Real Weddings: Pretty On Paper

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Meet Jens and Amol, a couple so pretty on paper you would think it too good to be true. World-travelers, yet homebodies when in town, these two businessmen know how to keep the flame alive. Date nights are a weekly ritual and weekends together are a sweet dose of couple activities. Their love for each other seems almost tangible, something which they were able to harness beautifully in their choice of stationery. Crane, being their stationery destination of choice, and a resource they use near exclusively in their home, was an easy decision for their wedding – and the perfect fit. Choosing an invitation suite that accommodated their exquisitely posh – yet within the bounds of casual – affair, was something the Crane team was wholly equipped for, and readily tuned into. The result? Something akin to magic, something near perfect. Their love became a sentiment caught on paper, and one all guests could touch, hold, and feel forever.

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Though it may not have been love at first sight for these two, they appear a seamlessly complementary fit to one another. With a wedding that fully articulated their styles, they approached the look and feel with a sort of casual formality that made their day equal parts lovely and luxurious. What all started at a business conference led to a candle-lit proposal, and then to an incredible wedding that included a surprise serenade by Jens at their reception. This beautiful couple planned quite the event – and it all started with their invitations.

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So let’s get to know them a little bit more in depth. We promise it will only prove that, though pretty on paper, they’re even better in real life.

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Tell us a little bit about yourselves! What type of couple are you – adventurer-seekers, or the popcorn and movie night type?

Jens: We both have hectic jobs that require quite a bit of travel, so when we happen to be in the same place and not working, we really like to just enjoy our time and not be too scheduled…so that could be a bottle of wine at home, a nice dinner out, or hitting the gym. One of my favorite times is our Saturday mornings when we spend hours reading the weekend papers and having breakfast together before working out. We also make sure to have at least one ‘date night’ a week.

Amol: I love our relaxing weekends, and weekly date nights, but when we’re not at home we love traveling (Jens especially!). Over the last two years we’ve been to places like South Africa, Turkey, Belgium, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and the Maldives. Our favorite place is Mexico, for the resorts (Jens) and the spicy, veggie food + margaritas (Amol).

Tell us how you and your partner met, and what was the proposal like? Give us all the details.  

Jens: We met at a networking conference when Amol was in business school and I was representing my employer at that time. Needless to say I was all business and made a bad impression…a couple of months later when Amol was in New York I wrote him to see if he wanted to catch up over a drink. He only realized it was a date about an hour in! The proposal was just as much a surprise to Amol. He had just accepted a new job offer, and I had told him I would come home to cook a celebratory meal. What he didn’t know was that he would be walking in on 400 tealight candles and 1,000 rose petals, as well as a wedding proposal.

Amol: I remember when I first met Jens, and I was so put off because, despite having mutual friends, he wouldn’t talk to me because I wasn’t interested in consulting! I nearly didn’t make it to what turned out to be our first date because it was a cold evening in January, I was coming back from a dinner with a couple of friends, and couldn’t find a cab. I’m glad I made it though! The moment Jens proposed was so indicative of how he is in general — the surprise, the bottle of Dom Perignon he had saved for that very occasion (before he met me, he had that bottle planned), the hundreds of tealights in our apartment. It all felt so perfect and amazing.

Tell me about the process of choosing your wedding invitations and did you have something in mind when you first approached Crane.com? What drew you to Crane.com? Did that change?

Jens: I’ve always used Crane for my personal stationery. I like the combination of a non-fussy design with the formality of the high quality paper stock for a written thank you note. For the wedding we were looking for the same kind of casual formality: black tie dress code at the Harvard Club of New York, but with guests truly enjoying every moment rather than being uncomfortable or bored. The invitation we chose fit with the venue and dress code: heavy paper stock with a very traditional font type and wording. We also worked with a calligrapher, Ashantai Yungai, that came recommended by Crane. He was the cherry on the cake, making sure our invitations wowed people as they received them.

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Amol: We’ve always used Crane stationery at our house, so choosing Crane was our number one choice. Our invitations were hand-calligraphed in navy blue ink, which was one of our wedding colors, and we really wanted them to feel special.

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Was there anything about the process of choosing your invitations that you weren’t expecting?

Jens: I didn’t realize there would be so much choice! Nor did I expect that, once presented with all the choices, I actually had strong opinions about wedding invitations. I was also shocked to see how much (or how little) some of the invitations cost. Crane was a great choice for us: I was very familiar with the quality of their products, and it allowed us to get a very luxurious invitation suite without exploding our budget.

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Do you have any advice for couples on the invitation process?

