Wednesday, October 31, 2012

DIY Paper Leaf Topiary via Etsy

photo via Etsy

Monday was all about monograms and today I'm sharing a great little DIY decor idea that is an absolutely adorable way to use your newly designed wedding monogram. These paper leaf topiaries created by Brittany Watson Jepsen are super simple to assemble and can easily be adapted for lots of different wedding themes. Add some color to the leaves for a fall wedding or stick to deep green and add red berries to bring a little winter to the mix.

Don't forget to check out Brittany's Etsy shop for some fun paper flower accessories and decor.

Have a safe and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Wedding Monogram Inspiration

design by Kate Marie Paperie

I LOVE wedding monograms! It's like a custom designed logo for your wedding and for your new family. Plus your brand new monogram can be used in SO many ways. Here are just a few...

  • Invitations
  • Programs
  • Table Numbers
  • Ceremony & Reception decor
  • Wedding day robes for getting ready
  • Decorate cakes
  • Labels for everything from belly bands to favor boxes
  • New return address stamps
  • Thank you cards
  • Towels for your new house
  • Stationery
  • Jewelry

Sounds like a great investment in fabulous to me:) Check out some of these wonderful wedding monograms and the creative ways they are used...

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Are you planning on branding your wedding?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Paper Primer ~ The Proper Way to Assemble Wedding Invitations *FREE PRINTABLE*

Your wedding invitations have arrived! You eagerly open the box only to find piles and piles of different pieces! Oh my in the world are all these supposed to go together?? It's like an invitation puzzle!
Assembling wedding invitations for mailing is probably something that most couples will have to do themselves whether they are custom designed or ordered online. Here is a handy little guide on the proper way to put your invitations together with several tips and tricks to ensure you assemble like a pro.
Download the 8.5 x 11 size printable guide HERE. Perfect for your wedding planning notebook:)

Monday, October 22, 2012

5 Tips for Working with an Invitation Designer

Most people are pretty familiar with the idea of a wedding planner...but an invitation designer?? I didn't even know that existed when I planned my wedding many, many...many years ago! And if I did know about designers..I wouldn't have had the slightest idea about what to expect when working with someone to create my invites. Well, things have changed a little over the years and it's safe to say that now I know a little...or A LOT about working with an invitation designer:) So...if you have decided to go meet an invitation designer for your wedding (wise decision!!) here are 5 tips about working together on your project.

 Start Early

Don't let your invitations be an afterthought. Remember, they are the first impression your guests will get of your big day! And while a good designer can create something for you pretty quickly, the more time the designer has to work, the better! Greatness takes time after all! Plus a designer has so much more to offer than just invitation design. He or she can also design fun save the date cards, bridal shower invitations, ceremony programs, place cards, table numbers, menus and more! Take full advantage of their expertise and really make paper work for you!

Bring Inspiration Pictures to Your First Meeting

Bring all the pictures you have collected for inspiration. Yes, even pictures of dresses, centerpieces, everything! It doesn't have to be pictures of invitations to serve as inspiration to your designer. In fact, I would much rather see pictures of everything else! These pics give your designer a GREAT idea of the look you are going for and your invitations will reflect that. Plus, designers just like pictures:) 

 Gather All the Correct Information...Promptly

Invitation designers will rely on you for a lot of the information that will be used in the design. Be sure to collect information like your parent's names, the location of the event, guest's full names and titles, and even the information you would like and anything else he or she might request as quickly as you can. Deadlines depend on it! Legibility and clarity is always a plus too:)

 Be Honest

The design process is going to involve a series of concept reviews. This is the fun part..when you actually get to see your ideas come to life in the designs! You will also be asked to provide feedback on the concepts. PLEASE be honest with your feedback! Don't be afraid to let the designer know how you are feeling. It is the designer's job to create a design that you like and the only way he or she can do that is for you to be honest with your reviews. little note...there is a difference between being honest and being mean:) Constructive feedback is preferred!

Don't be afraid to ask Questions

While some of us designers like to think that we are mind readers...sadly we are not! If you don't understand something or just want to know more about the process please speak up! One of the greatest advantages of working with an invitation designer over choosing invites from a book is the ability to ask the expert as many questions as your little heart desires! There is alot to know when it comes to wedding stationery and we are more than happy to share!
Are you working with an invitation designer to create custom wedding invitations?? Have you learned anything that you wish you would have known before getting started??

Monday, October 15, 2012

10 Great Belly Bands for Your Wedding Invitations

Belly bands are the finishing touch on your wedding invitations that tie all the pieces together and it is the perfect place to add even more personality to your wedding suite! Here are 10 different and creative ways to create your very own belly bands...

 1. Ribbon and Rope
Layer a ribbon in a pretty pattern under a solid colored rope for a rich textured feel.

 2. Accessories
Choose an accessory that coordinates with your wedding theme and incorporate it into a rope or ribbon belly band.

 3. Paper Cutouts
Order laser cut paper in a variety of intricate patterns or create a similar style yourself using a craft punch and cardstock.

 4. Lace
Alone or paired with ribbon or string, lace is a great way to bring timeless elegance to your suite.

5. Fabric
Add warmth and color with a strip of fabric attached with ribbon or string.

6. Wax Seals
Wax seals are a classic addition tor formal wedding invitations. Add a little twist by using them to seal the belly band instead of the envelope.


7. Monograms
Show off your newly minted monogram and give your guests a sneak peek and what's inside with a printed cardstock belly band.

8. Baker's Twine
Baker's twine is an affordable alternative to fancier ribbons and you don't have to worry about sacrificing style!

9. Shape Tags
Use a craft punch or good old fashioned scissors to cut shapes out of cardstock and attach with ribbon or string for a touch of whimsy.

10. Layers
Combine any of the previous belly bands to create an elegant layered look.

That's a wrap on belly bands:) Which one will you be using on your invitations?

Monday, October 8, 2012

Paper on the Move!

photo via Rock N Roll Bride

I will be on the road this a car... for 15 hours...with a cat, a 15 month-old, and I'm 7 months pregnant. Needless to say I won't be feeling very inspired :) So I will be taking a little week's vacay from posting. Have a great week!!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Find Your Font-Mate Friday ~ 10 Fabulous Free Fonts for Your Wedding Decor

I'm switching things up a bit for this weeks installment of Find Your Font-Mate! We all LOVE a good deal and FREE is the best kind of deal..especially when your wallet is already feeling the wedding budget blues! There are plenty of free fonts available on the interwebs but these are some of my current faves. Downloading them is easy and then you can create to your little hearts content:) Use them to jazz up your DIY invites, programs, table numbers, placecards..whatever you like. Have fun creating!!





Which one is your favorite??
Happy Weekending!!

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