Roses are Red, Violets are Blue. How to Pick the Wedding Colors Best Suited for You.

When we think of weddings, we think of white. White dress, white flower petals, and white tablecloths. While white is traditional, classic, and a beautiful reflection of true love and purity, weddings, like life, should be experienced in color. If you’re feeling the pressure to have a traditional white wedding, but deep down you are craving color, then answer the call of the color wheel.

In an article written for Bridal Guide, celebrity wedding planner (andCustom wedding invitations one of our favorites to work with!) David Tutera (@DavidTutera) explains “Color is actually an extension of you, as a bride, and the hues you choose will affect everything — from the ink and paper choices of your invitations to your bridesmaids’ dresses to your bouquets and floral centerpieces to your tablecloths, your specialty cocktails and even your favors.” We couldn’t agree more (especially about the invites!). One of the first conversations we have with brides is about their wedding color themes. Our goal is to reflect the nuances of a bride’s color pallet in her custom invitations. To help you choose the colors that will reflect the essence of your wedding, keep the following tips in mind:

Consider the Atmosphere of your Venue

Hosting a beach wedding on the Jersey Shore? Consider shades of ocean blue, sea foam green, pewter gray, and sunny yellow. Planning a rustic barn wedding? Think natural wood beige, mint green, and sunflower yellow. Going vintage at the elegant Ramsey Country Club? Think champagne, blush, rose, and sage green. Your colors should fit the setting. If a location speaks to you, draw inspiration from the surrounding colors.

Think Seasonally

There is a reason why we are drawn to dark colors in the winter and light colors in the summer. Dark colors make us feel safe, enveloped, and warm. Light colors feel breezy, effervescent, and light. For your winter wedding, consider the comfort of deep burgundy, navy, and eggplant. For your spring wedding, consider a pallet that promises new life and the reawakening of nature, like clover green, robin’s egg blue, and daffodil yellow. If you’re getting married in the summer, keep your guests feeling cool in taupe, sky blue, and lilac. If your big day is planned for the autumn, choose colors that feel like they are still holding on to the last remnants of summer heat. Choose bunt orange, coffee brown, and royal blue.

Remember the Dress

pink wedding dress choose your wedding colors New Jersey
Photo Credit: Brides.com

According to premiere celebrity wedding planner Yifat Oren, it’s okay to break from traditional white wedding rules when it comes to your wedding dress too. In an interview with Los Angeles Racked, Oren states: “Gone are the days where you have to stick to basic white, cream or ivory for your wedding wear. Choose a color that more suits your personality. Blush, coral or a soft peach gown breaks the traditional white-dress-only mold and offers a great start to a more unique day.” Get inspired by this pink wedding dress by Isaac Mizrahi featured on Brides.com (photo credit: Brides.com)

Draw inspiration from celebrities.

Celebrities are often on the cutting edge of the latest trends. They are style visionaries, rule-breakers, and fashion muses. Find inspiration in their wedding color schemes. We adored the color pallet chosen by Dancing With the Stars Pro Lindsay Arnold Cusick (@lindsayarnold). When we designed her wedding invitations, we used blush pink, champagne, and ivory. (Photo Credit: Anna Hurt Photography)

Lindsay Cusick Wedding
Photo Credit: Jessica Janae Photography

 

Lindsay Cusick Wedding RSVP to me
Photo Credit: Anna Hurt Photography

For those who want to follow what’s trendy, there are two colors of the year for 2016 – a first ! Imagine yourself walking down the aisle surrounded by rose quartz and serenity.

serenity_rose_quartz

For more wedding color inspiration, check out the Perfect Pallette. Pick one color swatch you feel drawn to, and the site will provide you with a photo gallery of inspiring wedding imagery that reflects your chosen color.

Whatever you choose, make sure your color pallet resonates with you. When you see your wedding color theme reflected in your invitations, flowers, and place settings, it should feel as perfectly you as the man standing beside you.

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Life is Short, Eat SWEETS!

