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    Wedding hashtags are still very popular, and couples get pretty creative coming up with different ways to involve their guests on social media. Snapchat, while not new anymore, is still expanding the ways it engages its users, and one of the best ways is opening the creation of geofilters to the general public two years ago.

    For reasons I cannot fathom, custom wedding filters for Snapchat haven't caught on like wildfire. A custom geofilter is a unique feature, great for weddings and any other event that you want to add a distinct and personal touch to. They are a fun way to engage guests in your big day and get some truly memorable snapshots to look back on later (or not, if you're not quick to screenshot them!).

    I will now be offering custom wedding filters to all of my clients. If you're looking to have one designed, shoot me an email at aheinrichdesign@gmail.com. Pricing will vary depending the location and duration of your custom Snapchat geofilter. I look forward to adding this fun factor to your big day!

    Note: a single Snapchat geofilter can only be applied to one location. If your ceremony and reception are in two different places, I would suggest applying the filter to the reception instead of the ceremony, as it's definitely the location where you're more likely to get the fun and silly Snaps! Plus, you really don't want guests on their phones during your entire ceremony. 

  • Question: How far in advance should I contact you about designing invitations for my child's birthday?

    Like any event, you should plan ahead. While a children's birthday bash may not need the extended timeline that a wedding does, it's still a good idea to contact me at least two to three months before the scheduled party.

    Even if you haven't set a date or place to hold the party, just getting the design process started ahead of time is a good idea. It gets the ball rolling, and hopefully once you do pick a time and place to host your child's birthday, we've already got the invite design mostly done, and I can just pop in the missing information.

    While I would love to undertake every party and event that comes my way, it is incredibly hard for me to accommodate rush jobs. For events that need 10–30 invitations, please contact me at least two months beforehand. For events that need 31–50 invitations, please contact me at least three months beforehand. Anything larger than 50 invitations should be given a timeline of four to six months before the planned event. You should allow a minimum of two to three weeks for printing once you've approved the final invitation design. And remember, specialty printing such as metallic inks, letterpress, and hand-cutting can add to the length of time for project completion.

  • Question: Whose name should go first on the wedding invitation?

    The debate over who should have their name go first on the invite is a very old one that everyone wants to weigh in on when you're getting married. Your Great Aunt Muriel will probably tell you that the bride's name should go first, and, depending on the scenario, she may not be wrong. Traditionally, the bride's name is listed first, but this convention is rooted in the expectation that her parents are hosting the wedding. And how do you know who's hosting? Easy. Whichever set of parents (if either) is footing most of the bill is considered the host, therefore their names get listed at the top of the invite and their child gets listed first.

    Let's be real; it's 2016. While many parents still opt to finance their children's big day, today there are couples that pay for their own weddings, either out of necessity or choice. And nowadays, it's also not unusual for both sets of parents to contribute significantly to their children's wedding. Additionally, the rule of listing the bride first doesn't necessarily apply if the wedding is for a same-sex couple. Follow these simple tips to figure out the best wording for your wedding invitation without causing strife with your family (especially the in-laws!). 

    • As stated above, money plays a big part in deciding who the "official" wedding host is, and, therefore, who gets listed in what order on a wedding invitation. If you and your intended are financing most of your big day yourself, you rightfully get to call the shots on name order. However, if you want to be sensitive to your parents' wishes, ask them if they have an opinion on who gets listed first.
    • On the off chance that both sets of parents decide to contribute financially in a significant way, it's best to sit everyone down and decide who should be listed first on the invitation. Usually, whoever is paying for the venue is logically declared the host, but all parents should be listed on the invitation, host parents first followed by the other set of parents. 
    • If you and your betrothed decide that you don't want to list any specific parents on the invitation, but still want to make it feel inclusive, phrases such as "together with their loved ones," "together with their parents," or "together with their family and friends" are great ways to spread the love equally without naming names. This is also a good solution for children of divorced or remarried parents, or couples who have parents making roughly equal contributions to the wedding.
    • Still can't decide if you or your partner should be listed first when you're both hosting? Alphabetical order is an easy fix for the situation, or even writing out both of your names on top of each other helps. Sometimes one order looks better aesthetically than the other! Consider how the descenders and ascenders of your respective names may clash. 

    Have a specific scenario in mind and still not sure how to word your invitation? Shoot me an email at aheinrichdesign@gmail.com, and I'll help you compose the best wording for your wedding invite!