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Ladybug Designs specialises in quality wedding invitations:

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These are some of the themes we have available in the wedding stationery including new sunflower invitations:

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We have new BESPOKE WEDDING INVITATIONS :sunflower invitations with the beautiful quality paper handmade sunflowers

Ah Sunflower, weary of time,
Who countest the steps of the sun;
Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the traveller's journey is done;

Where the youth pined away with desire,
And the pale virgin shrouded in snow,
Arise from their graves, and aspire
Where my Sunflower wishes to go!

SUNFLOWER invitations: Sunflower follows the sun as it grows, adoration, haughtiness, devotion. "I don't think there's anything on this planet that more trumpets life that the sunflower. For me that's because of the reason behind its name. Not because it looks like the sun but because it follows the sun. During the course of the day, the head tracks the journey of the sun across the sky. A satellite dish for sunshine. Wherever light is, no matter how weak, these flowers will find it. And that's such an admirable thing. And such a lesson in life." - Chris's (Helen Mirren) comment in the movie, "Calendar Girls."

Name: The botanical name of sunflower is Helianthus. The Greek word "helios" means sun and "anthos" means flower- sunflower. It is aptly named after the sun which it resembles.
Description: A large flower head with usually a big dark centre and bright yellow petals.
Origin: South and West of the USA.
Colour: Most sunflowers are bright yellow with dark brown centres, but varieties of sunflower are appearing now which have tan, orange, maroon or striped petals, and green-yellow centres. Some sunflower are even without the central disc, but are fully covered in petals instead.
Availability: A summer flower, but some sunflower are available all year round ('Orit') and most can be available from late spring to late autumn.
Family: Asteraceae, Aster family
Varieties: There are now so many varieties of sunflower owing to its popularity and sunflower is one of the top ten best selling cut flowers in UK. 'Snittgold' cultivar, which is the classic sunflower, has more than 15 different varieties from the small-flowered 'Sonja' to the large-flowered 'Orit' sunflower. 'Sunrich Orange' sunflower has the darkest yellow of all the sunflower varieties. Other bi colours such as 'Prado Red' and 'Floristan' sunflower have reddish brown petals with yellow bordering.
Care Tips: They need a lot of water.
Facts: Sunflower stems were used to fill lifejackets before the advent of modern materials. Low-pollen sunflowers have been developed in recent years which not only helps asthma sufferers, but extend the flower's life
Language of Flowers: The dwarf sunflower means "adulation".
Medicinal: The sunflower is grown for the seeds and oil it produces.Each mature flower yields 40% of its weight as oil.
History: The sunflower was cultivated by North American Indians for many years as a food crop The nutritional value is still the main reason for growing it in many parts of the world. Only recently have we begun to grow sunflowers for decorative reasons.
Zodiac: Sunflowers are bold and exuberant and one of the flower associated with the star sign Leo

There are new rose invitations, using beautiful handmade tiny rose buds, many colours available, as well as the larger roses. These are paper handmade roses made from mulberry paper.

Below are the meanings for each colour of rose:

ROSES: Love, passion, perfection. The rose was named for the Latin word rosa which means red. It has been a symbol of love since ancient times. Associated with the fifthteenth wedding anniversary. It is also known as the birthflower of June.

ROSES, BURGUNDY: Beauty within.



ROSES, HIBISCUS: Delicate beauty.

ROSES, LAVENDER: Love at first sight, enchantment.

ROSES, LEAF: You may hope.

ROSES, MOSS: Confessions of love.

ROSES, ORANGE: Fascination, display feeling of enthusiasm.

ROSES, PEACH: Desire, gratitude, apprecation, admiration, sympathy, modesty.

ROSES, PINK: Happiness, appreciation, admiration, friendship, sympathy.

ROSES, DARK PINK: Thankfulness.

ROSES, LIGHT PINK: Grace, gladness, joy, perfect happiness, please believe me, gratitude, admiration, gentility.

