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Today’s couples have more options than ever when it comes to wedding stationery. While this gives you plenty of room for creativity and personalization, it can also make the process a little daunting if you’re not quite sure what you want. Relax. We’ve got you covered. Discovering or designing your perfect wedding invitations is easy with a few simple steps.


The worst thing you can do is wait until the last second to start the process of picking out your invites or save the date cards. There’s probably a lot bigger selection than you realize! Begin the process at least 3-4 months before the big day. This will give you plenty of time to find the perfect selection in order to send them out 6-8 weeks before the wedding.

For destination weddings, you’ll want to get started even earlier: Begin looking 1 year before the wedding, and send them out 6-9 months before the wedding. Doing so will give everybody on the guest list plenty of time to make arrangements, and make the entire process much less stressful.


If you already have an idea of your wedding theme or the colors you’d like, then this step should be easy. If you have no idea what you’re going for, take heart. A little browsing will help you nail down the themes, colors, and designs that fit your personality.

Wedding blogs, social media, and magazines may offer inspiration. Also, look around your home and the decor you have already. What do you love about it? Consider incorporating some of those aspects in your wedding design.

Narrow down your focus to make searching invitations less daunting.


Seeing various paper textures and colors up close and in person will give you a much better idea of which ones are your favorites.

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Before ordering, you’ll need to know exactly how many invitations you need. This will help you avoid costly mistakes (not ordering extras and having to go back to order more later). Remember to count households rather than the number of guests, and add in enough to cover your B-list (usually 10 to 20 extra per 100 to 150 invitations).

Knowing your final tally before making a decision might also help you narrow down options. If you’re stuck between a few selections you really love, cost might be the deciding factor. More guests mean a higher price tag, so you might choose the more economical option.

Don’t forget to factor in the cost of stamps for both the mailing of the invites, and the RSVP card. You’ll also need to price professional addressing of the invitation to give them an overall chic appearance.


Sometimes you just need a pro to help you figure things out. Sit down with a designer and discuss your vision for the big day. Having another eye can really help you narrow down options and pinpoint a design you’ll fall absolutely in love with.

A professional designer can also help you keep things within your budget, and answer any questions you might have about etiquette and other wedding stationery essentials.

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Looking for lively spring colors and popular designs?


We’ve got ‘em all right here!

When people think of spring weddings, they usually envision flowers and lush greenery.
While many springtime weddings are all those things, there is an endless number of
themes and designs that correlate with this most lively time of year,
and a rainbow of spring colors to tie them all together!

Having a little trouble coming up with just the right idea for your big day?
Get inspired by the ten most popular spring hues from the
Pantone Fashion Color Report – Spring 2016!


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Spring doesn’t have to mean all pink and yellow roses (although it certainly can). Many brides and grooms are now choosing colors that mean something to them and are a reflection of their personalities. Fiesta is a fun and energetic color for those who want to say “come celebrate!” for instance. Softer hues such as lilac grey and rose quartz offer a sentimental meaning and a more traditionally romantic appeal.

Other colors hold symbolic meaning to them that can be incorporated into your big day.
For instance, our Iced Coffee is a soft brown hue. Brown has historically represented tradition and warmth, making it ideal for a “down home” wedding or ceremonies involving family
or religious customs. Peach represents immortality in many cultures, allowing it to represent love’s undying nature.

Invitations using blue colors, such as our Serenity and Snorkel Blue options are perfect for nautical themes, seaside weddings, or destination weddings. Additionally, blue often stands for security and stability, something some couples may want to incorporate into their themes to represent how they feel for one another.

These colors and many more are available now in a wide range of invitations
and all your other wedding stationery. Find them here!

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Unique and Affordable Winter Bridal Bouquets


No, budgets are certainly not fun, but they are certainly necessary for many brides-to-be out there. You can still have a beautiful winter bridal bouquet for your winter wedding without going bankrupt! Read on to learn about some unique and affordable winter bouquet ideas that will inspire and excite you.

Baby’s Breath Will Take Your Breath Away

Baby’s breath is incredibly affordable and actually looks chic and romantic when carried in a lush bundle and adorned with a silky golden or lace ribbon. Its delicateness mimics the look of freshly fallen snowflakes and it also complements a vintage themed wedding.

