FacebookTwitterPinterestWedding Blog

Archive for Save the Date

Looking for lively spring colors and popular designs?

banner

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!

http://www.perfectlyinvited.com/Page.asp?name=Email_67

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

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!

SCHEDULE an appointment with a Designer

SCHEDULE an appointment with a Designer

How to Throw a Bonfire Themed Wedding

forest-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!

Choosing a Special Wedding Gift for Your New Spouse

blog-gifts-for-spouseEveryone knows that a marriage itself is a gift; however, many couples still choose to exchange a present after exchanging vows. Read on to learn how you can choose a special wedding gift for your new spouse that they will cherish nearly as much as you!

First, consider signing up for a boudoir session with your local photographer. This has certainly become one hot trend with newly married couples! The pictures are provocative, romantic, but remain completely classy. Not only are they fun to shoot, but they will be fun to pull out and view for years to come. Plus, these pictures make a statement. They silently declare that you are full of passion and want your partner to remain full of passion as well! If a professional shoot is out of your budget, all you need are some tasteful undergarments and a faithful and fabulous friend to play photographer! With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, why not extend the preview the surprise with a teaser custom photo card and then present him with a beautifully designed flush mounted album with the collection of photos. Or, consider other photo gifts.

Next, many couples are huge fans of exchanging matching time pieces. These watches are worn every day and they are also symbolic of the commitment you both entered into for all “time.” Whether you want to pick up a designer pair or opt for something simple and standard; it is a gift that you will get years of use out of and will help make the hours pass by as you glance at it when you are away from one another.

Finally, consider what your spouse is into. No one knows you both best like one another. Sporting event or concert tickets are gifts that you can both utilize. You can also plan a weekend getaway or sign up for a couple’s massage to unwind after the big day. Many newly married couples are discouraging one another from purchasing separate gifts and are totally into gifting each other a shared experience.

Consider these three simple and totally doable ideas if you want to impress your mate with a meaningful, post-wedding “I do” gift.

Have a digital media question? Ask Mimosa Digital! Plus, it’s FREE (at least for now, so seize the opportunity). Click here to get a response via email.

Why Should You Go to a Bridal Show When You’ve Already Got Pinterest?

blog-Great-Bridal-Expo-PromoWhat is your wedding theme and color? Have you chosen a venue yet? How big is your wedding? What stationery are you using? Have you picked your cake or flowers? Are you taking dance lessons? Handing out party favors? Where are your in-laws staying? Have you thought about the food? What is the style and color of your bridesmaids’ dresses? Who is doing your makeup? Brooch bouquet or natural flowers? Does all this stuff match your Save the Date cards!? Venues, and veils and Guests, OH MY! No one said planning one of the biggest days of your life would be easy, but we can help and you don’t have to go it alone.

blog-great-bridal-expo-pinterestIt’s time to make wedding planning easy! Dive deep into the world of wedding planning and have a great day with your bridesmaids looking at potential flowers, center pieces, gowns, and stationery for your wedding. There are a lot online and magazine resources to help you plan, but it can become difficult to keep it all organized. Have you spent hours on Pinterest, pinning up all your hopes and dreams for your wedding? But now what? Most links on Pinterest don’t even work and the stuff in the magazines is always over budget–am I right?

The Great Bridal Expo is easily one of the most popular bridal shows and it tours around the country. This year, the show kicked off in Washington, DC. What? It’s already happened? Keep calm. There are still more shows ahead!

Go Big this weekend in the Big Apple and in Philly! Or, swing by in October in the great city of Baltimore!

Yes, you can get help with all things wedding–from professionals! Your bridesmaids are invaluable, but when was the last time they designed the perfect stationery with exactly that one font with all the curlicues and in that particular color that matches your fiancée’s eyes? And, do you really trust them to pick songs for the DJ? Remember the chicken dance?

Bridal shows are also the place where you can win amazing things like wedding invitations valued at more than $100, center pieces and jewelry – heck, you can even get your nails done. Have a day with your bridesmaids and check out in person what really fits your style for your perfect big day.  Don’t get bogged down trying to stay afloat in this crazy wedding planning world. Pick a theme, pick a color, and pick a date!

