What to Do When Your Venue Has a Distinct Color Palette

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Kelly and Tim loved the wedding venue they choose: Cevíche, a Tapas restaurant in Orlando, Florida.

There was only one problem.

It had a very distinctive look with dark wood and red walls. And they just weren’t sure how that was going to work with their Mexican wedding theme.

This is a common issue for couples I work with through Imbue You, my custom wedding stationery studio. They want a special, personal wedding that has a pulled together look. They love their venue, but aren’t sure how to make it work with their colors and theme.

Unless your budget includes a décor line item to drape the room and overlay the floors, there are 3 ways to overcome this issue.

1. Bridge the Colors

Luckily for Kelly and Tim there are many ways to do a Mexican wedding theme.

So I suggested “Mexican Hacienda” as a way to mix the Old World traditional look of the restaurant with the culture and design of Mexico. I even wrote a theme board for how to achieve this look.

The restaurant provided a rich red, and Kelly had already chosen a navy for her bridesmaid dresses. The tableware had an antique gold look, so the color palette became red, navy and deep champagne printed on a metallic ivory cardstock.

Mexican Tile Wedding Invitation

2. Match the Colors

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. That’s the idea here. If Kelly didn’t already chosen navy bridesmaid dresses, she could have added chocolate brown to her palette. And that would have worked nicely as well.

3. Go for Neutral Colors

Since the venue was so rich with color, another choice would have been to aim for taupe, ivory and champagne and create a neutral palette to work with the room.

Now it’s your turn. Think about your wedding venue. Does it have powerful colors that you simply can’t ignore? If so, come up with your color plan. And report back in the comments.

{photo credits: restaurant: Cevíche; invitation by Imbue You}

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Cure Wedding Planning Overwhelm: Create a “Don’t Like” List

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fight wedding planning overhelm

Justin calls me a picky eater. I don’t like gelatin-like foods (so gummy bears are out), or mushy foods (so rice pudding is a no) and I absolutely can’t stand eggs.

But I think I’m a happy eater. I know no matter how awesome an omelette looks, I’m never going to like it. So I find something better for me.

When there are so many choices in the world, like what to have for breakfast or which wedding reception place setting to choose, knowing what you don’t like can often bring you closer to something you’ll love.

That’s a recipe for a more personal and meaningful wedding, which is what you want, right?

So get it on paper or ipad. When pulling together your “don’t like” list remember to include:

Pet Peeves: I’m working with a bride now who doesn’t like ampersands. It was the first thing she told me, and I loved it. I loved it so much, it’s the reason you are reading this article right now. Now she knows that if a design can’t be adjusted without an ampersand to simply move on.

Moods and Feelings: Many of our custom destination wedding stationery clients tell me that they don’t want anything “too formal”. Knowing that, I can adjust the fonts and wording to create something classic, but not too traditional.

General dislikes that can lead to more specifics: The most important thing is to get started. So if you have something general that you don’t like, such as “anything too feminine” you can narrow it down to “no pink” or “no lace” later on.

So say it loud and proud. What are your wedding don’t likes? Go talk to your sweetie and make your own “don’t like” list. And share any Ah-Ha moments from your list in the comments below.

{Photo: handmade journal from Re-maker}

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Wedding Welcome Bags – 7 Tips for Making Your Out of Towns Guests Feel at Home with Your Welcome Bag

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welcome bags for weddings

With lots of goodies and helpful items, wedding welcome bags are a great way to help your out of town guests feel at home and fall in love with where you are getting married. It also makes you an awesome host! And that sounds like a good plan, right?

But what are the best things to put in your welcome bags to make your guests feel comfortable? Here are 7 tips to guide you in the right direction.

#1: Add your own personal touch

Your welcome bag is a great place to share favorite snacks and local specialties. It’s also a great way to pull guests into the design and feeling of your wedding. So think about making your own labels for water bottles, and adding wedding colors and special tags to your bags.

#2: Don’t forget emergencies

Prepare for the unexpected. Include emergency contact information for some members of the wedding party, location of  local hospital and numbers for local police just in case.

#3: Write a personal note of welcome

Depending on the number of out of town guests, you may not be able to personally hand write each note. But it is a nice personal touch to personally sign each note. That will truly make your guests feel welcomed, and set the stage for a more personal wedding experience.

Imbue You modern lattice tag

#4: Help guests recover from your wedding

Ok, party animals, you know who you are. Your wedding is going to be a lot of fun, it might go later than expected. Hey, the fun might even get a little out of hand. Wouldn’t some aspirin, antacid or a hangover cure be nice? Don’t you owe that to your nearest and dearest?

#5: Let guests know what to expect

Even if you have a very robust wedding website with lots of information, it’s still nice to include a run down of events you might have planned, when and where they start, and any special tips on style of dress.

wedding welcome bag box

#6: Have fun with your packaging

There are so many fun ways to pull your welcome bags together…and they don’t even need to be “bags” at all. You can decorate paper bags with ribbon and tags. Or get personalized tote bags that guests can reuse. Extra large favor boxes are fun, and also can be decorated with ribbons and tags. Or a welcome basket would be an unexpected touch for a rustic or vintage wedding.

#7: Think beyond your wedding

Help your guests enjoy the wonderful place you have picked to get married. Include local maps, local things to do with best times and tips if you have done them before. What are your favorite restaurants, best parks for an afternoon stroll, things they shouldn’t miss before they leave?

Bonus Tip:

One way to make your guests feel comfortable is to match the design of your bag with your wedding or your wedding theme. The easiest way to do that is with coordinating favor tags.