If you don’t know already, all of us here at ‘RSVP to me‘ are completely obsessed with all things pretty AND SWEET. It’s actually two of our guilty pleasures! When we’re not designing and assembling custom wedding invitations and day-of stationery, we’re creating one-of-a-kind candy buffets and dessert tables with our sister brand, ‘SWEET by RSVP to me‘. This fun trend has become a staple for any type of party that combines three of our favorite things- candy, chocolate and stationery. Custom candy buffets and dessert tables are a great way to not only thank guests for being a part of your special day, but it can also become an eye-catching detail for your reception. From apothecary jars, decorative glass, and platters to coordinated table linens, decor, customized labels, and more, you’re guests will be in for a delicious and fun experience that will leave a lasting impression! Here’s a small look at some of our past custom candy and dessert tables we designed, but we must warn you that these special treats are sure to tempt! Don’t forget, this is a great idea for ANY occasion, especially weddings and even your upcoming holiday party.

Custom red, white and blue candy buffet designed by ‘SWEET by RSVP to me’
Chocolate-covered Oreos & favor boxes with custom monogram labels
Custom green and yellow candy and dessert bar designed by ‘SWEET by RSVP to me’
No candy buffet is complete without this all-time favorite candy! Do you agree?
Martine & Kurt’s candy display featuring French macarons.
Shore/Nautical themed candy display – Don’t you just love the props?
Chocolate & Malts Candy
A winter-themed candy display isn’t complete without mini chocolate SNO-CAPS and blue raspberry rock candy for a little sparkle.
Once the dancing is over and your special day comes to an end, there’s no better way to send guests home than with sweet memories and savory favors! Contact us today for a SWEET experience!

Custom Holiday Cards

The holiday is season is right around the corner. Soon enough, the freshly baked scent of gingerbread and other holiday scents will be warmly filling your home as you listen to your favorite carols. As you prepare for the most wonderful time of the year, now’s the time to order your 2013 holiday cards that are sure to bring joy your loved ones hearts.

Custom red and gold holiday card designed with snowflakes and rhinestone embellishments
Did you know Chanukah is only 13 days away and Christmas will be here in 40 days? Best to get a jump on those holiday cards before all the holiday “hoopla” is here too!!
Custom “CHRISNUKAH” photo holiday card designed by ‘RSVP to mefor interfaith families
“The greatest gift is love” – Custom Christmas Card
Custom gold jingle bell “Fa la la la la” holiday card
Custom Hanukkah card designed in blue and gold
These designs are for all of you newlyweds! Thank your guests AND wish them holiday cheer with a combined holiday card featuring one of your favorite wedding photographs.
Planning a holiday party? Our unique custom invitations are just what you need to make your business OR family social merry and bright!
Custom holiday party pocket fold invitation

From photo cards and combined thank you cards to holiday party invitations and traditional holiday cards, ‘RSVP to me‘ can design custom stationery that will capture your personality AND have your holiday stationery stand out from all the rest! What type of card do you plan on sending this year? For more information and to view more of our holiday collection, visit us at www.rsvp-to-me.com.

OH BABY! Custom Baby Shower Invitations & Birth Announcements

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes…a baby! Many of you know that ‘RSVP to me‘ specializes in custom invitations for weddings, but did you know that we also offer custom designs for baby showers and birth announcements? It’s true! We love celebrating with you for all of your special moments, so today we thought we would share some of our latest designs we’ve recently worked on for those precious little ones in your life. From baby shower invitations to birth announcements, introduce your newest family addition in style!

Vertical pocket fold baby shower invitations designed in palm leaves with enclosure cards
Baby showers are a great way to help prepare the expectant parents for their new journey. This joyous occasion is an opportunity to celebrate the little ones upcoming arrival, while family and friends share advice and show their support. Introduce your baby shower theme with custom baby shower invitations featuring patterned paper, die-cut shapes, and other embellishments like rhinestones, ribbon or bakers twine.