Join experienced professionals this weekend or the next week! Win prizes and support from all kinds of specialty bridal stores. The professionals are here to make your day perfect. They are here to help make all your dreams come true.

What’s the Standard? Do You Get the Leftover Food From the Cocktail and Wedding Reception?

leftovers-large

Saying “I do” is actually the easiest part when tying the knot. What’s complicated are all the technicalities of wedding etiquette and the tedious (and sometimes stressful) planning process from start to finish. One area brides-to-be should really focus on is the food. Not only do you want to feed your guests, you want to ensure they don’t leave your reception hungry and disgruntled. Read on to learn about what’s standard when it comes to leftover food from your cocktail hour and your wedding reception; helping you make sure that every guest has enough and you get full use of your funds!

Cocktail hours vary. Some couples who are on a budget opt to serve strictly cheese and crackers, or they will host a room full of buffet style snacks. Others, sparing no expense will have 25 butlers serving dainty hors d’oeuvres with white gloves. The bottom line is all food should be passed out for guests to enjoy. Don’t try to hoard the extras! The cocktail hour truly makes the first impression of your event, so don’t hold back. If you are worried you and your partner won’t get to enjoy the food, be sure to ask your wedding coordinator to have the help serve you first, or set aside a large plate that you can enjoy when you are ready.

leftover-memeWhen it comes to leftover food from your reception, you have one of two choices that are socially (and financially) acceptable. You can opt to send servers back out after everyone is served and stop by each table, offering seconds. You can even direct the staff to cut entrées into smaller portions when offering seconds to help you be sure you have enough for everyone who may want more. Or, you can simply package the left overs and take them home to freeze or eat with friends and family for a post-wedding dinner. Either way, you have paid a lot of money for your food and should never allow it to go to waste. Wedding venues always prepare extra food as a courtesy and there are always a few guests who RSVP and do not show up, so be sure to take their food home or pass out their share! Both options are classy and everyone will appreciate your good taste.

It’s good to know wedding food etiquette prior to your big day, so guests can be fed and full and you can maximize your expense! What do you think? Do tell!

Guests of Honor

You can make each and every guest feel like they are the guest of honor at your wedding celebration. Your friends and family will appreciate the little extras you throw their way (especially since some of them have traveled a long way to attend your event) and will be impressed with your creativity and thoughtfulness. Here are three little things that you can do that will make one big impression.

Tip #1 Napkin Notes

It’s going to be very difficult to get around and have a lengthy conversation with each guest. Why not say hello and thank friends and family for attending your event by leaving them a personalized note on their dinner napkin? Using the inside of your place cards makes this easy. It will be the first thing they read as they sit down to enjoy dinner and will show them that you took an extra step to show that you care and appreciate their attendance and support!

gift-bags

Tip #2 Goodie Guest Bags

Roll out the red carpet for your guests that are staying the night in a hotel room that you have taken the liberty of reserving for them. Place a goodie bag filled with personalized items to really wow your friends and family from out of town. Fill the bags with each person’s favorite snack, beer, wine, candy, and be sure to write a personal welcome and thank you note to each guest staying the night. It shows that you have taken into consideration their efforts in attending your special day.

Tip #3 Menu Cards

Consider placing a menu card on each guest’s plate that outlines each course and presents guests with their dining menu-cardoptions. It is a courtesy that your guests will appreciate so they can put thought into their meal selections, not be put on the spot; and will impress them with your attention to detail.

Every guest should feel like they are the guest of honor at your wedding. Consider trying these three tips to help each friend and family member feel as though you’ve gone above and beyond to thank them and make them comfortable before, during, and after your event.

How to Ensure That Your Guests Have Fun at the Party!

Many brides-to-be dream of hosting a perfect and beautiful day. They sometimes forget that their wedding day should and could be fun too. Ensuring that your guests have fun at your reception can be a daunting task. They key is to plan something unique but easy for guests to partake in. Here are five ways to ensure that your guests can have fun and you can host an unforgettable event!

Set up a Home Made Photo Booth
wedding-photo-boothPhoto booths can be very expensive to rent. Brides on a budget do not have to forego this fun family and friend activity. Set up an oversized ornate frame at a designated corner in your reception hall or a section outside if you are exchanging vows in an outdoor area. Place a digital camera on a stool for guests to pose on and place a number of props nearby (boa, sunglasses, hats, masks). Set directions near the “booth” and allow your friends and family to click away. Print out each image and send it to them as a keepsake in your thank you notes!

