Going Beyond Red and Black for a Las Vegas Wedding

Posted by in Ask Imbue You, Color Advice, Create the Look

orange and gray bridesmaid dresses

I’ve got a confession.

I love boas and feathers. So if I were to have a Las Vegas wedding today, it would probably look like this.

bridal mini top hat by orphelia

{photo and awesome top hat by Orphelia}

But that classic Vegas look isn’t for everyone. It’s cool if it’s not right for the wedding you want to have. And if you don’t want to use red and black for your colors, you really don’t have to.

So, how do you go about choosing colors for a Vegas wedding? Start with:

1. Your Wedding Mood

What kind of experience do you want to create for your wedding day? Is it fun, intimate, elegant, whimsical? Your wedding colors play a huge part in setting the mood.


2. Favorite Colors

Your wedding should be an extension of the personalities of you and your sweetie. So why not include favorite colors if they go with your wedding mood?


3. Venue Inspiration

You’ll want to make sure your colors will work in your venue space. And if your venue is particularly colorful, you may even start by picking colors from the venue décor.

Recently we worked on a Las Vegas wedding with an elegant burnt orange, gray and ivory palette. The dark tones were perfect for an intimate gathering of family and friends for a fall wedding.

Imbue You Panel Las Vegas Wedding Programs

Imbue You Las Vegas Wedding Menu

{photos by Imbue You Wedding}

But with just a few tweaks in the colors, by making them lighter and brighter, for instance, you can change the mood to a fun summer wedding look. Like this:

orange and gray wedding

{photos by Gideon Photography}

Whichever colors you choose, you can still incorporate a Vegas feel with classic Las Vegas icons and shapes, updated or designed to fit your style.

{top photo by Ardent Photography via The Knot}

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What Wedding Stationery Do I Need ?

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Mexican Tile Wedding Invitation

The key to good wedding planning is to not have those “oh, no, I forgot…” moments, or at least to keep them to a minimum.

So let’s talk wedding stationery.

As you are starting your wedding planning and beginning to pull together your budget, you’ll need to think about what stationery you want.

Here’s a list of possible stationery to get you started. Take a look and decide what items work best for you.


Wedding website

Ok, so this isn’t stationery as we traditionally think of it. But many couples today use their websites to augment or take the place of some traditional wedding stationery, such as direction cards, accommodations cards and even reply cards.

As a result, in our own wedding stationery studio, Imbue You, we’ve started creating wedding websites designs that match our wedding stationery through Nearlyweds.com. You can think about the theme or colors of your wedding as you search for wedding websites.


bookmark save the date for beach wedding

Save the date

There are so many clever ways to tell your guests to save the date, including bookmarks, magnets, postcards and photo cards. Feel free to have more fun with your save the dates, even if your wedding is more formal or traditional.

Not all couples send out save the dates. But save the dates are more important for destination weddings, or when many of your family and friends live out of town.



It’s best for your wedding invitation to match the mood and style of your wedding. And if you are having a theme, try to have your invitation match that as well for a more cohesive and memorable experience.


Reply or Response card

These can be cards with envelopes or postcards. They are stamped to make it easy for guests to return them quickly. Try to leave yourself at least a month before your wedding as a “reply by date” I wrote an entire post on the importance of your reply by date.

If you have a wedding website with RSVP capabilities you may want to skip response cards. However if you have many non-tech savvy guests, or are having a formal or traditional wedding, it would be best to offer reply cards.


wedding invitation events card

Events card

If you are having other events or activities at your wedding celebration, such as Mehndi, welcome dinner and post wedding brunch, you may want a card to tell your guests the date, time and location.


Directions card

This can include a map, or simple text instruction for the location of the wedding ceremony or reception venue. Or how to get from one to the other.


Accommodations card

For your out-of-town guests or for a destination wedding, it’s good to provide options for where they might stay as early as possible.

This is especially true if you’ve made arrangements for group discounts or if your wedding is in a place or at a time of year when hotels book up.


Reception card

Traditionally the wedding invitation is for the ceremony. If your reception is in a different location, you may want to include a reception card, with the venue name and address.


Rustic Heart Envelope Label Set by Imbue You

Address Labels

If you aren’t doing calligraphy for your envelopes, you may want to consider address labels. These can be simple, or fancy with a design and your return and guest addresses printed.

Follow these tips when creating your guest address list.


Wedding Announcement

Announcements simply announce that you have gotten married, including day and location. These are usually sent out to family and friends who weren’t invited to the wedding. They are also handy when you’ve eloped.


Welcome bag stationery

You may decide to create a welcome bag for your out-of-town guests. These often include a short thank you note that doesn’t need to be handwritten or personalized, a schedule of events, local highlights and possibly a favor-like tag.


Ceremony Program

In addition to the order of your wedding ceremony, programs also commonly include your wedding party, parents, officiant, and a thank note to guests.


Imbue You Mexican Tile Note Card

Thank you cards

You’ll want to personally thank each person who gave you a gift, whether they attended your wedding or not. For help in writing thank you notes without feeling overwhelmed, check out these tips.


