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Unique Wedding Invitations

Unique wedding invitations are very popular now! They give your guests a sense of who you are as a couple or they convey the theme of your wedding if you have one. Sometimes, unique wedding invitations are just fun to play with. You have a wide range of invites to pick from. These cute invites below allow you to put pictures on the back of you two!

We love incorporating themes in the invitations so you can use your color scheme when picking them out. They can be as ornate or simple as you want. If you’re a seasonal bride then you can definitely use the brilliant colors of fall or the lush greenery of spring in your invites as well.

A lot of the cost of course depends on how many guests you are inviting. A good rule of thumb is that perhaps 15% of those invited won’t be able to make it. But, you still have to shell out the money for the invitation so why not make it amazing? From beautifully laser cut out cards to “bride and groom” shapes, unique wedding invitations will stand out in everyone’s minds!

If you and your fiance are movie buffs why not make a fun, unique wedding invitation out of a movie poster? It doesn’t have to be exact but could find simple costumes from your favorite movies! Have a friend who’s good with photoshop put you two on the background and viola you have an invitation that most people will not have done before. Or you may want to make a funny wedding invitation. Play around with your sense of humor – maybe mug shots of you two as your invite! Finally, whatever you decide make it fun and personal!

 

Get Your Craft On

Get your Craft On

Get Your Craft On

Calling all Martha Stewart wanna-be’s! This is your time to embrace your inner crafts(wo)men and tackle your wedding one delightful little detail at a time. Do it yourself most commonly known as DIY is the art of creating, replicating, etc. goods. With the right tools, a little creativity, and some patience you can practically recreate anything out there!

Want to learn how to emboss? Take a quick tutorial here: http://lovelylittledetails.com/2011/11/30/lovely-little-diy-embossing-101-lld-video-tutorial/

Get Your Craft On

Want to learn how to make fun little décor such as pomanders check out this fun step-by-step guide: http://ruffledblog.com/do-it-yourself-tissue-paper-pomanders/

Get Your Craft On

How about fun votive candle favors for your bridal shower. Check! http://www.heygorg.com/2011/07/diy-vintage-teacup-candles.html

Get Your Craft On

Want to create an aisle runner with your monogram? Or how about a unity candle? http://diyweddingplanner.hubpages.com/hub/How-To-Make-A-Monogrammed-Aisle-Runner-For-Your-Wedding

Get Your Craft On

There are so many wedding planners, designers, and the like that are dabbling in Marthaville-type projects that the possibilities are seemingly endless! Just think of all the fun projects you can learn to do and save some green while doing so.

If you have a Michaels, Archiver’s, Joann Fabrics, or Hobby Lobby in your neck of the woods…well you are in luck! These crafty spots always seem to have great prices, sales, and even coupons! Who doesn’t like 30-50% off?! In the long-run, every little discount, sale, or coupon can add up to save for your bottom line.

Of course, Martha is the queen of crafting, and her site is an unbelievable resource for all wedding things related, but especially DIY. Still seeking more inspiration? Check out Pinterest- http://pinterest.com/. Pinterest seems to be taking over the (wedding) world one pin at a time. With Pinterest you can search by the interest, look, design, or desired project such as “paper flowers.” By golly, you’re in luck. You can find the picture that peaks your interest, click, and away you go to learn how to master that craft.

Be bold and creative, save some money honey, and get your craft on!

How to Address Your Wedding Guests

How to Address Your Wedding Guests

The rules for wedding related paper products (i.e. invitations, save the dates, and the like) are a little less formalized nowadays. However, there are still guidelines you should follow when sending along your love mail! According to Emily Post, here are some rules that you should follow:

  • Save the dates should be sent six to nine months in advance of the big day.
  • Wedding Invitations should be sent six to eight weeks in advance.
  • Double check the names on your guest list before the envelopes are addressed, to be sure they are spelled correctly.
  • There are many guidelines to addressing your guests, see below for more.
  • No abbreviations or initials are used when addressing formal invitations.

