4 Great Blogs for Design Inspiration

Posted by in Design Secrets, Fashion & Decor, Inspired By, The Creative Business

black and white table setting

When you are coming up with new ideas, it’s great to be inspired. This is true for wedding design, interior design and just about anything else creative. Looking at wedding blogs for wedding inspiration makes sense. But I also find that looking slightly inside what I want to create can really super charge my creativity.

These are 4 cool places for new design ideas, cool artists and general creativity. I hope they help get your creativity flowing:

scissors paper rock paper inspiration

scissors + paper rock!

For some of the coolest things you can do with paper, scissors + paper rock! is the place. This blog features really talented indie designers. And it showcases everything from paper installation art to intricate papercuts done by hand. As a fan of dimension in paper design, this is a favorite place for me.


DIY ornament wreath

Eddie Ross

Proof that great design doesn’t have to be stuffy or out of reach. Eddie Ross’ blog is full of tips for great style on a normal person’s budget, including entertaining, design, and yes, DIY. One of my favorite posts is just Eddie in a Dollar Store picking out beautiful and affordable table decor…great for a wedding. He features amazing inspiration for table setting design, including the first picture on this post.


mod podge rocks

Mod Podge Rocks!

First off, yes it does! For those of you who have yet to discover this miracle in a bottle, Mod Podge is a non-toxic water based glue and sealer that lets you do creative decoupage with paper and fabric. And for great ideas on what you can decoupage, this site is inspiration heaven.


the red thread

The Red Thread

A talented children’s art designer, Lisa has a knack for finding other talented, cool and unique artists. A great place to discover new independent designers, and to let your inner child play.

{Written by imbueyouido.com, the blog of Imbue You and Imbue You Wedding. For more wedding and party stationery advice, get our free Wedding Style Guide. }

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Modern Indian Wedding Palette: Purple, Teal and Gold

Posted by in Create the Look

teal and purple Lotus invite booklet with loop

Last week I gave you sneak peek at our new Indian-inspired lotus wedding invitation booklet (above). One of my favorite things about this new design is the color palette. We’ve been getting lots of requests for a modern take on a traditional Indian wedding palette. And I think this palette works perfectly.

So whether you are planning a modern Indian wedding or are looking for a bright yet luxe wedding palette, I hope these images inspire you.

purple teal gold indian wedding saree

teal purple and gold painted wedding dress

Whether you go more modern or more traditional, this color palette provides outrageously beautiful wedding dress options. {Saree via Maharani Weddings; Hand dyed dress above by MoMo SoHo}

purple and teal wedding makeup

FiveLittleGems purple teal gold earrings

Go glamorous or bold. The right accessories can complete the look for your entire bridal party. {Makeup via  Makeup Geek; Earrings by Five Little Gems}

gold purple teal bridal brooch bouquet

purple and gold luxe place setting

If super luxe or traditional is your wedding mood, simply add more gold. {Brooch bouquet by Vandiva Bridal; Table setting via Maharani Weddings}

purple and teal table setting with white

teal purple and white table setting

Or if it’s a fresher take or more modern look you are after, downplay the gold or add white. {Photos via Ruffled}

purple and teal cupcake flags

You can even add more fun to your dessert table by incorporating these colors. {Cupcakes and flags via Hostess with the Mostess}

{Written by imbueyouido.com, the blog of Imbue You and Imbue You Wedding. For more wedding and party stationery advice, get our free Wedding Style Guide. }


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New Designs: Messenger Bags

Posted by in In the Studio, Our Designs

Last weekend we started expanding what types of designs our prints and patterns are available on. So beyond wedding invitations and stationery, we now offer messenger bags, iPad and laptop sleeves, travel mugs and a growing collection of water bottles.

I really enjoyed creating these new designs, especially the messenger bags. I love how you can mix and match the colors of the prints and the colors of the binding and bag itself to create something truly unique. These are Rickshaw Bagworks messenger bags, so they are super functional and sturdy…fun design that lasts!

It was difficult to choose, but these are some of my favorites. I can see them as wedding party gifts, new mommy gifts or a fun Mother’s Day gift for a mom on the go.

red and black Rickshaw messenger bag This won the “Today’s Best Award” on Zazzle, where we designed these.

teal and navy Rickshaw messenger bag

This is a new print we just developed for our Plumeria tropical wedding invitation, coming out soon.

orange and teal Rickshaw messenger bag

Justin has become obsessed with the color orange, and I’m currently obsessed with the teal and orange color combination, so we love this bag.

brown and yellow Rickshaw messenger bag

This is one of our most popular prints, reused here for a very classic bag. I’m loving this mustard yellow. It gives a classic look a little pop.

teal and black Rickshaw messenger bag

Teal and black is also fun. This is our Indian inspired lotus floral print.

