This design roundup is so unique! Everyone has seen printed and letterpress stationery–but have you ever seen painted designs? You have now, because I’ve gathered up a collection of WeddingInviteLove vendors that busted out their brushes!

Stacey and Co WeddingInviteLoveStacey & Company

 

The TreeSpace Studio WeddingInviteLoveThe TreeSpace Studio

 

The Posh Paintbrush WeddingInviteLoveThe Posh Paintbrush

 

Lana's Shop WeddingInviteLoveLana’s Shop

 

CO Creative CartelCO Creative Cartel

 

Savor the Date WeddingInviteLoveSavor the Date

 

Happy Wedding Wednesday everyone!

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I don’t know how many of you have seen the movie 27 Dresses but if you’ve ever been a bridesmaid in a friend’s wedding you know there’s always that tiny of feeling of fear when it comes to the choosing of the dresses. When the day comes that it’s your turn to choose dresses for your bridesmaids try to remember that feeling and spare them!

To Each Her Own

No two women are made alike. What looks great on one bridesmaid might make another bridesmaid feel uncomfortable. It may be your big day but you picked these women to be by your side for a reason and you want to make sure they are happy too.  Consider picking a color and allowing each bridesmaid to pick a dress to fit her personality and flatter her own figure. Check out multi-colored bridesmaid dresses at David’s Bridal where they have 44 colors in hundreds of combinations. This is a win-win situation, you don’t have to be a Bridezilla and everyone’s happy!

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Wear Again Looks

No one wants a closet full of dresses they’ll never wear again. When looking at bridesmaid dresses consider those that can easily be worn again for another event. Bridesmaids are expected to pay for their own dresses so they will undeniably be thankful that they can consider their dress an investment. You definitely can’t go wrong with Vera Wang.  The White by Vera Wang collection found at David’s Bridal is full of dresses that are classic and sophisticated like this beautiful bobbin net dress with illusion neckline, ruched bodice, and an asymmetrically draped bubble skirt.

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Ditch the Traditional

These days more and more brides are ditching the traditional and putting their own creative and personal touches on everything from the venue to the decorations to the bridal parties. There’s no right or wrong and there’s no handbook that says your wedding has to fit any cookie cutter mold. Gone are the days where everyone has to wear long, formal, matching dresses with heels and their hair done exactly the same way.  If your wedding is on a ranch and you want your bridesmaids to wear cowboy boots, go for it!

The most important part is that your wedding reflects you and your partners’ personalities and love.

Getting married in the Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky area? If you answered “yes,” then get ready for a tour of The Center. I just love the lighting–this venue is definitely celebration ready!

The Center WeddingVenueLove

The Center is a unique and customizable event venue in the heart of downtown Cincinnati. Located in the Mercantile Building, many may remember the location as the former Contemporary Arts Center space.This convenient location allows guests access to nearby hotels and parking.

The Center

With nearly 15,000 square feet of space, modern architectural features, and a great view of Fountain Square – there is truly nothing like it downtown! The expansive hardwood floors and neutral walls in the ballroom allow clients to arrange the space to fit their needs and create the atmosphere of their choice with the lighting and décor.

The Center

The reception area under the dome ceiling is a popular spot for a cocktail hour, but no two events at The Center are the same!

The Center

The Center is not a full service venue and does not have a preferred vendors list. This means that the space is yours for the duration of the event and you are welcome to work with the caterers, party planners, rental companies and entertainers of your choice – at no additional cost! Caterers are welcome to use the open kitchen and can easily access the main event areas.

The Center

There are also smaller side rooms around the venue that can be used for kids, photo booths, buffets, and more!

The Center

Interested in The Center? Check them out on WeddingVenueLove or head on over to their site.

This guest post was written for us by Kara from Love This Day Events. Kara plans beautiful weddings in the Denver area, so she knows all about how to plan a mountain wedding. Thanks Kara!

