Bibliophile: Book Theme Wedding Ideas

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A book theme wedding can be a sweet and personal way to share something you love with your family and friends. It’s also just a fun, unique theme for a wedding!

{Designer Secret} There are so many ways you can go with a book theme wedding. To keep your wedding theme looking pulled together, don’t try to incorporate too many ideas. Focus on what you love, such as favorites titles or your favorite things about books. Or concentrate on two to three larger statements, like your centerpieces or escort cards, and add smaller book related details here and there, such as napkin rings or exit confetti.

colorful book wedding centerpiece

bookmark wedding favor book theme

I love the flowers as bookends to this book wedding centerpiece. So clever and so beautiful! To tie in with her centerpieces, one of our brides had us create this bookmark giveaway card to be hidden in one napkin at each reception table.  The person with the napkin wins the centerpiece book.
{Centerpiece photo by Erin McFarland Photography via Your Wedding Support; Bookmarks by Imbue You Wedding}

Library-Card-Escort-Cards card catalog

book cover table names wedding theme

Bookish details: How about a traditional library card catalog for your escort cards, or favorite book covers instead of table numbers? {Escort cards from Elizabeth Anne Designs; book covers from Wedding Wire}

wedding flowers book pages

Love wedding bunting banner book pages

The printed word can be made new again by turning book pages into something unexpected.
{Flowers by Dana’s Paper Flowers: Banner by High Street Boutique}

This post from Imbue You I Do is copyright Imbue You. Imbue You I Do is the blog of Imbue You Wedding. Thanks for reading!


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How to Show Your Personality With Your Wedding Invitations

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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.

This is the second in a five article series: How to Choose the Right Wedding Invitations for Your Wedding Theme.

1. How to Choose a Wedding Theme That’s Meaningful to You
2. How to Show Your Personality With Your Invitations
3. How to Blend Cultures on Your Wedding Invitations
4. How to Use Your Color Palette on Your Wedding Invitations
5. How to Match Your Invitation Wording to Your Wedding

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

Colors and Use of Color on Invitations

stripe wedding invitation You can’t always use your entire wedding palette on your invitations, especially when your palette includes more than three or four colors.

Typically a reception space can hold more colors than an invitation. So unless your invitation features a print or pattern that can handle many colors, you’ll want to select only two or three.

Think about the mood of your wedding when you make this selection. Invitations with soft colors, or a color combination with low contrast will have a romantic, classic or elegant feeling. On the other hand, intense or highly contrasting colors will look bold, high energy and dramatic. It’s all in your color personality.

Also think about use of color on your invitations. For instance, a formal or classic wedding, may feature just one pop of color. But a whimsical wedding theme and couple may want lots of color, and contrasting colors.


Invitation Motifs and Prints

vintage asian print wedding invitation Did you know that people actually see shape before color?

So design elements, such as flowers, prints and monograms, are one of the best ways to show your personality or your wedding theme on your invitations.

Look for prints that speak to you. In general more intricate or detailed designs will read more vintage or romantic. And more graphic or minimalist designs will look more modern. Swooshes, feminine embellishments, or frames around your text will read more formal.


Wedding Invitation Format

rustic leaf wedding invitation The format of your invitations can also say a lot about you and your wedding. And luckily there are so many options to express yourself.

Do you have an ultra modern style? Then you might prefer just a flat invitation card or simple details, such as rounded corners? Or do you want to show the handmade touches that layers, tags and embellishments can provide?

Using the invitation paper you can show your concern for the environment with recycled or wood-free papers. Or showcase your glamorous side with metallics, gems and brooches.


Wedding Invitation Fonts

Maple leaf typographic wedding invitation Fonts are great for expressing the level formality of your wedding.

All caps or all scripts look super formal. So many couples go for a mix of script with regular fonts. For a formal yet modern look, try “small caps,” which are easier on the eyes because the first letters are taller. Or try serif fonts, like Garamond, which have little caps on the bottom of the letters.

Modern style couples or ones having casual weddings, may want to skip the script all together, or use sans serif fonts.

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.

Next I’m going to show you how to blend different cultures or styles on your wedding invitations.

{Written by, the blog of Imbue You. Photos by Imbue You Wedding. Thanks for reading!}

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Modern Snow: Winter Wedding Inspiration

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I’m really getting excited by winter weddings now. But talk to me in three months, and I’ll be excited by spring weddings. I guess I just love wedding details!

{Designer Secret} If you want a sleek, modern winter wedding look with a nod to the season, you can skip snowflake icons. Instead try using white on white color and texture. (But there’s nothing wrong with snowflakes. Our logo is a modernized snowflake!)

These are my favorite looks for snowy texture, without the snow. Feathers, faux fur, geometrics, pearls and crystals. There are many modern and elegant ways to evoke winter for your wedding.

feather wedding dress winter

Winter Wonderland Fake Fur Garter

winter wedding details clutch and cake

winter wedding bouquet crystal brooch

{photos by: Lazaro;  Natalie Briggs; Angee W.; Click Photography; Noaki}

This post from Imbue You I Do is copyright Imbue You. Imbue You I Do is the blog of Imbue You Wedding. Thanks for reading!