White Can Be Nice

If too much red and green makes you nauseous around the holidays, consider carrying a large, white poinsettia. Its creamy tone will complement your gown and will photograph beautifully as your event’s candle light makes it radiate. You can even purchase these potted plants at your local grocery store and set them out in tables for a unifying theme.

Consider Carrying a Brooch Bouquet

Brooches can be purchased by the lot on many online auction sites and can be found for a dollar of less at many antique stores, flea markets, and estate auctions. You can arrange them into a bouquet on your own by following step by step directions online, or hire a florist for help. You can create a bouquet of all brooches or mix a few large white or red roses throughout. Either way, a brooch bouquet can be composed for about $25 or $30 on average, which is a huge difference from $125, which is the average cost of a bridal bouquet.

Get Ornamental

Did you plan a winter wedding around the holidays because everything about Christmas makes your heart skip a beat? If so, carry an ornament bouquet. Completely unique, arrange shiny and glittery ornaments, much like a brooch bouquet. You can mix a few flowers in, or carry all ornaments on your special day. Many dollar stores sell a dozen ornaments for a dollar, and even some fancier ornaments cost about $5-$10, which is still more affordable than spending a hundred dollars or so on a full, floral bouquet. Another added bonus? You’ll be able to keep your one of a kind creation forever!

You can have an awesome winter bridal bouquet for less; you just have to think outside of the box!

How to Throw a Bonfire Themed Wedding


Wedding themes can be fun and fit into any couple’s budget. You don’t have to put on a posh and pristine affair in order to wow guests and make your day memorable for one another. If you are planning on having a summer wedding, consider hosting a bonfire themed wedding! This works wonderfully if you are getting married on the beach, if you have access to an abundance of acreage, or are simply a country-loving, outdoorsman at heart. Be sure to exchange vows later in the evening, just as the sun sets, so as darkness falls; the emphasis is on the festive fire!

Step 1-Consider Your Seating

Whether you want guests to sit on large spread out blankets, or rustic Adirondack chairs or long wooden benches; seating is key to hosting a proper bonfire wedding. You can provide these festive seats, or encourage guests to bring their own; based on your budget. All seats should be arranged around your wood-burning fire pit.

Step 2-Light Up That Fire

If you are hosting a very intimate bonfire themed wedding, you can totally get away with using a medium sized, portable fire pit (which you may already own, or can borrow from a friend or family member). You can opt to use a gas powered pit for a zero maintenance evening, or have a pile of wood close by to keep the fire hot and blazing into evening hours. If you are having a large wedding, building a large fire pit is key. You also need plenty of wood to last throughout the night, and may want to consider hiring someone to maintain the fire (or simply ask a pal) so you can enjoy your evening and not have to worry about keeping the fire going (or getting super dirty).

Step 3-Must Have Music

One of the best things about a bonfire is enjoying acoustic tunes. Encourage your musically inclined guests to bring their guitar, or budget for a local musician to join in on the fun and entertain your guests for an hour or two!

Step 4-Pass the S’mores

No bonfire is complete without s’mores. In fact, this delectable dessert can be passed around in forego of your formal (and expensive) cake. Simply pre-bag marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate bars and have dozens of long, cleaned sticks in a large basket sitting out for your guests to grab and gobble when they are ready to!

Step 5-Set the Mood

Be sure to have plenty of mood lighting, in addition to your roaring fire. Line nearby trees and bushes with white string lights, set up lanterns, and light tea lights and place them in mason jars; setting them all around your venue. Be sure to have a basket full of extra blankets for your guests to utilize as the evening gets chilly, and have a wooden table set up nearby with buckets or coolers of beverages and other light refreshments!

One of the best things about hosting a bonfire themed wedding is that it is a totally laid back, carefree event which is big on charm and comfort; but is not a burden on your budget. All you need to do is tell your guests to arrive in comfortable, warm clothes and get ready to celebrate the burning hot love you have for one another!

Wedding Cake Vs. Wedding Cupcakes—Which Should You Choose?


There is nothing sweeter than your wedding day, except maybe the dessert! Which little slice of heaven should you serve up? The top two dessert front runners at today’s weddings are the traditional wedding cake and the modern cupcake. Read on to learn which tasty treat will best complement the kind of celebration you are hosting.

