Handwritten Wedding Invitations

December 23rd, 2010

You have probably heard of the latest craze in wedding invitations. Gone are the days when each and every bride in the country rushes to have her invitation printed with a laser-printer ink etched on glossy paper. We now welcome the era of handwritten wedding invitations.


There are actually two options up for brides and grooms-to-be. One, if you believe that your handwriting is passably artistic, you can always write the wedding invitations yourself. This exceptionally personalized means is definitely more affective if you wish to invoke a more intimate, cozy feel for your special day.


Moreover, writing your own wedding invitations slashes down a fraction of your expenses. Just buy your own scented stationery, a box of lovely, well-designed envelopes and voila, a lovely invitation without the hefty price. You can even add in a few embellishments and ornate designs here and there to complete the personalized feel to a tee. These savings could really work well for you. You can then splurge on the wedding dress or your dreams, or on the bridesmaids dresses.


If you still wish to evoke that same intimate atmosphere, yet your handwriting is needs to be deciphered by a specialist, we suggest that you go get yourself a professional calligrapher.


The art of calligraphy’s roots could be traced back to cave paintings. Over the years, it grew to become a famous, treasured art despite the advance of other printing materials such as typewriters, and of course, computers. Despite the myriad of font styles, color and sizes that a computer can produce, calligraphy is still sought-after. As long as there is a human being who keeps it alive, calligraphy will continue to be an art.


This art is brought to a whole new light when used in wedding invitations. Calligraphy set in glossy, embossed or silky paper gives the guests an impression of comfort and intimacy. Nothing says “you are special” quite like handwritten invitations. It basically shows that much thought and effort was put into each and every line. A wedding invitation, much like a wedding dress, is the finest representation of the bride’s personality. A gracious invitation reflects a gracious host.


To avoid humdrum handwritten wedding invitations, you can always opt to indulge and experiment in the following areas:


1. Shape. You can always create unique shapes for your wedding invitations. You can either have it shaped like your wedding dress, your wedding cake or have it shaped like a bell. You can always play around with shapes, it is probably the safest element to experiment with.


2. Size. If you really want to make an impression, lay it on the invitation size. The bigger, the crazier. However, your guests would probably be eternally grateful if you will not send them a billboard-size invitation.


3. Design. Make sure that your wedding invitation design matches your theme. Do not depict a beach theme on your wedding invitation when you are actually going to have a church wedding.


4. Color. Since it is a wedding, go for neutral colors, earth tones or pastels. Avoid black at all cost.

Sweet Backyard Wedding

December 22nd, 2010

Today we visit Kristin and Jenkins as they get married in a beautiful outdoor ceremony at a family home in Davidson, NC. The wedding was intimate and in keeping with traditional southern flavor featured lots of old family photos, mason jars, sweet tea, blue grass music & bow ties. Bringing us these beautiful photos is Cynthia M. Kain of Cyn Kain Photography. Please visit her site @ http://cynkainphotography.com. You will not be disappointed.



Beautiful wedding dress hanging and looking perfect in the bright light.



Groom all ready to go. Take a look at the no sock look he is sporting. Kind of reminds me of the Miami Vice look.



Cute flower girls all smiles and ready to go.



Clearly every attention to detail for this wedding was partaken.



Elegant and simple floral bouquet really matches the wedding dress style of the bride.



Special moments between parent and bride.



Outdoor wedding ceremonies always have a certain charm ad feel to them.



Kristen and Jenkins are all smiles here. Wish I had a better look at those cute shoe she was wearing.



Outdoor décor and lighting at this wedding was very special.



Green and eco-friendly wooden fork and spoon make for a sustainable wedding party. And look, an ice cream maker!



Bridesmaids all wearing very bright and colorful dresses. Those patterns look way funky.



Dancing the night away in those awesome bridesmaids dresses.



Smiles hugs and kisses between our lovely bride and groom. To see more beautiful wedding photos please visit Cynthia @ http://cynkainphotography.com

Spend For Those Designer Wedding Dresses

December 21st, 2010

When it comes to planning your wedding day, the most important item in your list is probably your wedding gown. Wedding favors and wedding cakes come in secondary to your wedding gown. However, if you are operating on a tight budget, you usually go for ready-made gowns or those displayed in some least costly but reputable bridal shops. After all, this is perhaps the most important day of your life and you don’t want to be walking down the aisle with a dress that you cannot count on to last for at least the entire duration of the ceremony.


On another note, if you come from the high end of the society, then you can afford to buy those designer wedding dresses. You don’t have to be the presidential daughter, a Hollywood star or a politician’s family member for you to take advantage of the best minds in the wedding couture world. You simply either have to have a very rich fiancé or a very fat savings (read: budget for your wedding day), or you have very generous friends who have whole-heartedly contributed to your designer wedding gown!


Here are the big names that you can choose from:


Monique Lhuillier


This US-based Filipina comes from a family who owns one of the giant chain of pawnshops in the Philippines. Being part of a high profile clan, Monique had the chance and access to the best fashion schools in the world. Thus, her flair for fashion (exhibited at age 14) was reinforced by her degree from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM).


Monique’s line of designer wedding dresses caught the eye of the public when she designed her own the dresses of her own wedding entourage. This led her to take care of the gowns of Christine Baumgartner (in her wedding to Kevin Costner) and Britney Spears (in her wedding to Kevin Federline).


This multi-awarded designer is known for pretty dresses that introduce a “fluid look.”


Vera Wang


Raised by an affluent American family of Chinese descent, Vera was once a figure skater taking part in various national competitions. When she failed to make it to the US team for the Olympics, she turned her back on sports and welcomed the fashion industry.


Her corporate experience included being Vogue’s editor for 16 years and rubbing elbows with Ralph Lauren. It was in 1990 that she opened her own shop in New York, displaying her trademark designer wedding dresses. Her work has the reputation of “a modern, sophisticated approach to classic style.”


Among her celebrity clients are Jessica Simpson, Victoria Beckham, Mariah Carey and Sharon Stone, among others.


Michelle Roth


This designer was born to fashion, as her parents own a famous Australian bridal label, Henri Josef. Thus, Michelle has fashion and creativity on her blood. She started her own collection of designer wedding dresses in 1990, working with her brother.


Her works have been featured in numerous talk shows including, among others, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Martha Stewart Living and Entertainment Tonight.


Designer wedding dresses could really get expensive. However, if you can afford it, why not get one? Again, it’s the most important day of your life and pictures of you will be immortalized in a number of photo albums. It’s just proper to look fabulous on the start of “the rest of your life.”

Fresh Hubby Of L.A.

December 20th, 2010



By now you know that I love to feature awesome videos of wedding proposals on Monday’s. Just a little something I like to do to cheer us all when we have a case of the Mondays. Well, after coming across this little video I think that all of you will agree that this has to be one of the most creative wedding videos of them all. Looks like a lot of work went into this rhyming wedding story. Special thanks to @FreshHubby and his awesome bride @BrokeAssBride of http://thebrokeassbride.com for this super video!

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