ROSES, RED: Love, passion, respect, courage, I love you, beauty, pure and lovely, prosperity.

ROSES, DEEP RED: Un-selfconscious beauty.

ROSES, SINGLE, FULL BLOOM: I love you, I still love you, new love.

ROSES, BUD, SMALL: Pure and lovely, beauty and youth, a heart innocent of love, confession of love.

ROSES, THORNLESS: Love at first sight.

ROSES, WHITE: Innocence, purity, secrecy, I am worthy of you, silence, friendship, truth, virtue, girlhood, humility spiritual love, but of the soul, reverence, charm, happy love.

ROSES, WHITE, DRIED: Death is preferable to loss of virtue.

ROSES, YELLOW: Joy, friendship, true love, decrease of love, jealousy, try to care, freedom, slighted love, shows "I care", gladness.


ROSES, RED & WHITE TOGETHER: Unity, flower emblem of England.

ROSES, YELLOW & RED TOGETHER: Happiness, congratulations.

ROSES, YELLOW & ORANGE TOGETHER: Passionate thoughts.

Butterfly designs are elegant, charming and of course fun! These butterfly invitations use hearts for the butterfly wings, with a wire body and either a diamond or beads. You can also have a more simple butterfly design without the wire .Here are some inspirational butterfly verses:

You're My Butterfly

Your are the most beautiful thing
I've ever seen
You shine just like sunlight rays
On a winter snow
I just had to tell you so

Your eyes sparkle as the stars
Like the moon they glow
Your smile could light the world on fire
Or did you know?

Your minds full of everything
That I want to know
I just had to let you know
I just had to tell you so
Your're my butterfly
Fly high
Fly fly fly

A butterfly hovers closely
And then quickly moves away,
Swiftly going where so ever
Her heart may freely say.

A butterfly lowers and rises
With the winds's gusty breath,
As if coupled within a dance
Of a loving tenderness.

The butterfly only knows
How it feels to have wings,
To kiss the petals of flowers
In such elegant flitterings.

To have but one moment
Of such an exquisite flight,
Would be like a dream
Where all seems so right.

Butterfly, Oh, Butterfly

Butterfly, Oh, Butterfly,
Your beauty is so rare.

Butterfly, Oh, butterfly,
How could anyone dare.
to catch you and to hold you
against your solemn will?
They should just admire you
and let you have your fill.
of flitting here and flitting there,
gathering up your daily fare
of nectars from the flowers bright,
from early morning until night.

Butterfly, beautiful butterfly,
with so many colours rare,
it hurts my heart when one dies,
Yet, does anyone truly care?

For butterfly, butterfly,
you represent new birth,
from chrysalis until you die,
you beautify the earth.

thank you, lovely butterfly


Love is like a butterfly,
it goes where it pleases
and it pleases wherever it goes.

Love is like a butterfly,
hold it too tight, it'll crush,
hold it too loose, it'll fly.

Author Unknown

If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies.

Author Unknown

You can chase a butterfly all over the field and never catch it.
But if you sit quietly in the grass it will come and sit on your shoulder.

Author Unknown

New calla lily handmade wedding invitations are beautiful, the handmade lily looks clean and unfussy, complimenting the bride's bouquet of lilies. here are the meaning of the different colours of lilies:

Calla lily: Majesty, wealth, pride, innocence, purity.

White Lily: Purity, modesty, virginity, majesty, it's heavenly to be with you. The white lily is linked to Juno, the queen of the gods in Roman mythology, by the story that while nursing her son Hercules, some excess milk fell from the sky creating the group of stars we call the Milky Way, and lilies were created from what milk fell to the earth. The Easter lily is also known as the symbol of the Virgin Mary.

Orange Lily: flame, I burn for you.

Yellow Lily: I'm walking on air, false, gay.

