For all you brides out there who are looking for a dramatic way to kick off your wedding, there’s no better way than with letterpressed invitations!!! I haven’t done too many of them myself, but I would definitely LOVE to! So, if you’re in the market for this beautiful invite option, please contact me!
Below are a few samples that I found on one of my favorite blogs, Oh So Beautiful Paper.
Created by Adrienne from Dingbat Press.
Created by Wiley Valentine
Created by Priya.
Created by Dauphine Press.
As some of you may know, I recently attended the Platinum Wedding Gala last Sunday held at the Conrad Hotel. I was truely honored to be hand-picked to be part of such a select group of vendors. This event featured displays by Indy’s top wedding pros, eye-popping table design by Lee Johnson and David Strohmeyer, and stunning Birnbaum & Bullock dresses (courtesy of The Wedding Studio).
I was able to snap a few photos on my trusty iPhone….
Setting up my booth has become a fine art. I’ve got it pretty much nailed down!
I created these little favor boxes especailly for this show. What a huge hit!
They were filled with peanut brittle, chocolate covered peanuts
and (my favorite) white chocolate covered pretzels.
They proved to be a nice “center piece” to my booth!
Of course, I had to display my awesome new business cards!
This photo doesn’t do them justice!
This stunning photo was taken by my good friend, Bob Ridge, from IndyVisual.
Of course, when you have such a beautiful location to photograph,
it’s hard to get anything less than perfection!
An entertaining new trend I’ve seen popping up are photo booths! What better way to spice up a reception than introducing a little bit of mischief and fun!
If renting a photo booth for the night is out of your budget, you could always set up a corner of the reception to be a “photo booth.” Just make sure you’ve got a nice back drop, a camera, a few props…and walla!
You may not realize just how many steps go into organizing and preparing your wedding stationery. From creating your guest list to finalizing all your ceremony and reception details, many things affect your wedding stationery preparations.
There are no absolute deadlines for many of the steps involved in this process. However, there are some approximate time frames that you may find helpful to avoid last-minute rushing.
8 months – 1 year
- Begin working on your guest list so you will know how many wedding invites (and possibly save the dates) to eventually order (one per single adult, couple, family or household invited).
- Contact TEN:THIRTEEN design to begin your custom wedding stationery process.
- If you are planning to mail out save the dates, TEN:THIRTEEN design can create those as well.
- If you will be sending save the dates, place your order.
5 – 6 months
- If you have ordered and received your save the dates, prepare and mail them. If you prefer, I can take care of mailing them for you.
- Select your wedding invitation design and gather all the details that will be printed on them such as date, times, name and address of location(s), etc.
- Determine what stationery extras you will also be ordering. You can refer to the Wedding Stationery Checklist on my website for a complete listing. The more items you can order together, the more you will save by avoiding separate printing costs later.
- If you are including response cards, check with your reception/dinner location to see how far in advance they need your final guest count. This will help you select the reply date that will be printed on the cards (typically 2-3 weeks before wedding). You also need to decide whose address will be printed on the response envelope or postcard (meaning they will receive the replies).
3 – 4 months
- Finalize your wording and place your wedding invite order. Remember to add at least 10 extra or 10% to your order now so you do not run out later.
- Review your guest list to make sure you have current addresses for everyone.
- If you are having TEN:THIRTEEN design create address labels, be sure to email the names and addresses in an Excel spreadsheet. You can request an Excel spreadsheet sample if you are unsure of how to set it up.
- If you would like to have calligraphy done, let me know. I have several go-to calligraphers who do extraordinary work with competitive pricing.
TEN:THIRTEEN design can take care of the following:
- Fold and/or assemble your wedding invitations if necessary.
- Print reply address on the back flap or print and apply labels.
- Purchase and apply postage stamps to the response card envelopes or response postcards.
- Assemble all wedding invitation pieces and insert them into already addressed envelopes.
- Take one fully assembled invitation to the Post Office to have it weighed to determine the correct amount of postage needed.
- Create custom wedding stamps if you choose to use them.
- Purchase your stamps or order custom stamps with appropriate postage amount required for mailing.
6 – 8 weeks
- TEN:THIRTEEN design can also seal the envelopes, apply postage stamps and mail your wedding invitations if you like.
3 – 4 weeks
- If TEN:THIRTEEN design created any other wedding related invitations (rehearsal dinner, post-wedding brunch, etc.), I can prepare and mail them as well.
- Keep track of the response cards as they are returned by checking off their names on your invitation guest list.
