Tips and Advice from Style My Card

Keeping in touch with friends and family – announcing your engagement – and inviting all to celebrate a special occasion in your life is important to you … and to us!  We’ve designed Style My Card to be another way to remember all in your hectic life.  We would also like to help you with these tips and advice ideas to make sending those special cards easy.

Click one of the following to get some ideas:

 


 

What is a Bleed?

Bleeds allow you to run artwork to the edge of a page. All of our products are press printed, the artwork is printed on a large sheet of paper and then trimmed down to size. If you do not allow for a 1/8 of an inch bleed, Bleeds ensure you get the results you need (see below).

 

 

Why is Adding a Bleed Necessary?

Small mechanical variations can end up leaving a hairline white edge where there should be no white edge at all, if the image is not extended beyond the final trim size. Extending images 1/8" beyond the final trim size guarantees that images truly will go all the way to the edge of the printed card.

 

Incorrect -
As you can see the brides gown and grooms feet will be cut off.
  Correct -
The subject is all within a 1/4 of an inch which will make a perfect card.
 
   

Please note, when you design your card on Stylemycard.com you will not see the safe or trim lines. Remember the rule of thumb NOTHING IMPORTANT GOES TO THE EDGE OF THE CARD!

 

 

Wording For Cards

 

Wedding Invitations or Announcements

WHEN TO SEND

For local weddings, aim to send out your invitations 4-6 weeks before your wedding. For destination weddings, aim at sending them 12 weeks in advance.

 

GUIDELINES

  • Typically the person who is hosting the wedding would go first, whether it be the bride’s parents, the groom’s parents or both sets.
     
  • The use of “request the pleasure of your company“ is used when the ceremony is located at a secular venue while “request the honor of your presence” is used when the ceremony is located at a Religious Venue
     
  • Dates and Times on your invitations are traditionally spelled out however for a more modern look you may choose to use numbers. I.E. Saturday, the twenty-second of February, Two Thousand Fourteen or Saturday 02.22.14. In regards to the time, note that between 12 noon and 5:30 pm is considered the afternoon and any from 6:00 pm or later would be considered the evening. If the time falls on a half hour the proper way to word it would be "half after four o'clock."
     
  • When referencing an address be sure to spell out all abbreviations (Street, Road, Avenue, Crescent etc.), as well as City, State and County names. Postal/Zip codes should not be listed.
     

EXAMPLES

Casual Invitation wording
Together with their families
Amber Marie
and
Jackson Christensen
invite you to the celebration of their marriage
Saturday, May 14th, 2013, 5pm
The Bell Room
12 East Center Street
Provo, UTAH
Merriment to follow

 

Casual Invitation wording
He asked + she said yes!
Erika Andersen
and
Clark Smith
Are getting married and
they ask you to join them
Saturday, May 14th, 2013 @ 4pm
Thanksgiving Point
Lehi, Utah
Dinner & Dancing to follow

 

 

4 Tips for Perfect Photos

#1: Shoot a lot, only keep a few. Pros keep only between 1-10% of photos they take – seriously! Models don’t just walk on to set, take one photo, and leave. Change your angles and what you are doing. The more selection, the better. To improve your odds.

 

#2: Posture and angles. Elongate your neck, and tilt your chin just a bit. Do not slouch. Keep your shoulders back. If you are standing – turn slightly and rest your weight on your back leg. Don’t keep your legs together and shoulders straight. Lean slightly toward the camera and angle your face and/or body. Ensure the lens is above you, if the photographer is shorter than you, move to an area where they can stand on something or you can get below the lens. Head shots can also be more pleasing if only one ear is showing.

 

#3: Facial expressions. Laugh and smile. Keep your tongue behind your teeth. Look slightly above the lens. Try looking away from the camera and a few facial expressions. Candid shots are engaging and more interesting than the traditional “say-cheese” forced smile, which can create a forced look and squinty eyes.

 

#4: Eyes. Your eyes are the key. Holding a pose and keeping your eyes engaged is difficult. So close your eyes and then open them. Look away, then look back to the camera. Do something unexpected. Talk to the photographer. Face your eyes towards the light source: catchlights create sparkle and immediately add life to your eyes. If you are outdoors, stand in the shade, and face the light. If you are indoors, face a window at an angle.