{Written by imbueyouido.com, the blog of Imbue You and Imbue You Wedding. For more wedding and party stationery advice, get our free Wedding Style Guide. }


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5 Theme Wedding Planning Tips

Posted by in Ask Imbue You, Wedding

teal Indian wedding dress

Choosing a theme or culture to incorporate in your wedding can make your design and planning decisions easier. But to pull off a celebration that truly embodies what you wanted, it’s important to keep these 5 things in mind:

beach wedding decor

1. Why This Theme?

A wedding theme or culture can mean different things to different people, even within the couple getting married. Knowing what your theme means to you helps you choose the right elements.

Take a beach theme for example. Maybe you love the ocean waves. Or maybe seashells mean beach to you. Don’t get locked into a “greatest hits” of your theme. Choose the design elements that matter the most to you. It will keep your design focused and your wedding day more meaningful.

{photos: first photo via Maharani Weddings; photo directly above by Pink Pelican Designs}

colorful wedding desserts rainbow pastel

2. What Colors Make Sense?

Some themes have logical color palettes. Looking at various hues within those colors can be an easy way to find the right mood for your wedding. But you don’t need to be tied to what’s traditional. There’s always room to be creative!

Take a garden wedding theme for instance. Logic and tradition would recommend greens, peaches, maybe rose pink. But black? Yet we did stationery for a pink and black garden reception. The key was using a floral graphic that pulled it all together.

Our eyes actually see shape before color. So theme appropriate shapes provide visual cues when colors won’t. And vice versa, so theme colors can set the tone when there aren’t specific design elements that point to the theme.

{photos: left photo via That Inspirational Girl; right photo via Belle the Magazine}

sand dollar wrap wedding invitation

3. Invitations Set the Tone.

For theme and cultural weddings, invitation choice is crucial. You’re doing something special, but your guests won’t know that if you send a typical invite. Invitations build expectations of your guests. So make sure they match what you’re planning.

Think design, patterns and motifs that can be repeated. But also think tone, which can include modern, classic or fun.

One bride told us that she selected a more formal table setting over a modern one for her Persian wedding because of the tone set in our invitation design. She even repeated the invitation pattern on the cake.

{photo by Imbue You Wedding}

sheet music petal cones

4. Music Sets the Mood.

What does your theme or culture feel like to you? What songs or musicians go with that?

Recalling quiet nights with your grandmother in India requires different music than evoking the party scene in New Delhi.

Pandora.com can help you expand your selections. Simply, plug in a song or artist that’s on theme and see what happens. You’ll definitely discover songs and artists you hadn’t even considered.

{photo by Vintage Twee}

wedding details

5. Little Touches Make the Difference.

The great thing about theme and cultural weddings is the chance to share something different, new or personal with guests. Keep in mind that guests interact most with table details and favors.

And don’t forget the power of smell. For a Polynesian theme wedding we assembled pina colada aroma beads in real coconut cups as favors.

Sometimes that special touch can be information. The Persian wedding we worked on featured table cards that explained the traditional appetizers that guests were enjoying.

{photo by Tec Petaja Photography}

Do you have more tips for how to plan a cultural or theme wedding? Share them in comments.

{Written by imbueyouido.com, the blog of Imbue You and Imbue You Wedding. For more wedding and party stationery advice, get our free Wedding Style Guide. }

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Sneak Peek: Indian Lotus Wedding Invitation Booklet in Purple and Teal

Posted by in In the Studio, Our Designs

Indian lotus booklet wedding invitation and cover

We are working with a couple who were having a destination wedding in the mountains. They really loved our Mexican Tile Folder Booklet and our Lotus Floral Print. So we combined the two for a new design.

We loved it so much that we’ve decided to add the design in our collection. I’m really enjoying this color palette too: teal, purple and gold. It’s bold yet elegant … perfect for a modern Indian wedding or a mountain wedding in Big Sky country.

teal and purple Lotus invite booklet with loop

Our coordinating loop keeps your RSVP, RSVP envelope and any enclosure cards in place.

wedding invitation booklet with envelope wrap label

Indian lotus floral booklet RSVP with envelope

This is just the beginning of new designs from Imbue You. Stay tuned for more sneak peeks of new prints and designs for invitations, save the dates and thank you cards.

{Written by imbueyouido.com, the blog of Imbue You and Imbue You Wedding. For more wedding and party stationery advice, get our free Wedding Style Guide. }




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