{Re-Post} Natalie’s Modern and Bold Asian Wedding Invitations

Posted by in Real Palettes

{This hybrid design thought up by one of our brides, taking 2 of our wedding invitation styles and blending them into one, is still one of my favorite bride creations. So while Justin and I catch up on rush wedding invitation orders and Christmas card and envelope wrap orders, please enjoy!}

Natalie is a bride with a clear design vision. And when she came to me for her wedding invitations she knew it had to be bold, it had to be cultural and it had to be navy and fuchsia.

She even blended two of our invitations designs into one…adding a wrap and tag to a layered Asian print invite. And she blended an Asian-inspired print with colors she fell in love with in Guatemala.

But that’s just perfect for the blended wedding style Natalie wants for when she walks down the aisle this fall.

{Designer Tip} Mixing Traditional Culture with Modern Style

The key to pulling off Natalie’s East-meets-West style is taking the traditional print and detailed shapes from Japanese and Chinese design and pairing them with a bold modern color palette.

Color is an great way to liven up more traditional designs!

In Natalie’s Words:

If you look at traditional weddings around the world, they are extremely colorful! From Asia and India, to South America and Africa, you see lots of colors on our most joyous days. Although I consider myself very “westernized” (U.S. born and raised), my ethnic background is Chinese, and I have always loved the colorful silks and embroidery of traditional Chinese weddings.

Although I will be wearing my white gown all day, there will be nothing pale or pastel about my wedding day! Red and gold, of course are the most traditional, but as a melting pot American, I take inspiration from other cultures as well.

On a recent vacation with my fiancé to Guatemala, a country known for its colorful woven textiles, I bought a traditional belt which is basically a strip of fabric woven with many colors. The primary colors were dark blue and pink. It is one of my favorite accessories and souvenirs!

On a visit to the fabric store there was bolt of hot fuchsia dupioni silk displayed right next to a deep royal blue silk and I fell in love. The colors are so contrasting and bright. I especially love the fuchsia.

(In fact if I could have a second dream dress, it would be made of yards and yards of fuchsia dupioni silk!)

For my wedding and reception dark royal blue will be the base color, which is appropriate for an elegant evening affair. Hot pink will be the accent, like little fireworks of color. My maid of honor will be in a hot pink dress, and my other 2 bridesmaids in royal blue. Flowers will be colorful and bold, bright yellows, pinks, and oranges.

See more of our designs at Imbue You Wedding.

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How to Choose the Right Wedding Invitations for Your Wedding Theme

Posted by in Ask Imbue You, Wording and Etiquette

Imbue You purple red gold indian wedding invitation wrap

The increase in wedding invitation design and designers is great for couples, making it possible to find something uniquely you. But with more choices, come more options that can seem to be overwhelming.  So here are 5 ways to cut through wedding invitation designs and focus on what is right for your wedding and your personality:

1. How to Choose a Wedding Theme That’s Meaningful to You

white cameo handmade bridal bouquet Meaningful wedding invitations start with meaningful wedding themes. And the best wedding themes are built on a few powerful ideas. So it’s really important as you are thinking through your wedding ideas that you focus on 2 to 3 central ideas to build your wedding around.

Get this right, and you’ll be amazed at how much easier it will be to make design decisions, communicate what you want with your wedding vendors and ultimately have the experience you want on your wedding day.

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2. How to Show Your Personality With Your Invitations

Mexican Tile Wedding Invitation When your wedding is full of carefully selected lovely details, your wedding invitations should also be a reflection of you. I want to show you how to create wedding invitations that showcase the personalities of you and your future spouse…and the wedding you are having.

These design tips work best when your wedding is also a reflection of your personalities, since your invitations should also match your wedding!

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3. How to Blend Cultures on Your Wedding Invitations

blend cultures fusion wedding Figuring out how to celebrate your heritage on your wedding invitations or stationery can be a challenge. Add another culture and it can seem even more puzzling. But it’s so worth it! And you’ll have a truly meaningful wedding that you and your family and friends will treasure. All you need are some tips for pulling it off.

Before you can share your cultures you’ll have to choose the most meaningful elements for you.

Everyone sees culture a little differently, even people of the same heritage. What do the cultures you are blending mean to you? What do they mean to your future spouse…and maybe even to your parents and future in-laws if they have a say? What are the sights, sounds, tastes and colors that go with that?