LILY OF THE VALLEY: Return of happiness, purity of heart, sweetness, tears of the Virgin Mary, you've made my life complete, humility, happiness, love's good fortune. The legend of the lily of the valley is that it sprang from Eve's tears when she was kicked out of the Garden of Eden. It is also believed that this flower protects gardens from evil spirits. Also known as the flower of May.

Summer Wedding Flowers
You can't go wrong with an abundance of flowers at a summer wedding. There are so many varieties in season, you may have a tough time narrowing your choices down! Fill the scene with bright and cheerful flowers such as roses, sunflowers, red and yellow calla lilies, dahlias, gerber daisies, cosmos, mums, and zinnias. Bright purple dendrobium orchids are much less expensive during the summer months, so you can feel like a queen without the budget of one.

An alternative idea is an airy summer look with mostly white and light colored flowers such as roses, stephanotis, white phlox, elegant white calla lilies, huge and fragrant casa blanca lilies, hydrangea, snowball mums, and daisies (also known as Shasta daisies).

Ribbon designs come in a huge variety of colours, shades, widths and finishes making the ribbon designs very versatile. The most popular double faced satin or organza ribbon.

Handmade feather wedding invitations are beautifully simple and classy, and available in various coloured fluffy feathers.

The feather designs can be enhanced with beads, ribbon, flowers or wire hearts, its up to you!

At Ladybug Designs, prices are very competitive and we will try to match other handmade stationery within reason! If you have a budget set out for your stationery then Ladybug Designs will also try our best to keep the cost within it by making adjustments in design or materials. All designs are available in ANY colour and the bespoke service means you can have your own designs incorporated. An informal consultation is offered to all who make an enquiry and portfolios can be viewed by appointment in the comfort of your own home. All prices include printing and envelopes as required

Information on Invitation Wording

Below are some very useful articles all about wedding stationery and invitations as well as wording suggestions Many thanks to all the contributors

Courtesy of Rebecca Black of Etiquette Now!

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Wedding invitations can be made by word of mouth, by telephone, or by email. The main objective is to make sure that guests know the who, what, when, and where of the event. And although wedding invitations are much the same as any other invitation, they are more than just a simple invitation; they are a visual statement before the guest even reads the words. They convey the formality and tone of your event through the formality of the paper, letter font, and style; the more formal your wedding, the more formal the wedding invitations.

So it follows proper etiquette, that for a formal wedding you wouldn’t invite your guests via email, phone, or word of mouth. Formal wedding invitations are printed on heavyweight ivory, cream, or white paper using a classic letter style such as Roman. These are usually engraved and traditionally written in the third person style. If your wedding is informal, you are free to customize your unique wedding invitations with more informal language and style.

Note – Wedding Invitations: If you choose to invite guests for informal weddings via email, it is best to list a land address for those uncomfortable with email.

Typically the bride’s parents would issue the unique wedding invitations, because traditionally they would host their daughter’s wedding. However these days, more and more couples are paying for their own weddings or the costs are split so everyone can help the couple in the best way possible.

The reasoning behind couples paying for their own wedding is logical and fair. Today’s couple is more financially able to cover the costs. No longer does the bride live at home, taken care of by her father, until the day she marries someone who can then take care of her. Women take care of themselves--they should contribute.

Usually, wedding invitations will suggest who is considered the host; the host issues the invitation. Although, it is not incorrect to use the traditional style when the couple is covering the entire cost of the wedding; some wish to use this style out of respect for their parents and tradition.