Here is a cheat sheet for all engaged couples whom may be experiencing pangs of confusion on how to address your wedding guests – some people have fancy titles like doctor and judge.
How to Address Your Wedding Guests

How to Address Your Guests

To a Married Couple

Even if you aren’t close with both members of the couple, you still need to include both names on the outer envelope. Guests rely on the outer envelope to determine who exactly is invited. For example:

Mr. John and Mrs. Carrie Preston

Or

Mr. and Mrs. John Preston
1234 Park Avenue
New York City, New York 11238

On the inner envelope, lose the first names or the titles and last names if you’re very close with the couple:

The Inner Envelope

Formal invitations are always slipped into an unsealed inner envelope to be placed inside the outer envelope. They are addressed in a more informal fashion — typically only title abbreviations and last name — and include the names of all invitees at the address, including children. For example: Mr. and Mrs. Estonia & Farrah, Gilbert, and Harriet

Mr. and Mrs. Preston or John and Carrie

To a Married Couple that (Different Last Names)

List the person you’re closest with first on the outer and inner envelope. If you’re similarly acquainted with both, list them in alphabetical order.

Mr. John Preston and Mrs. Carrie Bradshaw

To an Unmarried Couple Living Together

Like a married couple, both names should be included on the envelope, but in this case, each name gets its own line.

Mr. David Hirsch
Ms. Samantha Jones
1234 Benoit Road
Plano, Texas 75023

Again, go for alphabetical order if you know the couple well. If you’re primarily friends with only one member of the couple, it’s completely acceptable to address the outer envelope to that person and include “and Guest” or that person’s name on the inner envelope:

Mr. Hirsch and Ms. Jones or Mr. Hirsch and Guest

To a Same-Sex Couple

Use the same rules as you would for any other unmarried or married couple. If the couple is married or lives together, list them on the same line:
Ms. Celine Dion and Ms. Jacqueline Laurita

Or simply list their full names on the same line without titles.

Celine Dion and Jacqueline Laurita

On the inner envelope, use titles and last names:

Ms. Dion and Ms. Laurita

Or you can skip titles and simply address it to their first names.

To a Married Woman Doctor or Two Married Doctors

If a woman uses her maiden name professionally and socially, the outer envelope should read:

Dr. Addison Montgomery and Mr. David Thompson

Or, if she uses her husband’s name socially:

Dr. Addison and Mr. David Thompson

If both parties are doctors, you can address the outer envelope:

The Drs. Thompson or Drs. Addison and David Thompson

The same format is followed for other distinguished titles, such as reverend and honorable.

To Children and Families

Younger guests can be included on the inner envelope of their parents’ invitation by their name(s) or “and Family” — although the latter is easier to misinterpret.

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Ford
Daniel, Jeffrey, Brittany, and Kelly

Or

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Ford and Family

To Children 18 and Older

They should receive their own invitations, although siblings over 18 can be sent a joint invitation, in which case the outer envelope should include their names alphabetically on individual lines:

Miss Audrey Abraham
Miss Lily Abraham
Mr. Jack Abraham

If you don’t include “and Family” or each child’s name, you’re implying that children are not invited. That said, don’t be surprised if some guests still mistakenly assume their children are welcome. If you’re concerned this will happen with your guests, ask your immediate family and bridal party to help spread the word that the wedding will be adults-only. In the end, you may have to follow up with guests who don’t get the message via phone to gently explain the situation.

 

A Casual Affair

A Casual Affair

A Casual Affair

Maybe you’re not very traditional. Perhaps you don’t have a lot of money to contribute to your wedding. Or, maybe you just want a low-key, intimate affair to celebrate your big day. Whatever your reason may be, opting for a less “stuffy” method of celebrating sounds mighty appealing to some.

Make sure to tell your guests that you are opting for a more subdued approach and less “pomp and circumstance.” Surely, you don’t want your guests to overdress or misinterpret your style. Setting the tone is muy importante in regards such as invitations, décor, and even the setting.

The look and language of your invitations is typically the indication of the formality of these events. For example, engraved invitations speak to elegant and traditional-type weddings. While, casual weddings may utilize handmade papers, textured ribbons, snazzy monograms, etc. Less fancy and more unique.

A Casual AffairStyle My Corntoss

If you want to get married in a forest preserve overlooking a lake, a Vera Wang princess blush ballgown is probably not the best option. If you can imagine bean bag toss, Frisbee tossing, and a general laid-back backyard feel to your day, then you might want to dress accordingly.

A Casual AffairWish Lantern

Wedding stylists and planners will often suggest their clients close their eyes and tell them exactly how it looks, feels, smells, etc on their big day. If you envision Chinese lanterns swaying in the wind under a starry sky and a buffet of homemade foods and desserts, then this is your best option. If you imagine a country club adorned with ice sculptures, white glove service, and displays of shellfish…this is definitely not your cup of tea.

