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Candy Necklace Napkin Ring.  The blog we found this image on may be written in another language, but that didn’t stop us from loving this idea and pinning its gorgeousness!  The candy necklace provides the ideal amount of childhood nostalgia, while the pastel color is perfect for the quickly approaching spring.  The simple white linens and old school name tag keep the focus on the candy necklace.   And if guests can’t wait for wedding cake, they can always take a nibble or two out of their napkin ring!

The Naked Wedding Cake.  Wedding cakes have long served as the symbol for tradition and wedding day celebrations, and over the years, they’ve gone through quite the transformation.  From tiered and tall to substituted with cupcakes, the wedding cake has seen it all.  Now, a new trend is taking over, as couples embrace “naked” cakes.  With exposed layers, stacked butter cream, and simply displayed fruit, these cakes take a “less frills” approach.  Perhaps this cake is the perfect example of less is more, because we are in love!

Pine cone Place cards.  Pine cones tend to be something we only see once a year, as the holiday season hits it’s peak.  They conjure up images of warm nights by the fire and cinnamon scented candles.  However, this pin has us rethinking the holiday only name that pine cones have taken on.  The neon paint gives this natural place card holder a fresh look, making it appropriate for just about any season.  Aren’t quite a fan of neon?  Think about a more subtle color, such as robin’s egg blue or lavender.  Perfect for a spring soirée.

 

 

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Make a Statement.  We did a complete double take when we saw this image.  This bride is absolutely breath-taking, no doubt about it.  The statement headpiece, the slightly vintage inspired dress, the bold peach blush, the ruffled sweetheart necklace…it all works.  The look is elegant, special, and unique, a perfect combination for any bride on her wedding day!  However, we know the headpiece is a bit of a bold choice, so we’re curious; how many of you would embrace this look for your special day?

Austin Warnock Photography

Simple SeatingPlace cards are one of our most favorite parts of wedding receptions.  Perhaps because they’re a small expression of love, perhaps because they show a special touch of personality; we love to see how couples recognize their beloved guests.  We recently spotted this pin on Style Me Pretty, and we love the seasonal simplicity of it.  A simple linen, a small piece of greenery, a piece of twine, and a simple font makes for a delightful place card, certain to make any guest feel right at home.  And if you’re wedding isn’t for a few months, may we suggest trying this look at your Thanksgiving dinner?

Jillian Mitchell Photography

An Oh-Sew-Cool Cake Table.  Pardon our pun, but is this cake table not one of the coolest cake tables you’ve seen in a while?  It manages to look effortlessly cool, combining old and new, gilded and natural, glass and fire.  The florals add the perfect pop of color, while keeping the focus on the real star of the show, the cake.  Want to recreate this look on your own?  Scour thrift stores, garage sales, and attics for long lost treasures.  And don’t worry about finding a machine that’s in perfect condition; it’s the flaws that give it real character!  Mix it with an oversized metallic frame, a few glass canisters, and some mismatched florals, and you’ve got yourself a gorgeous DIY cake table!

Tiny Water Photography

Rustic Charm

As we predicted in our earlier post about 2012 wedding trends, rustic-themed weddings continue to be a popular choice among brides. Add a little rustic charm to your upcoming summer wedding with these simple ideas:

Mason Jars: Whether you use them for drinks, décor, or favors, mason jars are a cute and inexpensive way to create a laid-back vibe at your wedding. Load various sized jars with flowers or candles and lay them out across tables or hang them from tree branches for an outdoor gala. Or, fill them with homemade jams or dry baking ingredients for a super cute favor. When all else fails, fill ‘em up with beverages and top them with fun straws for a simple, yet rustic, touch.

Vitalic Photography

Hand-Painted Signs: Grab some reclaimed wood and repurpose it in as an adorable wedding sign. Label various food stations, create signs for directional purposes, or simply paint sweet sayings atop boards for decorative uses.

Kraft Paper: Brown kraft paper adds a note of relaxed charm to any gathering. Use it to print invitations, menus, and programs; craft it into paper cones to hold snacks or rose petals for throwing; or, wrap small bands of it around bottles and vases to add a countrified touch to décor.

