Archives for June 2014

ASHLEY AND ALEJANDRO | NEW JERSEY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY | LIBERTY HOUSE, NEW JERSEY

 

Ashley and Alejandro at the Liberty House

 

Alejandro got ready in Jersey City at the The Westin Jersey City Newport hotel with his nine (!!) groomsmen.

 

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First look was at Liberty State Park, home of the “Empty Sky” 9/11 Memorial. The brushed stainless steel twin walls made a lovely background.

 

A quick side note: The memorial really is magnificent! Standing parallel, the walls rise 30 feet and are 210 feet long, equaling the width of each side of the World Trade Center Towers. The stainless steel reflects the constantly changing light of day as the World Trade Center once did. It’s a powerful reminder of those that lost their lives that day.

 

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Ashley and Alejandro shared their vows on the patio of The Liberty House. They then danced the night away in the tented pavilion, a swanky lounge-like atmosphere.

 

 

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LAURA AND LUKE | MORRISTOWN ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS | NEW JERSEY

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They new each other casually as they went through elementary and into middle school. A lunch period here, a class there, his eye was always on her – just her. As they prepared for high school that last year of eighth grade, he finally made his feelings known. Two years he courted her and for two years she politely said, no. But his heart always belonged to her, and so, he continued to woo her. When she finally agreed to a date, little did she know she would be saying yes to the beginning of her own love-story fairytale.

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The invitations are assembled and envelopes stuffed, addressed and sealed. Now, for your last step, postage and mailing!

 

Planning For Postage

 

When determining your invitation budget, postage should be one of the things you plan for. Nothing is more disheartening then having box full of your stationery returned for insufficient postage. Take into consideration the weight, size, shape and thickness of the final assembled piece. In addition to the postage, surcharges may apply:

 

• Overweight envelopes (over 1 oz) – add 20 cents per additional ounce up to 3 oz

• Oversized envelopes (more than 6.25” tall) – add 20 cents

• “Odd” shaped envelopes, ie. Square – add 20 cents

• Thickness (more than 1/4” thick; think knotted ribbons or a high stack of enclosures) –
add 20 cents

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For example, if your wedding invitation is extra thick – because your getting married at the beach, you’re simply dying over the events nautical theme and you just had to include that love knot – the additional postage incurred will be 20 cents for every ounce over one (up to three ounces), plus 20 cents for being more than 1/4″ thick. With 100+ invitations to send, that sure does add up quickly! Bring one finished ensemble piece to the post office to determine any necessary postage.

 

 

Put A Stamp On It

 

After all that sweat equity, don’t ruin the cohesive look of your paper suite by sticking any regular stamp on it. There are a couple options when picking a customizable stamp: Zazzle is perfect with two options, pick one or design your own. Picture it Postage or Stamps.com if you want full control over the design process. Finally, you can always browse the special stamps at USPS.com.

 

 

Hand Cancel

 

Each letter will go through a process called “cancellation”, ensuring the stamp cannot be reused, when postmarked. This is done with a metal stamp through a high-speed machine.. ouch! Therefore, hand-cancellation (processed by hand) is often recommended instead. By bypassing the large processing machines, hand canceling minimizes the amount of stamping, bar codes, and other marks the post office automatically puts on mailings. The process also ensures your invitations don’t get caught, torn, or misshapen by running through the machines.

 

 

Some other quick tips to remember when mailing your wedding invitations:

• Plan to make two trips – once to have your assembled invite weighed and the other when they are ready to be mailed.

• Make your trip during off-peak times. The post office is packed most often first thing in the morning and during lunchtime.

• Avoid the main branch, they process the mail for the entire city. In a smaller branch, you will have more time with the staff to
answer any questions you may have.

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You planned for the biggest day of your life, the date has been chosen and you’ve reworked your list of those select few (or hundred) guests that will attend a few dozen times. Now you have that massive invitation suite begging to be assembled. Why did you decide on the 5-piece paper suite, you ask yourself as you’re trying to figure out where to begin?!

 

Exactly how do you put together a wedding invitation?

 

This infographic, created by Invitations By Dawn, demonstrates the proper order in which your cards should be placed.

 

 

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Here are a few quick tips to think about when assembling your wedding invitations:
1.     When in doubt, assemble in size order, from largest (on the bottom) to the smallest.
2.     Don’t seal your envelopes until every one has been stuffed in case you forget something.
3.     Address your outer (or main) envelope first to avoid any indentations in your invitation.
4.     Take one fully assembled envelope to your local post office to have it weighed to determine the correct postage.
5.     Don’t forget those stamps, put a stamp on your response envelope before stuffing.