Let Them Eat Cake

Cake is to be served if you are having a traditional wedding. A traditional wedding by definition means having a reception that is held during the late afternoon or early evening on a Saturday, in a formal venue. These traditional cakes are usually designed in a round or square shape and is arranged in layers. An average wedding cake serves 150 guests. If you are having a smaller wedding that is still deemed traditional, considering telling your baker to whip up a small sheet cake. Cakes also offer more space than cupcakes to add embellishments like flowers, berries, bows, and any other item that reflects your wedding theme if you choose one. Couples also like the traditional wedding cake because they are able to place a cake topper on top and freeze the entire top layer and enjoy it on their one year anniversary. A cake also allows a couple to slice the first piece together, hand over hand; in a cake cutting ceremony.

Cupcakes Take the Cake

Cupcakes are to be served if you are having a casual wedding. A casual wedding by definition means having a reception that is on a Saturday or Sunday around brunch time that is held in a non-formal venue. Beach weddings, garden parties, and barbecue receptions are fun but are a lot less formal than a traditional, sit down dinner. Cupcakes are fun and can capture a couple’s playful personality. Serving them shows that a couple is unafraid to conform to the “norm” and they can still be decorated and embellished to complement any wedding theme. Cupcakes are great to serve if the couple is on a budget and can even be made ahead of time by the bride to be (or another willing family member).

Whether you serve up a slice of cake or a cute cupcake; one thing’s for sure. Either will taste great to your guests. However, consider some of the facts above to help you decide which will best complement the wedding you are hosting and your wants and needs as a couple.


And, if you still can’t decide, compromise is a beautiful way to begin a marriage.


Four Seasonal Flowers That Will Save You Wedding Money!

blog-seasonal-flowersMost brides-to-be go gaga over flowers. While some can spend thousands, others may only be able to budget a few hundred dollars. If you are pinching pennies; read on to learn about some fresh and fabulous flowers that are in season and ultra-affordable for your upcoming wedding.


A wedding during spring months is symbolic of your union. It is a season of rebirth and all things new, like your commitment to one another. Some cost-efficient ways to fill your vases and bouquets are to incorporate flowers such as lilacs, hydrangeas, daffodils, and tulips. These fragrant blooms can even be plucked from your own garden! Sweet peas, wisteria, and magnolia are also in bloom; as well as peonies, lily of the valley, freesia, and poppies; depending on which part of the country you live in.


A summer wedding is most popular among couples because the weather is warm, the sun is cheerful, and amidst the humid haze; there is a special kind of magic in the air! Consider these light and airy flowers, such as irises, gerbera daisies, zinnias, Queen Anne’s lace, and forget-me-nots; that will be light on your budget as well!


Fall weddings usually include seasonal décor such as pinecones, pumpkins, apples, and acorns; so it is essential that your flowers can not only stand up to such heartiness, but not break the bank either. Consider including mums, sunflowers, dahlias, marigolds, and even dried leaves and other foliage into your bouquets and baskets; which also complement the vibrant colors of the season.


Weddings held during winter months face a challenge when it comes to affordable and fabulous flowers. Consider holiday staples, like poinsettias and holly, first and foremost. If your celebration is held during later winter months, consider carnations (around Valentine’s Day), cosmos, and amaryllis; which will also work for weddings right on the border of spring!

You can have fresh, fragrant flowers on your big day without putting a major dent in your budget. Consider these seasonal stunners to ensure you have appropriate and affordable decorations!

Affordable and Fun Gift Baskets to Give as a Wedding Gift

Affordable Wedding Basket Gift Ideas
Gift baskets are fun to put together and also fun to receive. Whether you are the giver or the recipient, read on to learn about some affordable and fun baskets you can put together and give as a wedding gift.

Lotsa Pasta

Who doesn’t love pasta? Put together an Italian themed basket. Include specialty noodles (which you can find in the pasta aisle of your local grocery store for a dollar or two extra than traditional ones), jar your own tomato sauce, toss in a few pertinent dried herb bottles (like basil, oregano, and garlic powder-many stores offer them at 3 for a dollar), add some olive oil, and even pick up some cooking tools like a slotted spoon, and mini strainer, and a cheese grater. You can also find some barely used cookbooks that are in excellent shape for a very low price on some online market places that you can place in it as well! Mangiare!

