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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

We love it Wednesday: Personal Touch Favors

In the spirit of Sarah's latest post about choosing a wedding theme, I had branding on the brain while looking for inspiration. I came across these cute summer handmade party favors on the ever so wonderful Martha Stewart website, and thought they would work perfectly to carry out the "brand" of a wedding. I would love to add a couple's logo, monogram, or symbol to any of the sweet treats and their packaging! While being cost effective, any of these gifts would be a great last note for guests to leave with, and would carry invitation brand from the beginning of a wedding to the very end of the night!

All images courtesy of

Monday, May 25, 2009

Choosing the right invitation

When I got engaged two years ago, it was one of the most exciting days of my life. A walk through the Magic Kingdom on Christmas Eve, a stop at the bakery and Hubs kneeling down in the spot we first met–perfect. Tourists snapped photos and I said yes.

The next few days were spent calling family and friends, looking through wedding magazines and enjoying a slightly heavier left hand. Being the first of my sisters and girlfriends to get married, I didn’t know where to begin. Pick a date. Find a venue. Buy a dress. The choices were overwhelmingly exciting, but intimidating.

With a year of marriage under my belt, I started thinking about setting the tone for a wedding. What most brides don’t think about at the beginning of the wedding planning process is the invitation. It’s generally down the list on priorities. There’s pertinent information that needs to be confirmed prior to the actual printing of the invitation, but you can start the planning process with the look and feel of the invitations.

Think of your wedding as your business and your invitation as your brand. While there’s not a specific way to choose your brand, I can assure you that you probably won’t find it in a book of invitations.

So how do you choose your brand for a custom invitation? Here are a few suggestions:

1.) Color. Maybe you’ve already picked your bridesmaid dresses, or you know that you absolutely HAVE to have chocolate and brown together. Either way, a color combination can be a great start.

2.) Flowers. Do you have a favorite, or one you’d like to have in your centerpieces or bridal bouquet? I had a beach bride who used a hydrangea as part of her monogram. This theme was carried out with hydrangea bouquets and centerpieces.

3.) Season/Time of Year. Maybe you’re getting married in December and you’d like a snowflake embossed on pearl paper. My friend got married on Halloween and designed her invitation to look like an old royal court announcement, inspired by The Count of Monte Cristo (complete with a wax seal).

4.) Location. Is there something special about your venue? Do you want to showcase the great tropical setting for your destination wedding? I knew a bride whose invitations were designed with a pattern from the ceiling tiles at her New York venue.

5.) Theme. Is your dress reminiscent of the 1930s? Maybe you’d like a vintage look with your invitations. Are you more of a modern bride? You might want lots of white space and clean lines. A favorite era or style can open a lot of doors to great designs.

There are so many options when it comes to your wedding invitations. Take advantage of opportunity to create something custom for you and your fiancĂ©. Maybe it’s the lace from your dress applied as a pattern, maybe your monogram stems from a lyric of your favorite song, or maybe you just want to reference the bakery where you first met…

Do you have any ideas for ways to create your wedding brand?

Friday, May 22, 2009

Ivy's Wedding Menus

We wanted to share a project we just finished up for a wonderful client of ours, Ivy. She had a beautiful black tie wedding in Cape Cod, and we were so happy to be able to help put the finishing touches on her reception!

Monday, May 18, 2009

We love it Wednesday: Green Invites

What would be more fun for an outdoor spring wedding than a wooden wedding invite? A while back I received this beautiful postcard in the mail from a special someone; I followed the web address on the back, which lead me to Night Owl Paper Goods. A cute couple based out of Alabama with a passion for creating lovely letterpress cards and wooden products.

To my surprise they had an entire custom section to their site, where you can send an original designs and they print it on a variety of wooden card sizes. I will speak on behalf of both Sarah and I when I say, we would love to start using their printing service in some of our custom wedding packages! There is something so clean and sweet about a design once it is printed on one of these beautiful cards, and it even an Eco-friendly green product! What other ideas do you have for an Eco-Friendly approach to your wedding day or event?

All photos courtesy of Night Owl Paper Goods.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

We love it Wednesday: Edible Invitations!

Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too? In this case, it’s cookies that take that cake…wedding invitation cookies! An edible invitation can be perfect for that fun bride and groom who want something unique, yet not over the top.

When the guest has penciled in the date and phoned in their RSVP, then all that’s left to do is indulge in the tasty treat. Marilyn's Keepsakes offers a great option to the traditional paper invitation.

What is the most original invitation (wedding or other) that you’ve received in the mail?

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

We love it Wednesday: week one

We are half way through the week, and we are using today to kick off our new weekly addition to our blog! We are introducing "We love it Wednesdays!" Check back each Wednesday to see what have been looking at throughout the week for inspiration.

This first week of May we are featuring a designer whose wedding invitation we have been admiring for some time. We love the idea of invitations that tell a story, and this one does it better than any we have seen! Designer Ryan Masuga uses a handmade book to tell the story of each of bride and groom's childhoods, how they met, the proposal and all are accompanied with great pictures which gives the invite great personal appeal. The book is even has page with a cute pull out map for directions!

We hope to carry this idea of telling a couples story into some of our future projects, maybe we could even team up with Monica Holtsclaw of Boom Box Bindery to create our own take on a hand held book invitation! We can certainly dream!

All photos are courtesy of Ryan Masuga

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Happy 1st Birthday!

It's official, Orange Blossom Ink was born a year ago this month! We have had such an exciting year building our little company from the ground up, and we are so appreciative for all of the support and encouragement we have received from everyone. Thank you to all of you! We are looking forward to another great year, and new opportunities!