Wedding Invitations: The First Impression of Your Wedding!

So I am currently in the midst of trying to finalize my wedding invitations to get printed! I know that I cannot wait for the box to arrive with my cards… I think that’s when it will finally be real to me.  “Mr. & Mrs. Wasim Ahmad invite you to celebrate the marriage of their daughter, Sidra Ahmad to Nikolce Trajcevski…” EEE cannot wait until I have those in my hands!  And yes, that’s his full name.  :p

Right now I’m trying to figure out the proper wording for our wedding invitations.  There are so many ways to invite people to your wedding!! There is “request the pleasure of your company” or “request the honor of your presence” or what I have written above! Decisions decisions.  There are a ton of websites to help out though and I’m grateful for that.

I love Wedding Paper Diva’s for their amazing wedding invitations…. they have regular digital wedding invitations, a thermography collection, and a letterpress collection.  Letterpress, for those of you who don’t know, is the oldest printing technique that is also incredibly expensive… it requires actually creating a metal plate with your invitation and printing onto individual pieces of paper… it’s a very unique trade which is why it’s so expensive to get.  I’ve seen 100 invitations go for $700…. definitely pricey but really lovely!

Wedding Paper Divas has really cute modern and contemporary styles and I’ve ordered a ton of samples–narrowing it down is the hard part!  I recommend ordering samples!  I ordered some wedding invitation samples from a website called RexCraft for free, but Wedding Paper Divas charges.  Of the 15 or so invitation samples I’ve ordered…. I only really LOVE 3-4 of the ones I’ve gotten.  The thing is, I liked all 15 of them online…. so it truly is important to see the invitations in person before placing that expensive order.  I spent maybe $20 total on ordering samples, but it’s absolutely worth the money.

Anyway wedding invitations are really the first impression your guests will have of your wedding.  Here are some super cute styles.  I’m not choosing this one, but I think is perfect for the modern and quirky bride:

Chrysanthemum Burst : Midori from Wedding Paper Divas

Here’s another that I think would be really cute, a play on vintage while still super romantic and elegant:

Wedding Paper Divas

And now, for the design my mom wants me to order… yes, they have an entire ethnic section that includes Pakistani and Indian style wedding invitations!!

Paisley Bliss – Wedding Paper Divas

I ordered this sample, the “Paisley Bliss” and I think it’s really beautiful in person, but I don’t think it’s one that I’ll be sending out.  They have many great ethnic invitations on this website though!  So perfect for my kind of wedding :p

Minted.com also has some cute designs but I found the invitation I want on Wedding Paper Divas so I never ended up ordering samples from there.  Here is a cute winter wedding invitation style from Minted that I love!

Winter Flourish - Minted.com

I LOVE the design of this one, the “Winter Flourish”, it’s so unique and fun…not your typical wedding invitation at all..

Here’s my dilemma now…. I am including a response card and am worried that people will fill in extra guests on their cards, which, is so inappropriate.  I was going to write this on the response card:

_____ seats have been reserved in your honor
_____ accepts with pleasure
_____ regretfully declines

Now I think that’s a good way of telling people that only a certain number of seats have been saved for them…. but I’m still worried people are going to write things in! So I wanted to write this little disclaimer at the bottom:

Due to space limitations, we kindly request that extra guests not be added.

Ok, even as I write that above line, I cringe.  Because I know it sounds awful and tacky… so I’m left with this dilemma, do I pray that the “_ seats have been reserved in your honor” do the trick and give people the hint?

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Tips for The Bridesmaids & Brides – Fun Article Excerpt

So the Wedding PR gurus that I like have an article this month in 944 Magazine about proper things for Brides to remember and for Bridesmaids to remember.  I got some cute tips… I’ve been dying over gift ideas for the girls and already know what I’m getting them… yay!  Anyway, here is an excerpt for Brides & Bridesmaids from 944 Magazine and their special wedding issue!

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For the Bridesmaid:

While getting married is one of the biggest events in life, being asked to be a bridesmaid is one of the biggest honors! It’s a celebrated tradition that only the best of girlfriends get to take part in. But despite all the excitement and newness of a wedding, stress is inevitable and as a bridesmaid your job is to alleviate stress, not add to it! Here’s a few tips to help you be the best maid possible:

1.      Check your ego at the door and don’t complain about your dress! It may not be the most flattering style or your favorite color, but keep in mind you’re just a piece of the bigger picture – the bride has thoughtfully selected your dress to coordinate with the rest of her special day. You may not get to be a fashionista on the wedding day, but your dress signifies you as a special part of the brides life… so rock it out and wear that dress with honor!

2.      Put effort into the bridal shower – the bridal shower is the one part of the wedding the bride gets to enjoy and not plan! For inspirations check out hostessblog.com, greenweddingshoes.com or 100layercake.com/blog

3.      Be prepared! An unexpected emergency may arise during the wedding, so this is your chance to save the day! Pack the essentials and I promise your bride will love you for life –  aspirin, stain remover, super glue, safety pens, etc. If you’re in multiple weddings may want to check out the macdaddy of all wedding emergency kits on shop.mindyweiss.com/

For the Bride:

When you ask your friends to be a bridesmaid, you’re not only asking them to stand with you on your wedding day, you’re also asking them to help you with the entire process. From the shower, to the bachelorette party, to the ceremony, your maids are going to be clocking hours helping to get everything ready. A gift showing your appreciation is not only a sweet gesture, it’s an important part of the bridesmaid tradition. Here’s some ideas on how to show the love:

1.      Shop til you drop! Visit the Wedding Chicks shop for the cutest tees and totes – all customizable! And the best part is you can do it from the comfort of your own home; no need to face the crowded malls after work or on the weekends!

2.      Bling them out! What girl doesn’t welcome gems and jewels with open arms? Tejani’s Bridesmaid Collection has beautiful earrings and bracelets that lets your girls bask in the light of jewels. Customize it to your wedding color palette and your girls are all set for your big day!

3.      Wood you be my bridesmaid? The JL Designs collection offers gorgeous balsa wood flowers that you can put on your wrist or put on your shelf! She offers jewelry and decor options so each maid gets a unique gift along with a cute tag asking “Wood you be my bridesmaid?”

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I wish I had asked my bridesmaids more cutely to be in my bridal party– LOVE this idea!!  I wouldn’t do crap with wood though, just something more crafty!!

Where should we go on our Honeymoon?

Nick and I are trying to decide on a fun and memorable honeymoon destination… and we may have already chosen a place.  We are considering a few different ideas…. but I want you to weigh in on where you would go if you were to go on a fabulous honeymoon.

the beautiful beaches of Hawaii? (above)

Paris!

The city of lights.. Paris!  (I’d have to review my French though!)

Morocco…. ooh fancy!  Sit on amazing cushions and smoke hookah!

The Jungles of Costa Rica…. exotic and pretty!

Or enjoy some bull fighting in Spain?!

Or should we enjoy a sunset cruise on the canals of Venice, Italy?

or perhaps, a beautiful getaway to Tahiti?

So many places to choose from!  We both have our little ideas of where we want to go and we’ll keep you all updated on what we decide…. but, if you have any ideas or suggestions, pass the info on.  🙂

Oh and this a pretty awful idea that I will NEVER do … but www.HoneyFund.com lets your REGISTER for your Honeymoon.  No joke.  I think that’s a bit too tacky…. to ask guests to pay $100 towards your $1800 ticket to Europe or to buy your tour packages in Italy is a bit crazy, don’t you think?