Tree Trunks: Rely on nature to add a rustic flare to your event by utilizing tree trunks. Larger stumps make great, casual seating options for outdoor receptions and cocktail hours, while thin trunk slices are a perfect way to display food and desserts, hold table numbers, or—when carved with your initials—act as a cute centerpiece.

JK Photography

Wildflowers: Add some color while maintaining a homey feel by using wildflowers and grasses. Wildflowers can be fashioned into a chic arrangement for bouquets or assembled in small glass bottles, jars, or tin cans for simple and sweet centerpieces.

Hay Bales: Nothing says rustic charm like incorporating hay bales into your affair. Use bales of hay as seating during a laid-back outdoor ceremony, as a place to stack presents or favors, or simply as a way to mark off designated areas at your reception (i.e. the dance floor or buffet line). To glam them up a bit, consider draping them with vintage lace, pretty fabrics, or old quilts.

Clothespins: Clothespins are an inexpensive and practical accessory that can be used in a wide variety of ways. Use them to hang photos of you and your spouse along a ribbon at the reception, affix place cards to string outside of the reception, or clip table numbers or food labels along serving tables.

Chalkboards: Not only do chalkboards add a laid back whimsy to your event, they’re incredibly easy to make yourself. Buy a gallon of chalkboard paint at a local hardware store and start creating signs of different sizes to use as table numbers, props for photos, directional signs, or place cards.

Summer Wedding Details

Sometimes the smallest details can set your wedding apart from all the others and truly make it memorable for your guests. Here are ten sweet and small ideas to incorporate into your summer nuptials that are sure to make a splash:

Parasols: Available in a wide variety of colors and patterns, parasols are an adorable way to add elegance to your summer ceremony. These are especially helpful if your wedding is outdoors, giving your bridesmaids some relief from the sweltering sun.

Photo via Pamela’s Parasols

Seed Packets: Fruit, vegetable, or flower seed packets are a great favor idea for summer nuptials. Or, incorporate them in your décor by using them as table numbers or place cards.

Fans: Cool guests down with pretty hand fans. Available in tons of shapes, colors, sizes, and patterns or easy to make yourself, fans add a pretty touch to outdoor ceremonies. Make them serve double duty by printing menus or programs on one side of handmade paddle fans for outdoor ceremonies or receptions, or offering them as favors to guests.

Ice Cream Treats: In lieu of cake (or in addition to it), offer guests homemade ice cream sandwiches, milkshakes, or an assortment of chilled goodies at a sundae bar.


Fruits & Veggies: Send guests home with baskets of fresh produce or spruce up summer wedding tables with a variety of colorful, in-season fruits and vegetables.

Signature Cocktail: Create an original and refreshing cocktail, specially designed for your wedding day, to cool guests down during the cocktail hour or reception.

Outdoor Activities: Entertain guests at a casual summer reception with fun activities outdoors, such as croquet, cornhole, tetherball, or badminton.

 

Krista Mason Photography

Bicycles: Nothing says summertime quite like a bicycle. Create a memorable getaway by riding off together on a tandem bicycle or aboard vintage cruisers, or add a little whimsy to an outdoor ceremony by adding vintage bicycles into your decor.

 

Deidre Lynn Photography

Mason Jars: Mason jars are a great way to add rustic charm to your summer affair and they can serve so many purposes. Filled with candles, they look darling when hung from tree branches at an outdoor reception, or loaded with flowers, they make darling centerpieces. Best of all, they make great glasses for guests to sip lemonade, soda, water, or cocktails at your laid-back summer shindig.

 Orchard Cove Photography

Flip Flops: Help guests relax at an outdoor reception by providing flip-flops! Stock up on an assortment of colors and sizes and have them available for guests when they arrive, allowing them to slip off uncomfortable heels or dress shoes and ensuring they’ll be ready to dance, mingle, and play late into the night.

Vendor Spotlight – Invitations by Design

Wedding invitations provide more than the date and time of your big day; they give your guests a glimpse into the tone and theme of your event. Many couples go the extra mile when it comes to designing the most important stationary of their lives, seeking design professionals to add the special touches they’re looking for. Invitations by Design knows how to help clients just like these. Owner Tara Vanderheyden gave us an in-depth look at the services and expertise her company offers.

How did you arrive at designing wedding invitations? Tell me a little about your background.

