can make these for you!

CEREMONY – Are you having a civil ceremony in a hotel or a religious ceremony in a church? The wording of your invitations will depend on this. See our previous blog post on how to word your invitations.

DAY GUESTS – Your day guests will need more information in their invitations as they will attend your whole day so make these invitations the most elegant/detailed. They will need to know the time and place of your ceremony, where your Reception is, any dress code, and ensure to include an RSVP as you will need to give your venue confirmed numbers.

EVENING GUESTS – They will need less information then your day guests so these can be a simpler version. Give them the option to RSVP by phone/email to save you the cost of an extra insert.

FAVOURS – Show your guests how much you appreciate their presence with a thoughtful favour. See our previous blog post for top tips on choosing the right one.

GUESTS NAMES – If you do not have great penmanship then ask your stationer to print your guest’s names in your invitations for you.

HONEYMOON – If you need a little help towards your honeymoon then it is now acceptable to ask for this rather than a traditional gift list. Why not include a little poem to this effect in your invitations? We have some suggestions, just contact us and we will email them to you.

INFORMATION – Make sure you include all the information your guests will need to save receiving lots of phone calls from them. See our previous blog post. Or why not set up your own Wedding Website to include all the details and you can put this link in your invitations. We can now do this for you!

JOURNEY TO THE WEDDING – if you are providing transport to/from your venue include this in your invitations or include directions to your ceremony and/or reception venue, and provide contact numbers for the local taxi firms.

KIDS – Are you excluding children from your wedding or do you have special arrangements made for them already? Put this in the invitation. See our previous blog post on how to word this.

LISTS – Plan ahead and make a list of all the guests you want to invite to your wedding, and then break this down between day and evening guests. You may have to be ruthless if you want to stay within your budget!

MENU – are you choosing a set menu or giving your guests a choice? If you are giving them a choice then include this on your RSVP. You may also need to ask your stationer to print your guest’s choices on their place setting cards otherwise they may forget what they have ordered. Make sure you put 1 menu on each table at the reception.

NAME CARDS – if you are assigning your guests a specific seat at the table then you will need place setting cards which your stationer can design to match the rest of your stationery. Or instead of a place card, why not give your guests personalised favours?

ORDER OF SERVICE – if you are having a religious ceremony then you will need an Order of Service so your guests know how the service will flow. Include the wording of the hymns and titles of any readings. You will need to agree the wording of the Order of Service with your vicar before finalising this with your stationer.

POST BOX – if you are asking your guests for money then it is advisable to have a Wedding Card Post Box. This allows a safe place for your guests to put their cards rather than leaving them on tables or behind the bar where they may sprout legs or get lost.

QUIRKY – your wedding day should reflect you as a couple and your personality, so if this is quirky, go with that on your invitations and other wedding stationery. We have lots of designs to fit with this.

RSVP – typically 25-30% of guests decline the invitation but do not count on this or invite numbers beyond the venues capacity. For day guests always include an easy way for your guests to RSVP as you will need to give confirmed numbers to your venue 4-6 weeks before your wedding. Make sure the RSVP has a ‘respond by’ date, a line for guests to fill in their names, and check box whether they can attend or not. It is also a good idea to ask your guests for any special dietary requirements so you can give your venue the heads up!

SAVE THE DATE – these are a great way to give your guests plenty of notice about your wedding and are especially useful if you are getting married in a peak holiday period or mid-week date so your guests have enough time to book the date off work.

TABLE PLAN – one of the most stressful parts of the wedding planning process is organising your seating plan. See our previous blog ‘Strategic Seating Planning’ to help you with this.

UNIQUE – your wedding is unique and so are you! Every one of our designs can be tailored to match your own personal theme and style and the final product is unique to every one of our customers.

VINTAGE – vintage is still very now! There are lots and lots of ideas out there to suit a vintage style wedding and we have lots of designs to suit.

WELCOME SIGN – add an extra personal touch to your day and welcome your guests with a personalised sign. Your stationer can design this to match the rest of your wedding stationery.

XTRA INVITATIONS – order at least 10 extra invitations for any last-minute additions to your guest list and for redoing any mistakes if you are handwriting your guest’s names. Also keep yourself an extra one as a precious keepsake of the day.

YES/NO – keep a running list of all the RSVP’s as you will need to confirm numbers to your venue 4-6 weeks before your wedding. You may want to ‘upgrade’ some of your evening guests to the day celebrations if you have space.

ZZZZ– take a deep breath and relax now your wedding stationery is sorted.

5 Top Tips On Picking Wedding Favours

Why do we need to give favours to our guests you may ask, well they are the most important people in your life and you want to thank them for being part of your special day. A wedding lasts a day but memories last forever and a thoughtful and meaningful wedding favour is an extra touch to making the day memorable to your guests. There are literally 1000’s of favour ideas out there, so to help you narrow it down here are 5 top tips to help you choose the right one.

1. Fit The Venue
Is your wedding outside, on a beach, is it a festival style? Give your guests something they will find useful throughout the day. For example a cooling fan, a warming pashmina or comfy flip-flops for the ladies, sunglasses for the gents, miniature sun-creams, glow sticks and whistles, sparklers or miniature bubbles, or funky temporary tattoos.

