Archive for February, 2015

Graduation Announcements and Party Invitations

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Graduation AnnouncementsIt’s almost here. The day you have been working toward for 16+ years: college graduation. It’s time to celebrate. But before you do, there are a few very important steps to take. You need to tell EVERYONE! This is where Graduation Announcements come in to play.

Graduation Announcements 101

What Are Graduation Announcements?

The purpose of a graduation announcement is to inform your friends and family of your success. The inevitable presents that follow are just a happy bonus. (more…)

Wedding Invitation Etiquette: When Do I Send Them Out?

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Wedding Invitation EtiquetteMost brides-to-be have very little idea about the ins and outs of wedding planning. After all, for many brides this is the first time they have ever had to think about things like save-the-dates or wedding invitations. So it only makes sense that they might have a few questions about the whole process.

Wedding Invitation Etiquette

Your wedding invitations are a critical part of the entire process unless, of course, you plan on eloping. Your invitations provide your guest with invaluable information: who, what, where, why, and when. And while invitation design is entirely up to you, wedding invitations follow a fairly strict set of rules.

When Do I Send Them Out?

Don’t panic. The invitations should go out six to eight weeks before your big day. That gives guests plenty of time to make travel and hotel arrangements, especially if you sent save the dates several months prior.

If you are having a destination wedding, send invitations out three months before the date of the wedding.

What About RSVPs?

You should make your RSVP date two to three weeks before the wedding. This should allow you plenty of time to get the final head count to your venue and caterer, and finalize your seating chart.

Should We Include Registry Info?

Quite simply, no. This is perceived as impolite. You can include this information on your wedding website.

How Do We Avoid Confusion About Desired Attendees?

It all comes down to properly addressing your invitations. Refer to each and every guest by name. Never just add “and guest.” This will help avoid awkward situations down the road, like if your friend and her boyfriend break up before the wedding. By addressing the invitations to specific people, this will stop your friend from just bringing anyone. As a rule, invitations are nontransferable, as long as people are invited by name.

And no, you do not have to give every guest a “plus-one.” If a guest isn’t married or in a serious relationship, it’s perfectly acceptable to invite them and only them. They should understand.

If someone RSVPs with a guest that was not invited, simply call them up and politely explain the issue: you were not able to invite everyone with a guest.

Should We Specify a Dress Code?

You certainly can. Simply add a dress code in the lower right-hand corner of the invitation: “black-tie” or “cocktail attire” or “casual attire.” Your invitation design should also give your guests a clue as to the formality of your wedding.

Wedding Invitation Design and Printing by Time Printers

Planning every minute detail of your big day can certainly elevate your stress levels. Let Time Printers take some of the burden off of you. Our experienced sales team can help you design beautiful wedding invitations to help you announce your pending nuptials.

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Time Printers also offer save-the-date design and printing, and other event materials.

To learn more about Wedding Invitations, please give us a call at 410.566.3005 or click here.  You can also connect with Time Printers on Facebook, TwitterGoogle+ and Pinterest as well.

Professionally Designed Wedding Save-the-Dates

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Wedding Save-the-DatesWedding season is right around the corner. According to The Knot, the Internet’s most-trafficked one-stop wedding planning solution, the most popular months for weddings are June, August, September, and October. Your big day will be here before you know it. And if you want your family and friends in attendance, it’s important to give them plenty of notice, especially if they live out of town. For these reasons, etiquette dictates that Wedding Save-the-Dates be sent out roughly six months prior to the ceremony.

So get started!

Professionally Designed Wedding Save-the-Dates

Planning every minute detail of your big day can certainly elevate your stress levels. Let Time Printers take some of the burden off of you. Our experienced sales team can help you design beautiful Save-the-Dates to help you announce your pending nuptials.

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Time Printers also offer invitation design and printing, and other event materials.

What is the Proper Etiquette for Wedding Save-the-Dates?

Do I have to send save-the-dates?

Do you have to? Of course not. Should you? Probably. Save-the-dates help give your guests advanced notice so they can make travel plans, book hotel rooms, request off from work, and do everything else they need to do to ensure they can make it to your wedding.

Save-the-dates are particularly important for destination weddings, which require more in-depth travel planning.

What information do I include on my save-the-dates?

The specific content for save-the-dates varies from wedding to wedding, but there are a few constants you should include: who, where (city and venue), when (date and time). The what and why are implied. You should also include the handy dandy line “formal invitation to follow.”

If you have a wedding website, be sure to include that url as well.

When do I send save-the-dates?

As we have already mentioned, etiquette dictates that you send save-the-dates six months before your big day. However, destination weddings require a little more notice: eight months.

Should we add “and guest” or “plus one” to the save-the-dates?

It is important to be clear about who is and is not invited to your wedding. The last thing you need is for someone to assume their new boyfriend or girlfriend is invited and start planning accordingly.

To learn more about Wedding Save-the-Dates, please give us a call at 410.566.3005 or click here.  You can also connect with Time Printers on Facebook, TwitterGoogle+ and Pinterest as well.

Press Kit Printing and Design Services to Help Market Your Business

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Press Kit Printing and DesignIn today’s digital era, there is still something to be said for clean, professionally designed printed materials, like Press Kits. These kits are a great, concise way to provide reports and other media personnel with everything they need to know in an easy-to-read, branded packet. That’s what we like to call a win-win. Reporters receive everything they could possibly need to write an article, your company gets some much-needed publicity, and you further your branding efforts.

You want your press kit to be one-stop shopping for any journalist looking to write about your company.

“Reporters who are on deadline, working on way too many things, spread across multiple beats, going nuts, you want to make it easy for them to write about you,” says Leyl Master Black, managing director SparkPR, a public relations firm based in San Francisco.

Today, a well-designed press kit is just as important as having a website or Facebook page. However, putting together a press kit is not always as easy as you may think. This is where a professional printer, like Time Printers, can help.

Press Kit Printing from Time Printers

Time Printers is a full service printing products and services business located in Baltimore, Maryland. Our experienced sales team can help you design a press kit that will help promote your company, product, event, or whatever, and drive business. Our graphics team of experienced professionals can help you bring your vision to life in a timely and affordable manner.

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At Time Printers, we believe it is our job to make you look good. Our extensive history in customer service combined with the quality of our products, proves time and time again that we are not just printers, we’re innovators.

Putting Together a Press Kit

A well-designed press kit should include:

  1. Company overview. Who are you and what do you do? How long have you been around? Etc.
  2. Biographies. Talk about your company founders, CEO, chairperson, and any other key players. “It’s a great opportunity to differentiate and put a human face on the company,” says Lauren Selikoff, chief marketing officer for Allison & Partners, based in San Francisco.
  3. FAQs. Answer any questions a reporter might ask before they ask it.
  4. Recent press releases. Include at least one or two recent press releases.
  5. Art. It is also a good idea to include a CD of company images and B-roll footage of your company that reporters can use with their article.
  6. Contact information. Who should reporters contact for additional information?

“The benefit of having a press kit is having all of the information that you want people to know together in one spot,” said Selikoff.

To learn more about Press Kit Printing, please give us a call at 410.566.3005 or click here.  You can also connect with Time Printers on Facebook, TwitterGoogle+ and Pinterest as well.