Jens: One of the best tips I received when picking our invitation, was to remember that for months, the save the date and subsequently the invitation are really the only tangible part of the wedding for all of your guests, so you want to set the right tone and create the right expectations. That’s why, for example, we made sure to use a calligrapher for both the save-the-dates and the actual invitations.

Amol: Completely agree. Not skimping on the invitations was one of the best decisions we made. I still have a copy of our invite, which we saved with our album.

Tell me about your wedding! What was your favorite moment?

Jens: The ceremony was actually my favorite moment of the day. We had a dear friend officiate, and the whole ceremony felt very personal. I really liked that we both wrote our own vows. I’ll remember those forever. I also really liked the speeches. We went light on the number of speeches and how long they could go, and everyone did such a great job at keeping them short, sweet, and funny.

Amol: My favorite part of the day was a surprise piano performance by Jens of John Legend’s song, “All of Me.” Jens had every single moment of the wedding planned out, so I was completely taken aback when suddenly this big piano rolled into the room, and Jens sat down to sing and play that song. He serenaded me in front of all our guests and loved ones, it was so beautiful — I was completely struck by how emotional and happy I felt. To this day, whenever I hear that song, I think back to our wedding day, it was really special.

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Photos by STAK Studios.

Kara Neff lives in New York City by way of Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. She can be found writing freelance for beauty, fashion and interior design outside of her full-time job as a fashion writer. 

Are you a bride, groom or stationer who has a Crane & Co. wedding invitation you’d like to have featured in Real Weddings? Email us at submissions@crane.com.

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Wedding Etiquette in the Age of Social Media

Navigating through the rules of wedding etiquette has always been difficult, but now social media is taking it to a whole new level. Engaged couples already have enough on their plates without having to worry about when or when not to post, tag or share. To make it easier, here’s some tips and tricks for celebrating a wedding in the digital age.

Do’s and Don’ts

  1. Don’t Change Your Facebook Status First: Getting engaged is incredibly exciting, but be sure to personally contact those who are most important to you (such as your parents, your siblings, grandparents, etc.) before posting your engagement on social media accounts.
  2. Do Think About Different Invites: If you’re going to have a formal engagement party or Jack and Jill, then it’s best to send traditional invitations, but if they’re going to be casual and low-key, then you can feel free to send a Facebook invite.

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  3. Don’t Brag About The Bling: It’s perfectly fine to post a picture of your engagement ring, but steer clear of creating hashtags or commenting on the carat weight, where it’s from and, of course, the price.
  4. Add Tech to Save The Date: There is nothing more special than receiving a Save the Date! Guests love the personal feeling of being thought of and included in your special moment. Don’t forget to add all of your social media and wedding website information on your stationery! This way, guests will know from the beginning what your hashtag is and will be able to see all of the pictures and information about your special moment from the start.
  5. Don’t Do Everything Online: Wedding invitations should always be physically mailed because the digital ones are impersonal. However, it is perfectly acceptable to allow your guests to RSVP digitally. Simply instruct them to text, use Facebook or your wedding website to RSVP. Likewise, thank you notes should be physically mailed, and hand-written, anything else seems cold and impersonal.

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  6. Do Be Honest! If you prefer a phone free/technology free wedding, tell your guests you prefer they don’t take or share photos of your wedding (you can do this online or on your wedding invitations). Be sure to let them know that you will be making wedding photos available for anyone who wants them.
  7. Don’t Update Social Media Immediately: While some couples are so excited they change their Facebook status to married right at the altar, it’s best to wait until after the reception so you can take the time to enjoy your special day.
  8. Do Share Your Location: Be sure to share your Google map location for the church as well as the reception with your guests to make it easier for them to navigate especially for those who are coming from out of town.

Creating a Wedding Website

Creating a wedding website is a fun, easy and efficient way to organize all of your wedding plans and activities. You can use your wedding website to create and share a wedding checklist with the rest of the wedding party, share updates about the wedding with your guests and create a link straight to your bridal registry.

This is ideal for couples who are registered at multiple places because most sites combine all your registries into one easy access gift list. In addition, your guests can quickly and easily RSVP right from your site.

Free website platforms make it easy to find a wide array of wedding themes and designs. That are also well-known wedding sites that offer hundreds of wedding website templates, that make it easy to create and personalize yours.

These platforms allow you to create personalized URLs as well as link your wedding hashtags and all your social media accounts to your site so that all your wedding moments are saved in one place.

How and When to Create Wedding Hashtags

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For those who embrace having a digital wedding and want their friends to take pictures of their special day, creating personalized wedding hashtags is great way to access all of your wedding pictures and videos online. It is important to make your wedding hashtags are personal so that they stand out from the rest.

