With wedding season upon us we’d like to talk about Save the Dates, Invitations, and most importantly the Post Office. With the postage rate increase this January, it got us thinking about how important it is to have all of your wedding paper goods weighed for postage. At Engaging Events we take a sample the save the date and invitation to the post office and have them weighed for postage prior to purchasing the postage. This is a very important step in the process of mailing out your save the dates and invitations.
Oversized and heavy weight invitations require additional postage and the .60 wedding cake stamp is not enough. It is also a good idea to have your invitation weighed prior to purchasing stamps because if your invitations has bulky items incorporated in the design (bows, wax seals, etc) it may be considered a parcel which requires a different type of postage. When your invitation is sent as a parcel it goes in a different pile from the regular mail, so during security check the parcel invitations do not get ripped or ruined from the security slots. So what to do when your invitation requires additional postage?
We use various sites that let you create your own stamp, yes customizable stamps! A few of our favorite custom stamp websites are: http://www.zazzle.com/stamps and http://www.pictureitpostage.com/
Both sites let you create custom stamps with your own image and in the denomination you need! Now that you’ve got the correct postage another important things we do at engaging Events is hand cancel every invitation that goes out. The cancellation stamp is used to “deface” the stamp so it cannot be reused and by doing this the letter does not have to go through the postal machine that puts the large barcode across the top of the invite. There was a lot of time and money put into those invitations, sending them with a cancelled stamp also gives the first glimpse to where the wedding will be if you send them from a post office in the city you’re hosting the wedding!
And just a reminder! Save the dates should be mailed out six to nine months before your wedding. Invitations should be mailed out seven to eight weeks before a destination wedding and six to seven weeks for a local wedding.
Lauren and Ben
The Island House
April 27, 2013
A spring day on the water at the Island House is always a treat, but especially with this happy couple! Lauren and Ben are always smiling- you can tell how much happiness they bring to each others lives by just looking at them! We LOVED Lauren’s chosen color palette – a beautiful water colored blue- almost peacock colored but not quite, apple green and coral. To enhance the organic look we chose linens with texture and burlap runners and ties to bring it all together.
Lauren and Ben wanted to have a few DIY projects but nothing that would take away from the week of the wedding- so they made some directional signs, and some kraft tag that the guests wrote messages on and hung from the screen Lauren ordered online.
Our own Judy Johnston fashioned the gorgeous bouquets the girls carried using succulents, button mums, ranunculus, garden roses, thistle , and sweet pea.
Guests danced the nite away under the tent- which featured a dessert table, and umbrella tables overlooking the water.
A great time was had by all- and we were so thrilled to be a part of it. It was the 2nd wedding we had done for Lauren’s family and it was great to see all of them again. All of our love and well wishes go out to Lauren and Ben!
Laura and Walsh
St. James Episcopal Church and Lowndes Grove Plantation
April 13, 2013
We recently shared with you the exciting news about one of our clients weddings being featured on Style Me Pretty. We thought we would share a few more images with you and a little more about their fabulous day.
One of the best things about Laura and Walsh’s beautiful wedding was the weather- We all dream of that perfect day for our wedding 75 degree’s, crisp blue sky and sun…well Laura and Walsh definitely got that. They began the evening with their Nuptials at St. James Episcopal Church on James Island. It is a beautiful southern chapel with great big oaks dripping in Spanish moss surrounding it. Laura carried a bouquet of Peonies, Garden Roses, Ranunculous and Anemones accented with Dusty Miller.
As guests arrived to the reception they were greeted with Bottled beer, Lemonade and Sweet Tea on the front lawn along with custom corn hole boards the couple had received as a gift. The cocktail tables dressed in pewter were accented with budvases of cream flowers – roses, stock, ranunculous, and some more of that romantic Dusty Miller.
