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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.