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Sunday, June 26, 2011

You've found your wedding dress, the venue, your accessories and maybe even decided on you honeymoon spot, so now  it's time to turn your attention and efforts to selecting your wedding invitations.

Golden Splendor - Candlelight Collection

Many of today's wedding invitations are printed on high quality card stock, can be personalized and feature complete customization options. They are unique, of the high quality and are offered in a variety of simple and designer wedding collections.

With the option to select from such a remarkable assortment of classic, elegant and affordable wedding  invitations, many brides need a little guidance to wade through the plethora of choices.

Hence, we've developed "8 Hot Tips" so you're be armed and ready to start looking for your wedding invitations.

 "8 Hot Tips to Select the Best Wedding Invitations"

1) Develop a budget -  establishing and sticking to a budget is essential. 

2) Select a theme - selecting your theme will keep you focused

3) Decide on a color scheme - this will help target your creativity when making your selections

4) Pick matching wedding favors - the theme, color and style will be enhanced if paired with your invitations

5) Choose corresponding themed wedding programs

6) Visit on-line wedding shops to save time and money

7) Utilize social media - Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and blogs for advise and information

8) Participate in the "do-no-harm", eco-friendly wedding trend as a budget-friendly alternative

Wedding Invitation Ensemble

Although we mentioned this earlier, it bears mentioning again - budgeting is key because all budgets are not equal - meaning, your dream wedding and your current available funding source may need tweaking!

If you really want to maximize your budget, remember, in order to create a  romantic, contemporary, rustic or themed wedding, taking time to map out a plan that's practical yet allows expression of creativity when selecting your wedding invitations is important.

You may want to keep the your invitations simple in design so you can add unique, decorative or even intricate envelopes and  packaging.  Another option is to choose a more ornate invitation which will allow you to either select a complimentary elaborate envelope or flattering, understated packaging. Just remember, you're searching for unique and memorable wedding invitations that keep your budget in check.

Riviera -Exclusive Collection II

Selecting the right wedding invitations also depends on whether you are looking to have complementary events that would require matching stationery for your engagement party, rehearsal dinner, bridal luncheon, cocktail party, or even a backyard barbeque.

Most brides will have at least one or two of these complementary events.  Once you've determine how many and which complementary events you will have, let's discuss the next item - choosing your theme.
Gates to Paradise - Destination Wedding Invitations

Since one of our "8 Hot Tips" addresses your theme, take time to determine if you want wedding invitations to support a specific theme.

Some brides may say they don't have a theme, but at closer examination, I believe most will find they fall into one of the categories listed below, even if the theme is not palpable.

Although there may be many themes, we've listed only a few categories below to help you start the process of selecting a general wedding theme to guide your invitation choice.
  • classic, sophisticated
  • garden, rustic or beach
  • quaint, vintage, nostalgic
  • understated, minimalist
  • themed - by color, by style or by cause
  • trendy, contemporary 
  • eclectic, free-spirited, whimsical
  • traditional, conventional 
Elegant Clovers on Ecru - Chloe B. Wedding Invitations
    If you follow the "8 Hot Tips" mentioned earlier, we're sure you'll find invitation designs to give your wedding the stylish panache it deserves. Once you've made you've selection, we strongly urge you to stop looking, otherwise it's easy to start second-guessing and to become confused and bewildered by the hundreds of new wedding invitations, announcements and accessories introduced each week.

    Once the decision has be made, buy your invitations and move on to the next item on your list.


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    Saturday, June 4, 2011
    While choosing colors for your wedding, we suggest you allow your creativity to flourish, however you should also think in terms of practicality.  

    So, you say how does this work? Well, there is a place for both to exist and even compliment each other.  Consider how colors selected may be incorporated in your life after the wedding for practical use.  For instance, selecting unique wedding decorations in colors that can also be used in your home afterwards, is one way to tackle this challenging feat.  

    Trans-seasonal colors like silver, gray, gold or bronze are are also practical and can serve as functional accents in your home for years to come, all while adding flair and pizazz to your wedding or bridal shower.

    Monochrome Shades of Orange Wedding Colors
    Berry hues and rich orange will accent spicy browns and bronze metallicAlthough primary colors are showing up again, this season we can look for monochrome color schemes in various shades to continue.  

    Black and white will still be popular - with a dash of color added for a more interesting pallet - primary colors will be seen more and more with this duo color scheme.  Below are 7 color tips you want to consider when planning your wedding.
    • Tropical and nautical colors such as turquoise are popular, warm and refreshing for beach weddings and as beach wedding favors
    • Using frosted shades, pearl colors and satin finishes will inspire us and create an illusion of the heavens.  You'll also see pink being added to this combination to give it just the right pop
    • Fuchsia is back, however it's bolder and more electrifying than last season
    • Translucent colors, that are soft and have a retro feel will help create a since of fantasy and will remind us of our love of fairy tales, beauty and elegance.
    • Bright and cheerful fire engine reds will continue to make a bold statement
    • By the way, pink is the new red when added to the silver shimmery tones

      Modernized nostalgia and revisiting the past will show up in innovative ways - neutrals, grey and cream will be a part of these themes including metallics, shimmery gold, vibrant blues and purples.  Add the richness of plum, eggplant and grape for a rich presentation.  This season you'll see darker shades,  purple wine, a very deep green, a navy black and a coffee brown with yellow, orchid, a purplish blue and jade green serving as accents for interesting combinations.

      Weddings with deep violet, midnight blue, grape and purple will remain quite popular!

      Also, palettes with cool soothing colors and earth tones allow you to explore new ideas and embellish your own since of style.

      Embracing the environment by including designs, shapes and colors displayed in art - paintings, cultural images and natural elements easily blends the past and future.   Eight of the juiciest fall 2011 color trend combinations are:
      • Bronze & Olive
      • Ivory and Slate Gray 
      • Copper & Royal Blue
      • Midnight Blue & Purple 
      • Midnight Blue & Silver 
      • Aquamarine & Dark Sienna
      • Mustard yellow & Green
      • Green & Deep Violet
      Accent your shower or reception with color!

      To further accentuate your theme, adding 2-piece unique wedding favor boxes in the most popular colors is economical and a thoughtful way to shower your guests with functional gifts that can be used again.   

      Buy different colors to mix and match lids and bottoms.  Personalizing your favor boxes by adding a single initial, your names and wedding date in foil imprint will say "thank you" in a very special way.  These cute little boxes measure 2" x 2" x 2". 

      Allow the colors you choose for your wedding, reception, shower and rehearsal dinner to truly express who you really are as a couple.

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      Wednesday, June 1, 2011

      It's wonderful - our Girlfriend's Gourmet Collection as  a Bridal Shower Party Gifts, is a Class Act!

      Bridal Shower Party Gift Collection
      You can take a little time off from planning your wedding to relax and celebrate with your bridal party.  Start with our colorful,  edible gifts.  Invite your bridesmaids over and plan to be the life of the party all while giving your wedding party the greatest, practical gifts they'll truly enjoy.  

      The Collection comes in pretty boxes  and easy-to-serve  packaging.  Each guest will receive their own personal edible treat as a token of your appreciation.  The Collection includes enough favors for 36 guests or 42 if you decide to give the lovely Sugar Cookie Mixes as gifts instead of preparing as a gourmet dish for the tea sipping group.  The Collection includes 12 each of Raspberry Tea, French Vanilla Coffee, Pink Lemonade and 6 Sugar Cookie Mixes all in adorable packaging!

      The beautiful bold green bucket display can be used as a table accent or centerpiece at you bridal shower or bridal luncheon.

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