Great Ideas of making your wedding invitations at home

When planning your wedding, you should keep invitations at the back of your mind. Ideal invitations require a personal touch and stupendous feel. The good news is that you can make your own wedding invitations. But how do you make bespoke invitation? This is where home- made custom invitations come in handy.

Making invitations at home may seem like a daunting task at first. However, with proper preparation, save a significant amount and add that personal touch.

There is a wide range of doing it yourself wedding invitations. There are two ways you can approach DIY wedding invitations. The first one involves buying a template, fill it, print and embellish. The other category involves doing everything from scratch. This means that you will design the invitation all by yourself, print and package it. Either way this is how to go about making invitations to the big day.

  • Put Words on Paper

Write down everything that comes to mind on the paper. Consider the people you will be sending the invitation and how to inform them of the wedding location. Well, we are in the digital age, you can type that in excel.

  • Choosing a design

Remember wedding invitation makes the first impression to your wedding guests. It is imperative that you take time to come up with a tip top design. What is the best color scheme for your invitation? This is one of the things to consider. Also, chose a suitable message and lettering. Try detailed and minimal designs and other host of ideas. By investing more time in design, the end results will prove to be worth it in the long run.

  •  Inserts

Ensure you get the insert wording right. There is no harm checking wording examples when make your own wedding invitation. You can even use mounted insert style. It is prudent to maintain the same font style throughout your invitation. More importantly, the fonts should be very clear and easy to read. You can take things several notches higher by printing accent colors using colored ink. This gives your invitation a stunning look.

  • Decoration

This is where things get real, and you really need to be creative. For instance, you can use an elegant ribbon to act as a belt. You can use decorative papers to add a bit of sparkle to your wraps and strips.

  • DIY wedding invitations template

Using a do it yourself wedding invitation template is one of the easiest options. There are colossal templates available online even free of charge. All you have to do is download the template as a PDF form. Then print the invitation with a home printer. This printable option makes it easier for you to customize your invitation.

Ordering a customized wedding stamp embedded with pertinent details is yet another great option.

If you fancy graphic design you may want to take things a notch higher and design your own wedding invitation. This means you will have to use online tools and programs such as Canva, Adobe InDesign, and PicMoney.

It is advisable that you eschew from mixing more than three fonts in the invitation. You should maintain consistency throughout the invitation.

  • Choosing a Paper for Your Invitations

You may think this is a trivial consideration. However, it can make or break your invitation. Choosing a paper for invitation is one of the crucial decisions you will make. There are myriads of invitation papers, each coming with its own looks and features. These features determine the feel and look of the invitation as well as determine the lifespan of the design. The rule of the thumb is that you should go for the most durable and hardiest paper you can find.

A thick invitation looks better and feels great. If you can find a paper with a coating, it is much better. You should, however, ensure that your printer can handle such hardness.

Give your paper different finishes, such as linen and cotton. You can also use recycled paper but ensure you tweak it to make it look sophisticated and elegant. Recycled papers do a marvelous job for rustic invites.

After designing and printing your invites, you will need to make them shine.  Consider adding embellishments such as Stamps, Fabric, wax, and lace.

Lastly, do not forget the envelopes. When the time comes, put your invitation in a killer envelop and mail them to your loved ones blissfully. Most envelopes have a standard size. Remember to get as creative as possible. The sky is the limit. You should ensure that your invitation can get in your envelopes before going too far with the design.

Wedding Terminology You Need to Know: The Dress

Hello, my beautiful brides! Today is a big day-we’re giving you all the wedding dress terminology you actually need to know. We aren’t going to bore you with long lists of words not even your bridal consultant knows. Nope. We are concise, to the point and will have you feeling like a million bucks when you bust out this knowledge at the bridal shop.

Other wedding terminology you need to know: Cakes, Bridal Party

Happy Planning!

