Station… wait for it… ary

Ok I hope SOME of you got the How I Met Your Mother reference in the title. Love that show!

Moving on, I truly do believe that stationary can set the tone for your wedding and wedding-related events. Most people do not include a dress code on their invitations (unless black-tie). So, people will undoubtedly use your invitation as a guide to how formal your wedding will be.

Send them a postcard-style invitation? – casual affair. (still can be super cute!)

Send them a box filled with rose petals and letterpress typeset? – black tie for sure!

There are SO many options today for stationary that it can be overwhelming. Think about the tone you want to set for your wedding, and stick to simple, clean designs. There are a lot of DIY kits out there as well. Etsy is one of my favorite resources for stationary, there are hundreds of talents artists out there who can customize every last detail for you.

Here is some inspiration to get you going!

Signature White Wedding Invitations Monogram Elegance - Front : Charcoal

Wedding Paper Divas “Monogram Elegance”

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Little Lady Company via Etsy

Seal and Send Postcard Wedding Invitation

JacquelineAnnInvites via Etsy

Signature White Textured Wedding Invitations Engraved Love - Front : Marigold

Wedding Paper Divas “Engraved Love”

Signature White Textured Wedding Invitations Tailored Typography - Front : Rich Red

Wedding Paper Divas “Tailored Typography”

Nautical Knot Wedding Invitation Sample

DawnCorrespondence via Etsy

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Handkerchief Invitations via CDCG Design. Image via Style Me Pretty

Happy Planning, xo.

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It’s all about the…..food

When I was planning my wedding, I heard a lot of opinions on the food. A lot of people told me, “no one remembers the food.” Now, that may be true, but I wanted people to remember everything! Not just the band, not just the cocktails, not just our first dance, ALL of it. What makes food more memorable than MINI food?? Mini = more fun! Check out these super cute ideas for some mini hors d’oeuvres.

Spaghetti and Meatballs via bridalguide.com

 

Pancake Skewers via Pizzazzerie

Cookies and Milk Shooters via A Bloom Affair

Burgers and Beer via Colin Cowie Weddings

Patron and Tacos via The Fancy

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Shooters via A Cup of Jo

Baked Potato Bites via My Baking Addiction

Caprese Skewers via Terri’s Table

 

Happy Planning, xo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not Your Average Tuxedo

Don’t get me wrong, I love a classic black, bow-tied, satin lapeled tuxedo on a man. I just don’t think that many weddings warrant that formal of a style. Now, if you’re having a black tie wedding at a fancy hotel, by all means! And even if you’re not, but you love the look, go ahead… there are no rules.

But, if you’re going for a different look, or just don’t like tuxedos, here are some other looks to consider.

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via Wedding Chicks

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via Bridal Times

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via Elizabeth Ann Designs

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via Deylahuss Photography

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via Best Destination Wedding

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Ok, ok a classic tuxedo to end the post. Via My Wedding

Happy Planning, xo

 

 

The Organized Bride

Ok, so most people will say they are not organized enough to plan their own wedding, I have faith in you people!

The first thing you need to do is set a date. This will most likely be planned around your venue.  So get looking at those venues!! Also, keep in mind the number of people you want to invite. You will need about a year for this, but popular places book up even before that! Once you set a date and book the venue, the photographer and band or DJ should be following quickly! Good news: Once those 3 things are booked, you have a lot of time!! (assuming you booked a year out :))

In the following months you will have time to get a binder or several folders together with inspiration photos, vendors in your area for cakes, flowers, rentals, etc., and a place to keep track of your budgets or deposits.

BUDGETS! That is a-whole-nother post, but you should set a rough budget before you book the venue. Ok, moving on.

There are a TON of books out there to help with planning. There are binders made JUST for wedding planning. There are free templates to download for wedding worksheets. The most important thing, find what works for you! As long as you keep all wedding stuff together, and it’s easily accessible so you can take it to meetings, it will work.

Here is some great organization inspiration, and some great resources:

Free templates from Russel and Hazel

As you start to buy supplies, put them together in a container and label them. Take a photo of the items “set up” so you remember how you want them (trust me you will forget these things!)

Be sure to include a calendar in your wedding binder!

iWedding Deluxe – Download in the app store!

 

Real Simple’s Ultimate Planning Checklist

Simple Stunning Wedding Organizer via Amazon.com

Happy Planning, xo

Engagement Photography

Once you get engaged, everyone will be SO excited and no one will be thinking about scheduling an engagement shoot. But, don’t let it get away from you for too long. You will need time to find a photographer, schedule a time, and wait for the pictures before you can put an announcement in the paper or put together your Save-the-Dates (more on those later).

Here are some ideas for some photos. Your photographer will have great ideas well. It is a good idea to take a look at their portfolio and past engagement shoots to see their style and tell them which photos you liked and which ones you prefer not to do.

This can be your chance to do something totally different than your wedding. If you are having a very formal wedding you can do some really fun and different photos. Or, if you are having a backyard reception, put on a long, fancy gown for your engagement photos! There are no rules, have fun with it!

via Brandon Kidd Photo

via Summer Street Photography

An engagement shoot based on “The Notebook?” I die!!! via GreenWeddingShoes.com

Elizabeth Millay via Style Me Pretty

Vitalic Photo via Style Me Pretty

Happy Planning, xo

Neutrals and more Neutrals!

Have you ever been to a wedding (hopefully not your own) and said to yourself, ‘JEEZ she is really going to hate these pictures in 20 years with those BRIGHT teal bridesmaids dresses?’ Yeah… happens all the time. It takes everything in myself not to SCREAM politely tell someone that they may want to reconsider their color scheme 🙂

My solution? NEUTRALS! Not only do they look gorgeous and keep the attention on what matters, you your marriage, they are also timeless and lend themselves beautifully to a blank canvas.

Now, I’m not suggesting you have white on white on white, althought that may work! But add a pop of color here or there while keeping most things in a neutral color palate. My obsession lately? Gold and Blush together! Here are some other ideas I’m loving.

Watters Bridesmaids Dress

Blush + Gold Wedding via Revel Blog

via Style Me Pretty

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via Style Me Pretty

Modern Neutrals via Revel Blog

White Chic via Style Me Pretty

Happy Planning, xo

Bridal Shower Themes

So, your Bridal Shower. This can be difficult for the very-hands-on Bride to let all of the planning be taken over by your family and friends. Of course it is very nice of them…. buttttt I mean, shouldn’t you still have the Bridal Shower that you’ve always wanted?

Go ahead, hint to your MOH how you’ve always wanted a nautical themed shower, or how you just HAVE to have a mimosa bar. Chances are they will be relieved with the suggestions so they aren’t totally guessing!

Here are a few snapshots for some Bridal Shower Inspiration, enjoy!

Tell me, what will your shower theme be??

Happy planning, xo

Bouquet Inspiration

Choosing your bouquets can be difficult. You need to think about color, cost, and which flowers will be in season during your wedding month. You may not be able to use the flower you’ve always loved. If all else fails, go with all white.

White flowers are always chic, and you can always find a white flower in season. Brides often get so caught up in color, but who says the flowers should get all the attention? Brides will go all out and get their flowers sprayed tiffany blue or fuschia, but how about letting the natural beauty of the flower show through?

The title photo on this post are the bridesmaids’ bouquets from our wedding. We got SO many compliments on the flowers and they were simple, clean and modern. Have fun with different sizes and textures of white flowers.