How to Choose the Right Wedding Invitations for Your Wedding Theme

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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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{Guest Post} How To Mix & Match Wedding Themes For A Cohesive Vision

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{I’m happy to share with you a guest post from Jessica of  Two Wedding Belles who intrigued me with this fascinating wedding: Colonial meets Safari meets Stars Wars. Jessica has some great advice for how to pull off your own wedding mix of themes:}

We had a recent bride and groom, Aileen and Tim, who came to us with a very unique plan for their wedding styling. They wanted to bring together a “Colonial Safari meets Star Wars” theme for their guests. If you’re thinking that these three elements – 1. colonial 2. safari 3. Star Wars – don’t go together, that’s exactly what we were thinking, too.

At least at first.

But once we took the couple’s ideas and executed them on the wedding day, we became believers. Yes, you can have a little bit of Colonial era Philadelphia with funky safari details and a dose of Star Wars nostalgia and still have it all tied together into one sophisticated wedding day affair.

Here are some of the images of Aileen and Tim’s wedding, as documented flawlessly by Nicole Peterson of Girl Photography, that best demonstrate how you can take seemingly unrelated themes, no matter what they may be, and fuse them into a cohesive vision for your own wedding.

1. Your location or venue is an undeniable theme clue for your guests. Your guests will get an idea of at least part of your theme the minute they see your venue. Thinking rustic? Maybe a barn makes sense. Wishing for modern? Then scope out an open loft space. In this couple’s case, they booked a colonial style house tucked away on a quiet street in downtown Philadelphia, complete with a quaint backyard garden. Oh, and booking a Ben Franklin impersonator didn’t hurt in bringing the colonial vibe home.

colonial safari star wars wedding theme

2. Little touches go a long way…also known as “know when to say when.” Your ceremony and reception don’t need to be overwhelmed by your details. A sprinkling here and there will allow for your guests to see your style without feeling suffocated. Aileen and Tim had safari-inspired animal prints in the flower girls’ outfits, on only selected tables with linens, on the cupcake wrappers, and on the favor/kids’ table. They also chose a safari motif for their ceremony programs.

Not only were the assorted cupcake flavors Star Wars themed, but the tower was also topped with tiny Star Wars figurines. (The Star Wars lunchbox you see in the ceremony photos above was used to hold the rings before the exchange). The stacks of old books and lanterns fit in so well with the colonial style venue and were used both as centerpieces and to fill out the cocktail space where needed. They really used the themes as inspiration for their decor choices, but did so with a scaled back approach.

flowers girls in safari print safari wedding theme table details

star wars wedding theme cupcake flavors

safari theme wedding details

safari theme wedding programs

star wars theme wedding colonial style books for reception decor

3. Elements outside of the theme are still okay to use. It’s your wedding, and even if you’ve come up with the best mix of themes you could’ve ever imagined, no one is going to hold you to them from start to finish. Choose to include the things that are most important to you, no matter what. This couple chose to wear traditional wedding attire and make the bride’s bouquet and the groom’s boutonniere, all of which was done outside the confines of their theme but had personal meaning to them.

wedding dress in colonial venue

groom in kilt DIY wedding boutonniere

DIY wedding bouquet

Have you seen any weddings recently that have successfully tied different themes together? Let us know in the comments. And, thank you Kemba for having me on the blog today! — Jessica, Two Wedding Belles

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How to Match Your Invitation Wording to Your Wedding

Posted by in Ask Imbue You, Wording and Etiquette

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 fifth 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

Invitation Wording: Numbers vs Words

numbers vs words 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:

Saturday, the eighth of June
Two thousand thirteen
at five o’clock in the evening

vs

Saturday, June 8, 2013
at 5 p.m.

 

Invitation Wording: Add a Quote

wedding invitation quote imbue you If you are having  a wedding with lots of personal and romantic details, you may want to share some of that feeling by adding a quote or verse to your invitation.

