Real Palettes: Romantic Pink, Gray and Coral Mexican Folk Wedding Invitation

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Imbue You Mexican Folk Invitation set pink

It’s amazing the power that color has to change the mood of a design.

We’d done this folk design in bold fuchsia, teal and gold for a couple getting married in Mexico, which was a lot of fun. But recently a subtler, softer color palette was requested.  This look is more romantic…same design, different colors, different feeling.

Imbue You Mexican Folk Invitation pink

Imbue You Mexican Folk RSVP set pink

I was thinking back on this design and the difference color makes because I received an email from a bride looking to have a traditional formal hacienda Mexican inspired wedding. She needed help choosing a design that would work with her theme and mood.

Thinking over all the weddings we’ve done using our Mexican designs, I realized they ranged from fun and casual to traditional. And the main thing that helped convey the feeling the couple wanted was color, not just in the inks.

But also in the paper. We’ve recently used ivory and a metallic champagne paper to help create the mood the couple wanted for their wedding stationery. So yes, there can be a bold romantic palette, you just may want to soften it with different colored papers.

Imbue You Mexican Folk Invitation with Envelope pink

Imbue You Mexican Folk Envelope set pink

This design is available in any colors you like from our custom handmade wedding stationery shop. If you have a certain mood in mind, but aren’t sure about the colors, I’d love to help you.

Imbue You Mexican Folk envelope back pink

{Written by, the blog of Imbue You and Imbue You Wedding}


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Ahkriti: Indian Inspired Ethnic Jewelry

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Ahkriti Peacock earrings enamel cloisonne blue

Today I’d like to introduce you to Reshma Sandell owner of Ahkriti- Indian Inspired Ethnic Jewelry. For the past 3 years Reshma has been handmaking jewelry inspired by her Indian roots.

“My husband would always chide that I spent way too much money on jewelry and that I should learn how to make them myself,” Reshma recalls. “Our move from Vancouver, BC to Mississisauga, ON gave me a lot of time in my hands and one afternoon, my husband packed me off to a beading class. My story to create jewelry began there.”

From her jewelry classes she not only gained a new business, but something personal too. “Designing jewelry is my de-stress mantra. I love to see how each piece unfolds,” she says. “And the best part of designing jewelry is that now I can match any dress in my wardrobe without feeling that huge pinch in my wallet.”

Ahkriti turquoise blue bridal statement necklace

Ahkriti Woodland Brown sugar fossil sponge coral necklace

Ahkriti Earrings ivory gold ethnic cream lucite beads

“I design ethnic jewelry and I love using silver in my creations,” Reshma says. “Silver is such a metal that it makes gemstones look more exotic. My one-of-a-kind pieces are mostly a fusion of ethnic and western wear. They are creations for the modern woman who is confident, bold and expressive. Just like I would like to flaunt my accessories, I envision that the woman who buys my jewelry will want to wear it time and time again.”

Ahkriti black polymer bead pendant necklace India

Ahkriti purple pink paisley necklace bead

For Reshma, what type of jewelry to make came naturally. “I come from an Indo Canadian background and Bollywood is in my blood. I noticed that there was not a big market for affordable ethnic jewelry in Canada. Yes, there are stores here that do sell Indian jewelry and they are undoubtedly beautiful, but they are not handmade but sourced from India. I wanted to make something distinct, unique and a style that would be affordable.”

Ahkriti emerald green Indian bead earring

Ahkriti earring dangles turquoise blue and red jaipur enamel

For brides looking for wedding wear or gifts for bridesmaids, Reshma says she’s ready to create something special. “I do undertake custom orders and I am pretty flexible to whatever budget you have, I can always accommodate accordingly.”

To learn more about Reshma and see more designs visit:
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{Written by, the blog of Imbue You and Imbue You Wedding}

Ahkriti Teal blue with gold stretch bracelet

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DIY Fabric Wedding Bouquets

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DIY fabric wedding bouquets

If you want your wedding bouquet evergreen, then fabric bouquets are a great answer. And with a little creativity and instruction you can make one yourself. What I love is that you can have polka dots in your arrangement if you want. Your personality in your bouquet, how perfect.

And here are some DIY fabric bouquets from funky to vintage…complete with tutorials!

DIY fabric bouquet

This bride was inspired by vintage necklaces with fabric flowers which she used to make her bouquet (along with a wire whisk!). Learn how to make this bouquet at Rock n Roll Bride. This bride used existing fabric flowers. But with this tutorial you can learn how to make your own.


DIY felt heart wedding bouquet

This sweet felt heart bouquet is actually what inspired this post. It was so quirky and romantic and looks easy to make. See the tutorial here at La Belle Bride.


Pinwheel Fabric Flower Bouquet Tutorial

This one’s also sweet and quirky. But you can easily make it more modern or more vintage just by changing your fabric choices and colors. Learn how to make this bouquet at Elizabeth Anne Designs.


vintage DIY fabric wedding bouquet

The creator of this bouquet made it together with her future daughter in law for a vintage wedding.  See the tutorial at The Polka Dot Closet.


