The First Impression

Friday, December 21, 2018
You've found the person you love, picked a wedding venue, and selected a date. Now it's time to invite guests to your wedding! As you embark on this task, you'll quickly find out there's a whole new set of wedding invitation etiquette to learn. Sending out wedding invitations brings up all sorts of questions, from when to send wedding invitations to dealing with not inviting children. 

While TWW Events doesn't offer invitation services, we often refer our clients to a partner vendor, like Jill of Page + Parcel, who has a passion for all things paper. We love collaborating with her on wedding stationery that include save the dates, invitation suites, menus, escort cards, signage and so much more! 

To help take the guesswork out of choosing and ordering your wedding stationery, we've teamed up with Page + Parcel to answer some common (and often anxiety-inducing!) questions about the entire process.

Photographer: Gretchen Wakeman Photography

When should we send our save the dates and invitations?

Traditionally, save the dates are mailed 4-6 months in advance, with invitations going out around 6-8 weeks before the wedding date. So when is the right time to order invitations? I’ve found that 4 months before your wedding is the sweet spot for ordering. If you plan to mail your invites 2 months before your wedding, ordering them 4 months in advance leaves us with 2 months for design and production. Make sure to allow extra time to address the envelopes if you're handwriting them, or sending them off to a calligrapher. That may sound like a long time, but keep in mind that it can take up to 4 weeks for just the printing portion. Planning a destination wedding or inviting a good amount of out of town guests? You’ll want to start your order about a month earlier.

Occasionally we can hurry the process along, but it’s best to take your time. You don’t want to be rushed when you’re reviewing proofs. I know from experience that the quicker you try to do something, the more likely you are to overlook an important detail, miss a typo, or even approve the wrong quantity!

How long should we give our guests to RSVP?

The general rule of thumb is to set your RSVP date for 4 weeks after you mail the invitations, giving your guests time to receive the invite and send back their response. For a local wedding, with very few guests coming in from out-of-town, set your RSVP date for 4 weeks before your wedding date, allowing up to six weeks to RSVP. Wedding RSVP etiquette for destination dictates starting earlier. Request your RSVPs back 6-7 weeks before the wedding date. This will also give you a little extra time to track down people you haven't heard from to ensure everyone is accounted for.

Can we add our wedding website information to the invitation?

Absolutely! Your guests will be excited to see it! You can include the information right on the invitation, or you can add a separate card to the invitation suite that lists the website.

Can we include our registry information on the invitation?

I highly advise against it. It's considered in poor taste to include registry information your on your wedding invitation. You should, however, include the registry information on your wedding website.

What if we don't want to invite kids?

When a guest receives an invitation, they should not assume their children are invited unless the invitation is addressed to the whole family (i.e. The Anderson Family) or the children's names are specifically listed on the invitation. You are more than welcome to include a notation within your invitation suite that your wedding is an "adult-only celebration". If you want to have an adults-only wedding and a lot of your guests have children, you can consider hiring a babysitter to watch all the children while the parents enjoy the wedding so you still enjoy a kid-free reception and your guests won't need to scramble for a sitter. If you will be offering childcare services, note it on your wedding website so your guests can plan accordingly.

Photographer: Stephanie Heymann Photography

Should we invite guests we know can't come?

Once you've gone through the trouble of setting a wedding date, it can be a bummer to find out a friend or family member can't make it. However, if it's a guest you know will appreciate the gesture of receiving an invitation and will like having one as a memento, you should still formally invite them to be there with you to celebrate. Chances are they'll be thrilled to hear the details and will want to send you a gift, and that link to your wedding website will make finding your registry that much easier.

Any final words of wisdom to clients just about to start the process?

Many couples order their initial wedding suite of invitations, response cards, envelopes, and inserts and then forget the day-of paper goods until the last minute. Make sure to keep in mind table numbers, menu cards, ceremony programs, as well as thank you cards following the big day.

Oh, and a BIG pro tip.... don't guess on postage for your invitations! Take an entire assembled set to the post office to determine accurate postage before buying stamps! Don't forget, you'll need to stamp your RSVP envelopes too!

Photographer: Tara Nichole Photo

Real Wedding // Tulika + Ashok

Monday, December 3, 2018

In the midst of all the planning and details, it's easy to forget what a wedding is really about: two people—and two families—becoming one. And when that union involves embracing tradition and culture with open arms, our romance-loving hearts get a little weak. Then when we saw the stunning images, we just about hit cloud nine. Prepare to fall in love.

