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Our Favorite Invitation Websites (with Coupons!) November 30, 2014

If you’re looking for invitations or announcements online, there are a lot of websites available. Most offer all kinds of customizable design layouts and the option to add photos and personalized text. These sites offer cards for every occasion, from wedding invitations and save-the-date cards to holiday photo cards and shower announcements. Here are a few of our favorites – we think each of these companies has something that makes it special – and perfect for your next event!

 
minted collection

Minted (www.minted.com)

Minted offers an exclusive assortment of holiday cards, Christmas cards, wedding invitations, baby announcements and many more cards sourced through their global community of indie designers. All of their designs are customizable and have add-on features such as envelop colors, return labels and corresponding thank you cards.

 

What We Love: Purchase customizable place cards and receive FREE guest name printing! These are a great option for an event of any size, from a large wedding or a small dinner party.

 

Right now: Enjoy 15% off wedding orders of $200+, 10% off $150+ with CODE: WED2014. Sign up for their newsletter or visit http://www.minted.com/minted-coupon-codes for additional promotional codes.

 
 
 
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Tinyprints (www.tinyprints.com)

Tinyprints specializes in personalized birth and graduation announcements, birthday and shower invitations, and thank you cards. You can include your own photos or use one of their stylish designs.

 

What We Love: Tinyprints has a resource page (http://www.tinyprints.com/etiquette.htm) to help with wording, advice and inspiration on your invitations.

 

Right Now: Free Shipping on Orders of $49+ with CODE: FREESHIP49. Sign up for their newsletter to receive additional promotional codes.

 
 
 
weddingpaper

Wedding Paper Divas (www.weddingpaperdivas.com)

Wedding Paper Divas (the sister company to Tiny Prints) is a great online resource to find everything from gorgeous wedding invitations and save the date cards to rehearsal dinner invites and response cards.

 

What We Love: Completely coordinate your invitations with personalized postage!

 

Right Now: Sign up for our emails and get $15 off your first purchase. Free Shipping For All Orders! CODE: FS14. And check back for Deal of the Day!

 
 
 
pear tree colors

Pear Tree Greetings (www.peartreegreetings.com)

Pear Tree’s collection of save the date cards and save the date magnets are uniquely modern and fresh in design, combining photos and the latest trends to let you create a look all your own.

 

What We Love: Their unique wedding invitations can also be customized with photos and your choice of over 70 colors to perfectly match your wedding colors.

 

Right Now: Save 40% on select wedding invitations with code WEDSAVE40. Sign up for their email sand $10 off your first order.

 
 
 
paperless post

Paperless Post (www.paperlesspost.com)

If you want to be completely paperless and deliver your invitations online, Paperless Post has some great options. Paperless Post helps you create online and paper stationery that reflects your individual aesthetic.

 

What we love: For the budget-conscientious bride, they have an assorted of free designs.

 

Right now: 15% off flat-printed invitations and announcements when using Promo Code CBHOLIDAY15.

 
 

Need help with invitations? Hello Productions can handle it! Contact us today!

 

Tables, Dance Floors, Stages … What Size Do I Need? November 12, 2014

When you are configuring your space for an event, you need to consider how many people are coming and how much space you have available. Knowing these two numbers will help you know how to set up the room and how many to seat at each table.

 

Round tables

These typically come in four different sizes:
36” Round – Seats 4 people
48” Round – Seats 6-8 people
60” Round – Seats 8-10 people
72” Round – Seats 10-12 people
*Note that the lower number of people will be the most comfortable for your guests, but if you are working with limited space, the higher number will fit.

 

Rectangular (or Banquet) Tables

6’ Banquet – Seats 6-8
8’ Banquet – Seats 8-10

 

Cocktail Tables

30” or 32” Cocktail tables (typically 42″ high)
*There isn’t a formula for cocktail tables since every party is different – if you are having heavy appetizers, we recommend more tables, as guests will be looking for someplace to set their drinks down while they eat. If you are having passed appetizers and a short cocktail hour, you could easily get away with just a few throughout the space.

 

Head Tables

If you decide to do round head tables or have a table with seating on both sides, refer to the guide above. If you are doing a long, one-side head table, expect to need an 8’ Banquet table for each four people. (For example, if you have 12 people at the head table you will need three 8’ Banquet tables.)