A Casual AffairImagine That Wedding

Setting the table in a communal farm table is a really nice way to get everyone mingling and blissfully enjoy an unstructured reception dinner. Displaying and serving in-season fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and rustic loaves of bread are simple ways to make this a casually-elegant day. Think finger foods and comfort foods. They are big crowd pleasers and are very minimalist in presentation and palette.

Just remember, your wedding is not an all-night event, note that your caterers or band may slap you with some giant fees if you go over on time. This is meant to be an easy-going evening not to be interpreted as a rave or frat party.

Black Tie Weddings

Black Tie Weddings

Black tie weddings are the complete opposite of a casual wedding. The black tie code is sometimes classified as “semi-formal” in contrast to the “formal” white tie, or as “formal” in contrast to the “most formal” of white tie. Once more common, white tie dress code is now fairly rare, being reserved for only extremely formal occasions. An event after six in the evening used to automatically mean black tie. Though not everyone knows this and not all black tie events take place after six.

Black Tie WeddingsSugar Love Weddings

From letterpress or engraved invitations to white gloved service to all men in tuxes and women in gowns…these are typical indications of a black tie event. How to distinguish your wedding as a black tie event can be done in a few simple steps.

Black Tie WeddingsDoChelle Custom Creations

1) List your request on your wedding website and wedding invitations. Just as you would say “adult reception only” when you want no children present, black tie events need to be specific to your requests as well. Say something along the lines of “Break out your tuxes and gowns and your dancing shoes for our black tie wedding.”

2) Also list on your invites and website “Black Tie optional” or “Black Tie only.” Women generally know how to dress when this is included.

3) Include a champagne toast, white gloved servers, and over-the-top food selections. Some weddings even have signature drinks flowing from ice sculptures!

4) Don’t forget the music! At black tie events, you will probably not hear any David Guetta or Usher playing, it is typical for a black tie wedding to have a wedding band or DJ that caters to different generations and music styles.

Black Tie WeddingsLila Photo

All the glitz and glam are sure to make the evening not only special for the bride and groom, but the guests as well. As a society, we rarely get to dress to the nines on such occasions, so why not pump up the pizzazz factor for your big day?

Pinterest Pins Of The Week

Check out our favorite pins from Pinterest this week. This week, we feature Unexpected Invites, Downton Inspiration and Kids at a Wedding on Pinterest.

Unexpected Invites

Don’t get us wrong- we love a gorgeous photo save the date and beautifully letterpress cards with all the details for the big day as much as the next person. But there’s something entirely thrilling about opening a fun “package” that doubles as a bit of an interactive activity like these balloon save the dates. Guests are instructed to blow them up for all of the info cleverly printed onto colorful balloons. We can’t think of a better way to say “ this is going to be one fun wedding.” And the theme can be used so many ways too- printing the date and place on golf balls and sending them in small boxes, or even something simple like a novelty beach ball for a beach wedding is a perfect way to announce your plans. Whichever way you send it, keep in mind the postage costs and try to pick the best way possible to package it. And consider foregoing something else if this is a budget buster because this truly is a very memorable to kick off your big day.

Downton Inspiration

So if you haven’t already binge-watched the first 3 seasons of “Downton Abbey” like the ret of us then you better get on board, because the addicting 4th seasons is under way here in the U.S. And if you noticed a recent resurgence of long formal tables, long sleeved intricately beaded gowns, and vintage headpieces for weddings, it’s not just a friendly coincidence.  Brides are turning to Lady Crawley and the women of Downton for classic and timeless inspirations- and who can blame them? There’s something so romantic and elegant about this period piece and the return to the art of dressing is the perfect homage for a wedding look that is unique yet totally classic.

Kids at a Wedding

It’s always a huge etiquette question when it comes to kids at weddings. And while some couples who opt for a more formal night-time adults only try to gently say, “ NO KIDS THANK YOU,” others are all about having the youngsters as part of their day. Either way, we LOVE this idea of being super prepared and making a special tablescape for the kids at the event.  Think ahead and keep it simples: mason jars full of yummy treats and candies with their names on them, cute vessels filled with crayons and stickers, placemats that double as mini chalk boards or sketch pads will keep them busy for hours and make it a memorable night for them and their parents!

