The Truth Hurts Tuesday ~ For the Sake of the Invitation

Okay, this topic is coming up quite a bit in my world and those of my talented vendor friends, so I thought I would step in and write a bit about it so that you, bridey, can stop killing us with all of the back and forth. Here's the deal, your wedding isn't until November or December, but for sake of the invitation, you need to know what you're serving at the wedding so that you can complete the insert. Sound familiar? What is a girl to do? Well, here's a little test. Let's see how you do:

a. Call your wedding venue and demand a tasting?
b. Email your wedding planner (or invitation vendor) stating "emergency" in the subject line?
c. Panic, I mean your wedding is only six months away; why isn't anybody getting back to me?
d. All of the above.
e. None of the above.

NONE OF THE ABOVE! Bridey, a tip? Relax. Everything is going to be okay. I swear, I'm totally not meaning to patronize, but everything will be okay. Let me walk you through this one, because it's a very valid point, although if your wedding isn't for six months or so, frankly, you don't matter to most of your vendors right now (sorry, but true story!). I know you don't want to hear this, but your venue, caterer, etc. are in the middle of a very busy spring wedding season. And if your wedding isn't until late fall, I can assure you that the last thing they want to do is hear from you, let alone arrange a tasting so that you can figure out what to put in your invitation. 

So, what should you do? Well, it's actually quite simple.

Super Stylish Sunday ~ Traintastic Weddings

Maybe it's because I've been taking the train (subway) to my new office, or maybe it's because I'm a little bit fascinated by trains (and NOT just because of that scene in Risky Business), but I've been thinking about how cool a train themed wedding could be. It's definitely a theme that as a wedding planner, I don't see very often. And really, it can be amazingly fabulous, and certainly memorable for you and your guests. Seriously, just look at that photograph! How'd you like that to be hanging in your home? Right??

Brideys, we all know that by executing your wedding theme beautifully and accurately, you (or you and your wedding planner) single-handedly have the power to create an almost euphoric atmosphere. And a train theme? Well, it's surprisingly romantic and certainly unique. So, if you're unsure as to your wedding theme or if you even want to have a theme at all, perhaps after viewing this post you will have somewhat of an epiphany... And you know what? It'd be a traintastic wedding!

Look at this sensational photograph! I am lovin' how cool the bride and groom are. 

This photograph really got to me. Actually, it was the catalyst for writing this post about how stylish and almost distinguished a train themed wedding could be. It's cool. It's unique. It's fabulous.

I really love this train ticket invitation! Trust me, there is a very thin line between cheesy and classy with this type of invite, and I feel as though this one encapsulates the theme without it looking childlike or lame.

Unbelievable. I really love that you can't see their faces.

Fabulous Friday ~ The Story Behind the Invitation

I’m not gonna lie… I kinda hate getting invited places. Bridal showers, bachelorette parties and honestly, sometimes even getting invited to a wedding makes my stomach turn. It’s that just horrifying? I’m a wedding planner who prides herself on creating and executing a kickass parties, but when I’m invited to a party I don’t plan? Well, I’d rather stay home watching shit TV instead of forcing myself to get off of my ass and have a good time. I am pathetic, I know… But, here’s the thing. After much thought, I realized that it all comes down to the invitation. If the invitation sucks or is completely lackluster, then almost immediately, I am turned off. And no amount of Viagra is going to fix my problem. It’s gone. I’m utterly deflated, and what’s worse? I’m already bored.

The invitation has to be the gateway to the experience. Period. The end. Especially if we are talking about a bridal shower or the bachelorette party… Seriously, if I receive a basic invitation to a fabulous party, then how the hell am I supposed to know that it will actually be a fabulous party? I don’t,

How to Throw a Super Stylish, Super COOL Carnival Wedding

Super stylish Sunday returns! Not only was I absolutely in love with our Super Stylish post last week, but I received such incredible feedback from all of you, that I thought I would keep it going! But, don't worry brideys, I'm not losing my edge; this is all part of your education. As you know, I always have your best interests in mind, and the more options you realize are available to you, the less of a bitch you will be during your planning! See where I'm going with this?

I mean, look at this amazing bride! Her dress is gorgeous, and the color is just exploding behind her! And OMG! Notice the flower necklace? Completely fucking fantastic. Right? I'm so used to seeing diamond and pearl necklaces that when I see something so extraordinarily rockin' and different, I have to point it out!

As a planner, the three pictures above put tears in my eyes. Seriously, I'm crying as I'm writing... This is a carnival theme brideys... A theme that has serious trashy and super cheesy potential. And what I am showing you today are all the ways it can be done well. So pay attention!

I'm one of the people who is absolutely addicted to popcorn, candy and cake. Really... I workout to support my eating habit. True story. So when I see popcorn at a wedding? I need to have some alone time... Just me, the popcorn (usually sprinkled with M&Ms or other candy!) and some soda. Everybody else can be whooping it up on the dance floor and there's BB, sitting alone, wolfing down some tasty treats in a corner somewhere! For me? Popcorn and candy at a wedding? Priceless...

I thought these mini cherry pies would provide a necessary energy boost if passed on the dance floor. Picture these on a tray with a tall shot glass of vanilla milk... Yeah... A totally delicious, two-bite experience washed down with some ice cold goodness. No need to leave the floor!

I love this invitation. I also love that is is displayed at the actual wedding with some cool décor. See bridey? You don't need a lot of moola to make it awesome! SPEAKING OF AWESOME... See the picture next to the invitation? I am drooling right now. I am OBSESSED with cotton candy... I look forward to baseball games just so I can eat the damn cotton candy! I know... I'm crazy, but it's the truth! Again, something cool for your guests that's relatively inexpensive.

There you have it brideys... Carnival theme. Done well, and not cheesy. What cool ideas do you want to share with us?

Photo Cred: {Carnival Themed Wedding Invitations via Oh So Beautiful Paper}, {Gorgeous Bride via Capitol Romance picture by Ali McLaughlin}, {Super Awesome B+G via Leslie Lukas Weddings & Events picture by Nashan Photograhers}, {Table & Décor via Every Last Detail}, {Candy Display via Your Home Based Mom}, {Striped Popcorn Containers, Pearl and Earl}, {Dots Wedding Cake via Wedding Bee}, {Mini Cherry Cutie Pies via Bakerella}, {Cool & Diff Wedding Invitation via Kelly Prizel Blog}, {Cotton Candy via Daily Candy (Chicago)}