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Escort Cards are small cards usually with your guest’s name and the table number/name they will be seated at. Unlike place cards, they do not assign an actual seat to each guest, just a table, so your guest’s may choose exactly which seat they sit in.
However, you may have both escort cards and place cards. In this instance the escort cards will guide your guest to the table and from there they just locate their place card for their assigned seat at the table.
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It is a good idea to display escort cards at the entry to your Reception.
There are so many different and creative ways available to display these; the only limit is your imagination.
Can you tell the difference between a Matted, Flush or Magazine Style Wedding Album?
You may see or hear these terms when searching for a Wedding Photographer. Here’s a simple explanation of the many styles of Wedding Photo Albums.
Matted – A series of pages in which photographs are hand-mounted to each page and surrounded by a matte, or border. Each photo is lightly taped to a cardboard mat/frame. Due to this photos can not be close to the edge of the page.
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Matted Albums may include one or more photos per page and panoramic photographs.
Digital Album – Digitally printed pages unlike matted. Flush mount and photo books are two types of digital albums.
Flush Mount – Consist of photos mounted to a board. The photos stretch to the very edge of the board, leaving no border at the edges.
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Album covers can be made up of leather and often feature a glass, metal or acrylic panel on the front, featuring a photographic print laminated and stretched across the cover.
Magazine Style (also known as Storybook) – A similar format to flush mount albums.
Often digital the design is called ‘magazine style’ as the full-page layouts might remind you of a magazine spread or comic book with numerous photographs assembled in an interesting design on each page with interesting effects, borders and text.
Magazine-style wedding albums tend to tell a story.
Photo Books / Coffee Table Books – Printed on inkjet paper, the pages are more like the pages you would find in a normal book, in that the page is soft and thin.
They are typically printed and bound in a hard cover. Photo books are generally inexpensive.
Leaves – Also known as pages.
Colour Photos vs Black and White Photos – Black and White prints last longer than colour. Colour turns sooner because of the chemicals used. Colour is more susceptible to fading due to temperature and moisture.
Shelf Life - Acid-free paper should last 75-100 years. Be sure to keep your wedding album in a cool, dry place, away from bright sunlight.
Courtesy of The Knot, Iconophor Australia, McWilliams Photography & The Wedding Secret.
Across the world, apart from in North America, paper is sold in standard sizes.
The key feature of these standard sizes being that if you cut a sheet in half parallel to the shortest edge you will get the next size down.
Paper sizes are worked out in a ratio if two A4 sheets are placed side by side, you will get one A3 sheet.
A0 - 841mm x 1189mm
A1 - 594mm x 841mm
A2 - 420mm x 594mm
A3 - 297mm x 420mm
A4 - 210mm x 297mm
A5 - 148mm x 210mm
A6 - 105mm x 148mm
C3 – 324mm x 458mm
B4 – 250mm x 353mm
C4 – 229mm x 324mm
B5 – 176mm x 250mm
C5 – 162mm x 229mm
B6 – 125mm x 176mm
C6 – 114mm x 162mm
DL – 110mm x 220mm
Courtesy of conservationresources.com.au, envelopesize.com.au, reflex.com.au
what is bonbonniere? and what is the difference between bomboniere, bonbonniere, favors and favours?
Bomboniere, bonbonniere and favours these days are all one in the same. They are simply different words given to mean the same thing. ‘Favors’ is just the American spelling of ‘favours’.
Bomboniere is Italian, and is the name given to gifts presented by hosts to their guests on special occasions such as weddings, baptism, First Communion or Confirmation.
They usually include Jordan almonds, known in Italian as Confetti.
Sugared almonds are put inside a bag made of tulle or satin and tied with ribbons in assorted colours. The colour of sugared almonds is white for a wedding, First Communion or Confirmation; pink or light-blue for birthday or Baptism of a baby girl or baby boy, respectively, red for a graduation, and silver or gold for 25 or 50 year anniversaries.
Bonbonniere is French and translates to a small ornamental box or lidded jar for confectionery.
The tradition of distributing favours is a very old one. It is believed that the first wedding favour, common amongst European aristocrats, was known as a bonbonniere.
A bonbonniere is a small trinket box made of crystal, porcelain, and/or precious stones. The contents of these precious boxes were generally sugar cubes or delicate confections, which symbolise wealth and royalty.
In this era, sugar was an expensive commodity and was treasured only among the wealthy. It was believed that sugar contained medical benefits.
As the price of sugar decreased throughout centuries, the tradition of providing gifts to guests reached the general populace and was embraced by couples of modest means.
As sugar became more affordable, bonbonnieres were replaced with almonds. For centuries, almonds were commonly distributed to wedding guests to signify well wishes on the bridegroom’s new life. In the thirteenth century, almonds coated with sugar, known as confetti, were introduced. Confetti soon transformed to sugared almonds, which later evolved into the wedding favour for modern day weddings.
Traditionally, five Jordan almonds are presented in a confection box or wrapped in elegant fabric to represent fertility, longevity, wealth, health and happiness. The bitterness of the almond and the sweetness of the coated candy exemplify the bitter sweetness of a marriage.
Today, wedding favours are diverse and usually complement the theme or season of the event. Classic favours can range from the classic sugared almonds or individual chocolates to candles and scented soaps. Modern gift trends include: CDs with the favourite music of the bride and groom, shot glasses filled with coloured candy or silver picture frames with a photo of the couple. Gifts may also be personalised with the couple's names, initials or wedding date.
Favor / Favour is an American word for a small gift given to the guests at a wedding or party as a gesture of thanks for their attendance, a memento of the occasion, or simply as an aid to frivolity.