Mountain weddings are spectacular. Mountain weddings are iconic. Mountain weddings offer venue, food and design opportunities that are hard to match in an urban environment. Mountain weddings also offer unique challenges in terms of logistics. And mountain weddings should simply be more fun! Here are a few steps to get your mountain wedding planning process started and make your mountain wedding day spectacular! Plan, prepare and enjoy your wedding day.

Love This Day Events WeddingPlannerLove Photo by Jared Wilson Photography

Hire a planner.

It should be fun to plan your wedding. After the champagne and the congratulations phone calls, you and your fiance should take a week or two and really talk about what you would like your wedding to look and feel like. Ask for wedding planner recommendations from friends and do some online research (WeddingPlannerLove) and have a very honest discussion about your wedding plan during the interview. A good planner will save you time, money and hours of stress.

Love This Day Events WeddingPlannerLovePhoto by Stellar Photography

Set a budget.

Once you have decided what planner to work with start sketching out a budget. Your planner will be able to guide your plan and show you where to save and where to spend. Setting a budget is vital before you select your venue.

Love This Day Events WeddingPlannerLovePhoto by Brinton Studios

Start your Pinterest Board.

Pinterest is a great tool for design. It allows you to save your photos (instead of trying to remember which wedding blog your dream bouquet was in) and share inspirations with your vendors. Seeing 20-25 inspirational photos enables your wedding vendors to see what you love. With that information – you are setting everyone up for success.

Love This Day Events WeddingPlannerLovePhoto by Julie Harris

Create a top three list.

Every couple is unique and each wedding has different priorities. Sit down with your betrothed and write down the top three most important elements for your wedding. Compare lists and compromise. If your fiance chooses bar, band and food and you have chosen band, food and decor – it only makes sense to find a venue known for their chef and menu with a reception space ready for a band. Put these lists somewhere you can both see them and revisit them from time to time. Remember what matters to the two of you.

Find the Venue.

Now you can find your dream mountain wedding location. With the budget, vision and priorities in mind, your wedding planner will be able to easily guide to a spectacular mountain venue. This will save you hundreds of driving miles and several weekend scouting trips!

Love This Day Events WeddingPlannerLovePhoto by Paige Elizabeth

Local Versus Imported Vendors.

Hire local or import your vendors from your city? Every couple has different needs. I recommend asking your venue for local vendor recommendations and planning a trip to interview a few. Plan your trip for a non-event day! Your florist will be able to spend much more time with you on a Tuesday than on a Saturday morning in August. See whose work you admire and who you feel comfortable with. Ask for references from past clients. The most important part of building your mountain wedding vendor team is that you hire people who you trust. If it is easier for you to work with someone from home – bring them with you. And you can always mix and match (some local and some imported) to create your dream team.

Love This Day Events WeddingPlannerLovePhoto by Brinton Studios

Weather Plan

Always always always have a back up weather plan. Here in the Colorado Mountains, I have seen it snow on the 4th of July and I have seen 60 degrees and sunny days in February. Work with your wedding planner to create a weather plan and establish exactly how it will be communicated to your wedding party, vendors and guests. Make sure that you have allowed adequate time for reception rooms to be reset by the catering staff and for the florists to move any outdoor decor to your indoor location. Explore and plan for the worst case scenarios . . . and hope for sunshine.

Love This Day Events WeddingPlannerLovePhoto by Brinton Studios

Consider your guests and altitude.

Although you and your honey may have no problem hiking above timberline or taking a chairlift – consider your guests. Have alternate transportation, consider having oxygen available for older guests and encourage everyone to enjoy the mountains. At their own pace.

Be Prepared. The Emergency Kit.

Mountain weddings are usually a little bit removed from services and stores that we rely on in the city. The emergency kit should be stocked with everything from bandaids to superglue. Talk to your wedding planner about what she has in hers – there are always great stories behind some of the more unusual items in the kit.

Love This Day Events WeddingPlannerLovePhoto by Paige Elizabeth

Consider the elements when buying your dress.