Browse a variety of wedding favor tags for beach themes, Mexico weddings, Indian weddings, rustic and vintage styles here. Add your own wedding colors and notes to customize them for your guests.

Brought to you by Imbue You, the home of romantic wedding stationery.

{Photos: muslin bag by Be Collective; tag by Imbue You; favor box by The Favor Box}

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Choosing Wedding Invitations – Are you making these 3 creativity sucking mistakes when selecting wedding invitations?

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Imbue You Lotus booklet wedding invitation

Choosing wedding invitations is one of the most important design elements for your wedding. It’s the first official peek at what your wedding day will be like for your guests.

But somehow in the race to cross invitations of the to-do list, and to mail them on time, 3 major mistakes can occur that ruin your chance to make the right first impression with your wedding guests.

And you want to choose the right invitations for your wedding, don’t you?

So here they are: the 3 biggest mistakes when selecting wedding invitations…and what to do about them.

Mistake #1: Not thinking about the mood of your wedding day. Simply thinking about the theme of your wedding isn’t enough. Two couples may be planning a beach wedding, for instance. But one wants a modern casual evening. And the other wants a romantic vintage inspired look.

They are both beach weddings. But should they have the same beach theme wedding invitation? I think you see where I’m going with this…no, they shouldn’t.

What to do instead: Picture your wedding day, and choose invitations based on that image. Think about how your wedding feels, what it looks like.

Keep that image in your mind as you are selecting invitations. Fonts, design icons, prints and patterns, and even the shape or format of the invitation can signal if the design matches your wedding day.

Mistake #2: Trying to use too many colors. Often wedding palettes will have 3 to 5 or more colors in them. And that’s because your wedding day is a full event with bridesmaid dress, tablecloths, flowers and a reception space. There are many places to put color, and much space to air out a variety of colors.

But a wedding invitation is different. It’s a confined space. So too many colors on any one piece of stationery may be jarring to the eye.

What to do instead: Select 2 to 3 of your colors as your core for wedding invitations and stationery. If you have other stationery pieces, such as an RSVP or reception card, you can use these same 3 colors in different ways for more variety.

Mistake #3: Making invitation decisions too late. Invitation designers do get booked. There’s proofing, printing — and in the case of handmade or custom invitations — assembly and production that has to be done before invitations are ready to be shipped.

So waiting too late to find the perfect invitation may result in rush fees, expedited shipping costs, sending out late to guests or missing out on the perfect design. That’s no fun…and it can be stressful too!

What to do instead: Give yourself at least two months to find the right invitation for you. That way, you’ll have time to get samples and alter the designs as you need. Or in the case of customized invitations, you’ll have the time to work closely with your designer to achieve the look you want.

Now that you know how to avoid the 3 biggest mistakes in choosing your wedding invitations, it’s time to practice.

One place to start is our handmade invitation gallery. Visit us here.

Article and Photo by Imbue You, the home of romantic wedding invitations and stationery

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Other Roles for Children in Your Wedding

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Yes, there is a growing trend of not allowing children at weddings. But what if you not only want kids at your wedding, you want them to be in the wedding?

If that’s you, there are lots of ways to incorporate children on your special day. Here are some roles beyond flower girl or ring bearer for the younger ones at your wedding.



Children can help guests to their seats, hand out programs and direct guests to the cocktail or reception area.

children in wedding


More outgoing kids may be good readers during the ceremony.


Wedding Day Helpers

There are so many last minute things that need to get done on your wedding day. You can enlist kids to run food to the wedding party before the ceremony, decorate the getaway car, help direct an orderly flow for the buffet, and/or hand out favors,  birdseed or streamers to guests for the exit.


including children in wedding

Junior Groomsmen or Junior Bridesmaid

Older kids, around ages 8 to 14, can more formally participate in your ceremony.


Give Away the Bride

What a special way for children to welcome a new spouse into the family? Children of the bride or groom can walk the down the aisle with their parents, a nice beginning for a new family.

{Photo credits: First photo by Creatively Yours Photography via Apple Brides; Second photo by Studio 29 via Whimsical Wonderland Weddings; third photo by Chris Barber via Rock My Wedding}

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Invitation Wording: Love Quotes

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invitation love quotes

With Valentine’s Day tomorrow it seems the perfect time to share some of my favorite love quotes.

These are great to use on wedding invitations, and throughout your wedding on signs, programs, favor tags and other designs that need a dose of romantic personality.

“I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.”
– Roy Croft

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”
– Dr. Seuss

“Where there is love there is life.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

“Love is a game that two can play and both win.”
-Eva Gabor

“There is no remedy for love but to love more.”
– Henry David Thoreau

“Love is a friendship set to music.”
– Joseph Campbell

“Come live with me and be my love,
And we will all the pleasures prove,
That valleys, groves, hills, and fields,
Woods, or steepy mountain yields.”
– Christopher Marlowe

“At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet. ”
– Plato

“Life is the flower for which love is the honey.”
– Victor Hugo

“Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.”
– Mother Teresa

“Happiness is a summer breeze, sand between your toes, and your best friend by your side.”
– Unknown

“As the ocean is never full of water, so is the heart never full of love”


“love builds up the broken wall
and straightens the crooked path.
love keeps the stars in the firmament
and imposes rhythm on the ocean tides
each of us is created of it
and I suspect
each of us was created for it”
– Maya Angelou


“If my love were an ocean,
there would be no more land.
If my love were a desert,
you would see only sand.
If my love were a star-
late at night, only light.
And if my love could grow wings,
I’d be soaring in flight.”
– Jay Asher

“The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.”
– Helen Keller

“Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.”
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

{photo and chalk design by Lily & Val}


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