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A friend of mine received these amazing and totally unique invitations to me to share with you all!
The couple, a pair of graphic designers decided to infuse their invites with their own super fun, super graphic style.
There’s really nothing I love more than “true to the couple” details, especially when they are designed personally!
Enjoy!

Graphic Designer Invites

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Martha’s talking about it, and so is everyone else. This season’s hottest color trend… Sea Glass. I love it. Subtle, yet elegant and totally chic. Get inspired with some ideas below.

Photo's Courtesy of Martha Stewart/ Brides.com

Photo's Courtesy of Martha Stewart/ Brides.com

Here’s the “BUY-IT” breakdown…

Wafer Cake: Necco wafers– Mint shade available at necco.amazonwebstore.com; Invitations: HammerpressFavor Boxes: Materials from your local ARts Store. See How-To- Here; Bridesmaid Dresses (Blue): “Bellini” strapless dress, Siri, 415-431-8873. “Mallory” sweetheart crisscross halter dress, Jenny Yoo Collection; Collective Sea Glass Inspired Jewlery; Get a shot of something blue with a sparkling piece of jewelry that’s seaworthy and wedding-worthy. 1. Pendant necklace, by Danielle Welmond, from Twist, twistonline.com. 2. Beaded necklace with freshwater pearls, Rina Limor, rinalimor.com. 3. Quartz and chalcedony necklace, Suzanne Kalan, suzannekalan.com. 4. “Cleo” hoops, Rachel Leigh, rachelleigh.com. 5. Topaz and gold necklace, by TenThousandThings, from Ylang 23, ylang 23.com. 6 & 7. “Snowman” topaz earrings, and gold and topaz bangles, Ippolita, 877-865-5500. 8. Aquamarine chunk necklace, by Gabrielle Sanchez, from ABC Carpet & Home, 212-473-3000. 9. Brazilian agate bib necklace, Jennifer Rose, jenniferrosejewelry.com. 10. Bracelet with smooth fluorite, Becky Kelso, beckykelso.com. 11. Peruvian Amazonite earrings with diamonds, by Jamie Joseph, from Ylang23, ylang23.com. 12. “Stellar Mix” earrings, by Dana Kellin, from Fragments Prince Street, 212-334-9588; Earrings: Style GS688AQ, by Gabrielle Sanchez, from ABC Carpet & Home, abchome.com; Bridesmaid Dress (Green): “Orchid” jade shantung dress, Simple Silhouettes; Bottle Favors: Shop vintage shops, good will and $1 stores and then complete each favor with a typed out message inside from the you! ( Photo Courtesy of Brides.com)

I stopped by Dabney Lee to check out the Soiree collection that I posted about, in person, and let me tell you ladies, there really is soemthing for every girl from the Upper Eastside to the preppy Southern girl.  Super Cute!

Two Trick Pony Carnival Invitation

Two Trick Pony… another one of my FAVORITE FAVORITE stationers- based on Brooklyn. Printed on 100% recycled paper these invitations are perfectly, wonderfully vintage inspired perfection on paper. Love it. Download their Spring collection here, or shop online at Etsy.

This next company was one of my FAVORITES at the show. Plus I really love the name. In Good Company Paper Designs– Slightly preppy, slightly nautical, all around fabulous. I LOVE this line. Although they don’t specifically do wedding invitations per se, Anything they do already have can be designed to fit your function and your style… LOVE IT. Go check out their adorable stuff.

More from the NYC Stationary Show. These AMAZING buckets and oval tins from the MacBeth Collection are perfect for beach weddings (Store flipflops for guests) and excellent for perfectly preppy welcome baskets /bins for out of town guests! I really do LOVE these, and the best part … you can design your own!

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Next up… Lifeguard Press which features loads of Lilly. Stationary in shades of pink and green with designs for every occasion. Their booth was adorable. Note the super cute poof garland a la Martha. Adorable.

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I love the gift bags and their wedding stationary from Lilly…

Next up… Smock Paper. Based out of Syracuse- Love that. Seriously BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL Letterpress invitations. Their display was pretty wonderful as well. Here’s the great thing about Smock. All of their beautifully letter pressed invitations are eco-friendly. They are the first and only print shop in the U.S. to work on wholly sustainable bamboo paper. WE LOVE THAT!

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Last but CERTAINLY not least… Linda and Harriet. My favorite upon favorites… Just go and look. It’s all fabuloso ladies.