Boast a Cake Topping Bar

Guests also find it fun when they get to design and dish up their own desserts. Set up a topping station so guests can embellish their piece of wedding cake or individual cupcake. Toppings like sprinkles, candy, fruit, and whipped cream are affordable and fun to add to plain pieces of cake, made to your guests’ liking.

Host a Dance Off

Nothing puts guests in a dancing mood more than a dance off-with prizes! Fill several bags with items like gas gift cards, massages, pedicures, and bottle of wine or liquor. Have everyone take part in cheering on their favorite dancers and ask your DJ or band to announce the winners of categories like, “Most Original Moves”, “Worst Moves,” “Drunkest Dancer,” or “Best Dance Moves.” It will break up the night and make your guests laugh and eager to get involved in the name of good fun.

Play a Song for Groups of Guests

Have some songs that are special to friends or family members? Maybe certain tunes help you remember your spring break with the ladies, a special moment with your siblings, or simply a fun time with family and friends. Throughout the night, ask the DJ or band to play these specific songs and announce who they are for to get everyone up dancing and reminiscing. It’s easy to do and completely unique.

Make a Signature Drink

blog-how-to-ensureIf you are getting married at your own home or a friend or family member’s estate, you have more flexibility when it comes to selecting what to serve and offering specialties at the bar.  Consider inviting your guests to create or mix their own drinks. It not only saves on a bartender for brides who are pinching pennies, but also allows your guests to get their creative juices (or spirits) flowing!

Making sure your guests have a good time is just as important as hosting a beautiful wedding. Consider trying some of the simple yet affordable suggestions above to help ensure a good time for all in attendance!

Save-The-Date Cards vs. Magnets: Which Should You Choose?

You and your honey are ready to tie the knot, and you can’t wait to do it in front of your family members and friends.  You’ve got the date set, and the wedding location booked.  All that’s left to do to get everything in motion is to send out the save-the-date cards…right?

Before you order your save-the-date cards, consider this: you’ll need to find a way to make it easier for your loved ones to remember when your wedding is approaching.  Sure, sending out a card is a great way to get your wedding date on their calendars – but how else can you get your loved ones to keep your wedding in mind as the date approaches?

The answer is simple: opt for save-the-date magnets!

Like the save-the-date cards, these magnets offer a fantastic way for your loved ones to remember your wedding date, with one particular bonus: your family members and friends can put it on their refrigerators where they can see it every day.  That way, you’ll never have to worry that your wedding will slip Great-Aunt Jean’s mind, or your absent-minded friend will forget to RSVP.

So what should you include on your save-the-date magnet?

  • The Date of the Wedding:  The date of your wedding ceremony and reception should be front and center on your save-the-date magnets.  Remember, this isn’t the official wedding invitation – you just want to give your wedding guests the time they need to make travel arrangements.
  • A Link to Your Wedding Site:  These days, more couples are opting to host their own wedding website (www.theknot.com offers couples the opportunity to launch their own website for absolutely free).  You can include a link to your website on the magnet, which is where your guests will find information on hotel accommodations, gift registries, and other traditional wedding information.
  • A Picture of You and Your Honey:  Save-the-date magnets are far less formal than wedding invites, so don’t hesitate to have fun with the design!  Put a picture of you and your honey on the magnet, or create some fun designs that represent your relationship or the theme of your wedding.  No matter which option you pick, the wedding invitation should have special meaning and clearly represent what makes you and your future spouse meant to be.

Save-the-date magnets are convenient, fun, and surprisingly affordable. As long as you include all the right information and send the save-the-date out in time, you can’t go wrong with either a traditional card or a magnet. Visit SaveTheDateForLess.com today to discover special designs and a wide selection of both magnets and cards. Also, don’t forget to ‘like’ us on Facebook to get up to 25% off save-the-date-cards! Offer ends August 31, 2012.

How Far in Advance Should You Send Out the Wedding Invitations?

