It’s pretty safe to say that we here at the Mansion love wedding etiquette as much as stationery so we were delighted to get to know Elizabeth Howard of The Cordial Cricket, who is an expert on both! Today, Elizabeth was kind enough to chat with us a bit about how she got her start in the wedding industry, as well as tackles a stationery question we also get all of the time!
Take it away, Elizabeth-
Mind giving us a little background as to how you got your start in the wedding industry?
I started my own stationery business out of my home 7 years ago based on my love of invitations, stationery, weddings and etiquette. I have always loved a good old handwritten note and much prefer the tradition of a nicely printed invitation to an evite. I have since trained formally in the world of etiquette and helped hundreds of brides and clients find the perfect invitations and stationery to express their personal style. My business now has three boutique studio locations where I enjoy meeting with brides and clients by appointment to discuss their invitation, stationery and event planning needs.
What is your favorite part about working in the wedding industry?
I truly enjoy spending time to really get to know my clients and developing close personal relationships with them and their families during some of the most special times in their lives. Helping customers to achieve their goals one-on-one is my passion. I am also very “Type-A” and every aspect of the wedding industry, invitations and stationery included, involve lots and lots of details. I thrive on the details of working in the wedding industry.
What question do you most often get from brides about wedding stationery?
This is a tough one because there are so many questions that we get asked repeatedly. Brides certainly want to know about timeline for mailing, which is 8-12 months prior to the wedding for Save the Dates and 6-8 weeks prior to the wedding for invitations. Sometimes brides like to try to come up with reasons they feel it necessary to mail their wedding invitations more than the suggested etiquette guideline of 6-8 weeks before the event. There really is not an acceptable reason to do so, no matter how important the reason may seem. It is just not proper to mail the invitations more than 8 weeks prior to the wedding. Save the dates can really help to balance this desire and get the most crucial information regarding date, travel, accommodations info, etc. in the hands of their guests as far as 8-12 months prior to their special day.
Any tips you’d like to share with our 2012 brides?
Sure, one tip is to capture your guest’s entree selections properly and efficiently if having a plated dinner at your reception. Many find it important just to ask guests to check on the response card which entree they would like, rather than asking who is actually going to have which entree as their meal. It works very well and concisely to ask guests to “Please indicate entree using your initials” on the response cards, which gets you both answers in one, who is having chicken and who is having beef and how many chicken and beef entrees you need to designate for their family/party. This will help immensely and save so much time at your reception when the servers actually know which guests at a table are supposed to get certain entrees.
To learn more about The Cordial Cricket and their services, visit their web site today! Thanks Elizabeth for stopping by!
See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez
Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests.