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  • RPS Engagement Week: Wedding Invitation Wording Etiquette

    Welcome back to Engagement Week at Rock Paper Scissors! All week long we've been sharing tips and advice surrounding engagements right here on the blog, and are posting wedding and engagement inspiration on Pinterest as well.
    Today is all about wedding invitations - in particular, our guide to wording etiquette.
    So you've found an invitation suite that you love - now it's time to make sure it's worded it correctly! There are 6 parts to traditional invitation wording: the hosts, the request, bride & groom, date & time, location, and ending. While there's room for creativity throughout the wedding and invitation process, it's important to know proper etiquette - that way you can know what rules (if any) that you want to break. Let's take a look at each traditional invitation wording component:

    1. Hosts

    • Married: Mr. and Mrs. John Smith
    • Divorced: Mrs. Jane Smith and Mr. John Smith
    • Divorced and Remarried: Mother of the bride is written first
    • Parent has passed: Mr. John Smith and the late Jane Smith
    • There are a variety a more unique host options as well: "Together with their families" (Bride Name & Groom Name) invite you to john them… Or if the Bride & Groom are hosting, "Together with our families, (Bride Name & Groom Name) invite you to join us…
    Wedding Etiquette Host Names and Order Rock Paper Scissors
    2. The Request
    • If it's a church ceremony, use: "Request the honor of your presence"
    • If you're hosting a secular ceremony, feel free to use: "The pleasure of your company" or "invite you to join us as we celebrate" or other less traditional options.
    Wedding Etiquette Wording Request Rock Paper Scissors 3. Bride & Groom
    • Bride is listed first with only first & middle name. If the bride does not share a last name with parents, the last name is also included.
    • The groom is listed second, addressed as Mr. (or Dr., etc.) with first, middle & last name included.
    • You may leave out middle names of both bride and groom, if desired.
    • Having a same sex wedding? There's no rule in this case for which name comes first, but when in doubt, alphabetical order (of the last name) is always a safe bet.
    Wedding Etiquette Names Rock Paper Scissors 4. Date & Time
    • It is traditional to spell out the day, date, and year, with the day and month capitalized
    • Do not write "and" in the year - for example, two thousand fifteen, not two thousand and fifteen
    Wedding Etiquette Time and Date Rock Paper Scissors 5. Location, Location, Location!
    • Only the name of the venue (s) are typically written on the invitation
    • Street addresses are suggested to be written on a card with directions, and additional information card, or your wedding website.
    Wedding Etiquette Location Rock Paper Scissors
    6. Ending The ending of your invitation will depend on what's planned, but the following are great options:
    • Reception to follow
    • Cocktails, Dinner & Dancing to follow
    • Feast & Merriment to follow
    Floral Chartresue Wedding Invitation Merriment to Follow
    Love what you see in the invitation wording samples above? Each photo is from a real couple who chose Rock Paper Scissors as their wedding invitation destination! We loved working with each of them, and we'd love to help your wedding invitation dreams come true.
    To learn more about Rock Paper Scissors weddings, email weddings@rockpaperscissorsshop.com or make an appointment online today!

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  • Engagement Week at RPS: New Hand Lettered Invitation Signage

    On this, the second day of Engagement Week at Rock Paper Scissors, we're swooning over the latest hand-lettered masterpiece by Kristen Drozdowski. Kristen (or Kdroz, for short) is the in-house graphic designer at RPS. In addition to designing an array of awesome Michigan themed T-shirts, prints, and glassware for RPS (as well as her adorable card line), Kristen creates many of the special details behind some of our favorite RPS custom invitation suites. This week, we put her lettering skills to work on the chalkboard near the rear of the store, where a variety of our wedding invitations and save the dates are on display. Rock Paper Scissors Illustrated Wedding invitation Signage ProcessKristen Drozdowski Lettering Chalkboard In addition to the gorgeous lettering, we're loving the adorable swiss dot details throughout the signage (as well as those cute olive branches). Visitors often ask how they can learn more about invitations from RPS, so this section of the sign will certainly come in handy. Wedding Invitation Illustrated How To Make an Appointment Signage Details Did you know that the average couple spends $1,000 on wedding invitations? Or that more than 300 lovely, wonderful couples have chosen Rock Paper Scissors as their invitation destination? Or how about that we work with 40+ amazing designers? Well now you know, via the signage below! Wedding Invitation Illustrated How To Make an Appointment Signage Details 2 Get ready to build your perfect suite! RPS offers a variety of invitation options, including what we've deemed "the bare necessities," options to get decorative (envelope liners, calligraphy, and twine, oh my!), and additional information ideas. Wedding Invitation Illustrated How To Signage Details Ta da! We're totally in love with the final product - chock full of fun facts, information on printing styles and pricing, design options, and more: Rock Paper Scissors Illustrated Wedding invitation Signage Cropped Want to learn more about RPS weddings? Visit our website, check out our wedding features on the blog, and/or drop us a line at weddings@rockpaperscissorsshop.com. Festivities to follow! Inspired by all things hand lettering? Get your fix by checking out our Pinterest board "Handwritten & Letter Love." More into the design process in general? Then be sure to peek at "Design & Inspiration" as well! All week long, we'll be posting about all things engagement. Newly engaged? Congrats! Check out yesterday's post on planning your invitation timeline, stop back tomorrow for a roundup of our favorite engagement cards, and as always, find wedding and engagement inspiration on our Pinterest board "Weddings, Engagement, & Invitations."

