Three Spring 2017 Wedding Color Trends

This spring, we expect to see more of the elegant, feminine, and romantic colors that walked down the aisle in spring and summer of 2016, including pallets of sage, blush, and rose, as well as aqua, blush, and cream. We are also expecting a few new trends for spring 2017, however. For brides looking to be beautiful, and a trendsetter on their wedding day, here are three fresh, new, colorful spring wedding color themes to consider.

Steel blue, blush, and gold.

What we love about this color trend is the contrast between cool blue, and warm pink. Add to those two complimenting opposites a shimmer of glittering gold, and the final combination is part ocean water, party summer sunshine, and all love. This trio makes us think of blushing brides, grooms with ultramarine eyes, and yellow gold wedding rings.

For brides who choose this theme, expect to see bridesmaids in pastel pink dresses, cornflower blue floral accents, and glittering gold cake toppers, jewelry, and even heels.

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Lavender, Pink, and Sage

Inspired by spring flowers, we expect to see brides choose this pastoral color pallet for its simplicity and charm. Natural greens perfectly compliment delicate lavenders, so pale they almost seem like whispers. Topped off with just hints of glowing pink, this trio is as delicate as it is memorable, and makes us think of wedding proposals in fields of flowers, and little girls playing dress-up bride in princess gowns.

Expect to be invited to outdoor weddings where you’ll see bouquets of pink and purple roses, and table settings adorned with rose petals and lavender tapered candles.

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Teal, Marigold, and Rouge

Shades of pink are definitely a staple in this season’s hottest wedding color trends. For spring brides looking to introduce more of a summer color pallet into their wedding, you can go bold with this seaside summertime color combination. Pastel teal and marigold are cool and breezy, but when complimented by stunning pink, the three are a true triple threat. These colors make us think of summer taffy at the Jersey Shore, summertime playgrounds, and bluebirds.

Expect to see spring brides rocking this color pallet with favors presented in tiny teal boxes, tall layer cakes topped with pink daisies, and vows exchanged beside glowing orange sunsets.

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Whether you choose to go bold, pastel, or floral for your spring wedding, remember that what’s most important is to make it your own. Whichever trend you choose, every detail you select and choice you make should reflect you and your groom and be a memorable part of your special day.

Five Tips for Being the Best Maid of Honor

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Being asked to serve as someone’s maid of honor is truly… an honor! Standing as a witness, and a supporter as two lives are joined means you are to becoming a permanent party of an event, and a memory, that will last forever. Being a maid of honor is also a huge responsibility. The bride will be relying on you for support and assistance not only with day-of tasks like train maintenance and photo taking, but coordinating events and details during the months that lead-up to the event.

If you’ve had the honor of being asked to serve as the M.O.H., we’ve got five tips to help you nail it!

1. Set Expectations.

After you’ve celebrated accepting the M.O.H. role, have a conversation with the bride early-on regarding her expectations. Does she want you to plan a shower, or is a family member or her future mother-in-law going to plan the shower? Does she want to have a bachelorette party? If yes, does she want to have a girl’s night out? Or a day at the spa? By having an understanding of where the bride needs your help, you’ll both be less likely to feel the strain of misaligned expectations.

 2. Get to Know the Bridesmaids.

You may be able to skip this step if your bridal party is comprised of family or friends who all already know each other. If your bride has assembled besties from across the phases of her life, however, (like her sister, her elementary school best friend, her college roommate, and her close coworker), your job is to serve as the team quarterback. A woman’s bridesmaids need to act like a team and be able to enjoy one another’s company and collaborate to complete wedding tasks. Bridesmaids who feel like they are unfamiliar strangers won’t fully enjoy the time they spend together, and the disappointed bride, will feel it.

 3. Plan to write a kick-*** toast.

More often, we are seeing not only best men giving wedding day toasts, but maids of honor too. Remember that the best toasts are not about you, and your relationship and history with the bridge. While your feelings about the bride are important, and will have a place in your toast, keep embarrassing stories about that time in Cabo out of your speech. Instead, focus on your thoughts about the couple. That’s what everyone—including the bride and groom—want to hear. Talk about how you knew the bride and groom were made for one another, or the first time you were introduced to the groom, or three characteristics you see in their relationship that you believe will translate to a long and happy marriage.

