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Why You Need Bridal Bouquet Accessories

Why You Need Bridal Bouquet Accessories

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1) Flowers are great, but do they glitter? -Okay, so that might seem ridiculous, but there is an important point to be made here. Flowers are beautiful and if your wedding is focusing on simple decor, then you probably won't want any accessories that will be very showy, but adding small accessories or a little bit of dazzle to your bouquet can add a dimension that will personalize your wedding bouquet and look great in your wedding photos. French Bistro Inspired Wedding at Prairie Productions 2) Make it beautiful. Make it personal. Typically you are going to find two forms in which a bride's bouquet will be put together. The first is using a formal bouquet holder which broken down to its most basic sense is florist foam on a stick. These are great if you are making your own bouquet and are easier for florist to shape and really make an artistically designed bouquet. The second is a wrap. This typically means you will be keeping and wrapping your flowers long stems with ribbon or some other wrapping appropriate material. This lends to a more casual wedding theme, but can also be made to be just as formal as a bouquet holder, just as a bouquet holder can be used to create a more casual bouquet. Bridal Bouquet Locket Charm Bracelet With these as your options it gives you plenty of room to personalize or glam up your bouquet. If you are using a wrap style and want to make your bouquet a little more personal you can choose to use something like a brooch that was your grandmothers as your something old and have it pinned to the ribbon or you can use something like the bridal bouquet locket charm featured above with an image of your groom or even a small wedding photo of your parents and then your new initial. What is great about this particular bouquet accessory is that it comes with a link bracelet so you can later wear the charm as a jewelry accessory!

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Musts for a Beach Themed Wedding

 

 Musts for a Beach Themed WeddingWhy a Beach Wedding is an Affordable Option

Summer is just around the corner, and if you are living in sunny California, it may even feel like summer now! If you are newly engaged and planning for a Summer wedding, you may be considering a romantic wedding on the beach. Even though the beach wedding style is often considered laid back and relaxed, there is still a lot of planning and careful touches from how to do your hair for that beach humidity to keeping those centerpieces from looking like a tourist shop ( unless that is the way you want to go!) that you will need to pay attention too. Here are some items to help you keep your beach wedding theme cohesive, classy, and full of that summer love'n! 1. Lets start with you!

Wedding Collectibles - Aqua Bead Foot Jewelry

When a lot of brides dream up a beach wedding they think of effortless curls, soft flowing bridal gowns, and their bare feet in the sand. Now, think back to the last time you were at the beach. What did you feet look like at the end of the day?? Not exactly the cleanest look? There are three things we would like to suggest for your barefoot wedding plans. First, get a a pedicure! Might as well start with your absolute best foot forward and start off with clean, manicured toes. Second, have wet wipes available . This way after the ceremony and before your reception you can wipe down your feet. This would be particularly important if you do not have a lot of time in-between the ceremony and reception.IMPORTANT: Don't wipe you feet down and then stick them directly back into the sand: You need to wait till they are completely dry again or else you will just have sand stuck to your feet! And lastly, bare feet does not necessarily mean you feet must be 100% bare. In other words, accessorize with some bling! Foot jewelry works wonderfully with a beach themed wedding because it adds to that easy beauty and almost bohemian tone that the soft waves and sand invite. The foot jewelry pictured above, our "Pearl and Rhinestone", or our "Shell" foot jewelry would be a perfect addition to your beach wedding. 2. For the Ceremony: Wedding Collectibles - Beautiful Mother of Pearl Shell Ring Pillow You won't need too much beach decor if you are having your wedding ceremony at the beach because ....welll...what more do you need than the rolling waves, soft sands, and sunset in the background? What you can do is use beach themed items for the ceremony. For example you can have sea shells or smooth rocks line your aisle way instead of flower petals and starfish will always add a unique and romantic touch. Also, you can add a seaside touch to the traditional items in a ceremony such as the ring bearer pillow, the unity candle, or for the sand pouring. 3. At the Reception: Wedding Collectibles - Tropical Breeze Cake Topper There are going to be a lot of ways to incorporate your seaside wedding theme at your wedding reception, but one that you really cant skip on is the wedding cake and wedding cake topper. If you have a beach theme running throughout and then you have a plain Jane wedding cake with a traditional wedding cake topper it will have the similar look as if someone wore a business suit to go to enjoy the beach. Plus, a beach theme provides you with a fun opportunity to get creative with your wedding cake topper.      
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Making Old Traditions New With "a Silver Sixpence in Your" Shoe

Making Old Traditions New With "a Silver Sixpence in Your" Shoe

Old-New-Borrowed-Blue

"Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in your shoe." 