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Wedding Invitation Wording

Traditional style used when the bride’s parents are hosting:

Doctor and Mrs. James Walker
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Cheryl Rae Walker
Mr. Timothy Earle Jones

When the bride’s parents are hosting and the groom’s parents are included:

Mr. and Mrs. James Walker
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Cheryl Rae Walker
Mr. Timothy Earle Jones
son of Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Jones

When both parents are hosting:

Mr. and Mrs. James Walker
Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Jones
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of
Cheryl Rae Walker
Mr. Timothy Earle Jones

The bride or groom wish to honor a deceased parent:

Mrs. James Walker
requests the honour of your presence
at the marriage of her daughter
Cheryl Rae Walker
also daughter of the late Mr. James Walker
Mr. Timothy Earle Jones
son of Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Jones or
(son of Mr. Carroll Jones and the late Mrs. Jane Jones)

When the bride’s stepfather is hosting along with the mother:

Mr. and Mrs. James Walker
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of her daughter
Cheryl Rae Stone
Mr. Timothy Earle Jones

NOTE: If her stepmother were hosting with her father, “at the marriage of ‘her’ daughter would be changed to ‘his’ daughter’’.

An invitation issued by the couple to the wedding and reception:

The honour of your presence is requested
at the marriage of
Cheryl Rae Walker
Mr. Timothy Earle Jones
Saturday, the fourth of March
at five o’clock
Veteran’s Memorial Center
And afterward at the reception


For less formal weddings, the phrase: “is requested at the marriage of” could be changed to “invite you to the wedding of.” It may begin with “Please join us to celebrate” or “We hope you will join us” just to name a few.

A custom, informal invitation, reflecting the couple, could look like this:

Cheryl Rae Walker
Mr. Timothy Earle Jones
invite you to share their joy
at their wedding

The couple is issuing the invitation, but honoring their parents:

Cheryl Rae Walker
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Walker
Mr. Timothy Earle Jones
son of Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Jones
request the honour of your presence

Not all invitations must be formal or informal cards as mentioned above. A nice handwritten letter could be an alternative if your wedding is a small intimate affair. An email message could be very similar.

Handwritten (Email) Invitation

Many prefer to include their reception information on the wedding invitation. However, there are times when a separate invitation to a wedding reception just makes sense. Reception invitations are often used when a reception is being held at a different time than the wedding, or when some are invited to the reception but not to a wedding. Many times divorced parents will split the invitations, with one issuing the wedding invitation and the other issuing the reception invitation. This is appropriate when both the mother and father of the bride are hosting the wedding.

Additionally, the reception invitation can include information, not mentioned on the wedding invitation, about formal attire, such as black tie. Typically, no other dress code is mentioned.

The pleasure of your company
is requested at the
wedding reception of
Cheryl Rae Walker
Mr. Timothy Earle Jones
Friday, the fourth of May
at three o'clock

(Optional: Black tie requested)




This example is also very useful for reception invitations for those who wish to have a destination wedding and plan a reception in their hometown after the wedding.
It is considered impolite to invite guests to a wedding and not to the reception. This is implying that some guests are important enough to entertain and some are not.
The Reply/Response Card

Some guests may forget to write their names on the response card. In order to keep track of who responds and who does not, make a list of your guests with a number assigned to each name. Mark the corresponding number in pencil on the back of each response card. You will know quickly who has and has not replied.

If you choose not to use a reply card, which is also known as a RSVP card, you would simply send a small card with your RSVP information stating, “The favour of a reply is requested by June 20, 2005,” or write it on your reception invitation. A formal response should be returned to the bride on the guest’s personal stationary.

Note: Place a stamp on the response card envelope before assembling the invitations and placing them into the envelopes.

A Formal Response

Ms. Shannon Pleasance
accepts with pleasure
your kind invitation
for Sunday, the twentieth of June
regrets that she is unable
to accept


Using email responses is also relatively new and is appropriate for informal (never formal) weddings.
Because it is so new and some may not be comfortable with sending emails for a wedding reply, it would be best to include a land address to reply to also.
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Assembling Invitations
You may have a number of enclosures, with which you will need to ‘stuff’ your envelopes—separate reception invitations, response cards, maps, at-home cards, etc. Lay everything out in the order in which each will be placed into the envelope, making sure that you have the same amount of each item.