Pocket fold invitation with baby blue patterned card stock, enclosure cards, and die-cut onesie seal
 What about TWINS? How about this adorable boy/girl shower invitation with polka dot pattern accent?
Rub a Dub Dub…what’s not to LOVE about this adorable, classic rubber ducky baby shower invitation?
Birth announcements are a great way to introduce your new little love to the world. Include an short introduction, the baby’s birth details (date, time, weight, and length), and the parents’ names. If this isn’t your first child, you should also include the names of the siblings. Whether you choose to include your babies first photo or just the details, your custom design is sure to be just as unique (and adorable) as your new baby!
Patterned card stock, like this polka dot design adds a sweet and sassy flair to this birth announcement – which is VERY special to our hearts! 😉
Can’t decide which picture to use? How about THREE!!? How sweet is this little prince gate fold announcement, with fishy die-cut embellishment.
Or a custom tri-fold birth announcement by ‘RSVP to me‘.
This modern gate-fold birth announcement designed with zebra print card stock sure makes a statement!
For all of you mommy, daddy, and even grandparents-to-be, congratulations! We hope you’re journey towards parenthood is one that brings you as much joy and love as your hearts can handle. For more information and to view more of our baby collections, visit us at www.rsvp-to-me.com. Happy baby planning!

Five Tips for Addressing & Mailing your Wedding Invitations

“How do I address my wedding invitations?” is a common question that nearly every engaged couple thinks about. Hiring a calligrapher is always an option, but may not be a possibility, especially when you’re on a budget. For those who are planning on writing out your invitation envelopes, today we’re sharing five tips to help you through the process.

Square pocket invitations embellished with a pretty purple ribbon

1. Traditionally, wedding invitations are placed in an inner and outer envelope, however this is becoming less common and is completely up to you. If you’re opting for only an outer envelope, it’s extremely important to include exactly whom you’re inviting to your wedding, as typically you would include the invitees names on the inner envelope.

*Married couples are written on one line: 
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Smith

*Unmarried couples are written on separate lines
Mr. Paul Smith and
Ms. Katie Jones

*Family including those under the age of 18:
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Smith and Family
OR
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Smith
Master Zachary and Miss Emily Smith
OR
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Smith
Zachary, Emily and Makayla Smith

Modern purple and yellow wedding invitations by ‘RSVP to me

2. Whether your wedding is formal or casual, it’s proper etiquette to spell out all words rather than abbreviating. For example, write out the word “Street’ rather than the abbreviated, “St.”.  

3. Include your return address on the envelopes back flap.

Elegant pocket invitations in a neutral color palette with pops of blush pink and lavender

 
4. Hand addressing can be very time consuming. Give yourself plenty of time, be patient, and don’t try to address all of your envelopes in one sitting.

5. Before you purchase your postage, bring a completed invitation to your local post office to have it weighed. This ensures that you will purchase the correct postage. You would hate to pay too much or worse, too little postage.

While it’s important to consider etiquette when addressing your wedding invitations, remember to do what’s best for you and your to-be. In the end, your special day should reflect your personalities and you should be 100% comfortable in all of the details along the way. Happy planning!

REAL WEDDING Spotlight: Ashley & Brian

Here at ‘RSVP to me’ we’ve had the opportunity of working with some OUTSTANDING couples!!  As a way of “honoring” them and all their fabulous-ness, we’ve decided to start posting a monthly “Real Wedding Spotlight”.  We’ll post pictures from their wedding and, of course, of their invitations and stationery!!  AND we’ll give you lots of juicy details of how they met, their planning process, etc.

For our very first spotlight, we couldn’t have picked a more stunning couple – introducing Ashley & Brian!!! We first met Ashley and her fabulous Mom back in November of 2012. They had specific colors and a style in mind – and we worked together to create a beautiful invitation that would speak to her guests and be the perfect introduction to her “rustic”, but very elegant wedding style. We not only created wedding invitations for Ashley and Brian, but also the wedding day stationery AND bridal shower invitations for Ashley!

photo credit: Anna Hurt Photography
 
Here’s some of the juice details we were talking about…..Ashley and Brian met while working at P.J. Finnegan’s in Westwood, New Jersey. “It seems to be a magical place. Many love connections have sprouted from there,” shared Ashley. Appropriately enough, the proposal began there, where the couple’s parents were waiting outside to start the celebration and were whisked away to enjoy a romantic dinner at Le Bernardin in New York City.
 
