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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

Posted by in Ask Imbue You, Create the Look, Design Secrets

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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Y&E Bridal: Ring Pillows with Fashion Sense

Posted by in Design Secrets, In the Studio

For personal, meaningful weddings, details are everything. Today’s Artist Profile and Style Secrets come from Yasuko and Erina, the mother and daughter team behind Y&E Bridal. The beauty of their ring pillows are all in the details.

Yasuko was previously a fashion designer in Japan and wedding seamstress at a high-end bridal shop before forming Y&E Bridal. So it’s no surprise that she makes every item by hand and uses high-quality lace, satin and silk.

{Designer Secret} Choosing Your Ring Pillow Style

When it comes to adding your style to your ring pillow, Erina says you can look beyond your gown or even the color scheme of the wedding. If there is another important element of your wedding that you love, like the design of the cake, the pattern on the china, or the motif on the place cards, then go for it!

“I see a lot of brides either match their pillows to their wedding colors or to their dress. We sell a lot of lace pillows because it is the same kind of lace that is used on their dresses. But I really like it when brides match something small,” Erina says.

“I had a bride who had kind of a woven look to her wedding cake and bought a pillow that looked the same as her cake. I thought that was cute. It doesn’t really matter if it matches anything really as long as it is something the bride loves and it makes her happy looking at it!”

Erina describes the Y&E Bridal style as elegant and girly. But staying “elegant” is sometimes all about keeping the “girly” in check. Many brides ask her if they should add more lace on their designs, to which she answers “There is such a thing as too much lace.”

“I think a wedding is the most successful and beautiful when it is all your own,” Erina says, “and it really shows what you, the couple, is all about.”

For more beautiful ring pillow designs, as well as flower girl baskets, hair accessories and garters, visit the Y&E Bridal shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/YANDEBRIDAL

Or learn more here:

http://www.facebook.com/yandebridal
http://www.twitter.com/yandebridal
http://pinterest.com/erinachan/

Do you have a favorite design? Let me know in comments!

 

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