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What You Need to Know Before Shopping for Invites

We may work in digital, but there’s still nothing we love more than beautiful paper goods. And when it comes to beautiful paper goods, wedding invitations and stationery suites are everything. From letterpress to engraving, embossing to debossing, the options for your invites are endless. So, before you go shopping, read up on all the terms you need to know so you can get exactly what you want!

Wedding Invitation Glossary
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Wedding Invitation Glossary
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ONGOING GIVEAWAYS + DISCOUNTS…  

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We’re excited to share that Shine invitations is currently offering FREE SHIPPING on orders over $500 (US orders only) as well as a free sample kit featuring the invitation of your choice, color charts, paper samples, and an example Save the Date! Don’t miss out!

THIS WEEK’S DISCOUNTS…

For our California Brides… Discounts from The Ranch at Laguna Beach and Weddings by Susan Dunne

For our Tri-state Brides… Discount from Femina Photo + Design

For our Destination Brides… Discount from Hitch’d Weddings & Events and promotion from Round Hill!

For our Southeast Brides… Discount from Cassidy Carson Photography

For our Southwest Brides…. Don’t miss Grace Loves Lace’s Concierge Events (April 29 – May 2)!

For our Canadian Brides… Discount and giveaways for ReBash happening May 15th!

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Live from the Front Row of Pronovias’ 2017 Collection at Barcelona Bridal Week

In case you missed the memo, we’re card-carrying members of the Pronovias fan club. And today, we are so excited to bring you the Spanish design house’s 2017 collection live from Barcelona! Because if you can’t be front row to see the gorgeous gowns in person, the next best thing is to have them brought to you thanks to this livestream! Watch the entire show below!

Plus, don’t miss the beautiful dresses from last year!

Pronovias Barcelona Spring 2016
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This Couple Met at a Wedding and Then This Happened

Joanna and Stephen met at a wedding, so it’s only fitting that their day dreamed up by JNS Events sets the standard high. For starters, their cake matches the linens. If that doesn’t steal your design loving heart right from the get-go then I don’t know what will. Oh, perhaps these adorbs desserts from Paula LeDuc Fine Catering will do the trick. See it all from Lori Paladino Photography in The Vault!

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From The Bride…Steve and I had an international courtship, meeting in London at a mutual friends’ wedding. He was living in Hong Kong and I was based in the UK so after the sparks initially flew we did long distance for almost a year before Steve convinced me to move to Asia. After a whirlwind few months, he proposed on our veranda on New Years Eve. Giddy with excitement, we started planning our wedding and decided on San Francisco as the perfect destination because it was half way between Europe and Asia. We travelled to San Francisco a few times to pick the venues, do tastings and finalize details and we had the most amazing wedding planner, Jenny Schneider of JNS Events, guide us along the way. With a sixteen hour time change from Hong Kong to San Francisco, we put all of our faith in Jenny, and she did not disappoint.

I knew I wanted something traditional in terms of a church service and formal black tie sit down dinner. We ended up getting married at St Patrick’s Catholic Church and had our reception at the Asian Art Museum. The church was dreamy, with a boys choir singing throughout the service and I still remember the smell of the flowers walking down the aisle, thanks to Kathleen Deery. The Asian Art Museum was the perfect venue for us, and every detail was taken care of.

We mainly went with creams and golds, starting with our save the dates and continuing through to the wedding cake. We wanted something traditional and elegant.

On our invitations we had a gold seal of the Golden Gate Bridge which sealed it closed…..we got a lot of attention from that. I also cherish my wedding photo album. Lori Paladino captured every moment of the day to absolute perfection.

I have so many. I loved getting dressed and doing the hair and makeup surrounded by friends and family. I remember being a little shaky with nerves getting out of the car but then seeing Steve at the altar and just enjoying every moment, forgetting about being nervous. I adored Steve’s speech and our first dance was amazing.

Our flowers were mainly shades of cream. Kathleen Deery did an outstanding job with our center pieces which were mainly orchids. My dress was designed by Jin Wang. I wanted something ‘old school’ and Jin created a magical dress with a full skirt and lace bodice with long sleeves. The veil was lace trimmed.

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Photography: Lori Paladino Photography | Cinematography: Thomas Hughes Films | Event Planning: JNS Events | Floral Design: Kathleen Deery Design | Wedding Dress: Jin Wang | Cake: Perfect Endings | Ceremony Venue: St. Patrick's Cathedral | Reception Venue: Asian Art Museum | Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering | Hair + Makeup: Jasmine Chan | Band: Notorious

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Plan a Fiesta Themed Bridal Bash With Pint-Sized Tequila Favors

Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner – mini Patrón favors, anyone? – so this pretty inspiration shoot from Ivy Robinson Events seemed perfectly appropriate. She’s showing you how to turn this fun day into the ultimate fiesta theme from engagement party to bridal shower, bachelorette weekend and beyond. Allison Kuhn photographed, and we’ll happily browse The Vault for even more inspiration.

FromIvy Robinson Events… What better way is there to celebrate your engagement than a Cinco de Mayo-themed engagement party? This pool-side fiesta was filled with tequila, chips, salsa and bold decor. This bride was set to celebrate her big news in the most fun way. Ivy Robinson created a festive lounge area near the pool to enhance the Cinco de Mayo vibes. Colorful pillows filled the seating area.

The overall feel was fun and energetic. Sabrina Laine styled the bride in white outfits with poppy accessories. The engagement invite designed by Bohemian Ink was enclosed in a gold-glittered box with a small tequila bottle with a hand drawn tag “Drink Me” to invite guests to this this party and get them in the fiesta spirit! Every element was designed to be fun, modern and stylish.

Photography: Allison Kuhn Photography | Styling: Sabrina Laine | Invitations: Bohemian Ink | Hair & Makeup : Lindsey Regan Thorne | Planning/Design: Ivy Robinson Events

P.S. 12 Margarita Recipes For Your Party!

12 Must-Try Margaritas for Your Cinco De Mayo Fiesta
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12 Must-Try Margaritas for Your Cinco De Mayo Fiesta
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