- If you would like for me to design your “day of” pieces (programs, table numbers, escort cards, etc.), send all of your details (names, readings, etc.) to me.
2 – 3 weeks
- Contact any guests who did not mail back their response cards.
- Provide final guest count to reception/dinner location.
- If you ordered any “day of” pieces, make sure to get them to the appropriate locations. If you are crunched for time, TEN:THIRTEEN design may be able to do this for you.
After the wedding
- Send personalized thank you notes to your guests.
I found this truly unique engagement photo shoot on another one of my favorite blogs, Green Wedding Shoes. Check it out!
“I love when couples really have fun with their engagement photos + this engagement shoot by Hunter Leone of Three Nails Photography is just amazing! As a huge fan of anything Alice in Wonderland inspired, I totally fell in love with Garret + Bailey’s shoot. The styling was all done by Hunter + his fiancé Brittany. Hunter also made Garret’s rad hat + Brittany found Bailey’s dress and altered it to fit Bailey. Simply amazing!!”
It’s official…I’m so over this diet! Especially after “ogling” these stunning cakes I found on Martha Stewart Weddings. I think I could eat the first two tiers of this one…no doubt about it!
In 1886, a produce purveyor named Auguste Fauchon opened a food shop on the Place de la Madeleine, in Paris. A little more than a century later, the venerable house of Fauchon came to New York City; its pastry chef, Florian Bellanger, created this wedding cake, the charlotte, with featherlight ladyfingers that surround a filling of raspberry mousse, raspberries, and fraises des bois, or wild strawberries, on soft almond biscuits. More berries and a drizzle of raspberry preserve crown the tiers. Like all the best French pastries, the charlotte is at once light and rich.
Pyramides de Sorbet
Another creation from pastry chef Florian Bellanger, this most spectacular of ice cream cakes would necessarily make a sudden and dramatic appearance just before being disassembled and served. Each of the realistic fruits, which cover an edible nougatine cone, is molded from refreshing sorbet.
This towering confection is the traditional wedding cake of France. The name croquembouche, which means “crunch in the mouth,” refers to the hard caramel that coats delicate puffs of pate a choux filled with vanilla cream. The top tier rests on an edible nougatine base, made of caramel and crushed almonds. The roses and ribbons are pastillage, a sugar paste that dries with a porcelain-like finish; the giant swirls are pulled sugar.
Sweet Little Daisies
Sugar-paste daisies drift down a fondant-covered cake, by Gail Watson of New York City. This effect is created by covering the top tier entirely with the blooms, and placing fewer and fewer on the bottom tiers. The choice of daisies, a decidedly old-fashioned flower, gives the simple, modern design a retro appeal. The cake’s petite form gains presence when displayed on a footed cake stand. Choose a color that fits with your wedding theme for the fondant.
Monogram Details: Geometric Cake
Why limit monograms to stationery and linens? Here, sweeping lettering adorns icing on a geometric cake by Wendy Kromer; placed end to end, the arcs and swirls seem more like a graceful pattern than initials. You can have the baker adapt your existing monogram. Rather than piping the design freehand, she traces the monograms in royal icing onto waxed paper, lets the letters harden, and then affixes them to the cake.
As a prelude to the wedding cake (or in place of it), give each guest a miniature version molded from sorbet, a palate cleanser. For a sweet decoration, the bride’s and groom’s initials are piped in chocolate along the edge of each plate, and the sorbet “cake” is garnished with raspberries.
Baskets of Berries
Early summer is the best time to choose a cake like this one — brimming with a fresh and varied assortment of the season’s best berries. Red currants, raspberries, gooseberries, blueberries, and strawberries look beautiful jumbled together on basket-weave tiers. The basket-weave effect was created using an oversize leaf tip. The cake’s three tiers are supported by wooden dowels; the berries are arranged before the dowels are inserted, which helps hide the supports.
Cakes Inspired by Fabric: Calico
Beautiful textiles are a rich source of inspiration for wedding cakes. You can dress a cake in anything from a simple dotted Swiss to an intricate lace. Here, a two-dimensional calico print comes to life on a cake with diminutive hand-sculpted flowers, leaves, and fruits; the soft colors are reminiscent of the faded look of a vintage apron. Real rickrack trim, bordering clusters of fruit on the middle tier, imparts a cheery, homespun feel. Set against ivory fondant, strawberries and cherries grow from stems of piped royal icing, tinted brown.