The wedding weekend kicked off with a traditional Sangeet ceremony at the Hampton Inn, with the wedding reception held at the Wigwam.

Photography // Ushna Khan Photography
Videographer // Ben and Bluebird
Day of Coordination // TWW Events
Caterer // Ruchi
Cake // Lin's Bakery
DJ // In-The-Mix Entertainment

The Emotion Factor

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

With so much happening on your wedding day, it’s inevitable that many of the details may be a blur. You’ve spent months organizing this incredibly special day and chances are you’ll fly right through it. You won’t see your mother-in-law shed a tear while you’re saying your vows. You might not see your parents dancing cheek-to-cheek while you’re mingling with guests. But a videographer can capture these moments on film, and allow you to watch them as though you were really there, and see even more moments than you were able to on your wedding day. Whether you want a documentary style video, or highlight reels and social media clips, a professional videographer creates a beautiful keepsake that lets you relive the magic of the day in living color. 

We've partnered up with Esthetics in Motion to help couples who might be on the fence about hiring a videographer realize there's more to a video than just capturing movement and sound.   

How long have you been a videographer?

Esthetics In Motion has been filming weddings since 2001. We started in Rochester, NY and transitioned out to Phoenix in 2004 and since then have been shooting weddings all over Arizona!

How would you describe your style?

We have seen the wedding industry evolve so much since 2001. Even then we were the company trying to separate ourselves from some of the bad stigmas cheesy wedding videography had from the 80s and 90s that carried into the 2000s. We would always make a point to stay on top of things with a progressive style and stand out. Luckily we our out of the era of bad video and into and era with the he ability to wedding stories with amazing imagery. We strive to push our creatives and make our films as unique to the couple and day as possible. Our approach is to offer modern and affordable cinematography with story in mind. Instead of simply just capturing random moments, we always aim to tell the story of the day through cinematic coverage paired with a documentary style to represent the day.  We love the process of seeing what content the day delivers to us and crafting a meaningful and aesthetically pleasing film from those moments.

What equipment do you use?

We use a variety of HD/4K cameras along with wireless microphones, audio recorders, lighting and modern editing software. Our goal is to use equipment that leaves a small footprint so we are not too distracting, but are still able to get the job done well. While equipment is important, we are firm believers that it’s the experience behind the equipment that matters. Wedding days move fast and there are a lot of moving parts. You can have the best quality camera but if you don’t have the skills and experience to capture the day properly then none of the quality matters! We guarantee if it came down to it our clients would rather have an amazing, story driven video and footage of all their events in standard definition versus 50% of their day missing but with 4K quality! Luckily we offer great quality and make sure to capture all the right moments, so we have that covered!

Do you suggest a second shooter?

Having a second shooter is definitely beneficial, but not always necessary. We highly suggest a second shooter if the day consists of multiple locations or the bride and groom are getting ready at different locations at once. You will also benefit from having a second shooter since you are getting more value and coverage of your day and allowing us to be two places at once to maximize coverage. We understand it’s not always in the budget so we give options with and without a second shooter.

How many hours do you recommend?

Our minimum on location coverage is 5 hours for, however we’d say the ideal amount of hours is the 8-10 range. We always suggest having us capture the getting ready moments and the first look if couples are doing that. When you factor in the time for that and taking us through all the main reception events plus some open dancing/partying for the highlights, 8-10 hours is usually ideal. We offer collections for 6, 8, 10 and 12 hours, although we can customize depending on the timeline for the day.

Approximately how much are your services?

Our services generally range from $1800-$3950+. We have our standard collections and we can also customize the collections to better fit the day. Our standard collections are a good starting point and our clients can adjust accordingly based off of those if needed.

What advice do you have for clients looking to book videography?

It’s important to first decide if video is something you want and have the budget for. Just like with photography and much else, you get what you pay for. You want a company that has a history of filming weddings and knows how to properly film the event, not just selling you on the great HD quality and only have a couple events or customer reviews to show for it.  If video is not a priority for you and you’re just looking to have something captured without relying on a family member with an iPhone, there are options out there for that, but be aware of what you’re getting. Be conscious of the different tiers of quality out there and decide what’s right for you and your style. We pride ourselves in cinematic coverage paired with a natural documentary approach that many clients love. That being said we aren’t going to be the lowest priced like the “point and shoot” style coverage with music that some companies offer. It’s important to figure out your budget and style and see who offers the best fit within those parameters you’re searching for.

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