Wine a Little

Pick up several bottles of wine that are on sale at your local liquor store. Print out several labels on your computer that highlight the couple’s potential firsts-First House, First Baby, First Anniversary, First Fight, etc. Type up an explanation of the basket and place it in a dollar store frame. Explain to the couple that they are only to open each bottle of wine when a first moment has occurred! If you have some extra dollars to burn, place cork stoppers, a wine aerator, and even personalized wine glasses inside as well!

Movie Night

Write a little note that describes the intent of the basket-for cozy nights in on the couch. Add a blanket; some Oscar nominated flicks, bags of microwave popcorn, flavored popcorn mixes, milk duds, licorice, (or whatever candy is on sale at the store). It’s a sweet and thoughtful gesture, which is light on your budget and which the couple is sure to appreciate.

Picnic Basket

Picnic baskets can be very expensive. You can absolutely make your own, based on your budget. Pick up a basket that closely resembles one of these romantic, recreational baskets at your local dollar store or flea market. Add in some basic white plates, silverware, a thermos, a checkered cloth to sit on, and some wine glasses. All items can be purchased two for a dollar at most bargain stores, and you can even scan flea markets for cheap but beautiful lace napkins, placemats, etc.

Now that you have your basket all ready, deliver it with a lasting impression that counts. Starting at just $9.95, add a custom printed fun balloon as the center piece. Quality printers like Mimosa Digital can take any photo, from an old print to a digital photo, add words if requested, and print it on 11″ round or heart-shaped balloons. Best of all, you can order yours online.

Consider putting together one of these fun and affordable gift baskets for your next upcoming wedding!

Heart to Heart – Five Reasons Why You Should Host a Valentine’s Themed Engagement Party

engagement-ring-hear-590If you’re newly engaged, you’ve probably started to discuss how you are going to make your big news official, in front of your beloved friends and family members. One of the best things about getting engaged during the holidays and early winter months is that you can throw a Valentine’s themed engagement party! Perfect for couples who are pinching their pennies; here are five reasons why you should totally consider hosting this fabulous, fun, and festive affair.

Reason #1-Carnations are Cheap!

Carnations are a very popular Valentine’s Day flower that are ultra-affordable and are in season. They can fill vases on tables and a bar, or even be handed to each guest as they walk into your party (everyone loves getting flowers!). You can find them virtually anywhere. In fact, they are widely stocked in grocery store floral departments and cost a fraction of the price of what you’d pay at a florist’s shop.

Reason #2-Candy, Candy, and More Candy

Valentine’s candy can serve as part of your décor, can be used as dessert instead of a cake, and can serve as your party favor. Whether you buy heart shaped chocolate boxes in bulk, or set up a serve yourself dessert table; all candy put out at this time is designed in classic red and pink colors, is budget friendly (strips of heart-shaped pops cost only a dollar); and are just fun!

Reason #3-You Can Do Fondue

If you love fondue, you can totally get away with hosting a dipping party for your Valentine’s event! Fondue is relatively affordable to put together and super simple to cook up on your own. Plus, it can be extremely romantic if pots are placed intimately at each table, or a lot of candles are lit around your set-up. Opt to serve a cheese appetizer in place of an entrée; as bread cubes, crackers, and veggies will not break the bank!

Reason #4-Love is in the Air

If you wanted to have an engagement party around any holiday, Valentine’s Day makes the most sense. You can create a playlist filled with the most romantic love songs of all time, decorate your venue with heart decorations, and your happily married guests’ love for one another will contribute to the overall vibe and ambiance. An added bonus? Your single friends and family members will not be alone on this Hallmark holiday and can even be set up during your event!

Reason #5-Valentine Invitations

How cute would it be to send a Valentine as an invitation in lieu of a formal, printed one? Valentines are only a few dollars a box and will set the tone that your engagement party is clearly going to be held on or around this holiday, and is sure to be casual, creative, yet fun!

These five reasons alone will get you in the mood to celebrate your love with others who are in love around you!