 

Sweetheart Table

Sometimes, the bride and groom will have a table for the two of them, commonly referred to as a sweetheart table. This is typically a small round (36”) table.

 

Cake Table

While this can be any size table, venues often provide or recommend a 48” round or half round to display the cake. If your cake is made up of multiple cakes or has corresponding cupcakes, you may want to secure a larger table to make sure you have enough room.

 

Dance Floor

Many venues will provide a dance floor and recommendations on how big it should be based on your guest list, but if you find yourself needing to contact a rental company for dance floor tiles, here are some tips.

 

Figure you will want 2-4 feet per guest. If you are expecting most guests to be on the dance floor, you may want to go for 3-4 feet of dance floor per person. If you have a group that likes to watch rather than dance, you can probably estimate 2-3 feet per guest.

 

For example, 20’ x 20’ dance floor should fit 150-200 guests comfortably.

 

DJ or Band Space

Don’t forget to calculate space for the band or DJ! A DJ can typically set up in a 10’ x 10’ space; but a band will need more, especially if they are a larger band. Ask for the size of stage or space they will need ahead of time so you can include that in your layout.

 

Looking for someone to handle the layout of your space for you? Give Hello Productions a call! We are happy to create a layout for your wedding or event and help you fit everything in!

 

Ski Trip Planning Tips For Any Resort And Any Budget November 3, 2014

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As the weather gets colder, many people start dreaming about the beach; but for those snow bunnies out there, we have some tips to help you plan your next ski trip! Ski resorts have something for everyone, from ski sports to shopping, and from great restaurants to spas, perfect for a couples weekend away or family trip.

 

Ski trips can get costly, so consider going during off-peak times, such as the post-holiday, pre-spring-break month of January. Many resorts offer deals on lodging and lift tickets during these low season times. Another tip is to plan your trip during the week, as weekend prices are often higher. Avoid holidays since many resorts will charge extra holiday rates.

 

Before you pack up all your equipment, look online for deals that include lift tickets and rentals. These may be less expensive than buying your tickets and renting your equipment separately; and may end up being a good value, even if you own your own equipment. Sometimes renting equipment can save you the hassle and cost of packing and checking it on the airline. If you do decide to bring your equipment, pack as much as you can in your boot and ski bags, limited the number of additional suitcases you have to take.

 

When picking your accommodations, decide if you want the convenient (but sometimes more expensive) option of lodging on the slopes or if you want to save your money and stay off the mountain. If you decide to stay outside of the resort, be sure to research transportation options (is there a shuttle to take you to the resort each day or will you need to hire a taxi or rent a car?). The transportation options should figure into your budget for accommodations. If you have a large group, it may make sense to rent a van instead of having to call two taxis to travel together.

 

Another tip to save money during your trip is to eat in meals and pack lunches. You may want to make a grocery store trip the first day for breakfast items you can eat before you leave and things to pack for lunch. You can leave your lunch in a locker, saving money on buying lunch each day. You can then feel guilt-free when you splurge for dinner out one or two nights. Another option is to have everyone take turns making dinner. Give each person a budget and they can use it for groceries or take-out, as long as they stick to it! Be prepared to be exhausted after a fun day of skiing and snowboarding, so a quiet dinner in by the fireplace might be exactly what you want.

 

Bonus Tips from Hello Travel

vail village

Thinking Colorado? While Breckenridge’s newest expansion has recently been completed (additional 543 acres of skiable terrain) and may be tempting, remember it will be tempting to many and receive a lot of press – and crowds – this season! Instead, opt for a trip to Vail (pictured at right), which will have reduced lines due to its new six-passenger chairlift.

 

In the market for new equipment? Most of the major brands are releasing upgraded ski boots, with for comfort for hiking as well as functionality for skiing. Look for pre-season and after-Christmas deals.

 

Looking for a new resort to visit? Check out the 50 Best Ski Resorts 2013-2014 from The Active Times. While the western half of the country has some amazing resorts, for those looking to stay on the east coast, Stowe and Killington Resorts in Vermont made the top 30.

 

Still not sure where to start?

Let Hello handle it! Hello Productions can help you with all aspects of your trip, from booking the lodging and flights, to arranging transportation and restaurant recommendations. Give us a call today!