If you are planning to get married outside consider what the ground will do to your train. If you are getting married on grass, consider a shoe with a wedge heel (or cowboy boots – what can I say – they are functional) and always have a wrap or coat that compliments your dress. It gets chilly when the sun goes down!

Outdoor Mountain Ceremonies

There are 3 must haves for Colorado Mountain outdoor ceremonies. Have water available for your guests. Have sunscreen available for your guests (even 30 minutes at 9,000 can do a number on you!) and consider offering the ladies parasols (there are several options for renting). If it’s early season, have bug spray available (mosquitos can be quite persistent early season).

Love This Day Events WeddingPlannerLovePhoto by Julie Afferbaugh Photography

Mountain Weddings and Your Dog.

Why not? Just remember 2 important things. If your dog is your ring bearer – please do not put your real rings on his collar (mountains + wildlife + dogs + expensive jewelry = stress). Have a plan for Fido for after the ceremony. Make sure someone is assigned to take him to the room, for a walk and feed him.

Have FUN.

There may be a little more wind than you planned for. You may have forgotten your veil at home. No matter what hiccups may occur, your mountain wedding should be fun. Remember what is important to you and your new husband and trust in your planner, venue and the rest of your wedding team to make your day spectacular.

Thank you Kara! What a wonderful post!

Happy Monday! Today we are featuring a video from WeddingVideoLove’s oh-so-talented Shutterbliss Cinema + Photo. Ladies and gentleman get out your tissues, I PARTICULARLY needed them at the 2 minute mark when Emily’s dad made the most beautiful speech as he handed her off to her soon-to-be husband. *tears* Watch and enjoy!

 

Check out Shutterbliss on WeddingVideolove or head on over to their site to cry some more. That’s what I did! :)

Today’s interview is with WeddingPlannerLove vendor Shelly of Signature Events by Shelly! My goodness does she offer a lot of services! Thank you so much for taking the time to answer all of our questions and for showing us your great work. :)

Events by Chrissy WeddingPlannerLove

Photo by Della Vita Photography

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

I am passionate about design! And, I love weddings. My philosophy is that every couple is unique so your wedding should be also. I don’t do cookie-cutter designs, for my invitations or weddings  I try to get a couple to really think about their interests and bring these things out in their wedding celebration. From Save-the-dates to the final returns of the rental items we are available as much, or as little, as our clients need. Signature Events by Shelly offers a number of packages, including invitations and other stationery, but will always work with a couple to get them exactly what they need.  I am a member of the Association of Bridal Consultants. I am also a Certified Sandals Specialist and can help couples arrange a wonderful destination wedding or honeymoon at any of the Sandals resorts.

Events by Chrissy WeddingPlannerLove

Photo by Steve Giese Photography

2. How did you get into wedding planning?

I had a friend that was getting married a few years ago. She was procrastinating on her planning and as the months were winding down she still didn’t have some important things done {like the venue booked or her wedding dress chosen, for example}.  One day she called me and said the wedding date had changed. My thoughts were “super!”  They’re moving it back so we’ll have more time”  But, they decided to move it up – to 3 months from then. I immediately put a list together, delegated responsibilities and went to her house. We had put together an elegant, romantic, candle-lit evening ceremony with a live band, buffet food and lots of dancing for the reception. The entire evening was exactly fitting of their personalities {I had been good friends of both for years before this}. From that point on I decided I would love to help couples make their wedding day totally about them and to allow them and their families be guests and enjoy every aspect of the celebration.

Signature Events by Shelly

3. What’s your favorite part of the job?

Seeing how happy everyone is. I like taking care of things so I probably do more than I should, but at least the couple and their families don’t have to worry about anything!  I also like adding little surprises for the couple.  Just a little “something more” to help make their day unforgettable.

Events by Chrissy WeddingPlannerLove

Photo by Steve Giese Photography

4. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding planners just getting started?

