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Cotton Bud

Custom Rainbow Wedding Invitations

March 20th, 2013 by     

Finding non-cheesy rainbow wedding invitations proved to be the hardest challenge thus far in the planning. Mr. Cotton and I both wanted invitations that reflected our whimsical side, but something sophisticated enough to be proud to send out. After much frustration, I finally stumbled upon the website, a lovely invitation company based out of Washington state (Mr. Cotton was born and grew up there, so he was very excited about this fact). The website offers a variety of invitations & the option to create completely custom invitations from scratch. I put in a little bit of creativity and got back a very beautiful wedding invitation. Also, I ordered a sample on a Thursday and two days later, I had my sample in hand!

Here’s what our invites look like and the response postcard front:


Interactive Save-the-Dates

September 27th, 2012 by     

Design: Swiss Cottage Designs

Why not  build up your guests’ anticipation of when and where your wedding will take place with this scratch-off save-the-date. Are your save-the-dates interactive?

Violet Bud

You’re Invited!…but when?

August 13th, 2012 by     

The other day we received a wedding invitation in the mail. This will be the first wedding (and possibly the only one) we will be going to as an engaged couple and I’m really excited about going. With all of the ideas floating around in my head, it’ll be nice to see an actual wedding, rather than looking at pictures on Pinterest or Google.

Anyhow, we got the invitation in the mail and the front had a beautiful photo of the couple with the phrase “You’re Invited!” The back said something like this…

*Insert Bride and Grooms’ names*
Cordially invite you to the
*Insert venue location*
for the celebration of their marriage.
Doors will open at 5pm
and dinner will be served at 6.

*Insert Address of Venue*

That’s it.

Anyone else notice what was missing there? I didn’t catch it at first, but when I went to send the RSVP card back in the mail, I realized that the date of the wedding wasn’t on the invitation! While I knew that the ceremony was going to be very small and I hadn’t expected to be invited to that…I didn’t expect an invitation with no date! I’m not sure if it was a very severe mistake, or if it was intentional and they just assumed everyone knew when the wedding was…but it took me by surprise.

When I started printing our invitations (over a year in advance…I’m just that ahead of schedule) I quite literally read, re-read, and re-re-read every piece of the invitation before printing it. I also have not printed the actual invitation part yet because we haven’t narrowed down the time details. One of my GREATEST fears is putting something wrong on the invitation…but I never considered something being left out.

While I’m sure that it was an honest mistake (although one they will be receiving a lot of phone calls about, I’m sure) I also know that it made me take pause and check (and re-check) our invitations to make sure they were okay.

Did you have an invitation catastrophe such as this? What would a bride do in this case? Send out another note with the wedding date on it? Call everyone on the guest list? I wouldn’t even know where to begin!


We got this in the mail yesterday…

Guess that answers my question! Glad they got everything straightened out and avoided what could have been a pretty catastrophic week of phone calls!

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Apple Blossom

Wedding Invitations Done!

August 6th, 2012 by     

Phew, one more thing to cross off the ever growing wedding checklist – the invitations!  If you guys haven’t checked out Wedding Paper Divas yet, you should!  They have a fabulous selection and they’re prices are super reasonable.  Here’s a few rough drafts of our wedding suite, what do you think?  I especially love the back of the invitation itself.



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Gerber Daisy Bud

Invitations…My First Moment

July 23rd, 2012 by     

To me, invitations are one thing that I did not believe in spending too much money on. I know that this is essentially the first impression of your wedding to guests (well apart from the save the dates and the wedding website) but while guests will (hopefully) ooh and aah over them when they initially receive them, their life span is not very long and their time on the refrigerator ultimately ends the day after the wedding with a not-so-pretty burial in the trash can.

Luckily for me (and other budget brides) there are many resources these days for us to get great quality invitations at reasonable prices. I opted for The American Wedding. Even though they are a bulk print site there are still many great ways to upgrade their products and make the invites your own by adding special and personal touches. They were also super quick and I received my invites in just a few days.

This is really my first real purchase for the wedding (apart from booking vendors) so it was like Christmas when the box arrived and Gerber Babe and I opened it together. It was also my first real bride moment. It somehow made things more real. To me booking vendors has thus far been all about business for me. Maybe its because I’m in the industry and have seen so many photographer and band contracts and come up with so many design ideas and floors plans and even though this time it was my name on the top of the page it still did not really strike a chord. But I definitely did get butterflies in my stomach when The American Wedding box arrived. Maybe it was because we opened it together.