 4. Familiarize Yourself with the Traditional M.O.G. Role

When it comes to weddings, there are still traditions that prevail and customs that must be followed. Again, be sure to talk to your bride so you know what she expects of you, but be prepared to complete the following traditional maid of honor responsibilities:

  • Help the bride shop for her gown and bridesmaid dresses.
  • Host or cohost a bridal shower.
  • Plan the bachelorette party.
  • Attend all pre-wedding parties, including the rehearsal dinner.
  • Keep a record of all the gifts received, and who gifted them, so that thank you notes can be sent later.
  • Manage the bride’s train during the ceremony, during the reception, and take charge of her gown after the ceremony.
  • Hold the groom’s ring during the ceremony.
  • Hold the bride’s bouquet during the exchange of vows.
  • Sign the marriage license as a witness, along with the best man.
  • Stand in the receiving line, if the couple has one.
  • Mingle with guests as a representative of the couple.
  • Collect and store any gift envelopes brought to the reception by guests.
  • Make sure the bride eats during the reception. Don’t let her mingle her way through dinner without a bite of the food she painstakingly selected!
  • Dance with the best man during the formal bridal party first dance.

5. Be the Rock.

Most importantly, be prepared to be the bride’s rock from engagement to sparkler sendoff. You may very well be the single factor standing between your best girl, and a serious wedding-stress meltdown. Be prepared to listen to her concerns, stressors, and family drama. Remember, vanilla or chocolate cake may seem like a small detail to you, but when you’re getting married, every choice feels weighty. Be her sounding board, give her honest feedback, and constantly remind her that the most important thing is that she’s marrying the man of her dreams.

RSVP to Earns Recognition by WeddingWire for the Eighth Year in a Row

RSVP to me is pleased to announce that for the eighth year in a row we have received recognition by WeddingWire for the Couples’ Choice Award. The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® recognize the top five percent of local wedding professionals on WeddingWire who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism. Winners are determined by reviews from over a million WeddingWire newlyweds.

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WeddingWire is a leader in the special events industry, with a focus on weddings, corporate events, and social events. Launched in 2007, WeddingWire is the largest online marketplace connecting merchants with engaged couples. Knowing that millions of couples across the nation utilize WeddingWire each year to research trusted vendors for their wedding, and that for eight years, WeddingWire has acknowledged that RSVP to me has offered the highest quality service and stationery is an affirmation to us that we are meeting our goals of being a premier stationer.

Our clients who have rated us on WeddingWire have helped us to earn a perfect 5 out of 5 in the categories of quality of service, responsiveness, and professionalism, and flexibility.

The feedback from our clients says it all!  Here are some reviews that we are proud to share:


“When I met with Kelly and saw her work I was immediately floored. She was able to drill down the traditional modern vision I had in my head that also worked in my budget. I would recommend RSVP to me for stationary as Kelly’s and her teams work was exceptional! BTW, received so many compliments on my invites for my wedding!”

Desi


“RSVP to me made my engagement party cards earlier this year. THEY CAME OUT PERFECT! My favorite thing about the company is that Kelly understood what I wanted. It really wasn’t a battle to create the perfect card. I told her exactly what I wanted and she made it. It was really so great to work with someone who just understands you. THANKS AGAIN!! Will be coming back for my save the dates, shower invites + of course wedding invites.”


“It’s been a true honor working with Kelly. She’s incredibly creative, knew exactly what I was looking for when I couldn’t find the words and fun to work with. I can’t count the number of phone calls and texts I received stating that my wedding invitations were the nicest that anyone’s ever see. My wedding invitations are so incredibly elegant that I am still in shock that they are mine. I would highly recommend hiring Kelly as she gave really great advice on what type of invitations I needed as well as worked within in a great price range. Kelly’s vision really set the tone of my wedding and I couldn’t be happier with her. I’m looking forward to hiring her when I enter the next phase of my life. She’s simply the best!”

Lisa


“As a mother of a bride to be, I cannot begin to properly convey in words how unbelievably talented, creative and professional Kelly Samm of RSVP to me is! This is my first time planning a wedding, and Kelly really makes the process stress free and at the same time, delivers the most gorgeous product, whether it be invitations, decorations, seating chart, favors and even provided us with a knock out sweets table for our daughter’s bridal shower! The wedding invitations Kelly designed are gorgeous and we have received so many compliments from our guests. I would strongly recommend RSVP to me to my family, friends and strangers…that’s how much I love her!”

Loretta


We are also pleased to announce that in 2016, thanks to the votes of our clients and friends, RSVP to me also earned recognition by The Knot as one of the best wedding vendors in the nation in 2016 for the fourth year! The Knot is the number one trusted authority on all things weddings. The magazine and its online counterpart represent the nation’s largest source for wedding news and inspiration. Winners of The Knot’s Best of Weddings competition have been deemed the best wedding venues, photographers, florists, and stationers in the nation as voted on by brides, couples, and others who have made the difficult decisions of choosing preferred vendor partners for the most special days of their lives.