Ashley and Brian were engaged for sixteen months, which gave them ample time to plan the wedding of their dreams. “We wanted our wedding to be unique and still classic, so we opted for a neutral color palate. To truly make it our own, we incorporated a ton of personal touches.” 
 
When it came to designing their wedding invitations, Ashley and Brian chose a classic style to set the tone for their special day. “Kelly really helped bring our vision to life. We couldn’t be happier with the outcome,” exclaimed Ashley. In addition to custom wedding invitations, ‘RSVP to me’ designed the couple’s custom door hangers for those guests staying at the hotel, which were a huge hit!
 
We love when bride’s incorporate special details into their wedding day. Ashley included a little bit of each women in her family into her wedding day look. The sleeve from her mother’s wedding dress was wrapped around the stems of her white peony bridal bouquet, which was also accented with her great grandmother’s cameo. She wore earrings from her paternal grandmother that she turned into a modern drop version. Lastly, Ashley’s hairpiece was accented with loops of pearls from her maternal grandmother’s wedding crown. 
 
After visiting the Liberty House Restaurant & Catering, Ashley and Brian knew this was the perfect location to host their ceremony and reception. The couple loved the breathtaking view of the Manhattan skyline, delicious food, and accommodating staff. Additionally, Ashley and Brian never attended a wedding there so they felt like it was a unique facility to them.
Although the planning got overwhelming at times, Ashley kept the true meaning of the day in perspective, which was marrying the love of her life. She knew that no matter what, they were getting married and she tried to never lose sight of that.
 
After the wedding day came to a close, the newlyweds continued to celebrate their married status in Kauai, Hawaii.
 
 
Keep an eye out for our next ‘Real Wedding Spotlight’ couple!!  We’ve got some TERRIFIC ones to share!!!

Introducing… JEN

‘RSVP to me’ is SO excited and happy to announce our new addition, Jen – another custom invitation designer.  We love having Jen work with us and here’s a little bit about her….
Q: What attracted you to the custom invitations design world and ‘RSVP to me’?
a: While working full time as a graphic designer in the advertising industry, there was a part of me that felt that all of my creative energy wasn’t being utilized the way I wanted it to be. I started designing logos and greeting cards in my spare time and fell in love with design all over again. I felt my true abilities as a designer shined the most when I was doing this. I realized there were so many other outlets for my creative skills. I started designing baby announcements, birthday invitations, and wedding invitations for friends. I loved how each design had its own personality and was so personal to the person I was designing for. At times, I had free range to design with hardly any limits. So fun to let the imagination run wild with colors, fonts and layouts.
Q: When did you realize your creativity for design?
a: My friends were all playing on softball and soccer teams when I was young. I, on the other hand, was taking art classes at Rockland Center for the Arts. Everything from japanese painting to pottery classes. In school, I was always taking art classes too, and was even chosen to paint a mural on a wall in my Junior High School. I think from that moment on was when I realized I found something that I really loved to do.
Q. What are the 3 most invaluable tools or skills you have to have when creating custom stationery for ‘RSVP to me’?
a. Knowing how to place alot of copy on an invitation without making the invitation feel crowded. The beauty should come across in the colors/fonts/and layout. You should just see the invitation as a complete design. Designing custom invitations is something very personal and special and this is something to think about when designing too. I always look at my designs before presenting to a client and ask myself if these are options I’d have a hard time choosing between. 
Q. What is your inspiration when designing custom stationery?
a. The internet is an amazing tool. When I am looking for inspiration, I am all about google searches. Design sites are great for font inspiration, color combinations and creative layouts. I also have many books on design that I love going through.
Q. I believes quotes are incredibly inspiring. Which is your favorite quotes, famous or not, that has inspired you at one time or a noter to create your designs.
a. “A good design can feel like something you have always been waiting for without knowing”

“Create something people want to share”

Q. What is/are your favorite font(s) right now?
a. Depends what I am designing for, but some that stand out are: Century Gothic, Raleway, Avant Garde, Will & Grace, Carolyna Pro Black, Bickham (love the ampersand)
Here are a couple of the FABULOUS proofs Jen has worked up for ‘RSVP to me’:

Keep an eye out for some more beautiful designs by Jen!!