Lots of brides are afraid of being "picky," or "difficult" and so they hesitate to tell their wedding vendors what to do. Jennifer and I sat down and she felt free to let loose all kinds of random tidbits, ideas, inspirations - we looked at other weddings, calligraphy samples, invitations, dishes and red carpet images of celebrities to nail down a look and feel for her set. She didn't have a well-organized play-by-play of exactly how she wanted everything... she had ideas, lots of them - and lots of ideas are what turn into great finished pieces.
Let it be known to the brides or soon-to-be-brides reading this: I am not afraid of random ideas!
Wedding inspiration comes in little blips here and there - a quilt at Anthropologie, a piece of furniture in Lonny Magazine, a picture of an oh-so-chic girl on The Sartorialist. Wedding blogs like Style Me Pretty, Snippet & Ink, and Once Wed are constantly impressive. Magazines like Martha Stewart Weddings and Real Simple Weddings come with great ideas, vendor lists, and handy checklists.
But above all, it's crucial to remember that a wedding is 1 part ceremony + 2 parts party. Collin and I asked ourselves every day while planning our wedding, "If this was just a normal party, how would we make it fun?" Thinking along those lines, we came up with fun ideas like having corn hole at the reception, serving coffee from a local café in paper cups with lids and sleeves, and making sure that there were a few bellydancing songs on our DJ's playlist (we toyed with the idea of having a room dedicated to Guitar Hero, but that didn't quite make the cut, haha).
The main encouragement I hope you find is this: a girl dreams of her wedding, no matter how much she tries to deny or supress the roaming thoughts... dream big! And let everyone involved know that to the best of their ability, their job is to help you live a dream for one day! For me, it's not a hassle to hear passions and daydreams. It's a pleasure. Hopefully I'm able to turn those things into beautiful paper.
On that note, I thought I'd share some photos Jennifer and I used as inspiration for her stationery so you could see the progression of ideas!
Jennifer liked the combination of magenta (which she chose for her bridesmaids) and vivid teal
We both swooned at this gorgeous calligraphy by Anne Elser - especially the way the ink shifted from blue to green, just like a shimmering peacock feather!
With that first step behind us, I began to develop the designs that would eventually become Jennifer and Will's wedding stationery - take a look:
Since we printed all of the pieces together (invitation, outer envelope, postcard response, thank you card, thank you envelope, program, menu, and placecards) Jennifer got a great deal on the entire set - obviously it's easier to do it all at once than to place three or four different orders a month apart, right? If you can gather your thoughts in time, printing menus and programs with your invitations saves time and money, and you don't have to worry about rushing around trying to finish things two weeks before the wedding. Printing matching thank you notes also gets you ready to thank your friends and family before and after the wedding.
I hear that Atlanta Weddings Magazine was at Jennifer and Will's wedding to shoot for their next issue, so if I find my name published, you'll be sure to get an update! Also check out Jennifer's fantastic blog about her favorite things in Atlanta at Jenn and The Giant Peach!