Wedding Coasters

They say the devil is in the details, and I couldn’t agree more. An invitation is just an invitation, until it’s wrapped in a lovely band and sealed with a monogrammed sticker. The same goes with coasters at an event. Whether it’s a wedding, a restaurant, or a baby shower, coasters are just plain fun.

Wedding-Coasters

You should absolutely eat dessert first

Letterpress coasters have a vintage and sophisticated look to them. The matte finish adds an air of elegance, even when the coaster says something silly.

We recently had an aunt contact us, and she was looking for a coaster set for her niece. She wants a cocktail recipe on the coaster, which is a perfect addition to the wedding bar. We’ve also seen Mad Libs, monograms and witty sayings. We’ve found that most people quietly shove them into their purse instead of using them on their cocktails. And that’s okay by us :)

Are you looking for a hostess gift, a baby shower invitation, or a great addition to a wedding? Contact us today to get started on your perfect party coasters.

Wedding Color Trends 2014

We are in full swing for 2014 invitations, and we’ve seen some really unique color combos come through our door.

One of the most unique color combos I’ve seen lately is Turquoise, Peach and Grey. I was inspired on so many levels, and even told Ashley I’d take a stab at one of the designs. I immediately ordered the grey paper sampler from our vendor and got to work. The color combo reminds me of this room, with an ultra-cool, eclectic couple drinking double espressos in the corner. The groom, when asked to describe his relationship with his oh-so-cute fiance, used the adjective “saucy”. I think that sums this color combo up nicely.

I basically want to live in this room. All the time.

I basically want to live in this room. All the time. And then wrap it up and make an invitation out of it.

Blue is really big right now, and I don’t mean feel-good, pastel blue. Bright, bold colors with really cool combos of grey with a hint of mustard, green, or pink are definitely a wedding color trend for 2014. I’m still semi-obsessed with chevron, so I think it goes well, but I’ve also noticed a lot of stripes. My favorite? Bold blue with grey and pale pink. It’s classic, yet still on-trend for next year. I’m envisioning a romantic night, with a band, and a flowy gown. Beautiful!

Bold blue + Soft Pink = Heaven

Bold blue + Soft Pink = a lovely vase and pretty trendy wedding colors

I’ve always thought of yellow as an accent color. You know, Grey, White with a hint of yellow. For 2014, I’ve seen a few gals buck the norm and put the flashy color front and center. Typically accented with red and white, this color gets noticed. I can see a few of my eclectic friends pulling this look off. The same friends that wear bright red lipstick with their sweats and somehow pull it off. Think New Girl. If you’re adventurous, or just love yellow, feel free to let it shine. 

You can't argue - it makes a statement

The chick off New Girl could totally pull this off.

I love a good green. Kiwi green, the color of grass in the morning with dew on it, and even 80’s neon green – i love them all. I’ve seen a really cool trend emerging where brides use various shades of green as their wedding color. This is probably my favorite color scheme of 2014. I love it because there’s about a billion ways you can pull this color off. Dark green is sultry, while pale green is sweet. Hot green will have you dance the night away, while grey-green will add a sophisticated touch. It’s an androgynous color, so your man will be thrilled he doesn’t have to sport a hot pink tie. I’ve seen it accented with kraft paper brown, and I think that’s a nice tie-in to the overall look.

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I’ll end the post with something to consider: Be careful if you’re choosing a pure neutral color palette. Sure, there are amazing photos on Pinterest, but those are staged by professionals. Being a minimalist myself, I’m drawn to neutrals. But too many times I see a washed out look that just doesn’t mesh. If done well, it’s simply stunning. If done average – it’s pretty boring.

 

Wedding Invitation Packaging

As I was sifting through the normal bills today, I came across a little gem. A colorful little envelope, with cute handwriting, caught my eye. I knew I was in for a treat as I read a colorful offer to attend a Halloween party.

Wedding invitation packaging gives invitations that special feel to them. Are envelope liners necessary? Absolutely not. Adorable and irresistible? You betcha. While the design of the invitation gets a lot of attention (and rightfully so), the details are the icing on the cake.

Invitation by Shanon Medley

Invitation by Shanon Medley

Invitation bands are on trend, like the kraft paper band in the picture above. I especially love the twine bow, and the way it gives the whole set a country chic feel. Plus, the cost to add this is minimal, and it can really change the entire feel of your invitaiton.

The invitation suite doesn’t need to be filled with cutesy additions, if that’s not your style. The set we created for Jason and Katie was simplistic, and the wrapped address stamp was enough to pull the set together.