There countless wedding traditions that have developed over time, cross cultures, been combined, redefined, and made anew with each new bride that says I do (did you enjoy my rhyming?). Most people remember -at least vaguely- the tradition of having something old, new, borrowed and blue at the wedding, but they forget the whole "silver sixpence in your shoe" ending. While putting a large coin in your shoe may not sound so appealing in term of comfort walking down the aisle in already hard to walk in heels, the old-new-borrowed-blue tradition truly is incomplete without it. Each item of the old-new-borrowed-blue are meant to be tokens of luck and wishes gifted to the bride on her wedding day and each item has its own individual significance: including the sixpence. 

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The something old is meant to be a symbol of the past moving forward or looking to the future. Then, the something new is representative of the new life the bride and groom are starting together, and the something borrowed is meant to represent borrowing happiness. Next, the something blue is symbolic of  good fortune and fidelity, and finally, the sliver sixpence is meant to encourage and wish prosperity on the couple. 

Authentic Sixpence with Bridal Shoe Holder

Contemporary brides are known to pick and choose which wedding traditions to uphold based on what is most important to them, but if you want to uphold the old-new-borrowed-blue traditions(and yes I am aware that I am ironically leaving it out in my coining of the title to represent it), then you really ought to include the sixpence in your shoe in some form or fashion. You don't necessarily need to put it in your shoe either. A lot of brides will have it sewn in to the hem of her wedding dress or attached to her bridal bouquet. There have been other modifications from the sixpence to using a lucky penny, a minted coin, or an old coin from the country of the bride's ancestry. 

Wedding traditions, like the sixpence, are a fun way to include cultural traditions and to take a look at your own past and future. You do not need to be boxed in by tradition, but can instead make it your own. By doing so, you may even be paving the way of new traditions for brides to come. 

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The Tradition of the Bride's Wedding Handkerchief

The Tradition of the Bride's Wedding Handkerchief

Bride Hankie

The wedding handkerchief is one tradition that has stood the test of time, although it's meaning has changed and is in contemporary times somewhat lost. It is claimed that the tradition goes as far back as the days of ancient Rome where brides would soak the handkerchief (or a version of one) in perfume and wear it around their necks on the wedding day. In early America, it was said that a bride's tears were lucky and when caught would bring rain to crops and others said that if a bride cried on her wedding day, then she would never cry over her marriage again (ie. a happy marriage). Wedding handkerchiefs are often passed down from generation to generation and bride to bride becoming a family heirloom. Part of what makes the wedding handkerchief an important wedding tradition is that it almost acts as a marker for the marriages in the generation's passed that have come down to create the lives of the new bride and groom and how this bride and groom will continue the family line. Also, more recently the bride's wedding handkerchief will be monogrammed with her new initials or embroidered with her new name, a poem, or the date of the wedding.  Again it is a symbol of marriages passed and the uniting of a new family, but it is almost also a symbol of tradition itself. The wedding handkerchief given to the bride is usually gifted by a close family member, but can also be given by a close family friend.  

Blue Bow Hanky

The above wedding hankie is a beautiful combination of both the wedding handkerchief tradition and also incorporating your something blue ( if it were passed down it could also be your something old, and if you bought it new....then it can also be your something new). This hankie also includes a poem to the bride. By combining these traditions you give added meaning to both and you help yourself out economically in not having to buy or find separate items for each. 

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A Gift from You to Your Groom: Don't Forget it is His Wedding Too!

A Gift from You to Your Groom: Don't Forget it is His Wedding Too! When people bring up wedding planning and that "big day", they usually focus on the bride and what she wants. Now, this isn't wrong or bad. A majority of brides have been day dreaming about their wedding day since they were little girls. This does not, however, that there are not any grooms out there that haven't been doing the same, and even if they have not, that does not take away from the fact that it is there wedding day too. So, we would suggest making sure your groom is given the same amount of doting as the bride. 

NFL Engraved Pint Glasses Start by treating him to a night out with the boys to celebrate his new commitment. Why only have him celebrate at his bachelor's party? Through all the stress of wedding planning, relaxing with the guys and watching the sports game will be the perfect way to keep tempers down, just like the bride needs time with her girls to get pedicures and catch a chick flick. What better way to make sure your groom knows you appreciate his support and help then gifting him with sports paraphernalia like the above engraved pint glasses and a free night to not worry about wedding planning woes? 

