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7 Practical Tips for DIY Wedding Invitations

Apr06

If you are planning to make DIY wedding invitations, it is incredibly important that you set aside enough time. A DIY wedding is worth it only if you do not allow it to stress you out too much, and if the time you spend is worth the amount of money you save. Here are a few tips for DIY wedding invitations:

1. One of the best ways to sabotage an effort at DIY invitations is to miscalculate the amount of time they are going to take you. Most wedding experts recommend that you send out your invitations at least 6-8 weeks before your wedding, and you should probably set aside approximately two months to complete the entire task of designing, assembling, printing, and addressing your invitations. The time may also vary, depending on how large your wedding is (and how many invitations you will have to address!) It may also depend on how much help you have. The process can be tedious, so you will want to do it in increments so that you can actually enjoy it. If you are completely stressed and pressed for time, you will not have fun!

2. Decide on your envelopes before you begin designing your invitations. This is crucial, because there are very specific sizes out there. You do not want to finish designing and printing out your invitations and then realize that the size envelope you need is actually nonexistent! Choose your envelopes first; the paper size will follow.

3. When you choose your paper, make sure it is a bit smaller than your envelope to allow for wiggle room. Also, double check to make sure that any inserts you want to include will also fit within the envelope dimensions.

4. Before deciding on an invitation design, print it out to see what it will look like on actual paper. If you still love your design as much when looking at it in hard copy (not on a computer screen), then it is probably the right one!

5. If possible, take a calligraphy class, or recruit friends or family with beautiful handwriting. Taking a calligraphy class will come in handy not just for addressing your wedding invitations, but also for the many thank you notes you will be writing in the months to come. A tangible, handwritten note or letter has so much value, given that we live in an age of texts, twitters, RSS feeds, and emails. Knowing how to write beautifully will give you an unexpected edge, not just for your wedding season, but also professionally.

6. Have several people proofread your invitation before you send it. It is truly embarrassing to send out an invitation with typos; like your wedding, your invitations should be elegant, classy and as flawless as possible.

7. Weigh everything before you buy postage to buy the right amount.

Remember: if DIY wedding trends are not for you, or if the amount of time you would spend simply is not worth it, do not despair. Some people really enjoy the process of making wedding invitations, centerpieces, etc.; others do not. If you are in the “do not” category, simply sit back and enjoy the process of choosing your invitation design and having them professionally addressed!

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Designing Your Wedding Invitation List

Apr01

When it comes time to begin your wedding guest list, there are three questions that you need to answer:

Do I want a large, medium, or small wedding reception?
A small wedding reception can be intimate and lovely, but for people with very large families, they are sometimes not possible. Do your best to blend what you want with what is practical for your situation.

When you picture yourself getting married, who are you unable to imagine not being there?
Even if there is someone who you do not see often (yet who perhaps played a very influential role in your life), you should invite him or her. This could be a high school English teacher who played an important role in your career. Inviting people like that says a lot to them, even if they are unable to attend your wedding.

Who do you not want at the wedding?
This could include a number of people, but more than likely, it’s not people you necessarily “dislike.” For personal reasons, you may decide that you do not want children at the wedding, so no children are included in the guest list. You may not want to open the invitation to work colleagues, which is completely acceptable. The more consistent you are with your choices, the better you will be able to explain your wedding invitation list to people who didn’t get invited.

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Unique Wedding Supplies: How to Find Vintage Decor

Mar29

Knowing where to find wedding supplies that are specific to your wedding theme can be a tricky feat, but with the combination of online shops, E-bay, local antique shops, as well as estate sales, you should be good to go!

Where to Find Antiques

Local: If you’re wedding theme is Gothic, Victorian, or related to any vintage theme, then the first place you should look is in your very own neighborhood. Keep an eye out for garage and estate sales, you might be surprised at what you find. Also tap into your local wedding vendors, who may not have antique supplies, but could very well point you in the right direction.

E-bay: This online auction site is ideal for anyone looking for something specific that’s difficult to find at your local boutique or supply store. The site changes constantly, so even if you don’t find what you’re looking for at first, go online and check the next day.

Antique Shops: This might seem obvious, and even a bit expensive, but you might get lucky and stumble upon a sale. Also keep in mind that a lot of antique shops are locally owned and run, which means that the owner might be open to negotiating a lower price.

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Contemporary Wedding Invitation Designs

Mar11

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 Ideas: Color Schemes

Feb23

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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How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Colors

Feb15

Choosing the perfect spring, summer, fall, and winter wedding colors can be tricky if you’re not sure where to begin. One place to start is by exploring the most trendy and popular wedding colors. Another option is to allow the season to choose your colors for you. Once you’ve chosen your wedding colors, it’s important to know how to use them. Finding fun and creative ways to use your prefect wedding colors is one of the thrills of planning a wedding.

Trending: The popular color picks for 2011 weddings thus far are as follows: black & white, deep red, chartreuse, slate grey, turquoise, coral, latte, and purple. If you want to choose colors that pop you won’t have any trouble getting that result with the aforementioned color options.

Allow these questions to guide you to the perfect wedding color combo:

  • Where is your wedding taking place? Your colors will differ if you’re getting married on a cliff overlooking the beach instead of a hotel ballroom.
  • What type of mood do you want to create for your guests? Color psychology proves that colors do in fact affect our mood. For example, the color green has a calming affect, and the color yellow more anxious.
  • What season are you getting married during? Obviously fall colors vary from winter, spring, and summer. Feel free to use the season as your launching off point when choosing your colors.