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Sneak Peek: Elegant Save the Date Postcards

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Many couples are choosing save the date postcards because they are quick to send, have less environmental impact without the envelopes and save on postage costs.

I wanted to show that postcards can also be elegant, fun and unique. So here’s a sneak peek of our new line of handmade save the date postcards. These will be printed on metallic cardstock standard (white, gold or silver), or you can opt for white or ivory matte. My favorite detail is the rounded corners.

elegant indian save the date postcard fuchsia navy silver

{Designer Secret} Yes, a postcard can work for a formal wedding. Just make sure to up the “wow” factor with premium paper and appropriate fonts. This design uses our Indian Arch print and an Indian inspired arch shield for added elegance.

ganesh indian save the date postcard red and gold

puffball zodiac save the date post card

I’ve been wanting to use our “pull ball” zodiac shapes on a save the date forever! And now’s my chance. We have adorable pull ball versions of the 12 zodiac symbols.

These designs will be available from Imbue You Wedding starting next week!

So, what do you think?

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

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white cameo handmade bridal bouquet

The right wedding invitations build anticipation with your guests for your wedding day. They begin your wedding experience and hopefully communicate the meaningful day you and your future spouse have planned.

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.

This is the first in a five article series: How to Choose the Right Wedding Invitations for Your Wedding Theme.

1. How to Choose a Wedding Theme That’s Meaningful to You
2. How to Show Your Personality With Your Invitations
3. How to Blend Cultures on Your Wedding Invitations
4. How to Use Your Color Palette on Your Wedding Invitations
5. How to Match Your Invitation Wording to Your Wedding

So, where to start? Let’s begin by collecting and organizing your wedding ideas, so we have a good list to pull your most meaningful ideas from.


Why a Wedding Color Palette Isn’t a Wedding Theme

colorful wedding theme table setting Yes, a wedding palette is very important for pulling together a polished wedding design. But when it comes to conveying the meaning of your wedding day, there’s only so much colors can do.

Only when paired with motifs, textures, fonts and other design elements, and held together by a strong idea, can colors express something specific to your guests.

And that’s when they are part of a larger theme. Your theme is where you add the meaning to your wedding design.

Can you build a wedding look solely around a color palette? Yes. But where’s the fun in that? And more importantly, where’s the “you” in that.


Your Wedding Day Vision

romantic theme wedding day When creating your wedding theme, the best place to start is actually the end. What do you envision for your wedding day?

What are your guests wearing? Are they in tuxes and eveningwear or cowboy hats and boots? Are they partying all night long? Or lounging comfortably by candlelight?

Keeping this vision in mind will help you focus on the mood and maybe even the style of your wedding day: Casual, Formal, Romantic, Rustic, Fun


Your Personal Style As Your Wedding Style

personal style as wedding theme If you can’t be yourself on your wedding day, when can you be? So, I think it’s important to incorporate your personal style in your wedding design.

What do you wear? Vintage dresses, sweats, or the latest fashion? What kind of furniture do you love? Do you have favorite artists? Are you Modern, Preppy, Traditional, Classic, Eclectic, Funky or Whimsical?


Cultural Wedding Themes

Asian Wedding Theme Invitation Do you want to incorporate your family’s culture, that of your future spouse, or one that you are drawn too?

Family heirlooms and traditions can also be a wonderful jumping off point for wedding themes. I recently heard a moving story about a wedding dress that was worn by four generations of women in the same family. Wearing the family dress had to impact the design choices for the wedding overall, and could be pulled into a theme.


What You Love

vintage wedding theme typewritter guestbook Meaningful wedding themes often include things that the couple loves, such as hobbies and interests. Do you love sailing, or anime? Do you have something you love to do as a couple that you want to share with guests?

You can also look to your wedding venue, especially if there’s a personal reason why you chose it other than it was available on the day you wanted. For instance, are you having a loft wedding, or getting married in a museum? Are you getting married near the water?


Pulling It Together Into a Wedding Theme

Moroccan wedding theme reception table Now you’ll need to focus these ideas into a theme. Go through your ideas and pull out the 2 or 3 that mean the most to you and your future spouse.

Let’s say, for instance, you are getting married in Mexico, you love old movies and 40s style, and you want your wedding day to be a true celebration of love.

In that case your wedding theme could be: a Vintage Romantic Mexico wedding.

For more information and step by step advice on choosing your wedding theme, download our free styleguide: 7 Designer Secrets for Meaningful and Memorable Wedding Invitations.

Next you will learn how to communicate your wedding theme through your wedding invitations.

{photo credits, from top down: Hair Bows Wonderworld and Monkeygraphy;; Wedology; Modern Bride Guide; Imbue You Wedding; Ruffled; Imbue You I Do}

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

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