You said yes. NOW WHAT?

by Megan B Posted on March 28, 2011

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Shutterfly and Martha Stewart Weddings cordially invite you to our #Bridetobe Twitter Party

by Megan Bohnert, Shutterfly Card Stylist

Spring is officially upon us, which means Wedding Season is about to kick into high gear!  According to Shutterfly’s Annual Bridal Survey, 74 percent of engaged and married women surveyed give their enthusiastic approval to the new trend of hidden, paparazzi-style photos taken at the moment of engagement.  As the Shutterfly Card Stylist, I am all for capturing photos of everything related to your wedding!  Whether you are creating a wedding website, photo guest book, or ANY stationery related to your big day – save the date cards, engagement party invitations, thank you cards, you name it – personalizing with photos of you and your fiancé is sure to leave a lasting impression on your recipients and guests.

We’ve seen some pretty incredible grooms-to-be go to great lengths in terms of creativity and thoughtfulness when preparing to “pop the question.”  For those lucky enough to have a photo of that joyous moment, it becomes a beautiful way to announce your upcoming nuptials. In celebration of all those recently engaged or soon-to-be married folks, Shutterfly and Martha Stewart Weddings are co-hosting a Twitter Party TOMORROW, Tuesday 3/29 at 2pm PST/5pm EST. RSVP here and follow #Bridetobe on Twitter.com to chat with other brides, win tons of prizes (including new Shutterfly wedding cards and stationery designs) – and of course, get real time tips and expert advice from the pros.

Our survey also told us that today’s couples shy away from publicly broadcasting their happy news in newspapers or even Facebook.  Pretty interesting stuff, right?!  The top methods for sharing engagement news are far more personal with 70 percent of survey respondents preferring an in-person visit or a telephone call.  Beyond the immediate circle of family and friends, more people are choosing the simple elegance of paper save the dates to reach out to those who matter most in a way that reflects their personal style.

With this in mind, Shutterfly recently expanded its wedding stationery suite with the launch of more than 60 new designs for its save the dates and wedding announcements!  The new wedding stationery is consistent with popular trends, styles featuring overlaid type, bold fonts that highlight the couple’s name or date, monograms, collages and a variety of eye-catching “Mr. and Mrs.” designs.  Here are some of my favorites from the new collection:

I, of course, can’t sign off without leaving a few wedding stationery tips/thought-starters for you …One of the greatest trends we’ve seen lately is couples using a series of candid photos on a collage card for their save the date.  An engagement series is great for this, particularly if someone captures the moment from close up and someone else shoots from far away.  Or, use the save-the-date to communicate the theme of your wedding.  If it’ll be on a beach, use a photo of your toes in the sand!

Happy wedding planning and I look forward to tweeting with you at tomorrow’s #Bridetobe Twitter Party!!!

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  1. Joey Says:

    If I were newly engaged or a bride-to-be, i would love to attend the twitter party. Twitter/Shutterfly parties are so much fun.
    You have given great examples to the new couple. The possibilities are endless on what they could do. Great article!

  2. BarbaraJ Says:

    This is a great article with so many ideas for newly weds and brides to be! I can use this in suggestions to young ladies getting for marriage. Thank you!

  3. AnnAbbott Says:

    If these cards were around 20 years ago…I would have been all over them for my wedding.

  4. kniewohner Says:

    I love these layouts? Is it possible that int he future Shutterfly would consider doing an elegant envelope with a buffer so that the square cards might be sent using regular postage?? I’ve often thought of this also for Christmas cards that are square too. I love the design and the layouts are definitely more fun. Just hate doubling the postage to have a CUTE card. :( rats. Oh well, thanks for sharing the new styles. Seems like everyone I know is getting married or having babies so Shutterfly is getting many shout outs from me lately. They are gorgeous!

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Megan Bohnert, our in-house card stylist, is a key member of Shutterfly’s creative team, where she helps identify and incorporate the hottest trends, color palettes and styles into Shutterfly’s personalized stationery and card collections. Thanks to her guidance, Shutterfly and its contributing designers have created a diverse collection of holiday cards that are perfect for any style and occasion.

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