Use the color wheel:
The color wheel, comprised of three primary colors: blue, yellow, and red and also a combination of in-between colors, can help you choose colors that complement each other. How does one choose a perfectly coordinated color scheme? You’re able to choose colors that are complementary to each other by picking opposites. For example a warm and a cold color would be considered complementary to each other. The wheel also helps you choose “monochromatic” colors, which means colors of the same tone, like blue and dark blue.

The easy part of choosing the right colors is that you only need to choose two or three. Any more than that will cause your wedding décor to appear a bit too busy.

Where you make use of your colors is a key factor when creating the overall feel and style of your wedding:

  • Stationary: Even beginning with your save-the-date cards you’ll be using your wedding colors. Make sure to not forget about thank you cards as well!
  • Bridesmaids dresses: If the color isn’t too bold then go ahead and choose bridesmaid dresses that are one, two, or all three of your wedding colors.
  • Groom and groomsmen attire: Spice up that side of the altar by giving your groom and groomsmen bow-ties that match your wedding color scheme.
  • Flowers: With an abundance of varietals to choose from for your wedding flowers, create a bouquet and centerpiece that encapsulates your wedding colors.
  • Ribbon: You’ll be surprised by how many opportunities you’ll have to use ribbon that matches your wedding colors, fore example on your stationary, to hold your bouquet together, wedding programs etc.

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Winter Wedding Themes: Celestial

Jan21

If you love starry nights, then a celestial winter wedding theme might be perfect for your special occasion. Of course, the most important aspect of your wedding theme is that it fits your personality and style. The fantastic aspect of celestial wedding reception themes is that most of your guests will be delighted to partake in an event where they are surrounded by twinkling lights and bright, shining stars.

  • Invitations: Every wedding theme begins with your save the date cards. Let your guests know that your wedding is a celestial themed event by choosing paper, colors, and ink that reflects it. For example, you could have your announcements printed on navy blue, silver, or black paper that is adorned with celestial symbols such as stars, the moon, and images of the sky.
  • Wedding Date: Go the extra mile with your celestial theme and plan your wedding on an evening with a full moon. Plan to have your wedding photos taken at night when the moon is at it’s brightest.
  • Wedding Dress: Make sure your wedding gown looks as though it was sent from the stars. Choose a gown that is adorned with crystals to ensure that it sparkles and emulates the twinkling stars above.

 


Winter Wedding Theme Idea: Classic Films

Jan07

If you are looking for an interesting or unusual winter wedding theme—and particularly, if you love classic film or movies—consider using romantic winter films as part of your wedding theme. Many famous old (and new) movies have taken place during the colder months, and as a result, could make for some great winter wedding ideas.

First of all, you will need to start looking for vintage wedding posters. Posters of Christmas films such as It’s a Wonderful Life, Christmas in Connecticut, or White Christmas should be relatively easy to find with today’s online market. If you do not want the movies to be primarily Christmas-themed, there is still a vast array of choices, from Dr. Zhivago and The Lion in Winter to the Chronicles of Narnia.

For winter wedding colors, it depends on whether you focus on old films or contemporary films. For old films, you could do black and white (with a splash of color of your choice), as most posters you come across will not be in color. Each of your tables could feature a poster from one of the films (and the table can also be named after that film, as opposed to simply giving it a number). Wouldn’t it be amusing for guests to find out they are sitting at the Narnia table, or the It’s a Wonderful Life table?

Remember that you can incorporate this movie winter wedding theme in whatever way you choose. Be creative!

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Ideas for Winter Engagement Photos

Jan03

Engagement photos are a fun and creative way to let your friends and family know that you and your partner are planning to tie the knot. Pre-wedding photos will also come in handy when you and your husband want to reminisce on your engagement. The tricky part about getting the right pre-wedding photos is ensuring that they not only capture your personality, but your wedding theme as well. Use the following ideas as you brainstorm your pre winter wedding pictures.

  • All White: When looking at professional wedding photographers, check their portfolios to see if they’ve done any all white photo shoots. Not only are all white photos captivating, but they also encapsulate a winter wedding theme beautifully.
  • Snow Setting: Grab your fiancé and your wedding photographer and go play in the snow! If you go this route get a few shots of you and your fiancé writing each other’s names in the snow with a heart around them.
  • Black and White: Black and white photos have a colder, more winter feel than colored photos. If you love this idea but want to add a smidge of color (perhaps your winter wedding colors) then have the entire photo in black and white except you and your fiancé.
  • Rainy Day: The most romantic kissing scenes in movies take place in the rain. Grab an umbrella (or not), your fiancé, a camera, and hit the streets of your city for some winter-perfect pre wedding photos.

 

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Wording for DIY Wedding Invitations

Dec15

If you are the type of bride to take on the task of making DIY wedding invitations, then chances are you are also the type to forgo the formal and conventional wording often found in traditional wedding invitations. Traditionally, an invitation will read: "(parents of the bride) together with (parents of the groom), request the honor of your presence…" If the bride and groom are hosting, the invitation will read something like: “Please join us at a celebration of…”

However, many brides opt for more casual wedding invitation wording, such as “With joyous hearts, we invite you to attend…” Another example of unique wedding invitation wording used to describe the reception is: “Buffet, music, and merriment to follow.” This is lighthearted, fun, and tells your guests the most important thing—that your reception is going to be a blast!

Just remember not to get too fancy with DIY wedding invitations, because many people tend to just peruse it and you want to avoid confusion. Make sure to include the basics: the date, time, who is hosting the occasion, whether there will be a meal, appetizers, or dancing, and any additional information that is helpful. For example, if you are getting married on the Sunday after people set their clocks forward or back, you may want to note that on your invitation, to avoid guests arriving an hour late or an hour early.

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