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Wedding Invitations on Etsy

As I am sure most of you know, I am a HUGE fan of all things Etsy. It's such an incredible environment for buyers to support local artists and find something that is truly unique. Yesterday, someone mentioned using Etsy's Dear Emma shop for their wedding invitations, which of course, prompted me to spend WAY too much time pouring over the invitations featured....

I definitely...

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Real Wedding

I wanted to write a quick follow-up to yesterday's Wedding Paper Divas feature. One of our readers, Anna, sent me a pic of the invitations that she ordered from the site that ultimately inspired the details for her entire wedding! Here are the finished invitations...

The green and black is SO smart, so sophisticated. Anna did an absolutely beautiful job carrying this palette...

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Wedding Paper Divas

I get a lot of emails from brides requesting chic, but affordable invitations. In my opinion, the BEST source for budget friendly but oh-so-fabulous invitations is Wedding Paper Divas. Hands down. They have a huge array of lower, to mid-priced invitations that are incredibly sophisticated design-wise and give you the chance to infuse your wedding stationery with color, personality and most of all...style!

I have to say, I am...

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Wedding Invitations by Copper Willow

A few weeks ago, the girls at Copper Willow sent me the most beautiful wedding invitation samples...simple, unfussy designs letterpressed on beautiful cotton papers. It's amazing to me how far wedding invitations have come and Copper Willow is no different. Their style is organic, but incredibly chic. It's approachable, but luxurious.

Copper Willow is a completely eco-friendly letterpress studio specializing in calligraphy, unique...

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Reception Ideas by Beth Helmstetter

Today's post isn't so much a real wedding...it's actually not even relevant to the blog at all. It's a baby shower! BUT, it's such a funky, completely unique shower, that it could provide hours of inspiration for anyone looking to throw an eclectic, fun wedding reception filled with oh-so-unique handmade touches and details. Beth Helmstetter sent me these images from the shower that she planned for her best friend...

VENUE &...

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Real Wedding by 5ive15ifteen, II

Okay, now for the black and whites from today's featured wedding. Each one of these photographs seem like they were taken right from the pages of a magazine...they are artistic and yet deeply intimate, fun and yet so romantic.

Thank you so much, Anthony, for sharing these gorgeous images with...

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Real Wedding by 5ive15ifteen

When Anthony Manieri of 5ive15ifteen Photo Company sent me this next real wedding, I fell in love. It's SO Style Me Pretty...one part chic, one part personality. I love the gorgeous vibrant colors, the oh-so-chic wedding dress, and the slightly untraditional vibe of the affair...

Although the detailed color shots are gorgeous, the black and white photographs from this wedding are beyond magazine-worthy. They are show stoppers. Stay...

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Real Wedding by Casey Cunningham

Today I have an absolutely gorgeous wedding, shot by Andrea and Casey of Casey Cunningham Photography. It's a stylish, but smartly budgeted affair with a drop dead gorgeous (and oh-so-smiley) bride...

First of all, I love that the bride and her maids seem so happy...their emotion seems to make the whole day shine a little brighter. Then there is the simplistic, but incredibly chic wedding style. Every element seems natural, not...

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Whitney English Contest

So, it's time to announce the winner in the Whitney English contest!

Here is the comment , written by Kiely, that we chose to receive the 100 digital photo cards & 50 personalized note...

"Navy blue and Kelly green accented with pink and white.  It’s a take on southern charm, but with traditional navy blue.  I was thrilled to read of Whitney English's save the date line.

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Contest Winners!

I thought it was time to announce the winner of our Four Season Films contest...which was a HUGE success. The team at Four Seasons got a ton of feedback and some really wonderful responses from brides and grooms to-be...exactly what they were hoping for!

Congratulations to Julia and Dean, the grand prize winners, who are receiving a cinematography package worth $10,000 and a $500 American Express gift card to help with the travel...

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Real Wedding by James Abel, II

Here are a few more detail shots from the beautifully designed wedding that James Abel sent me...

all photographs by the lovely and talented Jodi Buren

From James

The wedding took place at the Monteverde in Peekskill on the Hudson River...absolutely beautiful. One aspect of the color palette was inspired by the “hot spot” of yellow on the bride’s high heels...

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Real Wedding by James Abel

If you have been reading my blog for the last year or so, you'll already know that I am a HUGE fan of James Abel...an absolutely delightful planner, event designer and florist based in New York. We have been friends for a couple of years now and I have to say, I am beyond impressed with James and his talent to constantly create stunning affairs that are each unique and fabulous in their own right.

This real wedding that James recently sent...

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Inspiration Boards by Belathee Photography

So sorry for yesterday's technical problems! I wanted to finish up the inspiration boards that I was going to post, so we'll get straight to it! The sweet girls at Belathee Photography recently sent me these two GORGEOUS inspiration boards that I have been dying to share with you...

It's a collection of images from recent weddings that have photographed and fallen in love with along the way. This next one, also by...

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Reader Inspiration Boards

Our next board was designed by Julia who is having an intimate, late August wedding...

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From Julia...

Our theme is garden elegance- we're getting married in the garden of a historic mansion (Cedarhurst in Cottage Grove, MN) and having the reception in their beautifully restored ballroom. This really inspired us to go for a classic, vintage feel, but also keep it simple and cool. We wanted a rich and elegant palette, but with light...

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Reader Inspiration Boards

I thought we could kick off the week with a BIG handful of reader inspiration boards. I have 5 or so that I know you guys are going to love, the first being this AMAZING blue inspired board...

Row1 {MS Weddings; The Cake Girls;...

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Real Wedding by Alison Events

When the girls at Allison Events in San Francisco sent me this wedding, I swooned. The colors are so rich, the style is this perfect rustic elegance...everything just seems so beautiful.

Planning done by Alison Events, Event Design by Nicole Sillapere, Photography by Mel Barlow...

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Printing Your Own Wedding Invitations

There are so many ways to work within a budget when it comes to wedding invitations...if you are working with a flexible budget, finding a great custom designer or ordering out of a pretty letterpress or engraved album is absolutely worth it. There is just something so luxurious and easy in going about it this way. With that said, there are great...really, really great ways, to design a beautiful invitation on a budget! Companies like...

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Wedding Invitations by Louella Press

We have a few more tips from my friends at Louella Press...

3. Sharing your thoughts: the design process.

Because your invitations will be an exciting preview of what’s to come, they should absolutely tie into the feel and décor of your day. The right invitation design for your beach wedding should inspire guests to pull out their chic sundresses and crisp khakis, without you having to say it (although you’ll probably...

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Wedding Invitations by Louella Press

I am so excited about today's post. My sweet friends at Louella Press have offered to give us their tips for working with a custom invitation designer. Having worked with so many brides, I know how completely daunting the task of choosing and ordering your invitations can be...from working within your budget, to settling on a designer, a printing process, fonts, colors, whew!

So, the girls at Louella are breaking it down for us!

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Ask Abby

Our next questions comes from Jam (short for Jahmeilah) who could really use our help with her wedding colors... Q: I am writing because I am getting married this August and still slightly nervous about our colors. The bridesmaids will be wearing deep red dresses but so far everything else is lime green (inspired by my love for cymbidium orchids), white, and deep/dark wood (b/c of our love for all things nature and the elements of our reception site). Our invitations were lime and white...

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