Don’t underestimate yourself. If you are confident in your abilities, this will show through to your clients and they will have complete confidence in you. If you’re not sure about something, don’t let it show.  Just figure it out and get it done. David Tutera once told me “Don’t ever say No. Just figure out how to do it… then do it”.

Events by Chrissy WeddingPlannerLove

5. What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?

I really like hockey. Playing, watching {I used to coach and manage also}.  Music, cooking {I LOVE cooking}, trying new wines, hanging out with my family and friends.

Events by Chrissy WeddingPlannerLove

Photo by Anne Wojtalewicz Photography

6. Any great stories from working with a client?

Honestly, I think all of my couple’s provide me with some great stories.

Events by Chrissy WeddingPlannerLove

Photo by Anne Wojtalewicz Photography

7. What is your current favorite color combination?

Sky blue and chocolate.

8. Are there any trends that you absolutely love or would love to see brides leave behind?

I just hope brides continue to keep their weddings personal. In the past, too many couples  got caught up on how everything “needs” to be and forget that it is really just about them getting married. I am really enjoying all of my couples that have personal touches throughout the entire day. Right now I have a bride that is Norwegian. Her entire family is baking desserts for favors, late-night snacks, and the dessert table {which continues to grow}. I love that!

Events by Chrissy WeddingPlannerLove

Photo by Steve Giese Photography

Thank you Shelly! Learn more about her on WeddingPlannerLove or her site.

Hello lovelies! Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day…don’t forget to wear green. I know I won’t forget, because I usually incorporate green into my wardrobe in some form or fashion every day. Hope you had a great week. Enjoy the post (and this photo which made me giggle a little bit!)

Photo via Flickr

This week on WeddingLovely’s blog:

  • On Monday, we interviewed Cherishable Weddings & Events.
  • Are you registering yet? Learn how you can ask for CASH instead of china!
  • Do you love New York? Then I bet you will love this invite from Tabibi Design we shared on Tuesday!
  • Planning brides: this post is a goldmine! Glacier Park gave tips on how to pick your venue.
  • Wednesday we rounded up green stationery in lieu of St. Patty’s day!
  • Thursday, we interviewed stationer Sofia Weddings & Prints. She shared one of her gorgeous wedding photos and lots of great facts about herself.
  • What does a “day-of coordinator” do? This guest post by Rebecca Chan Events will tell you!
  • Today we shared an interview with WeddingPhotoLove’s Aurora Meneghello Productions!

Elsewhere on the internet….

  • I love this post from WeddingInviteLove’s Hip Ink about “matchy-matchy syndrome.” Read it.
  • Elizabeth Anne Designs featured a post highlighting St. Patrick’s Day weddings, love it!
  • The Pretty Blog shared a great post on picking your wedding color scheme.
  • Every Last Detail has a GREAT post about what to wear under your wedding gown. See what your options are!

See you on Monday!

Photo via Flickr by Flabber DeGasky

We’re so excited to bring you today’s interview from Aurora Meneghello Productions. We met Aurora back in January at a meetup with her group, Locally Grown Weddings. She loves what she does, and it shows in her work. Thank you Aurora for answering all of our questions. Can’t wait to see you again!

Aurora Meneghello Productions WeddingPhotoLove

(Photo courtesy of Christopher MacKessy)

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

I am originally from Italy and moved to Los Angeles over 13 years ago to study filmmaking. I always wanted to tell stories through pictures and soon made a switch from filmmaking to still photography. I studied 4 languages in high school (plus Italian) and photography was to me another language I wanted to master. I spent years studying it carefully, first in Los Angeles and then in San Francisco where I graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute. Once in San Francisco, I fell in love with the city and never left. Now I work here in my own businesses, Aurora Meneghello Productions and Locally Grown Weddings. I am also on the board of governance of BAIA (Business Association Italy America). I love San Francisco’s commitment to community and social and environmental change.