When Creating Customized Wedding Hashtags You Should:

  1. Try to incorporate your first, last and/or nicknames. It’s also popular for couples to use mashup names in their hashtags.
  2. Use numbers in your hashtags because there may be a ton of #WeddingReception, or #JackandJill’s out there but few #WeddingReception060516. While it’s best for the numbers to be associated with the wedding date if those numbers are not available, try using the day you first met or another number sequence that is meaningful to you and your future spouse.
  3. Be sure to test your hashtags out to verify that the pictures are actually associated with them before instructing your guests to use them.
  4. Once they have been created, be sure to include the hashtags you want your guests to use on your save-the-dates, wedding invites, and all of your stationery so everyone knows well ahead of time which ones to use.

Naomi Shaw lives in Southern California with her husband and three kids. She is a free-lance journalist and stay at home mom that enjoys writing on fashion and beauty around the web and is a regular contributor for Brilliance.com.

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Enter our “World Stationery Day” Giveaway

In celebration of the 2016 World Stationery Day and the written word, we are hosting a Giveaway! Everyone who participates on April 27, 2016, as detailed below, will receive one box of free Crane stationery. Here is how to take part:

1) Log onto your Pinterest account, follow us and create a board called “World Stationery Day 2016”.

2) Fill your board with at least 15 pins featuring all things stationery, including at least 5 pins of Crane & Co. stationery. Use images from our website www.crane.com or our Pinterest boards as your pins.

3) Email us a link to your board at submissions@crane.com.

4) Tell all your friends about this important day and ask them to enter, too.

5) Keep writing!

Terms & Conditions 

By participating in the 2016 World Stationery Day Giveaway, the participant grants Crane & Co. permission to promote the participant’s name and submission for marketing purposes. Slight alterations may be made by staff in order to fit size restrictions on our digital marketing platforms.

If children under the age of 18 are shown on the participant’s submitted Pinterest board, a parent or legal guardian must approve the inclusion of said photo. The giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m., EDT on Wednesday, 27 April, 2016. Links to boards must be received before the end of the giveaway to be eligible. Any received after Wednesday, 27 April, 2016, will be disqualified. Only one Pinterest board per participant is permitted, and it must be submitted via email.

All submitted boards have an equal opportunity. Boards will be accepted with no discrimination toward sex, race or age. All decisions are final. Crane & Co. reserves the right to refuse any board they deem unacceptable for any reason.

Participants will be responsible for obtaining any and all consents, approvals and licenses required in connection with their participation in the giveaway. Participants will be contacted by Crane & Co. via Pinterest and the prize will be release within two weeks.

Participation in this giveaway includes automatic sign-up for the weekly Crane & Co. e-newsletter.

Each participant will receive one box of stationery from the www.crane.com website, with an estimated value of $20. Crane & Co. reserves the right to substitute a product of equal or greater value. The participant may not exchange the giveaway item for cash or any other merchandise or service. The participant will be solely responsible for all applicable taxes related to accepting the prize.

Participants are granting Crane & Co. an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide right and license to use your Pinterest board in connection with the giveaway and feature your Pinterest board and all its content in connection with the giveaway in all media (now known or hereafter developed). Participants agree to sign any necessary documentation that may be required for us and our designees to make use of the rights participants grant above. Participants will not receive any compensation or credit for use of their Pinterest board, other than as described in these terms and conditions.

By entering this giveaway, each participant is, to the extent allowed by law, releasing and holding harmless Crane & Co., Inc and its subsidiaries, affiliates, employees and agents from any and all liability arising from or in connection with the giveaway or any prize received.

You are not eligible to participate in the giveaway if you are an employee or an immediate family (parent, sibling, spouse, child) or household member of Crane & Co. or any of its subsidiaries, or a person involved in any part of the administration or execution of the giveaway. This giveaway is void in Puerto Rico and wherever else prohibited.

Have a question about our giveaway? Email the Crane Concierge at submissions@crane.com.

Enter our “Oscar Stationery” Giveaway

In celebration of 88th Academy Awards, we are hosting the “Oscar Stationery” Giveaway. Everyone who participates will receive one box of stationery from the “Boxed Note Cards” section of www.crane.com. Here is how to enter:

1) Log onto your Pinterest account, follow us and create a board called “Oscar Stationery”.

2) Fill your board with at least 7 A-listers nominated for Oscar this year and match them with Crane & Co. stationery pieces that suit their personality best in your opinion. Use images from our website www.crane.com or our Pinterest boards as your Pins.

3) Email us a link to your board at concierge@crane.com.

4) Tell all your friends to enter, too.

5) Toast to all 2016 Oscar Nominees and wish them best of luck!

