Real Wedding: Carla and Sean’s Indian Inspired Wedding

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carla and sean spice market NYC

Carla and Sean’s wedding at Spice Market, a South Asian inspired restaurant in the meatpacking district of NYC, is a perfect example of how to match your wedding stationery to your venue.

When Carla and Sean contacted us for escort cards and table numbers for their wedding, they had already ordered our Indian inspired favor labels online and were looking to match the design.

The designs they choose blended in with Spice Market’s Indian and Malaysian feel. And the special touches they added really made the wedding their own:

Indian wedding place cards by Imbue You

I love how they integrated spices into the presentation of the escort cards. It really ties back to the wedding venue.

 

wedding sweatheart table with handmade Indian table numebr

It’s nice to have a quiet place for just the two of you to enjoy your first moments as a married couple. This sweetheart table is decorated simply with delicious food, menus and our handmade table number.

 

wish card table at wedding reception

wish tag guest book alternative

Wish tags make a great guest book alternative….and they look so pretty at your reception.

 

Indian favor tag stickers

Carla and Sean gave their guests chai as wedding favors. The look really came together with our favor labels and these great jars that they found.

Absolutely lovely photography by JBM Wedding Photography. See more pictures of this wedding here.

Escort cards, favor labels and table numbers by Imbue You. Visit our wedding stationery Etsy shop to see more global and theme designs for weddings.

Spice Market Indian wedding venue

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How to Match Your Wedding and Venue Decor

Posted by in Ask Imbue You, Color Advice, Wedding

amazing wedding venue by lexiphotography.com

I sometimes hear from couples who have picked a fabulous place to get married. They love it, but are unsure how to incorporate the right colors, stationery and style to fit the venue.

So how do you make it work when your venue is your wedding theme?

Appearance and Style

The first clue for design is what does your venue look like? Does it have stunning arches, traditional columns, wooden beams or any other interesting architecture that can be inspiration? Does your venue have an obvious theme like barn or nautical. It may be hard to style your wedding differently from a venue with a very strong look and feel…so in that case just go with it.

Is there art of a certain type? What does the tableware look like? Is it traditional or modern? You’ll want to match the elegance or modernness of your venue in your wedding design if you are tying the two together.

Colors

What are the built in colors at the venue that you must work with? Think about wall color or drapery if you are not covering the walls with draping yourself.

You don’t have to use the same exact colors as the room decor, but you’ll want to make sure the colors you choose work in the space. Recently one of the brides I was working with took one of her color cues from the dishes.

Location

Are you in the city or the country, by a lake or atop a mountain? Design inspiration can come from the surrounding area especially if that’s one of the reasons you love the venue. Your location can inspire color choices and design for stationery or your cake.

Mood

Is it an intimate space, a romantic space, a casual space? You can capture a romantic mood with muted colors or simple color palettes without a lot of contrast. Alternatively a modern art galley venue might inspire you to try bold, rich colors and grand design statements.

Your Preferences

Why did you pick this venue (other than date availability!)? Does it have an Old World charm that you love? Is the view of the skyline amazing at night? Narrowing in on what makes this a great venue for your wedding will give you design clues to point you in the right style direction.

{Venue: The Barn at Gibbet Hill; Photo by Lexi Photography}

{Written by imbueyouido.com, the blog of Imbue You and Imbue You Wedding. For more wedding and party stationery advice, get our free Wedding Style Guide.}

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Beach Wedding Destination Theme: Mexican Hacienda

Posted by in Create the Look, Wedding

hacienda wedding venue

I love Mexican beach theme weddings. There are so many design ideas and options. If you are looking for more Mexican than beach in your wedding theme and want a romantic feeling, consider a Mexican or Spanish Hacienda wedding theme.

