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.

Save Money This Thanksgiving

November 25th, 2010

Today I am thankful for being part of such a great and vibrant online wedding community. To celebrate this Thanksgiving Day I want to share with you some great discounts on recently added wedding dresses.


I just want to highlight some of the incredible values that can be found on YesBride. Imagine, buying designer and vintage wedding dresses for a fraction of the normal cost. For example, check out these Oleg Cassini dresses listed on YesBride all at dramatically reduced prices. Or perhaps Vera Wang is more your style. Whatever your desire, YesBride.com has what you are looking for. Also, by buying gently used items you are helping save the environment and being a little more green and eco-friendly. Thanks for making our site what it is! Happy Thanksgiving.

Expensive Jewelry Is Not For Me!

October 26th, 2010

Ah, the joys of planning a wedding! So many things to think about. The venue, the guests, the date, the cake and, of course, the bride. In fact, she gets a whole list of worries all to herself. Who is going to be her bridesmaid? What dress will she wear? How will she style her hair? But, I’ll be honest; I’ve never considered the choice of jewelry as another bridal worry.


I’ll admit I’m not the most traditional person out there. In fact, the idea of a white wedding makes me come over all sweaty and a little bit nauseous. So the question of how much I would spend on bridal jewelry is a simple one – not a lot. Don’t get me wrong, I love jewelry but I would much prefer to wear something that perhaps belongs to my mother or grandmother than go out and spend an obscene amount on a new piece for the day. Sentimental value far outweighs actual value, as far as I’m concerned.


It just seems like yet another excuse to spend money and, bearing in mind today’s climate of easy debt and high interest payments, spending a lot of money on something that is not entirely necessary just seems a bit stupid. I would rather spend a little on the dress, shoes, hair etc. for the big day and have a lot more to put towards a wonderful honeymoon. For me, it’s all about priorities and, unfortunately, bridal jewelry is not one of them.

Recession Pinch? Tips To Save On Bridesmaid Dresses

September 21st, 2010

It’s the recession – this much you and your bridesmaid will agree on. Still, the show must go on and it must go on as you envisioned it in your dreams. So, what do you do? Well, you find ways to beat the recession with these tips to save costs on bridesmaid dresses, that’s what!


Go Dutch Treat


Although it is not uncommon for bridesmaids to buy their own bridesmaid dresses, there are instances when you will have to ask them to do just that! Your bridesmaid may even like the idea because then they will not be made, or rather forced, to wear designs they either will not like or will not able to use again.


You must, however, set simple guidelines. These can include hem length, textile type and color combinations while leaving the cut and style to their imaginations. After all, your bridesmaids do have different body sizes and shapes so it is only right that you leave them to decide on what cut suits them best.


Scour the Internet


If you are Netizen, then you must know of the gold mine that the Internet is for cheapskates, or at least, for those looking to find good bargains. In fact, with a little online haggling skill on your part, you can save up to 25% or more off the list price! Another source of cheap bridesmaid dresses are discount mail-order sites, which offer 20-40 percent the prices in stores. Plus, you get to shop without leaving the home, which means more savings!


Check Out the Department Stores


Don’t discount prom dresses at department stores. You can actually convert these into bridesmaid dresses, maybe with a little alteration to take out the prom details like ribbons and bows. Or better yet, you can always ask for the department stores’ catalogs for more choices. This way, your bridesmaids can look at the pictures first before deciding on initial selections that you can then order for them. You will have to decide whether you will split the cost with them or apply Dutch treat.




If you are nimble with your hands at the sewing machine and you still have time on your hands, then you can always sew the bridesmaid dresses yourself. Or better yet, assign one of the bridesmaids with similar talent to help you with the task. This ought to save you and your bridesmaids tons of money simply because the professional fee of designers take the most cut out of the total cost of the dress. Besides, it will be fun looking for the textile, choosing the right design and sewing the dresses with the girls!


In all your efforts to save on costs for the bridesmaid dresses, one thing remains true. Always make sure that your bridesmaids will be comfortable wearing them during your wedding day. You want them to be happy, too, and be happy for you! Besides, do you really want to look at your wedding pictures ten years from your wedding day and say “Yikes! My bridesmaids looked like Frankenstein’s harem”? Probably not!

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