We sat down with Kara Underwood Gordon, owner of our favorite stationary and more store- Magnificent Milestones, to get answers to some of our most pressing stationary/correspondence questions while checking out some of the adorable shop’s current items.
A: One week.
A: I have heard people say that you have up to a year to send a wedding gift, but I disagree. I think the wedding gift should be sent within a month of the wedding. Of course, in certain cases like gifting a couple’s massage on their honeymoon which is more than a month after the wedding, over a month is fine.
A: An acknowledgement of each is nice, whether it is a thoughtful card or a gift.
A: My top three favorites: a great bottle of wine, a scented candle or fresh flowers. I wouldn’t ask the host or hostess to open the bottle of wine that night in case they may have already thought out the wine pairings. It should be for them to enjoy on their own time. Every woman loves scented candles and fresh flowers, but don’t always buy them for themselves. So, it is a great treat!
A: I think anytime someone is opening up their home and hosting, you shouldn’t come empty handed.
A: I think thank you emails are quick, easy and completely acceptable for a small thank you message. I think a thank you note is reserved for a time when you want the recipient to know just how much it meant to you. You took extra time to write a note, and realy express your gratitude.
A: This is hard because I find myself doing this! No, I don’t think it is necessary. If you are like me and find yourself wanting to thank a thank you, this is a perfect time to email a simple thank you!
A: Foil printing. It is similar to letterpress in that it is pressed into the paper, but unlike letterpress it achieves a metallic finish. It is gorgeous!
A: Die cut wraps. These hold invitations (wrap around them) and add a lot of depth to the whole suite. We are working on a custom Chicago skyline die cut right now!
A: An evite is perfectly acceptable for casual parties or when you simply don’t have time to pull together a printed invitation.
A: I don’t think so. Typically they are sent rather quickly, but there is something nice about getting a card a couple weeks out to know that someone is still thinking of you.
A: I suggest holding off on sending holiday cards until after Thanksgiving (until the first week of the New Year assuming they are New Year cards).