Aurora Meneghello Productions WeddingPhotoLove

2. How did you get into wedding photography?

I started assisting a great wedding photographer while still in college. I wanted a photo related job working weekends because of my school schedule. In the past I had assisted a famous fashion photographer in LA and a product photographer in SF and neither field had appealed to me. But I was so impressed by all the work and know-how required by wedding photographers! Wedding photography is a highly specialized art and carries a lot of responsibilities.  There’s never a chance for a re shoot, so you have to be really really good. And you have to be fast and eclectic: you need to know about natural light, artificial lighting, day, night, action, details, everything. Even though I had already been studying photography for years, I waited 5 years before launching my business, learning more and more. I wanted to make sure I could handle any situation at a wedding and could be trusted with the most amazing event.

Aurora Meneghello Productions WeddingPhotoLove

3. What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?

I love photographing the wedding couple! I end up knowing them well by their wedding day and it’s like working with friends. And I am a romantic, so I love working with people in love!

4. What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?

I still smile thinking of some speeches by friends and family members. I would recommend to any couple to choose carefully who gets the microphone…

Aurora Meneghello Productions WeddingPhotoLove

5. What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?

Chef Stephanie’s vegan wedding feast last summer blew me away! It was not only incredibly delicious and filling, but great for a long day full of activities. I am proud of working with her in Locally Grown Weddings.

6. What is your favorite venue and why?

I have a weakness for private residences. They make for truly unique and personal weddings and often the place itself is meaningful to a couple and part of their history together.

Aurora Meneghello Productions WeddingPhotoLove

7. Nikon or Canon?

Since my dad bought me my first camera when I was 7, it’s always been Nikon. I love the quality of Nikon lenses too much to ever change. Go Nikon!

8. What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?

I would love to travel to Italy and to shoot a wedding there. That would be like a dream come true.

Aurora Meneghello Productions WeddingPhotoLove

9. If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?

John Lennon and Yoko Ono: two of my all-time heroes.  That would have been really cool. I hope one day to meet Yoko Ono, she is an amazing woman and a great artist.

Aurora Meneghello Productions WeddingPhotoLove

 

10. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?

The two biggest mistakes I see new photographers make are jumping into the business too soon (remember this is the most important day of somebody’s life!) and not studying business. Most small businesses fail the first year they open, and half of those that survive fail the following year. Take your time, study your craft, work hard, learn about business and build a company that will last for decades.

Aurora Meneghello Productions WeddingPhotoLove

Thank you Aurora! Check her out on WeddingPhotoLove or on her personal site as well.

Rebecca Chan Weddings & Events was kind enough to provide today’s guest post! If you are considering hiring a “day of” Wedding Coordinator, she did a great job filling us in on what exactly to expect. Thanks Rebecca!

Have you ever been to a wedding where it was clear the couple could have used more help? Perhaps things were always running late, there were not enough helpers or no one knew what they were doing? This looks bad on the bride and groom, and it definitely is not fun to be a guest at such a wedding. I have been to too many weddings where the couple clearly could have used a little extra help in executing their plans.

Nowadays, with wedding blogs and DIY books readily available, more and more couples are opting to plan their own wedding. While there is nothing wrong with this, one thing is for sure—you cannot coordinate your wedding day!

Rebecca Chan Weddings & Events
Photo credit: Calculated Style Photography

 

For couples who have done all the planning for their wedding, a popular service is hiring a Day-Of Coordinator or Month-Of Coordinator to oversee the details.

It is sometimes referred to as “Month-Of” because the wedding coordinator will commence their services about 4 weeks prior to the wedding day. To get familiar with your wedding plans, usually 1-2 meetings are needed to go through the itinerary, to see to the last minute details and what has been discussed with vendors. No matter what the service is called, these meetings are vital to communicate your vision and expectations for your special day. Along with this preparation is having the wedding coordinator present at your wedding rehearsal, so that that everyone is on the same page when it comes to the ceremony.

