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Feb 28 2018

What to write in a Thank You note

  //   Stationery 101   //  

Modern and minimal black and white thank you note sets by Fig. 2 Design

The struggle is real, right? Sending your thank you notes on time is the best way to show gratitude. Today I'm going to cover a few tips on how to write the perfect thank you note. But before we dive into that, don't forget that you want to make sure you have what you need! Stamps (my current favorite are these here), pens (my dad has always carried Lamy pens and now I love them too), and stationery are the tools to get you started! 

 

The first thing you want to do (after greeting the person) is express your gratitude. "Thank you so much for...". The important part here is to start with "thank you" right off the bat. Then, include a specific detail or two about the gift and how you plan to use it (or spend it if it is cash). Then be sure to mention the next time you might see them. 

 

"Dear Aunt Isabel,

 

Thank you so much for the colorful placemats you gave me at my bridal shower. They will look smashing on our white dining table and we will think of you every time we use them.

 

It was so lovely to see you and I truly appreciate you making the trip to join us at such a special event. I look forward to seeing you at the wedding next month!

 

Love,

Claudia"

 

Don't forget to check out our selection of thank you note sets! We have a variety of styles sure to suit any occasion.

 

 

Feb 22 2018

When to Send Wedding Invitations and Save the Date

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When to send your wedding invitations and save the date

 

Wedding planning is one big timeline. From the time you decide on a date, you'll want to work backwards to figure everything out, but it doesn't have to be intimidating. We are big believers of planning ahead at Fig. 2 and like to be organized which makes things easier for our couples, for us, and for our vendors. As a wedding invitations designer, one of the top questions I'm asked is, "When should I send out my invitations?". Oddly enough I answer with two key questions back: "Will you be sending out Save the Date cards?" and "Are you planning a destination wedding, and/or will most of your guests be traveling to the wedding?"

 

Typically, wedding invitations are sent out 6-8 weeks in advance. However, if you are having a destination wedding, or if most of your guests will be traveling, I suggest sending your wedding invitations out 3 months in advance. Save the Date cards are a nice to have in most cases, but if you're planning a destination wedding, sending a Save the Date 6-8 months in advance is a considerate gesture that your guests will appreciate. Your Save the Date should give them a general location (city, state, or country) and the date of your wedding which in turn will help them mark their calendars and make all the travel arrangements necessary. 

 

To see some examples of our favorite Save the Date designs that won't pigeon hole you into a definitive look, be sure to check out these ideas. Clean, classic, and simple Save the Date's are effective in communicating the most important information to ensure your friends and family save YOUR date! 

 

Feb 12 2018

Stationery vs. Stationary

  //   Stationery 101   //  

 

My yearly PSA!

There's nothing that gets a stationer more annoyed than seeing stationery mis-spelled. It's such a pet peeve of the stationery community that Oh So Beautiful Paper states in their submission guidelines, "Any submission that incorrectly spells the word stationery will be automatically rejected." So if you're a stationery designer wanting to get some press, this spelling tip might just help you make sure your submission is read! 

 

Stationery, the paper kind, is with an "e". Tip: they both have an "er". E like envelope is also a great tip to help you remember. Stationary, the parked kind, is with an "a" Tip: they both have an "ar". 

 

So there you have it! Next time you comment on a fellow stationer's Instagram feed, make sure your comment on how much you love their stationery designs is spelled correctly! 

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