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Stationery is an important aspect of a wedding from save the dates to invitations to ceremony programs to menus. With spring just about here, these pretty floral stationery pieces are making their way into inboxes all around the globe. Here’s a peak at a few favorite uses of floral patterns and designs on wedding day invites and stationery. Take a look!

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Adrienne Gunde Photography via Style Me Pretty

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Michaela Noelle via Anastasia Marie Cards

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Kat Willson Photography via Ruffled Blog

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Katie Stoops Photography via Wedding Chicks

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Love Me Do via Ruffled Blog

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Shannon Kirsten

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Lisa Lefkowitz via Rue Mag

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Nessa K Photography via Ruffled Blog

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Becca Rillo Photography via Love and Lavender

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Wedding Chicks

 

One of my favorite trends I’ve seen as of late involves glitter, sparkle, gold and all things confetti. Confetti is popping up all over the place whether it be on stationery, as a guest favor, as part of a tablescape or the key piece (or pieces) to your grand exit following your wedding ceremony. Either way, I absolutely love it and the color and shine that confetti brings to photos and real life, not to mention, there are so many options when it comes to size, shape, color, texture, you name it. Here are a few of my favorite confetti uses in weddings, engagement sessions, stationery, favors and beyond.

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Priscila Valentina Photography via Green Wedding Shoes

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Anika London Photography via A Subtle Revelry

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Amy Stone Photography via Oh Lovely Day

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HEYLOOK via Ruffled Blog

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Holli B. Photography via Bridal Guide

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Sounds Like Yellow Photo via Whimsical Wonderland Weddings

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Brklyn View Photography via Booklyn Bride

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Nancy Ray Photography via Gratefully Inspired Blog

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Aya Photography via Keestone Events

 

I’m a sucker for paper goods. Just ask anyone I know. And, it should be of no surprise how often I’ll peruse Minted to see what new designs have popped up and what new products they’ve introduced.  From save the dates (including magnets + postcards), to wedding invitations, thank you cards, moving announcements, birthday invitations and personal stationery, they pretty much have you covered for life. All that’s left is for you to get your butt over to the site to check everything out.

But, the best part is that I’ve partnered up with them to give away two prizes:

  • Grand Prize: $250 Minted.com credit
  • 1st Prize: $100 Minted.com credit

I couldn’t leave ya without sharing some of my favorites. Check ‘em. Then, get your butt over to the site and enter. You have until March 1st, then we’ll pick our winners.  And, if you can’t wait that long, you can always hop over to Minted now and pick out your paper goods.

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MIN-7V6-INV-001E_A_PD Vintage Ampersand Wedding Invitation

MIN-J88-INV-001_A_PD Bold Stripe Wedding Invitation

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Bloomin’
Boulder, Colorado

If you know me in real life, or well, even on Twitter, you know I have a mild obsession with sustainability and eco-friendliness. I think it stems from the compost pile I helped my Dad build as a kid. But, I digress.

Upon moving to Colorado, I stumbled on Bloomin’.  They are a Boulder, Colorado-based stationery company that designs and prints wedding invitations on seed paper (aka, your guests can take your invitations and plant them – yes, plant them).  Their designs are fresh and modern AND you can pick the type of seedling paper they are printed on. I wish I had known about them before I planned my own wedding, but the fact that I found them at all just makes it all worthwhile.


What type of services do you offer to brides and grooms?
At Bloomin, we offer brides and grooms 16 striking, fully plantable seed paper invitation suites that can be customized to perfectly match their wedding’s theme. We are also open to working with custom artwork the couple has created and would like to print on seed paper. We go through a thorough proofing process and take the time to make sure the invitations are exactly what the couple had imagined.

What is your biggest source of inspiration when designing?
Our inspiration comes from the natural beauty in mother nature. We incorporate earthy designs and colors into all of our suites in order to really emphasize the eco-friendliness of our invitations and entire production process. We also have vintage undertones in many of our letterpress printed suites. The rich texture of our signature seed paper takes letterpress printing very well, and finished product has an old world appeal with an eco chic twist.

What type of couples do you like to work with (traditional, modern, etc.)?
We love working with any couples who are looking to add an eco-friendly message to their wedding. Whether it’s a modern couple looking say their vows with the least impact possible or a traditional couple who would like to give the gift of flowers to their guests, we are happy to help them plan their special day.

