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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.

How to Decorate a Destination Wedding

Packing the decorative items for a destination wedding doesn’t have to be a major chore. Today, we’re sharing wonderful destination wedding reception ideas and decorating advice.

After organising and packing your garments, accessories, and wedding favors, focus on the décor next. Delegate a separate bag or suitcase especially for the decorating pieces, so the table runners don’t get mixed up with your gown and the pom-poms aren’t lying beside your veil. Also, choose only those materials that are lightweight and pack flat, so that you don’t use up extra bags for them. Remember, extra baggage = extra effort and extra charges!

Here’s some wedding inspiration on five fabulous and affordable ways to pack your destination wedding décor:

1. Fabric table runners – pick a material that doesn’t need ironing, unless you want to be ironing (or looking for someone who wants to iron) when you arrive at your destination! Linen and burlap are not good choices because they wrinkle easily. But if you’re bent on using that cute burlap runner you bought online, go ahead—except you must roll, not fold.

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2. Flags and bunting – these are very popular in weddings today. They’re really adorable and take up very little space when packed. But they tend to wrinkle easily especially if packed with heavier items. To make sure that they don’t get creases from the other articles in your suitcase, place the carefully folded flags or bunting in a large re-sealable bag or manila envelope before packing them with the other décor pieces.

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3. Fabric chair slipcovers – ask the hotel or resort for their chair measurements to make sure that your slipcovers will fit. Bring only those that only go over the back (or only on the seat), because you will need a lot more room in your luggage if you opt for the ones that cover the whole chair. But hey, if you want to cover the entire chair, that’s fine, too! Again, consider wrinkle-free fabrics so that all you need to do is unpack and dress up the chairs.

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4. Cardboard cupcake tower – Get cake boards and cake dummies from your local bakery or supermarket and decide how many tiers you’re going to have. Place the materials inside re-sealable bags to keep clean. Here’s a post from Cake Journal on how to assemble the tower when you’re at the hotel; don’t worry because it’s super easy! Although to save time, you might want to cover the boards with wrapping paper before packing.

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5. Paper decorations, such as garlands and pom-poms – Make the garlands ahead of time. These are a bit time-consuming, so don’t think you can assemble them at the venue. Flat designs, such as leaves, are best for packing. Place them in a re-sealable bag or envelope, too, and make sure there are no creases. For the pom-poms, stack tissue paper, fold accordion-style, and secure middle with twine or wire. You can throw them all together in a plastic bag and fluff them up into full-fledged pom-poms just before hanging.

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Finally, remember to check customs for the country we’re your hosting your soiree, as certain countries don’t allow certain items in. After all, it’s better to be safe then sorry.

{Burlap table runner via eab designs; bunting via Lovelorn Unicorn; slipcover via Surefit.net; cardboard cupcake tower via Cake Journal; leaf garland via Martha Stewart Weddings}

Decorate your Wedding with Mason Jars

We can certainly see why so many brides are choosing to include Mason jars in their DIY weddings! These adorable bottles have been used as canning containers for many generations and are such a fabulous way to add an instant vintage vibe to a wedding – they’re readily available, inexpensive, and incredibly useful!

Here are five simple wedding reception ideas to incorporate Mason jars into your big day:

1. Jar your cake and eat it, too!

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Mason jars make awesome wedding favor holders. Whip up your favorite cake batter and pour them into small Mason jars. Bake as usual, frost, pack on the lids, and voila—cupcakes in a bottle! Or assemble parfaits like the ones pictured above. If you’re more of a candy person, buy them in bulk and place in Mason jars. Whatever your preference, don’t forget the little touches that count—stickers, ribbons, pieces of fabric or buttons, maybe even spoons attached to the jars, and anything else that will tie the jarred favors to your wedding theme.

2. Bottoms up

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Pass up on the old punch bowl and cups, and use Mason jars instead as containers for your beverages. Use the half-gallon-size jars like punch bowls and the cup-size ones as drinking glasses. You can either serve the drinks without lids, or punch a hole in the middle of the lids in advance and slide pretty straws in them. If you choose to go lidless, remember that you can still pack a punch by adding things like decorative-edge ribbons and fruit slices for garnish.

3. Fresh as a daisy

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This is really easy—get a whole bunch of flowers, cut the stems to size, and place them in Mason jars. Remember to add water almost halfway up the jars. The key here is to keep the flower arrangement simple. No complicated designs, please. We want a homey, just-thrown-in-together feel, not something that was worked on for hours on end. Not to say that you can’t combine different flowers and colors, but keeping everything simple brings out the charm of the flowers together with the Mason jars.

4. Light and love

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Add some twinkly love to your wedding by turning Mason jars into elegant outdoor lanterns. Again, with mason jars, there are several ways to do this: buy inexpensive solar garden lamps (these usually retail at a few dollars for a pack of lamps), take them apart, and put what you see inside into the mason jar. Paint the jars with frosting spray so that the light glows softly from within.  Another option is to attach lighting cord sets to the Mason jar lids and install light bulbs inside. The last—and easiest—method is to weigh down the jars with a bit of sand or pebbles and place tea lights or votives inside. Tie some heavy-gauge wire around the mouth of the jars so you can hang them from a tree. You can use all of Mason jar lamps individually in strategic places throughout your venue or group them together into chandeliers.

5. What’s that number again?

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Mason jars also make excellent table number centerpieces. Draw your shape of choice onto a piece of cardboard, number the shapes, cut, and attach to the jars with string or ribbon. Or using an image-editing program on your computer, print appropriate-size numbers with a cute font and glue onto cardboard and place them inside the Mason jars. Finally, fill the jars with beans, coffee, seashells, or whatever strikes your fancy.

{Parfaits via Sweet & Saucy Shop; sangria via Laina Christine’s Blog; flowers via Backyard Bride; candles via Budget Wise Home; table numbers via Morgann Hill Designs}

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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.”