For a hacienda theme think Old World meets rustic with a splash of Mexican and Spanish culture. Colors are more muted, like terra cotta, creamy yellows, natural greens, soft blues and wood tones.

hacienda venue details

Venue: Architecture and Old World details establish a hacienda feeling. If you are getting married on the beach, or your venue doesn’t have archways and wood beams, consider creating a canopy for your ceremony or reception. {Venue: Valentin Imperial Maya in Mexico}

mexican spanish tile invitation hacienda

mexican talavera tile hacineda booklet

Invitations and Wedding Stationery: Your stationery is a great place to add the cultural component of your wedding. Think classic cultural arts and details, such as talavera tile and lace. And don’t forget to give your guests plenty of planning information. {Invitations by Imbue You}

old world wedding dresses

spanish mexican peasant wedding dress

lace peasant wedding dress

Wedding Dress: There are a few ways to give a nod to your hacienda wedding theme with your wedding gown. One way is to go very Old World, with beading and exquisite details. Another is to go simpler with a more New World Mexican peasant dress vibe. And yet another is to split the difference, for instance a peasant dress shape with Old World details like lace. {Dress by J’Aton Couture via Bride to Be; Photo via Live Breathe Fashion; Photo via Green Wedding Shoes; Photo via Fashion Served}

succulents mexican hacienda wedding

hacienda wedding reception table

The Details: For a hacienda theme ceremony and reception think intimate, rustic and drought resistant. Hacienda locations in the New World can be harsh after all. Succulents and wildflowers make great bouquets and table centerpieces. And nothing says family and friends like a long wooden farm table. {Bouquet via Belle the Magazine; Cake by Sweet and Saucy Shop; Rustic farm table via Oh Lovely Day}

{Written by imbueyouido.com, the blog of Imbue You and Imbue You Wedding. For more wedding and party stationery advice, get our free Wedding Style Guide.}

 

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Sneak Peek: Handmade Thank You Cards

Posted by in In the Studio, Our Designs, Wedding

indian arch print thank you cards in orange and pink

Although matching stationery is available for all of our handmade designs, we didn’t always feature them in our shop. That was certainly the case for our handmade thank you cards. Well, we’re working on changing that by adding more of our global and beach prints to our thank you cards.

Our handmade thank you cards feature round corners and optional matching envelope wrap address labels. And like our invitation designs, the colors can be customized.

tropical plumeria pink thank you card

This is one of our latest designs, a tropical beach wedding invitation inspired by one of our customers whose friend is getting married in Hawaii. Some of our favorite designs and prints are inspired by customers. And this is definitely a new fav.

indian block print thank you card

This print is actually from one of our most popular save the dates, our Indian Block Print Bookmark save the date.

orange Indian arch thank you card

This Indian-inspired print is popular on the matching Indian flap fold wedding invitation and Indian wrap wedding invitation. As a thank you card, it has a very Moroccan look as well.

tropical palm leaf thank you card

This fun print with beach inspired icon coordinates with our handmade beach fan program. This is actually one of our oldest designs, so it’s really nice to finally have a matching thank you card available.

{Written by imbueyouido.com, the blog of Imbue You and Imbue You Wedding. For more wedding and party stationery advice, get our free Wedding Style Guide. }

 

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5 Theme Wedding Planning Tips

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teal Indian wedding dress

Choosing a theme or culture to incorporate in your wedding can make your design and planning decisions easier. But to pull off a celebration that truly embodies what you wanted, it’s important to keep these 5 things in mind:

beach wedding decor

1. Why This Theme?

A wedding theme or culture can mean different things to different people, even within the couple getting married. Knowing what your theme means to you helps you choose the right elements.

Take a beach theme for example. Maybe you love the ocean waves. Or maybe seashells mean beach to you. Don’t get locked into a “greatest hits” of your theme. Choose the design elements that matter the most to you. It will keep your design focused and your wedding day more meaningful.

{photos: first photo via Maharani Weddings; photo directly above by Pink Pelican Designs}

colorful wedding desserts rainbow pastel

2. What Colors Make Sense?

Some themes have logical color palettes. Looking at various hues within those colors can be an easy way to find the right mood for your wedding. But you don’t need to be tied to what’s traditional. There’s always room to be creative!

Take a garden wedding theme for instance. Logic and tradition would recommend greens, peaches, maybe rose pink. But black? Yet we did stationery for a pink and black garden reception. The key was using a floral graphic that pulled it all together.

Our eyes actually see shape before color. So theme appropriate shapes provide visual cues when colors won’t. And vice versa, so theme colors can set the tone when there aren’t specific design elements that point to the theme.

