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Contemporary Wedding Invitation Designs


Contemporary wedding invitations feature the most unique and modern designs that include interesting color combinations, eye-catching fonts, photographs, and textures. If you’re a modern bride who wants to make sure your wedding invitation designs stand out from the pack, then take your time when choosing a design that fits your personality and your zest for only the hottest design trends.

Fortunately for you, there are numerous designs to choose from. The fact that they tend to be grouped in categories makes it easy for you to narrow it down. Explore the following wedding invitations and see if any of them tickle your fancy.

Modern Wedding Invitations
Modern wedding invitations are fresh as well as fashionable. If the tone of your wedding is just that, then it’s imperative you choose invitations that represent that style and vibe. Open your mind and your pocketbook to modern designs and interesting shapes and textures, and you’ll be well on your way to having the modern day wedding of your dreams. Popular modern wedding invitation themes include the following:

  • Stripes: Stripes placed on any part of your invitation will make it pop.
  • Multiple Photos: Your possibilities with photos are endless. An ultra-modern choice would be to take photos at a photo booth and have them printed on your invitations. (Also ideal for your “save the date” cards.) Have fun with this idea, and experiment with various photo configurations on different areas of the invitations.
  • Dots: Dots are like stripes in that they turn a rather ordinary invitation into extraordinary by making it pop.
  • Motif: Choose a meaningful emblem or symbol and either enlarge it or make it smaller, color it and put it anywhere you choose on your invitation.
  • Quotes/Verses: Pick your favorite poet or philosopher and explore various quotes. Choose the one that best represents this joyous occasion and have it printed on your invites. Also, play around with the size and type of font. For example, you could choose a light color that works well for the background and have the quote written in cursive, which will give the invitation a more romantic style.
  • Bold: Bold designs have something extra special that makes them stand out, for example, multiple folds. If your invitation is fun to open because of the interesting folds, then your guests will know right off the bat they’re in for a treat.

Another way to make your custom wedding invitations stand out is by choosing a fun and modern theme.

  • Animals
  • Beach
  • Damask
  • Las Vegas
  • Vintage
  • Winter
  • Artists
  • Bamboo
  • Beach
  • Butterflies
  • Celtic/Irish
  • Fairy-tale
  • Fleur de Lis
  • Hawaii
  • Hibiscus
  • Lighthouses
  • Nautical
  • New Year’s Eve
  • Sunsets
  • Vintage
  • Wine/Vineyard

Choosing the right wedding invitations is much like choosing your wedding gown, engagement ring, or even your flower arrangements. You want your invitations to reflect your own unique style, while still leaving an impression on your guests.

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Spring Wedding Flowers: Be Economical Without Compromising Beauty


One of the best things about spring weddings is that you have a wealth of spring wedding flowers to choose from. In the past five years, the price of wedding flowers has risen so much that many brides have chosen to cut costs by compromising on the flowers. This is a bad move because if the flowers are mediocre, then your wedding will have lost that integral final touch. However, because so many flowers are in season (which makes them infinitely cheaper), you can get a lot more bang for your buck.

When choosing spring wedding bouquets, consider a combination of these flowers: alliums, bells of Ireland, cherry blossoms, hydrangea, lilac, violet, wisteria, snapdragon, ranunculus, narcissus, lilies (stargazer lilies and Casablanca lilies), hyacinth, daffodil, anemone, boronia, magnolias, pansies, some types of tulips, peonies, sweetpeas, delphinium, or iris.

Another thing to take into consideration when planning for spring wedding decorations is whether or not you are having your reception outdoors. If you are having a garden theme at an estate with an expansive lawn, then consider trying to book the venue for a month when the roses are blooming. Ask the owner or the person in charge of renting the venue if you are not sure. You will spend less on spring wedding flowers if your natural backdrop is already blooming with flowers.

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Dress Your Entire Wedding Party Online


The best part about getting married in the digital age is that you have a ton of wedding resources right at your fingertips—online. There are countless wedding websites with info about the hottest wedding dress designers, trendy color combinations, and top-notch accessories. Some websites even help you design your entire wedding! At Davidsbridal.com, you can explore various wedding attire and accessory options for each member of your wedding party.