Reception Stationery

I wrote an entire post just on stationery options for your reception. You can see it here.

{photo credits} All photos by Imbue You. For a look at coordinating wedding stationery for cultural and theme weddings, visit our handmade wedding stationery shop, Imbue You.

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New Set Design: Indian Lotus Wedding Reception Stationery

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Imbue You Indian Lotus Reception Stationery

After two weeks that included a devastating hurricane one week and a strong snow storm the next, we are finally getting back to a normal pace here in New Jersey. Eight days without power really helps you appreciate the little joys in life. A few nights reading by oil lamps with Justin is not so bad after all.

And now that the power’s back on, it’s back to normal and back to designing. I wanted to show you one of our newest ceremony and reception wedding stationery sets: our Indian Lotus Set.

Inspired by Indian architecture and saris, this full ceremony and reception stationery suite has the pulled together, cohesive look of professional styling, with the creative touches and uniqueness of homespun details. This intricate floral print has enough detail to handle 2 to 3 colors. So it’s really easy to make it match your style and your wedding.

See more details on how to make it your own here. Or see more of our full stationery sets here.

Here’s an in-depth look at the ceremony and reception set.

Imbue You Indian Lotus Wedding Program inside

Imbue You Indian Lotus Wedding Program back

Square Wedding Program

Even with it’s more unusual square shape, the design has enough room for full ceremony details, wedding party and a thank you message. We can also do this as a more traditional 8.5 x 5.5 booklet, if you need even more room.


Imbue You Indian Lotus Place Card

Place Card or Seating Card

These place cards are hand layered for a more personal and special touch. You can match the seating card backer to the table numbers, or do them in different but coordinating colors for a more varied look on your tables.


Imbue You Indian Lotus Menu

Reception Menu Card

With a menu card at every place setting, your tables are fully brought into your theme and style.


Imbue You Indian Lotus Table Number

Table Numbers

This table number design also works if you are naming your tables, versus numbering them.


Imbue You Indian Lotus Favor Tag

Favor Tag

And when your guests go home, they take a piece of your wedding with them, with the custom favor tag design. Some couples also use the tags with a slightly different thank you message on their welcome bags for out-of-town guests.

What do you think? {Photos by Imbue You Wedding}

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Our Process to Create Wedding Stationery You’ll Love

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Imbue You Handmade Process

Ever wondered how we work with customers to create handmade invitations and wedding stationery that matches their style?

Well, wonder no more. I’m taking you behind the scenes of our design process.


Our process starts with you

Whether we are working with you on wedding invitations, save the dates or ceremony and reception stationery, such as wedding programs, escort cards, table numbers or menus, the process starts the same.

We talk. Usually by email, or in the notes section on our website, you let us know your wedding colors and possibly the mood you envision for your wedding day. Is it formal, romantic, warm and intimate or vintage and quirky?

Letting us know these things can help us give better advice on paper stock, color placement and font choice.

You don’t have to know which colors go where on your designs. We figure  that out for you. And you can always ask us for advice! That’s what we are here for.


We turn your ideas into proofs

Once we have a good idea of what you want, we start designing.

If you are still unsure about your colors or font choices, we can present some options to help you choose.

All our proofs sent via email as PDFs. We recommend that you view them at 100%, so you see the actual scale of the text and designs.

And though you may love your iPhone or iPad, we’ve found that these don’t show the colors accurately. So you may want to double check everything on another computer.

The great thing about our proofing system is that you get 3 rounds of proofing. So you are allowed to change your mind! The important thing to remember is that you are not alone. So if you don’t quite know how to get the look you wanted, just ask and we’ll probably have a few suggestions.

That’s why it’s so important to know the mood you want for your wedding day. We have found that the best way to get wedding invitations and stationery you’ll love is to design with your wedding day in mind.

And if you like, we can send you photos of your designs assembled before we make them to make sure you can visualize how all the colors will work together.


We make your wedding stationery by hand

Since we spend so much time together during the proofing process, we come to think of your wedding as our wedding, and want to make sure that you love your stationery.

Caring does take time in the production process, so we ask for your patience as we print and hand assemble your designs. Invitations and stationery suites make take us 2 to 3 weeks to ship once you’ve approved your designs. And individual ceremony and reception stationery, such as wedding programs and place cards may take 1 to 2 weeks to ship.

But if you are in a rush, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate your timing.

Printing is just the first step in this process. After that we cut your designs to size. In the case of our wedding program fans, cutting is a careful process to get the edging just right.

Next up is assembly by hand. Many of our designs have folds or are mounted on coordinating cardstock through gluing using one of the strongest adhesives available. With our booklet and flap fold invitations we also insert your coordinating cards.

The process is done when we add any finishing touches such as hand tied tags and ribbon.


We ship them to you as quickly as possible

And that’s it.

Your stationery is carefully packed and shipped out to you to share with your family and friends. Our standard shipping is 2 to 3 day Priority Mail, which more often than not arrives in 2 days.

We do get used to the beautiful colors and combinations in our workshop of individual designs. But we know there will be new beautiful orders to work on, and possibly a chance to revisit those colors on matching stationery later on.

