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Wedding Invitation Timeline



Stationery Timeline

Planning a wedding takes a lot of work! You have to pay close attention to every step you take and make sure that the details are all sorted out. This could possibly even mean planning out your wedding planning timeline. That’s a lot of planning! Hopefully you have a good team of girlfriends to help you out or an expert wedding planner by your side. Either way, everything will work out and enjoying the planning is all part of the fun!

So all you brides out there planning your weddings, we have teamed up with Basic Invite, a stationery design company, who has given us their carefully curated wedding invitation timeline to help take one thing off your jam-packed list!

Basic Invite is the best in online stationery. They have a card for every magical moment and their wedding stationery is to die! With more than 200 completely custom wedding invitation designs, 180+ color options, various paper types, card cuts, and fonts there is something for everyone! They even have free address printing services and more than 40 different colored peel and seal envelopes. If you are still looking for invitations look no further, just listen up and take notes for the ultimate invitation timeline.

This timeline is based on a 1 year planning process. If you have more time you can start shopping looks sooner, but you will still want to follow these principles and if you only have 8 months or less… let’s get this show on the road!

8-10 months before the wedding start looking for save the date invitations. While you are shopping for these start thinking about colors, themes, or styles you may like for your wedding invitations. Having an idea of what you really want will only make the process that much easier.

6-8 months before the wedding mail your save the dates. Once those are out the door, establish a budget for your invitations and narrow down your favorite designs. If you fall in love with one of Basic Invite’s photo invites, be sure to set up a time to take engagement photos and get those done about 6 months prior to the wedding.

4-6 months before the wedding choose your wedding invitations and start playing around with wording. There are so many ways to word your invites based on traditions, religion, and the overall tone you are going for. No one way is right or wrong. Just be sure that all the information is clear and correct. Here is a list of wording examples s that Basic Invite has put together. Be sure to start collecting addresses. You can use their free address collection services which will make thing much easier!

2-4 months before the wedding order your invites!

1-2 months before the wedding mail your invitations and order your day of essentials. Day of essentials can include guest books, place cards, printed wedding menus, and wedding programs. Match them to your invitation suite for a completely cohesive look!

Don’t forget to send your thank you cards out about 2 weeks after the wedding.

Well, there you have it! We hope this helps guide you down a smooth path to your perfect wedding invitations and takes a bit of stress of all you brides! Don’t forget to head over to Basic Invite and use code 15FF51 for 15% off everything site wide!

Happy planning!

Color of The Year 2017 – Greenery

Pantone recently released its Color of the Year for 2017 — and we’re back to just one color this year! It’s called “Greenery,” and — you guessed it — a gorgeous shade of green.

A vibrant, bright (but natural!) hue, Greenery is definitely an eye-catching color, but not in an obnoxious way. In fact, the color is described by the Pantone team as fresh, calming, and meant to inspire new beginnings.

Photo courtesy of Pantone.

Photo courtesy of Pantone.

Every year since 2000, the company has chosen a color that reflects the current cultural climate. In the following year, the color has historically influenced trends in all facets of design—architecture, interior décor, fashion, food, travel—the list goes on.

Greenery signifies beginnings: a fresh New Year; healthier food resolutions and growing vegetarian trends; grass and the outdoors during spring and summer.

But most prominently, the yellow-green hue (specifically, Pantone 15-0343) comments on the concept of “environment.”

Most obviously, “environment” today refers to the “go-green” movement—which, while not a revolutionary idea in 2017, has reached a crescendo this year.

To help you “go-green”, we have created an alternative to wedding invitations, by offering wedding websites. Click Here for more information.

Along with the unveiling of the color of the year, Pantone created a selection of 10 palettes pairing Greenery with neutrals, pastels, brights, deeper tones, metallics, and even the two 2016 colors of the year, Rose Quartz and Serenity.

Ultimately, Greenery calls to mind the ‘re-’ words: refresh, revive, restore, renew, replenish, regenerate, rejuvenate, reinvigorate, re-oxygenate. Design is an outlet for all of these fresh beginnings. And the yellow pigment in Greenery references the sun, the symbolic light that people need in these times.

Happy Planning!!!!


Current Trends in Unity Ceremonies

Current Trends in Unity Ceremonies

Many modern brides and grooms tend to make their own traditions when it comes to performing the unity of marriage ceremony. From the unity candle, sand ceremonies, a blessing tree or a religious scripture there are several ways to unify your love and marriage. Below are several current trends to inspire your modern unity ceremony.

unityUnity Candle

The unity candle ceremony traditionally follows the exchanging of the rings. A popular unity ceremony choice amongst both religious and non-denominational couples – the ceremony signifies your union through lighting candles. Two tapers are lit, then joined on one large candle by the bride and groom to form one lit candle of unity. Then the bride blows the groom’s candle out, and the groom follows by blowing the bride’s out for a simple sweet, sentimental moment of marriage.

il_570xn-901696931_1vqaSand Ceremony

This can be very sentimentally sweet for a couple who has a favourite beach or a place with sand that is dear to their hearts. Like the unity candle, the couple takes two vases of sand and pour them into one signifying the unity of marriage. If your wedding is on the beach, you can opt to have your officiant scoop the sand into each vase and unify with the sand in front of you, then keep the vase from the Sand Ceremony as a cherished moment to display at home.