Dressing your wedding online is so easy and fun. After you click the “dress your wedding” link and go forward you will automatically be taken through the registration process. Once you are registered, you can pick and choose from the various David's Bridal dresses for your bridesmaids as well as attire for the rest of your wedding party.

You can dress any or all of the following: Junior Bridesmaid, Flower Girl, Mother of Bride, Mother of Groom, Groom, Groomsman, Ring bearer, Father of Bride, and Father of Groom.

This is a great way to see your entire wedding party all together in their wedding attire before you make your final decision on what they should wear. This way you can play with colors, styles, and even backdrops before adding anything to your cart. Even if you don’t buy online, this is a fantastic way to make solid decisions before visiting any wedding dress vendors.

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Religious Wedding Flowers


If you’re not having a secular wedding, then you might want to explore flowers associated with your religion. On your wedding day, flowers will be ubiquitous, so why not make sure your wedding reception flowers have an extra special meaning and significance? The following wedding day flowers are associated with religious symbolism and the like.

The white Madonna lily is associated with the Virgin Mary, and has been since the beginning of Christianity, when her tomb was laden with the varietal after her assumption to heaven. Religious figures have said that the white petals were a metaphor for her pure soul and body. The white lily is a common symbol in paintings of the Annunciation and represents the very moment when Angel Gabriel announced to the Virgin Mary that she would be the mother of God’s son.

If you are having a Hindu wedding, then stock up on the flowers, because they tend to play a large role in traditional Hindu weddings. In fact, "puja," which means Hindu worship, is translated as “the flower act.” If you’ve ever been to Bali, you’re well aware of the flowers that are placed on the ground every single morning in worship of the Hindu gods. The most significant flower in the Hindu religion is the lotus, which symbolizes fertility, prosperity, and beauty.

The lotus flower is held in high regard in Buddhism. The lotus is symbolic of the man who’s well rooted in the world because of his experience. It is said that Buddha himself would cause lotus flowers to bloom in the wake of his footsteps.

Chinese Religions
The following flowers are often used as part of Chinese weddings, including the wedding reception centerpieces: Daffodils, lotus, orchids, and peonies. In Chinese culture, the peony flower symbolizes spring and renewed life.

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3 Unique Wedding Destinations


When couples research exotic wedding locations, they often explore island wedding destinations, which are beautiful, yet cliché. Use these following unique wedding destinations as a launching off point for thinking outside the box for your big day.

  1. Sphinx Observation Wedding Hall: Why not get married in the high-Alpine wonderland of eternal ice and snow in Switzerland! This location offers jaw-dropping views that reach the summits of the Vosges Mountains in France to the Black Forest in Germany. After you and your groom say your “I do’s,” take a walk to the Mönchsjochnchsjoch Hut, which reaches such a high altitude that it’s known as the “roof” of Europe.
  2. Inca Wedding Chapel: This location takes tropical destination weddings to a whole new level. There aren’t many other places like the Inca Wedding Chapel, located in Ecuador, that offer such a unique and beauteous setting. The Chapel is equipped with 17th century ceilings and carved Incan volcanic stonewalls.
  3. Mussenden Wedding Temple: This Northern Ireland Temple is located on a cliff top, which offers North Coast and Donegal panoramic views and is in proximity to lush gardens at the Bishops Gate.

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Spring Wedding Ideas for Reception Sites


There is something fresh, magical, and revitalizing about spring, more so than with any other season. Spring wedding ideas present infinite possibilities for colors, themes, and flower arrangements. If you live in an area where the weather is nice, you can take advantage of that by having your ceremony or reception outdoors. Here are a few ideas for wedding reception locations that you may not have thought of:

A private home or estate.
Many brides love the thought of having their wedding at a private estate, and feel like they are welcoming their guests to their own private home. There is something very intimate and special about this type of venue. Depending on where and when you get married, you may have the option of having both the ceremony and the reception outdoors. For the reception, you can do a garden theme (an added bonus—you will likely need to purchase fewer flowers and decorations, as the lush greenery around you can provide enough natural color and décor). If you consider this type of venue, one very important thing to think about is how the owners maintain the property. You will find that some take excellent care of the grounds, while others do the bare minimum, expecting the bare bones of the structure, or the interesting architecture, to sell the venue. If you are someone who likes cleanliness and a perfectly manicured lawn, make sure to pay close attention. Try to drop by when another wedding is taking place to observe how well the place has been presented.