{photos: left photo via That Inspirational Girl; right photo via Belle the Magazine}

sand dollar wrap wedding invitation

3. Invitations Set the Tone.

For theme and cultural weddings, invitation choice is crucial. You’re doing something special, but your guests won’t know that if you send a typical invite. Invitations build expectations of your guests. So make sure they match what you’re planning.

Think design, patterns and motifs that can be repeated. But also think tone, which can include modern, classic or fun.

One bride told us that she selected a more formal table setting over a modern one for her Persian wedding because of the tone set in our invitation design. She even repeated the invitation pattern on the cake.

{photo by Imbue You Wedding}

sheet music petal cones

4. Music Sets the Mood.

What does your theme or culture feel like to you? What songs or musicians go with that?

Recalling quiet nights with your grandmother in India requires different music than evoking the party scene in New Delhi.

Pandora.com can help you expand your selections. Simply, plug in a song or artist that’s on theme and see what happens. You’ll definitely discover songs and artists you hadn’t even considered.

{photo by Vintage Twee}

wedding details

5. Little Touches Make the Difference.

The great thing about theme and cultural weddings is the chance to share something different, new or personal with guests. Keep in mind that guests interact most with table details and favors.

And don’t forget the power of smell. For a Polynesian theme wedding we assembled pina colada aroma beads in real coconut cups as favors.

Sometimes that special touch can be information. The Persian wedding we worked on featured table cards that explained the traditional appetizers that guests were enjoying.

{photo by Tec Petaja Photography}

Do you have more tips for how to plan a cultural or theme wedding? Share them in comments.

{Written by imbueyouido.com, the blog of Imbue You and Imbue You Wedding. For more wedding and party stationery advice, get our free Wedding Style Guide. }

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Ethnic and Theme Save the Date Common Questions

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ganesh save the date postcard

In many ways, ethnic fusion or theme weddings can be easier to make design decisions for. But sometimes it just opens up new questions. Save the dates are often the first stationery design couples deal with, and so there are a lot of questions. I hope to answer some of them here.

Should I choose save the dates that match my theme?

If you’ve chosen a theme you love, or know you want to celebrate certain cultures during your wedding, definitely find a way to include that on your save the date. In addition to being a practical piece with the date of your wedding, save the dates can be a signal of what’s to come from your wedding. Plus it’s more fun that way, right?

Indian Block Bookmark

{Indian block print bookmark handmade save the date}

Do my save the dates have to match my invitation design?

No, actually.  So many couples make their own save the dates or go on a long search for just the right invitations. So the save the dates end up being different.

But if you do care about a cohesive look to your wedding stationery, you can tie some things together, such as colors. Also if you have a strong theme or cultural influence for your designs, your later invitation design will end up referencing  what you did in the save the date, without it having to be an exact match. And of course if you really want them to be the same, simply use the same designer for both.

teal indian lotus print save the date photo card {Indian lotus print photo save the date}

I’m doing a more traditional or formal wedding. Do my save the dates have to match that?

This can be a toughie. As I mentioned earlier, save the dates can be a signal of what’s to come. So sending out a hipster cool save the date for a traditional wedding may confuse your guests. That being said, save the dates can be more fun than your invitations or your actual wedding. For traditional or formal weddings, try a personal approach in your save the dates to liven them up, such as photos.

beach save the date folded

{Beach seahorse or starfish folded handmade save the date}

I have travel and event information. Do I put that on the save the date?

There are a few ways to handle additional information for elaborate, destination or Indian weddings. One is to simply include a wedding website and have the additional information there. Another is to do a folded or long-form save the date to include the information early. If you have many older or less tech savvy guests, you may opt for a folded save the date. Or additional cards and inserts sent with your wedding invitation.

When do I send save the dates?

Try to aim for 6 to 8 months before your wedding, especially for destination weddings or when many guests live out of town. That will give them enough time to clear their schedules and make travel arrangements. Typically save the dates are mailed a few months ahead of the invitation.

Have other save the date questions, not answered here? You can ask them in comments. See more ethnic fusion and theme save the date designs.

{Written by imbueyouido.com, the blog of Imbue You and Imbue You Wedding. For more wedding and party stationery advice, get our free Wedding Style Guide. }

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