Pinterest: Pins of the Week

Mason Jar InvitesEtsy has quickly become one of our favorite wedding resources.  Not only does it showcase great handmade products, but it also allows couples the chance to connect with beautiful artists all over the world.  Wedding invitations are one of our favorite things to browse on Etsy, and these beauties caught our eye this week.  They set the tone for an elegant and classic wedding, with touches of rustic simplicity.  Both the color and font create a relaxed, yet special feel, preparing guests for a one-of-a-kind celebration.  If you’re looking for that extra special touch when it comes to your invitations, may we suggest Etsy as delightful resource.

Mason Jar

DIY Silk Hairpin.  Do it yourself projects have been taking the blog world by storm lately, with more and more people embracing their inner artist and giving handmade creations a chance.  DIY in the wedding world is of course a longtime favorite, but with easy-to-follow tutorials and great resources, they’re becoming easier than ever.  This silk hairpin tutorial is a simple project, perfect for the bride who wants to add an extra something to her wedding day hair.  This would be perfect with an updo or loose curls, and may also be something to make for bridesmaids on the big day.

Flower Tray Centerpiece. As winter continues to wrap most of the country, we can’t help but look forward to spring and the warmth it brings.  (It’s probably not a coincidence that most of our recent pins involve bright sunlight, glorious florals, and grassy outdoor spaces!)  So of course, we loved this simple yet cheerful wedding centerpiece, made easy with classic florals and a wooden tray.  This could also be recreated with wooden drawers, mismatched in size and color.  This pin is proof centerpieces don’t need to be over-the-top to make a statement!

 

Amelia Johnson Photography

Pinterest: Pins of the Week

Seven Arrows Poster Invites.  We love a classic, simple invite as much as the next person, but we also love when couples take a less traditional approach, injecting more fun and color into their invites.  This invitation package from Ladyfingers Letterpress takes the take when it comes to fun.  The bright colors, the mismatched fonts, the pop of yellow in the envelope lining, everything screams, “Come, celebrate, and have a good time with us!”

Kraft Paper Place Settings.  There are lots of different ways to help guests know where to sit.  Placecards, seating charts, table numbers…the list goes on.  But we love the simplicity of these kraft paper table settings.  With brown kraft paper and a simple marker, you’ve got instant place settings.  Even if you’re not doing assigned seating, this is still a great option; just think of fun and celebratory sayings to write or fun facts to share about the couple.  Instant conversation starter!

Green Apple Photography

Sprinkles Cake.  We are firm believers that sprinkles make everything better.  And this cake is the perfect proof.  How can you see this cake and not smile?  The all over sprinkle effect makes a bold statement, and the white bows add a pop of elegance.  This cake is perfect for a fun and spunky couple!

Jessica Hardy Photography

Etsy Find of the Week

Etsy, for those of you newcomers, is an online marketplace where vendors can sell their handmade goods.  Sounds crafty, but Etsy has quickly become one of the go-to places for brides to find everything from custom signage and invitations to veils and jewelry for their big day.  The advantage is getting something completely unique and having your money go directly to the designer or creator, which seems to be how most vendors keep their prices so competitive.  Either way, this online bazaar of sorts can keep you busy browsing for hours and if you are getting married, Beware…their wedding sections are freakishly addictive!

Here is our pick of the week for a sweet bridal gift found on Etsy: personal, special and quite the keepsake!

Pinterest: Pins of the Week

This week, we’ve had more than our fair share of fireworks, backyard BBQs, and hotdogs, leaving us thinking about nothing but red, white, and blue.  So in honor of America’s big day, we’re sharing our favorites pins in our three favorite colors!

Bright Red with a Pop of Orange.  Red florals are classic, bright, and vibrant.  Though for some reason, most people tend to picture roses when they think of red flowers.  Yet, we love this festive bouquet, as it uses red to make a statement, sans roses!  Mixed with pops of orange and funky greenery, this bouquet is sure to make a statement for any bride!

Doily Wrapped Invites.  We’ve seen this pin pop up a few times on Pinterest, and every way we see it, we can’t help but swoon at the simple elegance of this look.  Invitations can often be expensive and overwhelming for couples, as there are endless options.  But sometimes simple is best, and this lace and paper combination is the perfect example of this sentiment.  With a package of doilies, some ribbon, and some simple invites, these invitations are an easy DIY for any bride!

Blue Bowtie.  We love the look of a classic bowtie, but when you add a bit of a nontraditional twist, we’re over the moon!  This navy and white polka dot bowtie is perfect for the groom who wants to add a bit of flair without straying too far from a classic look.  We can see this bowtie with a crisp white shirt, a gingham button up, or a classic khaki suit.  It’s hard to go wrong with this blue beauty!