July 2012

Personalised Wedding Invitations

We’re always harping on about the importance of personalising your wedding, so today we’ve decided to talk about how to personalise and print your own wedding invitations.

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We know it’s easy to get overwhelmed thinking about all the things you’re yet to organise for your wedding, but one thing that’s relatively easy to sort out is the wedding invitations. Some couples handcraft their invitations for a beautiful and authentic feel, but if you’re time poor, printing your invitations is a great, low-cost way to make personalised, unique and stunning wedding invitations.

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We’re especially smitten with Vistaprint, as you can choose from a variety of templates on their website to base your design on. Of course your invitation style depends on your wedding style; is your wedding formal, religious or casual? Incorporate this into your design so that your guests will know what to expect. Printing your own wedding invitations gives a personal touch, and you have the control over the fonts, colours and images. When you’re selecting the paper, experiment with difference textures and thicknesses. Also, if you’re having your wedding at a well-known destination, include some images of the location in your sets.

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When it comes to selecting a printing method, foil stamping, letter press, engraving, embossing and lithography are a few popular ways to have your invitations printed. You’ll also have to choose the paper: textured paper and envelopes are becoming quite a great way to showcase your wedding invitations. At the end of the day, remember that whatever the printing method you use, your invitations will look professional when printed by a reputable company.

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When choosing your invitation colour scheme, remember that maintaining a consistent colour scheme is important. Choose colours and fonts that represent your personality and your wedding style. If you are having a traditional white wedding; silver, gold black and spiral designs work well. If your wedding is religious, incorporate religious symbols and images into your wedding invitations and use colours which are appropriate. A casual beach or garden wedding can experiment with flushes of pink and yellow, soft typeface, and pictures of seashells or flowers. If you want to further personalise your invitations, consider adding a second layer to your set.

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If you’re not quite so crafty, the best option for designing your wedding invitations is to choose a template (or make your own) and have them printed when you’re done.

Oh how beautiful personalised invitations can be!

Amazing Discount

Vistaprint is offering One Stylish Bride readers up to 50% off all invitation products, which includes engagement party invitations, save-the-date cards, bridal shower invitations, wedding reception invitations and more. This means you can get all your invitations in same theme and have your suite of cards matching. What’s more, you’ll also receive 25% off the rest of the Vistaprint site.

Once on the Vistaprint site, just click the “Get Started” button and the discount should carry all the way to check out. To get your discount click here.

About Vistaprint

Vistaprint empowers more than 13 million micro businesses and consumers annually with affordable, professional options to make an impression with range of products including customised business cards, postcards, invitations, and T-shirts.

The Peanut Warehouse Wedding {Kristen + Thomas}

We love this wedding so much that we feel like throwing a parade!

The sweet couple wed at Riverfront Park, followed by their reception at The Peanut Warehouse located in Conway, South Carolina, United States.

“The Peanut Warehouse was unique because it was an old barn [and] literally used to be a peanut warehouse and tobacco warehouse years ago. It was a beautiful rustic space that we turned into exactly what we wanted.” It was also an ironic choice because “Thomas’s family farms tobacco and peanuts,” says Kristen.

Kristen and Thomas went all out with rustic touches, handmade details, and bold colours. Kristen explains, “Our colour combination was mostly Chartreuse and Diamond White with pops of Coral.”

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The DIY addicted bride and her mother worked tirelessly to ensure all the wedding details were unique, original, and gorgeous. Kristen says, “My mum and I did a lot of DIY details. That was my favourite part of the planning process; we had so much fun coming up with projects for the wedding. We became addicted to Pinterest and found so many things to make. We made all of the signs and banners (bar sign, burlap ‘just married sign’, ‘come as you are, no seating plan’ sign, chalkboard signs), frayed burlap runners for all the tables, rustic distressed picture frames, rustic window pane picture, moss cake rounds, moss ‘H’, burlap wreath, burlap program fans, mercury glass candle holders, and much more!”

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What was your biggest challenge?

“Biggest challenge, besides the guest list, was probably trying to pick just one idea for theme or colour combination. I would find myself pinning wedding ideas for hours, and by the time I stopped I had changed my mind 5 times. I finally just had to pick something I liked and stop looking. People are so creative, I had a hard time choosing which direction I wanted to go with the wedding.”

What’s your favourite moment?

“That’s a hard question, the whole process was amazing. I had so much fun helping create our dream wedding, and then marrying the man of my dreams and spending that special time with our family and friends. A funny memory of our wedding is, during the ceremony while were doing our vows, a pontoon boat rides by on the river blaring “Lets get it on” by Marvin Gaye. Everyone just stopped and started laughing.”

What’s your advice?

“My advice – get your major stuff out of the way first, like vendors, guest list, ceremony music and script etc. Then have fun with the designing and décor. Also, don’t sweat over anything, especially the small stuff. Nobody is going to notice, heck, I didn’t even notice half the stuff we worried over for months. Just stop, breathe, and take it all in because time will fly by.”

All wedding photos by Paula Player Photography. Congratulations to the lovely couple and thank you for sharing your wedding with us.

Kristen + Thomas Style Guide

Photographer: Paula Player Photography / Event Planner: Gigi Noelle Events / Dress Store: Modern Trousseau / Dress Designer: Piper Gown from Modern Trousseau Charleston / Cake Designer: Cakes by the Sea, The Trestle / Linens & Coverings: Hotz Event Rentals / Spa: The Spa on Main / Sweets: Munchies and More Candy/ Event Venue: Peanut Wearhouse / Thanks: Two Bright Lights

Houston wedding {Amber + Nathan}

This Houston wedding is the coolest thing ever.

The couple had a DIY wedding and wed in a sea of yellow, blue, and red.

Kimberly Chau Photography was there to capture the nuptials and commented, “They are the sweetest couple and had a wonderful DIY wedding. I adore how Amber creatively put together little colouring books for the young guests at the wedding to colour and play with. And how Amy, Amber’s sister put together a cute fascinator and birdcage veil for the bride! Oh, did I mention that Amy also did the flowers? Gorgeous. Such a talented sister to have. I am so glad I was able to be a part of [their] celebration!”

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Dublin Dr. Pepper floats made an appearance at the wedding, as it’s a Baylor tradition to serve the drinks.

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Congratulations Amber and Nathan and thanks for sharing your cheery wedding pictures with One Stylish Bride.

Amber + Nathan’s Style Guide

Photographer: Kimberly Chau Photography / Dress Store: David’s Bridal / Men’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse / Venue: Tallowood Baptist Church / Thanks: Two Bright Lights

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“I’m Marcela, an Aussie expat living in Hong Kong. This space is where I share my love for weddings and bits and pieces from my family’s life and adventures. I love celebrating weddings, motherhood, family, travel and life’s simple joys.”