The Dinner Tent was swagged with pewter fabric and our timeless crystal chandeliers. Tables consisted of Mahogany Farm tables and pewter linen tables with the flowers in containers of Mercury Glass with each table having its own unique design – either footed bowl or table cascade. Mahogany chairs, votive candles and napkins tied with pewter ribbon completed the look. The couple and their guests danced the nite away to the sounds of Plane Jane- a favorite local band.
We didn’t stop there though. With the couples love of the outdoors in mind- we fashioned a portion of the reception to be open air in good weather- and as I mentioned above- “The Man upstairs” came through for us on the weather! So Café Lighting, White plantation bar and our bar shelves finished off the patio leading to the dock. On the lawn, Laura dreamt of a comfy, cozy romantic spot to watch the evening unfold- so we utilized our vintage seating area and hung our wrought iron lanterns from the tree’s above.
I don’t think anyone could of ever asked for a more lovely evening – a sweet couple, wonderful weather, beautiful venues- and Engaging Events leading the way….Congratulations Laura and Walsh!
At Engaging Events we recommend Special Event Insurance to all of our brides. Special Event Insurance provides broad protection against inclement weather, no-show vendors, and alcohol related accidents. In the Lowcountry, many fall weddings occur the during hurricane season, and the last thing anyone wants is their wedding to be ruined by a hurricane!
Photo Credit David Stubbs
Special event insurance is very affordable and easy to obtain. Many insurance companies allow you to add on a special event policy to your existing home owners policy and the cost is typically $200 – $250.
We strongly recommend every bride at least look into special event insurance because anything can happen, so why not be covered!
Laura and Walsh’s wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty!
They were married this past April at Lowndes Grove Plantation located on the Ashley River.
We loved being a part of this lovely couples wedding, we hope you love it too!
Kelsey and Patrick
April 20, 2013
The River Course at Kiawah Island
After months of keeping this feature a secret, we are thrilled to share
Kelsey and Patrick’s Kiawah Island Wedding featured in Coastal Living Weddings Magazine!
Special thanks goes out to all of the vendors!
Patricia Lyons Photography
Sixpence Press – Invitations, Programs, and Accessories
Calligraphy by Request
Clelia Reardon – Ceremony Music
Quianna Parler Band
Artistic Eye Productions
Ann Marie Fairchild – Vocalist
Bill Nuttall – Bagpiper
Allen Johnston – Officiant
The Total Table Linens
Firecracker Bill – Trees
Madison Row – Brides Dress
LulaKate – Bridesmaid Dresses
Charleston Style Limo
Chariot of Dreams
Market Street Sweets
The Rivercourse at Kiawah Island
Engaging Events was featured on Borrowed and Blue this week! Cassidy and Trevor’s wedding was held at Cassique on Kiawah Island last summer. We had a blast working with them and we’re so excited to share their wedding with you!
We are so ecstatic for Katie and Bobby’s “Sharing the Romance” Wedding Giveaway Feature in the Fall-Winter edition of Charleston Weddings Magazine! A HUGE thank you goes out to everyone involved for making this wedding come together flawlessly and for everyone’s hard work!Congratulations again to the AMAZING couple, Katie and Bobby. Thank you for letting us be apart of a truly special day, you two deserved it! We wish you both all the best!
For more photos and vendor information visit the online feature at CharlestonMag.com!
Kristin and Travis
French Huguenot Church & The Historic Rice Mill
October 13, 2012
If you find yourself being one of those brides or grooms that find they have a very traditional and classic side but love the style/design of a modern affair too…check out this wedding! It has all of those elements wrapped up in one…It is just stunning and we were so happy to be a part of the special day Kristin and Travis planned.
We had chosen this fun navy and white fabric and had our tailor make napkins and overlays for us!
Kristin and Travis chose different locations and restaurants in DC as their table names and we had our Calligrapher style the table signs with the name and a little explantation of why it was significant to them as a couple:)
We love the design of this wedding and hope you do too!! Just goes to show you that even if you like different design styles we can incorporate them in a way that you truly can “have it all!”