Terms & Conditions 

By entering the “Oscar Stationery” Giveaway, the contestant grants Crane & Co. permission to promote the contestant’s name and submission for marketing purposes. Slight alterations may be made by staff in order to fit size restrictions on our digital marketing platforms.

If children under the age of 18 are shown on the contestant’s submitted Pinterest board, a parent or legal guardian must approve the inclusion of said photo. The contest ends at 11:59 p.m., EDT on Monday, February 29th, 2016. Entries must be received before the end of the contest to be eligible. Any received after February 29th, 2016, will be disqualified. Only one Pinterest board per contestant is permitted, and it must be submitted via email.

All submitted boards have an equal opportunity. Boards will be accepted with no discrimination toward sex, race or age. All decisions are final. Crane & Co. reserves the right to refuse any board they deem unacceptable for any reason.

Contestants will be responsible for obtaining any and all consents, approvals and licenses required in connection with their participation in the contest. Contestants will be contacted by Crane & Co. via Pinterest and the prize will be release within two weeks.

By entering the contest, contestants are automatically signed up for the weekly Crane & Co. e-newsletter.

The winner will receive one box of stationery from the “Boxed Note Cards” section of www.crane.com. The estimated value of this prize is $20.00. Crane & Co. reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. The winner may not exchange the prize for cash or any other merchandise or service. The winner will be solely responsible for all applicable taxes related to accepting the prize.

Contestants are granting Crane & Co. an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide right and license to use your entry in connection with the contest and feature your entry and all its content in connection with the contest in all media (now known or hereafter developed). Contestants agree to sign any necessary documentation that may be required for us and our designees to make use of the rights contestants grant above. Contestants will not receive any compensation or credit for use of their entry, other than as described in these terms and conditions.

The potential winner may be required sign an affidavit of eligibility, a liability/publicity release and other documentation. If the potential winner does not and return these required forms within the time period stated on the winner notification message, Crane & Co. may disqualify that person and select an alternate winner. Crane & Co. is not responsible for any unauthorized use of contestants.

By entry this contest, each contestant is, to the extent allowed by law, releasing and holding harmless Crane & Co., Inc and its subsidiaries, affiliates, employees and agents from any and all liability arising from or in connection with the contest or any prize won.

You are not eligible to participate in the contest if you are an employee or an immediate family (parent, sibling, spouse, child) or household member of Crane & Co. or any of its subsidiaries, or a person involved in any part of the administration or execution of the contest. This contest is void in Puerto Rico and wherever else prohibited.

Have a question about our contest? Email the Crane Concierge at concierge@crane.com.

And the winner of our “Love Is…” Valentine’s Day Pinterest Contest Is…

Screen Shot 2016-02-19 at 4.16.51 PMThis past week we had the delight of viewing all of the entries for our “Love Is…” Valentine’s Day Pinterest contest. The task was to create a board inspired by our gold engraved #XOXO Correspondence Card, and in response we received a most creative assortment.

Just a few of items our enthusiasts love include:

Unfortunately, we had to pick (at random) one lucky winner. Take a peek at her “Love Is…” Pinterest board.

XOXO,
Crane & Co.

Life’s richer with friends, so let’s stay in touch! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest.

Enter Our “Love Is…” Valentine’s Day Pinterest Contest

Engraved #XOXO Correspondence CardAmour. Amor. Love. XOXO. No matter how you express it, there’s only one feeling that gets its own holiday.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we thought we would celebrate the holiday with the most heart by showing some love to our enthusiasts (that would be you!). Inspired by all things pink, red and amorous, we created a Pinterest board just in time for Valentine’s Day.

We’d like you to do the same, and one lucky Pinner will receive a box of their favorite stationery from our Catalog collection. Here’s how to enter:

1) Log onto your Pinterest account*, follow us and create a board called “Love Is…”

2) Using our engraved “#XOXO Correspondence Card” as one of your Pins, fill your board with 10-20 Pins inspired by anything and everything you love in life.

3) Email us a link to your board at concierge@crane.com

4) Tell all your friends to enter, too (a little healthy competition is good)

5)  Wait with baited breath until we announce the winner on Tuesday, February 16th via our blog  & Facebook page

6) Toast to all those who bring love into your life and wish them a Happy Valentine’s Day

Terms & Conditions 

By entering the “Love Is…” Valentine’s Day Contest, the contestant grants Crane & Co. permission to promote the contestant’s name and submission for marketing purposes. Slight alterations may be made by staff in order to fit size restrictions on our digital marketing platforms.

