Saturday, February 27, 2010

JW Impressions - The Website

JW Impressions is pleased and ecstatic to announce the launch of! Need I say more!?! I should warn you all that it's still under construction is some spots, but it's live and in action. Check it out, bookmark it, live it, learn it, love it! A special thanks for my dear friend, Monica, for helping me with my fabulous pictures! So without further adieu I give you!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

My 15 Minutes of Fame!

Let me share a little snippet about my fun little fifteen minutes of fame! I normally wouldn't bore you with personal details but this is one of the very few exceptions I had to make.

My very own wedding was last year on July 3rd. My husband and I were married at the Merion Tribute House located in Merion Station, PA. The grounds and venue are just simply stunning! We couldn't have been happier with the choice we made to have the most important ceremony of our life at this beautiful, castle like, historical spot on the Main Line.

One of the many fantastic spots to take pictures at the Merion Tribute House is their very grand front door! When I saw it in person I knew I had to get a picture with it as my backdrop! Our photographer, Suzanne Collier Photography, and I knew this shot was a "must"!

Clearly the Merion Tribute House thought the same as they contacted Suzanne Collier Photography about using her work in a magazine ad they were looking to place. The magazine is Main Line Today, a local magazine that features articles on dining, shopping, people and events surrounding the infamous Main Line (Philadelphia, PA).

So here I am! Or at least the back of me! Thanks to Suzanne Collier Photography and the Merion Tribute House for making the memories of our wedding a little bit more special!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

What's the Difference Between Escort & Place Cards?

For most, these terms are two of the same, but this is actually incorrect. These are not interchangeable words and have two separate purposes. Yes, both Escort Cards and Seating Cards inform your guests where they are assigned to sit. Where these are displayed are completely different!

Escort Cards are usually displayed in a common area that all guests will see and pass by before they are asked to be seated. These Escort Cards have two pieces of information on them; the guest's name and table they are seated at. There are many creative and absolutely beautiful ways to present your escort cards, and for many it is a main focal point during the cocktail hour. Here are some stunning and truly creative ideas of Escort Card displays. (JW Impressions Secret Fact: The Escort Card display is actually my all time FAVORITE wedding detail to work on! Over table centerpieces, favors, cakes, dare I say invites too!?!?!)

There is also a new trend that is becoming more and more popular with every wedding I work on... Seating Charts! I am currently working on two of these and I must say it's a pretty cool concept and I am very excited to see the finished product of both! The idea behind this concept is to eliminate the Escort Card all together and have one big chart that lists all of your guests names next to the table they are assigned to. You can display this on a table or floor stand, usually in a frame. Here are some examples of Seating Charts.

Last but certainly not least, the most traditional element of informing your guests where to sit is the Place Card. Place Cards are in most cases never used in weddings today, but if you want to go completely over the top in formality this is a really inexpensive and classic touch. A Place Card has the guest's name on it and that's it! These cards designate each seat for each guest.This will require a very specific seating chart sketch for your caterer/wedding coordinator. Yes, it could be a lot more work then you may want to do on top of everything else you are doing. With that said; the impression left with your guests will go miles! If you decide to do Place Cards, you will need to do either a Seating Chart or Escort Cards to direct your guests to the correct table before they start searching for their name at each place setting. Below are some examples of Place Cards.

As always, thank you for reading! 'Til the next time!