Wedding Invitations by Ceci New York
September 3, 2008

Before I dive into today's oh-so-fab guest blog, I wanted to thank Lucky Magazine editor, Dawn Spinner, for featuring SMP as her favorite "almost beauty related blog." What a great shout out from such an awesome blog!

Okay, let's get right to it! It's no secret that I am a HUGE fan of the invitation design firm, Ceci New York...Lisa Hoffman, the owner and creative force behind the brilliant designs, is ALL talent so I am so excited that she is guest blogging for us today! I don't want to blab on, as Lisa has so many great ideas to share!

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Plexi Perfect

Don't we all love to break the rules every once-and-a-while? After all, being perfect every day is a tough task to upkeep! These days modern brides are breaking every rule and going for something totally unique and awe inspiring for their wedding invitations. Gone are the days where black engraved script on ecru paper are required. Today, I love that brides are allowed to express themselves in a different one-of-a-kind, creative way. Remember, the invitation is the first impression of what your event is going to be like. Sometimes we get so focused on all the day of details that we forget the invite is really the most important part. It's the element that your guests sees first and provides them with the excitement to actually "accept" to come. Go ahead and send an invitation that represents you and your style - after all this is your moment to shine!

A big trend I'm seeing is glamour meets graffiti punk rock. And I love to do that look on plexi. Don't be afraid to play up your wedding theme to make a dramatic confident statement. And think beyond paper - I love mixing printing techniques and different materials in my work. Below are a few of my recent works that do just that.

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TIP: A great way to save on costs but not skimp on color is to start with the color as the base. In this case above, I chose yellow plexi. White ink is silkscreened on the front and hot pink on the back. I mixed and matched the pink and white ink throughout the suite and accented with the graffiti stamps to bring the pink in on the yellow envelopes. I love taking personalization a little further in my designs - the hot pink back is a hand illustration scene depicted in graffiti style of the day of the engagement. The groom proposed on a park bench in NYC. The design presents the wedding theme but also has a deeper meaning for the couple. A great keepsake documenting the special day!

More to come from Lisa at Ceci New York!