Posts in the 'wedding invitations' Category
For you brides that got engaged over the holidays and are looking at a wedding this summer, you’ve very likely starting to put your feelers out for invitation styles that you enjoy. As I’ve sat browsing through some of the new styles this season, I keep finding myself drooling over bright, bold and beautiful designs. Eye-catching jewel tones and simple but striking patterns make a statement without being overly dizzying. Here are my five favorites for this week’s Five for Friday:
In Bloom Wedding Invitation, 50 for $140 at Love vs. Design
Minimal Mod Wedding Invitations, $2.34 each at Minted
Circular Geometric Wedding Invitation, $4.50 each or for digital file for at-home printing by RubyMayDesigns at Etsy
Deep Romance Wedding Invitations, $144.50 for 50 at Wedding Paper Divas
Floral Watercolor Invitation, $1.50 each at MagnetStreet
Do you like these bold designs, BABs? Which is your fave?
Hunting for wedding stationery can be a totally daunting experience. There are those that say invitations are the first glimpse of your wedding. There are those that press the importance that your stationery is one of the few things you get to hang on to forever afterward. Everyone and your grandma will probz hang your Save the Date and invitation on a refrigerator or cork board. Guys, that’s a lot of pressure. Which is not awesome.
What is awesome, though, is how MagnetStreet will make the whole process of choosing, customizing and ordering your wedding stationery a helluva lot smoother and easier.
Broke-Ass Brides have had a soft spot for MagnetStreet for ages, and there’s a (number) of v. good reason(s) for that: The quality of MagnetStreet’s products are exactly what you want. They don’t mess around in getting your goods to you. Their customer service is wonderful and super involved. And they give a shit about your experience.
With a multitude of ways to customize your wedding stationery — five styles (gatefold, pocket, square, rectangle and tea length), four paper types (luxe pearl, pressed texture, fine linen and premium smooth) and unlimited color options — it’s pretty much a given that you’re going to find exactly what you want with MagnetStreet. And since they carry everything from save the dates to menu cards and wine bottle labels, it’s a one-stop shop. You can cross-coordinate all of your paper goods, complete with your wedding colors, so that everything ties in perfectly (if that’s your thing).
MagnetStreet has a holy buttload of freebies you can get your mitts on to help you make the best decision for, well, you: color swatches, printables, stationery samples, paper samples, checklists, budget guides … it goes on. The best way to make an informed decision is to have all the options available to you. MagnetStreet hits a home run on this front.
And guys, the love between BAB and MagnetStreet is suuuuper mutual, which is why whenever they have a deal, they holler at us to share it with you. Like this bad boy:
MagnetStreet has a huge Valentine’s sale going on sitewide — everylittlethang on the site is a deal, with a possibility of up to $150 in savings.
AND: MagnetStreet is having a giveaway over on their Facebook page! They are giving away 300 menu cards to 5 badass brides. Click here for details.
BAB reader Beth was having a little trouble pulling together all the color elements of her kelly green and charcoal grey with daisy yellow accents, so, of course, like good little bloggers do … we came in and totally took the reins on this biatch. And let me tell you — it’s no easy feat finding a charcoal grey dress that either isn’t a sweater dress or isn’t a BAJILLION dollars. But find it I did, and I’m loving all of these colors together. Yellow and grey complement each other really well, and the green is a little bit of an unexpected twist, in the best way. Everything below, except for the wedding gown, comes in at under $100 … but even the gown is under $500!
Top Row, From left: Aquarelle Wedding Invitations, $2.34 each from Minted || Big Top Circle Garlands, $20 for 12 from Minted || See the Starlight Lamp, $44.99 from ModCloth || Yellow 14-inch Honeycomb Paper Flower, $2.35 from Luna Bazaar || Rustic Charm Wedding Invitations, $2.34 each from Minted
Middle Row, from left: Kate Dress, $50 to rent from Little Borrowed Dress || Amy Dress by Susana Monaco, $77 (50% off) at ShopBop || Peau De Soie Dress, $450 from Dessy || Without Further Ado Green Maxi Dress, $52 from Lulu’s || Yale Fit and Flare Dress by BB Dakota, $93 from ShopBop
Bottom Row, from left: Cotton Voile Table Runner and Chair Sash, $19.95 from Luna Bazaar || Anywhere You Bow Flat, $34.99 from ModCloth || Sizzling Steps Heel, $64,99 from ModCloth || Country Charm Bridal Bouquet, $60 from Bloominous || Chamberlain Check Butterfly Bow Tie, $20 from Ties.com
We know that invitations are one of the first elements of your wedding that convey the look and feel guests can expect on the big day. We also know that wedding invitations can be super pricey. And holy bananas, are there options! Foil, letterpress, embossed, pocket, flat, square, shapes, laser cut … where do you even begin to begin?