So now I have some minor assembly to do then I will be printing labels, stamping and finally mailing out my beautiful wedding invitations.

Morning Glory Blossom

It’s just a piece of paper!

June 18th, 2012 by     

Don’t you love when things are going smoothly and then *smack* something becomes a bump in the road?

MG Bear and I are totally fun and goofy people. With that being said, the fact that we’re having an early evening wedding is a way for us to dress up and be classy for a few hours while still being our goofy selves. One way that I wanted to express “us” as a couple was through our invitations. I believe in “traditions” but at the same time this is our day so we’re willing to throw any of them out the door at any given moment!

MG Bear and I picked out something totally us, with our wedding colors in it that was light and funky, but still professional looking. See below for an example from the website:

Photos courtesy of Card Candy

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Lotus Bud

You’re Invited!

May 23rd, 2012 by     

I know I’ve been a crappy blogger as of late, and for that I apologize … I recently started a new job, and we quickly found ourselves with two months to go until the big day, and I’m not quite sure where the time has gone! Don’t fret, I still have lots to share, so let’s catch up shall we? :)

About two-and-a-half weeks ago, we mailed our wedding invitations! My (ok, I guess they are our  invitations) were my baby. I spent so much time and effort on these invitations, it was almost scary. Handing them off to the postman, who assured me that yes-he-would-personally-hand-cancel-each-one-himself, was hard but had to be done! But within two days, we were receiving calls and texts from friends and family across the country, oohing and aahing over the invites. I was so proud of them :)

And now I am proud and excited to share them with you!

When our guests first received their invites, this is what they looked like:

Yes, I splurged on calligraphy. I just love the way it looks. And I have a friend who does it, and gave me an awesome deal. Yay for friendors! Also, notice the stamp? Totally keeping with the nautical theme :)

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Apple Blossom

Our Save the Date Postcards!

May 22nd, 2012 by     

The last of our save the dates are going out tomorrow!  I’m really pleased with how they turned out, and have been receiving good feedback on them from our guests.  I stumbled upon Pear Tree Greeting’s website in my search to find save the date postcards.  They did a fabulous job!  I’m considering even using them for our invitations later this year.  They offer all kinds of services from graduation cards, to bridal shower invitations, and children’s party invites.  It’s super easy to create your desired look on their website and shipping is unbelieveably fast.

It sure was hard picking my favorite pictures from our engagement session but I narrowed it down to two different shots, one looking at the camera and the other facing away.

Front of postcard:

Back side:

What do you think?!

Gerber Daisy Bud

Save the date(s)!

May 9th, 2012 by     

One of the trickiest things about planning a destination wedding is getting guests to commit to flying a million miles and paying for them no-less. Obviously the more time you can give guests to wrap their heads around the pending travel the better. People need to save up, ask for leave, arrange babysitters and dog walkers and in some cases they may need to get a passport.

At this early stage of the game you may not have all the details yet (I do but that’s just me). But two things you should have decided on are the date and the country, state, town. Once you have these essential elements you should start telling your guests about it.

Save the Dates are one place that you can really get creative. There are so many options out there and these do not have to tie in or fit with your overall wedding theme. It is nice to use the save the dates to give guests a little glimpse into what they can expect from your wedding. Go crazy. Use photos, DIY, props…

I opted for online Save the Dates because they are quick, easy and sometimes even free. Also with my guest lists spanning over four continents I thought I would wait for the real invites to start shelling out for postage.

A quick web search will guide you in many different directions. Play around with different sites and find one that you like and that’s easy to manage. I went with It’s a great site that allows you to get creative and keeps everything organized at the same time.  It allows you to upload your guest list and keeps track of everything for you.

Lotus Bud

** Sneak peek! **

May 2nd, 2012 by     

I can’t believe this day is *finally* here, but this weekend, I am going to be doing something that I have waited months to do! Can you guess what it is? Well… let me help you …. I’m 85 days out ….. and I have to do this one little thing if I want people to actually come to my event ….. know yet?! Here’s another hint!!

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