2-wedding-blessing-treeThe Blessing Tree

The Blessing Tree Ceremony signifies the couple growing into one as they spend their life together. This is great for couples who love to spend their time outdoors or like to garden. The tree is traditionally a small sapling that is to be planted after the wedding for the couple. Alternatively, you can use a tree from a craft store to display in your home after the big day. After the exchanging of the vows, the bridal party and parents of the bride and groom all come to the front of the wedding and tie their blessing onto the tree. They embrace the couple afterwards and return to their seats. Afterward, the rest of the guests can tie their notes on at the reception.







Religious Scripture or Poems

Couples can also opt for a reading to signify their unity instead of a ceremony. If you are a religious couple or opt for a religious style ceremony, ask your officiant to suggest some Bible verses or religious scripture to use in place of a traditional unity ceremony. For non-denominational or modern weddings, a favorite poem or passage from a book can be beautiful too!

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21 Most Unique Ceremony Ideas

Your wedding is a huge part of your amazing, lifelong adventure as a couple. Don’t let your ceremony be anything but extraordinary! Today we’re showing you some fun, practical, and totally unique ceremony ideas for your wedding to inspire your upcoming day. With twenty-one unique ideas for your ceremony, there’s sure to be one you haven’t seen yet! We’ve rounded up unique ideas for ceremony seating, backdrops, bridesmaid bouquet alternatives, a nighttime activity for guests, and much more. So, if you’re ready to take your ceremony to a more creative level, read on to be inspired…

1. Change up the seating.

No two ceremonies are the same, so why should the seating be? This ceremony featured guestsarranged in a more circular shape. We like!


photo by priceless photography
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The Elements of a Fall Wedding

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of ideas you can incorporate for fall nuptial. From the reception, to the decoration, to bridesmaid dresses, flavors, invitations, and wedding photo albums, you need to make sure every bit and piece of your wedding reflects the elements of fall.


  1.  Warm, dry, rustic. These three words best describe the fall season. Fall is one of the most popular seasons for weddings. Gorgeous natural foliage in colors red, orange, and yellow and the temperate weather condition make for great and romantic fall weddings. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of ideas you can incorporate for fall nuptial. From the reception, to the decoration, to bridesmaid dresses, flavors, invitations, and wedding photo albums, you need to make sure every bit and piece of your wedding reflects the elements of fall.
  2. Bring the Garden Fantasy Out
    What could be more wonderful than saying “I do” on an altar with arching pear branches adorned with gold silk leaves, asters, calla lilies, chocolate cosmos, dahlias, and sunflowers. Fall is a season that exudes the unique beauty of nature, so benefit from this feature and bring the garden fantasy out on your fall wedding day. The season also gives you the freedom to be creative with your wedding bouquet. Incorporating unexpected plants like wheat, crab apples, and ornamental vegetables in your bouquet can make the fall idea come alive.
    Fruits and Vegetables
    Bring the natural elements of the fall season into your reception and ceremony. Use fruits and vegetables such as pumpkins and squashes in deep colors for centerpieces. You can also hollow them out; create holes in their surface, and light candles inside. Then, you can line them up to the aisle. Use other fruits that complement an autumn color scheme as well. Fruits such as rich yellow or red apples, nuts in shells, or colored bell peppers, strengthen the theme more. For extra texture and color, combine fruits or vegetables with fall leaves and with intricately tied ribbons.
    Rich Texture
    Colors that exude a natural feeling such as lighter tones of brown, deep red, yellow, dark green, and light orange work well with a  fall  wedding design. Incorporating textured materials can also make the theme of the wedding come alive. Look for ways to use burlap, linen, rough twine, weathered wood, and aged paper to your weddings essentials. Use the fall theme in your photo albums and invitations as well. Your photo book and invitations can incorporate an autumnal icon, such as a maple leaf or pinecone, or delicate fabrics and paper-thin wood veneers. Wedding album design services offer wedding photo book designs that reflect the elements and hues of a romantic fall wedding.
    Whether you’re preparing for a winter, spring, summer, or fall wedding, you need to make sure you pay close attention to each season’s design and element. The idea is to make your marriage last through every season, so make the event as cohesive and as memorable as possible.