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So I went to the NYC Stationary Show and let me tell you ladies… BEAUTIFUL, AMAZING stuff to be seen. I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you.

First up… PIKME.

This super adorable line of stationary includes these AMAZING Party Piks. How perfect for your next Champagne & Cupcakes Shower!? These Party Piks come in lots of different designs including lobsters, flamingos and a dancing elephant with a martini ( My personal favorite). But the images are endless and there’s sure to be one that matches every wedding out there. The Party Piks are sold as a set of 13 and limited to one design per set. In addition, they have notepads, notecards, gift tags, stickers, place cards and photo cards. One theme to take you from Shower to Reception to Thank You’s. Perfect.

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Another one of my favorite cupcake toppers were from Blue Ribbon.  They do beautiful custom, fine letterpress cards and stationary for weddings. Whether it’s through these toppers, or through invitations, save the dates and thank you notes…Blue Ribbon brings a touch of refined elegance to your special day.

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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

 

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… 

Oh the ultra preppy, ultra fun and flirty color combo. Perfect for beach side, destination and tropical weddings that embrace the bright colors. 

Photos COurtesy of TheKnot.com

Photos Courtesy of TheKnot.com

 Depending on your details you can substitute traditional wedding dresses with patterned Lilly dresses. I will caution you. Lilly is not a cheap brand. But you get what you pay for, and your bridesmaids… providing they like to pop their collar as much as you do…. will thank you for opting for a dress they WILL actually wear again. If you’re feeling extra sweet offer to pay for your bridesmaid dresses as a thank you for agreeing to make you their priority for the next 8 – 10 months. 🙂

 

Fitch Shift Dress in Grasshopper Green $348

Fitch Shift Dress in Grasshopper Green $348

 

 

Briere Dress Silk Chiffon $428

Briere Dress Silk Chiffon $428

 

AND… Lilly has a great part of their online shop called “The Little White Dress” which might be a perfect bridal outfit change for a more casual wedding, a rehearsal dinner or an out fit to leave your giant party in. People still do that right? A fun new take on the “honeymoon suit.” Or keep with your own theme and don your own pink and green ensemble fit for traveling to someplace exotic, warm and honey-mooney.

 

Fiesta Dress Sateen $288

Fiesta Dress Sateen $288

You can always opt for something a little bit more conservative and go with solid colored bridesmaid dresses from David’s Bridal in shades of pink or green with alternating colored flowers. Lime green dresses with bright pink flowers are beautiful! And a pale pink dress with a bouquets of green and white works too! Plus it’s a little less expensive for your ladies in waiting. You can always incorporate the patterned look with “Little Lilly” for your flower girls. They have adorable children’s dresses that are perfect for a preppy wedding.

 

Green Bridesmaid Dress from Jasmine Bridal

Green Bridesmaid Dress from Jasmine Bridal

 I know I put this dress up a lot. It’s just so pretty. I can’t help it.

Cotton Candy Sydney Dress $225 J.Crew

Cotton Candy Sydney Dress $225 J.Crew

 

 

 

Maren Dress $98

Maren Dress $98

 Even the groom and his boys can get in on the action. Brides.com put together this look for a preppy chic wedding.

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Brides.com

Photo Courtesy of Brides.com

Photo Credit: Three-button suit, Charles Tyrwhitt, ctskirts.co.uk. Pink-and-white striped shirt and tie with turtles, Vineyard Vines,vineyardvines.com.

Always Vineyard Vines Groomsmen ties. Always.

 

Photo Courtesy of Brides.com

Photo Courtesy of Brides.com

Photo Credit: A clutch of peonies, roses, ranunculus and hydrangeas adds a jolt of color; about $275, Belle Fleur, NYC, bellefleurny.com.

Invitations can go one of two ways too. Pick a solid color and embellish with the other color, or use both in a more complex patterned invite.

 

Summer Fever Invitation from Custom Creations (Etsy)

Summer Fever Invitation from Custom Creations (Etsy)

 

 

Secret Garden Wedding Invitation by Tulaloo (Etsy)

Secret Garden Wedding Invitation by Tulaloo (Etsy)

 

 

Custom Invitations by Embellished by Tiffany (Etsy)

Custom Invitations by Embellished by Tiffany (Etsy)

Greet your guests with this Pink and Green guest book and pen set from Etsy seller Creative Bridal Solutions.