Rebecca Chan Weddings & Events
Photo credit: Calculated Style Photography

 

On the wedding day, the main role of the Day-Of Coordinator is to ensure that your plans are carried out smoothly and to discreetly handle any problems that may arise. This also means you can arrive to a perfectly set up ceremony and reception, since your coordinator will have already arrived in advance to make sure it is set up properly. They are also the liaison with the venue, food manager, decorators, MC, DJ, photographer and parents; they pull the pieces of the puzzle together.

Rebecca Chan Weddings & Events

Photo credit: Calculated Style Photography

With a capable Day-Of Coordinator watching over the details of the day, you can enjoy all the special moments with your family and friends without stressing. This also means that your bridal party and family can enjoy the day too! I can’t tell you how many weddings I have been to where the bridal party and close family are running around and stressing because the couple did not hire a wedding coordinator. Not only do you want to relax on your wedding day, those closest to you should as well. Entrust your special day to a wedding professional with the experience and flexibility to handle any last-minute changes that may come up, so you can enjoy your celebration.

Find Rebecca Chan Weddings & Events on WeddingPlannerLove or head on over to her blog to learn more!

Today we met up with Sofia from Sofia Invitations & Prints. Her work is so fun, I love the creative energy behind it. Here she is—wasn’t she a stunning bride? Take it away Sofia!

Sofia Invitations and Prints WeddingInviteLove

1. How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

I used to work as a textile designer in New York City, and I began to experiment with my textile patterns on paper instead of fabric through printmaking processes (like silkscreens and etchings). Soon enough I realized I could use my fine art prints to make some really pretty wedding invitations. I began creating some designs for friends on a freelance basis.  When I moved to South Carolina after I got married (and after I designed my own wedding invitations for my wedding in Costa Rica) I decided to make this my full time job, and I have been loving it ever since!

Sofia Invitations and Prints WeddingInviteLove

2. What is your favorite color combination?

I created a wedding invitation design for a friend who got married in an old, redesigned theater in Colorado. She wanted bright red, pink, and orange in the invitation and she wanted the design to look like a theater ticket. It came out great. Ever since then, red, pink, and orange have been my favorite color combination.

Sofia Invitations and Prints WeddingInviteLove

3. What is the most unique invitation you have designed?

I made a hockey-ticket invitation for a couple that loves hockey. It features images of vintage ice skates, a vintage scroll border, and their hockey colors: maroon and black. The couple was really fun, and the design process was exciting.

4. Do you have a favorite typeface?

That’s tough: I like different typefaces for different purposes. For a bold impression I like Budmo Jiggler, for a pretty script font I like Sudestada, and for an easy to read type I like Copperplate.

Sofia Invitations and Prints WeddingInviteLove

5. What is the most bizarre request you have received?

Nothing seems too bizarre to me because I like a creative challenge and I believe couples should do whatever they want for their wedding day and not worry what other people might think. The most creative request I recently received was to create an invitation featuring the Empire Symbol from Star Wars.

6. Ampersand or the word “and?”

I love Ampersand much more than the word “and” but sometimes an ampersand just doesn’t look right on an invitation…

Sofia Invitations and Prints WeddingInviteLove

7. Any advice for brides?

Do what you want to do and don’t worry about pleasing your mother, friends, or whoever!  This is your day and you should surround yourself with things that make you really happy and reflect you and your husband to be as a couple.  If that means you want invitations featuring a lollipop design because you love candy, and you want candy center pieces…. so be it!  You want to remember this day forever.

8. Do you offer more than just stationery?

Currently I only make stationery, but the range of stationery items I offer is wide. I have been making letterpress notecards featuring a saying like “hello” or a monogram. I would love to branch out more in the future and create stationery for children, yearly calendars, etc. I love letterpress as a high end alternative to digital printing and look forward to experimenting more in this medium.

Thank you Sofia! Visit her on WeddingInviteLove or head on over to her site to see even more.