Writing and sending thank you notes is the final aspect of your wedding. It may feel hard to believe that after months, or even years of planning, you’re about to check the last wedding-related item off your to-do list. Don’t be tempted to rush the process of writing your thank you notes. Keep in mind that your friends and family spent time and money traveling to attend your wedding and supporting the start of your new lives together.
The lights dim. A hush falls over the room. Camera lights flicker. The DJ speaks into his microphone.
“And now, I’m proud to introduce, for the first time, the new Mr. & Mrs….”
The ballroom erupts in applause. You see a few members of the crowd wiping tears out of the corners of their eyes. It’s time for your first dance as husband and wife. What song do you hear? What rhythm carries your footsteps along the dance floor? What words perfectly summarize your love for one another, and the commitment you’ve just sworn in front of all of your loved ones?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
Show 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
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
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.