Two Free Fonts Released

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We are pleased to announce at Bride and Groom Direct that we have released two free fonts for you to use. These could be used if you have decided to design your own wedding invitations, save the date cards or even your place cards.

These are free to use for anybody but we ask that if you are using them for any commercial use please credit http://www.brideandgroomdirect.co.uk

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Click here to download ‘Katie’

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Click here to download ‘Laura’

5 Wedding Invitations That Scream Fun Fun Fun…

For some of us (not all of us!) the idea of having one of these straight-laced, diamonds are forever type weddings can seem sooo boring. We want fun! Once in a lifetime type of fun, with games, strange tasting cakes and a carnival type atmosphere. In essence, for some of us, we want to pick up our photography and sit in awe at all the laughter and smiles captured in one picture.

So when it comes to planning a fun, and I mean a fun wedding, here at Bride & Groom, we like to think it all starts with picking the right invitation. An invitation that says “Hey, this isn’t no ordinary wedding, we’ve got something seriously special in store!” An invitation that not only notifies guests of where they should be and when they should be there, but an invitation which notifies guests to bring their funny bone.

To get your guests in the mood for a-heck-of-a-time, here are 5 Wedding Invitations That Scream Fun Fun Fun…

Big Top Wedding Invitation by MandalayCarnival Spirit. Embrace the carnival side of your wedding with this exclusive to Bride & Groom design, Big Top. Featuring a fun yet crisp circus inspired typography, guests will fall head over heels with excitement when they receive this whimsical Mandalay design.

Lollipop Day Wedding invitationHello, Sweetie. Take guests on a trip back to their childhoods with this super-sweet Lollipop design. Featuring a heart shaped Lollipop as the main design, build excitement to your big day by having your name emblazoned across the front of the card.

fairytale wedding invitation by mandalayNaughty & Nice. Whether fun is your main theme or just an added accent, you cannot go wrong by adding spice with this Fairytale Invitation by Mandalay. From the super-soft ribbon to the whimsical butterflies, this invitation will weave its way into your guest’s hearts.

No You Don't Day InvitationOh No You Don’t! Make guests giggle from the moment they open their invitation with this hilarious take on the Groom ‘doing a runner’. Perfect for couples who have friends and family who love a little joke, have your names emblazoned across the front for something extra personal.

The Happy Couple Wedding Invitation DesignThe Ruff Side of Marriage.  We absolutely adore this The Happy Couple Invitation featuring two happy looking chappies. The perfect way to get your guests laughing and let them know they are in for no ordinary day.

Will you be having a wedding theme based around having fun? Let us know in the comments box below!  

The Wedding Planner’s Guide to Wedding Invitations

wonderland purple invitation As your guests eagerly open their wedding invitations, this will be the first hint they get of the fabulous day that you have in store for them. Your invitation sets the scene, so consider this when choosing your perfect invite design.

Picking the theme

As mentioned above, a wedding invitation is your guests first insight to the theme of your wedding. It’s best to get an idea of what you want, ask yourselves questions like are we more traditional or contemporary? Begin with this theme in mind, but don’t worry if it goes out the window once you see the invitation samples you love. It is great to have a scrap book with pictures from magazines, or a Pinterest board with all your ideas, so you can return to what first inspired you, but keep an open mind and let things unfold naturally. Don’t let an idea restrict you, be flexible.
Email Wedding invitations

Even in this modern day and age, an emailed wedding invitation is not considered polite. People want to really feel your wedding, nobody wants to open an email and see distorted pixilated images inviting them to your big day. It’s a bit underwhelming. This is your special day; so make sure the people you love the most will be just as excited as you are.

Facebook Event Invite
I shouldn’t even have to say this, but there was a recent episode of ‘Don’t tell the Bride’ where the Groom to be sent out invites to his wedding via a Facebook Event page. Do not, and I repeat, do not do it.

Cost
You may have taken a good look around at wedding stationery already, but if haven’t then it may be fair for us to warn you that invitations can get pricey. It can also be quite difficult for you to compare different stationery prices. Some companies have a price per card, that includes everything you need with no hidden extras, but others have a price per card and then the insert paper, envelopes and personalisation costs are all extra. So make sure that you add in any hidden costs, from the beginning, when you compare the prices of your favourite designs.

It’s also possible to have DIY invitations, where you buy the materials that you need and assemble the invitations yourself. You can save huge amounts by buying this way, they are much more personal and also when you’re ready to assemble your invitations, what better excuse for a get together with your girlfriends and your favourite bottle of wine!

Wedding Invitation wording

The great thing about planning a wedding today is the fantastic personalisation you can put into your wedding invitation. Adding your own unique personality and style to the invitation gives your wedding that exciting little edge. Though, don’t lose sight of the fact that your wedding invitation has a job to do. Your guests need to know exactly when and where to go, so make sure the text is clear, legible and has all the important stuff on  it. These things include your names, the hosts, the venue, time, date and any RSVP details required. You’d be amazed how many people forget to include the time!