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4. How to Use Your Color Palette on Your Wedding Invitations

red teal yellow Mexican wedding invitation It’s not uncommon for weddings to feature 4 to 6 colors in a wedding palette. So I often get the question: “How do I take all of these colors and use them on my wedding invitation.”

And more often than not, my answer is you don’t.

Having a rich color palette is perfect for your wedding day. You have a ceremony site, reception venue, dresses, suits, shoes, flowers, stationery …so many items to take the various parts of your color palette and bring it life.

But invitations are one item (or a small collection of items). And using all of your colors in a small space may not set the mood you want.

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5. How to Match Your Invitation Wording to Your Wedding

booklet wedding invitation imbue you As one of the first ways that guests experience your wedding, invitations are important for setting the tone guests should expect. And one of the best ways to do that is through your wording.

In other words, if you want guests to know what type of wedding you are having, it can be literally written on your invitation with your wording.

This is the easiest way to communicate how formal or casual your wedding is. For formal weddings, write out the date and time of your wedding. More casual weddings can use numbers instead.

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For more information and step by step advice on getting your personality in your invitations, download our free styleguide: 7 Designer Secrets for Meaningful and Memorable Wedding Invitations.

{Photo credits: Invitations by Imbue You Wedding; Cameo Bridal Bouquet by Hair Bows Wonderworld photo by Monkeygraphy; Couple photo by Micheal Kent Photography}

Written by imbueyouido.com, the blog of Imbue You and Imbue You Wedding. Thanks for reading!

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Elegant Coral and White Floral Cake {Mondays are Sweet}

Posted by in Desserts

Now that I’ve become an avid pinner on Pinterest, I’ve learned a lot about what I like. And I’ve realized that I really love sweets…it’s actually bordering on an obsession. So to give my obsession meaning I’m starting this regular feature of the most interesting, beautiful and/or delicious weddings desserts I find in my online travels.

caketress coral white floral wedding cake

This first cake is a stunner. It comes from The Caketress, based out of Toronto. Her blog features gorgeous cake after gorgeous cake, so visit her site if you are ready to drool, or if you live in Toronto and love cake artistry.

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Bridal Accessories with Belles & Crystals

Posted by in Design Secrets, In the Studio

something blue I Do shoe sticker

Today I want to introduce you to the breezy yet elegant bridal accessories of Ambre, designer at Belles & Crystals.

Ambre describes her style as timeless, feminine and modern. “In today’s world of “throw away” clothing, the wedding attire trousseau is really the last remaining instance of true cherished special occasion clothing that can be passed from generation to generation,” she says. “I love being a part of that tradition.”

All of Ambre’s designs are handmade, which allows her to give personal attention to each piece. “From my feather flowers to handcut silk blossoms, each piece is made from scratch in my studio.”

pearl crystal bridal tiara handmade

“I find that my job is more about taking a bride’s vision and the details she wants and making them work together, also giving a designer’s touch at the same time,” says Ambre. “Weddings are about creating a mood….so I work with the bride to create that mood so everything flows together.”

fuchsia ruffled bridal clutch

white ruffled bridal clutch

Designer Secret: Ambre suggests keeping your wedding day look more scaled back to allow you to shine through.

“When it comes to wedding day looks, I always err on the ‘less is more’ approach and the old adage of ‘take one thing off before you leave the house,’” she says. “It is quite easy to get carried away these days. Pick and choose your favorites and where you want to make a statement. The ultimate statement should be you, the bride.”

“Pick and choose trends. Don’t try to do them all or wear them all at once. I always caution on being overly trend-heavy both in attire and wedding theme décor. You want to look back on these pictures with cherished thoughts, not “What was I thinking?”

white bridal hair facinators crystal

Ambre came to creating bridal accessories from her own wedding and her fashion training.

“I actually worked as a fashion designer in NYC’s garment district for several fashion houses for over 10 years,” she says. “After planning my own wedding from top to bottom I fell in love with everything wedding and decided to venture out on my own. Things started happening very quickly. And soon after I started up, Drew Barrymore was wearing me on the red carpet and I was receiving editorial press in bridal magazines…totally beyond my wildest dreams!”

Ambre offers this advice for your wedding: “Enjoy every minute of your big day. It goes by so quickly, so remember to just breathe and cherish every single millisecond!”

To learn more about Ambre and Belles & Crystals, please visit:

Shops: www.bellesandcrystals.com and www.bellesandcrystals.etsy.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bellesandcrystals
Twitter: twitter.com/bellesNcrystals

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