Cure Wedding Planning Overwhelm: Create a “Don’t Like” List

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Justin calls me a picky eater. I don’t like gelatin-like foods (so gummy bears are out), or mushy foods (so rice pudding is a no) and I absolutely can’t stand eggs.

But I think I’m a happy eater. I know no matter how awesome an omelette looks, I’m never going to like it. So I find something better for me.

When there are so many choices in the world, like what to have for breakfast or which wedding reception place setting to choose, knowing what you don’t like can often bring you closer to something you’ll love.

That’s a recipe for a more personal and meaningful wedding, which is what you want, right?

So get it on paper or ipad. When pulling together your “don’t like” list remember to include:

Pet Peeves: I’m working with a bride now who doesn’t like ampersands. It was the first thing she told me, and I loved it. I loved it so much, it’s the reason you are reading this article right now. Now she knows that if a design can’t be adjusted without an ampersand to simply move on.

Moods and Feelings: Many of our custom destination wedding stationery clients tell me that they don’t want anything “too formal”. Knowing that, I can adjust the fonts and wording to create something classic, but not too traditional.

General dislikes that can lead to more specifics: The most important thing is to get started. So if you have something general that you don’t like, such as “anything too feminine” you can narrow it down to “no pink” or “no lace” later on.

So say it loud and proud. What are your wedding don’t likes? Go talk to your sweetie and make your own “don’t like” list. And share any Ah-Ha moments from your list in the comments below.

{Photo: handmade journal from Re-maker}

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Wedding Color Palette Advice: What Goes with Coral

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Coral is a bit unexpected but versatile color for romantic weddings. It can be used to add a beachy flair, to fit into a muted palette for a vintage rustic look, or to balance a deep, rich color.

Do you have your eye on adding coral to your wedding and wonder what it would work with? Then keep reading, because I’ve got some options for you.

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Coral and Navy

This palette has a rich look, yet has a timeless feeling that would work well for vintage or traditional weddings. Add champagne or ivory to keep that vintage feel.


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Coral and Teal

A romantic palette for a beach wedding. It can go casual by adding tan, preppy by adding navy, or you can add some sparkle by including silver.


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Coral and Red

This color palette just oozes romance doesn’t it? (Even though “ooze” is not a particularly romantic word!) This is a twist on a light pink and red palette, which has a similar feeling. You can add gray or tan and white to keep this a soft romantic look, or add purple to heat it up even more.


coral and purple wedding palette

Coral and Purple

Speaking of heat, that’s what you get when you pair coral and purple. It’s a very rich palette, great for a twist on a traditional Indian wedding and perfect for a sumptuous evening affair. This is a high drama zone.


coral and brown wedding palette

Coral and Brown

This is an earthy, yet romantic palette. Great for rustic or vintage weddings in heritage venues. Add peach to keep it neutral or light blue to extend the palette and add more interest.


Coral and Green

This is a fun palette for coral, and also unexpected…which makes it even better. It’s a vibrant look, so lots of white or ivory will really air it out.

Brought to you by Imbue You, the home of romantic wedding stationery.

{Photos: invitations and tags by Imbue You; coral and red via Opulent Creations Events; coral and purple by Mike Lesnick Photography via Bridal Beauty Associates; coral and brown by Mark Alison Photography via Bella Sera Event Center}


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Wedding Welcome Bags – 7 Tips for Making Your Out of Towns Guests Feel at Home with Your Welcome Bag

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With lots of goodies and helpful items, wedding welcome bags are a great way to help your out of town guests feel at home and fall in love with where you are getting married. It also makes you an awesome host! And that sounds like a good plan, right?

But what are the best things to put in your welcome bags to make your guests feel comfortable? Here are 7 tips to guide you in the right direction.

#1: Add your own personal touch

Your welcome bag is a great place to share favorite snacks and local specialties. It’s also a great way to pull guests into the design and feeling of your wedding. So think about making your own labels for water bottles, and adding wedding colors and special tags to your bags.

#2: Don’t forget emergencies

Prepare for the unexpected. Include emergency contact information for some members of the wedding party, location of  local hospital and numbers for local police just in case.

#3: Write a personal note of welcome

Depending on the number of out of town guests, you may not be able to personally hand write each note. But it is a nice personal touch to personally sign each note. That will truly make your guests feel welcomed, and set the stage for a more personal wedding experience.

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#4: Help guests recover from your wedding

Ok, party animals, you know who you are. Your wedding is going to be a lot of fun, it might go later than expected. Hey, the fun might even get a little out of hand. Wouldn’t some aspirin, antacid or a hangover cure be nice? Don’t you owe that to your nearest and dearest?

#5: Let guests know what to expect

Even if you have a very robust wedding website with lots of information, it’s still nice to include a run down of events you might have planned, when and where they start, and any special tips on style of dress.

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#6: Have fun with your packaging

There are so many fun ways to pull your welcome bags together…and they don’t even need to be “bags” at all. You can decorate paper bags with ribbon and tags. Or get personalized tote bags that guests can reuse. Extra large favor boxes are fun, and also can be decorated with ribbons and tags. Or a welcome basket would be an unexpected touch for a rustic or vintage wedding.

#7: Think beyond your wedding

Help your guests enjoy the wonderful place you have picked to get married. Include local maps, local things to do with best times and tips if you have done them before. What are your favorite restaurants, best parks for an afternoon stroll, things they shouldn’t miss before they leave?

Bonus Tip:

One way to make your guests feel comfortable is to match the design of your bag with your wedding or your wedding theme. The easiest way to do that is with coordinating favor tags.

Browse a variety of wedding favor tags for beach themes, Mexico weddings, Indian weddings, rustic and vintage styles here. Add your own wedding colors and notes to customize them for your guests.

Brought to you by Imbue You, the home of romantic wedding stationery.

{Photos: muslin bag by Be Collective; tag by Imbue You; favor box by The Favor Box}

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