What do you think sets you apart from other vendors in the industry?
We really pride ourselves on the uniqueness of our handmade product and the fact that we have the highest germination rate in the industry. Once planted, the diverse mix of annual and perennial seeds in all of our suites will bloom into a vibrant wildflower garden, ensuring that your guests will be reminded of your special day year after year. We also believe our commitment to making gorgeous invitations in the most environmentally way possible sets us apart. Our paper is made entirely from post-industrial waste, embedded with wildflower seeds, printed with water soluble and soy-based inks, and produced in our solar-powered facilities in beautiful Boulder, Colorado.

What advice would you give to a bride and/or groom who is on the hunt for their perfect invitation suite?
Really try to incorporate your personal styles into your wedding invites. These are not simply a piece of paper telling people about your wedding, but are the first glimpse your guests are given about your wedding day. We also urge bride and grooms to consider the environment when hunting for their perfect invitations. Instead of choosing products that harm the environment, try something that shows your commitment to the planet as well as your commitment to each other.

I have a lot of favorite colors.  I’m the girl who cannot pick just one.  I have an even bigger obsession with color combos.  This is why during my own planning process I struggled with colors, from Yellow and Gray, to Red, Orange and Gray.

So, of course I love one of the new invites in Kenzie Kate’s collection:

Image courtesy of Kenzie Kate

There is something so fresh and modern about that navy blue and green together.  Yet it has somewhat of an updated traditional feel to it.

Are there any color combos that just make you swoon?

The Pilot and I have not yet sent out our invitations or Save the Dates (it’s a little early, folks).  However, I know many of you are getting close to that point.  And, the cost of postage is running through your mind.

It’s the same routine for all of us:

1.  Finish invites and package into envelopes.

2.  Visit local Post Office to have invitation weighed for correct postage.

3.  Purchase postage and cross your fingers it’s enough.

While reading Miss T’s blog, Ninety Nine + Forever, I stumbled upon her recent post about mailing her invitations.  And, boy, did this girl have the BEST. IDEA. EVER.

Go to the post office with ONE of your finished invitations.  Put the amount of postage you think you’ll need (you can have the postmaster weight it to be sure, if you want). Mail the invitation to yourself.  Yes, I really just said that.

A few days later your invitation will show up.

Miss T. was told by the Post Office that all of her local mail would need two stamps.  So, she mailed an invite to herself with one stamp, and it arrived safe and sound without a “Postage Due” note.

Genius idea.

In keeping with our circle , the Pilot and I may just round the corners on all of our paper goods.

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Image courtesy of About

Although our invitations and save the dates have not been completely finalized, we are currently liking the look of the rounded corners over the traditional square.

Plus, as a scrapbooker (although, I must confess it’s been awhile since my last scrapbook), it’ll be great to keep that crafty tool around!

I’m always looking for something fun and innovative when it comes to weddings.  In particular, I love finding little pieces of a wedding that make the entire event very thoughtful.

Images courtesy of Hardcuore

This very creative invitation idea was printed on vellum.  Both pieces contain much of the same information. However, each one contains a few details that don’t make sense without placing them together. Love the idea.

Only wish they were printed on recycled vellum (if there is such a thing).

For those of you who didn’t already know, the FI is a pilot.  So, of course I love these Save the Dates…best of all they are FREE!

Plus, the envelope design is free, too!

Courtesy of Ruffled Blog

Now, we aren’t going to use them, we’ve designed our paper suite ourselves, but I love the little paper airplane!

A good friend of mine is always on the lookout for fun things for me to feature on the blog, so when she sent me the link to these Save the Dates, I knew I had to feature them.  They are different than your traditional Save the Date, and have so much personality (especially from the bride and groom).

I love the idea that it is a tri-fold, and features several photos of the couple, which were taken by the talented James Christianson.  The bride, Laura Dombrowski, is a photographer in the Denver/Boulder, CO, area, but is from Cape Girardeau, MO (giving her Midwest ties!).

At any rate, here are the Save the Dates from several different angles.  I was also able to find out that she had them printed on recycled paper (a girl after my own heart), which I just love. She used color, which more brides should do. And, she opted to include photos of her and her fiance, which guests really love – they can use it as keepsake.


Laura Dombrowski