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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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  • Engagement Week at RPS: Wedding Invitation Timeline

    Did you know that nearly 40% of the engagements each year take place between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day? In celebration of those of you out there that are newly engaged, we’re discussing all things engagement on the Rock Paper Scissors blog this week. Today, we’re talking timelines for save the dates, invitations, and other related wedding paper items. When it comes to planning a wedding, timing can be key. Similar to picking a date and seeking out/selecting a venue, it’s important to start thinking about invitations early – that way your guests will receive their save the dates with enough notice to plan and reserve the date well in advance. Planning ahead also allows time to explore a variety of printing options and custom design elements, so that your invitation suite in unique and represents you as a couple. Check out our wedding paper timeline, which includes invitation suites, save the dates, announcements, thanks you cards, and day-of stationery and signage - which includes menus, escort cards, table numbers, bridal party gifts, signage, and more! Engagement Wedding Paper Timeline Full Ready to get started planning your wedding invitation? At Rock Paper Scissors, our main priority is capturing the personality of you and your main squeeze on beautifully designed paper. We offer a variety of printing styles - flat, foil-stamped, engraved, and letterpress - with gorgeous suites from designers in Michigan and across the country. We also offer custom designs and hand-lettering, calligraphy services, and more. We would absolutely love to help you celebrate your big day.  To learn more about our wedding offerings, simply make an appointment and we'll go from there! Saying I do

    There are three ways to set up an appointment with RPS Weddings:

    1. Visit our website and submit the online form to "Make an Appointment" 2. Email weddings@rockpaperscissorsshop.com 3. Give us a ring at 734.531.6264

      Looking for more engagement and wedding inspiration? Check out our Pinterest board "Wedding, Engagements & Invitations." Congratulations on your engagement, and happy planning!

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  • Wedding Wednesday: Molly & Patrick's Sweet Farm Wedding

    The summer nuptials of Molly and Patrick were truly something special. Their celebration, held at Zingerman's Cornman Farms and planned by VLD Events, was absolutely beautiful, with sweet details that made the event all the more heartwarming. The team at Rock Paper Scissors created the pair's custom invitations and some extra fun day-of details, including a guest book, signage, menus, and incredible hand-lettered escort cards made from ears of corn! A big (albeit belated) congratulations to Molly and Patrick!  Thanks for having RPS be part of your special day! Below are some of our favorite photos from the event, shot by David Matthew Fiser. Ann Arbor Michigan Wedding corn place settings and surround seating We LOVE the way Molly and Patrick were surrounded by friends and loved ones as they said their vows. After the ceremony, guests were directed to the table of corn, where they used their eyes to find the ears lettered with their name and table number. Ann Arbor Michigan Wedding Ears of Corn and Cornfield Cornman Farm Molly and Patrick's invitation was simple yet sweet, with a color scheme and details that carried over into the dinner menus and signage throughout the event. Ann Arbor Michigan Wedding Summer at Cornman Farm Seriously, how cute are they!? Molly and Patrick said "I do" against the backdrop of the farmhouse at Cornman Farms, with musicians on the porch and their guests surrounding them. Their gorgeous guest book / keepsake marriage certificate had hundreds of spaces for witnesses, so that all the guests could sign! (We also love the look of the gray wood frame against the green color choices.) Ann Arbor Michigan Wedding Ears of Corn and Cornfield Cornman Farms Nothing says Midwest farm wedding like an ear of corn! The setting had plenty of corn to use as a gorgeous photo backdrop, which tied in perfectly to the ears of corn that served as escort cards for the dinner and reception. Each ear was hand lettered with love by RPS' in-house graphic designer and letterer extraordinaire, Kristen Drozdowski. Ann Arbor Michigan Wedding Ears of Corn Cornman Farm Can't get enough of this wedding design and adorable couple? Check out this wedding day video, also done by the talented David Matthew Fiser. Are you recently engaged? We'll be celebrating engagements on the blog next week, so be sure to tune in to get tips and timelines for wedding invitations, view roundups of our favorite engagement cards, engagement party etiquette, and more! Interested in learning more about custom wedding invitations and day-of details from RPS? Visit our website to book an appointment or drop us a line at info@rockpaperscissorsshop.com. In the meantime, check out our favorite wedding inspiration on our Pinterest board "Wedding, Engagement, and Invitations."

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  • Wedding Wednesday: Cards & Gifts for Your Bridal Party

    So you met the one and set a date - hooray! Next step: wedding planning, and with that, decisions about your bridal party. Whether you're having a group of loved ones stand by your side on the big day or have selected one special person to be your support up there, we at RPS think it's a nice touch do something a little special when asking your bridesmaids, maid or matron of honor, and even your flower girl to participate in the wedding. We're all about the art of the handwritten note, and there are some great "Will You Be My..." cards for bridal parties, in both the sweet and sincere, as well as the hilarious varieties. We've rounded up some of our favorite bridal party cards below, as well as gifts and goodies to help show your appreciation. Wedding Wednesday Cards and Gifts for the Bridal Party Numbers Final 1. These illustrated cards from Rifle Paper Co. are a favorite at RPS - featuring gorgeous floral designs and sweet hand lettering. The "Will You Be My..." designs are available for Maid of Honor, Matron of Honor, Bridesmaid, and Flower Girl. 2. The "Minimergency Kit" is perhaps the ultimate day of bridesmaid gift. This tiny pouch is full of 21 essential items, so everyone can be prepared for any mini emergencies on the big day. 3. If you're looking for a more tongue in cheek card, look no further. Letterpress printed, greeting reads "I promise not to be a total demanding bitch! So will you be my Maid of Honor?" Features hand lettering and is available in Bridesmaid version as well. 4. These Maid of Honour and Bridesmaid pouches are totally sweet, and great for storing makeup and other items for getting ready. 5. These beautiful blush pink cards read "Will you be my Bridesmaid pretty please?" and "Will you be my Maid of Honor pretty please?" - letterpress printed in gold foil with a fun polka dot envelope liner. 6. The name says it all "You Can Wear It Again - A Celebration of Bridesmaid Dresses." 7. Presenting your bridal party with a larger gift, or a combination of items? These Bridesmaid totes make for great packaging, and are great for toting larger items between locations. 8. Looking for something extra special? Monogrammed necklaces are a great personalized touch for your bridal party! These items and more are available at Rock Paper Scissors in downtown Ann Arbor (items can be ordered online as well). Looking for more wedding inspiration? Check out our Pinterest board "Wedding, Engagement & Invitations."

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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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