BY VONDA HENDERSON
You said “Yes!” Let the wedding planning begin! With so many items on your to-do list, scheduling a consultation with Robyn Goslen and her team of professionals to discuss your invitation needs makes perfect sense. The team at Gifts and Paper on Plaza has more than 20 years of experience in helping brides with their wedding needs, navigating the etiquette of different styles of weddings and the styles of paper products that complement the bride’s vision of her wedding day.
To get started, schedule an appointment with Robyn and the Gifts and Paper team to share your wedding vision. Typically, you should plan at least two hours for this consultation, which is free, to ensure that time has been set-aside especially for you. Drop-in visits are always welcome, as well. Much like consultants in wedding gown shops, the team wants to hear about what you’d like your wedding to look like – whether a traditional southern wedding, formal, outdoor, casual or something that’s uniquely you. Sharing your vision, including your budget expectations, helps the team guide you toward the invitations and other paper products that capture your idea day perfectly and takes the stress out of the decision-making process. “Our goal is to make sure what we create for the bride is exactly what she envisioned,” said Robyn. “The wording of the invitation is important; we provide guidance and options. We also explain the printing process so that the bride has the time needed to proof the invitation thoroughly before printing begins.”
What are typical paper needs for a wedding?
Save-the-Date Cards– These are generally mailed out six to eight months before the wedding. The majority of these include a photo that serves as an introduction of the engaged couple. Basic information generally provided are the couple’s names, the wedding date, the location for the wedding (place, city, state or destination) and the personalized wedding website.
Wedding Invitations– These are mailed six to eight weeks before the wedding. Gifts and Paper on Plaza offers a variety of options, such as Crane or William Arthur, at price points for every budget. Working with a professional stationer allows the bride the benefit of not just seeing a design, but feeling the texture of the invitation samples and seeing what different print styles actually look like. Robyn shared Gifts and Paper on Plaza coordinates with professional calligraphers for brides who elect to have their invitations hand designed, which is then used to print the quantity needed.
A stamped response card is included in the invitation so that the bride knows the number of guests who will be attending the wedding.
Also included may be a reception card. These are generally used when the wedding and reception are in different locations. Otherwise, many invitations note at the bottom where within the facility the reception is being held.
“Thank You” Cards– These cards may be printed along with the invitation. Taking the time to thank guests for their wedding gifts with a handwritten note is a time-honored tradition. While traditionally brides have taken the responsibility of writing “thank you” cards, a joint effort is becoming a trend.
Wedding Programs – These provide the order of service and allow the bride and groom to name those in the wedding party, including their roles. Programs can also include tributes to honor family members important to the couple.
Personalized Cocktail Napkins
Seating Charts and Place Cards
Cups and Koozies
Signage such as welcome signs/bar signs/designation areas
Robyn and the team at Gifts and Paper on Plaza look forward to working with you to ensure that your invitations and other papers complement your wedding day. Gifts and Paper on Plaza is a member of the Triad Bridal Association. The shop is conveniently located off Stratford Road at 3301 Healy Drive with hours from Monday through Friday, 9am-4pm and Saturdays by appointment only. Contact them by phone at 336.768.9909 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org schedule your consultation. Visit the website (giftsandpaperonplaza.com) anytime (especially The Wedding Shop tab), and don’t forget to follow them on social media as well (Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram). Congratulations to the bride and groom!