Black Border Designer Cuff Links & Tie Clip Then treat him to some masculine wedding "bling". One of the perks of the wedding day for a bride is the excuse to get new earring, bracelets, or necklaces to accessorize with her beautiful wedding dress. Typically, this means getting the best jewelry to create the best and most classy wedding look.  Why should the bride be the only one to enjoy some classy glitz. So, go order your groom some cuff links and a tie clip to dress his wedding suite. This is the time to let yourself buy things that you wouldn't typically have reason or justification for spending the money on.   

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How to Keep it Classy When Using a Sporty Cake Topper

How to Keep it Classy When Using a Sporty Cake Topper

Heidi and Kevin Wedding - Laura Shepard Photography A newly married bride, Heidi, met her husband on the basketball courts of her college gym. She was in gym shorts, a quick ponytail, and was a force to be noticed. And she was noticed by an equally sweaty and probably smellier Kevin. They flirted (smack talked), then dated (Heidi wore here hair down), and were attracted to each others athletic, spunky, and kind (good sport) attitude. When planning their wedding they wanted to implement that basketball game meeting. Before their guest arrived, they "played" a little one on one and "shot hoops". Heidi in her wedding dress and Kevin in his suit. Heidi also decided to wear cute tennis shoes as her wedding shoes at her reception and put Kevin in matching shoes in order to bring in the sporty and fun personality of their relationship. Heidi and Kevin had a beautiful wedding and a equally lovely reception, but were able to include their sporty (and possibly more frizz haired and smelly) side.  Another simple way to do this is to include a fun, sporty cake topper. This is a small element, but will be center stage on top of your wedding cake.

Basketball Dream Team Bride and Groom Couple Figurine

What we love about this cake topper is that it plays on that sweet flirtation the lives the strongest at the start of the best romances. It is a cliched move for a guy to "show" a girl how to do things like bowl, golf, shoot a hoop, as an excuse to get closer together. Choosing a cake topper like this is an inspiration and a promise to always make excuses to be close together. This would a be a tasteful addition to help you add a little fun to your wedding decor without sacrificing the class of that traditional bride and groom cake topper. 

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How to Choose Your Wedding Party

How to Choose Your Wedding Party Wedding Collectibles Who Makes up the Wedding Party? When trying to figure out who is in the wedding party, you have to navigate first what cultural or religious traditions you wish to uphold. For example, for many christian weddings a candle lighter will light candles at the wedding alter before the mother of the bride is seated. If you decided to include this tradition as part of the ceremony, the candle lighter (usually a pre-teen; ages 10-13) is a member of the wedding party. Or in a Jewish wedding you may have Huppah carriers, and they would be considered a part of the wedding party, or since in many Jewish weddings it is not traditional to have an official wedding party, then they would be a part of the Shushavim (those close to the bride or groom that help with the wedding - for more information see Attendants: A Glossary of Who's Who in the Wedding Party). For a more basic wedding party, the members will include: The mother and father of the bride,mother and father of the groom,maid of honor,best man,bridesmaids, the groomsmen, junior bridesmaids/groomsmen, pages/train bearers, the flower girl, the ring bearer, and ushers. Overwhelmed? Don't Be! SO Whose Who?
  • Mother and Father of the bride and groom: Don't sweat it, this one is decided for you! However, if your parents are divorced and remarried you can feel free to include their new spouses and if you were raised by your grandparents or another relative, they would stand in here. It is up to you!
  • Maid-of-Honor: The maid-of-honor is exactly how the movies portray her. This is your bestest and closest girlfriend or sister. She has been by your side through the thick and thin, perhaps is the friend you grew up with or the one that makes you feel like she has always been there. She is the sister you compete with, but when the bomb drops she is there picking you up and planning revenge on whoever dropped that bomb! If your she is actually a he, that works to. The maid of honor is also considered and called the honor attendant or the best person. Using one of these titles allows for any gender to be the bestie you have at your side throughout all the wedding planning. 
  • Best Man: The best man is basically the male version of the maid of honor. He is the brother or the guy you consider a brother. Or just like the maid of honor, he could be a she and would then be that best person or honor attendant.
  • Bridesmaids: These are your best gals. The ones you trust to be a support and help through the wedding. They will be the ones that help you address invitations, navigate through the florist crisis, and plan that wild bachelorette party. You can consider the maid of honor as the CEO of the bridesmaids.
  • Groomsmen: Again, groomsmen are like the male version of the bridesmaid. Their most obvious task is to plan that bachelor's party, but they also have the task of keeping the bride from murdering the groom before the wedding; ie. making sure the groom isn't late, doesn't miss appointments to pick out ribbon colors, and isn't hung over during the ceremony.
  • Junior Bridesmaids/Groomsmen: These are your bridesmaids and groomsmen that are on the younger side (Aged 10-17). Junior meaning quite literally junior. They can match the bridesmaids and groomsmen or you can dress them in a younger and more modest look that still coordinates with the rest of the party. 
  • Pages or better known as Train Bearers: These are the cute kids (age 6-9) you have that walk with you down the aisle carrying your dress train. If you don't have a train, or do not need someone to carry it for you, then you will not need a page. 
  • Flower Girl: You can have 1-2 flower girls (Age 5-9). Some will just walk the aisle with a bouquet, or if you want they can carry baskets with flower petals and scatter the petals as they walk. Either way, they help make your grand entrance, so just remember that the younger the flower girl, the less control you have over her choice to or to not eat the flower petals. 
  • Ring Bearer: The ring bearer will carry the ring down the aisle and hold it for the groom. This can be a young boy (age 5-9), but like the flower girl, you want to be careful he won't decide to eat the rings. Another option for this is to have the honor attendants carry the rings. 
  • Ushers: If you have a large guest list, you may include ushers. These will be those who you have help guide the guests to their seats. Groomsmen