Quotes can tie in with your theme as well. Quotes work especially well for book or storybook weddings. Plus there are poems and novel text to work with many different types of weddings themes.

You can add quotes to your invitation itself or through a wrap or tag around your invitation for an extra special touch.

 

Invitation Wording: Fun with Your RSVP

fun RSVP wording When your wedding is fun or nontraditional, you don’t have to be stuck with the ”accepts with pleasure/declines with regret” lines on most RSVPs. You can have more fun with it.

You can even incorporate your wedding theme in the RSVP wording, with theme appropriate wording.

Just make sure that the RSVPs aren’t so clever that guests don’t know if they are saying yes or no, or so elaborate that they have to write an essay to respond.

Some fun ideas:

will celebrate
___in body

___in spirit

 

M__________

___can’t wait!

___can’t make it

 

M__________

___deal me in

___I fold

 

Invitation Wording: Dressing Up or Down

cowbody wedding attire Whether it’s “black tie optional” or “cowboy boots encouraged”, guests really do want to know what to wear.

So even though it may not be the most traditional thing to do, if you have a particular attire for your wedding in mind, let your guests know. They’ll have more fun and you’ll have more fun because everyone will feel more comfortable.

 

Invitation Wording: No Kids

kids at wedding ringbearer This issue has been coming up more and more: How do you politely tell your guests to leave their children at home? The most traditional way to do this is to include an inner and outer envelope, with the inner envelope specifically naming who is invited, or “and guest” if the invited person can bring a guest.

However, the inner/outer envelope is not being used by many couples these days. In that case, you can simply add “Adult only” to your invitations. But I prefer adding something like “Reception is an adult-only affair” to the RSVP, where it will most likely be read and understood.

To make it even clearer, some of our couples include a line “We have reserved ____ seats in your honor”, with the number written or printed in. This also keeps a stricter control of your wedding guest list, especially if you feel that some of your guests may bring uninvited guests.

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: numbers: wedding booklet invitation: Imbue You Weddingthisisnthappiness.com; invitation quote: Imbue You Wedding; RSVP via Sparkle & Hay; cowboy boots: Kate McElwee Photography via Niche White; boy in suit: Fine Handmade Clothing}

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

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How to Use Your Color Palette on Your Wedding Invitations

Posted by in Ask Imbue You, Color Advice, Design Secrets

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.

This is the fourth 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

Fall Persian wedding invitation

Find Your Wedding Mood, Find Your Invitation Colors

Instead I recommend choosing 2 to 3 colors from your palette and concentrating on using those. Often palettes have core colors that you can choose.

Another idea is to think about the mood you want to create for your wedding day. Is it bold, is it romantic, is it fun, is it elegant? Thinking about that mood, what colors from your palette communicate it?

For example “romantic” can be shown by soft colors that don’t contrast each other much. On the other hand, a “bold” and “exciting” mood is set by highly contrasting or vibrant colors. “Elegant” can be richer colors or metallics.

And never say never. There are also times when you can include your entire palette for a beautiful explosion of color. If you can find a pattern or print that can handle a lot of color, that would be perfect. Often interior designers get room palette inspiration from a fabric or wallpaper print, so this is the opposite idea.

Also if your wedding theme, mood or personality calls for lots of colors on your invitation, I say go for it. Whimsical wedding themes are great examples of this, and the use of color becomes part of the theme.

Imbue You Asian Wedding Invitation

Places for Color on Your Wedding Invitation

Once you know what colors you want to use, there are a number of ways to apply those colors to your wedding invitation stationery.

Ink: This is what most people think about for invitation colors.

Invitation paper: Your invitation paper or cardstock adds another dimension to your ink colors. Ivory and off white can communicate the mood of your wedding. They also tend to make the ink colors printed on them darker and more muted. In general, the brighter the white the more vibrant your ink colors will be.

Layers: Backers, pocketfolders, wraps and ribbon can be a great way to introduce additional color to your wedding invitation set. They also can add unexpected texture to your suite.

