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I HAVE to share this with you. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these new save the date cards from Dabney Lee at Home. The bright colors, the fun scripty fonts…I’m in LOVE . Check out her new  Soiree collection set to land in stores in June 2009 below and visit her blog  blog for more fun gifts and stationary.

 

Dabney Lee Soikee Save the Date Cards

Photo Courtesy of Dabney Lee at Home

 

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When it comes to wedding invitations, I’m a pretty big proponent of the real deal. However… in today’s eco-friendly, socially aware world of  “green” weddings…
a girls gotta have options. And we have DISCOUNTED options for you ladies…

When I first heard about the possibility of the digital invitation, I had my doubts. It’s kind of like how I feel about the Kindle. I want to like it, but there’s something about holding a real book in your hand.

There’s still something lovely and romantic about getting an over sized envelope in your mailbox. (one and a time)

But I have to say… I was dead wrong. I checked out My Invitation Link and was completely blown away.

These are AMAZING.

It’s so easy. You pick the music, the template and the photos and click send. There are countless templates to choose from and these invitations will NOT set you back. you can add text to tell the story of how you met, information on your special day and more! 

With your paid account you can create save the date cards, invitations, announcements, even thank you cards. 

(Although I’d still send a handwritten thank you)

 As a subscriber you have the option of having your invitations and announcements hosted for three, six, or twelve months. Prices range from $39 for three months, $59 for six months and $79 for one year.

You can change the music, pictures or template in that time and you can send it to as many people as you can afford to invite!

*Remember it’s still an invitation… watch your budget and don’t invite everyone you know if you can’t afford it.

Now, here’s the best part… Wedding Belles Online Readers get a 20% discount on all MyInvitationLink.com invites with the CODE: weddingbelles 

Saving the planet, and your wallet in one foul swoop.

Look at you go… 

I did a short stint as an intern at one of the bridal mags in my post-college/pre-real world days and completely and totally loved it. Obviously. While I was there, I had to file my way through countless stationary samples from invitation companies hoping to be featured in the next big article on paper goods. I’m a pretty simple girl, so it’s tough for me to differentiate between all the loopy, letterpress that’s out there, but there’s one thing I totally fell in love with while I was there…custom wedding maps.

I know they’re not SUPER necessary. But they’re kind of great. Especially if you’re having a destination wedding where most of your guest have no idea where to find you, the happy couple, the hotel their staying in, or the nearest happy hour.  If you have the funds to splurge on one more thing to shove into your envelopes…opt for these, and if there happens to be no more room left in those envelopes, they also fit nicely and look great in welcome baskets for guests upon arrival.

Calligraphics, on Etsy does custom drawn and digitally colored custom wedding maps. The price varies depending on the number of details you want to include and how many you’ll need. It’s best to contact them directly to discuss.

Custom Wedding Maps- Calligraphics- Etsy

Custom Wedding Maps- Calligraphics- Etsy

For this custom map design it’s $25 and printing is either additional or on your own accord. Again…check with the seller at checkout.

GoAgainstTheGrain Custom Maps- Etsy

GoAgainstTheGrain Custom Maps- Etsy

Laura Hooper Calligraphy and Lucky Orchid Invitations are Etsy sellers that offer some of the best custom wedding maps I’ve ever seen. She offers 100 custom drawn maps for $415 and for $150 you can have you map enlarged to a watercolor painting.

LH Calligraphy & Lucky Orchid Invitations

LH Calligraphy & Lucky Orchid Invitations (front)

LH Calligraphy & Lucky Orchid Invitations (back)

LH Calligraphy & Lucky Orchid Invitations (back)

LH Calligraphy & Lucky Orchid Invitations- Etsy

LH Calligraphy & Lucky Orchid Invitations- Etsy

LH Calligraphy & Lucky Orchid Invitations - Etsy

LH Calligraphy & Lucky Orchid Invitations - Etsy

Mira Aster is one of the most amazing wedding invitation designers around, and her work has been featured just about everywhere.  They’ve been doing custom hand stitched invitations since 2000 and for some seriously incredible wedding maps Mira Aster teams up with the unbelievable Stephannie Barba of Couture Maps. Design starts at $400 for one color, but each order’s cost is different based on what you’re looking for as far as printing, paper and design go.   To get an estimate for what you’re looking for go to their order page and fill out a form to see what kind of cash you’re gonna have to lay down to get these in your possession.  Samples are available for $10 in the US and $15 internationally.

Couture Maps with hand stitching by Mira Aster

Couture Maps with hand stitching by Mira Aster

Couture Maps by Stephannie Barba

Couture Maps by Stephannie Barba

Couture Maps by Stephannie Barba

Couture Maps by Stephannie Barba

If you don’t have the funds to pay someone else to draw, paint and print your beautiful wedding maps, make your own! There are plenty of DIY templates out on the web, or you can get someone with some serious artistic ability to draw them for you and then scan and print.  Wedding Mappers offers custom DIY Map Guides so you can create your own map right online with icons and styles that match your wedding!

As most of you know I LOVE photo booths and everything that comes with them. I’m still waiting for pictures from a photo booth proposal… In the meantime I had a chance to check out these awesome Save the Dates! They are simply my favorite!

From My Aim is True

From My Aim is True

And here, from one of my favorites- Ariel at Off Beat Bride– is a video detailing how you can make your own PLUS you can check out the written instructions for these and other creative Save the Dates from Martha by clicking on the image below.

From MarthaStewart.com

From MarthaStewart.com

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