Enclosures can be placed on top of or inside of the traditional engraved double sheet invitation, which folds like a book with the printing on top. With the multi-fold invitation in which the printing is on the inside, the enclosures are placed inside the first fold. All enclosures would be placed facing the back flap of the envelope on top of the invitation, so the guest can read each as she opens the invitation—most important on the bottom to least important on top.

Usually the tissue paper is thrown away.
Response envelope is placed behind the response card, printing of the names facing up toward the back of the outer envelope.
If there are other enclosures such as maps, at-home cards, or name cards, these are placed in order of size inside the envelope.
If using an inner envelope, the printing would be facing the back of the outer envelope.
Addressing Envelopes
Addressing your envelope is just as important as your invitations and is wrought with its own set of etiquette. Your envelopes should be handwritten unless your printer can duplicate handwriting. These need to ‘look’ handwritten. Please refrain from computer generated labels. Many couples choose to hire a calligrapher for an elegant appearance.

Current addresses, including zip codes, is particularly important as all of your invitations should be mailed, even those addressed to parents. These should be mailed six to eight weeks before your wedding date—at least eight weeks for out of town guests. However, before mailing all of your invitations assemble a test sample, including all of your enclosures. Have it weighed for correct postage.

The main reason why this is not the preferred method is because your guest might bring more people than you expect. “And family” to your guests may include parents who do not live with them.

A wedding day is a special celebration so the bride and groom with their families make many preparations ahead of time. The initial planning for the ceremony and the reception starts months ahead of time in order to have the proper reservations. Shopping for the dress and arrangements for the tuxedoes start early and can take many hours. Bakers make lots of delicious cakes, but these must be ordered in advance. When all the arrangements are fixed, the invitations should be sent out with all the information for the guests.

The invitations are the first word of the wedding celebration for many friends of the bride and groom. Most people recognize a wedding invitation when it arrives because these documents are usually similar. A handmade wedding invitation can be the first sign that this will be a special wedding with the bride and groom taking care of every detail. A handmade wedding invitation will be different from the typical invitation that arrives in the mail. The wedding invitation could be made personally by the bride, the groom or both. A handmade wedding invitation could be made by an artist commissioned by the couple.

The Elements of a Handmade Wedding Invitation Will Be Unique

A handmade wedding invitation is not created with one decision. There are many elements in a handmade wedding invitation. First of all, the creator of the handmade wedding invitation should decide on the wording to be placed in the invitation. All of the arrangements previously made for the reception and the ceremony need to be shared with the guests. The bride and groom will decide who will write the wording on the handmade wedding invitation. The next step will probably be a decision about the paper which will be a distinctive paper for an important event. The types of paper and the available colors are numerous so all possibilities should be carefully considered.

A couple choosing a handmade wedding invitation needs to include the important elements often done by a printer used to doing wedding invitations. A bride and groom do not send out wedding invitations daily like the printer, but they need to get information out and back in order have a smooth wedding ceremony and reception. The printer will include envelopes and response cards, and the couple making handmade wedding invitations should make sure they do not forget any of these important elements.

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Wikipedia Article on wedding stationery

A wedding invitation is a letter asking the recipient to attend a wedding. It is typically mailed four to six weeks before the wedding date. Wedding invitations may be printed using one of the following methods: engraving, lithography, thermography, letterpress printing and sometimes blind embossing. They can also be ordered from an artist specializing in handmade cards and invitations, or for the artistically inclined can be handmade. Making handmade wedding invitations has become increasingly popular due to the rise in popularity to the cardmaking and scrapbooking craft hobbies.

Most of the time, wedding invitations are mailed in double envelopes. The inner envelope may be lined, is not gummed, and fits into the outer envelope. The outer envelope is gummed for sealing and addressing. Traditionally, the mother of the bride addresses the wedding invitations. However, if she chooses not to, the mother of the bride may outsource this responsibility to a professional calligrapher or a friend with good penmanship.