How Many Bridesmaids and Groomsmen Should I have? We would suggest having no more than six for each group, making a total of twelve, but even that may be too big. Try trimming it down to three or four each. Perhaps have your two honor attendants, and then six bridesmaids and groomsmen total.  What about my cousin and my brother's girlfriend and my brother's girlfriend's sister? STOP. Only choose bridesmaids and wedding party members based on their relationship to you and your groom. If you have best friends that fill the list for potential bridesmaids, you don't even have to ask your sister. Granted, you may want to sit her down and let her know, but it is not a requirement. Only ask those who will be able to support and help you through the wedding and who you have a close relationship with. Many people even consider bridesmaids to be a role specific to friends of the bride and that a sisters role is simply sister of the bride.  

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Bridesmaid Gifts: Three Options for a Great Gift

Bridesmaid Gifts Why They are Necessary To Answer the question, "Do you have to give out bridesmaid gifts?", the answer is technically no, but YES.  Each and every Bride is unique in taste, style, and situation, so to say you have to do anything might seem silly, but it is better etiquette to give gifts. Why? The girls or women you ask to be your bridesmaids, well, they are your girls! You ask them because they are your family, your best friends,and the girls that have been there for you always, so now that you have set them apart from the rest, it is the perfect opportunity for you to say thank you. You are saying thank you for their support and help in planning your big day and for all their love and support throughout life. It is kind of a big deal.  3 Ideas for a GREAT Bridesmaid Gift

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  1. Jewelry: You might see this as a duh gift, but that is just what makes it number one on our list. Jewelry is great because you can use it to say something sentimental, sweet, and just-between-you-two.  Wedding Collectibles has a wide selection of unique necklaces and bracelets, as well as a selection that can be engraved in order to personalize it for each of your bridesmaids. When deciding on a gift, we suggest to really stop and consider what it is your bridesmaids will appreciate most, which is why we highly recommend necklaces like the one above.  This is a gift that could be worn at the wedding, and your bridesmaids could wear it throughout their everyday life. Additionally, if you want to do something a little extra, a necklace, bracelet, or pair of earrings, can be given alongside a jewelry boxWhite 3pc. Ikat Print iPhone 5, iPad Case & Sleeve Set - Save 20%
  2. Technology Cases: This gift might seem a little less affectionate, but it is perfect for a bride and bridal party that lives right along the pulse of modern society. You can decide between a bright or more subtle color pallet, to choose to give a set for all their technology devices or to just pick one, and you have the option of cases that can have the bridesmaids entire name on it or just her initials. It's bright color options, personalization, and current attitude, make these gifts a perfect bridesmaid gift!"bridesmaid" Wedding Transfer
  3. Just For a Bridesmaid: What we mean by this type of gift is that it is a gift set aside specifically for a bridesmaid, so much so that it will most likely say bridesmaid somewhere on it. Some fun ideas for this gift include, t-shirts, sweats, jackets, make-up cases, and the bridesmaid survival kit! These type of gifts are a great way to celebrate the wedding day and their role in it. 
 