Envelopes: A color envelope introduces your guests to your color palette instantly. You can have fun with 2 different color envelopes if you are doing an RSVP card with your invitation, and if your wedding mood and personality go along.

Next you’ll learn how to match your invitation wording to the type of wedding you’re having.

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.

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

 

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Where should I list my reception information on my invitation?

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rustic chic metallic wedding invitation

I get this question often. There are a few ways to handle this depending on the formality of your wedding and on your budget.

You really only have to deal with this issue if your reception is in a different location than your wedding ceremony. Otherwise you don’t have to mention your reception at all or a simple “reception immediately following” will do.

On a reception card

This is the most proper place to put your reception information. It should follow the same formality of the card and be in the same style and font. So if you are writing out times on your invitation in words, do so here too.

Reception

Please join us for a reception following the ceremony.
at six o’clock
Whaler’s Inn Restaurant
367 Main Street
Baltimore, Maryland

 

On an events card

If you are having many events during a wedding weekend, your reception information can be listed along with them on an events card. In that case follow the layout and wording of the other events listed on your card.

 

On the invitation

If you are putting this information on your invitation, leave a space between your ceremony wording and the reception wording.

Follow the same formality of the main invitation. Whether you are using numbers or words for your dates and times, do the same for your reception information. And just like the invitation wording, the zip code is not typically listed.

Reception to follow
at six o’clock in the evening

Whaler’s Inn Restaurant
367 Main Street
Baltimore, Maryland

 

On the RSVP

If there’s no room on your invitation and you don’t have budget for a reception card, there’s often room to list this information on the RSVP.

I see this as a last resort though because the RSVP is returned to you and doesn’t stay with your guests.

Reception at 6 pm
Whaler’s Inn Restaurant
367 Main Street
Baltimore, Maryland

{Photo credit: Imbue You Wedding, read about this rustic wedding invitation color palette}

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Wedding Comfort Food Desserts

Posted by in Ask Imbue You, Create the Look, Desserts, Food

I love all the special touches and personal details that couples are adding to their weddings, especially with desserts. I’m a big believer in expressing yourself and your favorite things at your wedding. And what better way to do that than with the food?

With the right presentation any dessert can be “wedding appropriate” enough for your Aunt Edna. These are some of my favorite ways to dress up the tastiest comfort food desserts. Enjoy!

banana pudding oreo cookie cheesecake for wedding

mini wedding dessert tarts

colorful wedding desserts rainbow pastel

I personally ate a lot of banana pudding as a kid, not a bad childhood at all. As an adult, I’d love this buttered rum version (recipe here) Let’s face it, sometimes the most comforting desserts are the messiest, so if you can make them finger foods or otherwise easy to eat, go for it. And add color for that extra fun factor.

{Photo credits: banana pudding: Rachel’s Recipe Blog; oreo cheesecake: Bakers Royale; mini pies: Melissa Papaj Photography; ice cream cakes: That Inspirational Girl; rainbow jello: Belle the Magazine}

wedding lollipop dessert

wedding cotton candy popsicles

You really can’t go wrong with sticks of sugar. Is it bad to believe that cotton candy is an anytime food? Again, making these easy to eat is the key…and champagne doesn’t hurt either.

{Photo credits: lollipops: Style Me Pretty; cotton candy: Martha Stewart Weddings; popsicles with champagne: Southern Living}

wedding smores dessert bar

wedding smores in jar and candy bar

S’mores are the ultimate comfort food, aren’t they? The drama of a open flame makes this more of an activity than a dessert at weddings, and super fun too. But if the flame seems too risky for you, what about a s’mores candy bar or s’mores in a jar?

{Photo credit: s’mores bar: Assaf Friedman Photography via Elly B Events; s’mores candy bar: Madyson’s Marshmallows; s’mores in a jar: Ploctopia by cploch}

 

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