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Colored baker’s twine is one of my personal favorites, and Ashley has to continually remind me that it does not belong on everything. Luckily, I trust her judgement :)

Think about the delivery of your invitation, as well as the details that are inside. Delivered in a boxed set, or an unusual sized envelope, an invitation can be the bright spot in a sea of rectangular envelopes. Unique handwriting, or a talented calligrapher, will ensure that guests will be giddy to open it up and see the treasure inside.

I'd give my right arm for handwriting like this. Design by GreySnailPress

I’d give my right arm for handwriting like this. Design by GreySnailPress

I’ve also seen coasters, tags, stickers and bookmarks that deliver a creative punch. It’s just the little something extra that pulls the entire look of your day together, and gives that invitation that extra something that’s needed.

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Choosing A Wedding Theme

Choosing a wedding theme was one of the most stressful things of planning my wedding. I wanted a consistent look and feel, but didn’t want the theme to be too overpowering.  How do you find a theme that captures your vision? Read below to find out!

Decide on Your Venue

Deciding on theme before having a venue is pretty pointless. Your venue will either eliminate options or inspire new ones, so check this off your list first. For example, if you have your reception in a barn, then shabby chic is easy to pull off. Consequently, an ultra-modern, minimal theme will be off the table.

Write Down 5 Words That Describe You

Get out a sheet of paper, and pick the top 5 words that describe you as a couple. Are you playful? Sophisticated? Socialites? Here are a few others: traditional, unconventional, soul mates, nature, silly, passionate, resourceful, travelers, sports fanatics, NYC, country, quirky, nerdy, fancy, popular, etc. There’s a million others, or course, but try to pick about 5 and see if a theme develops.

Choose Your Colors

Often, you’ll want your invitations to reflect the colors of your wedding. Pinterest is an obvious place to start with this, but you can also think of the colors that are in your closet. What color is your go-to? Does your fiance have a favorite color? You may also want to look at what colors your favorite designer has, as you may be limited (or inspired) by your bridesmaids’ dress colors.

Ping Invitations That You Like

Again, Pinterest is a good choice, but bridal magazines work well for this too. Save anything that you like, even if you’re not sure why you like it. We will be able to see the theme between them, even if you can’t. Often times it’s the font, or the tone, that you’ll be drawn to. Other times, the theme will be a bit more obvious, such as a nature theme, shabby chic, or a distinct pattern.

Consider a Pattern

I’m a huge fan of using patterns in invitations, mainly because there are so many uses for them. In invitations, patterns are an obvious choice, and it’s easy for brides to extend that theme onto their napkins, chair covers or veil. Patterns are also a great way to show your unique personality without having to sacrifice traditions.

Consider a Monogram

A monogram wasn’t right for me, and I’ve always been leery of monograms. When Ashley showed me the monogram she made for Carrie and Scott, however, my attitude changed. It’s not your traditional, boring monogram!  If you think outside the traditional monogram box, it may be a good fit for you.

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Remember To Use It After Your Nuptials

My girlfriend from high school had one of the best invitation suites I’ve ever seen. It was a nice invitation, but what I love the most is that even now when I receive a Christmas card, her return address has the same theme that her wedding invitations did. That’s a classy way to begin a marriage, and the theme still fits her and her hubby now, even with two children.

Still stumped? Creating themes is what we love. I love design, but truthfully Ashley excels at creating themes. Give us a call, and Ashley can walk you through our process!

Wedding Invitation Trends for 2014

2014 wedding dresses have hit the bridal runway, making high glam and total romantics giddy with excitement. Color also played a role, with Vera Wang and Oscar de la Renta showing off surprising colors. Below are the top trends in invitation designs for 2014.

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1. Patterns still rule
Creating a theme for your wedding will always be in style, but the chic theme for 2014 includes bold, graphic prints that translate from your invitations to the ballroom. Couples will take the pattern and translate it to the tablecloths, their dress, or onto their menus.

2. Ditch the black ink
While the LBD will always rule, on your wedding day choose a classic grey for your invitations. The color is sophisticated and fresh, and isn’t as harsh as black.

3. Color, color, color
If Oscar de la Renta can create a pink or blue wedding dress, you can certainly add color into your invitations. Try a light pink paper to match your daring dress, or be bold and choose a fun inner envelope color to mix up your invitation suite. A navy blue envelope with grey lettering is sophisticated and embraces a bit of the trend.

4. Add a little glitz
High glam is definitely a trend for 2014, and nothing says glam like foil stamping. Used sparingly – for the couples name only, for example – this technique can make the words jump off the page.

5. Blind embossing
Blind embossing isn’t a new technique, but it’s definitely a winner in 2014. Blind embossing is when an image, pattern or text is pressed into the paper without using ink. The results can be dramatic, and fit well with the high glam theme. A thick, soft letterpress paper is a must for this technique.