Sneak Peek: Save the Date Bookmarks

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save the date bookmarks

I’m really digging the popularity of book-themed weddings. Maybe it’s just an excuse for me to design more bookmark save the dates. I love the different patterns and color combinations, plus ribbon can be really fun. It’s definitely not your typical save the date, which I think is actually my favorite part.

We’re going to have these save the dates in our wedding stationery shop at Imbue You Wedding soon. But before that, I wanted to give you a sneak peek of what we’ve been working on.

asian save the date bookmark

I went with simple blocks on this design to (loosely) mimic the inline look of calligraphy with Chinese or Japanese characters.

lattice green and gray bookmark save the date

This is one of our most popular prints…so it had to become a bookmark.

vintage japanese save the date bookmark

This is one of my favorite prints. It’s inspired by centuries old Japanese wallcovering. Yet it feels modern to me, with a slightly vintage bent.

lattice bookmark favor

And I snuck a bookmark favor in there too…because why not!

So, what do you think? Are these just for book-themed weddings, or can you see them for other weddings as well.


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Eclectic Wedding Bouquets with Make Believe’N

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fabric bouquet yellow cream and gray

When your wedding is all about you and your style, even the flowers can be unique. That’s the thought behind the eclectic style of the fabric wedding bouquets made by Krissy of Make Believe’N.

Each individual flower is handmade with a combinations of  satin, organza, chiffon, tulle, crepe or veiling. The flowers are then centered with photographs, pearls, beads, buttons, vintage buttons, charms, or rhinestones. The results are definitely personal and very unique.

“My style is bold,” says Krissy. “I don’t do very much that is sweet and small. I wouldn’t know how to. I’m a bold gal with a strong personality.”

{Designer Secret} Bouquets like these can easily become a centerpiece at your wedding. How much of a centerpiece depends on your vision of your wedding day and your style. Consider continuing the theme with coordinating hair fascinators, corsages or boutonnieres for your wedding party. For a less matchy-matchy look, try applying your colors slightly differently on the other wedding flowers.

satin bouquet with feathers

fabric bouquet flowers with buttons pink black

“Make Believe’N is for an authentic bride or groom looking to represent themselves with products they don’t see at every wedding they go to,” Krissy says.

“I think I’m very lucky that my style is different from traditional wedding products. I find that I dominate my niche because you can’t find statement belts like mine anywhere else. The fabric wedding flowers I also make with love are equally unique. I am just not a fan of following the fads of other designers.”

satin bridal bouquet black and white

“I’ve been in the business for almost two years. I started out making hair bows for a friend and realized quickly that wasn’t for me. I loved making ‘unique’ things and there is only so much you can do with ribbon. The wedding industry snapped me up quickly and I’ve been a convert ever since.”

vintage bouquet burlap and lace

“My favorite part of this business is being a designer and being in charge of my marketing. Designing is outrageously fun.”

“I’ve had some epic fails that will never see the light of day, but my successes happily surprise me. I also find social media very stimulating. Blogging and making connections with fellow wedding industry peers is a blast. I can’t tell you how many ‘online’ friends I have now. Every day I am excited to hop out of bed and check my computer.”

white fabric bouquet with black buttons

Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/krissy167
Facebook: www.facebook.com/makebelieven
Twitter: twitter.com/makebelieven
Blog: wedeclectic.com

{Photo credits Darling Studios: multicolored bouquet, pink and black bouquet vintage burlap bouquet; Chey Studios: black and white bouquet}

white and champagne satin bridal bouquet

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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 handsBefore 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 ArtHere 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 dollsThere 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 dateAs 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 weddingIf 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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