Made with PicMonkey
Well, you can start with Elegant Wedding Invites, which strives to provide both classic and contemporary designs at totally BAB-friendly prices, and throws in things like RSVP cards, envelopes, free shipping over $40 and easy customization. Borne from the concept of injecting humor into wedding stationery, Elegant Wedding Invites has grown to recognize the need for classic style at affordable prices.
But just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t get the gorgeous details that are filling up your Pinterest — Elegant Wedding Invites has stationery featuring lace, burlap, chevron … and yes, ones with a confetti-like motif. So, you know, they covered the bases. And it doesn’t stop with stationery — Elegant Wedding Invites also has favors and toppers to make sure you’re fully good to go on your wedding day.
And of course, since it’s Winning Wednesday, they’re going to shower you with some extra love: One lucky BAB will score $200 in credit to spend at Elegant Wedding Invites on anything from your full invitation suite to those little wedding extras.
As usual, each task earns you an entry. The more tasks you complete, the more entries you get, the better your chances of winning. Ya dig?
I have been completely hesitant about this post because: #1 I could talk about paper for days and #2 I OVERSPENT and am mildly shameful.
It was DIY hell but totally worth it.
When I first started browsing invitations, I hated everything. Well, not hated. But I just couldn’t find what I was looking for. I was also, as per usual, mildly horrified at the cost. I knew what had to happen. I would have to do these bad boys by myself. With some help. Well, a lot of help. Here is what you need to DIY your wedding invitations if you are insanely picky like me.
A graphic designer
Everyone knows someone that is a graphic designer, right? RIGHT. Well, hopefully you do. If not, browse Wtsy for an unreasonable amount of time until you find a designer’s style you like and pray that they will do custom for you! I was fortunate enough to use my MOH’s best friend and her impressive design skills. I am not even joking when I say that she designed exactly what we wanted. A modern, clean, brewery themed wedding suite. I still can’t get over it.
Did you know that square envelopes cost significantly more to mail? NOW YOU DO. They looked so good though.
Did you know that your printer will eat your expensive envelopes if they are too thick? NOW YOU DO. Ugh, this though. This hurt me. I “splurged” on getting pre-lined envelopes from Cards & Pockets and our printer ate most of our “extras.” Thank goodness for those extras!
I downloaded the fonts our designer used to make a super sweet envelope template in MS Word because it is 2014 and handwriting should be outlawed. If you think guests appreciate the time you took handwriting their names, then I shall tell my guests how I individually hand-fed each envelop through the printer all whilst holding my breath that it wouldn’t jam. All of this sans alcohol, because calories and wedding dress and stuff.
A reliable and affordable print vendor
We used Cat Print for the Save the Dates and invitation pieces. I will also be using them for our programs. Their pricing is fantastic for the quality of paper they offer. I chose 130# stock because I like to give people paper cuts. And also because it looked and felt expensive. Want round corners? They can do that too. Want free paper samples? HECK YES I DO. That might have been my favorite part of this entire process and left Justin completely perplexed about the intricacies of paper textures.
A small posse to assemble all the pieces
We only had 67 invitations to mail out. And I decided that they needed that monogram AND twine. After assembling 10, I was done. Justin was a HUGE help as was my little sister (even though he can’t lick envelopes and she doesn’t know how to tie things … ). It took a little over one week to get everything done once I had the final printed pieces in hand.
You can bribe helpers with beer and also things to play with.
The final cost? Let’s break it down, shall we? This includes our save-the-dates as well.
Design: $160. for 8 hours of design
Printing: $157. 4 pieces, 80 of each with bleeds, rounded corners and on 130# stock.
Envelopes: $127. square, lined and RSVP.
Postage: $132. Those damn square envelopes.
Misc. supplies (twine, eyelets, replacement eyelet tool for the one I broke … ): $35
Total: $611 for 80 pieces. Or $7.60 each.
Is that more than I wanted to spend? Yes. But they are incredible and completely us, so totally worth it!
*This paid post has been brought to you by our friends at MagnetStreet.
You guys know our homies over at MagnetStreet, right? You should. Because they’ve been longtime partners with BAB and they’re always throwing some killer deals your way. But before we get to that good bit, for those of you newbie Broke-Ass Brides out there, lemme tell you a little about our pals.
- They care about you. And what you want. From customized color options (no, really. Custom color.) to free samples to MagnetStreet’s Just One program that lets you get a single Save the Date, Wedding Invitation or Wedding Program fully dolled up with your wording and color so you can see it in real-life action to know you’re making the best decision for you. It’s like trying on an outfit before you buy it … but with card stock!
