Invitation Trends for 2016

Happy 2016! A lot of couples got engaged over the holidays and now are starting to plan their weddings.  After deciding the date and venue, now it is time to start thinking about your wedding colors, style and invitations. According to the wedding gurus, there are a number of exciting trends when it comes to invitations in 2016. Here are just a few to think about.

Color, color, color …

Forget about the traditional black ink on white or ecru paper, 2016 is the year of color. Whether it is bright splashes of color or a dark and moody color, such as navy, plum, even black, couples are moving to the non-traditional when it comes to color.

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Watercolor invitations are also trending in 2016. Here is one of our favorites from our Carlson Craft collection:

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Envelope Liners

And, speaking of color, brides are incorporating color not only into the invitation itself, but also into the envelope liners. This inner layer is the first thing guests will see when they excitedly tear open your invite. Liners are a great finishing touch and the perfect place to add fun design elements, like a sketch of the skyline, or a personal detail, like your wedding date. Pair with a colored envelope for really eye-catching mail.

Check out a couple of colorful liners from our Carlson Craft Collection.

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Creative Monograms

In 2016 we are entering a whole new world of custom monograms. Forget about the letter-locking designs of the past; couples today are looking for unique monograms that incorporate elements that are special to them. Not only are couples using the monogram on invitations, napkins, and favors, but they are also incorporating the design into the their personal stationery.

Below is a logo that we designed for a Texas couple who wanted an armadillo to be part of their custom logo. We used it on the save the dates, the invitations, the cups, even the program.

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Tis the Season … for Wedding Proposals that is

1-Festive-Marriage-Proposal-Christmas-Tree-RingThe holiday season is one of the most popular times of the year for wedding proposals. And, it makes perfect sense. The holiday season is special. It is a time to be with your family and to see old friends. The holiday music alone sets the stage. Try listening to “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” or “White Christmas” and not be in a romantic, sentimental mood.

So, it is not surprising that this season of romance is the perfect time to propose. And, many of these proposals are really creative and romantic. Check out the article below to see some great surprise proposals.

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To capitalize on this trend, a resourceful tour operator has created a proposal service, complete with a hidden photographer.

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So, if you are expecting your loved one to pop the big question, this holiday season may be the perfect time.

 

 

 

 

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The Beauty of a Winter Wedding

We love the ethereal beauty of winter weddings. Being in Austin, TX we very rarely get snow but we love seeing the wintery white wedding photos in snow. Even without the beauty of a fresh white snow as your wedding backdrop, there are other things you can do to remind your guests of that feeling. Beautiful lighting, whites or cream colors, intricate beading, they all make us think of a gorgeous winter wedding.

Floating candles and white roses are beautiful together.

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This beautiful beaded cape would be a nice touch to a classic silk dress.

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And for favors you could give treats reminiscent of what you might get at a cozy ski lodge or give out candle holders with snowflakes on them. These could be used on the tables to create great candle lit lighting and then the guests could take them away as a reminder of the great time they had at your wedding.

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As always, we love to hear how you created your beautiful wedding. And pictures are the best! Now we will just wait and see if we luck out and get some snow in Austin this year…

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Thank You

One of our favorite things about Thanksgiving, other than the food!, is that it is a time when gratitude is on our minds. We want to let you all know how grateful we are for you. Thank you for supporting our small business and for sharing your wedding day memories with us. Now, onto our gratitude for the delicious food and beautiful decorations.

I am very grateful for the beautiful ideas and shop from TomKat Studio. She offers free printable for many holidays. Look at these cute ones for Thanksgiving. You still have time to hang these up before your guests arrive.
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We know many of you are working out and eating well to get as healthy and fit as possibly before your wedding day. If you haven’t tried any Paleo recipes yet you should, they are delicious! We thought we would share this pumpkin pie recipe from Wellness Mama with you.
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We hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Edible Favors

The season of eating has arrived! With Thanksgiving only a week away and lots of holiday parties around the corner, we are thinking about food. One popular type of wedding favor is an edible one. Your guests leave with a tasty treat and you get an opportunity to share your favorites with them whether it is the popcorn you and your fiancé eat during movie nights or cookies from your favorite local bakery.

We love the idea of a beautiful truffle inside a pretty box. You can go to your favorite local chocolatier, order online or make your own!
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These are homemade truffles inside a DIY box make from an egg carton and pretty paper and ribbon.
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These ideas are both from Martha Stewart Weddings and are so pretty whether you are going for more of a personalized feel with the handwritten note or for a more fairytale look with the intricate logo and soft colored ribbon on the box.
Although we’ve already gone a bit overboard with the sweets, here are a few other fun edible favor ideas.
Hot chocolate on a spoon
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A mason jar fill with hot chocolate ingredients
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Fortune cookies customizable in your wedding colors and with a customizable fortune
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There is no end to the different edible favor ideas. Let us know what edible favors you have loved.

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Rose Gold Ideas for Winter Weddings

We love metallics for the holidays and one of our favorites this year has been rose gold. It is so feminine and festive. It looks beautiful with cream or white flowers and there are so many ways you could go with it.

These would be great for a glamorous wedding.

Rose gold sequined table runner.

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Rose gold sequined dresses for your bridesmaids.

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If you were going a bit more rustic glam you could go with these rose gold mason jars filled with beautiful pink and white flowers.

Rose Gold Painted Mason Jars

Rose Gold Painted Mason Jars

If you wanted a fun, DIY feel to your wedding these rose gold tassels would bring some sparkly fun to your decor and look great with the Love sign.

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If you are still looking for a beautiful signature drink for your wedding to go with your rose gold theme here are 15 ideas for gold cocktails, all beautiful and all making me wish it was time for happy hour!

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And of course, you can’t forget all of the gorgeous rose gold jewelry that would be great for your bridesmaid gifts. How about this delicate rose gold initial necklace?

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Or these rose gold stacking rings?

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We hope these help you with your wedding planning and would love to know how you plan to use rose gold in your wedding!

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Great Ideas for Your Holiday Wedding!

Planning a holiday wedding? How about creating a unique centerpiece using water activated floating candles? Use them with natural elements, such as branches in water to make a very simple and elegant look. Or, fill a crystal bowl with red and white pearls or holiday ornaments to bring in a more colorful festive centerpiece.  Or, just go with the simple elegance of a candle floating in a crystal bowl with white roses. You can use floating candles in all types of containers and with all types of embellishments.

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Ornaments do double duty

Use LED lighted ornaments on a tree centerpiece or place them at each place setting as a lovely wedding favor. Or, hang customized ornaments on a white tree and have wedding guests take them when they leave the wedding. And for a gift that keeps on giving, hang a seeded ornament, such as a snowflake or dove on a tree at the gift table or place in a lovely package at each guest’s seat at the reception.

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Personalized ornaments make wonderful wedding keepsakes.

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