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Top 3 Fashion Choices a Wedding Guest Should Avoid

Number One: No White.

Unless you a part of the wedding party and the Bride specifically puts you in white, as a guest, you should under no circumstances wear the color white because it is explicitly and traditionally reserved for the bride.  Even if the bride is wearing an nontraditional colored wedding dress, it would still be more respectful of you to not wear white. There are the exceptions of your dress being patterned where white is not the main color, but you just want to be careful. It would put a damper on the special day if your wardrobe choice caused the bride -who is already stressed out- to send you angry eye daggers for matching her on her big day.  This fashion don't may seem obvious, but it is surprisingly ignored or forgotten quite often. So, be the best guest you can be, and don't rain on your bride's white and lace parade. 

Lipsy Lace Dress with 3/4 Sleeve

Number Two: Don't dress for the club. 

Every guest wants to look their best, and for some, their best means looking smoking hot. We just suggest that you tone it down for the wedding. Avoid mini skirts, extremely low cut tops, cut-out dresses, and anything overtly flashy or head-to-toe sequinned. Even if the wedding reception is designed to have dancing and more of a party atmosphere, any wedding event asks for a more modest fashion choice in order to not 'steal the show'. This does not, of course, mean that you can't have a little spunk in your dress, just that your best party dress may be one step out of place at a wedding event. 

Cutout Fitted Dress

Number Three: Don't wear anything you are uncomfortable in.

Weddings involve a lot of time, even for the guest. You may be walking from the ceremony site to the reception site farther down, the parking may not be as close as you thought, or you may end up dancing -or the at the very least standing- most of the night. Whatever it is, you don't want to be caught in uncomfortable heels that you have never worn before. This "don't" could very easily be translated to "Don't wear new heels". It may be tempting to splurge on a new pair of heels that seem to start calling your name as soon as that invitation gets put up on the fridge, so if you do buy new pumps, break them in and don't save them for the wedding. Also, remember that whatever you wear, you are stuck in it. So avoid materials that itch and don't try and squeeze into anything that is too tight. It might look killer in the mirror, but if you are going to be scratching at yourself or fidgeting in it, then it might turn into a flop rather looking hot. 

 Summer gold high heels with red sole
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How Guests Can Dress Their Best for a Fall Wedding

How a Guest Can Dress Their Best As a guest, getting dressed up for an event like a wedding can be a little tricky. There are questions of how formal or casual the wedding will be; if it will be indoors or outdoors; if there is a specific theme that the bride wants people to adhere to; what colors should be avoided in order to not blend in with the wedding party; and even what the fashion trends are for the season. So, the question in this blog article is, what should guests wear to a fall wedding?

Warm Tones

Dressing warm for a fall wedding does not necessarily mean dressing to withstand cold weather. If the wedding is indoors, guests have a lot more wiggle room to show off their wedding ready bodies in elegant warm toned dresses, ties, and suites. A light strapped dress or even an elegant strapless gown can work in any fall wedding. The key for a strapless or thinly strapped dressed is keeping the color tone warm: Think maroon, custard, forest green, navy, rose, orange, brown, and black. Other elements that are trending this fall are mod and tea shaped dresses, as well as lace and crochet patterns. ABS Allen Schwartz Flair Lace Dress w/ Cutout Back Longer Lengths Knee length or floor length dresses are the ideal for a fall wedding. Not only do they work better for the colder weather, but the knee length ensures a classy look , and the floor length dress allows you to create a mixed look of formal and casual. With such a simple floor length dress like the one below, we would suggest a sparkling hair piece like a crystal comb or some large dazzling earrings. ABS Allen Schwartz Sleeveless Mesh Back Gown   Sassy and Classy If you want to wear something a little more vibrant, just stay away from the neon and highlighter colors that have been so popular the last few summers. Instead, go for a lively color that embodies the same intensity of the sun hitting fall leaves. You will want to pay attention to how formal the wedding style is when deciding between a mini skirt or a strapless knee length, but regardless you can still get that spunk from that perfect pop of color. Or, if you want to give yourself a little more edge, go for a dress with a gorgeous pattern on it! Patterns work great in the fall and will gladly say "I like to dance more than that monotone dress". A nice touch with these styles below could be a chic feathered head pieceRoxy Sea Siren Tube Maxi Dress - ZapposMuse    

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Wedding Thank You Note Etiquette

Wedding Thank You Notes Etiquette

Thank you notes are perceived as being one of the last stops of the wedding train. In a way, they are, but in order for you not to drown in envelopes, hand cramps, envelope moisteners, and gift lists, some thank you cards can be done along the way. For example, your bridal shower thank you notes should be sent out within a week, with a special note or gift to whoever hosted. Also, when you get gifts that come in the mail, you should go ahead and write your thank you note right after you open the wrapping. So what happens when you wait till after the honeymoon to send out your thank yous? Well...then you got to get a move on!