Would you like to work with us on beautiful handmade stationery of your own? Visit us.

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The Stress-free Guide to Writing Wedding Thank You Notes

Posted by in Ask Imbue You, Wording and Etiquette

Imbue You Lotus Thank You Card

Writing 75 to 150 or more personal thank you notes after your wedding sounds daunting, right? But it actually can be easy and stress free with a few tips … and some cheat sheets.

So here it is, your wedding thank you note survival guide:


Top 5 Thank You Note Writing Tips

Keep that List

Dust off your wedding invitation address list, you know the one that took forever to pull together. And simply add a column for gift and a place for a check mark. Here you’ll write down details of the gift next to the addresses.


Make a Space

Ok, the best way for this to be fast and easy is to make it fast and easy. So do yourself a favor and keep a dedicated space for this task. A desk or corner of the kitchen table will do.

The important thing is to keep everything within arms reach.

For you right-handed folks, I suggest keeping:

  1. the list on the left
  2. thank you cards in the middle where you sit with envelopes next to them on the right
  3. pens where your right hand is
  4. stamps on the top left or right depending on how it’s easiest for you to grab them to place on your envelope
  5. a clear place next to you to put your completed stamped notes

Yes it’s an assembly line…and it will make your note writing lightning fast.


Give It a Rest

Seriously, don’t try to do it all in one go, or in one wild thank you writing weekend. Aim to do 4 to 6 notes at a time. And then walk away.

Not only will you feel better, your guests won’t see your hurried penmanship as you start to get tired. Plus you’ll make fewer mistakes…and who wants to do these twice?


Divide and Conquer

Don’t draw straws for this one, you both should work on thank you notes. You’re aiming to get all of your notes out within 6 weeks of your wedding, and not go crazy. So you are going to need two people.

One simple way to do this is for you to take your family and friends, and for your spouse to do the same. Agree ahead of time, and split the list so there’s no confusion, or double notes.


Write and Repeat

Yes, thank you notes should be personal and heartfelt. But that doesn’t mean you have to reinvent the wheel each time you write one.

So come up with a few thank you note templates ahead of time. Proof and spell check these thoroughly. Feel free to add a more personal sentence or two for dear friends and close family.

No one compares thank you notes, so your guests will never know. And you’ll be done faster.

Imbue You Mexican Tile Note Card

Anatomy of a Thank You Note

Dear Who?

Write based on what you call the person, whether it be Uncle Kevin, Bob, or — in the case your childhood neighbor — Mrs. Hansen.


The note

The key is to show your appreciation for the gift. That may mean telling the person how you will use the gift or how you will cherish it for years to come. The most important thing is to mention the gift by name, unless it’s money (see below for how to handle that)


The sign-off

There’s one person writing the note, so one person should sign it. You can mention your spouse in the note to let the recipient know that the appreciation is from both of you.

And how to sign it? Love, With love, Thanks again, Fondly, With best wishes sound more heartfelt than Regards or Sincerely. For close family, friends and co-workers, sign using just your first name. For people who know you less well, sign your full name. Go with what feels right.


Imbue You Butterfly Note Card

Sample Thank You Notes – aka Your Cheat Sheet

For close friends and family

Dear Aunt Linda,

Thank you so much for the ballroom dancing lessons. Ted and I absolutely love them! Every time we cha-cha we’ll think of you. I’ll definitely send pictures. I hope you had a wonderful time at our wedding. It meant so much to us that you came all the way from Florida. We loved having you there.

With love,


For a charity donation

Dear Mrs. Murphy,

Thank you for your wedding gift to the North Shore Animal League in our names. Both Michelle and I love animals, and your thoughtful gift will help dogs and cats find loving homes. We truly hope you enjoyed our wedding. We loved having you there.

Wish best wishes,
Thomas Anderson


For a cash gift

Dear Uncle Geoff and Aunt Missy,

Thank you so much for your generous wedding gift. Leslie and I are saving for a new home, and with your gift we are well on our way! Thank you for sharing our wedding day with us. It was truly a pleasure having you there.

Much love,


Group Gift

If under 10, each person gets their own note. Larger groups, like co-workers, can get a group note on a bulletin board, with an in-person thank you the next time you see or speak with them.

Dear Lisa,

Thank you for the lovely china set. Thanks to you all, Mark and I now have a complete service for eight. We will be using these on our most special occasions, and we know we will cherish them for years to come. Thank you again for making our home beautiful.

Wish best wishes,


When they didn’t come the wedding

Dear Uncle Lou,

Thank you so much for the Panini press. Terry and I love it. We’re finding lots of good recipes and will be putting it to use soon. We missed seeing you at the wedding but promise to send you lots of pictures.

Thank you again,


When you don’t like it

Dear Harrison,

Thank you for the velvet Elvis painting. You are so thoughtful. Sarah and I enjoyed dancing the night away with you at our wedding. It meant so much to us having you there to share our special day.

With best wishes,


Now you are ready to get writing!

For more tips, visit our section on wedding wording or etiquette

Photos by Imbue You: All the note cards featured above can be found in our handmade wedding stationery shop.

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