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  • Happy Holidays: Our Favorite Hanukkah Cards

    Hanukkah is right around the corner! This year, the holiday begins on December 16 and ends on December 24. To celebrate, we've rounded up some of our favorite Hanukkah cards currently in stock at Rock Paper Scissors - stop by and grab one today! Hanukkah Holiday Cards Rock Paper Scissors Ann Arbor 1. Merry Christmukkah! The holiday combination 1) is fun to say, 2) fun to celebrate, and 3) brings back nostalgic memories from everyone's favorite episodes of The OC. 2. This festive, fold-out banner card features block letters, glitter, and a suspended, embellished Star of David. 3. Love letterpress? This Happy Hannukah card from Ladyfingers Letterpress features lovely hand-lettering, gold dots, and a navy blue envelope. 4. For those with a fun sense of humor, this illustrated card features a playful rhyme: "Roses are reddish, violets are bluish, Santa's a gentile, but Jesus was Jewish." Inside message reads: "Happy Chanukah to one and all!" 5. We love this pale blue Hannukah card, featuring gold foil and and white and gold envelope liner adorned with stars. 6. Oy to the World! This beautiful card features a menorah, fun lettering, and a deep teal color. 7. This gorgeous Hanukkah card features hand-lettering from Anna Rifle Bond, printed in a silver glitter foil on pale blue. 8. Designed in a chalkboard style, this lettered greeting reads: "Wishing you light & peace, Happy Hanukkah" in white, set against a blue background with an illustrated menorah and Star of David. These (and many more) Hanukkah cards and items are available at Rock Paper Scissors in downtown Ann Arbor - and we've been curating additional online holiday inspiration via our Pinterest board "Happy Holidays!" Happy Hanukkah to you and yours!

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  • Wedding Wednesday: Monica & Lance's Floral Screenprinted Invitation Suite

    We were beyond thrilled to be part of the creation of Monica & Lance wedding invitation suite. Monica is from Ann Arbor, but since the wedding took place in Georgia, the team at Rock Paper Scissors worked mainly with Monica's adorable mom Molly to complete the design. RPS owner Lisa, a former softball player at Notre Dame, also bonded with Monica's dad who played baseball for the Fighting Irish! The invitation suite created for Monica and Lance is completely custom, and is one of our favorite designs to date! One of our favorite features is the adorable floral motif, hand illustrated by RPS in-house designer Kristen Drozdowski. White and Kraft Screenprint Floral Illustration Hand Lettered Wedding Invitation Suite The invitation designs feature custom hand lettering, also by Kristen. Each invitation design was created, and then screenprinted in white ink on recycled brown kraft paper, sometimes also referred to as a paper bag color. Each suite included an invitation, RSVP card, accommodation information, and an invitation to their bridal brunch, each with unique illustrated details and lovely hand lettering. A sweet swiss dot pattern was printed on the back of the cards in white, and as a finishing touch, the invitations and information cards were packaged in a super cute white stitched envelope. White Kraft Screenprinted Floral Illustration Hand Lettered Wedding Invitation Suite The lovely couple wed in September of this year, and their Savannah nuptials looked absolutely swoon-worthy.  Congratulations Monica & Lance, and a huge thank you from the team at RPS! White Kraft Screenprint Floral Illustration Hand Lettered Wedding Invitation Suite Interested in learning more about wedding invitations from Rock Paper Scissors? Drop us a note or schedule an appointment online by visiting www.rockpaperscissorsshop.com/weddings.

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  • Wedding Wednesday: Rock Paper Scissors on Style Me Pretty!

    We were thrilled to be a part of Laura and William's gorgeous Michigan wedding. We had an absolute blast working with the lovely couple and Alison at Viva la Diva to execute some truly unique day-of goodies, including hand lettered signage, custom coffee sleeves, and vinyl door menus. We LOVE how everything turned out, and have been absolutely swooning over the photos of the event from Chelsea Brown Photography currently featured on Style Me Pretty! We've included some shots of our favorite custom RPS collaboration items below - but make sure you check out the full feature to sneak a peek inside the gorgeous fête, held earlier this spring at Zingerman's Cornman Farms. Laura and Will's Rustic Michigan Farm Wedding Custom Day of Wedding Extras 1. Laura and William's wedding program. 2. The couple's initials and wedding date were designed, then made into adorable vinyl signage. 3. A cute table tent note encouraged guests to "Leave Laura and William a Note!" 4. The initials and wedding date design was also used to create custom napkins for the event. 5. Peonies, cute signage, and coffee sleeves made for an adorable beverage bar. 6. Each glass pane of the entrance doors featured hand lettered sayings and cocktail features. Our favorite? "It doesn't matter if the glass is half empty of half full. There is clearly room for more wine." Check out the feature on Style Me Pretty to see the rest! 7. The event's menu signage was displayed in this sweet frame and included hand drawn illustrations. 8. The bar and specialty cocktail menu had some adorable extras as well!

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  • RPS Lettering- Say it in French

    We're loving this hand lettering from one of our super talented interns, Caili Dalian! The flowers and lettering are adorable but it's the sentiment that makes us smile... and want to sign up for Rosetta Stone French. french Do you have a favorite saying or quote you'd like to see lettered? Let us know! We'd love to feature it! Until then,  have a lovely day (avoir une grande belle journée!)

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