What time frame to write your thank you notes?

Some people say that newlyweds have a year after their wedding to send out all their thank you notes, and while you can consider that year mark as that absolute deadline, it is best to get them out within the first four months after your wedding. Like I noted above, thank you's for bridal shower gifts, those who hosted celebrations, or otherwise assisted with your wedding, should be sent out within two weeks.

Fuchsia/Orange Damask and Crest Thank You Cards

What do you say in a thank you note?

Even if the gift or service is coming from someone that you may not be one hundred percent chummy with, the number one concern with a thank you note is to be genuine. This means using a stationary that is not pre-written or fill in the blank. Furthermore, in your personalized note, don't exaggerate or overly gush about how their gift is your favorite, especially if its not. Then, on the other hand, don't inform them that you are returning their gift because they were the fourth person to give you a crock-pot. Simply give your appreciation for the thought and time in which they have supported your new adventure. For guests that gift you with money or gift cards, if you know how you are going to use the money, feel free to tell them. 

 

Peacock Feather Thank You

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The Wedding Invitation: How to Pick the Perfect One

"Come Away With us" Wedding Invitation Wedding invitations are kind of a big deal in the world of wedding planning. Why? Wedding invitations are one of the first introductions that your guests have to your wedding. Whether the invitation you send is formal, laid-back, themed, DIY, or plain-Jane, will give your guests an idea of what to expect on the wedding day. This can lead to what kind of gifts they will buy you, how they might dress, and how long they expect to stay. It is not really a matter of which one is better, but which invitation is best for your wedding.   Silver Jacket Invitations Kit For the Formal Wedding:  A Formal wedding needs, of course, a formal invitation. Some of the best styles will be an invitation simply trimmed in gold, silver, or your main wedding color. The font would need to be clean, perhaps your names in a cursive, but clear and legible. You want everything to scream classy. It is probably best to pick a paper that is white or creme, and most definitely a hard card stock. Also, a nice touch would be to have the invitation tied in a ribbon. Don't do anything crazy; we don't want to see neon or anything resembling spandex, but a nice satin ribbon to add a light touch of color.     Peter + Kristy’s Rustic Letterpress Wedding Invitations

For the Themed Wedding:

If you are having a themed wedding, do NOT miss out on the opportunity your wedding invitation presents. It is the first step in creating that fairy tale, Great Gatsby, Whovian, "adventure is out there", atmosphere. You can't send a silver trimmed wedding invitation out and then have your guests show up to a carnival themed wedding with tickets, photo booths, dancing, fire jugglers, and games. It would be misleading. Plus, there is so much fun you can have with it. If you love books and want to have the written word at the center of your wedding, send out invitations styled like library check out cards. Or, if you are like the many that fell in love with Disney's Up, why not design invitations that look like hot air balloons or like the mailbox with the his and her hand print?. A themed wedding often leads to a lot of do-it-your-own, but for the perfect invitation you don't have to do-it-your-own completely. Try finding invitation kits that will start you out with the basics and then you can add your own design to it.  

 Botanical Green Invitations Kit Brown and Ivory Invitation Kit
For the Seasonal Wedding: If you are planning a wedding around a particular season, you of course need a seasonally coordinated themed wedding invitation. This doesn't mean a fall wedding requires maple leaves on the invitation, unless, of course, you really like maple leaves. It does, however, mean that you need to look for invitation styles that keep with a certain tone to match the season. A spring wedding, for example, lends to floral designs or garden foliage, and light colors, while a fall wedding is in need a warmer tones like brown, gold, deep red, burnt orange, and other colors that are more likely to remind you of snuggling up in a blanket. In the fall, it is also a great time to play with textures. For example, you can use a burlap tie, instead of a ribbon. Or in the spring, you can play with embossed designs to add levels to your design, but still keep it light and airy. 

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