A-Line: An a-line gown has a fitted bodice with a small flair starting at the waist and continuing to the bottom of the dress. An a-line gown does not have the full flair of a princess or ball gown.

Ballgown: A ballgown has a fitted bodice with a full flair at the waist and continuing to a full skirt. Ballgowns are the most traditional bridal look.

Column: A column gown is a straight up and down silhouette that does not hug the body but draped over the curves.

Drop Waist: A drop waist gown has a fitted bodice through the top of the hips and flows into a full skirt.

Empire: An empire gown is fitted through the bust then flairs into an a-line skirt.

Mermaid: A mermaid gown has a fitted bodice all the way down to the knees and then flairs out to a full skirt.

Sheath: A sheath gown is form fitting all the way down to the bottom. It may or may not have a slit to aid in walking.

Trumpet: A trumpet gown has a fitted bodice to the upper thigh then flairs into a full skirt. The trumpet simply flairs out higher than a mermaid.

Two Piece: A two piece gown is made up of a separate bodice and skirt.

Best Wedding Ceremony Songs

Hello, my beautiful brides! We are having a very rainy day around our parts so to brighten our day we’ve been listening to “Here Comes the Bride” on repeat. Just kidding! Although we do love the traditional Bridal March, formerly known as Bridal Chorus by Wagner, it needs to be saved for our bride’s special moments. My absolute favorite part of every wedding is when the doors swing open; the organ starts pounding and the groom starts crying as he catches a glimpse of his bride. Swoon!

We’ve designed, coordinated and produced hundreds of weddings and throughout this process we’ve had brides walk in from everything from a single flute to the Beatles. However, there is something really beautiful about tradition and there is no time more traditional than a wedding ceremony.

So, we’ve gathered our favorite songs just for you! Let us know which ones you are selecting for your wedding ceremony.

Grandparents, Parents, Bridal Party Processional:

Canon in D-Pachelbel

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring-Bach

Arioso-Bach

Bride’s Processional: 

Here Comes the Bride-Wagner

Spring from the Four Seasons-Vivaldi

Trumpet Voluntary-Clarke

Recessional:

Traditional Wedding March-Mendelssohn

La Rejouissance-HandelBrandeburg #3-Bach

10 Ways to Know Happy Planning is Right for You

Hello, my beautiful brides! We are the creators of Happy Planning: Personalized Wedding Planning on Any Budget. We receive numerous inquiries from engaged ladies wondering if Happy Planning is right for them. So, today we are telling you our 10 Ways to Know Happy Planning is Right for You.

1. You don’t know where to start planning your wedding. Happy Planning is laid out step by step and personalized to keep you on track for your wedding date. You will watch one video a week (every other week closer to your wedding) and that video will come along with a checklist of items to complete. We keep track of the checklist for you and mark off what you’ve completed so you know when it is time to move to the next video.

2. You are on a budget. If you want to stretch your budget as far as possibel-then hire a wedding planner. There’s one problem with that-full wedding planning can cost you thousands of dollars. Happy Planning will give you even more information than a full wedding planner can on how to stretch your budget for $45 a month or $279 for the entire year. Yes, it’s a steal but I love you so let’s not make a big deal of it.

3. You get caught up in the details. When planning a wedding the small details can push you right over the edge and not to mention the budget. We tell you what actually matters and steer you far from what doesn’t. We are your trusted advisor and partner in this wedding planning extravaganza.

4. Your Mom or soon to be Mother-in-law are driving you a bit crazy. We have two whole videos for each to watch to get them back in-line or in-line in the first place. We discuss what they are to pay for, what their responsibilities are and when to show up (and shut up).

5. You want the wedding of the century. We provide design inspiration and jaw-dropping advice that will have guests talking about your wedding for years to come. Seriously.

6. You work full-time. Here’s the thing about Happy Planning-you can access it whenever you want! You’re not limited by business hours or meeting schedules. Watch is at one in the morning or bing watch five videos at once. It’s on your schedule and at your own pace.