Thank you to all of our clients who have offered feedback and reviews, and helped us to earn this phenomenal recognition. We look forward to working hard throughout 2017 to continue to offer creative, personalized, hand-crafted special event invitations and day of stationery, so that we can continue to earn your business and your referrals.

RSVP to me Designs Rustic Invitations that Wow Wedding Couple

For Stephanie & Christopher, a barn wedding was the perfect way to get married their way while expressing their unique style, and special love. A barn wedding also gave Stephanie an opportunity to take a more hands-on approach with her wedding, creating many of the wedding favors and finishing touches herself. Where Stephanie needed the touch of an experienced professional was when it came to her wedding invitations. With the help of the prolific Kelly Adams, Stephanie was able to invite her wedding guests to join her on her wedding day with handmade and completely unique invitations that perfectly fit her rustic wedding theme.

“Neither of us are into glitz and glamour,” said Stephanie about herself and her fiancé, “So our goal was a wedding that would highlight nature and simplicity but still be beautiful.”

Reflecting a love and appreciation of nature, and keeping the focus on the importance of the day itself was important for Stephanie and Christopher. Invitations that reflected the rustic wedding theme was a key element of their wedding that the couple was not willing to risk with a DIY solution.
“Although 99 percent of our wedding was DIY, the invitations were something I knew I couldn’t tackle alone,” said Stephanie. “It was important to us that our invitations align with our theme because it would set the tone for our wedding.”

Stephanie knew that her guests would look to the invitations when deciding what to expect from the venue, ambiance, and tone of the wedding, and she wanted to send the right message.

“We definitely didn’t want guests to arrive in ball gowns and tuxedos, and, by the same token, we didn’t want them to show up in tee shirts and shorts!”

Kelly designed invitations that aligned perfectly with Stephanie and Christopher’s rustic, natural theme. Using lots of white space, neutral, natural colors, and a hint of lace wrapped with twine, the final stationery suite was simple but elegant, rustic but refined.

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The ivory invitation cards were bordered by bold navy and trimmed with a neutral, earthy, kraft. Kelly used a combination of font styles throughout the individual stationery pieces, all of which perfectly complimented one another. As an added touch, Kelly designed a flourishing swirl adornment, reminiscent of a delicate floral branch or fragile leaf to underscore the overall natural theme of the event.

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When it came time to choose a stationer, the decision, for Stephanie, was easy.

“We chose RSVP to me because of Kelly!” said Stephanie. “I was already so exhausted by designing every other aspect of the wedding that when I arrived at my appointment, I basically just had to explain the venue and theme. She handled everything else! She gave me a timeline and even helped me out with proper wording. It was so nice to relinquish some control and know that our invitations would be perfect!”

For Stephanie, Kelly’s signature, handmade stationery creations were the perfect touch for her rustic, DIY wedding.

“When Kelly delivered the box of invitations, I think I literally jumped up and down!” said Stephanie. “We sent them out right away and immediately received such amazing feedback from our guests! We knew that some of our more ‘traditional attendees’ were wary of a wedding in a barn, but once they received the invitation, their worries seemed to subside completely. We couldn’t have been more pleased with the final product!”

If you would like RSVP to me to help you design your next event’s special event, contact us today.

RSVP to me’s Last Minute Holiday Gift Giving Guide

Let’s be real. Who honestly needs another tie for the holidays? Or a toaster. Or another scarf? This holiday season, give your loved ones something that will prove just how much you love them and how much time and effort you spent deciding on a holiday gift as unique and special as they are. We all have a lot of shopping to do, but when you make personal choices and spend the time truly customizing your gift giving strategy for your loved one, you end up with a thoughtful gift he or she will value for years (and not turn around and re-gift when their next co-worker celebrates an office birthday).

Here is the RSVP to me gift-giving guide for all of the special loved ones on your list.

For your former college roommate who just got engaged

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Choose an elegant wedding picture frame that she can use after the big event. Add a monogram of her new initials to the corner of the frame to make it special. Choose silks that match her bridesmaids’ dresses, and add a glittering brooch to create something that will be an ideal centerpiece in her home that will last a lifetime.

For your niece who will be graduating from high school this spring

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2017 will be all about her graduation, so give her a gift that will show her just how proud of her you are by choosing a customizable graduation year water bottle. She can not only use it throughout the rest of high school, it will be the ideal memento for her to carry from home to her new college campus. Available in a variety of colors and styles, personalize the water bottle with her name, graduation year, or a special message in any style.

