How to Use Your Mood Board to Get the Perfect Invitations for Your Wedding

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

vintage map wedding invitation

You’ve spent hours scouring blogs, magazines and websites for inspiration for your wedding day.

And you’ve done it.

You’ve created your personal wedding mood board. But now what? How do you turn these visual ideas into an invitation design you’ll love?


Step 1: Determine your formality

The first step is to see how formal or casual you want your wedding to be.

Think about your venue and your attire. Look at your photos, especially table settings and stemware. Are they lush and luxurious or rustic and intimate?

This will help you determine the overall feeling of your wedding invitation. And more specifically, the invitation wording and fonts to use. Use invitation wording that matches your wedding, from formal to more personal.


Step 2: Find the meaningful details

Are there motifs in your photos that hint at your wedding theme? This can be as simple as sand dollars for a beach wedding. Or some more nonspecific, like maps for a vintage wedding.

You can often use these motifs in your wedding invitations and throughout your wedding stationery to pull your look together.


Step 3: Find the colors of your mood

Often a wedding palette will have 3 to 5 colors or more. But 4 or 5 colors on your wedding invitations may not work. So it’s best to limit your colors to 2 or 3 main ones for your stationery.

To figure out which ones to choose, go back to your board. What is the overall feeling it gives you: serene, bold, sweet? Pick out the 2 to 3 colors of your palette that together match that feeling.

So how are you using your mood board to pick your wedding items? Share any tips and aha’s in comments!

{Wedding invitation design and photo by Imbue You, the home of romantic wedding stationery}

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Rustic Wedding Invitation: Fall Leaf Invitation Set

Posted by in Our Designs

Fall wedding invitation rustic leaf

There’s just something cozy yet elegant about fall weddings and rustic weddings: The lush warm colors, the rustic venues, the wonderful reception details.

When Justin and I designed our rustic fall wedding invitation we wanted to capture that feeling. So we created a design inspired by nature but with vintage detailing: including a die cut leaf monogram, felt-feel band and scallop edging.

Now, we’ve extended our invitation design with a coordinating save the date postcard and thank you card design. That way, you can pull your entire stationery look together with ease.

Visit our stationery site or our Etsy shop for ordering details the full stationery setsave the date postcard or invitation set. See the set in detail below:

Rustic Leaf Save the Date

Save the Date Postcard

The save the date sets the stage for the rest of the stationery design. We packed a lot of design and information in a small size with this  double-sided postcard with rounded corners and scallop detail. Plus, it mails affordably with a postcard stamp.


Rustic Leaf Fall Wedding Invitation

Rustic Leaf Invitation with envelope

Rustic Layered Wedding Invitation with Die Cut Leaf

With 3 layers of paper and a die cut leaf with monogram, this invitation design is all about texture. A subtle graphic print runs under your invitation text, with a textured felt-feel bellyband, satin ribbon and scallop edge detail.

All colors, text, envelope and even paperstock, can be changed to match your wedding style.


Rustic Leaf Wedding RSVP


Like the invitation, the reply card is layered with scalloped edging. Return address label matches the style and look of the wedding invitation.


rustic leaf envelopes with return address labels

Return Address Wrap Labels

Stylishly dressed envelopes include your return address with labels that wrap your envelopes in coordinating design. Color envelopes are included, and we can even print your guest names and addresses on your outer envelope label.


Rustic Leaf thank you card

Personalized Thank You Note Card

And when the last guest has gone home, you can thank them with personalized note cards that bring your wedding style alive again.

Want to learn more? Visit our stationery site or our Etsy shop for ordering details on the full stationery setsave the date postcard or invitation set.

{All designs and photos by Imbue You, the home of romantic wedding stationery}

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How to Ask for Cash or Money for a Wedding Gift

Posted by in Ask Imbue You, Wording and Etiquette

gift envelopes by sally sanders

We all get it. You likely have been living with your sweetie. And you already have many of the household items that couples used to register for. You may even have two!

Another blender is of no use to you. But money you can use for a house down payment or a dream honeymoon is helpful. And that’s fair…so there’s no need to feel guilty about it.

So if what you really want for your wedding is money and not a knife set, here are a couple of wording options for your wedding website or additional enclosure card with your wedding invitation. Like registry info, I don’t suggest this goes on the invitation itself:

Your presence at our wedding is all that we wish for! However, if you want to give a gift, we would be grateful for a cash donation towards our {insert what you need it for: honeymoon, house, new future together}.

Your company at our wedding is our greatest gift. However, if you would like to give a gift, we are saving up for {a house} and would appreciate a cash donation to help that dream come true.


Other Cash Gift Options

Cash Registries

But if all this is still too much trouble, you can simply signup for a cash registry and treat the wording the same as any other registry. Done and done!

What I like about cash registries is that you often sign up for items, like airplane tickets for your honeymoon or a romantic dinner. And guests can contribute towards that. It makes the idea of cash more tangible and more like a gift.

No Boxed Gifts

For many of our couples having Indian and Pakistani weddings, there’s the tradition of saying “no boxed gifts” when asking for money instead of gifts.

And there is a heart-felt honest explanation of this tradition over at The Bridal Diaries:

If you are looking to do this, I suggest wording like “We kindly request no boxed gifts”.

If you have many non Indian or Pakistani guests, expect many of them to be confused by this. So you may also want to use some of the above wording on a website to clear up the confusion.

Wishing Well

Many of our Australian couples use the concept of the “wishing well” to ask for cash gifts. Poems are popular and this one is my favorite… mostly because it’s short, to the point and still gracious.

If you were thinking of giving a gift
to help us on our way,
a gift of cash towards our house,
would really make our day.
However, if you prefer to purchase a gift,
feel free to surprise us in your own way.

So how about it? Are you asking for money instead of gifts, or in addition to gifts? How are you doing it? And were you embarrassed to do it?

{Photo credit: Sally Sanders Calligraphy & Design}

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