Along with the wedding invitation, the ensemble may also include a response card and envelope. The response card is traditionally used for gathering totals for the caterer and getting a general number of guests attending. The recipient is asked to mail back the response card roughly two weeks before the wedding or by the date indicated. The envelope is pre-addressed and pre-stamped by the wedding party for ease.

Other pieces often included in the ensemble are the reception card or folder, map or direction card, and accommodation information. The reception card simply lists the addresses and times of any post-wedding events, such as a cocktail hour, dinner or dance. Map or direction cards provide details about the location of the wedding and reception. The accommodation information gives helpful tips about airfare, transportation or hotel arrangements for out-of-town guests. Local attractions may be featured as well. Often the accommodation information is sent in advance with the save the dates.

A save the date is similar to an invitation and is mailed up to one year before the wedding date. Save the dates simply announce that the wedding date has been set and encourages recipients to plan for the event. It is not used as a substitute for the wedding invitation and typically mentions that an invitation will follow. The save the date can also allow you to let guests know what area of the country the wedding will be held.

In countries that issue them, the envelope may be franked with love stamps. The United States postal service issues a love stamp each year specifically denominated to cover the double weight of the invitation and reply (a rate slightly less than the cost of two regular stamps).


Wedding Invitations - There's More to Invitations Than You Might Think

Everybody talks about wedding invitations, but what about all the other terms and items that are associated with them. Below are explanations of some of the more common terms and items that you’ll probably encounter while shopping for your invitations.

Seal n Send Invitations: This type of invitation is mailed to guests as a single-folded piece (without an envelope) having the respond postcard attached to the invitation by a perforation for easy removal. Since the respond piece is a postcard, you will save on postage for the return mailing. Prices for this product normally include seals along with a printed return address on both the back flap when initially mailing the invitation and on the perforated respond postcard.

Announcements: For those who won’t be invited to your wedding but you would still like them to know about your marriage, you can mail them an announcement card. They can be printed on the same paper as your invitation but mailed on your wedding day or immediately after with the wording stating that your wedding has already taken place.

Reception Cards: If there isn’t enough room on your invitation for listing the details of your reception or if not all guests will be invited to attend the reception, reception cards can be ordered to match your invitations and then be included as a separate insert. Please keep in mind that this card could possibly add to your mailing cost since postage is based on weight.

RSVP Cards: These cards are essential to planning for your dinner/reception since an accurate guest attendance count will be needed for food and seating preparations. The respond card along with its mailing envelope will be inserted with your invitation. Remember to include a postage stamp on this small envelope which will also have a mailing address already printed on it so all your guests have to do is fill out the card and mail it back by the date you have printed on it.

Map Cards: These direction cards would be included as a convenience for any guests who might not be familiar with the location of the church and/or reception.

Printed Invitation Envelope Flaps: This option of having your return address printed on the outside envelope can save you valuable time and ensure that undeliverable invitations are returned to you. There is a small cost involved but it also gives an address to those who might not be able to attend but still want to send you a card or gift.

Lined Inner Envelopes: For a small charge, you can request your inner envelopes have a colored lining to add a special touch to your invitation ensemble. Color choices will vary depending on the invitation style you choose.

Envelope Seals: These self-adhesive labels add just the right finishing touch. They are available in many styles and are used on your outer envelope making it look like they are holding the flap down even though it has already been sealed.

Informal Notes: These are used separately from your invitations but should be included with your original order since they are usually printed on matching paper and this will save you on shipping costs. They are personalized with either your names or monogram on the front with the inside being blank for writing your thank you notes. Any leftovers can be used long after the wedding for other purposes. Blank mailing envelopes are included with them.

Not all of the above items are necessary to make your wedding invitations complete. Remember, this is your special day, so it’s your decision as to which ones you would like to include as part of your invitation ensemble.

By: Sara Haese
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