2. Fit Your Theme
Choose favours that compliment the colour theme or style of your day. More importantly, give favours that will reflect your personality while being interesting to your guests. For example if you are going rustic then make small jars of jam or chutney. If you are going elegant then boxes or bags co-ordinated with the rest of your stationery. If fun and games is the flow of your then lottery tickets or scratch cards, gambling chips (if you are having a Casino), bingo tickets (and play a little bingo during the reception), raffle tickets (with a fab hamper as a prize) or perhaps a quiz/game for the whole table to play.

3. Keep it sweet!
Edible wedding favours are always popular. Gone are the traditional sugared almonds as we say hello to 100’s of sweet treat ideas. From chocolate hearts to creamy fudge, cookies to cupcakes. All of them can be presented in colour co-ordinating boxes or bags tied up with ribbon.

4. Something To Keep
If you want a long-term souvenir of your day for your guests give them something they can display in their homes or use again like candles, flower seeds/bulbs, lavender posies, key rings, wine glass charms or fridge magnets.

5. Make It Personal
Whatever favour you choose why not personalise it with your guests name? Not only is this an extra special touch but also gives you extra pennies in the budget as you would not need place setting cards.

You do not need to break the bank, as it is the thought that counts, and you have got bigger things to budget for. The DIY approach is not always cheaper when you factor in the materials and your time to put them together so take a look at our affordable favour range. They are available in various designs and colours to match your theme and style. We can personalise any of them with your guest’s names. If you do not see what you are looking for just contact us with your idea and we will give you a price.

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Dates For Your Diary

As the festive season draws upon us the wedding fayres seem to have dried up as venues host Christmas and New Year parties. But fear not, as all good wedding suppliers are already planning ahead and signing up for the best and most awesome wedding events in town! We know lots of you lovely people will be lucky enough to ‘get a ring put on it’ over Christmas and you will want to start spreading your joy, excitement and planning head in the New Year.  We have added some dates to our Wedding Fayres page and there will be lots of wedding open evenings to add to the list in the New Year. Keep checking the list on our website or bob over to our Facebook events page which will be updated soon.

There are lots of events to choose from but we must shout about the brand new Wedding Show coming to the Darlington Northern Echo Arena on 11th February 2018 hosted by the fabulous Darlington Weddings and is sure to be one not to be missed. Also the big one at Redworth Hall on 25th February which includes a wedding dress sale!!  The season will kick-off  with an intimate event at the very wonderful Thief Hall on 21st January.

Full details about all of these events, and more will be released in due course.

 

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Exciting Things Are Coming….

Well they say things happen in 3’s….well that is definitely the case for us at Coochicoo Cards.  In the coming weeks we have 3 brand new and exciting things happening….

Firstly, we have teamed up with a local company The Social Media Consultancy Limited, who specialise in providing support, training and consultancy to businesses. In the New Year we will be jointly running monthly Digital Marketing sessions which are specifically targeted to wedding suppliers. These sessions will give advice, hints and tips on what wedding businesses can do to raise their profiles on social media to enable them to reach engaged couples. For dates and more information keep checking our Facebook page or your email inbox.

Secondly, we have a VERY EXCITING new product/service being added to our range that will help couples give their guests all the information they will need about their wedding and even allow them to RSVP without the need of buying a stamp or going to a postbox! Keep checking our Facebook page for updates as the launch will be happening very soon!

Thirdly, and this is massive, keep your eyes peeled for our brand new sister company arriving in the New Year! We are keeping all the details under our hat for now but all will be revealed in due course.

We will, of course, continue to do what we do best and that is to create the perfect wedding stationery for your big day. If you would like to receive any samples or talk to us about your wedding stationery requirements please just get in touch.

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He asked, she said yes

#royalengagement

Finally the wait is over……his Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms Meghan Markle which happened in London earlier this month

The wedding is set to take place in Spring 2018. And now the speculation begins as to what kind of wedding will they have…lavish of course but will it be glitter and sparkle or spring flowers in bloom? We cannot wait to find out and to share some inspiration with you.

15 Wedding Traditions & Superstitions

Ever wondered why you wear your engagement ring on that finger? Why is it called a ‘wedding breakfast’ when it’s eaten in the afternoon? What has something old, something new, something borrowed something blue got to do with it? We have the answers to these and more age old wedding traditions and superstitions…..

Q: Why are engagement and wedding rings worn on the fourth finger of the left hand?
A: Because it was once thought that a vein in that finger led directly to the heart.

Q: Where do Hen and Stag parties originate?
A: Stag parties were first held by ancient Spartan soldiers, who kissed their bachelor days goodbye with a raucous party. Hen celebrations originated in the Middle East and the phrase comes from ‘henna’ which symbolises purifying the bride and to hold her risk-free from evil.

Q: Where did the tradition of a white wedding dress come from?
Queen Victoria started this Western World trend in 1840 when she married Prince Albert. Before then brides simply wore their best dress. White symbolises a bride’s virginity. It is considered unlucky for the groom to see his bride in her dress before the ceremony.

