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Graduation Invitations & Announcements

March 18th, 2011

Congratulations! You’re just about to complete the years of hard work you’ve accomplished in high school, college, university, or graduate school. Of course, you’ll want every one to know, give thanks for support you’ve received, and share the joy of your accomplishment. A personalized invitation is a perfect way to let them know. These are a couple of examples of invitations we can do for you, including your photo. Find them (where you might not expect them) under Social Invitations in our wedding invitations section. Easy order online, and just send us your photo. We’ll be happy to proof for you.

Flowers for your wedding – or whatever you want to express

March 16th, 2011

From “The Language of Flowers”: “Some flowers have held traditional meanings for centuries. Who does not at once associate the red rose with true love? The origin stories of many blooms, such as the iris, narcissus, and hyacinth, can be found in mythology. The association of others are found in the rich gardens of folk stories and medicine. The symbolic meanings of flowers were known to many people in Elizabethan times, and Shakespeare scattered meaninful reference to flowers throughout his plays.
It was the Victorians who codified these meaning into an elegant language without words. Hundreds of flowers, as well as grasses, herbs, and leaves used in arrangements, were assigned simple messages. People sent beautiful bouquets representing carefully-chosen sentiments. A gift of snow-drop blossoms, signifying hope, and jonquils, meaning a return of affection, could represent a suitor’s hope for return of affections.
The method of presentation was also important. A bouquet with a ribbon tied to the left presented information about the sender, tied to the right, it signified the recipient. Creative combinations added even more variety. Upside-down flowers carried opposite their normal meanings: to receive an inverted rose was a terrible blow.”
You may have your favorite flowers in mind for any occasion already, but if you would enjoy some additional thoughts on it, here are some flowers and their meanings:
Acacia (yellow) – Secret love
Camellia (red) – Loveliness
Carnation (pink) – Woman’s love
Carnation (red) – Alas for my poor love
Chrysanthemum (red) – Love
Clematis (white) – I love your mind
Clover, 4-Leaf – Be mine
Forget-Me-Not – True Love
Iris – Message
Ivy – Friendship, Fidelity
Jonquil – Return my affection
Lilac – First emotion of love
Lily of the Valley – Return of Happiness
Morning Glory – Affection
Peach Blossoms – I am your captive
Rose (bridal – Happy love
Rose (red) – Love
Tulip (red) – Declaration of love

And there are many more. Flowers are always fun, and signify thoughtfulness. But they could also be a way to start a conversation, make a romantic impression (especially if you have something to say along with the flowers!).
BTW, we have a much more complete list of flowers and their meanings. Email us if you have questions.

Celebrations Bar Mitzvah – Bat Mitzvah Invitations

March 15th, 2011

Besides our wedding announcements and related paper accessories, we have over 70 Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah invitations to meet a wide variety of tastes and budgets. With 23 ink colors, 25 coordinating lining colors, and Hebrew lettering options, you can customize any invitation to meet your needs. Contact us for an online view of our complete Bar Mitzvah – Bat Mitzvah collection, and see a few samples below.

Announce your Wedding with Save the Date cards or magnets

March 13th, 2011

We now have a complete line of Save the Date announcements online for your wedding. Even months in advance schedules get filled up quickly, and it’s particularly important to let friends and relatives who will have to travel some distance know when they will need to make arrangements to be at your special event.

We have traditional, contemporary, photo, and calendar cards, and even magnets that will be a reminder of the date of your wedding. All of our cards or magnets are now online for easy ordering. For any questions, help with photos or other assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us by phone or email. There is no charge for our consultation and pre-press assistance.

Easy proof online with a variety of attractive ink colors and type styles. Experiment and make changes before placing your final order.

A Green Event & The Gift of Trees

March 3rd, 2011

Many weddings (and other events) are going green. For those who want to give a gift that will last a lifetime, there is the option of giving a tree. The details are yours to work out, but a great place to buy that we would recommend is The Arbor Day Foundation

This link provides gift trees for wedding favors, anniversaries, baby gifts, and many other occasions.

The wedding couple may want to list this in their gift registry.

Environmentally Eco-Friendly & Socially Responsible

February 28th, 2011

We are always striving to make our products more eco-friendly. This includes our Wedding Invitations of course. We are not only expanding our category of eco-friendly invitations, but almost our entire stock of invitations are now printed with soy based inks. We are working to achieve eco-friendly status on all our printed products. We want to offer the most beautiful and creative designs, with the lowest impact on the environment.

