Wedding Color Combination: Spotlight on PURPLE!

One of the first things brides must decide on when planning their weddings is a color scheme, usually one that fits with the season or time of year when she is getting married. What I’ve noticed after working in the “wedding business” for several years is that PURPLE is often a popular choice when choosing color combinations for a wedding! In fact, when sorting through and organizing my stacks and stacks (and stacks!) of leftover invitation paper recently, I came across SO many shades and variations of the color purple. This gorgeous color needed far more storage space than some others. So… you may be wondering what is so special about PURPLE?

What I think makes PURPLE such a perfect color for weddings is that it is so versatile, meaning you can pair it with just about ANY other color. Even if PURPLE is not your favorite color, put it next to your favorite color and you will have a great combination! Just browse Pinterest to see what I mean… check out how PURPLE can be used with all of these other colors to make a fabulous palate for your wedding! Click on any photo to see more ideas of how to use these awesome color combinations!

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As you can see, PURPLE looks amazing with so many different colors and shades!!! You can’t go wrong with this color choice. No matter the month, season, or style of your wedding, purple is sure to work in some way. If you want to talk more about colors for your wedding invitations or wedding day stationery, hit me up! I LOVE this stuff! Here are some invitations we have designed using PURPLE! Maybe one will inspire you to use PURPLE in a new way for your own wedding or upcoming celebration!

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Why NOT to DIY Wedding Invitations!

A friend recently shared this photo with me and I burst out laughing because it is SO TRUE!
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I can’t tell you how many brides come to me with the same story … “I tried to make my own invitations, but it was just too frustrating!”  Or…”I tried to do my save-the-dates…I will NEVER do THAT again!”

While Pinterest is a great tool for brides, it can also be very deceiving. Everything is made to look “simple.” How many pins have you seen for “Easy DIY Wedding Invitations?” The wedding invitations in the picture look amazing, so you click the link only to discover that the title is misleading. A more appropriate title would be:

“101 Steps for Creating Mediocre Wedding Invitations”

Some brides aren’t scared by a long list of steps, so they decide to carve out the necessary time and energy to attempt their own wedding invitations thinking “How hard can it be?” What they don’t expect is the headache that comes with it… there are so many things that can go wrong! Every step becomes an obstacle…

Just see what this bride had to say about her DIY experience!

“I spent hours in Word trying to design the perfect invite (if I only knew then…) and fighting to try and get it to do what I wanted … I came up with this elaborate (and looking back on it, kinda ridiculous) design that involved snowflake printed clear wrap, vellum, standard paper, etc.  My only option for adhesive seemed to be spray glue. I spent a huge amount of time assembling these invitations, making a mess of pretty much everything, getting cat hair stuck to my invites, everything stuck to my floor, and generally using any and every curse word I could come up with to describe this project. I spent hours and hours printing a myriad of different inserts, wasting tons of paper because of my crappy printer and lack of proofreading, alternately wanting to cry and run away. But, I was stuck with it. (And that’s not all!) Having to design completely different invites because we decided to invite work friends and I had no more paper. Having invitations start falling apart before they were even sent because of using spray glue. Having to send envelopes out with spelling mistakes because I hadn’t bothered to order extra. It went on and on…

When it was all over I swore I would NEVER, EVER do it again (and to this day I often say to clients that if I were to have another wedding, I would hire someone else to create my invitations). I had spent somewhere around $1500-2000 on my wedding stationery, and WAY too much time, and I could have easily used that same amount of money to have something fantastic done by an honest-to-goodness stationer. I hadn’t taken into consideration the real cost of DIY.” (Click here for the complete disaster story from The Invitation Blog at Hip Ink.)

BUT WAIT, there’s more! Many other brides share similar DIY experiences… I couldn’t help but smirk while reading “The Great Wedding Invitation Disaster of 2009.” And ANOTHER…”You’re Invited (Part I): A DIY Invitation Disaster.” This bride had so much trouble with her “DIY adventure” that she had to write about it in TWO parts!! See “You’re Invited (Part II): Assembling the Troops” to read about the rest of the mess she endured! The list of DIY invitation disasters is endless!

In just those three stories alone, the list of potential problems for DIY wedding invitations is a long one: spending hours in word processing, reformatting templates again and again and again, having to completely re-do initial designs, paper colors not what expected, having to re-order (for a fee), spray glue (enough said), messy assembly, spending more hours printing, wasting paper, spelling errors due to lack of proofreading, running out of supplies, invites falling apart before they even reach the mailbox, problems with printing companies, text smudging, throwing away invitations, paying for a second printing, and even invitations blown away in the wind!!

Not to mention other problems I’ve heard brides lament about when attempting to DIY: printing invitations upside down, making millions of trips to the craft store, frustrations over learning new design software, assembly taking f.o.r.e.v.e.r, printers jamming and/or running out of ink, and of course many tears shed over these seemingly-menial-but-still-so-important-wedding-details.

The list could go on and on and on! Think you’re saving time and money?? THINK AGAIN!

Brides who contact me quickly realize that allowing a professional to handle the job allows them to relax, knowing that the finished product will look far better than anything they could make on their own! Plus, it frees them up to focus on other important wedding decisions. There’s just so much to do — why add the stress of designing and assembling invitations too? Take it from me (I know how much time and energy it takes to make beautiful invitations!)… this is one thing you will be glad you didn’t take on yourself!

It’s your special day! Let your invitations reflect how important your wedding truly is. We at ‘RSVP to me’ would love to assist you by creating custom wedding invitations for your upcoming celebration! Share your vision with us and we can create it!

‘RSVP to me’ Nautical Wedding Invitation meets "Style Me Pretty"

We were absolutely thrilled when we heard from our bride that her beautiful wedding made the one and only Style Me Pretty! “A classic wedding with just a touch of nautical pretty” is exactly what this wedding was and we are beyond honored to be apart of it and to have created the invitations for this lovely couple. Alison Conklin Photography did an amazing job capturing every single detail so be sure to check out their website along with SMP for all the gorgeous details to ooh and ahh over.
Photo Courtesy of Alison Conklin Photography
When Jacqueline and Andrew met with us it was very important to them to incorporate the nautical feel. Having their wedding at Gurney’s Resort and Spa in Montauk they wanted every small detail perfect, from the invitations, which is the first impression to their guests all throughout their wedding.
Photo Courtesy of Anna Hurt Photography

A great note from the bride, “I think what is so inspiring about our wedding is the unique, romantic, nautical details and the almost Gatsby naivety about us in pictures. My dad’s vintage 1955 Volkswagen Beetle was a hit and made a special moment for him and I before the ceremony and obviously looked adorable in pictures!”

Photo Courtesy of Alison Conklin Photography
We at RSVP to me, are honored to be able to help capture the nautical theme that this adorable couple elegantly incorporated into their special day. We wish you a lifetime of love, happiness and pure bliss.

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!!!