Customized Color. For serious.
- They cover all the bases. Eight different invitation styles (tri-fold, pocket, rectangle, etc.), 14 Save the Date options — seven of which are magnets — and pretty much any other stationery option you could want. Choices, people.
Working with MagnetStreet has been one of the easiest things I’ve encountered in my wedding planning! Not only is their selection of designs is outstanding, but their ability to customize everything to suit your needs is what sets them apart. We loved our Save the Dates so much that we also purchased our custom invitation suite from them. We add major bonus points for their promotional discounts and speedy delivery, plus a social media presence (Twitter) that is fun and involved! Hands down, partnering with MagnetStreet for our wedding essentials has been nothing but a delight.
OK, so now that you know that MagnetStreet is all kinds of rad, hold on to your hats, because they’re about to lay down the hammer of awesome.
From now until 7/14, get a gargantuan 25% knocked off your order of Wedding Stationery! *Cue fireworks!*
Guys, this isn’t just a deal, it’s a huge deal. So, say you’re getting 150 invites (which means you’re having a holy butt-ton of people at your wedding — Reminder: You only need one invitation per household, not per person) on smooth paper. At full price, that would come out to a hefty $225 + tax. With this sale? You save about $56, so that pummels that dollar amount down to around $175. And that could mean those cute earrings or, say, personalized Champagne flutes!
Head on over to MagnetStreet, figure out what it is you want and make sure to enter WEFOURTH at checkout to save 25% on your order of wedding stationery!
You’ve heard it a thousand times: Your wedding stationery is the first impression guests will get of your wedding. Whether it’s classically traditional, whimsically romantic or the ubiquitous rustic-chic, your invitations should convey your wedding vision.
Whether you swoon for Claire Pettibone-esque florals or dig clean and chic typography, WildHeart Paper has a mountain of gorgeous offerings to … well … drive your heart wild.
With a lifelong love for weddings and a hearty passion for color and design, shop owner Kathleen took her decade-plus graphic design hobby and morphed it into a beautiful gift for crafting wedding stationery. Her love for love helps her creative juices continue to flow:
“I believe wedding planning is all about ‘falling in love.’ It’s about falling in love with your dream guy, falling in love with the dress and then it’s about falling in love with the wedding invitation. The invitation is the face of the event so it has to look good!”
Girl, you got this.
And lucky you, BABs! WildHeart Paper is giving away 50 Shabby Chic Chalkboard wedding invitations, matching RSVP cards and Kraft paper envelopes so you can share your love with your guests!
And even if you don’t win (sorry, darlin!), you can still knock off a pretty 10% — on an order of 50 or more invitations + RSVP cards — when you like WildHeart Paper’s Facebook page and message her through her Etsy shop.
As per usual, each task earns an entry. Open to US residents only.
Happy Friday, Broke-Asses! I recently got a hot tip that beautiful, illustrious fashion house Marchesa launched a collaboration with our ever-adored partners Wedding Paper Divas to make some seriously stunning invitations. Here are my five favorite offerings from this killer partnership:
Sumptuous Swirls, $184 for 100.
Night Blooms, $184 for 100.
Breathtaking Blossoms, $184 for 100.
Lithe Lace, $184 for 100.
Beaded Flair, $184 for 100.
Aren’t these invitations swoonworthy? Which is your favorite?
Your wedding stationery is the first impression anyone will get about your wedding: it will give them cues about what to expect from the evening (or morning, or afternoon) and how to dress appropriately. No matter what your style, from traditional to modern, rustic to preppy, black and white to bold color, you’re certain to find an invitation that suits your event and your budget at FineStationery.com.
At FineStationery.com, they’ve got designs from the most sought-after brands, like Kleinfeld Paper, Crane & Co, and Vera Wang, as well as up-and-comers like Jasmine & Woo; you’ll see designs you’ve never seen before, and won’t find anywhere else! Not ready to shop for wedding invitations yet? FineStationery.com also offers a huge selection of save the dates (including magnets!), party invitations, and couples stationery so flipping cute that I’d feel hard-pressed to actually mail it to anyone else. No matter your stationery needs, you owe it to yourself to pay a visit to FineStationery.com first! Plus, this week, everyone wins: BABs can save 10% on save the dates with FineStationery.com with the code LOVE10 from now through March 31st!
This week, one lucky BAB reader will win a $125 gift card to FineStationery.com! Want it bad? You can get an easy entry by subscribing to our bi-weekly newsletter! It’s packed with BAB-exclusive deals, contests, and the best the wedding web has to offer, and we’ll never spam ya!