How to Blend Cultures on Your Wedding Invitations

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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.

This is the third 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

 

What Your Cultures Mean to You

indian mendhi wedding hands 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?

Go looking for other cultural style inspiration. Comb through travel books, native language style magazines, or cultural blogs. You might discover some design or detail that brings your wedding fusion style together.

The best designs focus on just a few strong ideas. So start editing them down or saving them for other elements of your wedding, such as the dessert bar or the music selection. Creating a name for your blended theme will help you focus even more when you have to choose among several design choices.

 

Mix Traditional Colors of One Culture with Motifs of Another

African Cultural Art Here is where your cultural inspiration search can really help you.

If one of the cultures you want to blend has strong colors associated with it, you can take those colors to use on designs that are strongly associated with the other culture. Like a red and gold plaid or tartan print on an invitation for a Chinese Scottish wedding.

This also works when blending a culture and another theme. For instance, if you were having a rustic Indian wedding, you could use a traditional Indian motif, such as paisley, and blend it with browns, deep reds or mustard yellows from a rustic palette.

 

Blend Design Style of One Culture with Symbols of Another

korean wedding dolls There are many cultures whose art and design have very distinctive styles. And there are other cultures that have motifs and symbols that are easily recognizable.

Can you take that strong culturally identifiable style and apply it to the traditional symbols of another? A wedding invitation motif of a Celtic symbol done in a Chinese calligraphy style would tie together an Irish Chinese wedding nicely.

This idea can also work well to blend a culture with another wedding theme. An Indian beach invitation could feature a starfish done in a mehndi style. How cool would that be!

 

Find Cultural Common Ground for Your Wedding Invitations

mexican italian tile wedding save the date As I was studying art from different cultures across different time periods, I realized that some design elements popped up a lot.

So, in looking for cultural inspiration you might actually find more commonalities than you’d expect.

One of our popular designs for Mexican invitations, our tile design, was first inspired by traditional Persian architecture.  But it could easily be used for Moroccan or Italian theme weddings. That’s because tile design appears in many cultures.

Similarly, the paisley, known as a traditional Indian motif, is also very prominent in traditional Scottish design.

 

Go For It and Use Both Cultures

indian mexican multicultural wedding If you have a bold, adventurous or whimsical style, you might not have to blend at all!

In that case you can take elements from each culture and incorporate them on your wedding invitations and stationery.

You can use two motifs on the same invitation, connected by color or style. Or incorporate one culture as a monogram design and the other as a print. Another idea is to use layers of paper with one cultural design layered on another.

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’ll walk you through tips for choosing your wedding color palette.

{Photo credits: Micheal Kent Photography, Truly Engaging, BoldMail,  Saplanet Originals, Imbue You WeddingWedding Nouveu}

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

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

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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; Table-Settings-with-Pictures.com; Wedology; Modern Bride Guide; Imbue You Wedding; Ruffled; Imbue You I Do}

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

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{Ask Imbue You} When is the right RSVP Date Deadline ?

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As an invitation designer I see a lot of “two weeks before the wedding” RSVP by dates. This usually works great for the caterer, who only needs that long to prepare meals for your final headcount.

But catering isn’t the only consideration for your RSVP date. That’s why I recommend setting you RSVP by date to four weeks before your wedding, three weeks at the shortest. And here’s why:

bride on phone

1. Tracking Down Non-responders

Never a fun thing to do, especially not fun {and more stressful} on a tight time limit.
{photo from Whimsical Wonderland Weddings}

 

Persian bohemian ethnic place cards

2. Your Seating Plan

Developing a seating plan for your guests almost always takes more time than you think it will.
{photo from Imbue You Wedding}

 

Lotus wedding stationery program table number

3. Your Ceremony and Reception Stationery

You’ll need a completed seating plan to finish your place cards. Purchasing or creating your menu cards, ceremony programs and other day of stationery also depends on accurate numbers.
{photo from Imbue You Wedding}

 

elegant bridal clutch purse

4. Your Budget

Without proper numbers you can overestimate your quantities. Plus last minute decisions and work can lead to rush fees, which can eat into your budget or make you spend more than you have to.
{photo by Belles & Crystals}

 

whimsical wedding cake sculpture

5. Your Sanity

Ultimately, the final days before your wedding should be as low-stress as possible. You’ll have enough final preparations in the days before your wedding without adding on extra to-dos.
{photo by Will Cotton}

So set your RSVP date a little earlier. You’ll be glad you did!

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{Designer Secret} How to Make a Large Wedding Feel More Intimate

Posted by in Ask Imbue You, Design Secrets, Real Palettes

At larger weddings it can be difficult to make the atmosphere as personal and intimate as you may like. But you can pull it off. It’s all in the details.

We recently created the reception stationery for an Indian wedding with more than 240 guests. And not only did Justin and I love the colors, gold, plum and pink, we loved how the bride and groom made their guests part of their wedding story, by sharing their actual stories.

Indian wedding table numbers purple gold

Each table number included a place in the world where the couple had special memories. And they shared those memories on each of the cards.

Indian Wedding Place Cards Purple Gold

So even though it was a large wedding, and they may not have had a lot of time to spend with each guest, these stories helped the guests feel closer to the couple and what they were celebrating on their wedding day.

Indian Wedding Menu Purple Gold

How can you weave personal stories or experiences into your wedding?

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{Ask Imbue You} How to Create Chic Theme Weddings

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Have you ever seen the television show My Fair Wedding, hosted by wedding expert David Tutera?

I really do love this show. But not for the “show up at your door 3 weeks before your wedding and change everything” premise. I love how David takes themes gone wild and transforms them into elegant affairs that the couple and guests will remember for years to come.

For me, this show is proof that any theme can be made elegant, sophisticated and personal.

Even a Day of the Dead wedding theme, based on the traditional Mexican holiday where people honor dead loved ones. The bride envisioned skulls everywhere, from the centerpieces to the groomsmen’s ties. David toned down the skulls, added red roses and black lace for a more Mexican feel…and voila elegance restored.

David Tutera Day of the Dead Wedding

Day of the Dead table setting photo from Paper Olive

The keys to pulling this off are balance and variety. And if you keep these things in mind for your wedding, any theme you choose will be chic.

Let’s take a Vegas wedding theme for example. It’s tempting to think only about cards and dice. But look what happens when you mix in feathers (showgirls, anyone?), new interpretations of card suits, other textures and tons of glamour.

bridal mini top hat by orphelia

handmade bridal clutch by angeew macau coin cufflinks by qacreate

 

 

ace necklace by glowfly

Handmade Bridal Shrug by Countessa

Card Suit Favor Tags by Paperquick

wedding bouquet by hairbowswonderworld

So go for it. Have that pirate theme wedding. Just be sure to mix in some bling with the bandanas.

What’s your wedding theme? And how are you keeping it chic?

Photo credits: Orphelia, Angee W., QA Create, GlowflyCountessa, Paper Quick, Hair Bows Wonderworld

 

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