Time to send

The general rule for sending wedding invitations is 2 to 3 months before your wedding day. This is dependant on the time of year you’re getting married. If it’s a Spring wedding then you may want to post a bit earlier with the Christmas period. If it’s a summer wedding then it’s best to send save the date cards at least 8 months before your big day. You don’t want an Aunt or Uncle losing money on that cruise they just booked or even worse not turning up! It’s also good practice to give guests living abroad an extra month or two of planning.

The Do’s and Do Not’s of a Wedding Invitation

The Do’s and Do Not’s of a weddingIf you’re making invitations yourself, or using one of the many personalisation websites available it’s important to know exactly what to write on a wedding invitation. Below we list the Do’s and Do Not’s.

Do’s

Do write everything on a wedding card in third person
Do write the time and date first
Do write the venue last
Do include children’s full names
Do use the correct titles such as (Dr.)
Do use a strict cut off date for RSVP’s
Do send save the date cards
Do add your unique personality and style to your invitation

Don’ts

Do not place the groom’s name before the brides
Do not put names, times and places on the same lines
Do not forget to include a note if you can’t accommodate children
Do not email your wedding invitation

10 Tips for Planning a Destination Wedding

Destination WeddingPhoto Credit: Fete Blog and Hoffman Photographer

Planning a destination wedding is so much fun for a plethora of reasons — how could it not be as you chose paradise for the big day?! But it comes with it’s own set of challenges and etiquette rules — some of which are in your control and others (like a potentially laissez-faire attitude of your island vendors) that are simply not. Many of your decisions leading up to your long weekend (or week!) are made from afar, which can feel stressful. The key is to plan as best you can and then let the rest go and unfold along with your journey, enjoying this incredibly heart-warming time with those who have traveled from all over to celebrate your union. Here are 10 tips to help you plan smart for your destination wedding.

  1. What’s your budget? While a destination wedding can be budget friendly in that they tend to be smaller (less people = less food, drinks, décor, etc. that you have to account for). However, it isn’t always the budget-friendlier option, as travel expenses can add up fast, so try to account for it all — flight, car rental, hotel nights and additional food and activities costs.
  2. What’s the first step? If it’s in your budget to do so, hire a great wedding planner who is located in or near your destination. She or he will guide you to the best venues and local vendors for your budget, create a planning timeline and take tons of stress off your shoulders. Tip: Try not to rely solely on the event coordinator at a hotel or venue, who often has his or her own agenda. If you don’t have a budget for an outside wedding planner, add some time to your wedding planning schedule to scout out your own vendors or interview the ones the venue’s coordinator has recommended. Make sure to review their work online through videos and photos of real weddings, and request referrals from other brides. You can also arrange a Skype to interview them face-to-face if it’s too far to travel.
  3. Who made the list? Decide as a couple what your ideal headcount number is, and then make a list of all your closest friends and family members. From there, you may have to make some cuts or you may have wiggle room to slip in some “second-tier” friends. Inevitably, someone you leave off the list may not be too happy about it. Hopefully, they’ll understand, though, considering you are “keeping the guest list small.” Remember: It’s your day, your way!
  4. Should children be invited?This answer is really up to the atmosphere that you would like. If the answer is no, make sure to communicate this directly (as in, pick up the phone, not via email or text) to friends and family with children, regardless of how you address your invitations. If yes, of course, factor them into your headcount, and think about things like a potential nanny service for guests should your wedding be an evening event.
  5. When do invitations go out? Mail save the dates early so guests have time to plan their travel — up to nine months in advance is good if they are traveling quite a ways away. Invitations can be sent three to five months in advance.
  6. What should you include on the invites? Destination weddings require many more details than your average hometown affair. Instead of cluttering up your pretty invitations, create a wedding website and direct guests to the URL on the invites.
  7. How many guests will decline? This depends how far and expensive the trek is, but don’t assume your peeps won’t come — they might surprise you! Factor in that about 20 percent will say “no,” just like you would for a wedding in your hometown.
  8. What paperwork do you need? Every location will have its own set of rules to follow in regards to obtaining your marriage license. Some places might even require you to be there a few days in advance of the wedding. Be sure to research these logistics and legalities prior to selecting your destination.
  9. How much should you tip vendors?Appropriate tip amounts vary from destination to destination. Your best bet is to ask your wedding planner or hotel what is appropriate — and don’t forget to factor tips into your budget, too.
  10. How detailed should your welcome-bag itinerary be? Pretty detailed. Guests will be kicking back as it’s also a mini vacation for them, so include everything they might need to know, including where to be when and suggested attire for all of your events.

Have any must-share tips about planning a destination wedding? Do share here or on our Facebook page. Thanks!