A city park.
This can be an excellent site for a wedding, but you will need to look into how to reserve the space. Some cities encourage events like weddings; others do not. A park can also be one of your cheapest options.

A museum with a beautiful courtyard.
Museums often have interesting architecture, are well preserved, and some even offer an elegant courtyard. Museums can sometimes be expensive, though, so make sure that they fall within your budget.

A cultural center or art gallery.
Like museums, cultural centers and art galleries can also be expensive, but guests often enjoy looking at the art, roaming around the premises during cocktail hour, and exploring the grounds.

Presidential Libraries.
Presidential libraries are another option for spring wedding ideas, and they are often gorgeously preserved. Many boast beautiful gardens and pristine lawns.

More and more arboretums are offering their grounds for weddings. Usually they are not too expensive, and vegetation is in peak season during the spring.

A golf course and country club.
Golf courses are an excellent idea for spring wedding receptions, and many offer all-inclusive packages that can end up being the most economical. Also, golf courses typically treat their clients very well, so you likely won’t run into some of the snobbery you sometimes find with cultural centers and galleries.

A vineyard.
Vineyards can be idyllic settings for weddings, being relaxed, elegant yet earthy, and outdoorsy. You can also serve the vineyards’ signature wine at your wedding.

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Beginning Your Wedding Guest List


When setting out to plan a wedding, the first thing you need to decide is if it is going to be a large, medium, small or intimate affair. Your wedding guest list often depends on how big your family is. Are you going to invite every second cousin and their children? Are you going to invite all of your co-workers, or your church congregation? Are your going to keep it small, with just your closest friends and family? These are questions that need to be addressed upfront.

After deciding how large or small your wedding is going to be, you need to begin making a rough wedding guest list. This will confirm whether or not the size of your wedding is feasible. Note: remember that the guest list is sometimes dictated by who is paying for the wedding. It is important to respect some of these guest requests. On the other hand, if there is someone you absolutely do not want at your wedding, be sure to speak up.

You should send save the date cards as soon as five months before the wedding. Printable wedding invitations are usually mailed out 6 weeks before. Remember that if you are having a destination wedding, you need to mail invitations sooner so that guests have ample time to make travel arrangements.

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An Effective Wedding Planning List


When it comes to wedding planning advice, the most important thing to do is to get organized. If you are not an organized person by nature, there are plenty of tools—such as a timeline and wedding planning list—that you can use. Here are a few things to think about when starting out in the process:

  1. Before you begin your wedding planning list, decide on your budget. To make sure you have an accurate idea of what a wedding costs, begin asking people who have recently gotten married how much they spent on a deejay, photographer, etc. You must also take into consideration your wedding location. A wedding in Indiana, for example, is likely going to cost less than a wedding in New York City.
  2. Decide whether or not you are going to hire a wedding planner. If so, do so before you begin looking at venues and vendors, as her expertise may come into play.
  3. Begin looking at venues. Remember that all-inclusive venues are typically cheaper overall. Other venues simply rent you their space for five hours; you must do everything else, perhaps even sweep the floors before the wedding.
  4. Once you have a date and venue set, then you can start plotting out your timeline and checklists. Many online resources break down these lists by month, so whether you are having a five-month engagement or 16-month engagement, you can stay on track.

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Spring Wedding Ideas: Color Schemes


Spring is a magical season for color schemes, and spring wedding ideas can span everything from intimate Victorian garden celebrations, to ritzy, well-lit indoor banquet halls for a spring wedding reception.

Here are a few ideas for color schemes:

Pink: Pink is a fabulous wedding color because it is so lighthearted, yet elegant. Some combinations are soft, some are earthy, and some are more dramatic. Here are a few examples: pink and green (optional blue accents); blues and whites (with accents of a lighter pink), pink and blue; pink, ivory, and sage; or pink, white and chocolate brown.

