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Today, we are inviting MaeMae & Co. to start the week off for us with a tutorial that we are crazy excited about: “How to use a mood board.” MaeMae is the queen of genius inspiration boards, and she’s getting down and dirty with us on how to utilize that inspiration to help your design process–think wedding design or invitation design–these tips are crazy helpful! Take it away, MaeMae!

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Creating a mood or inspiration board (both digitally and physically) is an important part of our design process at MaeMae & Co. It sets the tone for the entire project, and acts as a guide as we move through designing each element of the project. However, if you’ve never worked with a mood board before, we realize that the concept can be a bit confusing. Next time you work with a creative who is using a mood board (or next time you make one for yourself!), keep these two tips in mind:

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1. It’s all about the feeling: The point of an inspiration board is to create a visual vibe for your project. It is not a place to nail down specifics like exact fonts or images, but rather think of it as creating a world that your brand, website or wedding stationery would live in.

When making a mood board, we focus on defining the color scheme, texture and graphics that best represents the project’s world. Rather than copying those inspirational images exactly, we use them to guide our design choices and find or create similar graphics for your unique project. For example, if we include an photograph of roses and an etched wreath in a mood board – we may combine those two visuals and create a vintage wreath made of roses for the project’s monogram.

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2. But, you won’t get what you don’t see: While an inspiration board is about the vibe of the project, we do follow the visuals closely when designing. For example, if there are blocky fonts paired with a vintage script in a mood board – don’t expect to see modern calligraphy in the first design proof. We always encourage our clients to point out anything in the mood board that they feel is missing. So if they have their heart set on modern calligraphy, we always edit the inspiration board to include an image that represents their request. Similarly, if there is something on the mood board that a client isn’t digging, we’ll remove the image and replace it with one that better reflects their idea.

Check out our mood + method blog series, and follow us on instagram for more inspiration!

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With new designs that roll in each week, we thought we’d take the chance to share a little more of our favorite Modern Wedding Invitation finds from The American Wedding. One thing we love in particular about their website, is the ability to order not only a full stationery suite (including affordable letterpress invitations and pocket wedding invitations), but also full matching sets of every wedding detail you can imagine! For example, here are just a few of the fun things you can nab with the Hearts & Arrows series, such as wine glasses, coasters, napkins, and wedding toasting glasses:

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Also, we often hear about how a bride’s parents want a formal invitation, but the bride wants something more fun and creative.  When you can’t reach a compromise on a design, American Wedding usually suggests that the bride pick out a save-the-date and wedding day stationery that are more her style and to select an invitation that is more indicative of the formality of the event.  They can be different designs completely, but work really beautifully together by using the same paper, ink and font choices throughout. For example, here is a combo of the Laurel Monogram Invitation with the Better Together series.

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Our dearest friend and crazy favorite designer, MaeMae & Co. has been busy introducing new “characters” to their collection of wedding stationery suites and we are so excited to share three of our favorites to you today! Each set of photos includes a snap of the inspiration board that they used for designing each suite, and it’s so fun to see that inspiration come to life! Are you serious? We are in love.

(Side note: how fun that you can always mix and match colors of any suite. So each one takes on a new persona when you dress him/her up in a new wardrobe. I mean….)

First up, meet Beau:

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As if that wasn’t enough, meet Charles:

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And then there was the ever so lovely Beverly:

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Our dear friend, and paper contributor, Megan, from MaeMae Paperie, recently put together a stationery suite for a “West Anderson in the desert wearing Missoni” wedding. We had to giggle at that description, but when we saw how the designs turned out–well, we’re not surprised it’s pretty spot on! We’ll let MaeMae take over with her images and tell you more of the story below!

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The theme for B&B’s wedding was Wes Anderson in the Desert Wearing Missoni. I mean. Enough said. (Check instagram for Beau and Arrow’s hashtags on that…) Collaborating with Brianna, Buzz, and the fab Beau and Arrow ladies was such a treat. We started with the Maximus suite we created for Martha Stewart Weddings and then added in some personalized details. For the save the date we created a back to school vibe and then carried some of those illustrations into their suite. (see a full photo of the save the date in this post). All of the guest envelopes were addressed with a typewriter to keep it authentic throw back.

We also made these amazing hotel keys for escort cards in a variety of colors (see more colors here). All of the signage was displayed at the wedding in these amazing layered frames over marbled paper. All of the guests were treated in their hotel rooms to these custom wrapped Mast Bro chocolate bars. It was very difficult to make it through the wrapping process without digging into them… To stay cool at the Palm Springs celebration the programs were made into handy little fans.

Thank you, Buzz and Brianna, for being the coolest clients. Wishing you both lots of love!!

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Laser cut wedding invitations feature the most extravagant and detailed designs that you can’t get from standard printing. We are totally in love with the intricate designs that we’ve spied from Invitations by Dawn (which, of course, you can easily customize online with color, font, and wording!). So dang unique, right?

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From the friendliest, most knowledgeable consultants in the industry to etiquette tips and assembly guides, Invitations by Dawn makes the selection, customization, and ordering process super easy! They want their customers to be in LOVE with their invitations and it’s pretty obvious why they try so darn hard!

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We also appreciate that there’s a price for every bride. From high-end letterpress to affordable seal and sends, Invitations by Dawn will help you find the perfect invitations at a price you can afford!

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Luckily, we’ve got a special offer for our GREY LIKES WEDDINGS readers – Get 25% off your wedding invitations with code GREYLIKES25. Exclude Disney Invitations. Offer valid through 8/31/2014.