Fabric Flower Wedding Bouquet

What a statement with just 2 colors. This bouquet is made of fabric circles and a whisk (again!). Read the tutorial at Elizabeth Anne Designs to make your own.


burlap wedding bouquet

This bouquet uses 3 colors of burlap and even paint to create this look. See the tutorial at Snug as a Bug Baby.

Looking for more wedding inspiration? Find more wedding bouquets here, and more DIY wedding ideas here.

{Written by, the blog of Imbue You and Imbue You Wedding}


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Real Palettes: Fuchsia, Mint and Ivory Bali Wedding

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Ganesh Lotus Wedding Program by Imbue You in fuchsia, mint green and ivory

When Emily came to us to create the wedding program for her fall destination wedding in Bali, she had a problem that lots of couples experience: How to bridge her invitation colors with her reception colors.

It’s good to have some consistency between your invitations and ceremony and reception stationery because it ties the whole wedding together, and makes it seem like, well, one wedding.

In Emily’s case her invitations were dark red with green, and her reception colors were mostly dark pink. So what to do?

I suggested she simply take one color from the invitation and pair it with her reception color. Because she was getting married in Bali, green would be the best choice as it would also capture the island flair of her wedding location. Red and fuchsia would also work, especially for super modern, or romantic wedding themes.

She loved the look of ivory paper so we incorporated that. Ivory also helped to tone down the brightness of the pink and green and blended them very nicely. In general ivory paper will give your colors a more muted, romantic look which is why it’s a popular choice for vintage weddings.

The combo would have also worked well on white paper, if you love color (which I do!).

We loved this lotus design so much with the Ganesh icon that we added it to our Etsy wedding stationery shop. What do you think?

Ganesh Lotus Wedding Program Inside by Imbue You

Ganesh Lotus Wedding Program Back by Imbue You

{Written by, the blog of Imbue You and Imbue You Wedding}

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Tips for Addressing Your Wedding Invitation Envelopes

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Rustic Heart Envelope Label Set by Imbue You

Along with your reception seating chart, figuring out your guest list can be one of the most frustrating and confusing parts of wedding planning. But it doesn’t have to be.

When it comes to actually addressing your envelopes, here are some things to consider:


How formal do you want to be?

Rules and etiquette aside, the addressing of your wedding invitations should fit the tone and formality of your wedding. If your wedding is casual, addressing your invitation to Mr. and Mrs. John Hubbard just doesn’t fit. And the opposite is also true. Formal weddings should not have nicknames on the envelope.

These are some options ranging from formal to more casual:

Mr. and Mrs. John Hubbard
Mr. Thomas Jones and Mr. Richard Johnson (for same sex couples)

Ms. Leslie Jones and Mr. Richard Johnson (wife uses maiden name)

Leslie Jones and Richard Johnson (wife uses maiden name)
Leslie and John Hubbard (the wife goes first)

Aunt Leslie and Uncle John Hubbard

*note on the formal “Mr. and Mrs. John Hubbard”. Many women may not want to be addressed as “Mrs. John Hubbard”, and some women use their maiden names (me included).

So an understanding of your event and also your guests is important. Many people now split up their addressing generationally, with older guests getting the more formal “Mr. and Mrs. John Hubbard” and younger guest getting “Leslie and John Hubbard” even for formal weddings.

More help from Emily Post.


Who is invited?

This used to be a bit simpler with inner and outer envelopes. You would address the outer envelope and list the individual names of the people invited on the inner envelope. Most couples nowadays are skipping the inner envelope, or use it to keep the invitation fresh, and so don’t address it.

That’s ok. It just means your addressing also has to communicate who’s invited to the wedding. For a family with kids and the kids can come, include the parents names and the children’s first names. Or simply add “and Family”. You can also address the envelope to “The Hubbard Family”.

If children aren’t invited, leave them off the envelope. You may also have to let them know, informally and/or in your invitation stationery that children aren’t invited, though adding it to your stationery is more controversial.

With single guests who are engaged, living with a partner, or in a long-term relationship, put both people by name on the envelope. And it’s perfectly fine to put the name of the person you know the best first. When couples are living together, both people should be invited.

When you don’t know who your guest may bring, you can add “and Guest” to the envelope.


Who gets their own invitations?

Guests over 18 should get their own invitations, even if they are living with other guests. This goes for living with parents or a roommate.


What to do with titles?

Titles such as Rev. and Dr. should be abbreviated. The person with the title is listed first. So when the wife is a doctor and the husband is not, she goes first.

Some remaining tips:

  • Check the addresses on your list, then check them again. You’ll almost always find something you missed.
  • When organizing your list in Excel, check for missing zeros at the front of zipcodes when they are in their own cell.
  • If a parent or someone else needs to have input on who’s invited and how the addresses look on the envelope, get them involved early in the list making. That way you’re on the same page, and only have to make your list once.

Find the answers to other wording and etiquette questions.

Are there other questions and issues you face with addressing your invitations? Let us know in comments.

{Photo by Imbue You Wedding. Written by, the blog of Imbue You and Imbue You Wedding}

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