7. You’ve never thought of using a wedding planner. The best thing you can do for yourself and your relationship with your fiancee during wedding planning is hiring a wedding planner. You will save thousands with Happy Planning and will more than likely be more wedding educated than those that hire a traditional wedding planner. Shhhh….

8. You want people to be amazed that you can do it all. You can’t plan your wedding like a pro that’s planned hundreds of weddings because we have secrets up our sleeves. But, the great news is you can know those secrets too and to the rest of the world we don’t even exist.

9. You spend hours reading your wedding planning book. Our videos are all 5 to 15 minutes long and will give you more information than you can search on Google. So, save your time for memories with your fiancee and spend 15 minutes a week with your awesome wedding planner.

10. You want to know all the options available. You want to know all the cool and unique ideas, best splurges, exactly how to please your guests, where you can save money and how to have the most personalized wedding possible. We cover each and everyone of these in a fun and exciting way.

Join us and transform your wedding into the talk of the town! Sign-up today before your spot gets snatched up! Happy Planning: Personalized Wedding Planning on Any Budget.

Top 3 Wedding Reads of the Week

We spend hours each week keeping our finger on the pulse of the wedding industry. We research trends, meet designers, study wedding etiquette and gaze at all the must see weddings that occurred the weekend before. Then it dawned at us over here that we should be sharing all of this information with you-our trusted readers!

So, today we take our motto of educating brides to a whole new level by sharing with you the Top 3 Wedding Reads of the week. Yes, there will be cheat sheets and pretty pictures, I promise.

Week of February 8th, Holler!

“How to Be a Wedding Guest that Doesn’t Suck” by Taryn Hillin


First off, any title that is bold enough to include “doesn’t suck” is an article I want to devour. Taryn reveals 12 steps to getting it right when it comes to attending a wedding. I personally felt overwhelmed to send this off to all the guests that annoy me throughout the wedding but I will withhold and passive aggressively hope they read this blog.

Kicking it off with a traditional “You Gotta RSVP” all the way to “Don’t Bring a Tinder Date” (which makes me smile ear to ear). Check out her article and feel free to send it to a friend to post on their Facebook wall in hopes that all of your wedding guests will read it because posting it on your would not be cool.

“Quirky Budget Friendly Wedding” by Wedding Chicks


I for one have never seen the word “quirky” used to describe a wedding so kudos to Wedding Chicks for the idea and then completely following through with some quirkiness. This wedding is genuine, chill and highlighted by what the groom and his guys wore. Yes, I just commented on the groom’s attire for the first time ever, it was that good (see main image).


“Why We Chose to Save Money by Having a Destination Wedding” by Gema Cartwright


This article is an ode to my sister who constantly is breaking my heart by saying she wants a “small beach wedding”. Yes, I am really her sister-I double-checked. In all seriousness though I get the wanderlust filled wedding of your closest friends and FAMILY (along with a killer MOH!) on the beach. This article gives you all the unique ways you can save big time on making this dream a reality by combining your wedding and honeymoon and cutting down on the guest list.

Modern Wedding Etiquette No. 10

Hello my beautiful brides! Today, we get to discuss our Modern Wedding Etiquette No. 10: Save the Date’s should be sent out six to seven months prior to the wedding. Yep, it’s true. You have to nail down the guest list, pick out invitations and get it together six to seven months before the wedding. Why?

Well, there are several reasons I will share with you.

Reason 1: To inform guests so they can put your date on their calendar. The point of having a wedding is making a commitment in front of friends and family so ensure they can actually attend.

Reason 2: You will receive better RSVP response since guests are prepared to attend your wedding.

Reason 3: The guest interaction will be much greater. They will check out your website, registry and take part in the excitement building up to your big wedding day.

Reason 4: You get to share your great engagement photos! I mean you and your adorable fiancee did take those pictures so slap them on the Save the Date’s and send them out.