I have always enjoyed art and design. I studied design at Illinois Institute of Art.  Because I enjoyed design I would always help friends and family members with stationary and invitations. I have always loved designing invitations and other pieces for celebrations. This hobby became a company nearly three years ago, the same year I was married, my sister, and sister-in-law were also married. That year wedding planning and wedding stationary took up all my free time, I was always helping and designing. That year turned my hobby into a business!

How do you usually work with couples who want to order online?

Since all of our invitations are custom designed, most of our clients work with us at our office. Those clients who want to work with us online and over the phone still get to work one-on-one with a designer. We discuss in detail their ideas. We decide on colors and invitation type. Our designers work to design a few custom invitation options that are sent to the client as PDF images for review. After a few minor tweaks on the invitation of their choosing, the next step is a custom sample. The client is able to see a sample of their invitation with their names and wedding details. This really helps them know they are getting the right invitation.

How do you capture the personality of a couple in their invites?

Each invitation is designed around the couples theme or personality. In our first meeting we discuss what they are looking for and put these details into the design process. The couple and their event become the inspiration for the design. The final invitation design expresses the feel of the event.

Walk me through the design approval process with your customers before you print their invitations.

1.                   Pick colors, invitation type and collect the wedding day details.

2.                   Create a custom quote for the invitation designed.

3.                   Create a custom sample.

4.                   Update any details, design inserts, update sample.

5.                   Review final sample and get approval.

6.                   Order supplies, print, and hand assemble order.

7.                   If addressing services are ordered print all clients envelopes, stuff, seal and stamp envelopes

8.                   Mail invitations or deliver to client.

9.                   Move forward on “Day of” items such as programs, place cards, menus, favors, welcome cards/baskets and so on. (The process repeats with these products as well).

Give me an idea of the materials you use (paper-wise) and the cost that comes with each.

We offer many shapes sizes and colors. We have over 80 invitation shapes and sizes to choose from and can create custom designs as well. Our paper colors offer a rainbow of choices including matte, metallic, textured and patterned papers. All of our papers are made with components of recycled products and are made without chlorine. We also offer three stocks made of 100% post-consumer fiber and 11 tree-free stocks made from either cotton or bamboo fibers.

Do you offer package deals to couples who buy all their wedding stationary from you (response cards, place settings, etc.)?

We offer savings to our clients for ordering larger quantities or multiple pieces. We design packages for each client with savings specific to their order. Our clients can order 58 invitations and get savings for that exact amount without having to order unneeded extra invitations. Where we save on our supplies we share that with our clients.

How has your business changed since its opening?

Well, starting as an idea, much has changed in the past three years . . . we grew up! We have expanded or designs and products that we offer:

§     Custom wedding invitations (limitless options)

§     Addressing and mailing services

§     Welcome letters and baskets

§     “Day of Items” place cards, programs, menus, table numbers, favors and seating charts

We added employees (a talented designer, Ashley and a wonderful production manager, Courtney; thanks girls, I couldn’t have done it without you!). In addition:

§     We won the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Award in 2009 and 2010

§     We were featured in the Winter 2009-10 issue of Chicago Social Brides with an editorial piece about Chicago themed weddings (showing a save-the-date and some table numbers)

§     We were featured in 2010 Chicago Style Weddings “Designers Challenge” in a two page spread

§     Our work was seen on WGN’s midday news, June 22, 2010

§     This year we opened our first office (no more meetings in coffee shops)

Why should couples consider you over the competition?

Invitations by Design is the best way to get custom invitations. We only offer custom invitations so each client is able to find the perfect invitation for their event. We also take the stress out of invitations. Our designers will help with wording, paper choices, and of course, the perfect design. To make things even easier, we offer addressing services (to print, stuff, stamp and seal all your envelopes). We also offer favors, welcome baskets, place cards, programs and more to help with every detail in one stop. We take the design and tie it into every printed piece. Every step of the way, we are here to help.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I am lucky to have a job that lets me be creative and is always changing. Owning a business is not an easy task but it allows me to express my creativity every day! I get to work with brides to bring their vision to life. What a great way to spend my day!

Invitations by Design
100 Illinois Street
Regus Suite 200
St. Charles, IL 60174
847.975.5223
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