April 26, 2013

Setting the Tone

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As I tell all of my clients, setting the tone for your event starts not only with the venue selection, but more importantly with the invitation.  Etiquette states that the level of formality is portrayed by the invitation – not with words, but with the style of the invitation.  The invitation is supposed to inform your guests of what to expect.   It has always been against etiquette to include the phrase “Black Tie” or “Black Tie Optional”, however, the level of formality should be conveyed with the style of the invitation.  For instance, if you received an invitation which was presented in a custom box which upon opening you find a dupioni silk bag holding the invitation with a jeweled brooch, you would be led to assume that the event will be formal.

Custom Invitation with special box for delivery.  Formal wedding

Custom Invitation with special box for delivery. Formal wedding

Whereas if you received an invitation perhaps with images of a beach setting, you would assume the event would be more casual.

Beach Wedding ~ Destination.  Less Formal to Casual

Beach Wedding ~ Destination. Less Formal to Casual

Invitations can be custom-made and can be in any imaginable form.  Of course, the more custom an invitation is, the more costly the invitation will be.  However, there are many options of every style of invitation that can fit into your budget while still relaying the feel of the event.

To give a very brief visual tutorial on invitation styles and the message they portray, I’ve prepared the following gallery.

Intricate detail with laser cut lends to a formal wedding.

Intricate detail with laser cut lends to a formal wedding.

Traditional panel invitation. Usually will be engraved or similar process like thermography. Formal invitation.

Traditional panel invitation. Usually will be engraved or similar process like thermography. Formal invitation.

Unique Rustic invitation.  This invitation would be considered less formal perhaps semi-formal but could be casual.

Unique Rustic invitation. This invitation would be considered less formal perhaps the venue will be a barn or something similar which would require the lower end of the cocktail attire to even a “business professional” attire.

Rustic/Vintage design.  This particular invitation would lend itself to a more formal to semi-formal wedding.

Rustic/Vintage design. This particular invitation would lend itself to a  semi-formal wedding where cocktail attire would be appropriate.

This type of invitation would be appropriate for a destination wedding.

This type of invitation would be appropriate for a destination wedding. Typically, destination weddings tend to be less formal, however this invitation would signify semi-formal/cocktail attire .

The style of this invitation is modern/contemporary and would typically be a semi-formal wedding.

The style of this invitation is modern/contemporary and would typically be less formal where cocktail attire would be in order.

The bold letters and colors on this invitation would signify a slightly less formal event, but cocktail attire would be appropriate.

The bold letters and colors on this invitation would signify a slightly less formal event, but cocktail attire would be appropriate.

This is a casual invitation which would allow for lighter clothing options appropriate for a summer wedding, perhaps even out of doors.

This is a casual invitation which would allow for lighter clothing options appropriate for a summer wedding, perhaps even out-of-doors.

Check out the line of stationery products that we represent in our online store ~ Carlson Craft.  If you have any questions, please contact us.  We are also available to refer our clients to one of our Preferred Vendors for a custom creation that can truly set the tone for your event!

Janice Blackmon Events ~ A full-service event planning firm offering a variety of packages so clients can determine the level of assistance they need!  Our philosophy is that with our assistance, your event will be flawless!!!

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