Mini Angel Food Cakes
Although it’s not often served at weddings, angel food cake never disappoints. Guests will be delighted by these individual versions of the heavenly confection; each one is glazed and then topped with a single sugared flower (an edible rose, viola, or primrose), making them elegant enough to present either in lieu of a classic wedding cake or as part of a dessert buffet. Cake stands dusted with pale pink sanding sugar give them the stature they deserve.
These cakes are sure to recall the joys of summer. Fresh strawberries top stacked pound cakes instead of the traditional biscuits; mascarpone cream is sandwiched between the layers. For an easy-to-slice texture, almond paste and cornmeal were mixed into the batter. Platters piped with royal icing in a basket-weave pattern lend a country feel; they sit on ribbon-wrapped columns that elevate the dessert from its rustic origins and allude to the shape of a conventional tiered wedding cake.
White Chocolate Tower Cake
Tightly-curled tempered-white-chocolate cigarettes create a fortress of three cake layers, which are topped with golden raspberries. A sifting of powdered sugar keeps the raspberries in the color theme.
Surprise young revelers with a tower of doughnuts after dinner. Replace the centerpiece at kids’ tables with this enticing display. We used chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla frostings, and mixed milk to match. If your local doughnut shop doesn’t carry flavors you fancy, ask if they’ll mix custom icings for you. Be sure to place flattened paper cupcake liners in between doughnuts so they won’t stick together.
A Different Stripe
Here, we put the notion of icing on ice, relying instead on unadorned pastel layers for graphic appeal. Coconut pound cake, tinted with gel-paste food coloring, serves as the foundation, while white fondant and passion-fruit curd rests on top (the curd is also between each layer). Sorbets in mango, passion fruit, lychee nut, and coconut are paired with strawberry sugar wafers that mimic the look of the cakes.
A slice of wedding cake concludes your special day on a deliciously festive note. But if you love desserts, why stop there? Indulge your fantasies and have a dessert buffet. Here, treats are playfully displayed on stands and sticks and in cups and bags, as they would be at an old-time carnival. Familiar favorites, such as toffee apples, snow cones, and caramel corn, make an appearance.
As some of you may know, this past weekend was the Perfect Wedding Guide bridal show at the Scottish Rite Cathedral. There was an amazing turnout of new brides-to-be! My booth was up on the second floor…. right next to Sweeties!
I had heard the name before and knew that they served cupcakes and other yummy treats. However, it wasn’t until sitting right next to their amazing cakes, cookies, candies…. that I realized how much they offered. Brides were crowded around their booth hoping to score a piece of wedding cake, cheese cake and (my most favorite) cake pops (literally – cake on a stick) among other things.
Unfortunately, I’m currently on a very strict diet and some how managed to resist the temptation to eat everything in sight! But I could tell by all the satisfied faces that everything was absolutely delicious!
Here are a few photos of some of their tasty treats! To learn more about Sweeties, click here to visit their website.
Just wanted to let you all know about the bridal show going on at the Scottish Rite Cathedral this weekend. Of course, I’ll be there! So, if you can make it, look for my booth…
Photo courtesy of Crow’s Eye Photography.
This is INDIANA’s Largest & Most Popular Bridal Event of the Year!
You are cordially invited to Indiana’s Largest & Most In-Demand Bridal Show!
Date: Saturday, Jan 8 – Sunday, Jan 9 , 2011
Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Place: Scottish Rite Cathedral
Price: $10.00 On-line / $10.00 At Door
Find breathtaking venues, alluring accessories, exotic honeymoon destinations, imaginative photographers and videographers, reliable transportation, glorious flowers, dramatic music and delectable reception cuisine to sample!
Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, cake samples, chocolate fountain, hair and make-up trials, massages, photo booths, specialty services and more! Come and see the latest trends, greatest gifts and get ideas to make your wedding day perfect. We bring you the largest gathering of Experienced and Respected Wedding Professionals in Central Indiana.
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A $100,000 Dream Wedding
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Yet another beautiful winter wedding found on Style Me Pretty.
Photography: Hillary Maybery /2nd photographer: Kristin Cheatwood / Flowers: Taylor Sturges of Taylor’d Events / Fur Jacket: Milly / Event Planning:Taylor’d Events / Ceremony Location: Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church / Reception Location:Elkhorn Lodge, Sun Valley, Idaho / Groom’s tux: Hugo Boss Black Label / Wedding bands: Robert C. Wesley Jewelers in Scottsdale, Arizona / Invitations: Izzy Girl out of Seattle, Washington