When it comes to sending out save-the-date cards and wedding invitations, there are a surprising number of opinions on the subject.  Some wedding experts claim that you shouldn’t send out the wedding invitations too far in advance, as giving people too much time to RSVP will make them more likely to forget.  On the other hand, there are some wedding gurus who insist that you should send out the invites far enough in advance that your out-of-town guests have enough time to make travel arrangements.

Given all the differing opinions, it becomes clear that one question remains: how far in advance should you send out the save-the-date cards and wedding invitations?

Consider the Time of Your Wedding

These days, destination weddings and weekend-long affairs are becoming more common.  If you’re planning on throwing a wedding that requires a long weekend or want your loved ones to travel to a special location for your ceremony, you’ll want to send out the save-the-date card (along with the location) as early as possible.  The further away the wedding destination, the more time you’ll want to give your guests to save up money, make accommodation arrangements, and book flights.

The same rule of thumb applies if your wedding is on a holiday.  For example, if your wedding is over the Fourth of July weekend, you’ll want to give your guests enough time to make specific travel arrangements.

When’s an Appropriate Time to Send a Wedding Invitation?

Save-the-dates cards are generally sent out as soon as you book the location of your wedding ceremony and reception.  However, if your wedding is some time away, wedding experts indicate that it’s best to send save-the-dates cards at least six months in advance (closer to a year if you’re requiring a lot of travel for your guests).  Now that your loved ones are alerted as to the date of your wedding, you might be wondering when it’s the best time to send a wedding invitation.  Wedding gurus agree that sending wedding invitations at least three months in advance is the most appropriate time.

Do I Have to Send a Save-The-Date Card?

If your wedding ceremony is only a few months away, sending a save-the-date card is pretty much akin to sending a wedding invitation at this point.  As a general rule of thumb, if your wedding is less than six months away, it’s best to forgo the save-the-date for a traditional wedding invitation.

When you’re ready to let your loved ones know where and when you and your honey are tying the knot, visit SaveTheDateForLess.com to discover beautiful invitations and fun save-the-date cards! Don’t forget to ‘like’ us on Facebook to receive a 20% off coupon code for any future order. Hurry offers ends July 31, 2012!

Email vs. Save the Date Cards: Which Option Should You Pick?

When it comes to saving money on your wedding, there’s no denying that you’ve toyed with the idea of emailing your save-the-date notices, rather than sending out save-the-date cards.  On the one hand, emailing your friends and family a save-the-date saves you money.  On the other hand, not all of your friends and family members will have access to email, particularly the older family members.  Additionally, emailing the date of your wedding feels far less formal than a traditional save-the-date card.

So when it comes down to it, which is best: email vs. save-the-date cards?

The Benefits of Email

The primary benefit of emailing a save-the-date is cost savings.  For couples on a budget, email offers a fantastic way to save much-needed money.

Of course, there are also multiple disadvantages to emailing save-the-date.  Sending save-the-dates by email makes it much more likely that some of your friends and family members will miss the notification altogether, simply by having the email go into their spam folder or overlooking it or accidentally deleting it.  Another disadvantage is that not all of your family members have email addresses.  Your friends may appreciate an email invite, but what will you do for your older relatives who aren’t exactly sure how to work a computer, let alone an email address? Even though we live in an Internet age, plenty of people still do not use email.

Save-The-Date Cards For Less

Despite the advantages of email invites, save-the-date cards are still the preferred way to let your loved ones know that you’re about to tie the knot.  It shows you care, and is a lot more memorable and special than an email. Save-the-date cards give your wedding a more formal feel, which means your friends and family members will be far more likely to RSVP when your wedding invitation comes later, and far less likely to throw away the card.  Save-the-date cards make it easier for your loved ones to remember your wedding, by putting your card on the refrigerator or bulletin board. Additionally, cards allow you to establish the theme of the wedding early on.  Our matching collections provide a consistent theme for all your wedding printing – from save-the-date cards through thank you cards, and everything in between.

Finally, save-the-date cards don’t have to eat up a chunk of your wedding budget.  At SaveTheDateForLess.com, you can save 10% off your save-the-date card order.  ‘Like’ us on Facebook, and you’ll get a whopping 20% off your entire order. Don’t delay, offer ends July 31, 2012!

You deserve the best in the run-up to your special day…and only SaveTheDateForLess.com can give it to you!