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  • Monday, April 6, 2020

    Making Changes to Wedding Stationery

    Words by Lauren Ertl
    Photos courtesy of Carrie McGuire Photography

    If COVID-19 has you worried about how to adjust all of the elements of your destination wedding planning, you are in good company. That's why we have been doing a series of posts addressing how to deal with different issues around having to change your plans. This blog post is all about what to do about your stationery - especially if you've already printed and/or mailed them.



    Founded in 2008, Méldeen is a company that specializes and develops luxury brands for weddings and wedding-related stationery. So we thought who better to answer your frequently asked questions around the topic than Méldeen's founder, Kaleigh Wiese.

    Q: If invites are already printed, is there a cost-effective alternative to alerting guests of the new date while keeping with the design of the original stationery? 
    A: We are recommending several ideas and seeing lots of different preferences with handling notifying guests of postponements:

    • We find it important and special to use the same colors, graphic details and fonts of your original invites. It’s easy to incorporate and makes these undesired pieces more special and cohesive.
    • You can have your stationer prepare a digital graphic that you can share with guests via email, text or social. As for a PNG or JPEG file, they are easy to send and show quickly in any mobile or web browser. Note: Square and vertical orientations work best for mobile viewing. 
    • If you are comfortable mailing the original suite you have worked so hard on for so many months, feel free to just add an insert expressing the new date and a website to keep guests updated. This addition should only add a couple of dollars each. Guests will absolutely understand the change and appreciate the gorgeous invites that represent your love story.
    • Reprinting is always an option, but in these uncertain times - printing timelines and limitations have to be understood for availability.

    Q: Is Meldeen offering any sort of discount or assistance for those who need to postpone and update their invitations? 
    A: For our existing clients, we are providing Change the Date and postponement graphics for free. We are all in this together and our hearts break for our clients having to move their dates. If there are costs associated with printing or reprinting with new dates, we are working with vendor and production partners to provide the best price possible.

    Q: For couples who have weddings in the late summer, fall or winter - what can they be doing to plan for their stationery now?
    A: Do you have any advice to get inspired while they have a bit more extra time at home? 

    Planning your wedding brand and stationery is one of the most fun parts of the engagement process. It is never to soon to finalize your guest list and addresses. Also, get creative and inspired by gathering photos of things that catch your eye, or colors or fonts you can share with your stationery. Most stationers can start designing and leave “filler” information in on the date, time and location so you can get the design finalized and then add in those details at the time of printing.  

    Q: What timeline should couples be working on in regards to stationery?
    A: We recommend 1-3 months of working with our clients on design. Be sure you allow 4-6 weeks for production time after you approve the look of your invites in this volatile print market. Then don't forget to add your mail period to determine when to get started with a stationer. Allowing more time is helpful for all event businesses because we are working with my postponements during this season and we never want the process to be too rushed.  

    Q: What should couples who's mail dates are coming up soon do?
    A: For couples who’s mail dates are in April and May who do not have printed invites yet or don’t feel comfortable mailing not knowing if they will need to move their date. Remember traditional mail periods are 6 -8 weeks before the wedding. In this case, I think having a digital graphic for a Save the Date to let clients know in advance is absolutely acceptable and then move your mail date to closer to 4 weeks before the wedding to allow for more time to produce and mail with your confident date.  

    Q: Do you have any additional suggestions?
    A: It is OK to think outside of the box and re-word your invitation a little differently. You can always print a gorgeous invite announcing the nuptials and add a simple card with the date, time & location on a smaller card that takes less time in production. This allows you a little more wiggle for prepping your invite that is on a more time-consuming material like acrylic, or letterpress or foiling and adding those final details right before mailing. 

    *Special thanks to Be Inspired PR for collecting the answers to our questions.

  • Monday, April 6, 2020

    Honeymoon Hideaways: Tuscany

    Words by Judy Koutsky
    Photos courtesy of Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa

    Lesser-Known Love in Tuscany

    Tuscany is known for its beautiful landscapes, its wealth of vineyards and of course, its culinary scene. The area has been attracting honeymooners for decades. But, instead of heading to the well-known (and tourist-heavy) Siena or Florence, try the lesser-known (and less crowded) province of Lucca. This area northwest of Florence gives couples a real, authentic taste of Tuscany, which is why it’s one of the country’s best kept secrets.

    In Barga, a historic medieval town, sits the Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa. Located atop an expansive hilltop overlooking the mountainous Serchio Valley, the property is nestled between the Apuan Alps and the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines. The hotel is home to many destination weddings, as well as honeymoon getaways. Rooms have outdoor balconies that overlook the countryside. The property also boasts an award-winning spa, where couples can indulge in a variety of luxurious treatments including the Herbal Pindas Massage, which contains Tuscan herbs soaked in warm oils.

    In addition to the spa, another highlight of the property are the private cooking classes couples can take with the chef. Start in the local market where the chef will show you the best way to buy the freshest cheeses, vegetables and meats – all made locally. You’ll meet shopkeepers and make small talk with various vendors in order to find the perfect ingredients. Then, head back to the hotel’s kitchen where the chef will give personalized instruction; you’ll be side-by-side in the kitchen stirring sauces, hand-making pastas and cutting fresh vegetables. Lastly, enjoy the fruits of your labor as you sit down to a romantic, three-course meal with local wine.

    Spend the days relaxing, hiking through the property’s massive grounds or exploring the town of Lucca, a beautiful medieval spot chock-full of piazzas (Italian squares), churches and tasty gelato shops. Rent a bike and explore this walled city, cycling along the top of the fortress wall and be sure to stop for a meal – a good spot is the Gli Orti di Via Elisa restaurant. 

    Other highlights of this region include visiting the Grotta del Vento (the “Wind Cave”), which is considered to be one of the most unique caves in Europe and exploring castles, fortresses and historic sites in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana and Barga, many dating back to the 18th century.

    Exploring this under-the-radar part of Tuscany means you’ll see many of these sights and attractions without the crowds and the restaurants won’t be packed. It’s an authentic part of Italy well worth a visit – especially on a romantic honeymoon.

    This article first appeared in Destination I Do's Fall/Winter 2019 issue. You can order a copy here. 

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