For your over-stressed boss

the_mini_spa_treatmentShow her that you know she works hard and that her efforts never go unappreciated with a soothing at-home, luxurious spa treatment. This mini spa treatment includes everything your boss will need to relax, renew, and rejuvenate dry, rough skin, including:

  • A soothing lavender sleep mask
  • A healing lavender soy lotion candle
  • Lavender spa cream
  • Lavender relaxation oil

 

For your parents who will be celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary

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Give them a gift that they can incorporate into their party plans. This mirrored gold “Best Day Ever” cake topper will show them that you are thinking of them and their special day all year long. The best part? After their anniversary, they can re-use it for birthdays, holidays, and any other special day that has been meaningful in their lives.

For your sporty son

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Whether he plays soccer, lacrosse, football, or all three, any active youth can benefit from a lightweight, versatile, drawstring canvas sport bag. Make it personal by choosing his team color and personalizing it with his name and number. This is a gift he will truly enjoy and use frequently as he totes his cleats, jersey, books, and other school and sporting gear in it day after day.

This holiday season, remember that store-bought, off-the-shelf gifts are nice, but personal, thoughtful, and customized gifts are better. As you execute your last-minute shopping strategy, choose gifts for your loved ones that prove just how much you care about what 2017 will hold for them.

Also, remember that RSVP can help! Visit our online retail store for even more customizable options.

RSVP to me Creates Signature Stationery and Dessert Table for a Special First Communion

Kelly Adams and her inspirational team of innovative designers recently created an unforgettable stationery set and unbelievable candy buffet for a very special young man’s first communion. The full creative solution included custom, hand-made invitations, a sugary sweet candy buffet, table centerpieces, a silk card box, and a full complement of day-of stationery.

In honor of Joseph’s first communion, his mother Christine wanted every touch and designcustom_first_communion_stationery_nj_andicoechea_headshotaspect to be perfect and cohesive. Christine decided on a navy blue and white color theme, complimented by hints of silver. This peaceful, traditional color palette, was the ideal choice to symbolize the important accomplishment that a First Communion represents in Joseph’s spiritual journey.

“My son’s First Holy Communion theme was more about a ‘young; masculine theme with certain colors­—blues, silver and grey,” said Christine.

Christine wanted to work with a designer and creative partner that she could trust to share her vision and bring creative inspiration to Joseph’s special event.

“I wanted everything to come together and connect. Kelly is absolutely wonderful at seeing the ‘big’ picture and understanding the impression I wanted to make. I chose RSVP to me because of the talent, the quality, and ultimately, the impression.”

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Kelly started by creating a classically traditional invitation using actual silver sharkskin  for the large border, bold navy accents and simple, tasteful font styles. She created a signature monogram to serve as a memorable design element at the top of the invitation that could be used throughout the event’s stationery suite. Our favorite touch is the hint of navy blue grosgrain ribbon laced through the top inside corner of the invitation card. Kelly affixed a small rhinestone cross to emphasize just how special Joseph’s accomplishment would be.

The signature styling of the invitation was woven through each of the event’s stationery element, including place cards, candy buffet signage, place settings, and dinner menus.

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Even the card box was wrapped in tiers of deep navy silk and silver ribbon, ensuring every

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No special event would be complete without a signature candy buffet. To continue Joseph’s theme of blues, whites, and silvers, Kelly incorporated this contemporary color palette into a delicious dream-come-true using blue and white striped chocolate covered Oreos, drizzled rice Krispy treats, white chocolate dipped cake pops, swirled blue and white lollipops, blue jelly beans, white and blue taffy, gumballs, and glittering white rock candy.

 

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Guests were even encouraged to pack of bag of treats to take home with them as they left Joseph’s sweet bar.

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Another absolutely elegant component was the three-tiered cake designed by “A Little Cake” (Le Petit Gateau) in Park Ridge, NJ.

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The bottom tier was a glittering, metallic gray. The middle layer incorporated a glittering cross into its light blue frosting, and the top silver layer was adorned by Kelly’s signature monogram. The bottom of each cake layer was wrapped in a navy blue silk ribbon, grounding each layer and adding a unique, and elegant final touch.

According to Christine, she, Joseph, and their entire family could not have been more thrilled with the final outcome of the hours of work spent by Kelly and her team, saying:

“The overall result was breathtaking, and unforgettable.”

If you would like RSVP to me to help you design your next special event, contact us today.

10 Memorable Special Occasion Invitations. Designed by RSVP to me.

Special occasions come in many forms: birthdays, anniversaries, engagements, new babies, graduations, and holidays. We love celebrating the special moments in our clients’ lives, and we love designing occasion invitations that are unique and memorable. In honor of our tenth anniversary we are counting down our top ten most memorable custom special occasion invitations.

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