Lavender: Lavender, like pink, is also elegant, but adds a coolness that can be the perfect match for another warmer color. Consider: Lavender and pale yellow; lavender and chocolate brown; ivory, lavender, and pastel green; ivory, lavender and sage; lavender and blue (with an accent shade of berry); lavender and a darker purple (with a warmer accent color such as coral), or lavender and pink.

Gray: If you are looking for spring wedding ideas that are more unique, incorporate a shade of metallic gray or silver into your color combination as an accent. Here are some combos: plum, gray and mauve; gray and cherry red (with an accent of yellow), orange and gray, or lavender, gray and coral. (Hint: gray or silver also makes a wedding appear more vintage, if you are going for that look).

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Practical Wedding Planning Timeline


Planning for your wedding can be overwhelming. You may find, however, that breaking the job into smaller chunks will help alleviate stress and keep you organized along the way. Here are some tips on when to start planning various aspects of your wedding.

Wedding Planning Timeline: One year to nine months before:

  • Book your date and your venue.
  • Figure out your budget, what you are going to spend and how much your family members are going to spend.
  • Decide who is going to be in your wedding party.
  • Decide on a head count, and start putting together a database of contact information.
  • Have an engagement party, but make sure that each person is also invited to the wedding
  • If you are going to book a planner, do so now, as she will help with booking the other vendors.
  • Book an officiant.

Wedding Planning Timeline: Eight to seven months before:

  • Register at a minimum of two retailers.
  • Book the photographer and videographer.
  • Purchase your dress.
  • Book a block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests.
  • Start meeting caterers, DJ’s, and potentially other entertainment (such as bands).

Wedding Planning Timeline: Six months before:

  • Shop for the bridesmaids’ dresses. Allow at least 5 months to get dresses ordered and sized.
  • Meet with your officiant and plan out the ceremony.
  • Make sure that you have all official documents for the ceremony, including wedding license.
  • Book your florist.
  • Choose your invitations.
  • Send out save-the-date cards.
  • Reserve other reception necessities that depend on the venue and the weather season, such as heaters (if it’s cold), outdoor toilets, lighting, or extra chairs.
  • Start planning your honeymoon.

Wedding Planning Timeline: Five to Four months before:

  • Go cake tasting and choose your cake.
  • Begin your dress fittings.
  • Choose your shoes.
  • Choose accessories for your bridesmaids, including shoes and jewelry.
  • Begin putting together your song list (which songs to be played during dinner, which songs you do not want played, which song you want for your first dance).
  • Research hair and makeup artists, and potentially do some trial runs.
  • Decide on a date for your bridal shower and send your hostess a list of guests and their contact information.
  • Set the date (and book a restaurant/venue) for your rehearsal dinner.

Wedding Planning Timeline: Three months before:

  • Order wedding favors.
  • Decide who is going to give the toast.
  • Choose your caterer and finalize the menu.
  • Choose your florist and finalize the flowers.
  • Print menu cards and programs.
  • Have a second dress fitting.
  • Purchase wedding favors.
  • Decide on your wedding readings and/or write your wedding vows.

Wedding Planning Timeline: Two months before:

  • Meet with your DJ and go over your wedding playlist.
  • If you hired a band, meet with them to go over which songs are to be played (and when).
  • Send your invitations. Set your RSVP at about 3 weeks to a month from the time you send your invitation.
  • Have a bachelorette party.
  • Meet with your photographer to go over what types of shots you want, as well as locations that you like for photos.

Wedding Planning Timeline: One month before:

  • Get your marriage license.
  • Mail rehearsal dinner invitations or call guests to let them know the date.
  • Confirm times and schedules with all vendors.
  • Have your last dress fitting.
  • Draw out your seating arrangement.
  • Send out final payments, if possible.
  • Purchase gifts for your bridal party.
  • Have your hair colored and cut. (If you are purchasing hair pieces, now is a good time to get them to match your hair color).

Wedding Planning Timeline: The Week Of:

  • Again, confirm arrival times with all vendors.
  • Set aside final checks to be given to the vendors.
  • Pack for your honeymoon.
  • Send your final guest list to the caterer.
  • Have a manicure and pedicure (one to two days before, if possible).
  • Break in your shoes.
  • Delegate small tasks, such as bustling the dress, handing out tips to the waiters, etc.
  • Book a spa treatment to help you relax!

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