Also, we are proud to welcome 2011 with a list of our Socially Responsible causes. We feel it’s important that, personally and through our businesses, we give back to our communities as a part of the ‘work’ we do. We were very pleased to see that the state of Vermont has formalized this business designation and clearly identifies and supports Socially Responsible Businesses. These businesses provide a percentage of their business to donate financially, give workers time off to volunteer, or donate supplies where they are needed.

Salem Design has always been a community conscious, and we would like to mention the causes and organizations which we support. We support these organizations by donations, gifts in kind, and volunteer our time and talents. For any Salem Design purchase over $100, just mention one of these causes, and we will donate 5% of the purchase price to that organization. And thank you!
Salem Design – Socially Responsible

New Personalized Party / Reception Accessories – Bows

October 29th, 2010

We’ve just added more bows to our Personalized Party / Reception Accessories. (From our main page find Personalized Party / Reception Accessories – Bows). It’s super easy to personalize with our peel & stick bows. We have classic satin, edged (black, gold), chiffon, poka dotted, large and smaller sizes.

Use these bows to coordinate your place cards, invitations, or other event decor. See the complete selection from our Wedding Invitations page.

Just a few:

Wedding Invitation & Announcenent Shipping Schedules

October 28th, 2010

These are our current turn around times on Wedding Invitation and Announcement shipping:

Same Day shipping is automatic for any invitation or announcement order with an event date within 1 month.

Next Business Day shipping is automatic for any invitation or announcement order with an event date from 1 to 3 months.

48 Hour shipping or better is provided for all other dates when oders are received by 5:00 pm.

These shipping schedules apply when orders are received before 5:00 pm. For orders placed after 5:00 pm EST, allow one extra day for delivery.
However, note that we are always working extended hours to help you with your order. Call or email if you need help completing your order, and we provide assistance and suggestions on how to get your order done correctly, just as you want it, and done in the quickest time possible if you are in a hurry. We help get your order placed so it will save time getting your order printed and shipped. Our response time on order inquiries are always same day.

Rush Orders of Wedding Invitations

October 26th, 2010

We are very happy indeed to have just demonstrated what a great job we do with rush orders. Ordering with plenty of time is always helpful if you can, but if you are in a hurry, we can get it done for you just right, super fast. This is how we did it.

First, we suggested taking advantage of the ability to look through our online catalog. We have hundreds to choose from, but they are well organized and the descriptions are thorough. Also, you can have friends and family looking through our online collection at the same time, no matter where they are, to help you select your final choice quickly.

Next, contact us by email or phone and we will help you finalize your order. We are glad to discuss wording, color, or special touches such as ribbon ties or other extras that you might want. For our rush client, we were able to work out a way to add wording to reduce turn around time for invitation and reception responses. We are happy to assist in any way we can.

A terrific feature of our online album is that you can make color choices, proof right away online, and email proofs to friends and family. If you’re having any problems, we work extended hours and are happy to be of assistance whenever you call or email. Since we were able to get proof approval in one day, the order was placed the next afternoon, the cards were printed next morning, and shipped by end of the print day. So, the invitations were delivered and being mailed to invitees in less than a week of making contact with our customer. And they saved with free envelope return address printing by getting their order in before the end of October deadline. Our goal is to have happy customers!
This is our latest rush order card, # 8719

Wedding Invitation 8719 at Salem Design

Wedding Invitation 8719

Cricket & Black Magic – The Dog Wedding Video

July 27th, 2010

As planned, after their spectacular wedding, Cricket & Black Magic have moved to other pages. They are on Facebook, Salem Design/Creative, YouTube, and they have their own personal email –

However, for anyone who is still following on this blog, it’s to let you know that we now have the Salem Dog Wedding DVD for sale on our Salem Design Shop.

Salem Design Shop

The Salem Dog Wedding DVD is currently our featured item. However, we have also published – with many more to come – photos of the dog wedding. We are offering any of these images as archival prints upon request, and we can also use these images on wedding stationary or invitations, also by request. Just send us an email at:

Also, you might want to check out our growing line of wedding invitations, note cards, and holiday cards, all on the Salem Design website.