 

 

Pink & Green Guest Book by Creative Bridal Solutions (Etsy)

Pink & Green Guest Book by Creative Bridal Solutions (Etsy)

 

I’m a big fan of the out of town bachelorette weekend. I’m a bigger fan of brides saying thanks to their bridesmaids as much as possible. Do you really have any idea how much money we are spending on you?? A lot. 

To say thank you, fill a monogrammed (obviously) bag from The Palm Gifts with adorable preppy treats like, flip flops from J.Crew or these adorable pink and green checked ones from The Palm Gifts, Notecards from Lilly Pulitzer, and maybe even a silver monogrammed ring or preppy bachelorette coozies from Preppy Monogrammed Gifts. Also just a quick note about J.Crew… if you still have your student discount lying around you can get 15% off in-store (varies) purchases. Definitely worth using.

 

Flip Flops by J.Crew $24.50

Flip Flops by J.Crew $24.50

 

 

Lilly Circle Notes $16

Lilly Circle Notes $16

 

Polka Dot Bridesmaid Glasses $15

Polka Dot Bridesmaid Glasses $15

Seriously. How cute are those glasses!? I am obsessed. I love them. They are from Etsy seller The Preppy Polka Dot.  They also have these adorable shot glasses with fun ribbon that would be adorable to carry around for a bachelorette party!

Preppy Polka Dot Shot Glasses $9 each

Preppy Polka Dot Shot Glasses $9 each

And for further inspiration… courtesy of Vineyard Vines… because they’re awesome. Here are some pink and green wedding parties to rock your world.

 

Pink and Green Wedding INspiration

Pink and Green Wedding Inspiration

 

 

Pink and Green Wedding Inspiration

Pink and Green Wedding Inspiration

 

Pink and Green Wedding Inspiration

Pink and Green Wedding Inspiration

I always loved this next combo together. It’s romance with an edge. Who doesn’t like that? Be careful with these colors though. I feel like it’s better to stay with deeper shades of purple or lime green to keep it looking fresh and new and less like an Easter basket… unless that’s what you’re going for…
Just a thought.

Photos COurtesy of TheKnot.com

Photos COurtesy of TheKnot.com

AND… some things you can actually buy…

Very chic and very modern custom wedding invitations from Etsy seller,  Modern Ink Studio! 

AND… if you place your order before April 15, 2009 you get  15% off your entire order! They also have very cool custom table numbers for just $1.99 each! 

 

Olivia Custom Wedding Invitation

Olivia Custom Wedding Invitation

 

Olivia Custom Wedding Reply Card

Olivia Custom Wedding Reply Card

 

Modern Ink Studio Custom Table Number

Modern Ink Studio Custom Table Number

These Zen invitations from Etsy seller Tucci Paper Company also are for a set of 20 for $40. A little bit more organic looking.

 

Zen Invitations 20 for $40

Zen Invitations 20 for $40

Aria’s Spring 2009 bridesmaid collection has lots of froof! Yay! They run from $151- $250.
Purple dresses paired with bright green hydrangea, orchids and bells of ireland is a perfect spring color combo!

 

 

Ohoto Courtesy of Brides

Photo Courtesy of Brides

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

 

Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

So you can sub in pink for red or any other color here too. I just love the bright happy hues of these shades together.  Throw a little green in for good measure.

 

Photos Courtesy of TheKnot.com

Photos Courtesy of TheKnot.com

AND as always… some things you can actually buy.

 

Zinnia  Lover 7 Piece Pom Kit- Pom Love (Etsy) $30

Zinnia Lover 7 Piece Pom Kit- Pom Love (Etsy) $30

I wrote about these awhile back, when I was talking about how to decorate gifts at display showers. But they are also really beautiful and fun decorations. You can make your own, or you can just buy the kit that has everything in it from Pom Love! So cute! 

 

Afternoon Delight Fascinator from Jenn A Say (Etsy) $24

Afternoon Delight Fascinator from Jenn A Say (Etsy) $24

I love this froof. So bright and colorful and screaming for a daring unique bride to toss in her veil for! So fun, and so affordable from Etsy vendor Jenn A Say!

 

Custom Invitations from Lillebarn too

Custom Invitations from Lillebarn too

These mango and pink invitations from Etsy Vendor Lilliebarn Too are sure to catch your guests attention. Bright, fun and fuschia… why not?!

 

 

Lula Kate Bridesmaid Dresses

Lula Kate Bridesmaid Dresses

I ADORE Lula Kate Bridesmaid dresses. They have color combinations that never end, and their work is BEAUTIFUL. The Ashley Dress is my personal favorite…

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