If children under the age of 18 are shown on the contestant’s submitted Pinterest board, a parent or legal guardian must approve the inclusion of said photo. The contest ends at 11:59 p.m., EDT on February 14, 2016. Entries must be received before the end of the contest to be eligible. Any received after February 14, 2016, will be disqualified. Only one Pinterest board per contestant is permitted, and it must be submitted via email.

All submitted boards have an equal opportunity of being scored by our judges. Boards are judged on quality, composition and ability to capture the spirit of the contest. Boards will be judged with no discrimination toward sex, race or age. All decisions are final. Crane & Co. reserves the right to refuse any board they deem unacceptable for any reason.

Contestants will be responsible for obtaining any and all consents, approvals and licenses required in connection with their participation in the contest. Crane & Co. expects to select a winner on or around February 16, 2016. The Winner will be informed via email and the prize will be release within two weeks of the announcement. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours of being contacted, a new winner will be chosen.

By entering the contest, contestants are automatically signed up for the weekly Crane & Co. e-newsletter.

The winner will receive one box of stationery from the “Boxed Note Cards” section of www.crane.com. The estimated value of this prize is $20.00. Crane & Co. reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. The winner may not exchange the prize for cash or any other merchandise or service. The winner will be solely responsible for all applicable taxes related to accepting the prize.

Contestants are granting Crane & Co. an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide right and license to use your entry in connection with the contest and feature your entry and all its content in connection with the contest in all media (now known or hereafter developed). Contestants agree to sign any necessary documentation that may be required for us and our designees to make use of the rights contestants grant above. Contestants will not receive any compensation or credit for use of their entry, other than as described in these terms and conditions.

The potential winner may be required sign an affidavit of eligibility, a liability/publicity release and other documentation. If the potential winner does not and return these required forms within the time period stated on the winner notification message, Crane & Co. may disqualify that person and select an alternate winner. Crane & Co. is not responsible for any unauthorized use of contestants.

By entry this contest, each contestant is, to the extent allowed by law, releasing and holding harmless Crane & Co., Inc and its subsidiaries, affiliates, employees and agents from any and all liability arising from or in connection with the contest or any prize won.

You are not eligible to participate in the contest if you are an employee or an immediate family (parent, sibling, spouse, child) or household member of Crane & Co. or any of its subsidiaries, or a person involved in any part of the administration or execution of the contest. This contest is void in Puerto Rico and wherever else prohibited.

Good luck!

Have a question about our contest? Email the Crane Concierge at concierge@crane.com.

A special thank you to our fans…

We appreciate all of our fans and love it when they use our stationery to say thank you! Tom Brady did just that with a beautiful thank you letter to his fans written on Crane & Co. personalized engraved stationery. Click here to read his eloquent note.

Tom Brady Letter to His Fans

As a thank you to all fans of the written word we’re offering a special 10% discount “BRADY” promotion exclusively on our website from now through January 31st.

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Derbyshire Ecru Sheet with Regent Bordered Envelope
Kingswood Ecru Bordered Sheet

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Real Weddings: A Bride Bets on Tradition

paper-merchant-naples-invitation-blurredWe often say that Crane is a name that is passed down from generation to generation. But we’re still always delighted when we meet someone—especially a bride—who chooses our stationery because it was given to them by a beloved older family member.

Bride Liana wanted to do just that after her mother gave her Crane stationery when she began college.

“She told me that I could write to her, in addition to calling home, if I ever felt homesick,” Liana said. “I loved that paper set, and knew I wanted to go with Crane for my wedding invitations.”

Here, Liana advises on who brides should take with them to their invitation appointment and her stationer—Corinne of The Paper Merchant in Naples, Florida—shares why traditional invitations are making a comeback.
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Real Weddings: For the Love of Layers

paper-merchant-genevaEach month our factory sends us a big box of wedding invitations—samples of orders we print for couples surely anxious for those blue boxes to finally arrive. When the box arrives, it truly feels like Christmas as we hold each invitation to admire. Not only are these the invitations we choose our Real Weddings features from, but they are also how we pinpoint trends in what brides are ordering.

One trend we are seeing a lot of these days is layering. Just like with hair, layers give invitations dimension and volume. For this process, our finishing department applies a process called duplexing: the larger card serves as the bottom layer, and the smaller—most often a different color—is affixed to it. Couples love the look because of the thickness it creates as well as its ability to showcase a wedding color palette while keeping the design classic and elegant.

Such was the case with Erika and Ryan, who enlisted the expertise of stationer Sarah at The Paper Merchant in Geneva, Illinois to create their ecru-atop-navy invitation. Not only is it layered, but it also features a gilt edge, a detail that adds such a stunning touch. Here, we talk to both bride and stationer about, among other things, creating this timeless look.
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