Q: Why do brides wear a veil?
A: Originally worn by Roman Brides, a veil symbolises the modesty and chastity of the bride

Q: Why do Brides carry or wear “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a lucky sixpence in your shoe” on their wedding day?
A: This is a sweet Victorian tradition with the Old symbolizing continuity with the past (usually a family heirloom the bride inherited); the New being the wedding dress or a gift from the groom; the ‘Borrowed’ used to be a veil or headpiece that was returned to the rightful owner after the ceremony; the Blue symbolized purity, fidelity and love; and the lucky silver ensured future wealth.

Q: Why does the bride stand to the groom’s left during a Christian ceremony?
A: Because in bygone days the groom needed his right hand free to fight off other suitors.

Q: Why do we have Bridesmaids?
A: The bride traditionally chose a group of her closest female friends or family to surround her and protect to her from evil spirits on her wedding day.

Q: Why is there a Best man?
A: Centuries ago men stole the bride-to-be from her family if they disapproved of him. The best man acted as the groom’s backup in the event that one of the bride’s loved ones tried to take her back from the groom or the unwilling bride tried to run away. They had to be the ‘best’ at handling a sword, in case a sword fight broke out and he serve as the groom’s armed guard right up until the ceremony. The best man’s job continued into the night as he stood guard at the newlyweds’ bedroom door.

Q: Why does the bridal party carry flowers?
A: The bride and her maids have always held flowers for their scent and delicate beauty. The groomsman wearing a buttonhole originates from when a Knight would wear his Lady’s colours to display his love.

Q: Why is Confetti thrown?
A: This comes from Italy. Before paper confetti, there were flowers, petals, grain or rice thrown at the happy couple, to bestow prosperity and fertility.

Q: Why is it called a Wedding Breakfast?
A: Because it is the first meal that the couple will share as man and wife. Traditionally, people would have fasted from midnight before the wedding took place and then once you were married the priest would bless the first meal taken.

Q: Why do we have wedding cake?
A: This comes from ancient Rome, where revellers broke a loaf of bread over a bride’s head for fertility’s sake. Their cakes were round and flat and contained fruit and nuts symbolising fertility. The modern three-tiered iced cake is thought to be inspired by the shape of the tiered spire at the St Bride’s Church in the London. The top tier of a fruit cake was kept for the christening of your first child.

Q: Why do you give wedding favours?
A: This originated from an Italian tradition where 5 sugared almonds were given out to say ‘thank you’ to the guests. The sweet flavour symbolises the hope that the newly married couple will enjoy a sweet life. 5 is an indivisible number so symbolises a strong bond or union between the newlywed couple and each almond represents Health, Wealth, Happiness, Fertility and Long Life.

Q: Why does the groom carry the bride across the threshold?
A: To bravely protect her from evil spirits lurking below.

Q: Why do couples go on honeymoon?
A: This originated from long ago when a man captured his bride. The couple would hide from the bride’s parents before marrying and remain hidden for a further cycle of the moon after the wedding and celebrate their union by drinking honey wine.

Some interesting superstitions you may not know….
• Single women will dream of their future husbands if they sleep with a slice of groom’s cake under their pillows.
• If the younger of two sisters marries first, the older sister must dance barefoot at the wedding or risk never landing a husband.
• The bride throws her bouquet backwards over her shoulder for the group of unmarried girls to catch. It is said that the girl who catches it will be the next to marry.

 

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How to word your wedding invitations

First impressions count and your wedding invitations set the tone of what your guests can expect on the big day, so we understand the importance of them being perfect inside and out! Don’t worry if you are not a budding Shakespeare as once you’ve found your perfect design we can help you with the wording.

So, what should be included…..

• Title, first name and surname of the couple
• Who they are from – they are normally sent from the hosts, which are traditionally the brides’ parents, and are generally written in the third person (i.e. Mr & Mrs Jones). However, it is becoming more common for them to be sent from the couple themselves. Traditionally the brides name appears before the groom, but there is nothing to say you can’t break convention and word your invitations however you want! The wording becomes more complicated if parents are divorced or if the couple are holding the event themselves.
• Correct invitation – ‘the honour of your presence’ is generally used for a religious ceremony and ‘the pleasure of the company’ is for non‐religious.
• Where the ceremony is taking place
• Date, month and year of the wedding ceremony
• Where the wedding reception is taking place (if different from the ceremony)
• Address/telephone/email to which guests should reply
• A reply date
• You might also wish to include details such as: any dress code or theme; the time the guests can expect the day to come to an end; whether children are invited. If children are invited, make this clear by including their names on the invitation (as parents might assume the children are not invited if not specified). If children are not invited include wording like ‘As much as we would like to invite all the children of our friends, it is only possible to accommodate the children of close family’, or ‘We are sorry we are unable to accommodate children’.

Follow this link for our suggestions on how to word your invitations.

To order samples of any our invitations, with printed insert please just choose your favourite design(s) from our Invitations page and select the ‘order sample’ button.

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.

 

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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.

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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.