The oh-so-lovely Invitations by Ajalon sent us today’s guest post, thanks so much Katie! You’re going to learn all about letterpress from a true professional. Enjoy. :)

Brides and grooms all over the world are going crazy for letterpress wedding invitations right now and I certainly cannot blame them. There is something about that soft, luscious paper and those deep impressions that send my heart racing. Why do you love letterpress?

The versatility of this centuries-old printing process is another thing I will never get over. Any color in the Pantone rainbow looks amazing letterpress printed, and if ink isn’t your thing, shiny foil or blind impression looks fabulous impressed into paper.

Your options are endless. Let’s take a look at a few:

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Heather over at Calluna Events put together this awesome post and I knew that we had to share it. As a bride who had a destination wedding, your guests will truly appreciate being welcomed.

Weddings are a time to celebrate with friends and family, often times with people who travel to join the festivities. As an out of town guest, attending a wedding can seem somewhat daunting being in a foreign place surrounded with strangers. We have some great tips to help your out of town guests feel right at home for your wedding this season!

As your RSVPs start to trickle in, begin assembling welcome packages that you can send to them months prior to the wedding. As if you don’t have enough on your plate already, this little extra task will ensure that everyone feels welcome and will undoubtedly create an a memorable introduction to how special your wedding day will be. These pre-wedding welcome packages can be almost free and can be a fun task for your Maid of Honor or for one of the bridesmaids! Think of including a local area map with notes on it of some of your favorite hikes, attractions, and must sees for your guests while they are in town for your wedding. Including a mini brochure of restaurants and favorite special attractions that hold a special place in you and your sweetie’s heart is also a great way to help introduce your guests to your destination while reminding them why they are making the trip! Lastly, important contact information and phone number can be a helpful way for guests to feel more at ease as they travel to help celebrate with you.

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 From flowers to leaves, ribbons to lace, sashes to bows, the list goes on! Selecting a bouquet can be confusing and stressful at times. Thank you Madeline Trait of Locally Grown Weddings  for coming to the rescue with some helpful tips and advice!

Choosing a bouquet

The decor for your wedding can become a daunting task. There is a lot to consider and think about. One place to start are the flowers and more specifically your bouquet. Bouquets come in many different combinations, colors and textures. In my opinion there are really only two very important keys to figuring out the right bouquet for you; Style and Color. Like your shoes and your jewelry the bouquet becomes a part of your attire for the day. So the color is important to match your attire and the style as it encompasses the size, texture and the flower types.

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For decades, the trend in bridal sets has leaned toward the traditional diamond solitaire engagement ring and gold wedding band. And while there have always been women who have chosen less conventional bridal jewelry designs, modern brides as a group seem to be far more open to stylistic experimentation as they choose wedding sets like the following, which uniquely reflect precisely who they are:

A delicate leaf-design engagement and wedding ring set in sterling silver is one perfect example of a style that moves away from what many of today’s brides consider the plain-Jane styles of yesteryear, bringing real personality to the modern wedding set. The top surface of each ring is adorned by a single row of curved and patterned leaves, providing a beautifully coordinated look. Atop the engagement ring, the two middlemost leaves curl gracefully around the stone, framing it with beauty as if it were a flower. More adventurous brides may trade the white sapphire for an amethyst, blue topaz, pink tourmaline, green tourmaline, peridot, garnet, rhodolite garnet, or citrine. Women who love designs that bring their fancies back to nature and who look for beauty without extravagance will find a wedding set such as this one the ideal way to express their individuality, while providing the perfect day-to-day design.

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With Julia just getting engaged and me getting married last year, we’ve been doing a lot of chatting about wedding planning. Let me tell you one of the hardest parts about planning a wedding –even a wedding that is happening THOUSANDS of miles from where you live: a seating chart.

I never would’ve guessed that assigning seats would have been so complicated. My fiancé and I would think we figured out a table when a couple would pop up as an odd ball. Then, it was back to square one. If you have divorced parents who do not have the most civil of a relationship, things can get even hairier.

Photo by Kimberly Potterf Photography

Photo by Kimberly Potterf Photography

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Today’s guest post (and all the photos!) comes to us from Mandy Solner of Love Above Photography. This post will definitely make you rethink your wedding!

The eagerly anticipated day has finally arrived; you are standing at the alter next to the man of your dreams, waiting breathlessly to know that you are finally husband and wife. You gaze longingly into each other’s eyes, and then glance out towards your family and friends in the audience. It’s only then that you realize no one is looking at you. They are all looking down at their smartphones and camera LCD screens; present physically, but mentally, are they truly present? As a wedding photographer, it saddens me to deliver images to a bride and groom that contain nothing but shots of the guests at their wedding ceremony staring down at their hand held devices.

 

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You’re a bridesmaid! Congratulations. Wait…what’s that? You’re the maid of honor? WOW! Double congrats! Having been a maid of honor more times than I like to share, I think you’re going to be fabulous. Simply fabulous…as long as you remember a couple things.

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Photo by Stephanie Haller Photography

 

See, being THE maid of honor means that you’re the number 2. Not the groom, not the mom, you. You’re the one the bride is going to call when her dress doesn’t fit quite right, or the napkins are the wrong shade of chartreuse (because there are so many…).

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Today’s guest post comes to us from Kaity Fuja of OMG Photography –we shared a wedding of hers that was so awesome we had to share it in not one but two posts! As someone who has already been married and has hundreds of photos on disc, I am feeling very inspired by this post. I hope you are too!

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Okay, so you’ve booked a professional photographer for your wedding day. Maybe you even booked an engagement or bridal session too! You found a photographer whom you absolutely love, and you can’t wait to show off your new wedding pictures! So what do you do? Do you buy the digital files, upload them to Facebook and then forget about them? Do you buy a few prints and send them off to mom and dad and grandma and grandpa? Or do you really make them a part of your home? Maybe you want to make them a part of your home decor, but you don’t know how. If that’s the case, then today is your lucky day! In this post I’m going to give you some neat ideas about ways you can show off your favorite family photos.

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Wedding dress shopping isn’t just dress up for grown women. It may looks like a playful montage of pretty dresses, but there’s also some planning and strategy that goes along with finding your dream dress at a great price. Before visiting a bridal boutique always call in advance to see if they require reservations and if they have gowns in the styles that you love.

Here are five tips for dress shopping. Have fun!

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